Romance, forgiveness in Amish books

There are several new Amish books out now.

From Kelly Irvin’s “Every Amish Season” series is “With Winter’s First Frost.”

Laura has been a widow for eight years since her husband of 45 years died. At the age of 73, she has plenty of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to fill the remainder of her days. But she still feels lonely.

Widower Zechariah has to move in with his grandson’s family when his Parkinson’s Disease worsens. He can’t do much anymore and feels like he has outlived his usefulness.

When Laura is asked to help the family with newborn twins, three older children and Zechariah, she steps in to help and soon finds a kindred spirit in him.

Will the two find a late in life romance?

This is a good story that looks at romance from an older perspective — and one that usually doesn’t get the romance book treatment. It is a warm, uplifting story.

“With Winter’s First Frost” is published by Zondervan. It is $15.99 and 352 pages long.

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New York Times bestselling author Wanda Brunstetter continues her “Prayer Jar” series with “The Forgiving Jar.”

Sara has been dealing with learning who her mother’s parents were and then finding an imposter that had pretended to be her living with grandparents.

While her grandparents have bonded with Michelle, who had problems she was trying to escape, Sara has been at odds with her and doesn’t know why they are allowing her to still live with them. Michelle is trying to earn Sara’s forgiveness and find a new way in life. Will the two find some common ground or will they continue to live under one roof with a lot of tension?

This story looks at the power of forgiveness and friendship with an Amish Country setting.

“The Forgiving Jar” is published by Shiloh Run Press. It is $15.99 and 312 pages long.

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After a stint in rehab, an Amish man must make amends to the community he harmed in “Mending Fences” by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Luke Schrock felt that his pranks were just in fun while he was drinking. But after time in rehab and working the AA program, he is told he must make amends.

And living in a barn in his hometown while everyone is a bit chilly to him seems to be making plenty of amends. But his church district, his landlord, Amos, and his therapist all believe he needs to do more. It is isn’t until Luke offends the lovely woman, Izzy, also living on the property, that he believes it may be time to look at his behavior. And that will take speaking to all of those he hurt and learning the damage he caused. As Luke does, a friendship with Izzy develops. When he sets out to help her find the identity of her birth mother, he doesn’t realize how that will affect the whole community.

A warm story of community, forgiveness and acceptance, this will resonate with a lot of readers.

“Mending Fences” is published by Revell. It is $15.99 and 316 pages long.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com

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