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The Heart's Frontier (The Amish of Apple Grove, No. 1) Paperback – March 1, 2012

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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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,160,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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These two authors have done a fantastic job working together to produce this fantastic book! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Emma and Luke's story was so different than any other Amish romance that I have read and I have read A LOT of them! I loved their story with all it's twist and turns. It was well developed as was the characters. I loved Emma and Luke as I did a bunch of other characters in this story, especially Emma's Maummi (Grandmother) and her sister Rebecca! Both of them made me laugh. I can't wait to read books two and three. I also just discovered the book about Emma's dad when he was 19yrs old. I missed seeing that previously and just downloaded it to read. It's a very short read, so, better late than never. I highly recommend this book! Great job Lori and Virginia!
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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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Now, here is another book I would have much preferred to give a 4.5 star rating ... but as that is not an option ... I went for the 5 star instead. If you are looking for your typical Amish fiction book ... you may be disappointed. However, as I adore Amish fiction and my 2nd greatest love in reading is historical inspiration ... this worked well for me, although I have to admit I still love both of those other types of books a bit more!

This book is about Emma ... who you think is going to be your typical Amish or Plain young woman and Luke, the trail boss in this case. Emma, her father, sister, Rebecca and her Grandmother set off to take the Grandmother and Emma to stay with Emma's aunt to help out. Along the way they get robbed by a gang of men, who take their wagon and everything they have packed in it. They manage to meet up with Luke, his team of drovers and of course, the cattle going to market. A lot of things come into play here... humor here and there, sadness as well. You will love the starchiness of the Grandmother, the spunk of Emma, the strength of her father and you may even fall a bit in love with Luke yourself.

Many of the drovers come to life throughout this book which I alos enjoyed... you actually feel like you know them as well. However, Emma is drawn to Luke but she knows that is wrong,for he is English. Even though he is a Christian, Luke realizes that he cannot love Emma as she is Amish and he respects her and her family as much as her values. How can this work out to make everyone happy at the same time ... what is the answer? Take the trip with them ... I think you will find it an interesting one ... hope you enjoy it ... and then we will wait for Rebecca's story in the sequel!
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