Following Your Heart, Fields of Home Series #2   -     By: Jerry Eicher
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Following Your Heart, Fields of Home Series #2

Harvest House Publishers / 2012 / Paperback

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Susan Hostetler a young Amish woman who had left her community for life in the outside world, returns home to her family with her English friend, Teresa Long, and Teresa's newborn, fatherless son. Teresa has come in hopes of settling with the Amish people.

Deacon Ray gets wind of the situation and forbids the unwed mother from attending the church services, fearing she will pollute the young people of the community.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736944788
ISBN-13: 9780736944786
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Series: Fields of Home

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Readers will delight in this warmhearted novel by bestselling author Jerry Eicher (more than 350,000 books sold), a former Amish man, who writes with authenticity and compassion about the people he grew up with.

Susan Hostetler a young Amish woman who had left her community for life in the outside world, returns home to her family with her English friend, Teresa Long, and Teresa's newborn, fatherless son. Teresa has come in hopes of settling with the Amish people.

Deacon Ray gets wind of the situation and forbids the unwed mother from attending the church services, fearing she will pollute the young people of the community.

Susan's estranged boyfriend, Thomas Stoll, who still has hopes of winning her back, fears the trouble with Teresa will drive Susan back into the English world.

Thomas convinces Yost Byler, an old bachelor, to propose to Teresa and adopt her child after the marriage. When Yost visits Deacon Ray with his plan, Deacon Ray agrees to the idea and removes the restriction, allowing Teresa to begin attending instruction classes.

Outraged at this turn of events, Susan is unable to persuade Teresa from her plans to marry Yost. Yet throughout it all, Deacon Ray's son, James, notices the depth of Teresa's devotion to the faith and to her son, and finds himself drawn to her.

With two Amish men interested in her, Teresa has a decision to make...and so does Susan. Will Susan stay in the community she loves....or venture back to the freedom she enjoyed in the English world?

Book Two in the Fields of Home series

Author Bio

Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A heartfelt story of grace...
    August 10, 2012
    pwnmom
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Following Your Heart picks up where Missing your Smile left off. Teresa has her son before she and Susan can make it to the Amish community. Teresa still has high hopes for joining the Amish community and what that will mean for her and her son and their future. Susan and Teresa finally make it home to Susan's Mamm and Daed's house and slip into a somewhat normal Amish routine with Teresa learning the ways of the Amish, from cooking to cleaning to church-going.

    Shortly after their arrival, Deacon Ray visits Daed and sets forth requirements and expectation for Teresa while in the Amish community. This visits upsets Susan, but Teresa agrees to what Deacon Ray has said even though it may break her heart. Eventually, Teresa receives an offer of marriage from the community bachelor. Because Teresa wants so badly for her son to grow up in the Amish community, she agrees to the marriage offer and is allowed to take classes to join the church along with the Amish youth who are ready to join the church. Along the way she catches the eye of Deacon Ray's son, James. Torn between the two men and the desires of her heart, Teresa has a big decision to make.

    Meanwhile, Susan has her own decision to make. Thomas, her estranged fiancé, has come back around apologizing and desiring to court her again. She has to decide whether she will accept his suit or if she can even trust him after the betrayal she experienced that resulted in her leaving the community in the first place. What will she decide? Will she leave the community again or stay? Will she choose Thomas or move on with her life?

    This was a wonderful book that drew me in to the life of Susan and Teresa and the emotions they experience while living life and working through the good and bad that are results from their choices. I cannot wait to read the third book in this series, Where Love Grows. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who is interested in the Amish genre or lifestyle.
  2. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Amish drama continues
    July 26, 2012
    MaryAnn
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Susan Hostetler, whom we met in Missing Your Smile, the first novel in Jerry Eicher's Fields of Home series, has returned to her Amish home and community with her Englisha friend, Teresa Long. Teresa wants to become Amish and have her fatherless grow up as one of them. The ministers aren't sure whether an unwed mother should be accepted, although Susan's parents warmly welcome Teresa. They also hope Susan will stay and patch things up with her former boyfriend, Thomas Stoll.

