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Loving Jenna

(Wells Landing #8)

4.70  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  57 reviews
In this new novel set in the beloved Oklahoma Amish community of Wells Landing, three generations of women challenge themselves and each other to make a fresh start in faith, family--and love.

Jenna Burkhart is tired of being "special" and hearing about what she can't do. Even though she suffered a head injury in a childhood swimming accident, she wants a life of her own
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Zebra
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Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So enjoyable to return to the fictional Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma with this inspirational story of two special characters, Ivan Buddy Dale Miller and Jennifer Jenna Abigail Burkhart. Will Buddy and Jennas parents stop insisting they know what is best for them in their so-called efforts to protect them? Will they willingly let Buddy and Jenna make their own mistakes and find their own way? Is it an error to presume to know how someone else feels without giving them a chance to ...more
Connie  Lynch
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I began reading books by Amy Lillard she took me to a place called Wells Landing.....I fell in love with the place, the stories and the characters, Jenna and Buddy are no exception. This book has been written with much thought and care with the story of two youngies with special hearts and minds. Amy Lillard has created a wonderful and thoughtful story about a "special" couple. Jenna and Buddy are wonderful characters with a story that needed to be told. Thank you Amy for allowing me the ...more
Deanne Patterson
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a really special book! Authors that write Amish books are now branching out and writing about many different subjects in their books now.
This one has very vivid character portrayal that you can see yourself becoming friends with .
Inspirational romance at it very best you'll fall in love with the tender romance in this story.
The uniqueness in this book will keep you reading to uncover all the layers of the story. Just when you think it can't get any better the conclusion will
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love the cover for Loving Jenna. Then to find a sweet and heart touching story inside was a treasure. I was enthralled reading Jenna's and Buddy's story. Lillard penned a beautiful story as we watched them blossom with their lives even though they faced challenges, being called simple or special and others saying they couldn't do something. Their connection when they first met brought them a lot of determination, fortitude and admiration for one another despite the negative remarks. Jenna and ...more
It was a joy to return to the town of Wells Landing! If you have read other books in the series, you will recognize various characters throughout this story. And if you have read Marrying Jonah, you will definitely know the main character, Buddy, from that novel. However, this book can easily be read as a stand alone novel if you are jumping in mid-series.

I think that it must not be an easy thing to write a love story from the viewpoints of two main characters who have special mental challenges,
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book touches a special place in all parents and grandparents hearts. Amy Lillard has written a new series, set in our beloved tractor-driving Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma. Old friends from past novels appear in the background, which is always a huge enjoyment for me because I wonder how my friends are doing.

Loving Jenna strives to show both sides of love for those with disabilities who want to protect their loved ones and the desire of those special souls to live life on
Loving Jenna by Amy Lillard is a very special Amish novel. It is the eighth novel in A Wells Landing series, and it can be read as a standalone. Jenna Burkhart along with her mother and grandmother have moved to Wells Landing, Oklahoma. A swimming accident when she was a child left her with brain damage. She is tired of people calling her special and being told what she cannot do by her mother. Jenna wants the same things as other young Amish women (a husband, a home, and a family), but her ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes love takes a little persistence...

If there's one thing that you can count on when picking up an Amy Lillard novel it's that she will always surprise you. She takes on those tough family issues that are universal to Amish, Englisher, and beyond. Loving Jenna is definitely one of those.

Some reviews are hard to write. Not because the book was bad, but because the topics in the story are either difficult or require some sensitivity. If, like me, you are not in the know on the current PC
Ida Davis
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Maureen Timerman
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book, and found myself rooting for these young adults, yes, they have disabilities, but they are trying to break the chains of their limitations.
What a beautiful inspiring story the author gives us, and found myself walking in both the moms and their childrens shoes.
I do know that a child with special needs are so wanted, loved and treasured, especially in their Amish community, but these young adults object to the special term. Love how these moms are ready to do battle to keep
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
This is one of the sweetest Amish romances Ive ever read. This story is told from the first-person viewpoints of Jenna and Buddy, Jenna almost drowned when she was little girl, suffered some mild brain damage, and now her mother refers to her thought processes as simple. Buddy was born with Downs Syndrome. Both Jenna and Buddy are loved, cherished, and protected by their families. But although Buddy and Jenna may not think the same way a normal person does, that doesnt mean that they arent ...more
Janice Sisemore
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Loving Jenna

Loving Jenna and Buddy, I love their story. Jenna suffered a head injury in a swimming accident. After that she is considered special by her family. She is protected by her mother.

Buddy has Down syndrome and is considered special by his family. Will Buddy and Jenna get together?

