Valerie Weaver-Zercher combines research and interviews with devoted readers, publishers, and authors to produce a lively and provocative examination of the Amish romance novel. She discusses strategies that literary agents and booksellers use to drive the genre’s popularity. By asking questions about authenticity, cultural appropriation, and commodification, Thrill of the Chaste also considers Amish fiction’s effects on Amish and non-Amish audiences alike. MORE DETAILS.
Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels by Valerie Weaver-Zercher
A Little Bit of Charm by Mary Ellis
Rachel King has always wanted to work with horses, but when her handsome boss sweeps her off her feet, she starts to doubt everything in life, including her Amish faith. Horse breeder and trainer, Jake Brady dreams of winning the Kentucky Derby with his new colt. But how much is he willing to risk for a chance at fame and fortune? A Little Bit of Charm–a story about making choices that will last a lifetime. MORE DETAILS.
The Wanderers by Paul Stutzman
An Amish Love Story About Hope and Finding Home. Everything in God’s nature, Johnny observed, did what it was created to do. Everything, that is, except the human race. Johnny was born into an Amish family, into a long line of farmers and good businessmen. He is expected to follow the traditions of family and church as he grows to adulthood. But even as a boy, he questions whether he can be satisfied with this lifestyle. He wants “more” – more education, more travel, more opportunity. His restlessness leads him down a dangerous road where too much partying and drinking result in heartbreaking consequences. He’s adrift, and no one seems to be able to help him find his direction. Then he meets spunky Annie… MORE DETAILS.
The Names of Our Tears: An Amish-Country Mystery by P.L. Gaus
Ruth Zook returns home to Holmes County, Ohio, carrying a heavy suitcase and a heavier heart. Coerced into becoming a drug mule, Ruth retaliates by destroying her illicit burden and pays for it with her life. When Fannie Helmuth confesses that she was similarly coerced, Sheriff Bruce Robertson realizes that the drug dealers’ operation reaches all the way to Florida’s Pinecraft Amish community. He immediately moves the investigation South, where more innocent lives are in jeopardy. Like the bestselling books in Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series, The Names of Our Tears is a riveting mystery loaded with the page-turning thrills and suspense that readers love. MORE DETAILS.
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek Ohio by Serena Miller
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek Ohio is a romantic novel based in Sugarcreek, Ohio. A mysterious outsider casts a long shadow in Ohio Amish country. Policewoman Rachel Troyer has always looked after her three elderly Amish aunts, proprietors of a farmhouse inn near Sugarcreek, Ohio. The idyllic town is popular with tourists, who come to sample its famous Amish goods.MORE DETAILS.
Little did author Serena B. Miller realize that her book would be made into a made-for-TV movie. The movie was filmed entirely on location in the Sugarcreek Ohio Amish country area.
Promise to Return: A Novel by Elizabeth Byler Younts
It’s 1943, and Miriam Coblentz and Henry Mast are nearing their wedding day when the unthinkable happens—Henry is drafted. However, since he is a part of the pacifist Amish tradition, Henry is sent to a conscientious objector Civilian Public Service camp. When he leaves for the work camp, his gaping absence turns Miriam’s life upside down. Little does she know it’s only the beginning… When Henry returns home, he brings news that shakes Miriam and their Amish community to the core. Henry believes God has called him to enlist in the army and fight for his country, leaving her to make an important decision: whether to choose loyalty to the peaceful life she’s always known or her love for Henry. Two worlds collide in this unforgettable debut novel, providing a fascinating and rare look into Amish culture during World War II. MORE DETAILS.
The Confession by Beverly Lewis
Katie Lapp has been torn from her close-knit Plain family and community in the painful ordeal known as the shunning. But as she strikes out into the strange and sometimes dangerous “English” world, she is unaware that the man she loves is planning to return to his Amish family–and to her. Now in a special edition set to coincide with the debut of the Hallmark Channel movie, this redemptive story of love and grace offers readers a unique glimpse into the lives of the Amish. MORE DETAILS.
This book is also available as a Hallmark Movie DVD. ‘THE CONFESSION’.
The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda Brunstetter
Now a New York Times Bestseller! Join the club of unlikely quilters who show up for Amish widow Emma Yoder’s quilting classes. A troubled young woman, a struggling couple, a widower, a rough and tough biker, and a preacher’s wife make up the mismatched lot. But as their problems begin to bind them together like the scraps of fabric stitched together in a quilt, they learn to open up and lend a helping hand. Is this what God had in mind to heal hurting hearts and create beauty from fragments? MORE DETAILS.