First Line Friday #106

Today, I am featuring Book 2 in The Amish of Apple Grove Series—A Plain and Simple Heart by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith. This is a historical Christian romance.

First Line:

"Rebecca! The Laundry will not hang itself. 'An idle brain is the devil's workshop.'"

My Thoughts:

We met Rebecca Switzer in Book One of this historical Amish series. Rebecca was young—too young for romance—in the first novel. However, that didn't stop her from falling in love with Jesse Montgomery. Over the years, she grew into a young woman who secretly held onto her love for Jesse. That is where this book begins. Rebecca decides to go find Jesse and tell him about her love for him. She's certain that Jesse had returned her feelings when she first met him. Once he hears of her undying love, he will return to her community, embrace her Amish beliefs, and they can finally marry.

What she hadn't expected was to be pulled into the middle of a temperance riot, and arrested. While in jail, she meets Colin Maddox, the sheriff of the town she had traveled to. Colin can't wait for the arrival of the new sheriff so he can finally leave this job and this town. The last thing he wants is to deal with this temperance riot and a young woman who claims to be Amish. She had been dressed in regular clothes when she came to town and boldly stood with the other female rioters. It was only when she had to appear in court that she donned her Amish dress and cap. The woman would obviously stop at nothing to make herself appear innocent. But Colin wasn't fooled.

Unfortunately for Rebecca, Jesse is no longer in this town. How will she find him while sitting in a jail cell? And what was it about the sheriff that stirred her heart—a heart that belonged to Jesse, didn't it? Besides, she doubted the sheriff would be interested in becoming Amish.

This is a delightful book, full of humorous moments, which is very typical of the author, Lori Copeland. If you want a fun historical romance with Christian values to distract yourself, this is the book for you. Find out what happens when Rebecca's Amish community sends a delegate—a man who is single—to help Rebecca return to her people. And will she ever find Jesse? There are enjoyable twists and turns in this entertaining novel.

To read more of this book, click HERE.

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Anneliese Dalaba

January 19, 2022