10 Newly Released Amish Fiction Books To Read

New Release Amish Fiction

Happy Monday everyone! March has been quite a month for me - first my car had issues running and had to be fixed, then I was sick all last week. So I apologize for the lack of posts and reviews! Also, we are in the midst of selling our home, so it’s been quite a stressful and eventful month.

I will have a book review up this Thursday so I appreciate you all hanging in there!

Let’s get onto today’s post! Today is all about newly released Amish Fiction. I love a good Amish Fiction book. They remind me to slow down and live more simply. They also remind me of family values and how important family is.

Here are 10 newly released Amish Fiction books to look out for today at the bookstore!:

A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould

Leisel Bachmann left her Amish roots and beloved sisters to pursue a career in medicine without a second thought. She has an Englisch boyfriend, Nick Jordan, and dreams of a new life--but those dreams come crashing down when her sister Marie is diagnosed with cancer.

Soon nothing is going as she planned--not her state boards, not her first nursing job, and certainly not her relationship with Nick. As she becomes increasingly discouraged, her aunt shares the story of Leisel's grandfather during World War II and the struggle he faced between returning to Lancaster or being with the woman he loved.

Peace and a vision for the future are difficult to find, and when Nick leaves Pennsylvania for a completely new life, Leisel is faced with impossible choices. Will she stay in Lancaster, close to her family and the traditions of her past? Or learn from her grandfather's story and embrace a life of love and service in an uncertain future?

The Amish Candy Maker by Lara Hilton

Agnes Zook finds herself on her own in a small Amish community in Mackinac County after a tragedy kills her family. Most of the Amish call her “off in den Kopf” (strange) since she’s starting her own business and forging her own way in the community instead of relying on the bishop to take care of her. Since she’s viewed as non-submissive and too-forward for an Amish woman, she’s not courted by young men in the area.
Isaac Mast is on the verge of leaving the Amish church. He’s become a sought-after auctioneer and has a thriving business, but he feels confined by the strict rules. When his brother is severely injured in a wild fire, Isaac receives a letter from his sister-in-law, begging him to come to Mackinac County to help out while his brother is hospitalized. Isaac agrees but is unsure how to manage their young children when he has weekend auctions he’s expected to attend.
Agnes may be the answer to a prayer. Sparks fly when she and Isaac meet. But could their differences help them form a deeper connection to their faith...and each other?

A Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller

It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can’t help but feel that if she’d only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail’s two sisters have found love, and all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry.

Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community—his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he’s baffled by the call he’s received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away.

Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may discover a love powerful enough to restore her hope in a promising future.

An Amish Reunion - Various Authors

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four stories about reuniting with those you love. 

An Unbroken Heart by Kathleen Fuller

One minute, Joanna Schrock was arguing with her parents, and the next, her parents’ lives were claimed in a hit-and-run buggy accident. Her body is broken, but her heart is in even deeper pain— after all, how do you cope with your parents’ deaths when your last words were spoken in anger?

After an extended stint in a physical rehabilitation center, Joanna re-enters her Amish life. But nothing is the same—not even her feelings for Andrew Beiler.

Joanna has loved Andrew since the age of twelve, and her feelings have not changed throughout the years. She is thrilled when Andrew wants to get married, but she wonders whether it’s love he’s feeling, or pity. As the couple’s wedding date approaches, Joanna isn’t overcome with the deep joy she was hoping to feel; instead, she’s wracked with anxiety and guilt 

Joanna hears God whispering to her, Be strong and courageous, but she’s afraid that courage looks a lot like walking away from her dreams and into the plan of her Heavenly Father.

If Joanna takes the first step toward healing, will it cost her everything she’s ever wanted? Or could God be changing the desires of her heart?

Hearts in Harmony by Beth Wiseman

Musical prodigy Levi Shetler hasn’t touched a piano since he secretly played one years ago. His strict Amish community forbids instruments or the singing of any music not in their approved songbook. Levi asks God often why music tempts him when playing an instrument isn’t allowed in his world. 

One person knows Levi’s talents: Mary Hershberger, the girl who promised years ago to keep his secret. Mary comes from a more liberal district than Levi, but she’s facing family troubles of her own. The mutual care for an aging Englischer, Adeline, reunites Mary and Levi as young adults. They realize that, despite their differences, they have a shared love of music—and a shared confusion about whether their talents are God-given gifts or temptations luring them into the Englisch world. 

The couple realizes they must compromise or part ways, but a tragic accident shakes their decision. Both Mary and Levi will need to reconcile what they love with what their hearts say is right—because even as their passion for music brings them together, it could be what tears them apart. 

Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Luke Schrock is a new and improved man after a stint in rehab, though everyone in Stoney Ridge only remembers the old Luke. They might have forgiven him, but nobody trusts him.

