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Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton

Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton is a delightful book that plunges the reader into the heart of Amish Life. Even though the Amish are a plain God-fearing people, who live a simple pacifist esixtence without modern conveniences, their lives are by no means boring. Their emotions run deep, but it seems a desire to be proper sometimes causes a lack of communication which can lead to misunderstandings.

Jacob Miller is a handsome young man who has a sweetheart he plans to marry in his native Pennsylvania. The girl, Susie, has a rebellious streak and isn’t sure she wants to remain Amish. She would like leave the community and take Jacob with her. Jacob’s father thinks the marriage would be a mistake. In order to put some distance between the two, he signs Jacob up to go and work with Jacob’s mother’s fourth cousin, twice removed in an Amish community in Missouri.

Jacob isn’t happy with the move, but he is an obedient son and is willing to go wherever it is God’s will that he be. The minute he meets Becky Trayer, he has unexplained feeling that makes him rethink whether or not Susie is the girl he wants to marry. Becky has baggage that complicated things. She is an unwed mother who has suffered the humillation of shunning by the community. Although she has confessed the sins and joined the church, she has still not gained the full acceptance of her peers. Now, she feels she must remain single or settle for marrying a widower with many children..

Jacob learns the blacksmithing trade while visiting with Becky family. He is determined to break through this sad girls resistance and, at least, make her smile. Becky had learned to distrust men and is ashamed to be around young people who gossip behind her back, or men who believe her to be loose and try to take advantage of the rumors they have heard.

Afraid to show her true feeling, Becky become a challenge for Jacob. The hopes for a relationship seems doomed by misunderstanding and the complications of other relationships. There are many twists and turns as the story unfolds. It is a book that is hard to put down. I enjoyed it immensely

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Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry

If you like mystery and romance, this book by Marta Perry is one I think you enjoy. It is set the heart of Amish country in Pennsylvania. Who, in this peaceful town, would be so bent in preventing the opening of an another Bed and Breakfast, they would be willing to kill to stop it? What are the motives for the series of frightening accidents, which keep befalling this family?

Rachel Hampton, a young businesswoman from the big city, has personal reasons for not wanting to come back to this place which was once her childhood home. Still, family is important and after her sister suffers a severe hit and run accident, someone has to be there for her aging grandmother. Calvin Burke, the tenant who has taken residence in Grandmother’s barn, isn’t the simple carpenter he would like people to believe he is. What secrets is he hiding? How can the chemistry that develops between this pair have a chance of leading anywhere other than to heartbreak? All this and more are questions you’ll find answered while reading this intriguing book. It was one I enjoyed and I believe you will too.

Nashville Part 1 Ready to Reach by Inglath Cooper

 

Nashville Part I by Inglath Cooper is a novella which I couldn’t put down until I’d read all of it. Living in Tennessee and having grown up with country music, it resonated with me in a big way.

 

CeCe Mackenzie leaves Alabama in an old clunker left to her by her grandmother, hoping to pursue her dreams of a singing and song writing career in Nashville. When she and her dog, Hank Williams, Jr., are involved in an incident on the highway, it looks as though her plans may be dashed but fate intervenes. A Good Samaritan comes to her rescue along with his partner who has serious doubts of the wisdom of getting involved. The two men are going her way and are also hoping to carve out a niche for themselves in Music City. There are a number of twists and turns along the way that are sure to grip the reader and make them want more when this first part ends. The story is told from the point of view of CeCe and also Holden Ashford, who is a young man still missing his girlfriend back in Atlanta. In spite of that, there is an undeniable chemistry between these two. This book is for anyone who enjoys reading, loves music, and dogs.

A Season for Tending: Book One in the Amish Vines and Orchards Series

 

A Season for Tending by Cindy Woodsmall

This first book of a new series by best selling author, Cindy Woodsmall captivated my interest to the point that I didn’t want to stop reading. It is set in the heart of Amish country in Pennsylvania. It traces the interactions of the Byler and King families, and particularly that of Rhoda Byler, a young woman, who has gift of intuition, often misunderstood by neighbors and members of her Amish community. Rhoda has a small business of a growing fruits of the vine and selling canned products, while the King family’s business is of that of apple production. Each family must deal with a problems brought on by a struggling economy and the forces of nature. As these two families interact, readers are caught up a world of family secrets, desires, personality differences, suspicions, and romance. It is easy to become so engrossed in the family dynamics that readers will want to continue following the characters of Rhoda Byler, Samuel, Jason and Leah King and their English friend, Landon as they go forward toward new adventures

BORDERS OF THE HEART by Chris Fabry

The new book from best selling author Chris Fabry is one I enjoyed from start to finish. From the first chapter, Borders of the Heart was hard to put down once started. The tale, set in Arizona near the Mexican border, is as fresh as the latest headlines. It involves border control and feuding drug lords intent on wrecking havoc on the US side of the border. Disillusioned with life and distrusting God’s mercy after a devastating lost, J. D. Jessup gives up a promising career in Nashville and moves to Arizona unsure of what his goals are other than to honor his deceased wife by learning about her passion for organic farming. On a routine trip to the back of the farm he discovers something that plunges him into a world of unsavory characters bent on taking the life of a Mexican girl he feels compelled to save in spite of warnings from his boss not to get involved with illegals. A trail of bodies is left the wake as the two attempt to excape with their lives. Mystery surrounds the girl. Who is she and can she be trusted? Each chapter leads to more clues and more dead ends until the exciting climax. This is the first of the Chris Fabry’s books I’ve read, but I will looking for more from this gifted author.