Christian Fiction: Amish/Mennonite


The Amish Nanny

- The Women of Lancaster County: Book Two

by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould


I took this novel on holiday with me, thinking to read it in an evening or two. It kept me reading three or four, it has a lot to say, and I learnt a lot of history while engrossed in the story of Ada Rupp who we first met in The Amish Midwife (equally good).
Ada is in love with widower Will Gundy, but Will seems to be courting Leah. Ada is set to become a teacher at a nearby Amish school, when away at her sister’s wedding, she hears that Leah has been given ‘her’ job. Not a happy state of affairs, so when she is asked to represent her family in Switzerland where her Mother lives, she realises that God has other plans for her, and accepts willingly.
The journey is necessary to resolve a question of land ownership and an agreement, long lost, between Ada’s and Will’s ancestors and a question of saving for posterity an historical Anabaptist site or a hydro-electric plant being built there, desecrating the area for ever.
The fictional story is gripping, but it weaves around historical sites and happenings of which I knew nothing. Totally absorbing.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (28/10/11)
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Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Published: June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-736-93861-7

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Falling to Pieces

- A Shipshewana Amish Mystery

by Vannetta Chapman


This is the first Amish novel I’ve read, and I’m clearly rather late to the party as there seems to be a vast amount being published these days.
Falling to Pieces was marketed as an Amish mystery but in some ways both the Amish aspect, and the mystery aspect, were secondary to the story of Texan Callie Harper finding herself anew after making friends with Deborah, an Amish woman.
Callie is Englisch (not Amish) and arrives at Shipshewana, where both Amish and Englisch live, to pack up and sell her deceased aunt’s Quilting shop. She meets Deborah, an Amish woman, and finds herself drawn into life in Shipshewana, making friends and meeting a variety of people, both Amish and Englisch.
The mystery aspect of the story was perhaps a little simplistic (the ‘baddie’ seemed a bit cardboard-cut-out), and there were some slight loose ends about Callie’s personal circumstances when the story finished, but the development of Callie through her friendship was well handled. We meet other Amish characters and learn about their life and this made the book more enjoyable. Overall I was pleasantly surprised, especially as the Christian aspect of the story was natural and believable, not preachy and forced.
I enjoyed this, my first Amish novel, and look forward to reading another from Vannetta Chapman.

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Review by Helen Hancox  (27/10/11)
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Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House
Published: October 2011
ISBN: 978-0-310-33043-1

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The Wonder of Your Love

- A Land of Canaan Novel

by Beth Wiseman


Katie Ann has a baby boy, Jonas, her husband’s child, yet her husband left her for a woman outside their community. Now this ‘other woman’ wants to visit her. Ivan is dead and his death is going to have repercussions for both women.
Katie Ann has a faithful Englischer (non-Amish) friend, Martha, an endearing character who treats Katie Ann and Jonas as dear family but Martha has issues of her own.
The scene is set for an unusual Amish story, and rest assured, after many twists and turns, there is a happy ending and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (05/10/11)
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson from Trust Media Distribution
Published: 04 October 2011
ISBN: 978-1-595-54886-3

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The Shunning



by Beverly Lewis


Originally published in 1997, this Special Movie Edition has a letter from the author and photographs from the set of the motion picture between pages 160 and 161.
The story is loosely based on a true story of a shunning as Beverly Lewis explains. It is the story of her own grandmother that inspired her to write about her character Katie Lapp. I wonder if the movie is closer to the truth, or the book? No matter! The book held my attention all through.
Katie has been baptised into the Amish church, but feels more and more uncomfortable with the various rules and restrictions that she is supposed to adhere to. The love of her life, Daniel, has been drowned in an accident, and part of her died with him. She is resigned to her betrothal to the widowed Bishop John, and has accepted that her role will be to look after his five children and bear him more.
But she struggles! She longs for more colours in her life instead of the drab clothes the women of her community all wear. She longs to free her hair from the tight bun she is expected to wear, to be able to speak out about her inmost thoughts instead of always having to defer to her father or some other man, and above all she longs to have music in her life. It is forbidden to sing or even hum anything other than the hymns in the prescribed hymn book. Daniel had a guitar – which Katie now has hidden away – and the tunes they composed together go round and round her head.
Her father never acknowledges the secret he and her mother have hidden from Katie, but truth finds a way of coming into the open. A thoroughly good read.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (26/07/11)
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Publisher: Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: July 2011
ISBN: 978-0-764-20960-4

