Accidentally Amish, Valley of Choice Series #1   -     By: Olivia Newport
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Accidentally Amish, Valley of Choice Series #1

Barbour Publishing / 2012 / Paperback

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Annie Friesen, a software creator, needs to protect her intellectual property from her scheming partner. After escaping the hustle and bustle of Colorado Springs, she runs straight into the hospitality of an Amish family in San Luis Valley. When, after a little digging, Annie discovers her own ancestral connection to the plain people, her worlds collide. It appears she'll have to stay awhile, especially when she finds herself attracted to Rufus Beiler.

A cabinetmaker by trade, Rufus is having troubles of his own. Because of a competitor's false accusations, his business is in jeopardy. And so is his family when his sister, Ruth, leaves the Amish community.

Now Annie, an outsider, begins meddling in affairs that don't concern her. When Rufus tells her she can't continue to hide among the Amish and it's time for her to go home, Annie is torn. What will she choose-loneliness and the high-tech modern culture of Colorado Springs, or Rufus and the simplicity of the San Luis Valley Amish?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1616267127
ISBN-13: 9781616267124
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Series: Valley of Choice

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Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

Author Bio

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

Editorial Reviews

What a unique and fascinating cast of characters in this book!...
 


I love how the author intertwined the story of Rufus and Annie with alternate chapters of certain ancestors from 300 years earlier. Both stories could be read and enjoyed separately, but combined in one book made the intrigue even better.

Great story, I give this one a huge thumbs up!! 

This was not your typical Amish book! I loved it! The book started out with a high-paced scene full of emotion where the English world and the Amish world collide. You sense from the very first pages that this book will keep you reading.



The main character is very interesting and Olivia Newport created an intense, lovable, deep story around her life. The author also added incredible history and generational information throughout the book. She weaves new faith, personal discovery and traditional values together to develop a wonderful story readers will love.

I appreciated the energy behind the book and the emotion you feel as you journey with the characters. This book takes turns that usual Amish books don't explore and it was good to read a new perspective of Amish life.

If you enjoy Amish fiction, this book will give you a different point of view from what you are used to reading. I definitely enjoyed it!

Accidentally Amish is Book 1 of the Valley of Choice Series by Olivia Newport. This is the first book that I've read by the author and I really enjoyed it!

The book has exactly the kind of ending that the story led up to, which made everything that much more perfect. If you have been looking at the Amish love stories in all the stores and wondering where to begin, let me suggest this one. It is an excellent look into that very special world.

This is  my first book of Olivia Newport's and I was not disappointed.    I have read many works of Amish fiction and Accidentally Amish is factual and highly engaging!   I was caught up from the first moment and quickly began rooting for English Annie and Amish Rufus to find a way to bridge the differences between them.   I will leave that for you to read and see if it happens.

I would definitely read another book by Olivia Newport without hesitation. Her writing style provides plenty of descriptive background without the repetitive saturation that is so easily fallen into in this genre. I appreciated her ability to include Amish dialect without it being overpowering and annoying. In other books of this genre, I have found over-use of cultural phrases to be highly distracting. not in this book!

Not your topical Amish story, Accidentally Amish intertwines two tales of romance and how our hearts motivate our decisions.


Olivia Newport does a wonderful job of presenting both sides and her author notes at the end made the story that more impressive. I would highly recommend this book to those who like Amish and historical novels.

This was the first book in the Valley of Choice series, and I'm really looking forward to book two. The entire Beiler family will draw you in with open, accepting arms and will charm you into wanting to be apart of their family too. 

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  1. Janus Tuttle
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Book!!!
    March 1, 2014
    Janus Tuttle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It is allmost 3 a.m. and I simply had to finish Accidently Amish. I enjoyed it very, very much and could not put it down. I have ordered book 2 and 3 in this series and cannot wait for them to arrive . I enjoyed seeing how the ancestors survived and lived and also tried to place myself in Annie's situation as to what decision she had made and wondered if I could do the same. Delightful, intersting book so don't miss it!!!!
  2. Daws1996
    Virginia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Different than normal twist on Amish story
    August 24, 2013
    Daws1996
    Virginia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Normally, I'm not much for Amish stories. I can't quite put my finger on it, but while I don't mind the occasional Amish-themed book, I tend to avoid them. However the premise of Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport had enough suggested adventure that I had to give it a try.

    "Our life is grounded in submission, and yours seeks control. You can't have both." (Page 304)

    Annie must run away from Colorado Springs just long enough to decide what she's going to do to avoid the schemes of her partner and boyfriend. She takes refuge at an Amish farm, and soon learns the eldest son, Rufus, is walking through his own battle with a local contractor.

    What I Liked

    Mrs. Newport did an excellent job weaving in the secondary story of the Jakob, the ancestor who first brought Rufus' family to America. Through his life, you get a glimpse past the depth of the Amish culture to the sacrifice those who dare to step outside the confines of the church must endure. I found his story very interesting, adding true love to the overall story and insight to the chapters about the modern characters, Annie and Rufus.

