Identical brothers Zeb and Zeke Bontrager aren't looking for love. They have their hands full with a new horse farm, a half-finished ranch house, and a wild colt, thanks to Zeke's hasty business dealings. Now Zeb must contend with Zeke's bad decisions, hidden debts, and tendency to avoid responsibility, which threaten their good standing in the Birch Creek Amish community.
When a newspaper ad prompts Darla King to travel to Birch Creek in search of a husband, her identical twin, Amanda, promises their parents she'll convince Darla to come home. After all, Amanda is the responsible and reliable one. She has always protected Darla, who acts on impulse and trusts people too easily. The sisters' close relationship is strained as Darla asserts her independence and Amanda grapples with regrets of her past and the longings of her own heart.
When Zeb and Amanda join forces to protect Darla and Zeke from each other, none of them can possibly predict the outcome as all four come face-to-face with their highest hopes and deepest insecurities in the first installment of the Amish Mail-Order Bride series.
When Colin Zook and his beloved grandmother lose everything in a fire, their greatest loss is a beloved family heirloom quilt that helped keep her dementia at bay. When Joanne Lapp hears about the loss, she and her quilting circle friends decide to recreate the quilt. Colin soon feels himself developing feelings for her, but he's held back by the knowledge that a future with him would involve care of his grandmother and his farm. Will Joanne look past his list of responsibilities and see him for who he truly is?
A Common Thread by Kathleen Fuller
Susie Glick returns from a shopping trip laden with beautiful fabric for her quilting group. On the bus ride, Alex Miller--her crush from three years ago--sits next to her. Alex left Middlefield to explore the country, and now he's back and ready to join the church. Susie was just a kid when he left, but now she's a woman--and she definitely has his interest. The women in her quilting circle aren't as excited about Alex's return, assuming that he'll leave again in search of adventure. Susie is convinced they're wrong, but just as they start dating, Alex tells Susie he has to leave. He says he'll return, but Susie must decide whether or not she can trust the man she fears has captured her heart.
Stitched Together by Shelley Shepard Gray
Rosie's joy is her yearly project for the Pine Craft Mennonite Quilt Sale, and she dreams of being the top earner. But she's worried that she's bitten off more than she can chew with her latest entry. To make things even more confusing, after coming to terms with her single state, she's recently formed a friendship with Tim Christner. He's only in town for a month, but he has Rosie wondering if she's found love at last. Now all she has to do is figure out how to get the quilt done so she can concentrate on him. But with her once very organized life in total disarray, everything comes to a head just before the sale. Rosie is forced to reexamine her priorities before she loses not only her place in the quilt show, but everything else she's ever wanted.
A Summer Detour by Denise Hunter
In order to prove herself to her parents, free-spirited Allie Adams undertakes the responsibility of delivering her grandparents' newly-restored '57 Chevy for their 50th wedding anniversary party. But an unfortunate oversight forces her to make the road trip with Luke Fletcher, the man who callously broke her heart years ago.
The journey soon dissolves into a series of misfortunes, obliging the antagonistic travelers to spend even more time together. As they overcome challenges and obstacles, they remember the spark that once flared between them. But they must decide if they're willing to risk their hearts again--or if the personal cost is simply too great.
Pining for You by Melissa Ferguson
Theo Watkins III is a respectable man--the kind who drives a Tesla, not a tractor. But when he discovers that the caretaker of his family-inherited Christmas tree farm is injured during planting season, he drives up to support the man who has been like a father to him.
Three months into her move back to the family farm, Skye Whitesides expected to run into Theo eventually. What she didn't expect was for Theo to offer up his services for the farm. Not that he has any services--her childhood best friend and the man who broke her heart seventeen years ago wouldn't know which part of the shovel was the handle. As the two are forced to work together, she finds herself lowering her guard and starting to trust Theo. Is he truly the man she hopes him to be, or will he break her heart again?
He Loves Me; He Loves Me Not by Kathleen Fuller
Thirty-five-year-old Sophie has spent years making her floral shop, Petals and Posies, a success, and her love life has suffered. She's avoided romance since her ex broke her heart, but now she's ready to start dating again.
