A Plain and Simple Heart, Amish of Apple Grove Series #2
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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Amish of Apple Grove
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A Plain and Simple Heart, an exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.
1884Several years earlier, young Rebecca Switzer lost her heart to Jesse Montgomery, a rugged but dissolute cowboy on a dusty cattle trail near the Amish settlement of Apple Grove. Now she is grown up, and when she hears one day that he has been spotted nearby, her desire is plain and simple: She must see him.
Sheriff Colin Maddox is counting the days until he can leave law enforcement and follow his dream of starting a church. When a lovely woman, new to town and looking travel weary and a bit lost, gets caught up in the middle of a temperance riot, she is arrested along with the leaders. He can hardly believe she is what she claimsa Plain and simple woman. Nor can he believe how quickly he loses his heart to her. Can Colin convince her to forget Jesse and give him a chance?
Lori Copeland is the author of more than 100 titles, including A Kiss for Cade and Under the Summer Sky. Her beloved novel Stranded in Paradise is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. Her stories have developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance.
Virginia Smith is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels (and counting). Her books have received numerous awards, including two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense. Visit her at www.VirginiaSmith.org.
"A fun book by a dynamic author-duo of Inspirational Western Amish genre. The Amish of Apple Grove series books are plots beyond normal in historical western or Amish genres. It's a bit more raucous than cozy; in an inspiring way. Yes, even some romance shot into the mix."
"This book will get you hooked within the first chapter and you will not want to put it down. It is a fun read just to see what Rebecca will come up with next."
Edna Tollison, edna-myfavoritethings.blogspot.com
"I have not read the first, but I found this one delightful. Who would have thought that the Western-Amish combination would work at all? I guess that's the genius of the two authors... The characters are many and well-developed, as is the story. Just when you think you know what will happen next, the story takes an unexpected turn."
Emily A. Akin, writer, editor, emilyakin.com
"This book contains a pleasant mix of Amish culture and Christian faith that keeps the focus on making godly decisions and trusting Him for guidance. This is a great story both for adults and for teens. I recommend it highly."
Suzanne Williams, Suzanne Williams Photography
"Once again, Copeland and Smith have crafted a wonderful, heartwarming tale of young love that is not your typical Amish romance. The first book in The Amish of Apple Grove series set a high standard for a different kind of Amish tale. A Plain and Simple Heart raises the banner even higher, and does notfor even an instantdisappoint. Can't imagine what the authors will come up with next for Apple Grove, but this reader can't wait to find out. A highly recommended, joy of a read!"
Delia Latham, author of the Solomon's Gate Series
MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Learn About the Love of Father God.March 12, 2014MargotSouth AustraliaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In "Heart's Frontier" we followed the romance of Amish Emma and cowboy Luke. "A Plain and Simple Heart" follows the story of Rebecca, Emma's younger sister, who goes in search of childhood sweetheart, Jess, and ends up glad her plans were changed. I won't spoil it for you by telling you how it ends! I thought it was slower to develop than the first in the series, and perhaps not as rich, although it was interesting to see 'up close and personal' the early days of the Women's Christian Temperance Union in Kansas. Possibly my favorite character was Jonas Switzer, Rebecca's Papa - such wisdom, such depth, such control, such unconditional love - such a picture of our Heavenly Father when he says "the choices you have made are not the ones I hoped for, but you will never be a disappointment." I am looking forward to Part 3 in the series.
Delia Latham5 Stars Out Of 5Spunky Amish? You bet!!!October 6, 2012Delia Latham1884â€”A young Amish girl sets out on rumspringa to track down the man she loves and give him her lovelorn heart. But love has ever been known to be unpredictable... What sweet, innocent Rebecca Switzer actually finds could be something quite different than what she had in mind.
Once again, Copeland and Smith have crafted a wonderful, heartwarming tale of young love that is NOT your typical Amish romance. What could possibly make an innocent young Amish woman set off on her own, under cover of night, in pursuit of a man who may or may not return her affection? What stretch of imagination could place that same young lady behind bars in a handsome cowboy sheriff's jailhouse? And what possible good could come of an Amish rumspringa gone so far off the intended path?
