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The Captive Heart FREE PREVIEW

The Captive Heart  FREE PREVIEW Author Michelle Griep
ISBN-10 9781683222330
Release 2016-07-21
Pages 36
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The Captive Heart Releases October 1, 2016! Free Extended Preview. Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a brute of an employer. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.



Paradise Valley The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book 1

Paradise Valley  The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book  1 Author Dale Cramer
ISBN-10 1441214089
Release 2011-01-01
Pages 400
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An Amish settlement in Ohio has run afoul of a law requiring their children to attend public school. Caleb Bender and his neighbors are arrested for neglect, with the state ordering the children be placed in an institution. Among them are Caleb's teenage daughter, Rachel, and the boy she has her eye on, Jake Weaver. Romance blooms between the two when Rachel helps Jake escape the children's home. Searching for a place to relocate his family where no such laws apply, Caleb learns there's inexpensive land for sale in Mexico, a place called Paradise Valley. Despite rumors of instability in the wake of the Mexican revolution, the Amish community decides this is their answer. And since it was Caleb's idea, he and his family will be the pioneers. They will send for the others once he's established a foothold and assessed the situation. Caleb's daughters are thrown into turmoil. Rachel doesn't want to leave Jake. Her sister, Emma, who has been courting Levi Mullet, fears her dreams of marriage will be dashed. Miriam has never had a beau and is acutely aware there will be no prospects in Mexico. Once there, they meet Domingo, a young man and guide who takes a liking to Miriam, something her father would never approve. While Paradise Valley is everything they'd hoped it would be, it isn't long before the bandits start giving them trouble, threatening to upset the fledgling Amish settlement, even putting their lives in danger. Thankfully no one has been harmed so far, anyway.



The Captive Heart The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book 2

The Captive Heart  The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book  2 Author Dale Cramer
ISBN-10 9781441269942
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 352
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More Danger, Adventure, Romance in Dale Cramer's Next Installment! Bandit troubles intensify as Caleb Bender's family tries to settle into their new life in 1920s Paradise Valley. When El Pantera kidnaps Rachel and leaves her brother, Aaron, for dead, Jake Weaver and the Mexican native Domingo pursue the bandit leader to his mountain stronghold in a hopeless rescue attempt. Jake and Domingo manage to escape with Rachel, with the bandits hot on their trail. In a desperate attempt to avoid recapture, Domingo puts himself squarely in harm's way, giving Jake and Rachel time to get away. This is not the quiet life Caleb Bender envisioned when he led his family out of Ohio. What is a father to make of his daughter's obvious affection for a man outside the fold? And how will a pacifist Amishman like Caleb respond to the events that threaten his family and their way of life?



Levi s Will

Levi s Will Author W. Dale Cramer
ISBN-10 144120539X
Release 2009-10-01
Pages 400
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Will flees his Old Order community at the age of 19, leaving behind a pregnant girlfriend and all things Amish. He begins a new life, joining the army and later marrying and having two sons of his own. But his life and his new family are tainted by the hidden sins of his past. Hoping to patch things up with his father, Will takes his new family to meet the old one. Levi's Will is the haunting story of a fallen man seeking to build a bridge across three generations. "A beautiful and original story. This is an accomplished work."--Booklist (starred review) "With beautiful prose and captivating characters, Cramer has crafted an unforgettable tale."--Beverly Lewis, New York Times bestselling author



Kiss of the Jewel Bird

Kiss of the Jewel Bird Author Dale Cramer
ISBN-10 0881465259
Release 2015-03-16
Pages 288
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A fallen priest comes out of Sumerian mythology, the love of Kohl's life comes out of his past, and a chicken comes out of a posh apartment on Central Park West to meet his fate. Anton Kohl's carefully constructed world is about to be deconstructed.



