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"With this quaint, gentle read, Senft's promising series is off to a good start and will make a nice alternative for Jerry S. Eicher readers who want to try a new author." (Library Journal

"This relatable story, which launches Senft's Amish Quilt series, shows that while waiting to see God's plan can be difficult, remembering to put Jesus first, others next and yourself last ("JOY") is necessary." (Romantic Times )

"Senft perfectly captures the Amish setting of the novel, causing me both to long for the simplicity and beauty of the Amish way, but also to ponder with puzzlement some of the decisions made by the Ordnung. Amelia is an endearing character, and there were a few laugh-out-loud moments for me that I wasn't even expecting. Although this is the first book I have read by the author, she has been added to my "must read" list. If you are a fan of Amish fiction, then plan on reading The Wounded Heart soon!" (Christian Fiction Addiction )

"I absolutely loved The Hidden Life! Nothing is as enjoyable as feeling the same way the characters do throughout the story and believing that you are mixed into the same world....The Hidden Life is full of conflict, romance, and drama! Overall I felt Adina captured the Amish way of life with fine detail. Be prepared to become an even bigger fan of Adina's after you read this book and you will be eagerly anticipating the next installment The Tempted Soul just like me!" (Destination Amish on The Hidden Life )

About the Author

Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church and was often asked if she was Amish. (The answer was no.) She holds an MFA in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she is part of the adjunct faculty. Between books, Adina enjoys playing the piano and Celtic harp, making historical costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.

Product Details

  • File Size: 929 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (September 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9P56
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she was often asked by outsiders if she was Amish (the answer was no), she made her own clothes, and she perfected the art of the French braid. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty.

Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA's RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and, writing as Shelley Adina, was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers' Carol Award for book of the year. Of her fiction, publisher and industry blogger W. Terry Whalin has said, "Readers will be lost in the vivid world that [she] paints with incredible detail and masterful storytelling."

A transplanted Canadian, Adina returns there annually to have her accent calibrated. Between books, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing the piano and Celtic harp, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens. These days, she makes period costumes and only puts up her hair for historical events and fun.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Granny1 on September 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Amelia Beiler lost her husband 11 months ago when he was killed in a buggy accident. She is left with two young boys, ages 6 and 8, to raise on her own, and no income other than that earned from her husband's successful pallet shop. In order to survive, she must also take over the running of the shop.

When Amelia begins having problems with tingling and numbness in her hands, and particularly in her lower left arm, she consults with three different doctors, and all three concur in a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Devastated by this diagnosis, Amelia struggles with the only two treatment options available to her, both of which are prohibitively expensive, and neither of which can promise anything more than some relief from the debilitating symptoms of this deadly disease.

Overwhelmed by her illness and the loss of her husband, Amelia is faced with three major, life-changing decisions: first, how can she possibly pay for the medical treatment she needs; second, should she sell the business in order to pay for it; and third, how will she and her boys survive without the income from the business?

Amelia has a prospective suitor, Eli Fischer, who wants to court her but she discourages him because of her disease. After much soul-searching and many discussions with her family and Bishop Daniel Lapp, Amelia comes up with a third alternative that just might work. Then a fourth alternative comes from a totally unexpected source, and Amelia's future begins to look a little brighter.

The Wounded Heart is a wonderful story of a young widow's triumph over extreme adversity through prayer and the loving support of her entire Amish community. This book is the first in the "Amish Quilt" series written by Adina Senft, and is a "must read" book. I would rate it as 5 stars plus-perhaps 7 or 8 stars!!
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Once again another Amish novel has captivated my heart and left me sighing. A great sign of an excellent book in my personal opinion. For most people they understand the simple story lines of your typical Amish novel, but not in the case of The Wounded Heart by Adina Senft.

We have a story that is slow as it unfolds as we find ourselves immersed in the tragic story of Amelia Beiler, who has recently been left a widow after an unfortunate buggy accident that claimed not only the life of her husband, Enoch but the driver of the car that hit them as well. Now left to deal with managing a farm alone with just two small boys, she struggles to maintain her husband's pallet business as well. Offer after offer appears on her doorstep, first from an English man looking to retire and then subsequently from others within her Amish community as well.

The only thing is, that Amelia isn't sure she wants to sell. How else will she be able to provide for her family without having to move back home with her mom and dad? However when Amelia begins to experience tingling in her left hand, that leaves her numb and at times unable to use her left hand, she begins to wonder if perhaps God isn't sending her a sign after all. The only thing is will she be ready to accept all that God has for her, even if it means going against everything she believes she needs in her life.

I received this beautiful, heart-warming story as an Ebook compliments of Faith Words Publishers, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I applaud the character of Amelia for attempting to hold down the front in spite of some difficult odds that seem to stack up against her.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brenda C on September 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Amelia Beiler and her husband Enoch had been married for ten years when he was killed in a buggy accident, leaving her to care for her two sons Matthew and Elam. In addition to caring for the children she runs her husband's pallet making business which is four miles away. She longs just to stay home and be a mam to her children but the shop is there only means of support. She has been in mourning for eleven months, but still can't imagine ever finding love again. When an Englisher poses the question to her about selling her shop, rumors start that she might sell her business which brings Eli Fischer an Amisher to her shop inquiring about buying the business. About this time, Amelia starts experiencing numbness in her arm, and soon is diagnosed with a debilitating disease of MS. She has plenty of decisions to make, not just about the business but about her future, and Eli as well because he wants to start courting her. Because of her disease she feels as if she can't allow it, but he is determined to help her and her boys. How will things work out? Will Amelia get the medical treatment she needs, and could there be a second chance at love for her? Read this fantastic book and find out!

I read a lot of Amish fiction and I must say this book pulled me right in.The plot started out a bit slowly for me, but I think it was because I needed to get a feel for the characters I was being introduced to. Once the characters and their backgrounds were established the book moved along at a very brisk pace.
While the main story revolves around Amelia and her struggles, we are also introduced to her friends Emma and Carrie. All three women are facing different issues in their lives but their friendships and love of quilting bind them together.I thought the character of Amelia was multi-layered.
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