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The Wounded Heart (Amish Quilt #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  316 ratings  ·  65 reviews
When a business offer turns into something more personal, Amelia is torn between what logic tells her is right and the desire of her heart.
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published September 2011 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2011)
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Amelia is still mourning the loss of her husband. In trying to provide for her two boys and herself, she continues to run her late husband's pallet business. When she begins to lose feeling in her left hand, she seeks medical advise. The news is not what she was hoping for. Amelia has MS. She can either take pills for the rest of her life or she can seek an alternative treatment in Mexico. Seeking the deacons advice, she learns that if she chooses to go to Mexico, she will be shunned. And on top...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Once again another Amish novel has captivated my heart and left me sighing. A great sign of an excellent book in my personal opinion. For most people they understand the simple story lines of your typical Amish novel, but not in the case of The Wounded Heart by Adina Senft.

We have a story that is slow as it unfolds as we find ourselves immersed in the tragic story of Amelia Beiler, who has recently been left a widow after an unfortunate buggy accident that claimed not only the life of her husban...more
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A widow with two small children, Amelia is struggling to make ends meet. She is running her late husband's business, but it's not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she's only too relieved to consider it-especially when it looks like Eli's interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it's difficult not to...more

This novel starts out with the main character losing her husband of ten years, Enoch. They had two young boys. Now, Amelia has to attempt to run a business herself while she is only equipped/prepared to run a home. She is still in mourning, wearing the traditional Kapp, when she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She doesn't know what to do, she even questions her faith-a rarity for her. If she goes through with the necessary treatment, she will be goin...more
THE WOUNDED HEART by Adrina Senft is a exciting inspirational Amish romance set in Whinburg,Lancaster County, PA. It is the first in the new "The Amish Quilt Trilogy".This is the story of Amelia Beiler, a young widow with two small boys,who is also trying to run her husband's pallet shop,and Eli Fischer, who would like to court Amelia. Amelia just learns that she has a devastating disease and does want to be a burden on anyone including Eli. She struggles with decisions that could take her from...more
Diane U
Amelia is a widow with two young children and her husband's business to run. She starts having so medical issues and is unsure on which path to take for her treatment. There is already a member of her community with multiple sclerosis and she is strapped to a wheelchair. Amelia does not want to be like her and be on medicationn for the rest of her life. She was informed of another treatment in Mexico that could possibly cure her but her bishop would not allow it. Going to Mexico for the treatmen...more
A few weeks ago I spent a day in Holmes County, Ohio, where about half the world's Amish live and where you can't go to a bakery or hardware store without seeing a rack of Amish romance novels. So when one turned up in Free Books (surprise!), I grabbed it. Although there is a thread of romance, most of the novel concerns the protagonist's struggle to discern God's will about whether to pursue an experimental medical treatment recommended by an Englischer doctor after being diagnosed with multipl...more
This is a very enjoyable book. Amelia Beiler is dealing with many stressful things in her life, and I enjoyed reading how she tries to ascertain what God's will is through it all. I would have liked to know more about Eli, however. He ends up being important to the plot, but you feel like you don't know him as well. This does not feel like your "typical" amish story, as there are elements to the plot, like multiple sclerosis, which make it go in a little bit different direction. I want to read t...more
I don't give that many 5-star reviews, especially to books that are lighter reads, like my occasional Amish fiction book. This, however, was an outstanding book. The characterization was wonderful, both of the main character and the secondary characters, especially Amelia's two friends. They all really came to life and seemed like real three-dimensional people. The plot was interesting and unique with some plot twists, without being melodramatic and unbelievable like so many of the Amish fiction...more
Carolyn E
Sep 17, 2011 Carolyn E rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone - must read
Recommended to Carolyn E by: Goodreads
Amelia Beiler lost her husband 11 months ago when he was killed in a buggy accident. She is left with two young boys, ages 6 and 8, to raise on her own, and no income other than that earned from her husband’s successful pallet shop. In order to survive, she must also take over the running of the shop.

