The Heart's Frontier (The Amish of Apple Grove #1)
An exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.
Kansas,1881--On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer's Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading set...more
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 th...more
All tied up in a pretty little bow, right? Hardly.
Luke Carson is a cowboy. Emma is Plain. How can they possibly find a common path?
They have one week to find out.
The Heart’s Frontier is one of the most compelling western romances I’ve ever read. The authors wove fun and laughter into the storyline, along with all the rugged...more
We are on the trail in Kansas, from one Amish Community to another, when the very unexpected happens. The family is robbed of their belonging, and left with nothing, but their lives. Emma Switzer's Father Jonas, Sister Rebecca, and Grandmother are traveling to Troyer, KS. Hoping that Emma will be able to find a husband, as there are a lot more Amish men available.
After they are left on th...more
Luke Carson, trail boss, has to concentrate on his job, others are counting on him to deliver the cattle to the awaiting train, diversions are not in the plan.
Jesse Montgomery, long time friend to Luke sees the fun in situations even the ones he has no control over.
Emma Switzer, father Jonas, sister Rebecca, and grandmother are on a pilgrimage to Troyer.
When Luke meets the Switzers he realizes that their j...more
In the prologue you learn about Luke Carson, and his pa. Luke was picked to be a trail boss to take Mr. Hancock cattle to market. He is to take the cattle drive from Texas to Hays. We find out what some of what Luke Carson wants in life and it bit different then this fathers life.
The Heart's Frontier by Lori Copeland & Virginia Smith
That's right, in just a few short weeks you can get your hands on this Amish fiction meets Western novel!
I was graciously given the opportunity to read this book and write a review through NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.
How do you feel about Amish fiction? Christian fiction? And what about a Wild Western wi...more
This is a good read. Its Amish meets Cowboy. This is what I love about this book its different. I have found amish books seem to follow the same story lines. To me some are becoming predictable and I even get different series confused. Not this book. Its one of the few historical Amish books I have read. The story has the Switzer’s family moving from one Amish community to another and on the way they encounter problems.
After a mishap leaves the family in t...more
Author: Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith
Publisher: Harvest House Publisher
Genre: Inspirational/historical Amish
Emma Switzer is traveling from Apple Grove, Kansas, to Troyer, Kansas, to help an elderly aunt. But enroute, her family’s wagon is robbed of everything, leaving them stranded and alone in the middle of no where. They manage to walk to a town that has not much more than a saloon, but who can they find to help them?
Luke Carson is he...more
When I saw what this book was about I g...more
The faith of a father who loves his daughter so much he puts her happiness ahead of Amish ways.
Humor abounds in this story of Luke and Emma. Rustlers, diversions and such that make you see a cattle drive in a whole new light.
I applaud Emma for not settling for a marriage without love. Her Gramma (maummi) is a delight to behold.
The story begins with a typical Amish family group loading their wagon for a move and having an assist from family and friends in the community. The Amish are a tight knit community of believers.
Kansas is the stage for this story and it is 1881. The Amish family undertaking this move (involving a history making handmade hutch) consists of grand mama, son (father), and tw...more
Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith have teamed up to create an entertaining and sometimes humorous novel. Taking place in Kansas in 1881, they transport the reader back to cowboy rustling times when it's really not safe to travel, let alone travel without a gun.
Although I enjoyed the story line, I did have some problems with the reality of the characters and timeline. A week does not seem a long enough time to take an Amish girl that is solid in her faith and make her want to challenge i...more
Kansas,1881--On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer's Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him a...more
We start out with 2 COMPLETELY different people. Luke, a cowboy trying to prove something to himself but mostly his father, that he can do anything, including being a trail boss for cattle drives. Then we have Emma, who is from an Amish community and is traveling with her grandmother, father and younger sister to go live with an aunt for awhile.
While on the journey, Emma and her family are robbed and left with nothing. The...more
Luke Carson is heading out on his first cattle drive. He can not believe he is the answer to the prayers of this intriguing Amish family. What is he to do about this strong connection he feels with Emma? Can they be together...more
PUBLISHER: HARVEST HOUSE
PUBLICATION DATE: MARCH 01, 2012
RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 – VERY GOOD
PROS: Unusual blend of Amish culture in a wild-west historical setting; unconventional ending; amusing secondary characters
CONS: Romance is fairly predictable; heroine constantly gets into trouble and needs rescuing
Emma Switzer never wanted to leave Apple Grove to live with her aunt, but she wouldn’t have wished having their wagon stolen by thieves partway into their journey in o...more
What happens when you mix an sweet Amish tale, and an action-packed Western adventure? The Heart's Frontier! And let's not forget a healthy dollop of humor!
The Heart's Frontier is a page turning adventure, filled with fast-thinking, sharp wit, humor, and unique characters. Speaking of characters Maummi Marta was buckets of fun, in all her unpredictable glory. Definitely a favorite character. I laugh just thinking about...more
by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith
A very interesting Western with plenty of humor, full of adventures of a cattle drive with rustlers and Amish.
An unusual plot, but the authors make it work.
I would be interested in reading of further adventures with these characters.
I like the cover art. You can tell you are in for quite a story!
Lance and Lori are very involved in their church, and active in supporting mission work in Mali, West Africa.
Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995, after many years of writing,...more