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A Perfect Amish Romance

(Berlin Bookmobile #1)

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From New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray comes a new series that follows a bookmobile driver-turned-matchmaker who learns that her Amish patrons need a whole lot more than just new books to read.

Aaron Coblentz has a secret: he’s been studying to take the GED to get promoted at work. But he can’t let his Amish family know, not when his older brother a
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 19th 2021 by Gallery Books (first published January 2021)
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Tina
This is a Amish Fiction, and this is the first book in the Berlin Bookmobile series. This book as a lot of characters, and they all have a lot going on. I have to say it was a lot of characters and their drama to keep up with for a first book in the series. After I got all the characters figured out I did really enjoyed the book. I am looking forward to the second book in this series. I love the Bookmobile, and this book follows the people that visits the bookmobile. I was kindly provided an e-c ...more
Deanne Patterson
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deanne by: cnnamongirl@aol.com
A new book series is always fun to start. This one is by an author that I have read many books by. I have seen her writing progress over the years and each book is better than the last.
This series focuses on a bookmobile librarian named Englisher Sarah Anne Miller her husband passed away and she is grieving him. Sarah knows the Amish and helps them pick out the books they need and has the ones ready for them to pick up whenever they come in including study books for Amish man Aaron Coblentz who
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Lori
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this after my loooooong pending approval. Oh my! It was so worth the wait!
New characters to love and well it's just Shelley Shepard Gray! Fabulous!
I thought the name Tiny was unusual and cute! Matched her personality just perfectly. I finished this novel late into the night and I have no regrets it was so very good! This book will be on my list of 2021 faves.
I enjoyed the aspect of the bookmobile. I think it's because it can reach people who can't get out or people th
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Maureen Timerman
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
First I should say I love the books by this author, and this one was no exception!
We meet Sarah Anne Miller, the new bookmobile librarian, and now maybe matchmaker?
There are a lot of assumptions about what another person is thinking here, but how these problems are resolved, well some are big surprises!
There is some sweet romance, some physical challenges, along with everyday survival. We meet some of these problems, as the characters here face their life’s problems!
One surprisingly wants to get
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Lucy
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read a new Amish series by Shelley Shepard Gray as she is a multi talented author in other genres but her Amish books grip my heart. What better setting than a bookmobile run by a genuine warm widow woman who cares about her patrons especially the Amish. There are so many wonderful characters that it is hard to pick a favorite. It starts with a beautiful cover and opens to heartwarming stories that sweep you into the worlds of several families all tied together with their love o ...more
Kailey
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a great start to this series! I loved Sarah Anne! I also loved Aaron and his family and Kayla. I hope we get to read more about them in future books!


I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Edward Arrington
I saw a correlation between an Amish proverb at the beginning of the book about the lack of signposts at the crossroads in life with the numerous times I have experienced driving somewhere I have never been and failing to find adequate road signs. In all my travels, I had never once thought about the similarities between that and living life. I often get exasperated when I am in a sizable city trying to find a particular street but the street signs are on the corner that is the farthest distance ...more
Susan F
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. I'm excited about this new series. It's such a neat idea to have a book mobile and librarian go into rural areas in an area where Amish families live. The interaction between the characters with books and a lonely widow is so sweet. I just love the whole idea of it. Sarah Anne Miller touches lives in a way she never expected and the patrons of the library on wheels touch her life also.
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy romance with a more realistic
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Kav
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sqqquuueaaall! A new series by Shelley Shepard Gray is always something to shout (or squeal) about! And this one features a bookmobile which is all kinds of library magic right there. Sigh. I've worked in school libraries and college libraries and genealogy libraries and church libraries but I always longed to be a bookmobile librarian. Alas, it was not meant to be but at least now I can enjoy the experience vicariously through Sarah Anne. :-)

In true SSG fashion, this novel is as much about comm
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Laura
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Anne miller is a widowed, retired accountant who begins a job for the local bookmobile. As a person who used to work in a library, I loved this aspect of the story. I enjoyed how much joy that she brought in to the lives of her patrons. She cared about not just what books they were reading but also what circumstances they were going through. Aaron uses the bookmobile to read books for his GED and Sarah Anne helps him find a tutor in Kayla. Jane is a young widow who has been struggling with ...more
C Davis
I have recently read several books promoting literacy. When I picked up A Perfect Amish Romance by Shelley Shepard Gray, I was worried it would be along the same lines. I have loved everything that I have read by Gray, and I enjoyed this book as well. A Perfect Amish Romance was original, thought-provoking, and nothing like the other books I had read.