Joe, also thirty-five, has known Sophie since kindergarten, but sparks have never flown between them. He's finally decided to get back into the dating pool after spending the past fifteen years coaching, teaching, and working with underprivileged kids. He decides to ask out Sophie. But to his dismay, someone else is also vying for her attention.
Should Sophie listen to Joe--and her heart? Or should she take a chance with Landon, the slick lawyer she's also attracted to? Will Joe, who hates conflict, do the easy thing and let Sophie and Landon be together? Or force himself out of his comfort zone because he is unable to let her go?
Kevin Weaver has lived with his brother's family since his parents passed away when he was young, but he craves a home and family to call his own. Freeman Kurtz owns a successful brick mason business, and Kevin takes the job as Freeman's apprentice to pursue his own financial freedom.
Phoebe Kurtz is helping her sister with her booth at the marketplace when she notices Kevin, her father's employee. Their friendship grows, but Kevin is convinced that the difference in their ages makes a relationship between them impossible. Amidst summer outings, Kevin and Phoebe must decide if taking a chance on love is worth the risk.
Candlelight Sweethearts by Kelly Irvin
Esther Marie Shrock loves her job at Valley Grocery Store where she's worked for four years. Despite a stutter that has plagued her since childhood, she thrives filling orders from a steady stream of customers. Still, at 25, she and her family wonder if romance is in her future.
Jasper Cotter isn't good with people, but he's found himself obligated to take over day-to-day operations of the family owned grocery store--a store he doesn't have the first clue how to run. Thrown together, Esther Marie and Jasper don't exactly see eye to eye. One night, the store loses power, and the candles aren't the only things shooting off sparks. Esther Marie and Jasper are suddenly forced to discover common ground when it matters most, and they might be surprised with love along the way.
Reeling in Love by Kathleen Fuller
Nina Stoll and Ira Yoder are just friends. Just friends and fishing buddies. Every Saturday afternoon, they have a picnic at their favorite fishing hole and see who can out fish the other. Until Nina starts to wonder if there's more.
Her plans to share her feelings go awry, and circumstances seem destined to keep Nina and Ira apart. With both Nina and Ira confused and hurting, it's going to take courage, some help from the community matchmakers, and a little bit of divine intervention for Nina and Ira to realize they're each other's perfect catch.
When Selah Ropp returns to Birch Creek, she is a different person than when she left. I know I haven't done much listening in the past, Lord, she prays. But I'm listening now. Her new friend, Cevilla Schlabach, urges her to let go of regrets and allow this to be a fresh start. Cevilla herself, though, hides a secret longing behind her weathered face.
Levi Stoll and his family spent a year transforming a large English house into a small inn. Now that they are open for business, Levi is pleased to have Selah join them as an employee--as long as his grandmother doesn't try any matchmaking schemes on the two of them. After all, Selah seems as guarded as he feels, and the last thing he wants is for anyone to remind him of his history.
With Kathleen Fuller's trademark humor and memorable characters, The Innkeeper's Bride reminds us that God's grace in the present and our hope for the future is stronger than any pain of the past.
Spend Christmas in Amish country.
As snow falls softly outside the window, curl up by the fire with this collection of 14 stories by your favorite Amish fiction authors. Let them transport you to Amish communities all across the country.
Travel to small towns where horses clip-clop down the road, farms dot the snow-covered landscape, and families gather to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas.
Sigh over sweet stories that touch your heart. Laugh, cry, rejoice, and smile as couples renew their faith and find their perfect soul mates.
These heartwarming tales of faith, hope, love, and Christmas miracles are a special gift to you from Kathleen Fuller, Lenora Worth, Adina Senft, Laura Bradford, Jennifer Beckstrand, Jennifer (J.E.B.) Spredemann, Rachel J. Good, Serena B. Miller, Mary Alford, Loree Lough, Dana R. Lynn, Susan Simpson, Tracy Fredrychowski, and Ashley Emma.
May you be richly blessed this holiday season!
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