Category Archives: Amish Fiction

The Angel of Forest Hill

The Angel of Forest HillThe Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story hits some hard life issues, like the death of a loved one and emotional abuse by family members. Not the usual fluff seen in much of Amish romance. It’s a modern-day spin on the marriage of convenience theme that is both believable and relatable. Nothing fast or flashy here, but an illustration of the healing of time and steady faith. The ending was, admittedly, a little too neat and tidy for my tastes, but the story is well worth reading.


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The Newcomer

The Newcomer (Amish Beginnings #2)The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Newcomer picks up right where Anna’s Crossing left off. I highly recommend you read these books in the order they were written.

We meet again with Anna Konig, Bairn Bauer, his younger brother Felix, and the rest of the exiled church from Ixheim, Germany. They landed in Pennsylvania at the end of Anna’s Crossing. Now they are working to make a place for themselves in the New World. The way is rife with dangers, from both within and without their small community.

I enjoyed the story and the theme of returning home, even though it’s not a physical home. Home can be much more. Home with God in your life, of course, is the best home of all. There is also a strong thread of forgiveness and trust throughout this story. Sometimes trust is a good thing, and sometimes it’s misplaced. The story bears that out. All-in-all, well worth reading.


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Mattie’s Pledge

Mattie's PledgeMattie’s Pledge by Jan Drexler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll admit I’m growing a bit weary of Amish books in general, but Jan Drexler has gone back in time and gives us an account of the Amish in the mid-1800s. “Mattie’s Pledge” continues the story started in “Hannah’s Choice.” There are a lot of characters, so I recommend reading these in order.

Mattie Schrock is thrilled to be moving west. She dreams of the open prairie with its long, low hills and miles of sky. When her childhood sweetheart, Jacob Yoder, meets up with them for the journey, she discovers the emotions behind her young heart have only grown stronger in the years since they’d parted. But Jacob’s desire is to homestead in Indiana while Mattie yearns for the wide open spaces of Iowa, or even seeing the ocean off Oregon. When a dark-eyed stranger offers her the chance to follow her dream, she’s torn between family and adventure.

The rigors of travel in this era are well represented. The reader journeys along with the characters feeling every mosquito bite and looking over their shoulder for possible horse thieves. Well worth the read. Looking forward to book three.


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The Quieting

The Quieting (Bishop's Family, #2)The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Abigail Stoltzfus is not your typical Amish girl. She’s blunt, one-track minded, overly-organized, and certainly too literal for most. But there’s someone for everyone, even if Abigail doesn’t realize it … yet.

David Stoltzfus needs help. His church is crumbling, his house is in turmoil, and his relationship with Birdy Glick is strewn with difficulties. But the arrival of his mother and two nieces doesn’t exactly help the situation.

Dane Glick wants to connect the dots on his family tree. He never expects to fall in love with the person he hired to help him, or for the answers to cause so much upheaval.

Charming second book in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s series, “The Bishop’s Family.” Be sure are read “The Imposter” first, so you know the background of this story.


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Joshua’s Mission

Joshua's Mission (Plain and Simple Miracles #2)Joshua’s Mission by Vannetta Chapman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The publisher calls this novel a romance, but it has a lot more in it than the typical romance does. Many of the main characters are Amish, but it’s not your typical Amish book either. I found it very refreshing!

Joshua Kline’s younger brother shouldn’t be his responsibility, but somehow it’s always felt like he was. When the bishop suggests Joshua go on a mission trip and take Alton with him, well, it’s just one more time he’s got to babysit his almost-adult brother.

Becca Troyer is a loose ends. Well past school age, she needs something to do with her life. With no siblings to help look after, her mother can run the house just fine without her. Her grandfather, the bishop, suggests she go on a mission trip to help the victims of a hurricane rebuild their lives.

Charlie Everman has lost everything more than once. This isn’t his first hurricane, and cancer took the love of his life. But he plugs along and tried to help others as best he can. He isn’t sure what to think of the new crew of Amish workers who’ve come to help, but he soon finds out that people are people first, no matter how they dress.

The romance is sweet and lighthearted, but the underlying message is deep and well presented. Suitable for any age reader.


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Hannah’s Choice

Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie, #1)Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a story that keeps me guessing – and this one does! Jan Drexler paints a very tranquil setting in 1840s Pennsylvania, with creeks and farms and orchards. What could go wrong in such a place? Human tragedy and human choices, that’s what.

Hannah Yoder’s world changed when she was only nine years old. The deaths of three younger siblings to an outbreak of diphtheria had covered her family with blanket of sadness that refused to lift. Until her father decided to move the family to the wilderness of Indiana, away from the little graves, away from the memories that haunted her mother. But Hannah didn’t want to leave the only home she’d ever known. She didn’t want to leave the banks of her beloved Conestoga Creek. Her only hope to stay would be to leave her Amish faith and marry her Mennonite neighbor Adam, her best friend since childhood. Then handsome Josef Bender arrives with his old world accent and solid Amish faith. Josef is going to Indiana too. What will Hannah do?

I loved the the characters in this story. Very real, very likable, very different from one another. These aren’t cookie-cutter Amish characters that you find in some Amish novels. “Hannah’s Choice” is the first in a series and I’m looking forward to the next book.


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The Photograph

The PhotographThe Photograph by Beverly Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On a train bound for Pennsylvania, Jed Stutzman finds a book with a photograph stuck between its pages. The photo is of a beautiful Amish girl. The book is full of comments written in the margins. He’s intrigued by both.

Eva Esch’s younger sister Lily has disappeared. Gone fancy. Her mother and father have both passed on. Her brother is moving his family into the farmhouse where she was raised. Her world is tipped on its ear. Then a handsome Amishman from Ohio shows up with a photograph of Lily.

This is a sweet read, a quiet story, a glimpse into the plain life. The details of Amish living are vivid and intriguing for anyone interested in what that’s all about.


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