Accidentally Amish (Valley of Choice Series #1)

Accidentally Amish (Valley of Choice Series #1)

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by Olivia Newport
     
 

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Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with

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Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

Editorial Reviews

Reviews by Jenilee
This was not your typical Amish book! I loved it! The book started out with a high-paced scene full of emotion where the English world and the Amish world collide. You sense from the very first pages that this book will keep you reading.

The main character is very interesting and Olivia Newport created an intense, lovable, deep story around her life. The author also added incredible history and generational information throughout the book. She weaves new faith, personal discovery and traditional values together to develop a wonderful story readers will love.

I appreciated the energy behind the book and the emotion you feel as you journey with the characters. This book takes turns that usual Amish books don't explore and it was good to read a new perspective of Amish life.

If you enjoy Amish fiction, this book will give you a different point of view from what you are used to reading. I definitely enjoyed it!

— Jenilee Goodwin

Along the Way
What a unique and fascinating cast of characters in this book!...

 

I love how the author intertwined the story of Rufus and Annie with alternate chapters of certain ancestors from 300 years earlier. Both stories could be read and enjoyed separately, but combined in one book made the intrigue even better.

Great story, I give this one a huge thumbs up!! 
Janet Hovis

A Simply Enchanted Life
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!

— Krisin Lail

Likes Books
The book has exactly the kind of ending that the story led up to, which made everything that much more perfect. If you have been looking at the Amish love stories in all the stores and wondering where to begin, let me suggest this one. It is an excellent look into that very special world.

— Maggie Boyd

Color Me Active
This is  my first book of Olivia Newport's and I was not disappointed.    I have read many works of Amish fiction and Accidentally Amish is factual and highly engaging!   I was caught up from the first moment and quickly began rooting for English Annie and Amish Rufus to find a way to bridge the differences between them.   I will leave that for you to read and see if it happens.

— Rhonda Nash-Hall

Coffee 4 Moms
I would definitely read another book by Olivia Newport without hesitation. Her writing style provides plenty of descriptive background without the repetitive saturation that is so easily fallen into in this genre. I appreciated her ability to include Amish dialect without it being overpowering and annoying. In other books of this genre, I have found over-use of cultural phrases to be highly distracting. not in this book!

— Janna Lamison

Reviews by Jenilee - Jenilee Goodwin

This was not your typical Amish book! I loved it! The book started out with a high-paced scene full of emotion where the English world and the Amish world collide. You sense from the very first pages that this book will keep you reading.

The main character is very interesting and Olivia Newport created an intense, lovable, deep story around her life. The author also added incredible history and generational information throughout the book. She weaves new faith, personal discovery and traditional values together to develop a wonderful story readers will love.

I appreciated the energy behind the book and the emotion you feel as you journey with the characters. This book takes turns that usual Amish books don't explore and it was good to read a new perspective of Amish life.

If you enjoy Amish fiction, this book will give you a different point of view from what you are used to reading. I definitely enjoyed it!

Along the Way - Janet Hovis

What a unique and fascinating cast of characters in this book!...
 

I love how the author intertwined the story of Rufus and Annie with alternate chapters of certain ancestors from 300 years earlier. Both stories could be read and enjoyed separately, but combined in one book made the intrigue even better.

Great story, I give this one a huge thumbs up!! 

A Simply Enchanted Life - Krisin Lail

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!
Likes Books - Maggie Boyd

The book has exactly the kind of ending that the story led up to, which made everything that much more perfect. If you have been looking at the Amish love stories in all the stores and wondering where to begin, let me suggest this one. It is an excellent look into that very special world.
Color Me Active - Rhonda Nash-Hall

This is  my first book of Olivia Newport's and I was not disappointed.    I have read many works of Amish fiction and Accidentally Amish is factual and highly engaging!   I was caught up from the first moment and quickly began rooting for English Annie and Amish Rufus to find a way to bridge the differences between them.   I will leave that for you to read and see if it happens.
Coffee 4 Moms - Janna Lamison

I would definitely read another book by Olivia Newport without hesitation. Her writing style provides plenty of descriptive background without the repetitive saturation that is so easily fallen into in this genre. I appreciated her ability to include Amish dialect without it being overpowering and annoying. In other books of this genre, I have found over-use of cultural phrases to be highly distracting. not in this book!
The Reading Room - Jamie Adams

Not your topical Amish story, Accidentally Amish intertwines two tales of romance and how our hearts motivate our decisions.

Olivia Newport does a wonderful job of presenting both sides and her author notes at the end made the story that more impressive. I would highly recommend this book to those who like Amish and historical novels.