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A Time to Heal

- Quilts of Lancaster County Book Two

by Barbara Cameron


We first met this family in A Time to Love. Jenny is now happily married to Matthew, and Matthew’s sister Hannah has moved in with Jenny’s grandmother Phoebe across the way. The two families are very close; Hannah is realising that she longs for a family of her own, Phoebe is getting older and unwilling to own up to how she is feeling. Along comes a recently de-mobbed soldier, Chris, recovered from his injuries abroad, and seeking Jenny who he met briefly in a hospital and who he is sure will understand his unsettled feelings.
Hannah surprises Chris asleep in the hayloft, waiting for the family to come home, and immediately there is a spark between them. Problems straight away! Chris is an Englisher and a soldier to boot! Hannah is a sheltered Amish young lady with a forceful personality and firm convictions about war.
This ongoing story is not so easily guessed at as you might think. There are some surprising twists and turns along the way that keep you reading – in my case, into the night.

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (30/06/11)
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Publisher: Abingdon Press from Alban Books
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 978-1-426-70764-3

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The Judgement

- The Rose Trilogy Book Two

by Beverly Lewis


The story of Rose Ann, her sister Hen and their families moves on. Nick has disappeared from the scene and Rose is now being seriously courted by Silas. Hen is still separated from her ‘Englisher’ husband Brandon and living in the Dawdi Haus with her young daughter Mattie Sue, across from the main farmhouse where her invalid Mother and the rest of the family live. Her father would like her to reconcile with Brandon however hard that might be, she made her choice when she married him after all. More than one life has been turned upside down by what has happened in the past, and Rose’s courtship is not plain sailing: hope comes to her mother from a surprising source, and when Brandon has a serious accident possibilities open up for Hen. A good read and more to come....

The Mercy - Book Three in The Rose Trilogy is due in September 2011

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Review by Mary Bartholomew  (28/06/11)
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Publisher: Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published: Spring 2011
ISBN: 978-0-764-20600-9

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A Rose Revealed

- The Amish Farm Trilogy Book Three

by Gayle Roper

ISBN: 978-0-736-92588-4
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Published: January 2011
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The Amish Midwife

- The Women of Lancaster County: Book One

by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould

ISBN: 978-0-736-93798-6
Price: £8.99

Published: January 2011
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Sarah’s Christmas Miracle



by Mary Ellis

ISBN: 978-0-736-92968-4
Price: £6.99

Published: September 2010
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The Way to a Man’s Heart

- The Miller Family Series

by Mary Ellis

ISBN: 978-0-736-92734-5
Price: £8.99

Published: August 2010
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Paradise Valley

- Daughters of Caleb Bender

by Dale Cramer

ISBN: 978-0-764-20838-6
Price: £8.99

Published: February 2011
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A Time to Love

- Quilts of Lancaster County Book One

by Barbara Cameron

ISBN: 978-1-426-70763-6
Price: £9.99

Published: December 2010
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A Secret Identity

- The Amish Farm Trilogy Book Two

by Gayle Roper

ISBN: 978-0-736-92587-7
Price: £6.99

Published: 01 October 2010
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A Stranger’s Wish

- The Amish Farm Trilogy Book One

by Gayle Roper

ISBN: 978-0-736-92586-0
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Published: April 2010
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The Choice

- Lancaster County Secrets

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

ISBN: 978-0-800-73385-8
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Published: 01 February 2010
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The Thorn

- The Rose Trilogy Book 1

by Beverly Lewis

ISBN: 978-0-764-20574-3
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Published: 01 October 2010
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The Waiting

- Lancaster County Secrets

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

ISBN: 978-0-800-73386-5
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Published: 2010
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The Telling

- Seasons of Grace Book Three

by Beverly Lewis

ISBN: 978-0-764-20573-6
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Published: 10 October 2010
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The Narrow Path



by Gail Sattler

ISBN: 978-1-426-70237-2
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Published: May 2010
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