Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Ruth's Ginger Snap Surprise (The Heart of the Amish) by Anne Blackburne

 Ruth Helmuth has never been rude in her life; trust her to choose the bishop of her Amish community for her first time!

Ruth has worked hard to keep body and soul together since her husband, Levi’s, death. She tends her herd of goats, making her living from the milk and fiber she gets from them, all while running a farm and household by herself—and very competently, thank you! How could she imagine the bishop suggesting she should give it all up to another family, who will “make better use of the space”?

Enter widower Jonas Hershberger, owner of a pair of adorable dimples and father of a charming 4-year-old daughter. Jonas is in need of a larger place to house his growing business. Ruth’s big red barn may be just the ticket. Little Abigail is in need of a new mother. Ruth might be just the ticket there, too!

Can two independent souls learn to work together for their mutual good? And will they be willing to explore what grows between them?  Or will Ruth’s fear over her “big secret” and Jonas’s caution about allowing someone new to get close to his young daughter, kill their love before it has a chance to grow?

Luckily for both of them, God’s plan involves the stubborn pair getting a little help in the form of a wise, elderly friend; a quirky orange kitten; and a smart little girl who takes one look at Ruth and decides she would make her the perfect new mother!



About The Author


Anne loves telling stories; something she credits to her father, who was always good for a tall tale of his years as a fighter pilot, or an anecdote about life. Through his work, he introduced Anne and her siblings to people from all over the world, broadening their understanding that God’s children are very different, and also very much the same. For this, she will always be grateful.

Anne’s mother showed her how to achieve her goals in life, leading by example as a woman who earned a masters degree in the 1950s, a time when most women didn’t attend college, let alone pursue graduate degrees. Another strong female inspiration in her life was her mother’s aunt, an editor in New York City during the 1920’s. She also gives credit to her five siblings, all of whom support each other’s dreams and goals.

The mother of five brilliant children (no bias here!), and surrogate mom to two standard poodles and one fluffy orange cat, Anne enjoys writing sweet, inspirational romance and cozy mysteries. She is very excited to be represented by Tamela Murray with the Steve Laube Agency, and looks forward to her first novel, “Ruth’s Ginger Snap,” a Willow Creek Amish romance, being published in the near future. More on that as it becomes available!

When she isn’t writing or working at her day job as the managing editor of a weekly newspaper in Southeast Ohio, Anne enjoys traveling to exciting new and beloved old places; visiting with friends, preferably on her front deck on a warm summer afternoon; swimming, kayaking, reading (she admits to three hours a day), and participating in community theater. She sings in her church choir and loves coffee and donut time after services, when she gets to see people she only sees at church. If Anne could live anywhere at all, it would be by water, where she would spend a lot of time walking in the sand, communing with God, through the wonder of His nature, and searching for sea glass. 

Anne believes Life is Good!


My Review

What an impact on her life a visit from her Bishop makes on Ruth Helmuth, and a series of changes that radically change everything!

I really loved this read, it was a page tuner that I didn't want to end!

From unusual proposals, to delight kittens, sweet toddlers, and add in a bit of romance and we have an awesome book!

Be sure to read the epilogue at the end!

I'll be looking for more by this author!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review. 

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