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Accidentally Amish (Valley of Choice #1)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  849 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Get away from the bustling world and join Annie Friesen as she searches for protection and discovers a new love--and life--amid the Amish.
ebook, 372 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Barbour Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Shari Larsen
Jul 26, 2013 Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annie Friesen is a 27 year old software developer who owns her own company. She no longer trusts her boyfriend, (who is also her lawyer), and while fleeing from him, stows away in the back of a pickup truck and ends up on an Amish farm, where she meets Rufus Beiler and his family. As she is trying to figure out a way to save her company, she finds a sense of peace and contentment as she is living among the Amish and getting to know Rufus and his family.

When she learns that she may share a common
Jun 11, 2013 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-wonders
A very pleasant surprise! I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but is was much better than I felt it was going to be. i mean, the title is a little ridiculous... An enjoyable read!
Eustacia Tan
Jan 09, 2013 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I think it's no secret that I quite like Amish-related books. There's something about the simplicity and utter disconnect from the world that appeals to me. And if you remember, some time back, I reviewed the fustrating yet addictive book Temptation (link to review!). Well, this is like that - English and Amish.

But so different.

For one thing, Annie (Analise), meets Rush (the Amish guy) when she stows away while running from a terrible lawyer (yes, lawyers are THAT scary). After a few misundersta
Annie is a software creature and her product is in jeopardy of being stolen and if she is not careful her life could also be in danger. While trying to flee from harm she hides in the back of a truck which ends up in Amish country. She ends up in the barn owned by Rufus’s family. Even though they don’t know her Rufus and his family help her out. She is hiding out for a while and tries to keep her software and herself safe. At first Annie find the Amish way of like hard with the lack of electrici ...more
Oct 05, 2012 Tima rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Annie is running from the danger surrounding her company. By chance she lands in an Amish barn for the night. That chance encounter will change her life forever. Finding family history and perhaps a chance at love are just a few of the things that happen because of her ride into Amish country.

The characters were fun and the story was engaging. The book alternated between the current story and giving a little back story on the ancestors of the main characters. It lent an interesting twist to the
Three stars because it is a decently written novel. Not winning any national prizes, but this book clearly had a decent writer and/editor. Another pro for this book is that there was no "easy" conversion for our English heroine to Amish, which, especially for a romance novel, demonstrates considerable restraint!!! In fact, by the end of the book our heroine Annie has only just converted her house to all propane and electricity! And! It is not even clear if she and her Amish squeeze Rufus are off ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review: Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport
4 STARS This book is a little bit different as it followed almost 3 storylines in one. I liked it even though I cried in parts. Thier was no sex scenes or swearing. Annie Friesen was scared of her lawyer and boyfriend. He tried to sneak extra papers for her to sign. He wanted to go to a meeting with her and she kept saying no. In fact she planned not to go but to leave town and go to where a rental car would be thier. But Rick followed her and when it
Jac (For Love and Books)
One day I was on Netgalley, lurking for some new books to read when I saw Accidentally Amish. Now, here's something you may not know about me - I have a secret love for Amish Fiction! Every few months, I'll grab a few and read them like crazy! Well, when I saw that this one took place in Colorado's San Luis valley? I thought "Hey, a local Amish book?? I'm grabbing it!"

The book starts out a bit slow for my liking, although with the quick action you could claim otherwise! Annie is running from a
Kay M
Mar 09, 2014 Kay M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accidentally Amish isn’t a typical Amish book in that the main character, Annie Frieson, is not Amish. Also, this work is actually 2 parallel stories interwoven into one novel. In addition to the contemporary, romantic suspense of Annie, there is a second story about Annie’s ancestors, who came to America in 1737.

The main story, about Annie, takes the reader quickly on a chase as Annie flees from her former boyfriend and lawyer, whom she no longer trusts. Annie’s frightful flight from the city
Oct 04, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

This in no way affects my opinion

I loved this book!!

The characters are highly believable, and just completely pull you into the story.

Annie is a very well off, very professional person. However her life gets turned upside down when things start to go funny at work. Add that to the fact that she 'finds' herself in the back of a pickup - which takes her to Amish country and you have the start to a very interesting tale. Enter Rufus
Dec 20, 2013 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read Amish stories or stories seeped in genealogy.
Shelves: amish
How I love a good Amish story! And this was a GOOD – a VERY GOOD – Amish story. On top of that I love a good genealogical based story – and this book fills that bill as well.

There is the driven 21st century woman. Smart. Successful. Determined. Generous. And wealthy by her own efforts before the age of 30. Enter someone who wants that wealth even though he certainly has not earned it. And who does not care one bit – not even a little teeny bit – who could be hurt as long as he obtains what he wa
This book goes back and forth between the 1700's and present day. Mystery, faith, lifestyle choices, religion,family relationships, and a sweet romance are all included. The two stories are tied together, and the book held my interest enough that I certainly plan to read the next two books in the series. However, the flashbacks didn't work well for me. Although the author had great reasons to tell both stories simultaneously, I would have liked to have read the older story, and then have it lead ...more
Jul 10, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book One in the Valley of Choice Series by Olivia Newport. Annie is on the run; will she run into the arms of Rufus, her new found Amish friend?

Annie lives a very busy life. Filled with the most up to date technology used to make her life easier. When she finds herself in need of a hiding place she ends up in the barn of Rufus Beiler who is part of the Amish community. Will she learn to like the ways of the Amish better then her technology filled world? Will Rufus have an influence on he
Sep 29, 2012 Jennie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like Amish books, I really do. I'll read anything really, and have read a lot of things along the spectrum; erotic, inspirational, amish, historical fiction, etc.

This novel seemed to just leave me hanging. The end really didn't have an ending, you were left wondering, well what happened to this person, that person, this situation, etc. I know there are going to be 2 more in the series (at least) so now I have to read those.

