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Holding a Tender Heart by Jerry S. Eicher
March 10, 2014 - Amy Phelps
Jerry S. Eicher starts a new Amish series, The Beiler Sisters, with "Holding a Tender Heart."
Verna, the daughter of the church Bishop, has never been allowed to date before. Her father has found fault with every boy who has showed interest, and now into her 20s, Vera starts to fear she will remain an old maid forever. Finally Joe Weaver, a young man whose girlfriend recently dumped him, asks to take her home after a singing and Verna is thrilled - there is nothing her father can find wrong with Joe. But then another Amish neighbor who is being eyed by the church claims Joe is just as "worldly" as he is - having helped an Englisher move his truck at an auction. And when it is found out Joe used to date an Englisher girl and may be wanted by the law, Verna is forbidden by her father to have anything to do with Joe. Verna believes Joe is innocent. Will she stand by him?
A subplot of the book involves Verna's Englisher neighbor, Debbie, who has grown up with the Beilers and is thinking of becoming Amish. She begins living with the family and studying their ways, and may even have a future romance with a young Amish man.
A warm romance about loyalty even in the face of adversity, fans of Amish romances will love this new series. Eicher was raised Amish, so he has a background into the culture.
"Holding a Tender Heart" is published by Harvest House Publishers. It is $13.99 and 338 pages long.
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