Amos and Fern Lapp allow Luke to live at Windmill Farm under two conditions. First, Luke must make a sincere apology to each person he's hurt--a four-page, single-spaced list. Second, he must ask each victim of mischief to describe the damage he caused. 

Simple, Luke thinks. Offering apologies is easy. But discovering the lasting effects his careless actions have caused . . . that isn't so simple. It's gut-wrenching. 

And his list keeps growing. Izzy Miranda, beautiful and frustratingly aloof, also boards at Windmill Farm. Luke's clumsy efforts to befriend Izzy only insult and annoy her. Eager to impress, Luke sets out to prove himself to her by locating her mother. When he does, her identity sends shock waves through Stoney Ridge. 

Bestselling and award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher returns to her beloved Stoney Ridge for this brand-new series featuring some of her readers' favorite characters.

The Patient One by Shirley Shepard Gray

When word had gotten out that Andy Warner had committed suicide, everyone in Walnut Creek, Ohio, had been shocked. For seven men and women in their twenties, some Amish, some Mennonite, and some English, each of whom had once counted his or herself as one of Andy’s best friends, it had been extremely painful.

And, maybe, a source of guilt.

Years have passed since they’d all been together last. Some of them got into trouble. A couple got into arguments. Eventually they all drifted apart. But even though none of them really saw each other anymore, there was a steadfast certainty that they’d always have each other’s backs—even when no one else did. Their bond was that strong…until Andy did the unthinkable.

Now the seven remaining friends, still reeling from Andy’s death, have vowed to look after each other again. As far as they’re concerned, it doesn’t matter that they’re now in their twenties and have drifted far apart. They need to connect again…for Andy.

The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis

With her Amish parents' twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise--the old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life. 

Sylvia's bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide.

Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda's relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia's recent engagement to the preacher's grandson.

Can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness and acceptance?

With Winters First Frost by Kelly Irvin

At age seventy-three, Laura Kauffman knows she is closer to the end of life than the beginning. If God willed it, she would join her beloved late husband soon. Even so, Laura wonders what purpose God might have for her in this winter of her life—and why this season seems so lonely.

Widower Zechariah Stutzman is facing his own barren season, despite the great-grandchildren swirling around him. With his Parkinson’s worsening, he had no choice but to move in with his grandson’s family, though now he feels adrift and useless.

When Laura offers to help with Zechariah’s five great-grandchildren after their mother has a difficult childbirth, Zechariah is unsure how he will adjust to the warm but tart demeanor of this woman he has known since grade school. But soon Laura and Zechariah learn they are asking God the same questions about loss and hope. And they begin to wonder if He is providing answers after all.

I hope you found a new book or two to read! Which one is on your list?

the caffeinated bibliophile

Christian Book Suggestions Based on Movies

book suggestions based on movies

I absolutely love watching Movies and TV Shows. It’s so easy to turn on Netflix and before you know it, went through a whole binge watching session. However, I also love to read and try to read more than watch tv/movies. While reading certain books I have thought - this would make a really great movie!

If you love a particular movie, there are many amazing Christian books similar to that movie to read. So without further ado, here are 3 movies and books related to them.

Photo via Vanity Fair

Photo via Vanity Fair

If You Love Gladiator…

Photo via Daily Express

Photo via Daily Express

If You Love Dances With Wolves…

Photo Via Mental Floss

Photo Via Mental Floss

If You Love The Notebook…

I hope you found some good books to read!

What are your favorite movies? List them below in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

8 Christian Books Set During The Regency Period

Christian Books Set During The Regency Period

The Regency Era is one of the most beloved eras in literature. Pride & Prejudice, War and Peace, Frankenstein, and Emma are some popular books we think of that are set during the Regency Era. The Regency Era were the years of 1811-1820. During the Regency Era there was a period of great refinement and cultural achievement. The whole societal structure of Britain changed. While we saw great wealth there was extreme poverty. In the poor areas of London - thievery, womanizing, gambling, and constant drinking was very common.

It’s one of my most favorite time periods in historical fiction. Something about it is so romantic and fascinating. And there are so many great Christian fiction set during this time period!

So, without further ado, here are 8 Christian books set during the Regency Period:

The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen

The whole series is worth the read!

The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn. 

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora's wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them--and her future--in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.

That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.

Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.

That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.

These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

The Weaver’s Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions? Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder -- including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war hoping to find a refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort out the truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

The Inkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter

Daphne Blakemoor was perfectly happy living in her own secluded world for twelve years. She had everything she needed--loved ones, a true home, and time to indulge her imagination. But when ownership of the estate where she works as a housekeeper passes on, and the new marquis has an undeniable connection to her past, everything she's come to rely upon is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford's main goal in life is to be the exact opposite of his father. Starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect until his housekeeper turns his life upside down. 

