Holding a Tender Heart (Beiler Sisters Series #1)

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From the pen of bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher (half a million books sold) comes a charming new series set in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

Debbie Watson is a young Englisha girl who has grown up admiring her Amish friends, the Beiler sisters. As she prepares to graduate from college, Debbie considers making the life-changing decision to convert to the Amish faith and lifestyle.

Soon Debbie's presence in the community attracts the...

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Overview

From the pen of bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher (half a million books sold) comes a charming new series set in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

Debbie Watson is a young Englisha girl who has grown up admiring her Amish friends, the Beiler sisters. As she prepares to graduate from college, Debbie considers making the life-changing decision to convert to the Amish faith and lifestyle.

Soon Debbie's presence in the community attracts the attention of two suitors: Alvin Knepp, the youngest son of a poor Amish farmer, to whom Debbie is very much attracted; and Paul Wagler, the more successful and sought-after man, whose constant attention to Debbie reminds her of her old Englisha boyfriend--whom she'd rather forget.

Jerry Eicher's many fans and readers of Amish fiction will love this heartwarming new series from a master storyteller.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Holding a Tender Heart is of course a love story, but what was so impressive (and frankly, a welcome relief) was that there were many unexpected turns in the book. This book had more substance than just boy meets girl, they fall in love, and everyone lives happily ever after. I definitely enjoyed this book, and look forward to many months of happy reading with Jerry Eicher's books at my side."

Ankha Howard

"I found this book to be charming, and well written (of course due to Mr. Eicher's talent). The characters are real and became very endearing to me. I look forward to reading the rest of this series."

Cathy Cermele

"Jerry Eicher's books on Amish life are unique in that he was raised Amish, which give them an authenticity missing in many of the other books in this genre.Holding a Tender Heart is no exception. Jerry gives us characters who always sound real and that we can relate to easily."

Mary Eckstein

"This story has much excitement and adventure."

Rhonda Nash-Hall

"Another wonderful story by Jerry."

Wendy Newcomb, wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

"There are interesting subplots along the way to keep your mind alert throughout the book. The author uses wit as well as compassion to keep the reader engrossed in the story."

Karla Hanns, karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.com

"Whether it is the superb writing or the wonderful plot, you will find the book nearly impossible to put down. From the first word, the story will draw you in and you may even find yourself praying at 4am that everything will, somehow, turn out right for the characters."

Donna Mynatt

"Are you ready for a reading adventure? This is what you will get in this great read by Jerry S. Eicher. This author's books just keep getting better and better. I am certain that I have not read another Amish fiction book like this one."

Judy Burgi

"I love Jerry Eicher's books; he is a very talented writer. And this book was another one of his greats."

Melissa Ellison

"I couldn't put this book down once I started reading it. I can't wait for book two to see if Debbie really converts to the Amish faith."

Patti Biesemeyer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736955119
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2014
  • Series: Beiler Sisters Series, #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 190,285
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Eicher taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He writes of his experience growing up Amish in his memoir My Amish Childhood. Jerry has been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. He lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.
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  • Posted April 8, 2014

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    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Debbie Watson g

    Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

    Debbie Watson grew up living close to an Amish community and was friends with one of the Amish families. Throughout her young life Debbie had always admired the Amish way of life and she spent a lot of time in the Beiler family home. It is after Debbie graduates from college that she decides to take the huge step of joining the Amish faith. Though her father was willing to let her explore what Debbie wanted in life, her mom though it was a phase in her life and she would come to her senses and return to her English way of living. But after the Beiler girls' dad agreed to have Debbie move into their home, Debbie was more than convinced that Amish is what she wanted to be. And Amish boy Alvin Knepp was an added reason to be Amish.
     
    Author Jerry Eicher is an awesome Amish storyteller. His books have that unique way about them that lets you know Mr. Eicher is the writer of these wonderful stories. Debbie was a sweet young lady and I admired her and her determined attitude to make the appropriate changes necessary to be called Amish. This is a unique twist that is different from most Amish stories because I have not read many stories where an Englisher turns Amish; the lifestyle is so different and being Amish means hard work. Debbie fit in well with the family, but it was not all a goody-goody life and there were difficult situations that upset the family a lot of the time. But their faith sees them through the problems. And I am looking forward to the next book in this series to continue Debbie’s story and her new lifestyle. This is an awesome book that I highly recommend if you enjoy Amish fiction. You will be delighted you picked Holding a Tender Heart.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    Being an avid fan of Amish fiction, I thought I had read about e

