The Homestead #1
After losing their Lancaster farm during the Depression, Hannah's family moves miles from any Amish community to North Dakota. Her father's Pennsylvania farming methods are failing. She hopes a job at a nearby cattle ranch will help.
Hope on the Plains #2
Hanna’s family is no longer struggling to make ends meet in their new homestead, when a drought and windmill fire takes their only means of survival. Many Amish families in the community move back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is hesitant to trust anyone and unsure if she should stay in North Dakota or follow the rest of the community back to Pennsylvania.
Hannah is a fifteen-year-old Amish girl who lives on her family’s farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When her family, hit hard by the Great Depression, loses their farm, Hannah’s father decides it’s time for a fresh start. Destitute but inspired by grand plans and dreams of a better future west of Lancaster, he loads his family and what little they have left into their covered wagon.
They settle in North Dakota, hundreds of miles from any Amish community. Hannah’s mother does her best to be a good wife, supporting her husband as they try to build a new life in a wholly unfamiliar place.
Things aren’t going quite as Hannah’s father had imaginedhis visions of success are shattered by the reality that his knowledge of farming in Lancaster isn’t of much use in Midwestern soil. With the fields barren and her family on the verge of starvation, Hannah decides to take matters into her own hands. She goes into town looking for a job and finds one at a cattle ranch, where she meets charismatic ranch hand Clay Jenkins.
Clay is drawn to the independent, strong-willed newcomer. As they work together at the ranch, Hannah grapples with her own feelings for Clay, an English boy. Her life is more uncertain than ever. With Hannah’s help, will her family get back on their feet and prosper in North Dakota? And what will happen with Clay Jenkins?
Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. She is the author of four bestselling fiction series, all set in the Amish world: Hester's Hunt for Home, Lancaster Burning, Sadie’s Montana, and Lizzie Searches for Love. In addition, Byler has written four Christmas romances: The Little Amish Matchmaker, The Christmas Visitor, Mary’s Christmas Good-Bye, and Becky Meets Her Match. Linda is also well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper.