The Journey (Kentucky Brothers Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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New York Times Bestselling Author

 

Can a heart once torn by love’s rejection find a new beginning?

 

Titus Fisher has often made poor choices. When he lived in Pennsylvania he chose the wrong girl, who broke his heart. When he moves to Kentucky, he finally discovers that he possesses woodworking skills. Will he stick with it or return to the old comforts—and love—from his life in Lancaster?

 

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Overview

New York Times Bestselling Author

 

Can a heart once torn by love’s rejection find a new beginning?

 

Titus Fisher has often made poor choices. When he lived in Pennsylvania he chose the wrong girl, who broke his heart. When he moves to Kentucky, he finally discovers that he possesses woodworking skills. Will he stick with it or return to the old comforts—and love—from his life in Lancaster?

 

Suzanne Yoder’s talents don’t lie in the traditional Amish kitchen, but she suppresses artistic skills that are frowned on by those in her community who believe a woman’s place is in the home. Will she find an ally in the broody newcomer?

 

Will each of their journeys to self-worth end with romance in Christian County, Kentucky?

 

 

Praise for Brunstetter

“Brunstetter crafts realistic characters and a storyline that will lift up the reader’s spirit.” — Romantic Times

 

“With heartfelt love for and understanding of these people, Brunstetter teaches life lessons by intertwining the Amish lifestyle with a light romance story.” — CBA Retailers and Resources

 

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Award-winning, bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter and her husband live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit friends in Amish settlements throughout the States.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Brunstetter (A Sister's Hope) sets her latest among the Kentucky Amish; the story may have moved, but the rest of the Amish plot is pretty familiar. Titus Fisher's heart is broken after his girlfriend, Phoebe Stoltzfus, who can't commit to him or to the Amish faith, moves to California. Englischer and family friend Allen Walters is passing through Lancaster County, Pa., to Kentucky, and he happens to know of an available job for a carpenter. So off go Titus and Allen to Kentucky, where Titus meets Suzanne Yoder, a young Amish woman who can't cook but who can do woodworking, and who painfully resembles Phoebe. There's growing and forgiving to do, as well as a fair amount of eating. Some of the plot complications are sensibly organic—Phoebe's return is logical. Others are purely arbitrary—stolen money in Titus's telephone shed—and verge on amateur. Yet given the appetite for Amish fiction, publishers haven't yet hit the limit for shoofly pies. While she's not the best of the bonnet bunch, Brunstetter's been at this a while now, and her readership will wilkom this. (Apr.)
Goodreads

This story was very sweet and I just loved Titus and Pheobe. I was a little confused by some of the characters in Lancaster, it seemed that I was missing something and I now realize Wanda E. Brunstetter has many Amish stories out and it seems they are characters from previous books. It did not take away from the story, it just makes me want to pick up some of the previous novels. This was a nice, clean christian book that was a refreshing read.

— Denise Schirmuhly

Lori Adams

I really loved this story. You can usually tell in stories like this that if the guy starts out hating the girl they usually end up together, but I was really left guessing who he would pick until the end. The story also contains a mystery about some money that is found that I found really interesting too. I liked seeing how Titus really grew throughout the book and started really find his way in life. He included God in helping him make those decisions and I think that really helped him in the end. Suzanne also grows in this story and people learn to accept her for who she really is and not who she is expected to be. I really loved this story and would recommend it to people who enjoy Amish fiction or inspirational fiction.
Good Reads

I enjoyed reading sort of a continuation of the Fisher family from the Daughters of Lancaster County series. I liked that this story focused on one of the twins. Suzanne Yoder is granddaughter to the owner of the woodworking shop where Titus is working in Kentucky. I thought it was refreshing how she was unable to cook, not interested in finding a husband, and wanted more than anything to join her male family members in the family's woodshop. Suzanne grows in this book, but ultimately stays true to herself. I was really impressed by this novel and am excited to read the rest of the series.

— Samantha McMahon

The World of Book Reviews

Wanda has a way of bringing in sorrow and humor together that makes you feel at ease. One minute you feel sorry for Titus on how insecure he is and the next you are laughing when he falls in a pile of manure.


I also love the innocent humor among the characters. I was laughing out loud through quite a few pages causing stares from some people ( guess they never read a good book ). This was a fun and easy read. If you have reservations of starting a Amish read give some a try. I am glad I did.

