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"The Heart's Frontier is one of the most compelling western romances I've ever read. The authors wove fun and laughter into the storyline, along with all the ruggedness and dangers of the frontier―specifically, the famous Chisholm Trail. This is Amish-meets-Wild West at its hoof-thundering, heart pounding, Plain old best."
Delia Latham, author of the Solomon's Gate Series


"I was impressed with how well this book was written and researched. The characters' back stories and personalities were revealed expertly over the length of the story; I felt I was coming to know them all as naturally as if I were another character in the book. I definitely recommend this exciting, yet gentle story of the power of faith, hard work, and family in overcoming prejudice and evil."
Cayenne DaBell


"I found this a good book to wrangle with on the patio swing, with my gal at my side."
―Alan Daugherty


"The Heart's Frontier was a great read from cover to cover. I loved the telling of the story through humor and faith."
―Patti Chauza


"Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith spin a fast-paced, romantic tale with a rich historical setting."
―Susan Kroupa, susankroupa.com


"How can you not love this book? Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith made it feel as if I was traveling with everyone on the wagon and I hated for this book to end."
Tonya Speelman

About the Author

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 100 titles, including A Kiss for Cade and Under the Summer Sky. Her beloved novel Stranded in Paradise is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. Her stories have developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than 20 inspirational novels and 50 articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Amish of Apple Grove
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736947523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736947527
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Warth on February 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Life in the unsettled old west has it challenges, especially when the travelers are Amish.

Luke Carson, trail boss, has to concentrate on his job, others are counting on him to deliver the cattle to the awaiting train, diversions are not in the plan. Jesse Montgomery, long time friend to Luke sees the fun in situations even the ones he has no control over.Emma Switzer, father Jonas, sister Rebecca, and grandmother are on a pilgrimage to Troyer.When Luke meets the Switzers he realizes that their journeys lead them on different paths, their way of life very different from his own, but by supporting one another much can be accomplished.

I found this to be a very fresh and inspiring read. The characters seemed so real, genuine and familiar and I loved every minute spent getting to know them and reading about their story. I highly recommend this book to others! Amish fiction is not a genre I read alot of personally but gravitate more toward the western genre with cowboys and gunfights, but put the two together and you can expect a fun time reading with laugh aloud moments, times when you happily sigh and some parts that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Action, suspense, humor, old fashioned values and romance pepper this creative read. Dialogue, description and scenery all worked with no dull parts. Extremely well written, very hard to put down. I look forward to a sequel in this series! Thanks to Harvest House Publishers and Netgalley for the ARC for my review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Favorite Christian Books on April 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Summary: This was a fun and entertaining book of the clashes between two very different worlds. The characters were fun and each played an important role in the story. This is one of the few Amish based stories I've read which I found several of the situations interesting. Likewise, it is the first story based in the 1800's on the Chisholm Trail where cowboys drove cattle to the railheads. This story provided not only a sweet love story but it had humor and the main characters ended the story better people than when they began. (Not that either of them were bad)

Digging a Little Deeper: Widower Jonas Switzer wants to find a suitable husband for his daughter, Emma. So the decision is made that Emma and her grandmother, maummi, will live with an aunt in a bigger Amish district where a suitable husband can be found. Their journey is hits a rocky spot early on when they are robbed of all their possessions. Soon afterwards they meet Luke Carson who is retrieving one of his cow hands from a saloon. Luke can't walk away and not help the Switzers.

As I got to know the characters I feel in love with almost all of them. Emma loves her Plain life, yet she finds herself questioning some of her teaching and loving the opportunity to ride a horse. Luke is one of those guys that is rugged and a hard worker, but has a tender heart for people and not just for the Amish. The no nonsense Maummi comes across as cranky but she has a heart for her family and isn't afraid to go toe-to-toe with a certain cowboy or two.

What follows are mishaps and adventures that are both funny and at times a little intense. But the biggest part of this story was two very different worlds learning to understand, respect, and support one another.

As you can tell I really enjoyed this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly on May 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith are both fantastic authors. I've read both of their works in the past and knew when they co-wrote this book, that their fans were in for a real treat! I was right! This book is awesome. I loved every minute of this read, from first chapter to last. Generally, you either see books about Amish, or books about cowboys, but rarely do you see the two combined. Ms. Copeland and Ms. Smith took fun loving Amish and mixed them up with sweet, hunky cowboys and turned out a wonderful book. The characters were spunky, the plot line unique and well, it's definitely an interesting book.

Emma Switzer is a young Amish woman who is setting out with her dad, Maumi and sister to her relatives in another town. Traveling by a very full wagon, Emma begins to wonder what her life holds in store for her. Back home, there is a young Amish widowed father, who needs a woman to marry him and help raise the children. But, Emma is sure she can't marry him for she doesn't love him. She knows the rules of the Amish but she still can't give in, for she refuses to marry for anything less than love.

Along the way to her relatives home, they encounter a band of ruffian cowboys who steal their oxen and their wagon, filled with Maumi's dear, dear hutch made by her Grandfather. Her English grandfather. Despite the sadness that her spunky grandmother spreads when she goes on and on about the hutch, they push forward and reach a town. Once there, Emma prays and asks God to send them help.

Luke Carson, an adorably hunky cowboy lands at the feet of....nuns. Or so he thought. Once he rights himself he comes face to face with a beautiful young woman dressed in Amish garb. Handing over money to her father, he walks away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lollipops on March 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Emma Switzer is traveling from Apple Grove, Kansas, to Troyer, Kansas, to help an elderly aunt. But enroute, her family's wagon is robbed of everything, leaving them stranded and alone in the middle of no where. They manage to walk to a town that has not much more than a saloon, but who can they find to help them?

Luke Carson is heading up his first cattle drive, pushing to get his cattle to Hays in time to catch the train. But when his best friend deserts him in favor of whiskey and women, Luke heads in to the saloon to rescue him. Instead, he finds himself landing in the dirt in front of four Amish people, with the man saying, "Thank you, Lord, for sending us help."

Luke had no intentions of helping anyone, least of all four destitute Amish. He had cattle to get to market. Besides, what happens when Amish meets the Wild West? Will they be able to mix?

THE HEART'S FRONTIER is the first historical Amish fiction I've read and the first book in the Amish of Apple Grove series. Luke is a total sweetheart, the stuff cowboy dreams are made of. He is a true hero. Emma is a mixture of characteristics, quiet and demur one moment, the next running and screaming, and the next manipulating people to do what they want. The father's faith is enviable and I--and most readers--could learn from him. Mammi, Emma's little sister, and Luke's best friend added comic relief to the story. I laughed out loud in several places.

If you are looking for a different sort of Amish--a historical, instead of contemporary--then THE HEART'S FRONTIER is a book you might want to consider. It is interesting, and it held my attention all the way to the end. I never would have thought of mixing Amish and the Wild West--but it worked for these two talented authors. Discussion questions and an exerpt from the next book in this series, A Plain and Simple Heart is included at the end of the book.
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