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The Heart's Frontier (The Amish of Apple Grove #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  420 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
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
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Harvest House Publishers
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Lisa Nelson
Mar 30, 2012 Lisa Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heart's Frontier
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!
From my blog:

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
I'm not much of an Amish fiction fan, though I have enjoyed a few over the years. But I love love love historical fiction. So when the opportunity to read a combination of both came, I thought, why not give it a try? Well, I ended up loving it. The story was so heartfelt, and rather than making it sound like religion was the answer (the Plain life) it focused on Love being the answer. All in all, it was a warm, heart-felt novel. I had a warm glow in my chest at the end. We give up a lot of thing ...more
Sep 14, 2012 CarolynB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Very good. Not the usual Amish read, but very good.
Rachel Brand

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
Jan 08, 2017 Arnetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A totally wonderful story with a drastically different setting than expected. An Amish girl and a cattle drive trail boss. Her family is thrown together with the cowboys on the trail as they both end up helping each other out. Of course feelings develop between two people who are from totally different worlds. The interchanges between the Amish family - especially Grandma - and the cowboys are quite cute and funny.... a lovely read. I laughed, I cried...
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
May 05, 2012 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Harvest House Publishers
Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith are both fantastic authors. I've read both of their works in the past and knew when they co-wrote this book, that their fans were in for a real treat! I was right! This book is awesome. I loved every minute of this read, from first chapter to last. Generally, you either see books about Amish, or books about cowboys, but rarely do you see the two combined. Ms. Copeland and Ms. Smith took fun loving Amish and mixed them up with sweet, hunky cowboys and turned out a ...more
Vera Godley
Feb 06, 2012 Vera Godley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weave an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

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
Mar 08, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith
Publisher: Harvest House Publisher
March 2012
ISBN: 978-0736947527
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
This is unique kind of story in itself. It about a family in Apple Grove along with Luke Carson and his men on a trail. There are some things that happen along the way. Emma and Luke relationship starts to form.

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.

Emma Swi
Emma is Amish and she is moving with her grandma to help some relatives. She is not overly happy about the move but wants to follow her fathers wishes and Gods plans for her life. On the trail her family is robbed and they meet Luke in a small town. At first Luke does not want to help the Amish but finds himself doing just that. As the cattle drive progresses feelings develop between Emma and Luke but can they find love with the differences between them?

When I saw what this book was about I g
Feb 08, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-netgalley
Life in the unsettled old west has it challenges, especially when the travelers are Amish.

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
Mar 27, 2014 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I pulled this book (Kindle edition) to read while on vacation, I truly scratched my head at the plot. How would a cowboy and an Amish girl become couple and be remotely believable. But the authors (Lori Copeland & Virginia Smith) did it!

How? Well, this book has some great characters. Set in 1881, Luke (our cowboy) sets off on his first cattle drive as the foreman with all the responsibilities and worries that brings.

Emma (our Amish girl) is setting off for a new life in another Amish 'v
Apr 18, 2012 Delia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the Amish Switzer family is attacked by robbers on the prairie, Emma Switzer loses everything she owns. But in her family’s search for help, love lands right at her feet.

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
Jun 17, 2011 Renee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We've all heard of Cowboys and Indians, cowboys and aliens and now it's time for cowboys and the Amish! With this latest book from the fantastic duo of Copeland and Smith two very different world's collide -- that of a peace-loving Amish family and the ruff and tumble life of a cowpoke. I have to admit I wasn't sure how this story was going to turn out but knowing these two authors I knew it was going to be fun and interesting to say the least! I wasn't disappointed and I bet you won't be either ...more
This story takes place in Kansas in the late 1800’s. Emma Switzer’s family is robbed of everything they are traveling with. They are on their way to visit family and find themselves stranded! They walk to the nearest settlement praying that they can find someone to help them.

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
Patty LeBlanc
Jun 04, 2012 Patty LeBlanc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just realized looking back that I read a previous book with these two authors paired together. This particular novel is an Amish novel in The Amish of Apple Grove series. This is book one. I definitely liked it enough to be on the lookout for the nex book.

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
Mar 15, 2012 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
How can you NOT love this book? Or any book by these 2 wonderful authors.

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
Maureen Timerman
Mar 07, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I enjoy reading Amish stories. This one is as different as East meets West, or Amish meets the Old Wild West!
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
Mar 26, 2012 Cayenne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was impressed with how well this book was written and researched. I liked how the religious sentiments, prayers, and discussion of faith were so integral to the story and the lives of the characters. None of it felt forced or affected. The characters were believable and endearing. I especially liked the Amish grandmother. I understood and accepted her explanation to Rebecca and Emma of why she had married an Englischer, why she was happy with him, and yet why she didn't want her granddaughters ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Ausjenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for my review copy.

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
Feb 28, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST
3.5 stars

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
Feb 07, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucie's Review: An utterly delightful western adventure with an Amish twist.

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
Apr 04, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A blending of two author's work that will stir your heart. The Amish on a cattle drive is a delight to read. The blending of two faiths different yet made stronger.

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.

One wil
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THE HEART'S FRONTIER by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith is an inspirational historical fiction set in 1881 Texas and Kansas. It is book 1 in the "The Amish of Apple Grove" series. A Wild West and Amish adventure. I liked the Maummi character,she stuck to what she believed in no matter what. I also like the ways the of Amish people.Their plain,simple life. I also,like the way they put God first in their lives, and how God Blessed them for doing that. I enjoyed how Emma, found her happiness outsi ...more
Suzanne Williams
I was asked to read this book by one of the authors, Virginia Smith, whose work I greatly admire. Not being familiar with the Amish or having read any Amish fiction, I was unsure how I'd react. However, I have to say with my entire heart that I loved this story. It's so sweet with such likeable characters. The aspect of two different faiths is handled carefully and respectfully. The setting places you in the old west, sweeping you out onto wide open horizons. It has a nicely handled plot and a w ...more
Mar 15, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kansas, 1881. On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer's Amish family is robbed of all their possessions. 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 and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first. Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone's prayers. But it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Pla ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty dismal read. The characters were not believable at all. The only one that was was the Grandmother. As a lover of both Amish fiction and Western Historical romance, these characters and their actions and decisions were unbelievable. It took me awhile to finish because I had to keep putting it down because I literally did not believe in the characters enough to keep reading. I can't believe these writers made this a series? I wouldn't bother reading this one. You will just end up ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amish girl meets cowboy. I enjoyed seeing how their faith was explored, and put to the test. The authors did a good job expressing Emma's love for her Plain life, and showed her father's dedication and resolve to follow the teachings of the Amish ordnung and life. I liked how Luke searched within himself to see if he would be able to adopt the Amish way, and was honest with himself and Emma about what he found. Sweet story, well told.
Patricia Hullet
May 13, 2014 Patricia Hullet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a sweet story about an Amish girl, her father, grandmother and sister that wound up on a cattle drive quite by accident. Emma falls in love with Luke the trail boss and also has to deal with cattle rustlers and learning how to ride and rope. All of the characters were endearing and I am happy to be reading the next book in the Amish of Apple Grove Series starting tonight! Lori Copeland is a fine author. :)
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Lori Copeland was born on 12 June 1941. She had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing in 1982 when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, her romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. She has been inducted into the Missouri Wri ...more
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