Just once I'd like to read a book that just wraps it all up. I don't
Jan 23, 2014 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This book started out well with Annie, a highly successful entrepreneur in danger of losing her business to a sharp dealing lawyer/boyfriend, Rick. Somehow Rick has turned Annie's partner, Barrett, against her. Annie runs away from Rick, hides in a truck and meets an Amish man. Thus starts the tale of romance which isn't badly done, but too many questions are left unanswered...Why is Annie running away instead of just dealing with Rick legally? How did Rick manage to turn Barrett against Annie? ...more
Aug 09, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
Loved the writing and the character development, but the ending was so scripted, it was a disappointment. Too many Amish romances are beginning to put unlikely couples (Amish and English) together, with the idea that the English will convert at the end of the story. As rare as that is, it does not seem like a fair representation in a story like this. Truthfully, it would be more satisfying if the character maintained his religious faith and found someone within his faith community to marry. But ...more
May 18, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 12, 2013 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story about what's truly important in life. I enjoyed how the author wrote two stories in one and how they came together in the end.

This is one of the better Amish fiction books that I've read. I plan to read more of Olivia Newport's work as I found her writing style to quite pleasing.
Becky Pinson
Feb 12, 2013 Becky Pinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, amish
Love love love this book!
Virginia Winfield
Fantastic. Loved it. Great story and romance.
Dec 31, 2012 CarolynB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I loved it!
Rachel Brand
I think that if it weren't for the historical storyline, I probably would only give this book 3.5*. While the contemporary storyline was a good mixture of Amish, romance and suspense, the writing and characters weren't as strong as in Olivia's first novel, The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. It does seem as if historical fiction is where she's stronger, at least for now.

That said, there were plenty of elements that I appreciated about this story. This is the second series I've read that's set among th
Mercedes Cordero
Annie Friesen has it all: a successful career, money, beauty and a boyfriend who loves her. Or does he? When Annie discovers that her boyfriend (who also happens to be her company's attorney) has joined forces with her business partner in a devious plan against her, Annie runs away to have some time and space to sort things out and figure out how to save her company from her partner and her boyfriend. But when her escape does not go as planned, she ends up in an Amish farm staring into the eyes ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"Annie pulled her phone out and touched the screen. The three text messages she ignored the night before were now seven.



THIS IS NOT OVER. " (pg. 22)

Technology software creator and designer, Annie Friesen learns that her boyfriend/lawyer, Rick Stebbins and her business partner, Barnett Paige are attempting to steal her latest software launch and take away her business, she knows she has to do something to protect her investment. She puts u
Accidentally Amish is Book 1 of the Valley of Choice Series by Olivia Newport. This is the first book that I've read by the author and I really enjoyed it!

In this book we meet Annie Friesen, a hard working and very talented software creator that has already made a fortune selling her work though she is quite young! When Annie finds out that her business partners have turned on her and are out to steal her business, she leaves town, fearing for her business and somewhat for her safety.

Due to a
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
3.5 stars: Review originally posted to Words at Home blog October 9, 2012:

Accidentally Amish is the fun and lighthearted story of Annie, a girl who unknowingly ends up in the heart of Colorado’s Amish community while desperately trying to hold the pieces of her complicated, modern and extremely high-paced life together. Annie is immediately fascinated by the Amish family who takes her under their wing, especially their grown son Rufus. When Annie discover
Jun 22, 2012 Whoopie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annie Friesen’s world begins crumbling around her. Her business partner is conspiring with her boyfriend, who is also the company lawyer to cheat her out of a multi-million dollar software program that she herself has designed. Annie attempts to disappear on an evening that they had conspired trick her into signing paperwork that would give them legal ownership of her software. When she realizes she is being followed, she hides in the back of a truck. A truck that takes her unexpectedly out of t ...more
Priscilla Z20
Jan 15, 2017 Priscilla Z20 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Annie Friesen, a software creator is trying to escape from her ex-boyfriend who is her company's lawyer and her duplicitous partner who are both trying to steal her new creation. After being chased by Rick, her ex-boyfriend, she climbs into a truck to escape and finds herself in a Amish town. Trying to hide, she decides to stay with an Amish family. Annie soon falls for her host, Rufus Beiler and has to decide to whether return to her messy life and face her problems or stay in the quiet peacefu ...more
Sep 26, 2016 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very sweet story of love. The author wove a beautiful tale of live and sacrifice. The characters were delightful and presented well. The story flowed beautifully even though it spanned two different time periods. Looking forward to more stories in the series.
Carrie Daws
Aug 18, 2013 Carrie Daws rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I'm not much for Amish stories. I can't quite put my finger on it, but while I don't mind the occasional Amish-themed book, I tend to avoid them. However the premise of Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport had enough suggested adventure that I had to give it a try.

"Our life is grounded in submission, and yours seeks control. You can't have both." (Page 304)

Annie must run away from Colorado Springs just long enough to decide what she's going to do to avoid the schemes of her partner and
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Christian Fiction...: * November/December Group Read #3 3 19 Nov 05, 2012 09:24AM  
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  • His Love Endures Forever (Land of Canaan #3)
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  • Saving Gideon (Clover Ridge #1)
  • An Amish Family Reunion (Miller Family, #4)
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  • Johanna's Bridegroom (Hannah's Daughters, #6)
  • Annie's Truth (Touch of Grace, #1)
  • An Uncommon Grace
  • A Perfect Square (Shipshewana Amish Mystery #2)
  • Susanna's Christmas Wish
  • The Haven (Stoney Ridge Seasons #2)
  • Threads of Grace (Patch of Heaven #3)
  • Abby Finds Her Calling (Home at Cedar Creek, #1)
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I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours.

We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.

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