Holding a Tender Heart, Beiler Sisters Series #1
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Soon Debbie's presence in the community attracts the attention of two suitors: Alvin Knepp, the youngest son of a poor Amish farmer, to whom Debbie is very much attracted; and Paul Wagler, the more successful and sought-after man, whose constant attention to Debbie reminds her of her old Englisha boyfriend-whom she'd rather forget.
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Beiler Sisters
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From the pen of bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher (half a million books sold) comes a charming new series set in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.
Debbie Watson is a young Englisha girl who has grown up admiring her Amish friends, the Beiler sisters. As she prepares to graduate from college, Debbie considers making the life-changing decision to convert to the Amish faith and lifestyle.
Soon Debbie’s presence in the community attracts the attention of two suitors: Alvin Knepp, the youngest son of a poor Amish farmer, to whom Debbie is very much attracted; and Paul Wagler, the more successful and sought-after man, whose constant attention to Debbie reminds her of her old Englisha boyfriendwhom she’d rather forget.
Jerry Eicher’s many fans and readers of Amish fiction will love this heartwarming new series from a master storyteller.
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.
"Holding a Tender Heart is of course a love story, but what was so impressive (and frankly, a welcome relief) was that there were many unexpected turns in the book. This book had more substance than just boy meets girl, they fall in love, and everyone lives happily ever after. I definitely enjoyed this book, and look forward to many months of happy reading with Jerry Eicher's books at my side."
"I found this book to be charming, and well written (of course due to Mr. Eicher's talent). The characters are real and became very endearing to me. I look forward to reading the rest of this series."
"Jerry Eicher's books on Amish life are unique in that he was raised Amish, which give them an authenticity missing in many of the other books in this genre. Holding a Tender Heart is no exception. Jerry gives us characters who always sound real and that we can relate to easily."
"This story has much excitement and adventure."
"Another wonderful story by Jerry."
Wendy Newcomb, wrensthoughts.blogspot.com
"There are interesting subplots along the way to keep your mind alert throughout the book. The author uses wit as well as compassion to keep the reader engrossed in the story."
Karla Hanns, karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.com
"Whether it is the superb writing or the wonderful plot, you will find the book nearly impossible to put down. From the first word, the story will draw you in and you may even find yourself praying at 4am that everything will, somehow, turn out right for the characters."
"Are you ready for a reading adventure? This is what you will get in this great read by Jerry S. Eicher. This author's books just keep getting better and better. I am certain that I have not read another Amish fiction book like this one."
BetsMoultrie, GAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadingOctober 2, 2014BetsMoultrie, GAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleThis book was so good that it was hard for me to put it down. I'm grateful that the author put a character who wants to join the Amish in this series.
Emma5 Stars Out Of 5Holding a Tender Heart by Jerry S. EicherJune 1, 2014EmmaHolding a Tender Heart (The Beiler Sisters) Jerry S. Eicher, March 1, 2014
By Mrs. Emma Stuck
This review is from: Holding a Tender Heart (The Beiler Sisters)
Holding a Tender Heart (The Beiler Sisters)
Jerry S. Eicher
Debbie Watson is a young English girl who has grown up admiring her Amish friends, the Beiler sisters. As she prepares to graduate from college, Debbie considers making the life-changing decision to convert to the Amish faith and lifestyle.
When she gets up enough nerve, she asks Bishop Beiler if she can room at their house, as a paying boarder. so she can learn more about the Amish faith and maybe become Amish.The Bishop agrees, not only does he like Debbie but he is hoping she can help with his middle daughter Lois who thinks she wants to jump the fence.
Soon Debbie's presence in the community attracts the attention of two suitors: Alvin Knepp, the youngest son of a poor Amish farmer, to whom Debbie is very much attracted; and Paul Wagler, the more successful and sought-after man, whose constant attention to Debbie reminds her of her old Englisha boyfriend--whom she'd rather forget.
Debbie Watson is English but grew up living next door to Bishop Beiler and spending time at his house playing with his daughters. She has now graduated from college and landed her first job, so now her mother is in a hurry for her to move out. Debbie knows she was born English but she feels she is Amish in her heart, she loves the peaceful life they lead.
When Verna, the oldest Beiler daughter, finally takes a stand and agrees to let a boy take her home from a singing, her father isn't any too pleased. You see, she is 24 and never once been 'allowed' to accept a ride home, but she really likes Joe Weaver. When Joe gets arrested and is looking at possibly 20 years of jail time she continues to support him against her fathers wishes and nearly finds herself excommunicated. Can her dad really do that to her, yes, if she doesn't change her mind. Verna also talks Debbie into helping somewhat with Joe's case but will it do any good?
I highly recommend reading this book.Holding a Tender Heart is a wonderful well written 5 stars book.
I am looking forward to reading the next books in this series, "Seeing YOur Face Again" june 1, 2014 and finding love at home august 2014.
I was given a copy of this book by the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
BeverlyOhioAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Filled with unpredictable twists and turns.March 26, 2014BeverlyOhioAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Being an avid fan of Amish fiction, I thought I had read about every possible plot line Amish fiction had to offer. I was delighted to find that Jerry Eicher had written a unique twist to the usual Amish story. This was a new author for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing. The book kept me eager to turn the pages. I look forward to reading the rest of the series as well as other books he has written.
The family of Bishop Beiler has a family member that is eager to break out into the English world. However, the local English girl is just as eager to learn more about the Amish lifestyle by moving in with the Beiler family. Will the influence of an Englisher in their home result in a negative outcome? What will the rest of the Amish community have to say about an outsider living with the bishop? And, how will romance play into the story? You will find many interesting twists and turns as the chapters unfold.
A special thanks to author, Jerry Eicher, for the opportunity to read and review his work. A copy of the book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.
sue wHammond,NYAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another great bookMarch 24, 2014sue wHammond,NYAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Just got done with it and it is another great book from Jerry Eicher,I can't wait to read the next one
BarbWest Monroe, LAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome BookMarch 19, 2014BarbWest Monroe, LAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jerry S. Eicher is a great Amish author and I love his books. In the beginning of my reading, I'm feeling uncertain. An English girl, Debbie, that's a neighbor to the Bishop's family and friends with his daughters, graduates from college, lands a job and she's still looking for that particular something to fill her life. She believes it's in the plain world with the Amish.
As I keep reading, word by word, paragraph by paragraph, page by page, I became absorbed into this awesome novel by Jerry S. Eicher. The characters became so real and I'm captivated by a story of love and forgiveness. Holding A Tender Heart to me was a novel I was uncertain at the first chapter, but at the final page I could say, "WOW, What an awesome book"! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. Thank you, Jerry S. Eicher, for sharing a brilliant book I was not expecting. Holding A Tender Heart is Book One in The Beiler Sisters series. I'm looking forward to reading Book Two.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.