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Product Details

  • Series: The Bliss Creek Amish (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780736943710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736943710
  • ASIN: 0736943714
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kelly Irvin is a Kansas native and has been writing professionally for 30 years. She and her husband, Tim, make their home in Texas. They have two children, three cats, and a tankful of fish. A public relations professional, Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels and writes short stories in her spare time. To learn more about her work, visit www.kellyirvin.com.

More About the Author

Kelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both published by Harvest House Publishers. Love Still Stands, the first book in the New Hope series, debuted in September 2014, and the follow-up, Love Redeemed, released March 1, 2014. The final book in the series, set in Branson, MO., is A Plain Love Song, slated for release in July 2014.

The Bliss Creek Amish series, set in Kansas, includes To Love and to Cherish, A Heart Made New, and Love's Journey Home.

In the New Hope series, familiar characters from Bliss Creek move to Missouri to start a new district and a new life.

Kelly recently signed a contract with Zondervan Publishing for a three book series, The Amish of Bee County. The first book, The Bee Keeper's Son, will debut Jan. 20, 2015

Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine, set in San Antonio, Texas.

The Kansas native is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. In addition to attending the ACFW annual conference regularly, she has attended the Glorieta Writers Conference. She also serves as secretary of the ACFW San Antonio local chapter Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers.

A graduate of the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, Kelly has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years. She studied for three semesters at the University of Costa Rica, learning the Spanish language. As a journalist, she worked six years in the border towns of Laredo and El Paso, where she was exposed to culture and language that serves as fodder for her fiction writing. She has written hard news, features, entertainment pieces, restaurant critiques, editorials, and weekly columns. Writing awards include the Silver Star Award from the Texas Mental Health Association for articles pertaining to mental health and numerous awards in news, feature, and editorial writing from the Texas Press Association and Texas Press Women.

For 20 years, she has worked in public relations for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, where her duties include writing and designing an employee newsletter, writing news releases, collaborating on marketing campaigns, coordinating ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings, coordinating press conferences, updating the web site, and acting as a media spokesperson. \

Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-six years, and they have two young adult children. A recent addition to the family is their first granddaughter. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories, read books by her favorite authors, and play with the new baby.


For more information, visit http://www.kellyirvin.com

Customer Reviews

This book made me laugh and cry.
Mary F. O'Brien
To Love and To Cherish is a wonderful book with an important theme of forgiveness.
Jenilee Goodwin
I highly recommend this book to Amish readers.
Pam henry

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on February 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
There is nothing like starting off a book with a massive tragedy! Wow!! Right from the start we are sucked in to the story of Emma and her family - be warned the tears might start flowing! Emma loses her parents in a terrible accident and is suddenly found in a difficult spot. Her older brother Luke moves in with his wife Leah and helps Emma with the responsibility of caring for her younger siblings and the farm. There are lots of issues when you mix the two families together and it is bumpy road they travel as their emotions run high.

Not only is Emma dealing with the tragedy of losing her parents and caring for her younger siblings but she is also struggling with issues of the heart. Her ex beau Carl is suddenly back in the picture after breaking her heart in to a million pieces four years ago. On top of the new hurts she is dealing with now that Carl is back in her life, her good friend Thomas is suddenly showing an interest in her. As her heart begins to heal she can't decide who she wants to be with. You'll be wondering who will win her heart the whole time.

To Love and Cherish has everything I love in an Amish story, and a romance. There is a tragedy that tests the faith of all the characters and a story of forgiveness and redemption. There is a love interest that doesn't just fall in your lap but develops and strengthens as we read. You'll laugh and you'll cry! Best of all there are lots of unexpected events and you can't really predict what the ending will be! This was truly a great read and I'll be looking in to more books by Kelly Irvin.

I was provided with a copy of this book by the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give positive review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Loven on February 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wow!! I have never read a book that has so much happening in it. Buggy accident, tornado, barn raising, rebellious son coming home, and leaving,a nervous breakdown, a missing child in a snowstorm and that is not even a drop in the bucket. This book has lots of action. An Amish Action Adventure book, truly at times it was a bit overwhelming however, Kelly Irvin does an awesome job of keeping everything straight and tying the story together. This was a great story of learning that just as everyone does, the main female character in this story (Emma) struggles with forgiving and has for years. It began with her intended, leaving the faith, he had already been baptised, so he was not in rumspringa, but left to see what was out in the world. Emma struggles for four years to forgive Carl, but it is harder than she thought, and friends marrying and having babies makes the wound open up over and over. The death of her parents, even adds to the burden of forgiveness. How will she forgive the driver of the truck that struck their buggy, and how will she forgive God for taking her parents away? A great story that you have to read!! I loved the book and look forward to reading more books from Kelly Irvin. A 4 star rating is what I give this book! This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lvsue on March 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the characters in this book. At times I wanted to shake Emma -- she got to me! This book is the first of a series and I am eagerly waiting for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edna Tollison on April 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kelley Irvin has writing for 25 years, but this is the first book of hers that I have read. I love the Amish books but there seem to be so many authors switching over to write about them. I thought this book seem to be something I have read before as most of the Amish books do. I didn't care for the story line as it started out with Emma's parents getting hit by a large farming truck and being killed. One of her sisters was tending the produce stand and saw it happen. The farmer that hit them was so sorry that it just about did him in. A sad story to read with one thing after the other happening to the Shirack family.

After Emma had lost her boyfriend Carl Freiling to the English world now she would have to help raise her siblings. Her eldest brother and his family sold their home and moved back in with them, but his wife Leah wanted to take over and none of the children wanted to listen to her not to their older brother Luke. Just too many adults in the same house.

Emma found out that their widowed neighbor Thomas really liked her but he had talked to her dad before his death and with Thomas being so much older, the Dad didn't think that it was the correct thing to do.

Will Emma find a true love and one that she can start her own family with or will she be left an old maid taking care of her younger siblings?

Thanks to Jeane Wynn from Wynn and Wynn Media for sending me this complimentary book and the review is my own thoughts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenilee Goodwin on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kelly Irvin is a completely new author to me and I must say that I really enjoyed her writing! She writes with heart-felt emotion as she tells a story of real-life situations. I enjoyed her in-depth and passionate description of Amish life and faith.

Her characters are well thought out and extremely likeable. Many times throughout the book, I felt what they were feeling. Kelly has a way of making you a part of the story.

We have all felt tragedy, endured painful experiences. This book is one that many people will be able to relate to as they read along with this family walking through a very dark time in their lives.

Book Description:

In author Kelly Irvin's first installment in the Bliss Creek Amish series, readers will find a charming, romantic story of how God works even in the darkest moments.

It's been four years since Carl left. Four years since he left the safety of the small Amish community for the Englisch world. And in four years, Emma's heart has only begun to heal.

Now, with the unexpected death of her parents, Emma is plunged back into a world of despair and confusion. It's a confusion only compounded by Carl's return. She's supposed to be in love with him...so why can't she keep her mind off Thomas, the strong, quiet widower who always seems to be underfoot? Could the man she only knew as a friend be the one to help her to heal?

In a world that seems to be changing no matter how tightly she clings to the past, this one woman must see beyond her pain and open her heart to trust once again.

To Love and To Cherish is a wonderful book with an important theme of forgiveness. Learning to forgive, yourself and others, no matter what and allow God to bring healing is a message that Kelly Irvin quietly portrays through the main characters of this book.

I look forward to more books from Kelly Irvin!
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