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About this book
A Cowboy at Heart, an engaging Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, weaves a clever and romantic tale of new starts and second chances.
1886–Jesse Montgomery is beginning to feel restless. Though he’s grateful to his friends Colin and Emma for helping him get on his feet again after a few bad choices and some hard living, surely the Lord doesn’t want him to stay in Apple Grove forever. Doesn’t the Almighty have plans for this reformed rowdy cowboy to build a life of his own?
When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Lovely Katie Miller, the young healer in the district, attends to him while trying to guard her heart. This sweet Amish widow cannot risk falling in love with an Englisch cowboy, charming though he may be. And yet–she believes God has a life for her too that is more than what she can presently see. Could there be a future with Jesse only He could bring about?
Welcome to the first Google Hangout On Air interview! I’m so excited to do this first online interview with Ginny Smith. In 2008, she put a request for influencers to the ACFW Book Club group for her new book Stuck in the Middle. This not only introduced me to a wonderful writer and expanded the genres I read, but I meant a wonderful godly woman. I had great fun today doing this interview.
Once again Copeland and Smith take us to 1800′s Kansas and the Amish community of Apple Grove and back with dear friends, the Switzer Family. In this installment we see a lot more of Jonas Switzer, his passion for his family and his faith. We also see the side of Jonas as he struggles with the principles of his faith in the face of adversity. Maummi Switzer, though slowing down some in her old age, is still feisty and always ready with a proverb to fit any situation. In this edition we get to know Katy Miller the young widow of Samuel Miller, and daughter-in-law of Bishop Miller. Also in the spotlight is Jesse Montgomery, Luke’s cow hand from the first book, and the object of Rebecca’s journey in book two.
I found Katy’s story especially touching. She faced several heartaches, that many women face today, however, women today have so many resources that weren’t available to women in the 1800′s. Jesse’s story is also a familiar one, he was an alcoholic struggling to stay sober. But one thing about Jesse is he will have some fun, especially with Maummi Switzer. There are some great dialog between the two of them. The authors also did a great job of adding some twists to the story that I did not see coming.
There is so much more I could say about this book. Copeland and Smith write a story with several subplots that tie everything together and move the main story along. Even though this story deals with some more serious topics than the previous books, there are some fun and lighthearted moments. One particular scene had me rolling on the floor laughing and cheering for Jesse.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book, is it appears to be the last in the Apple Grove Series.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
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The second installment of the Amish of Apple Grove series is as good as the first and maybe a little better. This story focuses on the younger Switzer daughter, Rebecca, who has never given up on the love of her life, Jesse Montgomery, that she met four years earlier. She is determined to find Jesse and prove they are meant to be together. What she finds is a whole lot of trouble as she travels to Lawrence in search of Jesse.
This story made me laugh several times as Rebecca found herself in more and more trouble. I loved how the authors pulled aspects from the first story into this one. However, you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy the second one.
The characters in this story are wonderful. Rebecca is stubborn and feisty while Colin is looking for the simpler life as a pastor. The secondary characters add so much to the story, especially Sassy. There was lots of fun watching the contrast between Rebecca and Sassy.
This is a great story for anyone who is looking for a relaxing, entertaining story with fun characters. It was one of those stories that I could guess how things would turn out, but it was a very enjoyable story. I can’t wait to see what happens next to the Amish of Apple Grove!
I’d like to thank Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this story. I am under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
If you would like to know more about the authors you can check them out at: http://loriandginny.squarespace.com/
You may enjoy checking out a blog post Virginia Smith did on the Sexual Habits of the Amish and Other Things I’ve Learned
|The Heart’s Frontier, The Amish of Apple Grove Series #1
By Lori Copeland & Virginia Smith / Harvest House Publishers
Kansas,1881-On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.
Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged-do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?
Summary: This was a fun and entertaining book of the clashes between two very different worlds. The characters were fun and each played an important role in the story. This is one of the few Amish based stories I’ve read which I found several of the situations interesting. Likewise, it is the first story based in the 1800’s on the Chisholm Trail where cowboys drove cattle to the railheads. This story provided not only a sweet love story but it had humor and the main characters ended the story better people than when they began. (Not that either of them were bad)
Digging a Little Deeper: Widower Jonas Switzer wants to find a suitable husband for his daughter, Emma. So the decision is made that Emma and her grandmother, maummi, will live with an aunt in a bigger Amish district where a suitable husband can be found. Their journey is hits a rocky spot early on when they are robbed of all their possessions. Soon afterwards they meet Luke Carson who is retrieving one of his cow hands from a saloon. Luke can’t walk away and not help the Switzers.
As I got to know the characters I feel in love with almost all of them. Emma loves her Plain life, yet she finds herself questioning some of her teaching and loving the opportunity to ride a horse. Luke is one of those guys that is rugged and a hard worker, but has a tender heart for people and not just for the Amish. The no nonsense Maummi comes across as cranky but she has a heart for her family and isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with a certain cowboy or two.
What follows are mishaps and adventures that are both funny and at times a little intense. But the biggest part of this story was two very different worlds learning to understand, respect, and support one another.
As you can tell I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed learning about the Amish, I loved the interactions between the characters and the story provided a variety of emotions.
I want to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book and look forward to future installments.
Giveaway: I would love to share my copy of this excellent book with one of you. Please leave a comment along with the state you’re from and I’ll choose a winner on April 15 at 9:00PM PDT. Open to US residents.