— Barbara Hightower

Christian Book Reviews

This book for me was inspiring. I can relate to Titus, in a very realistic way. I love reading inspirational stories that offer hope for the future. Personally I could not put, The Journey, down. I wanted to read it till it was finished. I was intrigued by the story line, and captivated by the series of events. Mrs. Brustetter does a wonderful job at integrating a great deal of emotions into one book. She captures the reader’s attention, through adventure, suspense, love and faith. This book inspires others to look at the motives of their hearts. It also teaches us valuable lessons of forgiveness, family, love and redemption.

— Sharise Toombs

Dr. J's Book Place

Ms Brunstetter has written extensively about the Amish and her novels are full of color, family, personal hope, disappointment, confusion, and love. People often forget that just because their lifestyle is completely governed by their faith, they still encounter the same challenges and problems everyone must resolve. They are imperfect people as are all of us, they don't always do the wisest thing, they get upset at each other and their children have the same struggles growing up. If anything, the restrictive way of life can sometimes make growing up even more difficult, although those guidelines, while seeming to oppress, are just live very good fences which keep people and other creatures safe.

I greatly enjoyed this novel and found their ways of relating to be heart-warming and inspirational. My own family has a very strong faith base, but whether or not that is the case with readers, there are still wonderful scenes in this book to be encountered and genuine people to meet. While it is fiction, it very accurately reflects the way families and individuals resolve their questions, problems, and challenges. And like all of us, Titus learns that he has the capability to make choices that will insure a measure of happiness for him and any future family he may have.

This is really an old-fashioned love story and I hope you all will read it soon.

— Judith Hirsch-Kikejs

My Favorite Things Reading and Reviewing

This is a great book and I can't wait until the fall when the next in the series comes out "The Healing"

— Edna Tollison

Maureen's Musings

As you follow along with the story you will have some very sad, moving moments, and some really laugh out loud times. The trust in the Lord is seen in both families is very inspirational. This is a wonderful story, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

— Maureen Timerman

CBA Retailers

Wanda E. Brunstetter integrates a montage of issues - parents dealing with rebellious children, opposition to women doing a man's job, letting go of grown children, finding self-worth, total Reliance in God - into one captivating book. Amid intrigue, drama, misunderstandings, and romance, the main characters learn valuable life lessons and mature along the way. Recommend this page-turner for fans of Amish novels and inspirational fiction.

— Nancy Kanafani

BookPage

Wanda E. Brunstetter's The Journey is the first book in the new Kentucky Brothers series. We meet Titus Fisher, who desperately needs to start a new life after having his heart broken by Phoebe Stoltzfus, the woman he'd grown up planning to marry. Titus decides to make a change, and an Amish community in Christian County, Kentucky, seems like just the right place to do it. In Christian County Titus becomes intrigued with Suzanne Yoder, who is an unusually talented woman, struggling to fit into the traditional parameters of the Amish life. But what will Titus do when Phoebe shows up unexpectedly, suddenly ready to marry him? Brunstetter smoothly leads us on a life journey with Titus and the many characters we meet in this new series. New and longtime fans of Amish fiction will be eager to continue the travels with book two, The Healing (on sale in September), and book three, The Struggle.

— Dee Ann Grand

A Book a Day

I thought The Journey was a beautiful story, and having never read another Amish fiction book set in Kentucky, it kept things very interesting. The usual setting is Pennsylvania or Ohio, so that initially made this book unique. We also saw a lot more of the man's perspective as large parts of the book were about Titus' thoughts and feelings.

I also loved the ending. I won't give it away, but I will say it leaves you wanting more, waiting for the next book, but without being upset the author cut off at such a point. Still, I will be reading the next book in the series, The Healing, (and maybe if I am lucky I can do an advance review!)

— Camille Buffenmeyer

Mrs. Scott Reads

The Journey is a wonderful story with beautifully developed characters and a detailed, complex plot. Brunstetter takes us on a journey around the US, with the story happening simultaneously in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and California.

— Tonya Scott

Love My 2 Dogs

Once again, I was impressed with the work of Wanda Brunstetter

— Tammy Graham

Mom's Pace

I was so excited to catch up with the Fisher family from my favorite Wanda Brunstetter series, Daughters of Lancaster County. I really enjoyed how Wanda weaved that past series into this new book and how we were able to see how the family has grown. I can't believe how it ended and can't wait to read the next one in the series!