They've spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and, perhaps, find a new path for the future together?

A Dangerous Engagement by Melanie Dickerson

Just as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall.

Government agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s help in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent bride-to-be.

Philip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their dangerous masquerade is exposed.

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

Griffith, Duke of Riverton, likes order, logic, and control, and he naturally applies this rational approach to his search for a bride. He's certain Miss Frederica St. Claire is the perfect wife for him, but while Frederica is strangely elusive, he can't seem to stop running into her stunningly beautiful cousin, Miss Isabella Breckenridge.

Isabella should be enjoying her society debut, but with her family in difficult circumstances, her uncle will only help them if she'll use her beauty to assist him in his political aims. Already uncomfortable with this agreement, the more she comes to know Griffith, the more she wishes to be free of her unfortunate obligation.

Will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and face their fears in time to find their own happily-ever-after?

The Regency Brides Collection

Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in Regency England...
Seven couples must navigate society's gauntlet to secure the hand of true love....

*  Charity and Luke are strangers who were forced to marry three years ago.
*  Adelaide and Walter share a love of music and disdain for elitism.
*  Caroline and Henry are thrown together by three orphans.
*  Helen and Isaac harbor his unlikely secret.
*  Esther is empowered to choose between old love and new.
*  Sophia is determined not to choose a man like Nash.
*  Jamie and William face a daunting London season together.

I hope you found a new book to read! What book(s) from the Regency Era are your favorite?

the caffeinated bibliophile

10 Christian Classics Everyone Should Read

10 Christian classics everyone should read

When we think of the classics we tend to think of Jane Austen, Christian Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, Harper Lee, among others. There are also Christian classics. Such as C.S. Lewis and J.R. Tolkien. They might not be as widely known as some popular classic novels but they are just as good nevertheless.

How do I determine if a book is a classic? They were one time or are still a bestseller and was published before 2000.

So without further ado, here are 10 Christian classics everyone should read:

**Just click on the title below to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and purchase if desired. I didn’t want to make this post too long! ;)

Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers

Published: 1998

Voice in the Wind was one of my absolute favorites last year. This book absolutely tore me to pieces. It was heartbreaking but I also loved the underlining messages in this book. I do think they should make a TV Series from this series - I think it would do very well if the right director picked it up.

You can read my full review —-> HERE

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Published: 1991

Another classic by Francine Rivers. This was Francine River’s first book when she transitioned into Christian fiction. It is also one of her best sellers and is often recommended and referenced in the Christian fiction genre. This book was also going to be turned into a movie but alas it couldn’t get the funding the director wanted ($30 million) to make it a success.

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1950 - 1956

We all probably have seen the movies or have heard the synopsis of this book. But I think everyone should at least read this series once. It’s a classic and you can’t beat a good fantasy!

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Published: 1945

Another classic by C.S. Lewis. The Great Divorce is about a man on a bus with others that start to reflect their own life and how they died. It’s one of those books that will make you think and remember well after reading it. It’s also a very popular book used in Christian Bible studies, Church Groups, etc.

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Published: 1678

This is probably the oldest book mentioned here. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature. It has been translated into more than 200 languages and has never been out of print. What’s unique about this book is that it’s a continuative narrative with no chapters. There are also 11 editions total. I remember reading this in High School (I took a literature class) and I remember finding it very interesting despite it being a little hard to read.

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

Published: 1979

This was probably the very first Christian historical fiction I have read. It’s one of my top favorites to this day. I also adore the movie even though some don’t like how it’s different from the book. It’s a beautiful story that reminds us about how God gives us second chance at love and how to forgive as well.

When Calls The Heart by Janette Oke

Published: 1983

As with Love Comes Softly, When Calls the Heart was another first. Janette Oke was probably my favorite author during my late teen years (18-20). This series is now a TV show on the Hallmark Channel and the 6th season will be premiered this weekend. Who also loves this show?!

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Published: 1932-1943

Who else loved Little House On The Prairie growing up? I remember reading the series as a young child and then watching the TV series as I grew older. It’s just one of those heartwarming series that’s fun to watch/read! I think it’s a must read!

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Published: 1995

If you are married this is a must! It’s such a useful tool and recommended so many times by therapists, church leaders, etc. The concept of this book is that each of us have a specific love language and once we know what our love language is (and others) we can communicate and love more easily.

Lies Women Believe by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth

Published: 2001

Ok, this was published after 2000 but I think it’s one of those books that’s recommended everywhere. It’s also one of my favorite Christian non fiction books. It really will transform how you think as a woman after you are this!

What Christian classics are your favorites? Share in the comments below!

the caffeinated bibliophile