A Plain and Simple Heart (Amish of Apple Grove Series #2)

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A Plain and Simple Heart, 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.

1884--Several years earlier, young Rebecca Switzer lost her heart to Jesse Montgomery, a rugged but dissolute cowboy on a dusty cattle trail near the Amish settlement of Apple Grove. Now she is grown up, and when she hears one day that he ...

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Overview

A Plain and Simple Heart, 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.

1884--Several years earlier, young Rebecca Switzer lost her heart to Jesse Montgomery, a rugged but dissolute cowboy on a dusty cattle trail near the Amish settlement of Apple Grove. Now she is grown up, and when she hears one day that he has been spotted nearby, her desire is plain and simple: She must see him.

Sheriff Colin Maddox is counting the days until he can leave law enforcement and follow his dream of starting a church. When a lovely woman, new to town and looking travel weary and a bit lost, gets caught up in the middle of a temperance riot, she is arrested along with the leaders. He can hardly believe she is what she claims--a Plain and simple woman. Nor can he believe how quickly he loses his heart to her. Can Colin convince her to forget Jesse and give him a chance?

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From the Publisher

"A fun book by a dynamic author-duo of Inspirational Western Amish genre. The Amish of Apple Grove series books are plots beyond normal in historical western or Amish genres. It's a bit more raucous than cozy; in an inspiring way. Yes, even some romance shot into the mix."

Alan Daugherty

"This book will get you hooked within the first chapter and you will not want to put it down. It is a fun read just to see what Rebecca will come up with next."

Edna Tollison, edna-myfavoritethings.blogspot.com

"I have not read the first, but I found this one delightful. Who would have thought that the Western-Amish combination would work at all? I guess that's the genius of the two authors... The characters are many and well-developed, as is the story. Just when you think you know what will happen next, the story takes an unexpected turn."

Emily A. Akin, writer, editor, emilyakin.com

"This book contains a pleasant mix of Amish culture and Christian faith that keeps the focus on making godly decisions and trusting Him for guidance. This is a great story both for adults and for teens. I recommend it highly."

Suzanne Williams, Suzanne Williams Photography

"Once again, Copeland and Smith have crafted a wonderful, heartwarming tale of young love that is not your typical Amish romance. The first book in The Amish of Apple Grove series set a high standard for a different kind of Amish tale. A Plain and Simple Heart raises the banner even higher, and does not—for even an instant—disappoint. Can't imagine what the authors will come up with next for Apple Grove, but this reader can't wait to find out. A highly recommended, joy of a read!"

—Delia Latham, author of the Solomon's Gate Series

Library Journal
As a young girl from the Amish community in Apple Grove, Rebecca Switzer fell in love with a cowboy. Four years later. the now-adult Rebecca decides to find the man to whom she lost her heart. She travels to Lawrence, KS, where she gets caught up in a temperance riot. Sheriff Colin Maddox, who wants nothing more than to leave law enforcement and start a church, can't believe that the woman he has just arrested is really Amish. VERDICT This wonderful, character-driven historical novel is full of romance, suspense, and humor. Though it's the second book in the series (The Heart's Frontier), it stands just fine on its own. Cindy Woodsmall fans will enjoy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736947558
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Amish of Apple Grove Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,031,938
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 100 titles, including A Kiss for Cade and Under the Summer Sky. Her beloved novel Stranded in Paradise is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. Her stories have developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance.

Virginia Smith is the author of more than 20 inspirational novels and 50 articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

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    Reviewed by Mollly
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    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    Having read many of Lori Copeland’s previous books, I am always looking for a new one to read. I love her writing style and messages that she weaves into the stories. They are always full of heart and inspiration. So, when she teamed up with another talented author, Virginia Smith, to create an awesome new Amish series, The Amish Of Apple Grove, I jumped on the chance to read them. I fell in love with book 1, The Hearts Frontier, and anxiously awaited the chance to review book 2, A Plain And Simple Heart. That chance finally came, and I must tell you that I am not, in anyway disappointed with the results! The Switzer family and the wild west frontier collide once again, bringing readers an entertaining look at life on the western front, and the simple living of the Amish.

    A Plain And Simple Heart is Rebecca Switzer’s story. We meet her in book 1, the younger sister of Emma Switzer. When she laid eyes on a hunky cowboy then, she fell in love, just like her big sister did. Trouble is, he’s rugged and won’t settle down. She’s plain and wants to win his heart. Finding a chance to do just that she sets out to find him. But, her plans go haywire when she’s arrested. And she just may learn that sometimes God’s plans are different than yours.