— Jodie Moore

Come Meet AusJenny

Another great book by Wanda E Brunstetter.

— Jenny Blake

The Near Sighted Bookworm

Amish fiction is one of my favorite categories of fiction. Wanda Brunstetter is a pro at this type of fiction and keeps churning out book after book that delights readers all over the world, including me. This book was a great read and it was a very easy and inspiration read.

— Janis Rodgers

Book Bargains and Previews

This book is more than a love story, but it deals with young adults coming into their own and finding their own life's path. I loved it!

— Barb M.

Five Star Reviewed Books and More

The Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter kicks off a brand new series (called “Kentucky Brothers”) that centers on Titus Fisher as he begins a new life in Christian County, Kentucky. Leaving his past, Titus meets two different women---one a potential girlfriend and the other, a painful reminder of a lost love. I was definitely caught up in this series and can’t wait to share The Healing with you this fall!

— Susan Choy

Goodreads - Denise Schirmuhly

This story was very sweet and I just loved Titus and Pheobe. I was a little confused by some of the characters in Lancaster, it seemed that I was missing something and I now realize Wanda E. Brunstetter has many Amish stories out and it seems they are characters from previous books. It did not take away from the story, it just makes me want to pick up some of the previous novels. This was a nice, clean christian book that was a refreshing read.
Good Reads - Barbara Beers

I loved this story - the broken hearts, the family interactions, the community, the misunderstandings, the mystery, the drama, and the reliance on God. I experienced a vast array of emotions while I read - joy, frustration, fear, relief, pain - as well as laughing out loud, shedding a few tears, and lots of smiles. I would recommend this novel to anyone who would enjoy inspirational fiction, Amish fiction, or a sweet love story.
The World of Book Reviews - Barbara Hightower

Wanda has a way of bringing in sorrow and humor together that makes you feel at ease. One minute you feel sorry for Titus on how insecure he is and the next you are laughing when he falls in a pile of manure.

I also love the innocent humor among the characters. I was laughing out loud through quite a few pages causing stares from some people ( guess they never read a good book ). This was a fun and easy read. If you have reservations of starting a Amish read give some a try. I am glad I did.

Good Reads - Samantha McMahon

I enjoyed reading sort of a continuation of the Fisher family from the Daughters of Lancaster County series. I liked that this story focused on one of the twins. Suzanne Yoder is granddaughter to the owner of the woodworking shop where Titus is working in Kentucky. I thought it was refreshing how she was unable to cook, not interested in finding a husband, and wanted more than anything to join her male family members in the family's woodshop. Suzanne grows in this book, but ultimately stays true to herself. I was really impressed by this novel and am excited to read the rest of the series.
Christian Book Reviews - Sharise Toombs

This book for me was inspiring. I can relate to Titus, in a very realistic way. I love reading inspirational stories that offer hope for the future. Personally I could not put, The Journey, down. I wanted to read it till it was finished. I was intrigued by the story line, and captivated by the series of events. Mrs. Brustetter does a wonderful job at integrating a great deal of emotions into one book. She captures the reader’s attention, through adventure, suspense, love and faith. This book inspires others to look at the motives of their hearts. It also teaches us valuable lessons of forgiveness, family, love and redemption.
Dr. J's Book Place - Judith Hirsch-Kikejs

Ms Brunstetter has written extensively about the Amish and her novels are full of color, family, personal hope, disappointment, confusion, and love. People often forget that just because their lifestyle is completely governed by their faith, they still encounter the same challenges and problems everyone must resolve. They are imperfect people as are all of us, they don't always do the wisest thing, they get upset at each other and their children have the same struggles growing up. If anything, the restrictive way of life can sometimes make growing up even more difficult, although those guidelines, while seeming to oppress, are just live very good fences which keep people and other creatures safe.

I greatly enjoyed this novel and found their ways of relating to be heart-warming and inspirational. My own family has a very strong faith base, but whether or not that is the case with readers, there are still wonderful scenes in this book to be encountered and genuine people to meet. While it is fiction, it very accurately reflects the way families and individuals resolve their questions, problems, and challenges. And like all of us, Titus learns that he has the capability to make choices that will insure a measure of happiness for him and any future family he may have.

This is really an old-fashioned love story and I hope you all will read it soon.

