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A Cowboy at Heart by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith July 14, 2013

loriginnyheader2Cowboy at heart

Summary: Kansas, 1886–Jesse Montgomery is beginning to feel restless. He’s been off the Chisholm Trail and on a family farm for a year now. Though he is grateful to Luke and Emma for helping him get on his feet again after a few bad choices and some hard living, surely the Lord doesn’t want him to stay in Apple Grove forever. Doesn’t the Almighty have plans for this reformed rowdy cowboy to build a life of his own?

When an unscrupulous cattle baron tries to steal Amish land, Jesse intervenes and is wounded. Lovely Katie Miller, a healer in the district, tends to him while trying to guard her heart. This young Amish widow cannot risk falling in love again–especially not with an Englisch cowboy. And yet…could God possibly have a plan for both of them far beyond what they can see?

Author Bio: Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than 20 inspirational novels and over 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.

My Review: This is the third book in The Amish of Apple Grove series. I read the first two books as well, and it was nice to have the characters from the previous books in this one as well. Once again these two authors wrote a splendid story that I thoroughly enjoyed. The lifestyle of the Amish is rather interesting, so reading about them makes for a nice relaxing read.

I loved the main characters. Jesse is an Englisch cowboy who was an alcoholic and finally got his life straightened out staying with his friends, Luke and Emma. When one of their Amish friend’s land is taken, Jesse goes to stay with him to help protect the rest of the land. In the process of defending the property, Jesse gets hurt. He is tended to by Katie Miller, an Amish widow. Katie begins falling in love with Jesse, but does not see any hope for a relationship with Jesse since he is not Amish.

I would definitely recommend this book, and also the two previous books in this series. These two authors work very well together in creating stories that are pleasant to read and keep me coming back for more.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. You can read more about these authors and other books by this publisher at their webite: http://www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.

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The Heart’s Frontier by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith June 5, 2012

Summary: Kansas, 1881–Halfway through a six-day journey to visit relatives, Emma Switzer’s Amish family is robbed of all their posessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking to the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for somene to help. When a dusty cowboy lands in the street at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone’s prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. The Switzers prove difficult to deny, and it’s not long befor romance whispers in the whistling Kansas wind.

But plain and rugged–do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other’s match?

Author Bios:

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than a dozen inspirational novels and more than fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with ecclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

My Review: I just realized looking back that I read a previous book with these two authors paired together. This particular novel is an Amish novel in The Amish of Apple Grove series. This is book one. I definitely liked it enough to be on the lookout for the nex book.

Emma is traveling with her family on their wagon when they are robbed and lose everything they have, including their wagon. They continue on not knowing what to do but pray. As they pray for someone to come alone to help them, God answers them in the most curious way, or at least they think it is an answer to their prayers.

Luke has troubles of his own trying to fit into his new position as trail boss. He has a lot riding on this job, as his father is well known for being the best trail boss out there and he is trying to live up to his expectations. Running into a family of Amish was definitely not what he had planned, and the detour takes him further away from his plans than he could have imagined. Following the story of these two is well worth the time it takes to relax with this book.

I loved the characters and once again the pairing of these two authors. I will be on the lookout for A Plain and Simple Heart, book two in this series, set to come out in September 2012.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher. You can read more about these authors and other books by this publisher at their webite: www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. If I did not like the book I would definitely not give a rave review or recommend it.