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A Stranger's Wish (Amish Farm Trilogy #1)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Beloved author Gayle Roper begins a contemporary Amish series readers are sure to love.... "Englischer" Kristie Matthews' move to an Amish family farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, starts on a bad note as the young schoolteacher is bitten by a dog. A trip to the local ER leads to an encounter with an old man who hands her a key and swears her to silence. But when Kris...more
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Published February 1st 2010 by Harvest House Publishers
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ReviewsByMolly
Apr 14, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: FIRST; Harvest House Publishers
Alright, ya'll know from my past reviews that I am a sucker for and an avid reader of Amish books...all Amish books! And Gayle Roper did not disappoint! I had been eyeing this particular book for sometime now and when the opportunity arose to review it for a blog tour I did a happy dance! Well, okay, not really, because I can't dance but I did get super excited and anxious to read it.


This was a light, easy read. It's a story full of God, romance, sadness, friends and family, and most importantl...more
Tasha enderby
This was a wonderful book, I would suggest this book to be a first to a new reader of Amish lit because it's a very light read and doesn't give mystism about their culture but a very real perspective. I have read a lot of Amish tales that have me at one moment believe that I to should be Amish. They make me feel like an awful Christan. This book clearly marks the very real diffrences between old order Amish (non belief of Jesus as the savior) New order Amish ( those who believe Jesus is the savi...more
Sally
Most of the Amish novels I've read are in the third person, but from the Amish perspective. This series is different. It's first person from an Englischer perspective, complete with all the questions an Englischer might have about the Amish faith and culture.

The plot is straightforward, although you're not sure of the motive for the plot until the end. It isn't all wrapped up neatly either. The main character, Kristi, is left with some sadness even when she gets her 'happily-ever-after.' That di...more
Sfdreams
Liked this book a lot, although could've done without the mystery/endangerment suspense. If this was just a love story/regular fiction book would still have liked it just as well. (But then it wouldn't have been in the new mysteries section and I probably wouldn't have found it!!)

Maybe I related to Kristie's being a watercolorist, and to the longing of the Amish mother's longing to do art. I definitely am fascinated with the Amish, living close to them. My friends have very intimate relationship...more
Tamara
A STRANGER’S WISH by Gayle Roper, come to find out is a re-release of the originally titled novel “The Key”. This answered a lot of questions for me, because, though I enjoyed A STRANGER’S WISH, I didn’t find it as captivating as some of Gayle’s more recent works. With that said, there were still several positives. I loved her character development and the ease in which the characters came together. The interaction between Kristie and Jake was pure and honest. At times I found myself wishing the...more
Camille
So I was lucky enough to win autographed copies of the first two books in Gayle Roper's Amish Farm Trilogy.

What treasures, no?

So, what could I do but read them?!?!

Starting with book one: A Stranger's Wish by Gayle Roper


A Stranger's Wish is the story of Kristie Matthews who has the unique experience to get to live on an Amish farm with an Amish family, even though she is an Englischer.

Kristie has always been the "odd one out" in her family. She comes from a family of lawyers and was expected to g...more
Kav
This book made me think. Roper has introduced some spiritual truths that really captured my attention.
They are woven through the story, in no way 'preachy', but touched my heart and set me to thinking. I love when I find a book that helps me draw closer to God's truth and this one certainly did.

Kristie's first person account is sharp and witty and heartfelt. We learn about the Amish culture through her eyes and Roper is an author who hasn't romanticized the people and the religion. She portrays...more
Rachel
This really isn't an Amish novel at all, although there are Amish characters in it. It is about an Englisher who lives on an Amish farm for a year and gets embroiled in a mystery with a key that a stranger hands to her in the hospital. This is a rewrite of 'The Key' and it just doesn't make it as an Amish novel. Yes, it is a mystery and I read it to it's conclusion, but I was not impressed.
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A bit different take on traditional Amish stories, this was a fast, easy read. While I found much of the premise implausible, this was still an appealing story. I would have thought that Kristie could have made connections between the robbery/attacks sooner, and I kept wondering why she never reported any of it to the police. Her new boyfriend, however, saves the day in true heroic fashion.

I would have loved more character development but these characters still kind of grow on you. What I did en...more
Carman
This is a pretty good book, and I liked the mystery, but it was a little odd in some places. Also, I was surprised at some of the things they said about the Amish people and customs. At times, what was said was completely different from what I had read about the Amish in other books. (So I don’t know if this book is factual, or not considering the different information.) Although this was a romance, it wasn’t very romantic. At times, I wasn’t even sure if the couple would end up together, honest...more
Elentarien
Actually really enjoyed this one. I don't usually care for these 'Amish life' books - but this one is taken from a 'normal' woman's perspective, living with an Amish family without making the reader choke on the Amish stuff. It shows the main character's story, while letting you meet and get to know some of the Amish people as people with beliefs of their own, just as the main char has her own. Over all I really liked this one and the plot was catchy as well. Never quite saw the resolution of th...more
Diane A Brown
An Intriguing Story...