When Amelia begins having problems with tingling and numbness in her hands, and particularly in her lower left arm, she consults with three different doctors, and all three concur in a diagnosis o...more
The Wounded Heart , by Adina Senft
Tells the story of Amelia, a young Amish woman, widowed too young, with two young boys. She owns and runs the pallet shop her late husband had, while trying to be the woman expected of her by her neighbours, friends and relatives.

Anita Senft did an awesome job of making me as a reader feel sympathy for the young Amish woman. And made me look at myself to see if i would have been able to submit myself to others as Amelia learnt to do in her circumstances.

It did n...more
As a story, I enjoyed this book. Amelia has had a hard life lately. She's part of a culture that has clearly defined gender roles, yet she's forced to run her husband's business after he dies, in order to care for her sons. As she adapts to that, she is stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. She explores treatment options, deals with daily life, and struggles with conflicts between her will and what church leaders say is God's will. Everything works out in the end.

I'd say one of the biggest differen...more
Suzanne Barrett
The Wounded Heart is my first Amish book, though not the first book I’ve read by the talented author who is also Shelly Bates.

Set in Lancaster County, PA, the story is about young widow Amelia Beiler who has two small sons and a pallet business she is forced by circumstance to run. Amelia deeply loved her husband Enoch, who was killed in a buggy accident. While she misses him and finds her house lonely, she’s an independent spirit (something of a rarity in the structured Amish community?) and pr...more
Sandra Stiles
One thing I really enjoy about Amish books is that they usually have something to do with cooking or quilting. Quilting has been bringing people together for years. That thread alone will be enough to tie you to this novel. We find characters we can relate to in many ways. Amelia Beiler is a widow who is trying to hold her life and family together. When she starts having some tingling and numbness in her hand and arm she is forced to check with a doctor. After checking with a third doctor where...more
3.5 Stars.

Amelia is a widow of 11 months. She took over running her husbands business so that she could keep food on the table and a roof over the heads for her and her boys. We find out early in the book that she is struggling with some unsettling symptoms. Her left arm keeps going numb. Amelia has two best friends, Carrie and Emma. Carrie is married to Melvin. Emma is not married. They meet every Tuesday afternoon to work on a quilt. They also spend this time talking about life etc. Amelia so...more
The Wounded Heart’ starts a thought provoking new series of three, the Amish Quilt Series. Amish fiction mostly concentrates on relationships, with other people and/or their spiritual dilemmas. I chose this book because I had visited the Amish stores and a restaurant in Northern Indiana. I was impressed by their friendliness, honesty and politeness. They live without many modern conveniences but that does not protect them from having complex problems as seen in this book.

The author, Adina Senft...more
Judith Mullett
Amish widow, Amelia Beiler, with 2 small children is told she has MS. When seeking a 2nd opinion, a niece sets her up with a holistic doctor. While I have nothing agaist the holistic approach, seeking treatment in Mexico City that cost a minimum of $50,000 for about 4 months (myelin injection obtained from cows) seems to be out and out fraud to me. If that road can been continued and presented as a viable cure, I would never read any of this author's books again EVER. But it finally took another...more
Amelia Beiler and her husband Enoch had been married for ten years when he was killed in a buggy accident, leaving her to care for her two sons Matthew and Elam. In addition to caring for the children she runs her husband's pallet making business which is four miles away. She longs just to stay home and be a mam to her children but the shop is there only means of support. She has been in mourning for eleven months, but still can't imagine ever finding love again. When an Englisher poses the ques...more
Evangeline Han
The Wounded Heart is an engaging portrayal of Amish life. Most Amish books I’ve read romanticize the Amish beliefs and have characters with the fatalistic mentality, that is that every negative incident that comes by is God’s will. Whenever I read those type of Amish books, I always get annoyed with the way the characters are so fatalistic and submissive to the stifling interpretations of the Bible given by their Amish bishop, elders and ministers.