    I liked sensing the struggle in Rufus, both in his developing feelings for Annie, and his turmoil over his sister's decision. Yet his beliefs were never called into question through his steadfastness and the honor he showed his parents.

    I also enjoyed the fresh ending on the story of the Rich Young Ruler from Matthew 10 as seen through Annie's story. What if this young man has looked at Jesus and decided to try life God's way?

    What I Didn't Like

    The only thing that really comes to mind is the relationship between Annie and her partner. During the story, Annie tries to reach out a couple times, and although it can be assumed things ended the way she wanted, it still seems unfinished. Now, I do know that another book follows this one, telling more of Annie's story (In Plain View), so perhaps this is addressed there.

    The Bottom Line - 5 stars

    This book was very enjoyable, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you enjoy Amish books or would like to see what an Englischer considering the Amish lifestyle might look like, then I recommend giving this book a try.
  3. Katy
    Tennessee
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Charming and out-of-the ordinary
    March 8, 2013
    Katy
    Tennessee
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Accidentally Amish isn't a typical Amish book in that the main character, Annie Frieson, is not Amish. Also, this work is actually 2 parallel stories interwoven into one novel. In addition to the contemporary, romantic suspense of Annie, there is a second story about Annie's ancestors, who came to America in 1737.

    The main story, about Annie, takes the reader quickly on a chase as Annie flees from her former boyfriend and lawyer, whom she no longer trusts. Annie's frightful flight from the city terminates in an Amish barn far from her hectic life as a software developer. There she meets the Beiler family as her world and her heart collide with the world of the Amish.

    I enjoyed reading Accidentally Amish. I like the way the stories move right along. The characters are interesting and have unique personalities. I especially like the historical story about Jakob and Verona, who along with their five children, left Switzerland and came to American seeking religious freedom. The hardships they endured with resolution, for their faith, are difficult to imagine.

    A common theme running through both stories is how to live your faith, stay true to your God and then accept the results of those decisions. The author did a great job in addressing her writing to encompass this question that is common to us all.

    I am not convinced that Annie's decisions are totally realistic, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the book that follows.
  4. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Two Stories in One
    November 25, 2012
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I found this to be a captivating read...two stories in one. One back in the 1700's and the other in modern time Colorado.

    Annie Friesen, is a very smart and rich software creator. When her lawyer decides to steal from her, she is on the run from him, and ends up in the back of a pickup. From there she lands on an Amish farm, sleeping in the barn.

    Jacob and Verona Beyeler and their 5 children, start their story on the ship to America and to Pennsylvania and religious freedom. When we read at the end of the book that this is actually the author's relatives...how interesting!

    Annie encounters Rufus Beyler and finds as she goes along her growing fondness for him. Loved the relationship forged between Ruth and Annie. So sweet...and Rufus's family are great.

    I see that this is a three part series, and I hope that some of my unanswered questions are going to be answered. Will Annie become Amish? Will Ruth return to her community? Will Rufus leave and marry Annie? What about that evil man Karl Kramer? There are more? Can't wait for the next book!!

    I received this book from the publisher Barbour Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
  5. weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A different twist with Amish Fiction
    November 18, 2012
    weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Annie is a software creature and her product is in jeopardy of being stolen and if she is not careful her life could also be in danger. While trying to flee from harm she hides in the back of a truck which ends up in Amish country. She ends up in the barn owned by Rufus's family. Even though they don't know her Rufus and his family help her out. She is hiding out for a while and tries to keep her software and herself safe. At first Annie find the Amish way of like hard with the lack of electricity and other modern convinces but the more time she spends with them the more she starts to feel at home and to question where she is going in life. Rufus knows to keep his distance from the pretty English lady but he finds himself caring for her. Can these two over come their social differences and find love? Will Annie keep her software and herself safe?

    I was not sure how I was going to like this book when I first read the description but it turned out to be a pretty good book.

    What I liked: This book had a little of everything. Romance, Suspense, Amish and even Historical. I liked both Annie and Rufus as well at Rufus's sister Ruth. There was also a interesting side story dealing with past relatives back in the 1700-1800 hundreds. I thought all the different angles of this story flowed pretty well together.

    What I did not like: I thought the suspense part of the story was a little weak. I expected a little more suspense at the climax but there wasn't much. I am also going to say the idea of someone like Annie turning Amish really does not seem likely. Of course it could happen but it seems quite unbelievable to me. As much as I liked the historical side of the story and it did fit okay into the whole storyline I kind of wish it has been a book itself. I liked the characters and wish we could have spent more time with them.

    Over all this was a good book and I enjoyed it. I am interested to see where the 2nd book goes. This book is different them some I have read and think others will enjoy it as well it has something for everyone.

    As I was writing this review I came across what the 2nd book is going to be about. It appears this is going to be a 3 part series on Annie and her struggle to turn Amish which makes this book more believable. Now I am really looking forward to the rest of the series!
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