Though Mountains Fall The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book 3

Though Mountains Fall  The Daughters of Caleb Bender Book  3 Author Dale Cramer
ISBN-10 9781441260994
Release 2013-01-01
Pages 346
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Unique Amish Historical from a Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Amish pacifism is sorely tested in the Paradise Valley settlement in the 1920s. When an army of bandits descends on them, the Amish are saved by the last-minute arrival of government troops. But they soon learn that soldiers can be as cruel as the bandits themselves. Then a bishop travels to Mexico, and Caleb's daughters are finally able to marry, though the ban still looms for Miriam even as her beloved Domingo decides he must go off to fight in the coming war. As Caleb's frail hope of peace and freedom in Mexico slips away, he is left to ponder the question: In times of trouble, on whom should we rely?



Daughter of Twin Oaks A Secret Refuge Book 1

Daughter of Twin Oaks  A Secret Refuge Book  1 Author Lauraine Snelling
ISBN-10 9781585589937
Release 2000-04-01
Pages 336
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Will the Wounded Soldier She Rescues From Certain Death be Able to Break Down the Walls of Bitterness That Surround Her Heart? Seeking to fulfill the promise she made to her dying father, eighteen-year-old Jesselynn Highwood determines to take her little brother and the family's remaining Thoroughbreds from Twin Oaks plantation in Kentucky to her uncle's farm in Missouri, where they will be safe for the remainder of the Civil War. Jesselynn is also fleeing a cruel man in Confederate uniform who has pledged to take revenge against her for refusing his hand in marriage. No longer safe at Twin Oaks, she embarks on a perilous journey, taking on the momentous responsibility for the lives and welfare of all who go with her. They ride at night and hide during the day, dodging both Confederate and Union troops along the way. Encountering hunger, sickness, and the devastation of war, they finally arrive in Missouri only to discover that the situation there puts them in even greater danger. Discouraged, disillusioned, and facing a severe testing of her faith, Jesselynn will stop at nothing to save her family, the horses, and whatever remains of Twin Oaks.



Rachel s Secret

Rachel s Secret Author B. J. Hoff
ISBN-10 9780736933292
Release 2008-10-01
Pages 272
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Jeremiah Gant, a wounded Irish American riverboat captain, creates a stir when he bursts into the rural Amish setting of Riverhaven, but as he seeks out a safe place to recuperate, neither he nor Rachel Brenneman, a young widow, are prepared for a forbidden love that threatens to endanger a way of life for an entire community.



Arms of Love

Arms of Love Author Kelly Long
ISBN-10 9781401684969
Release 2012
Pages 309
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"Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn's Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish. Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal. Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he's ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he's made a promise that may keep them apart permanently. When Adam withdraws from Lena, she's forced to turn to his brother, Isaac, for support. Must Lena deny her heart's desire to save Adam's soul? And will life in this feral and primitive New World be more than this peace-keeping people can withstand?" -- P. [4] of cover.



Somewhere to Belong Daughters of Amana Book 1

Somewhere to Belong  Daughters of Amana Book  1 Author Judith Miller
ISBN-10 1441207562
Release 2010-03-01
Pages 366
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Johanna Ilg has lived her entire life in Main Amana, one of the seven villages inhabited by devout Christians who believe in cooperative living, a simple lifestyle, and faithful service to God. Although she's always longed to see the outside world, Johanna believes her future is rooted in the community. But when she learns a troubling secret, the world she thought she knew is shattered and she is forced to make difficult choices about a new life and the man she left behind. Berta Schumacher has lived a privileged life in Chicago, and when her parents decide they want a simpler life in Amana, Iowa, she resists. Under the strictures of the Amana villages, Berta's rebellion reaches new heights. Will her heart ever be content among the plain people of Amana?



The Road Home

The Road Home Author Beverly Lewis
ISBN-10 9781493414239
Release 2018-04-03
Pages 320
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Sent from Michigan to Pennsylvania following the tragic death of her Amish parents, Lena Rose Schwartz grieves her loss and the separation from her nine siblings. Beside the fact that Lena has never been so far from home, she hasn't met the family she will now be living with. But worse than that is having to live apart from her close-knit brothers and sisters. How will they manage without her to care for them--especially six-year-old Chris? And will her new beau, Hans Bontrager, continue to court her despite the many miles between them? Yet even as Lena Rose holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Is she willing to open her heart to new possibilities?



