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Jacob's Daughter: Book One: Amish Series (Jacob's Daughter Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Jillian Bayarr
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Book Description

Contains sneak peek of TWO chapters of
AMISH WINTER WONDERLAND: Book Two (in this series)

Twenty-eight-year-old LIZZIE BARLOW is running from her past and present mistakes. Not knowing which direction to go, she finds herself hiding out in the same Amish community in which she grew up. With her ten-year-old daughter Abby, in tow, she fears her secrets will catch up to her.

When ABBY discovers her real father may be living just down the road from where they are staying, she sets off on an adventure to meet him. What she doesn't know are the many secrets that her mother never shared with her--the same secrets that will turn her life upside down.

JACOB YODER is an Amish widower, trying to raise his ten-year-old son, when his past shows up on his doorstep unexpectedly, threatening to change his life forever.

Will life ever be the same for Lizzie and Jacob again? Or will their mistakes change everything?

Also AVAILABLE, BOOK TWO: Amish Winter Wonderland (Jacob's Daughter series)
Look for BOOK THREE: Under The Mulberry Tree, BOOK FOUR: Amish Summer of Promises, BOOK FIVE: An Amish Courtship (Jacob's Daughter series) coming in 2012

Editorial Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, August 24, 2012
This review is from: Jacob's Daughter: Book One (An Amish, Christian Romance) (Kindle Edition)
This series was the first Amish series I read. It was amazing!! I am now rereading it since its been awhile and I love it more the second time around. If you like to read about Amish Romance this series is for sure a must read. There is not one book in the series that would dissapoint you. Love it!!!

About the Author

Samantha Jillian Bayarr is the author of Best Selling Amish Romance series, Jacob's Daughter (7 books in series) and Little Wild Flower (4 books in series) 

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Were We All Reading the Same Book? October 8, 2012
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I have read many works of Christian fiction. Some of them were excellent, with compelling storylines, interesting, well-developed characters, suspense, and satisfying conclusions. Others were dull, flat, plotless stories that went nowhere. Unfortunately, this book falls into the second category. I found Lizzie to be as shallow a character as they come, and the whole notion of her returning to her Amish community when her life and her daughter's life are in danger might have worked if there had been some suspense and some believable actions on the part of the other characters. But the suspense was nowhere to be found. Lizzie and Jacob acted like 13-year-olds on a first date even though they were married [albeit under bizarre circumstances]. With all the early talk about Eddie's "thugs" (cliches, anyone?), I expected that they would at least make an appearance and provide some conflict, but they must have been pretty dumb thugs if they couldn't do some investigating and find Lizzie. And why would they expect money from her anyway? That part of the story was so sketchy that I never really understood the relationship. After reading stories from authors like Hannah Alexander, Francine Rivers, and Lauraine Snelling [who, by the way, maintain the Christian feel without preaching or sacrificing what makes a story good], I can't understand why this particular mess was even published. It kind of makes me mad that I even wasted the few hours it took to read it, and I'm very glad I only spent 99 Cents for this sleep-inducing reading experience.