    Teresa fully embraces Amish life and rejoices as she grows in faith and practice. Susan seems critical of her church community and unsure about whether to remain. She certainly doesn't want Teresa forced into marrying the crusty old bachelor Yost Byler, although Teresa believes that's all she deserves. Then James, the deacon's son who hasn't been serious about any girl yet, shows an interest in Teresa, in spite of his father's objections.

    How will things turn out for these two young Amish women? Teresa intends to be baptized and join the church, but Susan refuses to do so at this time. Are both asking for trouble or simply following their hearts? And what about Susan's dad, Menno, who has a dark secret from his past? Teresa's situation brings what he'd hidden to mind.

    I recommend reading the first book in the series before Following Your Heart since it gives the background to this continuing story. Jerry Eicher was raised Amish and brings to life a different slant than other authors.
  3. Liberal, Missouri
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great series
    June 20, 2012
    admom
    Liberal, Missouri
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book look forward to the next in the series number 3 I have read a few books from this author and plan to purchase more. Recently bought Dear Naomi but have not read it yet
  4. north webster, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 18, 2012
    patti
    north webster, IN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    this is book 2 in the series fields of home, and i love it just as much as the first book. i cant wait till the 3rd one comes out so i can read it. book 2 keep me interested so much i didnt want to put it down, but i had to. as most of the authors i read that are fiction jerry keep my attention till the very last word.
  5. Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    excellent book!
    May 28, 2012
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review of Following Your Heart, Book 2 in Fields of Home series

    By Jerry Eicher

    What an exciting book! I was so sad when Missing Your Smile ended as I was anxious to find out what was going to happen to Susan Hostetler and Teresa Long when they returned to Susan's Amish home in Indiana. I was not disappointed in the book, but was surprised and upset when Deacon Ray banned Teresa from attending the church services or interacting with the Amish community. At least, he didn't say that Anna and Menno Hostetler could not allow her to remain living in their home with her baby son, Samuel.

    Good ole' Thomas comes calling to try to patch things up with Susan, but she refuses to forgive him and sends him packing yet again! He then hatches a scheme that will cause heartache and trouble for many...he will fix Teresa up with an Amish husband and decided that Yost Byler fits the bill perfectly. Well, Yost has quite a reputation among the Amish community. His home is a pig sty and he goes around in dirty clothing. So...how will this turn out? Deacon Ray loves the idea though and so does Yost! What will Teresa think? What will she do? She is willing to do anything to raise her son among the Amish. But trouble, trouble, toil and trouble.....James, Deacon Ray's son, decides that he is rather taken with Teresa as well. His father is furious and forbids them from seeing each other, but will he listen? or will he rebel against his father, the deacon?

    Meanwhile, as many seek and need forgiveness, and some refuse to give it, Menno, Susan's daed, wrestles with his own past and issues. He is in need of some forgiveness and grace. I won't reveal more as you simply must read this book yourself to find out whether or not the characters "follow their hearts" or betray their own dreams. I can hardly wait now for Book 3 in the Fields of Homes series to come out! I'll be watching for the release of Where Love Grows by Jerry Eicher and I'm sure you will too once you have read these two!

    What did I love about this book? we got to see some in-depth baptismal instruction and even part of the service. I love that Jerry's characters are so "real" with true emotions and are not perfect, even as Amish. Many seem to feel that the Amish are "perfect" people and Jerry proves to us that they are ordinary folks like us.

    What did I not like about the book? I did not like the deacon and church ministry refusing to allow Teresa to attend the church services. The Amish are known for their forgiveness and this seemed to show the very opposite to a hurting young woman in need of forgiveness, grace, and love. I also had many questions when the book ended and I think I know what might happen and can hardly wait to see if I am correct.

    About the Author:

    Jerry Eicher is a bestselling Amish fiction author. He has more than 400,000 in combined sales, including The Adams County Triology, the Hannah's Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. He grew up in a traditional Amish home, taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since that time, he has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.

    Visit Jerry's website: www.eicherjerry.com

    I was fortunate to receive a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Jerry!lo
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