Gayle did a great job of grabbing my attention from page one. Her characters are loaded with vivid thoughts, dynamic personalities, and quirky faults. The setting, in an Amish community, is clearly described and easy to visualize. The storyline is a page turner, but I was able to anticipate the outcome.

The book is focused on Kristie Matthew, a young artist and school teacher, who doesn’t fit the family mold of lawyers. Moving to live on an Amish farm is filled with wonder,...more
Rosamond
Nice read. I had difficulty with the humor as it was a bit sarcastic, but the mystery was intriguing and I was a bit shocked and saddened by the end of the relationship with the old man. I have developed a sense of the writer's style and look forward to book two!
Dali Castillo
Sometimes I pick up a book and have no real clue about the author, or even when I read the summary, I'm still not sure what to expect. Both situations applied when I picked up A Stranger's Wish by Gayle Roper. I was unfamiliar with the author and the summary left me not sure of what to expect. I was caught off guard and totally surprised by the story. It was a mix of mystery and romance, which happen to be my favorite combination. The mystery of the story kept me guessing until the very end, and...more
Christy
This book for me was more English Fiction than Amish Fiction; just not what I was looking for.
Elvenjen
Not being a religious person, the Godly messages in this book didn't really mean anything to me. That aside, it's a good story, but some of the characters are difficult to connect with. The lead character is just way too naïve, and it gets annoying in some places. The author's writing is okay but she's fond of skipping over chunks of time, and the ending is quite abrupt.

I went to buy the second book of this trilogy and see that one of its main characters is the one you're taught to hate in this...more
Barbara
I enjoyed reading this book, and I intend to read the other two in the trilogy. The main character, Kristie, is an artist, and I found her struggle with being so different than the rest of her family very realistic and believable, and I enjoyed seeing her personal growth. Some other elements of the book related to the mystery seemed just a little bit far-fetched, which is the main reason I did not give it five stars. The issue of the stranger's key seemed very unlikely; would he be that desperat...more
Melissa
*I won this in a contest. Thanks!*

Not bad overall, but I didn't think Kristie was very respectful to her parents, despite her saying she did respect them. There was some kissing before engagement/marriage, which I didn't appreciate. But the story itself was interesting, and there were a few good messages about helping out your neighbor, not making excuses for your problems, etc.
Katie
This is the story of an elementary art teacher who rents a room in an Amish farmhouse. She must learn to adjust to her surroundings while still maintaining who she is. In addition she meets an elderly man in town and he asks a favor of her. When she keeps running into people trying to harm her she wonders if it is because of the old mans favor.
Judy Wise
I enjoyed this very much. A nice start to a three book series. A young lady rents a room with an amish family. Not your usual amish stories, love, mystery, and different kind of story. Looking forward to reading the next book.
April
This was a really nice story - I enjoyed the author's style of writing - it pulled you into the book. I did think that the way the Amish are portrayed was a bit different than in other Amish fiction I have read.
Carol
This is an Amish-based story of romance between two English people who believe in God's plan for them. Along with some other characters with worldly issues, they become important to each other and to themselves.
Tina
This was the first time for me to read any of Gayle Roper's books.
She writes different from other authors that I've read.

Gayle kept me guessing what was going to happen next in the book as I read.
Jenna
This is actually a reprint (under a new title) of the 1998 The Key
Renee
Nice, quick read. Not sure how I feel about the cover, do the Amish have red barns?

Full review in April

Received my review copy from the publisher.
Thewhygirl
Can't finish started this 2x- a little predictable and unreasonable at the same time, like the Amish setting of another book, moving on to something else
Debra Jenkins
quite a mystery story delightful read my first Amish Fiction not at all what I expected looking forward to reading the next installment.
Loraine
Enjoyable combination of light romance and cozy mystery with an Amish twist thrown in as well.
Elaine
Suggested to me by a former Amish lady as being true to Amish life.
Laurie
Feb 05, 2010 Laurie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I generally avoid "bonnet fiction" but I like Gayle Roper!
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Gayle Roper is the award-winning author of more than 40 books and has been a Christy finalist three times.
She lives with her husband in southeastern Pennsylvania where she enjoys reading, gardening, and her family.
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