My Favorite Things Reading and Reviewing - Edna Tollison

This is a great book and I can't wait until the fall when the next in the series comes out "The Healing"
Maureen's Musings - Maureen Timerman

As you follow along with the story you will have some very sad, moving moments, and some really laugh out loud times. The trust in the Lord is seen in both families is very inspirational. This is a wonderful story, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
CBA Retailers - Nancy Kanafani

Wanda E. Brunstetter integrates a montage of issues - parents dealing with rebellious children, opposition to women doing a man's job, letting go of grown children, finding self-worth, total Reliance in God - into one captivating book. Amid intrigue, drama, misunderstandings, and romance, the main characters learn valuable life lessons and mature along the way. Recommend this page-turner for fans of Amish novels and inspirational fiction.
BookPage - Dee Ann Grand

Wanda E. Brunstetter's The Journey is the first book in the new Kentucky Brothers series. We meet Titus Fisher, who desperately needs to start a new life after having his heart broken by Phoebe Stoltzfus, the woman he'd grown up planning to marry. Titus decides to make a change, and an Amish community in Christian County, Kentucky, seems like just the right place to do it. In Christian County Titus becomes intrigued with Suzanne Yoder, who is an unusually talented woman, struggling to fit into the traditional parameters of the Amish life. But what will Titus do when Phoebe shows up unexpectedly, suddenly ready to marry him? Brunstetter smoothly leads us on a life journey with Titus and the many characters we meet in this new series. New and longtime fans of Amish fiction will be eager to continue the travels with book two, The Healing (on sale in September), and book three, The Struggle.
A Book a Day - Camille Buffenmeyer

I thought The Journey was a beautiful story, and having never read another Amish fiction book set in Kentucky, it kept things very interesting. The usual setting is Pennsylvania or Ohio, so that initially made this book unique. We also saw a lot more of the man's perspective as large parts of the book were about Titus' thoughts and feelings.

I also loved the ending. I won't give it away, but I will say it leaves you wanting more, waiting for the next book, but without being upset the author cut off at such a point. Still, I will be reading the next book in the series, The Healing, (and maybe if I am lucky I can do an advance review!)

Mrs. Scott Reads - Tonya Scott

The Journey is a wonderful story with beautifully developed characters and a detailed, complex plot. Brunstetter takes us on a journey around the US, with the story happening simultaneously in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and California.
Love My 2 Dogs - Tammy Graham

Once again, I was impressed with the work of Wanda Brunstetter
Mom's Pace - Jodie Moore

I was so excited to catch up with the Fisher family from my favorite Wanda Brunstetter series, Daughters of Lancaster County. I really enjoyed how Wanda weaved that past series into this new book and how we were able to see how the family has grown. I can't believe how it ended and can't wait to read the next one in the series!
Come Meet AusJenny - Jenny Blake

Another great book by Wanda E Brunstetter.
The Near Sighted Bookworm - Janis Rodgers

Amish fiction is one of my favorite categories of fiction. Wanda Brunstetter is a pro at this type of fiction and keeps churning out book after book that delights readers all over the world, including me. This book was a great read and it was a very easy and inspiration read.
Book Bargains and Previews - Barb M.

This book is more than a love story, but it deals with young adults coming into their own and finding their own life's path. I loved it!
Five Star Reviewed Books and More - Susan Choy

The Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter kicks off a brand new series (called “Kentucky Brothers”) that centers on Titus Fisher as he begins a new life in Christian County, Kentucky. Leaving his past, Titus meets two different women---one a potential girlfriend and the other, a painful reminder of a lost love. I was definitely caught up in this series and can’t wait to share The Healing with you this fall!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607422549
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Series: Kentucky Brothers , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 136,822
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish way of life when she first visited her husband's Mennonite relatives living in Pennsylvania. Wanda and her husband, Richard, live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit Amish settlements throughout the States, where they have many Amish friends.
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The Journey


By Wanda E. Brunstetter

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2011 Wanda E. Brunstetter
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-60260-681-4


Chapter One

Paradise, Pennsylvania

Titus Fisher liked horses, dogs, and shoofly pie. What he didn't like was a cat that scratched, and a woman he couldn't trust. Today he'd dealt with both.

