My Fave Reads of 2016: Amish Fiction

December 30, 2016 Amish, Best Books 2016, Christian 18

All week, we’ve been looking at my favorite reads of 2016!

Monday – Contemporary
Tuesday – Fantasy/YA/Fairy Tales
Wednesday – Historical
Thursday – Mystery/Suspense
TODAY – Amish Fiction
Saturday – Nonfiction

Along with my other criteria for determining a great book (you can see them here), a “fave read” in Amish fiction for me needs to have characters that I could easily pick up out of the Amish setting and put down in a different genre without much transition. I want them to have flaws, to have real struggles, to have humor and heart.

So without further ado, here are my fave AMISH FICTION reads of 2016!

The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2015
PAGES: 299

 

My Review

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes the kind of Amish fiction I love to read. Charming but realistic characters (flaws and all!), humor, heart, and truth I can apply to my own life. She weaves subtle humor between profound truths and packages it all in an engaging style that keeps readers absorbed from cover to cover. The cleverly-selected title, which could be applied to any number of people in Stoney Ridge, adds yet another dimension to the talented writing style evident throughout.

The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016
PAGES: 340

 

My Review

The Quieting exceeded my expectations. I love how Suzanne Woods Fisher is able to seamlessly weave laugh out loud humor (the way she writes Hank gets me every time), adolescent angst, and tender moments of faith and family – sometimes in the same chapter – to create a story that engages all of my emotions and provides a really enjoyable reading experience. The Quieting is a mix of fantastic characters, spiritual life lessons, and memorable scenes not to be missed.

The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
PAGES: 336

 

My Review

Be prepared to laugh and smile a lot in The Devoted, but also be prepared to blink away a few tears. Because while there is much warmth and heart and love captured in these pages, there is also sadness and sin and regret. The emotion rings true and authentic, and you will find yourself holding your breath as you turn the pages – waiting for outcomes and decisions and results.

A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray
PUBLISHER: Avon Inspire
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2016
PAGES: 262

 

My Review

Shelley Shepard Gray consistently delivers skillfully-written stories of hope and grace, and A Son’s Vow is no exception. Engaging and honest, this is deeper than a romance and so much more than marketing for an Amish utopia. It’s beautiful, it’s creative, it’s witty, and it’s real. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better 🙂

A Sister’s Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray
PUBLISHER: Avon Inspire
RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2016
PAGES: 272

 

My Review

Shelley Shepard Gray always writes with such charm (the pun works) and grace and heart, and A Sister’s Wish is yet another example. The characters feel like dear friends before you’ve ventured very far at all into the story, and the message of not being defined by the mistakes in your past is authentic and touching. Amelia and Simon’s romance is deliciously swoonworthy and sweet.

A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2016
PAGES: 336

 

My Review

A Dream of Miracles isn’t your typical “isn’t this sweet” Amish romance. It’s raw and honest and heartwrenching. But it’s also full of sweet moments and friendship and blossoming romance and some great kisses. Threaded through each of the above elements is a tender ribbon of faith & the reminder that God has a plan that is beyond anything we could ever imagine – even when life isn’t making much sense. Ruth Reid rounds out the mix with compelling characters, unique events, and an engaging writing voice. A Dream of Miracles is a book you won’t be able to put down until you’ve finished the very last word, and even then you will be craving more time with this story.

Sweet As Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand
PUBLISHER: Zebra
RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2016
PAGES: 352

 

My Review

This is a book I reviewed for RT Book Reviews (check out my review at the link above) and I highly recommend the whole series (my reviews here and here of the other two books). Check out Cheryl’s review at cherylbbookblog and Rachel’s review of the whole series at Smiling Book Reviews.

What about you? What are some of your fave AMISH FICTION reads from 2016?

Carrie

18 Responses to “My Fave Reads of 2016: Amish Fiction”

  1. Kav

    I still have The Devoted on my must read list from 2016. And you just can’t go wrong with Shelley Shepard Gray. Really looking forward to her new series starting with Her Secret which looks to have a bit of a suspense thread in it.

    I absolutely LOVED Rachel Good’s Change of Heart. It’s her first Amish novel, I believe. And for all the reasons you mentioned — real people, flawed characters, situations that are easy to relate to no matter if you are Amish or not…and plenty of angst. Not to mention forbidden love…sigh…and faith.

    • Carrie

      Oh my goodness – I’m so excited about Shelley’s new series! And I somehow missed Rachel’s book – I will have to check it out for sure. If you love it, I’ll love it

  2. Marilyn

    I enjoy any Amish book. Wishing you and yours a blessed,healthy and happy 2017.
    Thanks for this terrific blog. It is always so enjoyable and informative.
    Marilyn

  3. Susan Fletcher

    These books are great, but also my favorite Amish fiction authors include Amy Clipston, Amy Lillard, and Wanda Brunstetter. I absolutely LOVE Amish books!

    • Carrie

      I absolutely need to read one of Amy Clipston’s books ASAP!

  4. Mallori

    I’m reading “Sweet As Honey” right now and loving it! I have become tired of Amish books, but this one caught my attention and makes me want to read more of Jennifer’s books.

    • Carrie

      Jennifer’s books are so much fun!! I highly recommend them when you need a change of pace!

  5. Terrill Rosado

    I love Shelley Shepard Gray’s Charmed Amish series. I’m due to read A Sister’s Wish next and A Son’s Vow was one of my favorites this past year. I love that you put the whole Bishop’s family series on your list. I haven’t read any of those, but I do own The Imposter. Your list is quite the incentive to begin reading it.

    • Carrie

      i loved each and every book in that series – i couldn’t pick a fave so I just included all three haha!! I think A Sister’s Wish might be my fave of the Charmed Amish Life series.

  6. Carol ebersole

    I’ve read and enjoyed all you mentioned except “Sweet as Honey”. I must get a copy of that in the near future. I love Amish fiction!!

  7. Jennifer Beckstrand

    Thank you so much, Carrie! You are so kind and I am thrilled to be on your list, especially with such dear and wonderful people as Shelley and Suzanne and Ruth. I hope you have a wonderful new year!