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BOOK ONE: The Widower’s New Wife by Susette Williams
Jebediah Brenneman lost his wife during childbirth, along with his new baby daughter-the third daughter they had together. He relied on Eliza Yoder to help care for his wife during her last trimester, along with their two young daughters. Eliza continued to help manage his household and his children after the death of his wife so that he could continue to work. When Bishop Abram suggests that Jebediah is relying too much on Eliza, and that perhaps it is time he remarries, Jebediah is upset. How can he even think of remarrying someone? Eliza Yoder realizes she must consider Jebediah and his children’s needs above her own. Maybe it would better to step aside and allow another woman to take over. She’s even willing to help him find a new wife. After two years of mourning the loss of his wife, Jedediah realizes how much he needs Eliza…but is it too late?
BOOK TWO: Out of the Blue by Janice Thompson
Katie Walken has been running most of her life—from her Amish upbringing, her family’s expectations, and from an arranged marriage to Karl Borg. Now a real estate agent, Katie feels she finally has the life she always wanted. . .or does she? Karl lost his love when she fled from the Amish country. Leaving home, too, he became an attorney. But his heart remains with Katie. When Katie and Karl are reunited, they seem to have a second chance at love. Will they allow God to help them face their past while looking toward their future?
BOOK THREE: Plain Sanctuary by Cynthia Hickey
Sarah Sawyer wants a life of peace for her and her daughter. After the death of her husband a year ago, she has been on the run from a group of men who believe she has something they want. She intends to hide out in Amish country until she can form a plan of safety. She never intended to be shot and offered sanctuary among the simple people who offer her a temporary identity. Ben Harztler finds a wounded Englisch woman and her daughter in the woods behind his house. He brings them home so his mamm can tend to them, intending to send them on their way soon after. His mamm has other ideas. She wants to help the woman and provide her a safe place to stay. How can Ben allow an outsider to bring danger to his peaceful haus? Can Sarah leave behind her fear and Ben his prejudices in order for them to find mercy?
BOOK FOUR: Ruth’s Dilemma by June Bryan Belfie
Life is complicated for Ruth Zook when her older sister, Emma, stakes her claim on Jeremiah Fisher, the man Ruth secretly loves. Confused about her own future, Ruth decides to leave Lancaster County in Pennsylvania to stay with her Aunt Esther, who left the Amish and teaches at the university in Philadelphia. Ruth is introduce to a handsome young lawyer, who finds her enchanting and wants to be part of her life. Will Ruth leave all that is familiar to her for an easier life – one filled with modern conveniences and luxury, or will she return to her plain Amish life and settle for a marriage, perhaps one without love?
BOOK FIVE: Jacob’s Daughter by Samantha Bayarr
LIZZIE BARLOW is running from her past and present mistakes. Not knowing which direction to go, she finds herself hiding out in the same Amish community in which she grew up. With her ten-year-old daughter Abby, in tow, she fears her secrets will catch up to her. When ABBY discovers her real father may be living just down the road from where they are staying, she sets off on an adventure to meet him. What she doesn’t know are the many secrets that her mother never shared with her–the same secrets that will turn her life upside down. JACOB YODER is an Amish widower, trying to raise his ten-year-old son, when his past shows up on his doorstep unexpectedly, threatening to change his life forever. Will life ever be the same for Lizzie and Jacob again?
Bandit’s Hope (Backwoods Brides Book 2)
Stream on down to Mississippi, the setting of Marcia Gruver’s second book in the breathtaking Backwoods Bride series. Reddick “Tiller” McRae is tired of the outlaw life, even more so when he falls for a respectable innkeeper’s daughter. Will he face the gallows before he can win her hallowed heart? Maria Bell is tired of waiting for God to bring her a husband and protector. Taking matters of the law and love into her own hands, she sets a trap to catch a thief and a husband. What will she do when she finds out they are one and the same?
Thrashing About with God: Finding Faith on the Other Side of Everything
What if Jesus didn’t die so our lives could look perfect? What if He died so we could stop feeling like our lives have to be perfect to mean something? What if we simply live out our own story, even if it doesn’t look as others say it should? Mandy Steward set out in pursuit of these what-ifs. She didn’t find answers so much as she discovered a messy grace that knows no limits and a God that was and is willing to thrash about with her no matter her questions or struggles or doubts. What she found was abundant life, but it didn’t look like she thought it was going to. It was far different, and much deeper. This is a book without “easy” answers that lets those struggling with faith and searching for more know they are not alone.
Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan)
Often disguised as something that would help him, evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. As you walk with him, you’ll begin to identify today’s many religious pitfalls. These are presented by men such as Pliable, who turns back at the Slough of Despond; and Ignorance, who believes he’s a true follower of Christ when he’s really only trusting in himself. Each character represented in this allegory is intentionally and profoundly accurate in its depiction of what we see all around us, and unfortunately, what we too often see in ourselves. But while Christian is injured and nearly killed, he eventually prevails to the end. So can you.