Gritting his teeth, he grabbed his horse's bridle and led him into the barn, wishing he hadn't gotten out of bed that morning. The day had started on a sour note when Titus had come to the barn to feed the horses and accidentally stepped on one of Mom's cats. Five of the irksome critters lived in the barn, and every one of them liked to bite and scratch. Whiskers, the smallest of the five, was the most aggressive. The crazy cat had been so miffed when Titus stepped on her tail that she'd clawed her way right up his leg, hissing and yowling as she went. When Titus had tried to push Whiskers off, she'd let him have it—leaving a nasty scratch on his leg.

Titus pulled up his pant leg and stared at the wound, still red and swollen. It reminded him of the time when he and his twin brother, Timothy, were six years old and had found a wild cat in the woodpile behind their barn. The mangy critter had bitten Titus's hand, and when the bite became infected, he'd started running a fever. Mom had taken him to the doctor's, where he'd been given a tetanus shot and an antibiotic. Ever since then, he'd had an aversion to cats.

"In my opinion, except for catching mice, cats are pretty much worthless," Titus mumbled as he guided his horse into one of the stalls. When he patted the horse's ebony-colored flanks, the gelding whinnied and flipped his head around to nuzzle Titus's hand. "not like you, Lightning. You're worth every dollar I paid for you. You're dependable and trustworthy." He grimaced. "Wish I could say the same for Phoebe Stoltzfus."

Titus poured some oats into a bucket, and as his horse ate, he replayed the conversation he'd had with Phoebe on his way home from work that afternoon....

"I'm not ready to join the church yet, and I'm too young to get married." Phoebe flipped the strings of her head covering over her shoulders and blinked her blue eyes. "Why do you have to put so much pressure on me, Titus?"

"I–I'm not," he stammered, "but I've been waiting a long time for you, and I'd thought that when I joined the church two years ago, you'd join, too."

"I wasn't ready then. I was only sixteen and had other things on my mind."

"How well I know that. You were too busy runnin' around with your friends and tryin' out all sorts of worldly things." Titus groaned. "Figured you'd have all that out of your system by now and would be ready to settle down."

She shook her head. "Maybe in a few years I'll be ready."

"You said that two years ago."

"Things have changed." She placed her hand gently on his arm. "My friend Darlene Mast is planning a trip to Los Angeles, and she's leaving in a few days, so—"

He held up his hand. "Please don't tell me you want to go with her."

"I think it would be fun, and I've always wanted to see the Pacific Ocean." She looked up at him and smiled. "You're full of adventure and like to try new things. Wouldn't you like to see California?"

He shrugged. "Maybe someday, but not right now. What I want is for you to join the church this fall so we can get married."

She shook her head. "I just told you—I'm not ready for that."

"Will you ever be ready?"

"I don't know." She pushed a wisp of soft, auburn hair under her white organdy head covering and turned her gaze away from him. "I—I might not join the church. I might decide to go English."

"Are you kidding?"

"No, I'm not. I don't know if I want to be Amish."

Titus's jaw tightened as the reality of the situation set in. If Phoebe went to California, she might never come back. If she didn't join the church, they couldn't get married. Titus had been in love with Phoebe since he was seventeen years old, but she'd been four years younger than him, and their parents had disapproved. He'd waited patiently until Phoebe turned sixteen. Even then, his folks had been opposed to him courting her because she seemed

So unsettled and ran with a wild bunch of kids. Now Titus, at the age of twenty-two, still wasn't sure he and Phoebe would ever get married. If she did go English, the only way they could marry would be if he broke his vow to the Amish church, which he did not want to do.

"Can we talk about this later?" he asked. "After you've had a chance to think about this some more?"

"There's nothing to think about. I'm going to California." She tipped her head and stared up at him. "If you don't want to come, then I guess it's over between us."

"You can't do this, Phoebe. Are you just going to give up on us like this?"

She shrugged.

"Don't you love me anymore?"

"I–I'm not sure. Maybe we're not meant to be together."

Titus flinched. He felt like he'd been kicked in the stomach by one of his dad's stubborn mules. He had a sinking feeling that once Phoebe left home she'd never come back. All his years of waiting for her had been for nothing.

Titus's horse whinnied and nudged his hand, pulling his thoughts back to the present.

"Stop it, Lightning. I'm not in the mood." Titus kicked at a bale of straw and winced when Lightning whipped his head around and bumped his sore leg.

Lightning whinnied again and stomped his hoof. Then he moved to the other end of his stall and turned his backside toward Titus.

