Stories of Plain Women
“A poignant journey of strength, courage and hope.”
-Amy Clipston, bestselling author of “Room on the Porch Swing”
The Heart’s Bidding
Together, schoolteacher Rachelle Lapp and auctioneer Toby Miller must face their hardest battle yet: trusting God’s plan for their uncertain future.
At twenty-nine, auctioneer Toby Miller is a notorious bachelor. But his job keeps him on the road for months out of the year, and he knows no Plain woman could want a marriage that would force her to live and raise children alone. Thankfully, Toby’s content to dedicate his life to the family business, especially now that his grandfather is retiring. So why does his heart keep longing for something—or more specifically, someone—he can’t have?
Rachelle Lapp has already turned down two marriage proposals. Neither promised a future that would bring her more joy than her job as a teacher to Amish children with developmental disabilities, including her brother, Jonah, and Toby’s sister, Sadie. But when the parents’ committee votes to send her students to the English schools, where they will have access to many more resources, Rachelle finds herself out of a job. She’s forced to decide between pursuing her calling far from home and staying near to the man she can’t get off her mind.
As their families matchmaker, Toby and Rachelle realize their jobs may not be all that’s holding them back from a future together. They both must learn not only to trust each other, but also trust God’s plans for them. But do those plans involve a lifetime together or them going their separate ways?
Faith, Family, and Community
What makes Kelly’s Amish stories so powerful?
The author of more than twenty-five Amish fiction novels and a dozen novellas, Kelly explores the lives of Plain women who experience many of the same life challenges as women of other faiths. Multiple series have spanned the country from Montana to Texas to Kansas to Missouri to Virginia. The women in these books walk through seasons of loss, grief, sudden widowhood, unexpected pregnancy, adoption, domestic abuse, postpartum depression, and infertility. They come away stronger in their faith, deeper in love, and joyful in life, giving readers the hope that they can do the same. These are stories intended to entertain while provoking thought long after the last page is turned.
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Amish Romance Series
The Amish of Bee County
Every Amish Season
In Amish Romance
Praise for Kelly’s Amish Romances
Every Good Gift
“Strangers at first, Maisy Glick and Joshua Lapp find solace in their unhappy circumstances in Kelly Irvin’s Every Good Gift. Joshua, full of sorrow and doubt. Maisy, full of regret. Together, they forge a path forward in ways that will surprise readers. Irvin’s knowledge of the Plain people shines in this endearing tale of love… Read more “Every Good Gift”
“The Amish of Bee County” series
“In this journey of grief and faith, Irvin (“The Amish of Bee County” series) thoughtfully handles the charged issues of mourning, postpartum depression, and survivor guilt. VERDICT A moving and compelling tale about the power of grace and forgiveness that reminds us how we become strongest in our most broken moments.”
The Beekeeper’s Son
“Timeless stories of love and loss reach across two generations in this romantic opening to Irvin’s (A Plain Love Song) Amish of Bee County trilogy…” “…The awesome power of faith and family over personal desire dominates this beautifully woven masterpiece.”