The first book in The Amish of Apple Grove series set a high standard for a rousingly different kind of Amish tale. A PLAIN & SIMPLE HEART raises the banner even higher, and does notâ€”for even an instantâ€”disappoint. Can't imagine what the authors will come up with next for Apple Grove, but this reader can't wait to find out. A highly recommended, joy of a read!
Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Two Romances, Adventure, Historical event, moreSeptember 24, 2012Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rebecca has held a love Jesse every since meeting him during a cattle drive. The cowboys had helped her family when they were robbed. Rebecca is Amish. Yet her sister, Emma, married Luke the cowboy who was in charge of the cattle drive.
So Rebecca leaves at night to set out to find who she thinks is her true love. She is arrested and put in jail. Colin, the sheriff, has a time with this spit fire of a young woman taking over the jail.
Rebecca gets caught up in the Temperance Movement by accident. Yet through it all she makes friend with the Englishers.
Amos comes to bail her out of jail with money from the Amish Community. He cannot believe the outside world. He falls for Sassy - Sarah, who had worked in a Saloon. She returns to the Amish Community.
I could not put the book down. I read it in two days.
Rebecca's love for Jesse turns out to be the love for a friend. He is not what she thought he would be. She finds out he is not her true love.
Yet on this adventure she finds her true love.
I await the next book Lori and Virginia write together. God has gifted them both.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Amish Western Historical RomanceSeptember 16, 2012IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Rebecca Switzer has a crush on Englischer Jesse Montgomery, but knows that her father will never permit another daughter to marry a non-Amish man. At seventeen, Rebecca hasn't seen the cattle drover for four years, yet she still harbours a fantasy that he will return to Apple Grove, Kansas, join the Amish and marry her. She finds out the Jesse is living in Lawrence, Texas, so enlists the help of her sister and brother-in-law to travel alone to Lawrence, announce her love to Jesse and bring him back to Apple Grove.
This first impression of Rebecca is not good. She is wilful and naÃ¯ve, not a good combination at any age but particularly not for a teenager who fancies herself in love with a virtual stranger than she hasn't seen or heard from in years, especially one with a reputation for drinking and women. Her justification for this very un-Amish behaviour is that as she is on rumspringa, not yet baptised into the church, and therefore should be permitted an adventure before adopting a lifetime of obedience to the Ordnung.
Unfortunately for Rebecca, when she arrives in Lawrence, she finds herself arrested with the women of the local temperance movement, and jailed for ninety days under the supervision of town Sheriff Colin Maddox. We then get introduced to Amos Beiler, a widow with three children who is interested in marrying Rebecca, who, at thirteen years her senior, is closer in age to his daughter than to him. I think that's a bit creepy. It is creepy in real life (Michael Douglas, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney) and it's creepy in fiction.
The story was well-written and I really liked Colin and the other Lawrence townsfolk. I just found it difficult to like Rebecca, and it's really hard to like a book when, as a reader, you don't like or can't related to the main character. Overall, I found the temperance subplot much more interesting than the main romance plot, which was a more than a little unbelievable, both in terms of timing and a lack of romantic tension.
I read A Plain and Simple Heart because I wondered if an Amish romance would be better for being set in a time where the technological differences between the Amish and the Englisch were not so obvious. It wasn't. The writing was good, but it had the same vapid heroine as many of the contemporary equivalents. Maybe she reminds me of myself at that age; maybe she is a sign of what I hope my own daughter won't become; maybe she just makes me think of Bella from Twilight. Either way, I just couldn't relate to Rebecca.
This book is the second in The Amish of Apple Grove series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. I think the first book dealt with the romance between Emma (Rebecca's sister) and Luke. They seem to be nice characters, from what little we saw of them in A Plain and Simple Heart, so that may be worth reading. But unless you are a fan of teenage romance or Amish fiction, I wouldn't recommend A Plain and Simple Heart.
Thanks to Harvest House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
NancyNew Paris, INAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A good follow up of book 1September 8, 2012NancyNew Paris, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Just as interesting and enjoyable as the first book. It had a slightly different twist. This was a different sister and she was a differant person. But even though she left the Amish, she kept her faith in the Lord and God. The same as her sister did.