"It's all right, boy. I'm not mad at you." Titus stepped up to the horse and reached out his hand. "I'm upset with Phoebe, that's all."

As though accepting his apology, Lightning nuzzled Titus's neck.

Horses and dogs—that's about all that ever held my interest until Phoebe came along, Titus thought. If there was only some way to get her out of my system. If I could just tell myself that I don't care anymore.

Pembroke, Kentucky

As Suzanne Yoder stared out the living room window, a sense of discontentment welled in her soul. She enjoyed living in Christian County, especially in the spring when the flowers and trees began to bloom.

I wish I could be outside right now, tilling the garden or even mowing the lawn, she thought with regret. It was too nice to be stuck indoors, yet she knew she needed to work on the quilt she'd started several months ago for her friend Esther Beiler's twenty-fourth birthday, which was less than a month away.

Suzanne's gaze shifted from the garden to the woodshop, where her grandfather and twenty-year-old brother, nelson, worked. Due to painful arthritis, Grandpa's fingers didn't work well anymore, so he'd recently decided to look for someone else to help nelson in the shop. Someone younger and more able-bodied. Someone who knew the woodworking trade.

Grandpa wasn't one to sit around or take life easy while others did all the work, but Mom had convinced him that he could still have a hand in the business by ordering supplies, waiting on customers, and keeping the books. Grandpa wasn't happy about it, but at least he wouldn't be sitting on the porch in his rocking chair all day, wishing he could be in the shop.

"I thought you were supposed to be working on Esther's birthday present," Mom said when she joined Suzanne in the living room.

"I was, but my eyes needed a break. I was thinking about going out to the woodshop to see if there's anything I can do to help out."

Mom's dark eyebrows furrowed as she slowly shook her head. "You'll never get that quilt done if you keep procrastinating, and there's no need for you to run out to the woodshop, because I'm sure you and nelson would only end up in a disagreement. You know how he feels about you hanging around the shop."

Suzanne frowned. No one in the family understood her desire to be in the woodshop, where she could enjoy the distinctive odors of wood being cut, sanded, or stained. It was a shame nobody took her interest in woodworking seriously. Not long ago, Suzanne had borrowed some of Grandpa's tools so she could make a few birdhouses and feeders to put in their yard. She'd never gotten any encouragement in making them, though. She guessed compared to the cabinets, doors, and storage sheds Grandpa and nelson made, the birdhouses and feeders were insignificant.

Mom touched Suzanne's shoulder. "I'm going to plant some peas and lettuce this afternoon, so if you think you've worked long enough on the quilt today, I could use your help."

Suzanne didn't have to be asked twice. Any chore she could do outdoors would be better than being inside, where it was warm and stuffy. "I'll meet you outside as soon as I put away my quilting supplies," she said.

"That'll be fine." Mom gave Suzanne's arm a light tap and disappeared into the kitchen.

Suzanne glanced out the window once more and sighed as her gaze came to rest on the woodshop. "Guess I won't make it out there today—except to take the men their lunch."

Paradise, Pennsylvania

Titus left the barn and was about to head for the house, when a dark blue pickup rumbled up the driveway. He didn't recognize the vehicle or the young English man with dark curly hair who opened the cab door and stepped out.

"Is this where Zach Fisher lives?" the man asked as he approached Titus.

"Sort of. My dad owns this place, and Zach and his family live in the house behind ours." Titus pointed in that direction.

"Oh, I see. Is Zach at home?"

"Nope, not yet. He's up in Blue Ball, painting the outside of the bowling alley. Probably won't be home till sometime after six."

The man extended his hand. "I'm Allen Walters. I knew Zach when he lived in Puyallup, Washington."

"That was when he thought his name was Jimmy Scott, huh?"

"That's right."

"Zach's my half brother. My twin brother, Timothy, and I were born during the time Zach was missing. He was about six or seven then, I think."

"My mother and the woman Zach thought was his mother became good friends, so Zach and I kind of grew up together."

"Zach's mentioned that," Titus said. "sure is somethin' the way he was kidnapped when he was a baby and never located his real family until he was twenty-one."

"I really missed Zach after he left Washington, but I'm glad he found his way home." Allen folded his arms and leaned against the side of his truck. "The last time I saw Zach was before he got married, and that was seven years ago. We've kept in touch through letters and phone calls, though."

