AN AMISH FLOWER FARM
GENRE: Inspirational Amish Romance
PUBLISHER: Hallmark Publishing
RELEASE DATE: July 27, 2021
She grows flowers.
He raises bees for honey.
They help each other out,
because that’s what neighbors do…
Belinda Graber loves growing flowers for her family to sell at the Amish marketplace. Venturing beyond the farm to sell them in town, though, is out of the question. People would stare at the birthmark on her cheek, and she’s dealt with enough teasing in her life.
As a beekeeper, Adam Fisher knows how blessed he is to live next door to the Grabers’ greenhouses and fields. But when his father is injured, Adam has to take a job at the local mill. How will he manage the honey harvest?
Adam and Belinda make a deal: if she tends his hives, he’ll sell her flowers in town.
Belinda’s sure that her growing feelings for Adam could never be returned. Meanwhile, Adam can’t help but notice how his shy neighbor charms the bees…or is he the one being charmed? Because his last courtship ended badly, Adam tells himself this arrangement is strictly business, even if Belinda is sweet as honey.
This uplifting Amish romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe.
Amish fiction fans, rejoice! There’s a delightful new voice on the scene! Mindy Steele’s An Amish Flower Farm is warm and romantic, with touches of humor and characters you care about.
Belinda Graber is someone I think most women can relate to. Even though her insecurities about a facial birthmark have led her to withdraw from others perhaps to a greater extent than you or I would, the majority of us understand at least the desire to do so when our self-esteem or body image takes a hit. This ‘insecurity camaraderie’ will help you love Adam even more because of how HE views Belinda, and you’ll be cheering as she faces her fears and begins to come out of her protective shell. When Belinda is confident or comfortable around someone, we see her true self and it is a delight! She is witty and warm with a big heart and a fearless spirit. Her journey is inspiring to all of us who have let what others think of us (or our perceptions thereof) steal our confidence, whether just for a few moments or for years.
Adam Fisher makes for a very swoony – albeit stubborn – hero. He’s a caring son, a hard worker, and once he sets his mind to intentionally pursue Belinda, hold on to your hat! Speaking of hats… there’s a particular line he says when he’s staking his claim in front of another wannabe suitor that left me fanning myself with my Kindle. I loved the moments when he dared to start flirting with her or those almost-kisses… whew! There I go, fanning myself again.
Bottom Line: An Amish Flower Farm by Mindy Steele is a sweet romance with a heartwarming story and engaging characters. Belinda and Adam’s character growth throughout this story is a pleasure to watch, and their romance will leave you smiling. The setting from Belinda’s flower garden to Adam’s bee hives acts as a supporting character in this delightful novel, and the actual people supporting characters are fun to meet as well. Speaking of those, I hope this becomes a series because I’m dying to see her siblings’ stories too! Perfect for fans of Rachel J. Good and Patricia Davids!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3+ / WILL forget to breathe on occasion
Raised in Kentucky timber country, Mindy Steele writes Amish Romance peppered in humor, using rural America and the residents as her muse. Steele strives to create realistic characters for her readers and believes in engaging all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy ever after ending. A hopeless romantic, with a lyrical pen, her readers will find something of themselves within her pages.
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