Martini Times Book Reviews - Ann Crosswell
This was the first book in the Valley of Choice series, and I'm really looking forward to book two. The entire Beiler family will draw you in with open, accepting arms and will charm you into wanting to be apart of their family too. 
Library Journal
Software creator Annie Friesen leaves Colorado Springs and hides among the Amish in San Luis Valley in an effort to keep her work safe from a cunning business partner. While she's there, she discovers that she has ancestral ties to the community. She develops an attraction to Rufus Beiler, a cabinetmaker who is having business troubles of his own. Rufus also finds himself facing family difficulties when his sister, Ruth, decides to leave. VERDICT Heartwarming and atmospheric, Newport's latest (after The Pursuit of Lucy Banning) should appeal to fans of Marta Perry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616267124
Publisher:
Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Valley of Choice Series, #1
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
666,222
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

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Accidentally Amish 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this story. Didn't want it to end. I would read more books by this author.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a captivating read...two stories in one. One back in the 1700's and the other in modern time Colorado. Annie Friesen, is a very smart and rich software creator. When her lawyer decides to steal from her, she is on the run from him, and ends up in the back of a pickup. From there she lands on an Amish farm, sleeping in the barn. Jacob and Verona Beyeler and their 5 children, start their story on the ship to America and to Pennsylvania and religious freedom. When we read at the end of the book that this is actually the author's relatives...how interesting! Annie encounters Rufus Beyler and finds as she goes along her growing fondness for him. Loved the relationship forged between Ruth and Annie. So sweet...and Rufus's family are great. I see that this is a three part series, and I hope that some of my unanswered questions are going to be answered. Will Annie become Amish? Will Ruth return to her community? Will Rufus leave and marry Annie? What about that evil man Karl Kramer? There are more? Can't wait for the next book!! I received this book from the publisher Barbour Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
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 electricity and other modern convinces but the more time she spends with them the more she starts to feel at home and to question where she is going in life. Rufus knows to keep his distance from the pretty English lady but he finds himself caring for her. Can these two over come their social differences and find love? Will Annie keep her software and herself safe? I was not sure how I was going to like this book when I first read the description but it turned out to be a pretty good book. What I liked: This book had a little of everything. Romance, Suspense, Amish and even Historical. I liked both Annie and Rufus as well at Rufus’s sister Ruth. There was also a interesting side story dealing with past relatives back in the 1700-1800 hundreds. I thought all the different angles of this story flowed pretty well together. What I did not like: I thought the suspense part of the story was a little weak. I expected a little more suspense at the climax but there wasn’t much. I am also going to say the idea of someone like Annie turning Amish really does not seem likely. Of course it could happen but it seems quite unbelievable to me. As much as I liked the historical side of the story and it did fit okay into the whole storyline I kind of wish it has been a book itself. I liked the characters and wish we could have spent more time with them. Over all this was a good book and I enjoyed it. I am interested to see where the 2nd book goes. This book is different them some I have read and think others will enjoy it as well it has something for everyone. As I was writing this review I came across what the 2nd book is going to be about. It appears this is going to be a 3 part series on Annie and her struggle to turn Amish which makes this book more believable. Now I am really looking forward to the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved how the story weaved in and out of the lives of the present day characters and their ancestors and how the choices of their ancestors affected generations to come. I'm hoping for future novels in this series! I'd love to find out how the character Annie's faith is transformed! LOVED this book!
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KayMKM More than 1 year ago
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 terminates in an Amish barn far from her hectic life as a software developer. There she meets the Beiler family as her world and her heart collide with the world of the Amish. I enjoyed reading Accidentally Amish. I like the way the stories move right along. The characters are interesting and have unique personalities. I especially like the historical story about Jakob and Verona, who along with their five children, left Switzerland and came to American seeking religious freedom. The hardships they endured with resolution, for their faith, are difficult to imagine. A common theme running through both stories is how to live your faith, stay true to your God and then accept the results of those decisions. The author did a great job in addressing this question. I am not convinced that Annie’s decisions are totally realistic, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the book that follows.
Angelsail More than 1 year ago
I loved this series!! Thank you Olivia for a great storyline! I learned alot but also was entertained! Look forward to many more books! Jo-Anne
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You do not want to miss out on this book. It is very exciting and holds your interest all the way through. I just got done reading it a 2nd time. And now looking forward to the next one In Plain View.
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phillybean More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was one of those books that you cannot put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cannot wait to start Book 2!!
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I've read a lot of Amish novels, as well as historicals, and this story was a great combination of the two. I don' t recall ever reading a book quite like this, where two stories - present and past - were told alongside one another and kept with the one theme of this book. Choices. I felt transported back in time and feeling for those characters, then brought to modern-day and feeling for those characters as well. They all had choices to make that would affect not only themselves, but many other lives - even for future generations. This book was never slow, really held my interest and is very well-written. Loved learning that the storyline from the past was about the author's ancestors. Thumbs up for this one!
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Enjoyed this book
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