    Being an avid fan of Amish fiction, I thought I had read about every possible plot line Amish fiction had to offer. I was delighted to find that Jerry Eicher had written a unique twist to the usual Amish story. This was a new author for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing. The book kept me eager to turn the pages. I look forward to reading the rest of the series as well as other books he has written.
    The family of Bishop Beiler has a family member that is eager to break out into the English world. However, the local English girl is just as eager to learn more about the Amish lifestyle by moving in with the Beiler family. Will the influence of an Englisher in their home result in a negative outcome? What will the rest of the Amish community have to say about an outsider living with the bishop? And, how will romance play into the story? You will find many interesting twists and turns as the chapters unfold.
    A special thanks to author, Jerry Eicher, for the opportunity to read and review his work. A copy of the book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.


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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    Jerry S. Eicher is a great Amish author and I love his books. In

    Jerry S. Eicher is a great Amish author and I love his books. In the beginning of my reading, I'm feeling uncertain. An English girl, Debbie, that's a neighbor to the Bishop's family and friends with his daughters, graduates from college, lands a job and she's still looking for that particular something to fill her life. She believes it's in the plain world with the Amish.

    As I keep reading, word by word, paragraph by paragraph, page by page, I became absorbed into this awesome novel by Jerry S. Eicher. The characters became so real and I'm captivated by a story of love and forgiveness. Holding A Tender Heart to me was a novel I was uncertain at the first chapter, but at the final page I could say, "WOW, What an awesome book"! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it. Thank you, Jerry S. Eicher, for sharing a brilliant book I was not expecting. Holding A Tender Heart is Book One in The Beiler Sisters series. I'm looking forward to reading Book Two.

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.

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  • Posted March 15, 2014

     I love the title of this book because it is so descriptive of t

     I love the title of this book because it is so descriptive of the contents of the story!  Verna Beiler definitely has a tender heart which she so willingly gives to Joe Weaver.




    I usually do not like men writing about women's feelings and emotions, but Jerry Eichler does a great job of it.  He captures young Debbie and Verna in a true to life way.  It must have something to do with his Amish background (and maybe a little help from his wife?)  I read this book jam-packed full of emotion.  Verna, who has truly given her heart to Joe, is devastated by him being accused of murder.  She is loyal to the end.  Debbie, and Engish girl,  has emotions that run all over the place as well as she decides how she wants to live her life now that she has graduated from college.




    I will never completely understand why the Amish choose to make life harder than it already is.  Sometimes I think we evangelicals depend too much on grace, but the Amish are definitely stuck to law.  What a difference!  The admirable quality is sticking to one set of rules completely, and trusting God for the outcome.




    This book whet my appetite for the remainder of the books in the series (series of three books).  I am drawn in by the Beiler family and can see why Debbie, and English girl is attracted to them.




    I highly recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction!  It is a great addition to the Amish fiction library.




    I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  Thank you Harvest House!

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    After reading Holding a Tender Heart, book 1 of The Beiler Siste

    After reading Holding a Tender Heart, book 1 of The Beiler Sisters, I feel as though I was in the midst of the Beiler family all the time I was reading.  I appreciate the depth and accuracy of the writing by Jerry Eicher, he brings out some details others might overlook which makes a better understanding and feels more real.  It's not a fluffy romance book but shows what faith and love can do.  I can't wait for book 2 to read!

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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    This Book Will Hold You Captive! Are you ready for a readin


    This Book Will Hold You Captive!




    Are you ready for a reading adventure?  This is what you will get in this great read by author Jerry S. Eicher.  This author’s books just keep getting better and better.  I am already looking forward to book two in this series.




    Inside the covers of this book you will find an English girl who wishes to become Amish.  An Amish girl who desires to live and experience the English life.  An Amish boy who took his rumspringa a little too far because now trouble is knocking at his door. 




    I enjoyed all the characters in this book.  Some more than others but not one did I dislike.  I found myself dreaming of what it would be like to become Amish.  I quickly dismissed those thoughts because I know that I would not last more than a couple of days.




    There are quite a few twists and turns in this book.  I am certain that I have not read another Amish fiction book like this one.  This is the reason why I absolutely loved this book. 




    This book captures your interest from page one and keeps building until the very last page.