What puzzles me the most is how so many reviewers could give this book four or five stars. With all the excellent books out there, I will not waste my time on another by this author.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! June 7, 2012
By Weasy
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This was the first book I read in this series and I fell in love with it. I work in a high school library and I recommended it to some of our readers and they felt as I did. Several of the girls told me they couldn't put in down that they were enjoying it so much. It is a light reading book and I think the young and old alike would enjoy it.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll be the first to give it a "1" May 5, 2012
By Joleen
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Read on if you don't mind spoilers...
Yes, and I'm sorry I had to give it a "1". I'm being honest here. This book seemed to have been written in a few short hours, like a short story some teacher asked a student to write for a class. It could have been great, with more time, more imagination, more background, more character development... Basically, only the IDEA behind the plot was good. Writing was mediocre.
Jacob's daughter (Abby) is not even Jacob's daughter. And for Jacob to be caught up in having to marry her mother (Lizzie) the way it happened was totally unbelievable wrought with lies, and manipulations.
The idea that Jacob mourned unshaven for over 13 years for his dead wife whom he didn't even love, then the very week (unbeknownst to him) his one true love (Lizzie) returns, he had already shaved his beard (meaning he's back on the market). Unbelievable.
The Elders decide that Jacob sired Abby before Lizzy took off with some Englischer and so when she shows back up he's told he has to do the right thing and marry her (without any other punishment?) Unbelievable.
Within 1 week, he goes from still mourning, to being betrothed to the woman he yearned for all these years. Unbelievable.
Given a few more weeks of writing to work out plot, history and characters it might have been a believable and complete story. I thought it was a freebie; it should have been. Sadly I did in fact spend $1.99 on it. The cover must have drawn me in... it is cute!
Many freebies I've read have surpassed this one. And now I hear there are more in a series? Not for me. And if this is the way the author continues to write, I'll stick with Dale Cramer, thank you very THERE'S a writer!!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacob's Daughter July 15, 2012
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I loved this book....I love reading amish books and this author is one I will keep checking on.
I have read the entire series of Jacob's Daughter and look forward to the next book. :) I give it a BIG THUMBS UP
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable & Totally Unbelievable August 14, 2012
By Jazwyn
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I found this story to contain many aspects that were very unbelievable. Lizzie is welcomed back in the community by her family, the community members, the Elders and the Bishop just like that after being gone ten years?!? She wasn't shunned? Really?? Jacob marries Lizzie the first day he sees her after ten years with no questions asked? Whadda guy! Eddie's thugs don't do a little detective work and find out where Lizzie went? Guess they didn't want that money after all?

The story line is predictable. Young girl falls in love with young man, problem arises so she leaves, she comes back after many years, the young man, now older, marries her and they live happily ever after. Sounds like a good fairy tale.

I've read many Amish romance novels and found that this story lacked depth of characters, no disciplinary actions by the Bishop and Elders (after running away, having a child and becoming Englisch), no follow-through regarding Eddie's thugs (they just kinda disappeared) and Jacob's actions in regards to marrying Lizzie overly complacent.

I have no plans to read any more books in this series and may not read any more books from this author either. There are much better Amish romance novels out there to be read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacob's daughter excellent book.
I liked all the book and looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Would recommend to others to read.
Published 9 days ago by Shirley Lunsford
4.0 out of 5 stars Jacob's Daughter
I enjoyed this story very much. It is nice to read a good story about family in today's world. Highly recommend this book.
Published 21 days ago by Jackquelyn Swett
3.0 out of 5 stars Quickly read, but easily forgotten!
Jacob's Daughter is not a bad book, just a predictable one. It has been a few months since I read it and I'm having difficulty remembering much about it.
Published 27 days ago by Kathryn Dane
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
I started about 7:30pm and finished before bed. I only do this when I can not put the book down. I fell in love with the characters.
Published 29 days ago by librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I read this book a long time ago and it began my love of Amish books. Thank you for a wonderful book.
Published 1 month ago by Gretchen Way
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Published 1 month ago by stitcher45
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love these books!!
Published 2 months ago by Judy Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by L. Sigmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love this. And would give it five stars couldn't. Stop reading read it in a day. Now I am reading the second book
Published 2 months ago by Patricia A. Howard
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More About the Author

Samantha Jillian Bayarr founded Livingston Hall Publishers in 2002. Named for her great, great grandfather, Edward Livingston Hall, who owned a publishing house in the late 1800's, until his passing; Samantha resurrected this legacy as a way of honoring him for passing onto her his love for the written word.

Working in the production aspect of publishing has provided her with the expertise needed to produce develop and design books from the inside out. When it came time to publish her own work, her experience in the field lent her the ability to produce several genres, specializing in Christian Historical Romance and Amish Romance.

Her first book, Little Wild Flower, an Amish Romance, was borne from her up-close encounters with the Amish community she lived near in Indiana until 1995 when she moved to Florida.

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