"Did Zach know you were coming?"

Allen shook his head. "He doesn't know I've moved from Washington state to Kentucky either."

"You're welcome to hang around here until he gets home, because I'm sure he'll be pleased to see you."

"Thanks, I'll do that."

Just then, Titus's mother stepped out of the house and started across the yard toward them, her slightly plump figure shuffling through the grass.

"This is my mother, Fannie Fisher." Titus motioned to Allen. "Mom, this is Zach's old friend, Allen Walters. He used to live in Washington."

Mom's brown eyes brightened as she shook Allen's hand. "it's nice to finally meet you. Zach's told us a lot about you and your family."

"He's talked to me about his family here, too."

"I explained to Allen that Zach's still at work and said he's welcome to stay here until Zach gets home."

Mom bobbed her head. "Why don't you stay for supper? I'll invite Zach and his family to join us. I think it would be nice for you to meet his wife and children."

"I'd like that," Allen said with an enthusiastic nod.

"If you need a place to spend the night, you're more than welcome to stay here." Mom smiled. "since Titus is our only son still living at home, we have more than enough room to accommodate guests."

"I appreciate the offer, but I've already reserved a room at a hotel in Bird-in-Hand."

"That's fine, but the offer's open if you change your mind." Mom turned toward the house. "I'd better go back inside and get supper going."

As Mom headed to the house, Titus motioned to a couple of wooden chairs sitting beneath the maple tree on their lawn. "Why don't we take a seat?" he said to Allen. "I'm real interested in hearing why you moved to Kentucky."

(Continues...)



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  • Posted November 25, 2011

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    Check This Out!

    Titus Fisher lacks confidence and feels as though he has lived in his twin brother Timothy¿s shadow. His girlfriend Phoebe, whom he has been waiting years for to settle down, decides to break up with him and move to California. Titus is devastated and heartbroken. He seizes an opportunity that comes his way and moves to Kentucky, hoping to start a new life. He takes a job working in a wood shop where he meets the owner¿s granddaughter Suzanne Yoder. Suzanne bears an uncanny resemblance to Phoebe, which catches Titus off guard. Suzanne is dealing with her own issues. She wants to work in the wood shop, but her family believes a women¿s place is in the kitchen. She would much rather be doing anything outdoors instead of learning to cook. Titus and Suzanne¿s relationship is at best strained. She thinks he hates her and he can¿t seem to keep his emotions under control when he looks at her and sees Phoebe. Each is on a journey of sorts trying to figure themselves out. Can Titus mend his heart in time to open it up to a new beginning? You will just have to read this book and find out! You will not be disappointed. It is the first book in a series of three. Happy reading!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Wonderful

    I enjoy Wanda's novels. This is 1st bk in Kentucky Brothers series & it didn't disapoint! She is 1 of a handful of authors that I won't start reading until I have the complete series. You can buy this as a 3 in 1 bundle. However, I recomend not doing that. While it is.cheaper you do lose some of content in each bk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Linda loves amish!

    Quick enjoyable read! Not real intense but cute!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Not sure

    I can't write a review when I have not yet received my books.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Love all her books

    I have read just about all Wanda Brunstetter book. What a great read about how this young Amish boy/man grew up by leaving the only home that he knew. It makes you feel as you know how the Amish live. Can't wait for second Kentucky Brothers Series to come out.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    Great Book!

    I loved the story, the way it was written and would recommend all to read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

    Do Check Out This Book!

    As usual, Wanda Brunstetter has captivated suspense and love in this novel. She takes you through the twists and turns of a romance.

    She has a knack of making you feel as if you know these people. I always get immersed in her stories.

    Titus Fisher has to prove to himself that he can become the man he wants to be. Suzanne, too, has to come into her own by wanting to learn the skills it takes to be an Amish wife.

    I highly recommend this book. It has all the makings of a beautiful relationship. Love, though complicated, is sweet and Wanda proves this in this story.

    I cannot wait for the next book!

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    Great Amish romance

    An excellent Amish love story. The author has fleshed out the personalities of the three main characters, Titus, Phoebe, and Suzanne in a superb style. Their stories are told through their thoughts as well as their interactions with their families and the world around them. Learning to lean on God in times of trial is one of the themes that applies to both the young and their elders. Titus learns to sort out his feelings and become more mature and confident when he leaves his family and friends in Pennsylvania to work for strangers in Kentucky. In the process he also learns the difference between surface infatuation and love.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

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    If you love Wanda's book you have to read this one.

