Best Books of 2015: Amish Fiction

December 17, 2015 Amish, Best Books 2015, Christian, Jennifer Beckstrand, Kathleen Fuller, Olivia Newport, Patricia Davids, Shelley Shepard Gray, Vannetta Chapman 14

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It’s that time of year when everyone is making lists and checking them twice.  Some are finding out who has been naughty and who has been nice. Some are making sure those in their circles of gifting know what they want for Christmas.

Here at Reading Is My SuperPower, I’m making lists too! Every day this week will feature the best books I read in 2015 from different genres.

Monday – Contemporary

Tuesday – Historical

Wednesday – Mystery/Suspense

Today’s focus is Amish fiction

So without further adieu and in no particular order, may I present…

best Amish 2015

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amish harvest

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best book 2015An Amish Harvest by Patricia Davids

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

My Review: http://wp.me/p61QCL-KP

I. LOVED. this. book. Rebecca is hysterical! I adored her sense of humor and how well her character played off of Samuel’s grumpiness.  On many occasions I laughed out loud, and I’m pretty sure I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading An Amish Harvest. The romance was breathless, the Bowman family a delight, and Samuel and Rebecca became one of my favorite couples I’ve read about this year.  Fantastic start to a new series! I (almost) didn’t miss Hope Springs at all!

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best book 2015The Amish Midwife by Patricia Davids

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

My Review: http://wp.me/p61QCL-KP

Oh this was a fun book! Joseph and Anne’s relationship reminded me a little of Samuel and Rebecca’s from An Amish Harvest.  Their banter and (mostly) friendly bickering over Joseph’s goats was hysterical and earned many chuckles as I read. And woven through the humor was a thread of exquisite sweetness. Overall, just a delightfully entertaining and uplifting story!

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best book 2015Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: November 24, 2015

My Review: http://wp.me/p61QCL-J9

While this is the 6th book in the Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series by Jennifer Beckstrand, it can easily be read as a stand alone.  But I can just about guarantee you will want to go back and read the other books in the series as soon as you’ve finished Huckleberry Hearts because you will fall in love with Anna and Felty and Cassie and Zach and well, MOST of Cassie’s extended family 😉 Written with much talent and warmth, Huckleberry Hearts is a new favorite and I highly recommend it to fans (and non-fans) of Amish fiction, Jen Turano, and Cynthia Ruchti.

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best book 2015Brightest and Best by Olivia Newport

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

Publication Date: August 1, 2015

My Review: http://wp.me/p61QCL-8v

As always, Olivia Newport’s words are beautifully crafted and her plot intriguing.  Emotion-tugging subplots serve as the perfect backdrop for themes like sacrifice, courage, and enduring love.  A little mystery is even thrown in as well. Above it all rings the overarching message that everyone in today’s world needs to hear – it is wise and beneficial to learn to see life through someone else’s eyes.

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best book 2015Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

My Review: http://wp.me/p61QCL-75

I know I said this in my review of Murder Tightly Knit but I just really love these characters! The interactions between Amish and Englisch (non-Amish) are natural and refreshing, especially in today’s world where differences so publicly divide.  The sincerity and genuineness of their friendships warms the reader despite the suspense and adds elements of humor in the midst of tension (Pam’s reactions while being held hostage by a paintball attack comes to mind here).

A Faith of Her Own

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best book 2015A Faith of Her Own by Kathleen Fuller

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: March 17, 2015

My Review: http://wp.me/p61QCL-4k

Kathleen Fuller has stitched a tender story that sweetly blends together the lives of several people in Middlefield. Laced with humor and romance, A Faith of Her Own reads easily – the well-crafted words pull you in and the lifelike characters keep you engaged.  I found myself many times wanting to plop down next to Bekah & chat or let Amos give me a tour of his barn wall gallery. It’s not your typical Amish book, and I liked that about it.  It had the basic typical elements but there were enough unique qualities to the writing theme and style that made this book stand out to me among others of its genre.

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best book 2015A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray

Publisher: Avon Inspire

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

My Review: http://wp.me/p61QCL-kh

The themes in A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft will touch your heart as much as the characters do… maybe because the themes and some of our most beloved characters are intertwined.  Forgiveness, redemption and second chances share the page with abuse, neglect, and secret pasts. And as she always does, Shelley Gray pens each word with such heart and grace that you can know the difficult stuff is treated just as gently and honestly as the warm fuzzies.

Are there any Amish novels I missed that you loved this year?

Come back tomorrow as we finish out the week with the best nonfiction books I read in 2015!

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Carrie

14 Responses to “Best Books of 2015: Amish Fiction”

  1. grandma68

    An Amish Harvest was great, also Murder Freshly Baked was a great boomtown. I haven’t read any of the other ones but can’t wait to read them.

  2. grandma68

    I didn’t write boomtown. I don’t know where that came from Carrie. Sorry.

  3. Kav

    I only read three of these. 🙁 But I read lots that weren’t on your list. Adding these to my TBR list.

    • Carrie

      yeah, I really only got into Amish fiction this year after discovering Shelley Gray’s Secrets of Crittenden County series late last year. (I of course had read Patricia Davids for a while.) Next year, I have a feeling this list will be much much longer.

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