In Loving Jenna, Buddy meets her and they become good friends. Their family are trying to keep them apart. I felt bad for Jenna and Buddy at times. Especially felt bad for Jenna, she was growing up but her
Virginia Winfield
This was one of my favorite stories by Amy Lillard. I loved how she wrote about a young man with Down Syndrome and a young girl who had a brain injury and almost died. This shows how these characters interacted with their friends and their families. I laughed and cried. I really liked Jenna and Buddy but didnt always care for either of their mothers. The mothers had to learn that even though Jenna and Buddy had some handicaps they were still becoming adults. I received a copy of this book from ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book touched my heart so much. Can Buddy and Jenna have a real lasting romance with both of them being "special"? Family tries keeping them apart. Will their love survive with all the challenges they face? This is a must read story.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Henderson
One of the sweetest love stories I have read. Love can be found in different situations. Judgement and worry from family and friends could hurt this new love between two special people. Through determination, faith, love and trust, Jenna and Buddy face obstacles and learn how to overcome. I enjoyed this story very much. I received a complimentary copy of the book. No review was required.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jenna and Buddy just want to be treated with respect. But everyone sees what they can't do, not what they can do. Their families don't want to let them grow up, even though they are both grown adults with many talents. Buddy has Downs Syndrome and Jenna suffered brain trauma when she died in a drowning and was revived. Jenna and Buddy find each other and fall in love, but their families don't want them together and do everything to stop it.
This book handles special
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving Jenna ( Wells Landing #8 )
By: Amy Lillard
Loving Jenna is book eight in the series Wells Landing. This is Jenna and Buddys story. A special young couple with big hearts. I fell in love with this story and the characters, both are well written and well developed. This story touched my heart. I caught myself with tears in my eyes several times. The author drew me in at the start and i did not want to put it down. I was not disappointed. A beautiful love story that you will not forget.
I was
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love is all around. Yes indeed it is. God's love for each and every one of us. No matter how or what happened to us in life.
I think for starters Charlotte was way too hard on Jenna. I felt that she was extremely overprotective and I'm feeling like calling Charlotte all kinds of names. Gertie too lol
Yes as I read I started to understand Charlotte but still her being too hard on Jenna was over rated. I didn't like how she kept telling Jenna that she was special.
Thank goodness for Nadine. She's
Carrie Tripp
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts On Loving Jenna by Amy Lillard
Suggested Beverage Pairing: Black Coffee or a Cold Pepsi
Jenna. Well, the book is about loving her, so we best start with her first. Twenty-year-old Jenna Burkhart is special. As a young girl she had a near drowning. Actually, she did drown, but they brought her back. Jenna was restored to life, but now her life was special. Jennas mamm and mammi moved her to Wells Landing Amish community to start over. Jennas mamm has been overbearingly
Deana Dick
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author has captured a sweet story that focuses on two people considered different. I loved the way the characters are introduced and how gentle their story is told. The topic of Down Syndrome is one that few books are written about. It is easy to fall in love with Jenna and Buddy. Their connection is pure and filled with joy. Being accepted has always been both of their desires and finding each other really boosts their confidence. Jenna is considered to be simple since her accident. Both ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loving Jenna. *****

This is the touching story of two very special children of God. They are loved and cherished by their families to the extent they are being stifled and not allowed the life God had chosen for them.

The author shows us how we, in our well meaning ways do this. We talk about them in front of them thinking They will not understand what I am saying and they do hear and understand.

Then we talk to friends and family in whispers so they cannot hear, but they not only hear you, they
Dali Castillo
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved It!

Jenna - She remembers some parts of her life before the accident, when all was normal. But since the accident, her new normal is being referred to as simple or special. It would probably be a little easier to handle if people would stop looking at her and treating her as if they feel sorry for her. All Jenna wants is a life of her own, which seems impossible until she meets Buddy.

Buddy - Because he was born with Down Syndrome, Buddys normal has always been that he is special/simple. Yet
Lisa J
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was truly an exceptional book! As a mother of three special needs children, I appreciate all of the angles and viewpoints demonstrated in this incredible story about two individuals in the amish community with special needs finding one another and fighting for their right to love.

The characters in this story were very well developed, and the many complications from many angles were explored in just enough depth to truly transport the reader to the community in which this book takes place.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So not only is this book set in my favorite corner of the fiction world it also touches on topics near and dear to my heart. INCLUSION and REPRESENTATION. There are not a lot of stories that represent people of the disabilities community. People like my children.

This book shows that people with disabilities want what everyone else wants. A normal life. The main characters, Jenna and Buddy, don't want to be seen as "special". They want to work, fall in love, and get married. But just like real
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD'S purpose that prevails.

After a terrible swimming accident that almost killed Jenna, she has been told that her brain is weak. She is not like other Amish girls. With a recent move to a new community with her mother and grandmother, Jenna's family is looking for a fresh start with other another Amish community. It is love at first sight for Buddy when he see's Jenna at church. She looks like an Angel. Buddy has Down Syndrome and when he
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amy Lillard writes quality Amish Fiction. Loving Jenna is a novel that fills a niche that is sometimes ignored. The fact is that society at large has many of the same beliefs about special needs people that Amy expressed through her characters.

Jenna is a young woman who nearly died when she was a preteen by falling into some water and came close to drowning. She did suffer some brain damage, but she still understands her limitations and her abilities.

Buddy is a young man with Down Syndrome,
Patricia Bond
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In her new book, Loving Jenna, Amy Lillard, takes us back to the Amish community of Wells Landing Oklahoma.
Loving Jenna is the very touching and heartwarming story of Jennifer " Jenna" Abigail Burkhart and Ivan "Buddy" Miller. What makes this love story so special is that this young Amish couple are two of God's "special" children, and they have to face many obstacles in order to be together.
With lots of determination and opposition from both of their parents, Buddy and Jenna set out to prove
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad to be coming back to Wells Landing in Amy Lilliard's new book, Loving Jenna. With such descriptive writing I am able to imagine the beautiful Amish settlement and I'm excited to meet the new people who move to the community. They all come hoping to find a new start but they have their own set of problems. It's always an adventure to see how they are resolved.

This book really had me thinking about Jenna and Buddy's situation. I admit that at first I sided with both Mothers and went
Feb 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Loving Jenna brings us back to the town of Wells Landing. Jenna and her family has just moved to town. Ever since a childhood accident, her mom has called her "simple/special". Buddy Miller has lived here all his life. Born with Downs Syndrome, Buddy is loved and protected by all but he too is considered "special". When they meet, Buddy and Jenna begin to believe that even though they may be "simple/special" , they are capable of love and marriage. However, both Moms are against this idea. Will ...more
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