    I don't want to give an spoilers away.
    This series is the sequel to the series 'Daughters of Lancaster County', where we meet the Fisher family, follow the parents, get to know the children. Now in 'Kentucky Brothers' we meet are following the Fisher children as adults and meeting their families.

    "The Journey" is about Titus Fisher becoming a man and proving that he can be a man that his family can be proud of. Put can he do that in Lancaster County, Pa? Or will he have to move to prove he can be a man?

    In Kentucky, you'll read about Suzanne Yoder. She seems not to believe in herself. What she wants to do as a trade is frown upon others in the community. Will she master one skill that is expected of her and gain approvel for the one she likes to do?

    Will Titus and Suzanne fall in love with each other?

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    an entertaining tale

    In Paradise, Pennsylvania, Titus Fisher always compared himself with his twin Timothy and found himself lacking. He loves his brother, but envies him. The latest comparison is Timothy is happily married to Hannah with a young daughter Mindy; while Titus' beloved Phoebe Stoltzfus ended their relationship to move away from the Amish in California. When Englischer Allen Walters stops at the Fisher family spread, he informs Titus they need a carpenter in the Amish community in Christian County, Kentucky. Titus decides to take the position as he feels a need to start over.

    In Pembroke, Kentucky Titus and Amish Suzanne Yoder meet. They are attracted to each other as each is excellent at woodworking; however she looks like a sister of Phoebe so he knee jerkily dislikes her. Besides which he rationalizes she is a tomboy who can't cook. However, as she watches how considerate of others she is, he reassesses his assessment of Suzanne when Phoebe arrives for a second chance.

    The latest Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish family drama is an entertaining tale as Titus' response to the Lovin' Spoonful song "Did You Ever have To Make Up Your Mind?" is to trust in the Lord to guide him. Although some minor subplots feel like inane padding, fans will rejoice with the first Kentucky Brothers' tale as there is joy and heartbreak making for a tender realistic journey.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

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    As always Wanda has done it again

    I missed one of the other series of Wanda's but when I started to read this book I remember right off. Now Zach is a grown man with children, as he was the little boy that was taken off the picnic table in front of his house as his sister went inside to get the tourist a drink. That just made me want to turn the next page and see what had happened with the other children as they had grown up.


    They were all living their own lives except Titus Fisher as he was one of the youngest children, he and his twin brother Timothy were born in the late years of his mother's life. Titus just was not satisfied with the way his life was going and he had been in love with Phoebe since he was sixteen and she was thirteen. When she broke up with him and told him she was going to California with a friend and that she didn't know if she was ever coming back, it broke his heart.



    Titus moved to Kentucky with a friend of Zach's and found a new life. He had quite a few problems as he tried to live in a very run down trailer owned by Allen, the friend that he had gone to Kentucky with. Will he stay there or will he go back home when he had grown up? What about Phoebe will she stay in California?



    This is a great book and I can't wait until the fall when the next in the series comes out "The Healing"


    Thanks so much to Barbour Publishing for sending me this advance review copy, to do my own review. Love the book.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

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    Delightful Amish Story

    The Journey is the start of a new series...Kentucky Brothers, it is a spin off from the Daughter's of Lancaster County Series.
    Titius is a twin and his brother Timothy has already settled down with a wife and a young daughter. He also has chosen his career path. While Titus is floundering in a relationship that has just broken up with his girl choosing to go to California rather than join the Church. When an opportunity in the form of a friend of his brother comes along, Titus decides to go to Kentucky with Allen and start his own life. He will be leaving his big extended family and the only life he has even know. He is also leaving his identical twin.
    Suzanne Yoder lives with her Mother, brothers, sister and her Grandfather on a farm in Kentucky. Her Grandfather owns a Woodworking shop and her brother Nelson is learning to take it over. Suzanne loves working with wood, and would rather fish than cook...she is a horrible cook...just what every man wants in a woman!
    When Titus meets Suzanne she resembles his lost love Phoebe and he takes a dislike to her. As you follow along with the story you will have some very sad, moving moments, and some really laugh out loud times. The trust in the Lord is seen in both families is very inspirational. This is a wonderful story, and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
    This book was provided by the publisher, I was not required to give a good evaluation, the opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.

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