Book Review

by Jerry S. Eicher

Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary Romance

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This story has so much charm and heart that fans of Amish fiction won’t be disappointed. With stellar characterization and expert insight into the Amish community, Eicher’s Beiler Sisters series starter is enjoyable from start to finish. The whimsical, uplifting quality to the story also can’t be missed. Readers looking for a Christian romance that feels authentic should give this a try.

Debbie Watson is not Amish, but she’s good friends with the Amish Beiler sisters. As each day passes, Debbie’s belief that her heart is calling her to the Amish lifestyle grows stronger. Stepping out on faith, she moves into the Amish community and takes an interest in a young Amish farmer, Alvin Knepp. Alvin is the youngest son of a poor Amish farmer and has been labeled an unsuitable match. Will Debbie listen to social mandates or follow her heart? (HARVEST HOUSE, Mar., 352 pp., $13.99)

Reviewed By: Susannah Balch


Published: March 2014

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Holding A Tender Heart

Submitted by BeverlyL on March 26, 2014 - 10:35pm.

Being 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.