Sarah Anne Miller has recently retired from being an accountant. On a whim she signed up to be a part-time librarian, driving the bookmobile around
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Marilyn
I appreciate the opportunity of reading an early release of A Perfect Amish Romance by gifted author Shelley Shepard Gray. I’m never disappointed in her stories. This one is another winner with a bookmobile in rural areas serving the Amish. Aaron and Kayla story is more than him striving for his GED. Sarah Anne Miller is a bonus with her caring and friendly librarian skills and a confidant to many. The multiple characters with strong traits and flaws are discovering that life isn’t all about hav ...more
Connie  Lynch
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am lucky enough to be given the opportunity to read a pre release copy of this book so I am offering my unbiased review. This is a truly wonderful story, the main characters are Kayla and Aaron and their story of finding themselves individually and together. I recommend this to any fan of Amish Fiction and to any Christian Fiction fan and to the reader who is in need of a bit of positive encouragement. Happy Reading a Shelley Shepard Gray story.
Hannah
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book is a perfect representation of the Amish romance genre. It's a good book, but the only unique aspect of the book (the bookmobile) isn't really touched on as it's more just there when it's convenient. There's nothing wrong with this book, but there's nothing great about it either. ...more
Judy
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I always love reading any book by Shelley Shepard Gray and this one didn't disappoint! An interesting spin on the ways of the Amish and their views on the value of education.

Sarah-Anne is retired and in her retirement has become the book-mobile driver for her community. She not helps her patrons find books that suit their interests but has become a confidante and a great listener for them too.

Aaron is a young Amish man who is trying to study to pass his GED. He thinks by doing this his boss will
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Emma
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Perfect Amish Romance by Shelley Shepard Gray
(Berlin Bookmobile #1)
From New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray comes a new series that follows a bookmobile driver-turned-matchmaker who learns that her Amish patrons need a whole lot more than just new books to read.
Aaron Coblentz has a secret: he’s been studying to take the GED to get promoted at work. But he can’t let his Amish family know, not when his older brother already left the faith just a year after getting baptized, pr
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Kathy
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Perfect Amish Romance by Shelley Shepard Grey is a heartfelt Amish romance.

Aaron Coblentz knows how his parents will react if he tells them he wants to get his GED. So he studies in private until he needs a tutor to get him ready to take the test. He is from a big happy family with loving parents who hold their children tightly after their oldest son goes Englisch. Aaron is a kind-hearted and  compassionate young man who is a hard worker.  But his lack of world experience is a handicap while s
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Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
“What a charming story.” That’s the first thought that came to my mind when I finished this lovely book. I’ve been a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray’s books for quite some time, and this may be one of her best series yet.

This series revolves around a bookmobile that’s overseen by Sarah Anne Miller, the kind and caring librarian. She’s more than happy to deliver books and some wise advice to the Amish community she serves with the bookmobile. She’s also a matchmaker at heart, and this book revolves a
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Gail Hollingsworth
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful beginning in what sounds like a great series. A retired older lady, Sarah Anne, studies to become a librarian and in turn gets a job driving a bookmobile. She’s a little nervous at first but comes to love her patrons, mostly in an Amish community. She becomes a mentor and advisor for many. Aaron wants to take the GED even though he’s Amish. He needs to advance in his job but is afraid of what his parents would think so he keeps it secret. Sarah Anne introduces him to Kayla, ...more
Pam Pavkov
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Perfect Amish Romance is the debut book written by Shelley Shepard Gray in her new series, The Berlin Bookmobile. This story is filled with amazing characters and a bit of mystery. The cover will definitely pull the reader in. I enjoyed the interaction between the host of the Bookmobile and the residents who availed themselves of this service. As the characters are woven together throughout the story many bonds are strength and some misconceptions threatens to tear some apart. This story is fi ...more
Tena
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a Shelley Shepard Gray fan. Her books always have interesting characters and real-life situations. I also love Amish stories. But so many Amish stories these days are like Hallmark movies-predictable, sweet and with a happily-ever-after ending. A Perfect Amish Romance is the best of both worlds. This is the first in a new series so if that's not your cup of tea, then move on. I am looking forward to the next book!
A Perfect Amish Romance revolves around a bookmobile and the woman that operat
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Kate
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Most Amish Christian fiction that I read will likely be by Amy Clipston or Shelley Shepard Gray. When I saw that A Perfect Amish Romance had to do with a bookmobile I was totally onboard to read it. It certainly did not disappoint and I'm eager to read An Amish Surprise, the second in this series.

