Historical, Amish fiction offer insight

There are several new historical and Amish fiction books out right now to give readers a new perspective.

First from “The Daughters of the Mayflower” series by Shannon McNear comes “The Cumberland Bride.”

It’s 1794, and Kate’s father is ready to move further West into the wilderness to farm, while Kate is ready for an adventure. And she soon seems captivated by the man hired as their scout, Thomas Blensoe, who is to get the settlers across the Kentucky Wilderness. But is there more to Thomas than Kate can guess? Is she on the path to adventure or danger?

With a historical setting, an intriguing romance and plenty of adventure, this is a great story for historical fans.

“The Cumberland Bride” is published by Barbour Press. It is $12.99.


A novel that celebrates letter writing set in th 1980s with “The Lost Letters of William Woolf” by Helen Cullen.

William Woolf is a letter detective for the Dead Letters Depot, hoping to reunited lost mail with its recipient and hoping to write about his work. While his relationship with his wife seems strained, a letter simply addressed to My Great Love, seems to call to him. Written by a woman named Winter to someone she hasn’t met, he is drawn into her story and becomes entranced by the woman behind the letter.

Can he solve the mystery and find Winter? What will it mean to his life if he does?

A look into marriage and letter writing, this is a moving story.

“The Lost Letters of William Woolf” is published by Graydon House. It is 26.99 and 336 pages long.


New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan looks into the life of C.S. Lewis via his wife in “Becoming Mrs. Lewis.”

Poet and writer Joy Davidman is having a difficult time with her husband and then a religious revelation when a friend suggests she write fellow author C.S. Lewis with questions about faith. The two begin a friendship via their letters and Joy even travels to England in hopes of finally meeting her friend. When her marriage ends with her husband leaving her for her cousin, she decides England is where her heart is. But does it also to belong to the man she calls a friend?

And what can their future hold together?

A look into a love story between real people with a fictionalized slant, this is one that will interest readers of Lewis.

“Becoming Mrs. Lewis” is published by Thomas Nelson. It is $25.99 and 432 pages long.


An Amish novella gives readers a taste of four writers’ worlds in “An Amish Homecoming.”

In “No Place Like Home” by Amy Clipston, a young woman returns to visit her family after her husband is killed. There, Eva meets Ian Miller, the man her parents always preferred for her, living at the farm and running things.

Is he trying to sneak in and get her land? Or is something else going on? Eva must find out what Ian means to her family and her as well.

In “When Love Returns” by Beth Wiseman, Sarah left home after her unplanned pregnancy. Now, six years later, she returns, seeking help for her and her daughter, and comes face to face again with Abram. Can the two work through their past in order to have a future together?

In “The Courage to Love” by Shelley Shepard Gray, Irene is still haunted by the death of the English man who saved her life. Renting a room from an older couple, Mary Ruth and Henry, and helping them around the house seems to be the fresh start she needs. Then their son, Marcus, shows up and thinks Irene is up to no good.

Can she prove her friendship with the couple, and with him as well?

In “What Love Built” by Kathleen Fuller, Carolyn left her hometown 10 years ago, and is determined to build a bakery and start anew. Atlee is also trying to start anew after the death of his wife. Can these two form a friendship that will help them both move on?

These are all lovely stories that will enchant fans and introduce new fans to the genre.

“An Amish Homecoming” is published by Zondervan. It is $15.99 and 400 pages long.


Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com