    Sheriff Colin Maddox is a sweet character! I fell in love with him instantly. He was the perfect character to try and steal Rebecca’s heart! When he first sets eyes on her, he’s shocked to learn that she’s Amish….and being arrested. Even worse, she has her sites set on the rugged, handsome cowboy Jesse Montgomery. The more he’s around Miss Emma, though, the more he looses his heart. All he wants to do now is convince the plain and simple hearted woman that he would suit her more perfectly than Jesse. But, will she see what God has in store for them?

    I loved reading this one every bit as much as book 1. These books are filled with humorous moments, sweet Amish hearts, and handsome cowboys. Through the writing style of Ms. Copeland and Ms. Smith, readers are taken on an inspiring ride of learning to trust in God to show the way, and that sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected ways. I definitely recommend this book with the highest of praises! It’s a fun twist on Amish life and adds lots of adventure the wild west! I can’t wait until April of 2013….that’s when Emma and Rebecca’s friend Katie Miller gets her chance at a story in A Cowboy At Heart!

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Rebecca has held a love Jesse every since meeting him during a c

    Rebecca has held a love Jesse every since meeting him during a cattle drive. The cowboys had helped her family when they were robbed. Rebecca is Amish. Yet her sister, Emma, married Luke the cowboy who was in charge of the cattle drive.
    So Rebecca leaves at night to set out to find who she thinks is her true love. She is arrested and put in jail. Colin, the sheriff, has a time with this spit fire of a young woman taking over the jail.
    Rebecca gets caught up in the Temperance Movement by accident. Yet through it all she makes friend with the Englishers.
    Amos comes to bail her out of jail with money from the Amish Community. He cannot believe the outside world. He falls for Sassy - Sarah, who had worked in a Saloon. She returns to the Amish Community.
    I could not put the book down. I read it in two days.
    Rebecca's love for Jesse turns out to be the love for a friend. He is not what she thought he would be. She finds out he is not her true love.
    Yet on this adventure she finds her true love.
    I await the next book Lori and Virginia write together. God has gifted them both.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

    These two authors sure make a dynamic duo! This is the second in

    These two authors sure make a dynamic duo! This is the second in the series and while I could see some similarities, it has a different kind of flavor to it. The tale combines the heart of the Amish with adventure of the Wild West, which, together, forms an exciting storyline and an interesting plot. The attention to detail in the city of Lawrence, Kansas and the use of historical figures added to the feel of the book. The plot moved along nicely, keeping my attention. I loved the characters; even the minor ones. The authors really developed them well and personalized them. You coming away feeling like you've made some new friends. This was a very entertaining read.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    A great mix of Amish culture and Christian faith

    The only off-putting part of this story for me is the cover because the characters as I grew to picture them look nothing like that. I simply loved this story, in many ways more than the first book. Rebecca's ability to get wrapped up in a big mess and yet hold her head high was endearing. The attention to detail in the city of Lawrence, Kansas and the use of historical figures added to the feel of the book. The plot moved along nicely, keeping my attention. It has great minor sub-characters to enhance the story.

    I loved Colin Maddox's moral heart and found the romance of he and Rebecca so sweet. I was especially pleased that they finally found someone for Amos Bueller to love. I am not an Amish fiction fan. I think much of it is written by people who know nothing of Amish culture. That said, this book contains a pleasant mix of Amish culture and Christian faith that keeps the focus on making godly decisions and trusting Him for guidance. This is a great story both for adults and for teens. I recommend it highly.

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  • Posted August 31, 2012

    This is the second book in the Amish of Apple Grove series. I ha

    This is the second book in the Amish of Apple Grove series. I have not read the first, but I found this one delightful. Who would have thought that the Western-Amish combination would work at all? I guess that's the genius of the two authors, both of whom have numerous books published.

    It's a romance, but it is seasoned with just the right amount of humor. I didn't feel that the authors were making fun of the Amish, although some of the situations they found themselves in were downright hilarious. Rebecca Switzer just can't seem to stay out of trouble, although she's remorseful that she has embarrassed her Amish father and grandmother. It's clear she just cannot help herself. The sheriff has his hands full as he counts the days until his replacement arrives. And, the town just will not be quiet and peaceful until that day comes---especially with Rebecca in town. The characters are many and well-developed, as is the story. Just when you think you know what will happen next, the story takes an unexpected turn.

    Both of the Apple Grove books offer several discussion questions at the end, ideal for use with a review club or study group.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harvest House with the expectation that I write a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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