Summer of Light

Summer of Light Author W. Dale Cramer
ISBN-10 9781441205421
Release 2007-02-01
Pages 400
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From the Christy Award-winning Author of Levi's Will "You never know what the day will bring..." Mick Brannigan, a construction worker, loses a good-paying job because of some freak accident, sort of his fault but not his fault. Adding insult to injury, he finds himself playing nursemaid to his three kids. "Mick's whole life felt like an accident..." Even more flustered is his wife, Layne, now forced to get a job to keep a paycheck coming in. Mick isn't the stay-at-home-dad type, she's sure. He's a good dad--when she is there to supervise it all...the unrelenting daily stuff. Keeping the house clean, food in the fridge. Attacking the ever-mounting laundry. Supervising their five acres of land and the menagerie of animals.... "It wasn't his idea to stay home with the kids..." A lot is on the line, and just how the Brannigan family will survive--that is, without anyone getting seriously hurt or killed, the kids not ending up psychologically and emotionally damaged, the laundry not undoing their marriage--all remains to be seen.... Packed with humor, true-to-life characters, and themes to enlighten the soul, Summer of Light is altogether poignant, witty, entertaining, and delightfully down-to-earth.



Patchwork Dreams

Patchwork Dreams Author Laura V. Hilton
ISBN-10 1603742557
Release 2011-04-05
Pages 301
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Ever since returning from her rumschpringe pregnant and unwed, Becky Troyer has been a pariah in her Amish community. Her world changes, however, when the handsome Jacob Miller arrives at her family's farm. As their friendship deepens, the two find themselves inexplicably drawn to each other.



Dollbaby

Dollbaby Author Laura Lane McNeal
ISBN-10 9781101614716
Release 2014-07-03
Pages 352
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A Top Ten Finalist for Best Historical Novel, Goodreads Choice Awards, and a LibraryReads and Okra Pick A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets. For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places. For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time. By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their hearts.



Hope in the Land

Hope in the Land Author Olivia Newport
ISBN-10 9781634096577
Release 2016-04-01
Pages 320
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When Henry Edison turns up in Lancaster County to survey farm women about their domestic contributions during the 1930s, the last thing Amish housewife Gloria Grabill has time for is the government agent’s unending questions. Gloria’s hands are already full with a farm to run alongside her husband, a houseful of children, and an English neighbor, Minerva Swain, who has been trying Gloria’s patience for forty years. Gloria’s oldest daughter, Polly, wants nothing more than the traditional path of an Amish farmer’s wife, but everything she does seems to push Thomas Coblentz further away. While the Great Depression shadows the country in gloom, can Amish and English neighbors in Lancaster County grasp the goodness that will sustain hope?



The Secret Keeper Home to Hickory Hollow Book 4

The Secret Keeper  Home to Hickory Hollow Book  4 Author Beverly Lewis
ISBN-10 9781441262721
Release 2013-09-03
Pages 352
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Readers Eagerly Await the Latest from Beverly Lewis, the #1 Name in Amish Fiction With her love for all things old-fashioned, Jennifer Burns has often been told she's an "old soul," but no one is prepared for the young woman's decision to set aside her modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world. Yet Jenny does exactly that, adopting Plain dress and settling in with Samuel and Rebecca Lapp while she works as a mother's helper for the bishop's wife--a far cry from her former job as an x-ray technician. The people of Hickory Hollow are curious about the beautiful young seeker among them, one handsome Amishman in particular. But he is not the only man vying for Jenny's affections, and Jenny faces many challenges in the Proving time the brethren have set for her...challenges of the heart, as well as the spirit. Will Jenny's secrets keep her from the peace she longs for? Or will they lead the way home?



Bad Ground

Bad Ground Author W. Dale Cramer
ISBN-10 9780764227844
Release 2004
Pages 382
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At his mother's death bed wish, a teenager tracks down an estranged uncle hardened by life. A poignant book from a masterful author.