    Author Jerry S. Eicher, as in his other books, makes sure that God is there for each character no matter what trials and tribulations they may face.  Without God there is no foundation to build upon.




    Be sure to pick up a copy of Holding a Tender Heart.  I highly recommend it.  I wholeheartedly give it a 5 star rating!




    I wish to thank Harvest House Publishers and author Jerry S. Eicher for allowing me to read and review Holding a Tender Heart.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.




     

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Some books I find tedious to get through but Holding a Tender He

    Some books I find tedious to get through but Holding a Tender Heart was a delight.  This was my first book by Jerry Eicher, and I found his writing interesting in that he grew up Amish and even taught in an Amish school.  I enjoy reading Amish fiction and I've read many books by different authors and I have found the words they use in their Amish language slightly different in each of the author's stories.  Debbie, the main character, grew up next door to the Beiler family and spent lots of time in their house and around the daughters.  Debbie has expressed a desire to become Amish, even though she has just graduated college and started a new job.  She asks if she can live with the Beiler's and pay room and board.  Permission is granted by the Bishop Father hoping she'll have a good influence on the youngest daughter who has expressed a desire to leave the Amish faith.  Even the Amish struggle with problems and difficulties in their simple lives and it is no,different for the Beiler's in this book.  Lies, lawyers and the justice system become a part of the difficulties faced by the peace loving Amish.  And there's romance thrown in too for fun.  I'm  looking forward to reading the 2nd and 3rd book in this trilogy.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    I really liked Holding A Tender Heart. I found it to be a deligh

    I really liked Holding A Tender Heart. I found it to be a delightful read. I really liked Englisher Debbie's determination to become Amish. And liked the Beiler sisters. I look forward to the rest of the series to see what happens with Debbie and the sisters. Highly recommended. Five stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    This is a charming and well written book. The characters are rea

    This is a charming and well written book.
    The characters are real and became very endearing to me.
    I look forward to reading the rest of this series. I eagerly await finding out what is next for the Beiler sisters and Englisha Debbie Watson and the other characters that Jerry Eicher brought to life.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

     How many of us have wished to live with an Amish family and per

     How many of us have wished to live with an Amish family and perhaps even convert to the Amish faith?   I will admit to having some of those thoughts myself.   I think personally that there is a desire for simplicity, quiet, and peace.   Debbie Watson is a young Englisha girl who does exactly that with Bishop Beiler and his family.   His own daughter, Lois, has hopes of leaving the Amish faith and becoming English and he hopes that bringing Debbie into their home and family might change Lois' mind.   
    The oldest Beiler sister, Verna, falls in low with a young Amish man whoe gets into trouble with the law that could end with him in jail.  So obviously this story has much excitement and adventure.   So instead of Calgon taking you away, why not let Jerry Eicher do it with Holding a Tender Heart. 
    I was given a copy of this book by the author and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

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    Another WINNER by Jerry!  --   Debbie Watson is English but gre

    Another WINNER by Jerry!  --  

    Debbie Watson is English but grew up living next door to Bishop Beiler and spending time at his house playing with his daughters. She has now graduated from college and landed her first job, so now her mother is in a hurry for her to move out. Debbie knows she was born English but she feels she is Amish in her heart, she loves the peaceful life they lead.




    When she gets up enough nerve, she asks Bishop Beiler if she can room at their house, as a paying boarder, so she can learn more about the Amish faith and maybe become Amish. The Bishop agrees, not only does he like Debbie but he is hoping she can help with his middle daughter Lois who thinks she wants to jump the fence.




    When Verna, the oldest Beiler daughter, finally takes a stand and agrees to let a boy take her home from a singing, her father isn't any too pleased. You see, she is 24 and never once been 'allowed' to accept a ride home, but she really likes Joe Weaver. When Joe gets arrested and is looking at possibly 20 years of jail time she continues to support him against her fathers wishes and nearly finds herself excommunicated. Can her dad really do that to her, yes, if she doesn't change her mind. Verna also talks Debbie into helping somewhat with Joe's case but will it do any good?




    Another wonderful story by Jerry. It's like looking from the outside in with Debbie wanting to become Amish and how she views things. I don't know that I could give up all of our conveniences. He also shows how a strong faith in Da Hah can get you through the worst of trials. This book is on the shelves March 1, 2014 and I am already anxiously waiting for the next book in the series, "Seeing YOur Face Again" due out June 1, 2014.




    Thank you to Harvest House for providing this book for 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

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