This novel is different. The main characters are...more
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Before I get to my thoughts about The Wounded Heart, I have to be upfront and begin with a disclaimer. I know Adina Senft. And to be honest, I'd never read an Amish themed book before, but I knew about the popular genre and I knew Senft's ability to tell a solid story. So I thought, why not give her book a try? Why not? Well, to be honest, I was afraid that I wouldn't be captured by a story taking place in the strict Amish world. I wondered what kind of plot there would be in these "plain" peopl...more
Amelia Beiler is left to raise her two young sons, after her husband is killed in a buggy accident less than a year ago, along with taking over running her husband's business of building pallets. She has the help of her parents with the boys, has two close friends that she spends Tuesday afternoons with quilting, and life is moving along even though she continues to miss Enoch.

When Aaron King, one of her employees, suddenly leaves without telling her, she finds herself finishing up the order tha...more
The Wounded Heart by Adina Senft will take you on an emotional journey as you travel into the home and heart of Amelia Beiler. Widowed with two young boys, she is having a hard time staying afloat. Her only solace is her weekly quilting time with her two best friends Carrie and Emma. To add to her problems she starts developing some strange health issues. After a trip to the doctor she is delivered a devastating blow, she has multiple sclerosis. Scared and confused she decides to get a second op...more
An Amish Quilt Novel

A widow with two small children, Amelia Beiler is struggling to make ends meet, she is running her late husband's business, but it's not what she was raised to do, which is run a home. When she gets an offer for the business from Eli Fischer, she's only too relieved to consider it - especially when it looks like Eli's interest might include more than just the shop. But when she begins to experience strange physical symptoms and is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it's diffi...more
Amelia Beiler, a young widow with two small boys still runs her husband’s pallet business in town. When she falls ill and finds out that she has s devastating disease she considers selling the business to have money for the treatment she needs for her disease. And Englisch man gives her a good offer, but several of the Amish men around that would also like the shop gives her a difficult time because she is considering selling to the Englischer for more money.
Eli Fischer comes to the community fo...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Amelia Beiler never wanted to be a business owner, but after her husband's death, she finds herself running a pallet business. When a medical diagnosis stuns her world, she is faced with the choice of pursuing a controversial treatment or submitting herself to the decisions and will of her religious leaders. Amelia realizes that she must find out for herself if God's will for her is the same as that of her ministers.

While I very much enjoyed this novel, I admit to being frustrated at the men in...more
Rachel Brand

Nearing the end of her first year of widowhood, Amelia Beiler is still unsure as to whether she should sell her husband’s business. Despite receiving offers from English and Amish men, she appreciates the independence that running the pallet-making shop brings her, as well as the financial security. But when she’s diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and offered the chance of alternative treatment in Mexico, sel...more
Maureen Timerman
I cannot even imagine being in Amelia Beiler's shoes. First she looses her beloved husband in a buggy accident, and then she is diagnosed with the dreaded Multiple Sclerosis. She had been considering an offer by an Englisher for her business, and her Community is really against her selling to someone who is not Amish.
She meets Eli Fischer when he is visiting her area. He becomes interested in Amelia and also wants to buy her business. Things come to a highlight when an interesting cure maybe av...more
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

For me, this book was foremost about a sisterhood forged through mutual support in times of need. Amelia and her two friends (who will each respectively have a novel in this trilogy), find their solace in time spent quilting together and sharing their burdened hearts. They share a friendship that every woman desires and needs.

Eli's introduction to this story was at the most opportune and convenient time. He is one of the few male char...more
Doing a happy dance because I've found a new favourite author! This Amish novel has enough unexpected twists and intriguing plot details to keep a reader on her toes...and turning pages. I ran a whole gamut of emotions during my visit to Whinburg, Pennsylvania -- outrage being the most surprising one. Senft expertly drew me into the lives of her characters and I soon forgot that they weren't living, breathing people. Hence my outrage of which I can't say any more without posting spoilers.

This is...more
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Adina Senft grew up in a plain house church, where she was often asked by outsiders if she was Amish (the answer was no), she made her own clothes, and she perfected the art of the French braid. She holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty.

Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA’s RITA Award for Best In...more
More about Adina Senft...
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