This book is not just about Kayla and Aaron's relationship, it also ties in Aaron's sister, Tiny, who long has had eyes for his best friend and neighbor, Joel. Sarah Anne Miller, a 61 year old bookmobil
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Leslie M.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've read and enjoyed many books by Shelley Shepard Gray, and this was no exception.

As I've come to expect, the well-drawn characters and scenes are interesting and realistic. This is a great way to start off a new series. I loved some key features, including the bookmobile and the Multiple Sclerosis angles. These are elements I'm not used to seeing in Amish-themed novels.

Kayla and Aaron are engaging characters, though I enjoyed the secondary characters, too, and I look forward to seeing them i
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Michelle Rhoden
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors, Shelley Shepard Gray, has once again outdone herself with this spectacular book. This is a touching story of people who are dealing with real life issues and how they struggle to handle them.

Sarah drives the bookmobile for the local library and enjoys helping people find the perfect book, but also lends an ear when people need to talk. When Sarah discovers a young man who needs a tutor to help him pass his GED so he can get a promotion at work, she has the perfect pe
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Sarah
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book, I felt like the book was more geared towards a younger reader (teenagers), however I feel like as an adult reader it was still a very fun read. I liked Kayla she was very independent and very strong willed willing to keep fighting now matter what she faced. Aaron he came off kind of immature at first but I felt like the more you read he seems to grow up a lot. Joel and Tiny was fun to read about as well and you can tell they were both immature but looking to grow up as ...more
Rebekah
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
Okay, so the title really intrigued me and I had really high expectations for this book. I get it, it wasn't supposed to actually claim this was going to be the perfect amish romance. But come on, aren't your expectaions high when you read the title?

Sad to say, while this was a good book, it definetly wasn't perfect. Mainly because the synopsis explained who the book was going to focus on. Yet there are THREE romances you are reading about. And because of this, the romance for the couple the bo
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Sherry Greene
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of a new series by beloved Amish author, Shelley Shepard Gray, that follows bookmobile driver, Sarah Ann Miller, who services and interacts with the Amish community.

The book introduces us to a community of interesting people. The first two main characters the series features are Aaron Coblentz, who harbors a secret to take the GED test, not a normal event in the lives of the Amish, and Kayla Kaufman, who has her own secrets, as well as being older than Aaron. Aaron hires
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Judy
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
When I was little, the town we lived in was so small that it didn’t have a library. What we did get, however, was a bookmobile. I loved that bookmobile so much. A Perfect Amish Romance brought those memories back. I loved Sarah Anne. She went from being very apprehensive about being the bookmobile librarian to being totally perfect at it. Aaron was studying for his GED, but didn’t want his parents to find out about it. Kayla was the tutor that Sarah Anne found for him. Tiny is Aaron’s sister and ...more
Kitty
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Tish
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it and can not wait for more books. This is a story about Aaron Coblentz and Kayla Kaufman. It revolves around a book mobile and Sara Anne who runs it. She is English and runs a bookmobile that goes to the Amish areas. Aaron wants to get his GED but wants it kept a secret from his parents because he does not want to hurt them like his brother Tim did. He needs help with this and Sara Anne gets Kayla to tutor him. Kayla holds a secret about her father and her life after her mother's death. ...more
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Librarian Note: AKA Shelley Gray (Western Romance).

Shelley Shepard Gray has published over seventy novels. She currently writes Amish romances for Harper Collins, Kensington, and Simon & Schuster and contemporary women’s fiction for Blackstone Publishing.

Her novels have been Holt Medallion winners and Inspirational Readers Choice and Carol finalists. Shelley’s novels have appeared on both the New
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