Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Amish Homecoming by Jo Ann Brown

The Prodigal Daughter Returns

Ten years ago, Amish quiltmaker Leah Beiler and her twin brother left their community and family without a word. Now she's finally come home—with her orphaned young niece. Leah has much to explain to so many, including Ezra Stoltzfus. Before she left, she dreamed of marrying the handsome dairy farmer. But now that she's lived among the English and is raising a child who knows nothing of Amish ways, Ezra worries she'll leave again. Leah will have to prove to Ezra that her future is in Paradise Springs—and with him—forever.


About The Author

jo ann brown bio

Jo Ann Brown has been creating characters and stories for as long as she can remember. Her first stories were populated with her friends and sisters. She wrote her first novel in high school, and it happily resides in the very back of her file cabinet. Fast forward through college, serving in the Army as a quartermaster officer, getting married, and increasing her blessings with three children...and Jo Ann sold her first book (a western historical romance) in 1987. Since it was published in 1988, she has sold over 100 titles and has become a best-selling and award-winning author. Romantic Times called her "a truly talented author." She writes romance, mystery, and paranormal under a variety of pen names. She currently writes for Harlequin Love Inspired Historical and Guideposts mystery series as Jo Ann Brown, and she writes paranormal, Regency romances, and mysteries for ImaJinn. She also is co-authoring an Amish series for Berkley with Cameron Dokey. They write as Marianne Ellis.
Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages and are sold on every continent except Antarctica. A sought-after speaker, she has been teaching creative writing for over 20 years, and she established several popular fiction courses at Brown University.
She has always lived on the east coast, but now resides in Nevada with her husband and two chubby cats.


My Review

In Amish Homecoming you will find yourself quickly absorbed into the Amish culture, and wanting to stay.
Leah left when her brother Johnny had a fight with her Dad, and she worried about her twin, and in the end is away for ten years. A lot happened during that time and now Leah is the guardian of her niece Mandy, and her brother is gone.
Can you imagine a young English girl of ten thrown into the Amish life, meeting relatives she never knew, and then attending Amish services, three hours long?
What a different story here, and we will root for Leah to resume her relationship with her neighbor Ezra, but ten years is a long time, and hearts change, is there a chance they can be together.
Can Leah, a woman who is always the first to aid those in distress and wears her heart on her sleeve, regain her father’s love? Such hurt and a long time apart, will she be able to step back into this community and be accepted.
A recommended sweet read with a different twist. Enjoy!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Love Inspired, and was not required to give a positive review.

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