Katie Opens Her Heart

Katie Opens Her Heart

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by Jerry S. Eicher

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Bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher (nearly half a million copies sold) returns with the first book in another of his delightful and compelling series.

Here is the touching story of an awakening young Amish girl, Katie Raber, who finds she wants more from life than to be known as simply “Emma Raber’s daughter.”

Emma has

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Bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher (nearly half a million copies sold) returns with the first book in another of his delightful and compelling series.

Here is the touching story of an awakening young Amish girl, Katie Raber, who finds she wants more from life than to be known as simply “Emma Raber’s daughter.”

Emma has refused to remarry since Katie’s daett died soon after she was born. And in an effort to keep Katie home, Emma has forbidden her from participating in the rumspringa tradition.

When widower Jesse Mast calls for Mamm’s hand in marriage, Katie hopes to move into a new phase of life and leave the old “Emma Raber’s daughter” behind.  But Emma is having none of it, and Katie must consider abandoning all hope of ever changing her mamm’s bitterness or of ever having popular Ben Yoder notice her.  Out of sheer frustration, she begins attending nearby Mennonite youth gatherings.

Sparks fly when Jesse’s children object fiercely to the attentions their daett is paying to Emma Raber. And widowed Ruth Hochstetler makes her own move for Jesse Mast’s hand.

Book one in the Emma Raber’s Daughter series.

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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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Katie Opens Her Heart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overcoming Rumors! Emma Raber has been widowed and secluded for many years, but she has remained strong in her faith and diligent raising her only daughter, Katie. Isolating herself and Katie from others in their Amish community, Emma is thought of as odd, and Katie has been labeled as Emma Raber's strange daughter. Katie is the love of Emma's life, and mother and daughter have been devoted to one another. When Katie's Mennonite coworker invites her to attend a birthday party Katie's Mamm becomes overwrought at the mere idea of Katie leaving her alone, especially to attend a Mennonite youth gathering. Emma has forbidden Katie from the normal activities of teen years, running around and exploring life with other youth. Emma's fears for Katie become overwhelming, and the quiet life led by Emma and Katie is now becoming complicated. They look to "Da Hah" for guidance in all circumstances. Amish life is well depicted in this book, and the use of authentic Amish terms and conversation creates a credible backdrop for this narrative about a mother and daughter who arrive at a crossroad in their lives. Emma's fears are realistic regarding the probable adjustments that she foresees in her own life and that of her daughter. Those fears are grounded in the hearts of many mothers who anticipate the changes in life as a daughter reaches maturity. Jerry Eicher has written a complex story of human emotions that are both heartwarming and complicated. His insight into the hearts of his characters is straightforward, believable and sensitive. The author's traditional Amish childhood adds credibility through the details and relationships within the Amish community. This is a well-written, poignant story filled with action, wit and a strong underlying faith in God.  Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
getting beyond what might have been to what can be Tuesday, February 26, 2013 Katie Opens Her Heart by Jerry Eicher, ©2013 Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2013) ***Special thanks to Ginger Chen for sending me a review copy.*** Jerry Eicher (nearly half a million copies sold) returns with the first book in another of his delightful series centering on Amish life. Here is the story of a young Amish girl, Katie Raber, who finds she wants more from life than to be known as simply “Emma Raber’s daughter.” I love the photo on the cover and above the chapter headings. My uncle had a pair of horses, Pat and Mike; what beauties they were! Large draft horses. I remember a photo of me astride the breadth of a wide back, after possibly their long day of haying, with my ankle-high brown leather shoe dangling down. My uncle had his hand across my leg making sure I stayed. I had a big grin to be up that high. Emma Raber wants her life to continue as it has with her young daughter. However, Katie Raber is no longer a child. I met a woman once who kept her daughter home from school, calling in "she wasn't feeling well," because the mother was lonely. Seclusion. Katie wants to be known as herself, not as an extension of someone else's reflection. This is Book 1 of the Emma Raber's Daughter Series. This sets the stage of a life lived well. Smiling, getting beyond what might have been to what can be. For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. --Psalm 18:28-30 KJV Book 1 ~*~ Join this new series and meet Katie Raber!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This storyline was different for me.
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LovenGod More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  I am happy though that I have all three of this series to read at once.  It makes it much more enjoyable not having to wait for the next one to come out  *smile*.  Jerry Eicher is so talented in his storytelling capabilities.  I could feel the pain that Katie was feeling and her Mamm too.  I loved the story and have quickly moved to the second story.  I have to say I did chuckle at the scenes with Ruth Hochstetler, she was one determined woman.  Great story, 4 stars from this reviewer.  This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
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wfnren More than 1 year ago
Excellent book, can't wait for the next one! Emma Raber has been a widow for many years and has one child Katie. Emma has only loved two men, one in her youth but when he married someone else she made a fool of herself then agreed to marry Ezra Raber even though she didn't love him. When Emma became pregnant she did fall in love with Ezra and they were a happy family until the day he died. After Ezra's death she became withdrawn and refuses to let anyone into her or Katie's life, she is now known as 'strange' Emma and Katie is known as 'plain Katie', Emma Raber's daughter. Katie doesn't have any Amish friends and was not allowed to participate in rumspringa. Katie works at Byler's Store with other Amish and some Mennonite's. Jesse Mast has been a widower for about a year and has five children. He has been doing a good job but feels there is too much responsibility put on his oldest daughter Mabel and even his younger daughter Carolyn did more than she should have too. He gets the idea that he needs a wife and his children need a mamm. Widow Ruth Troyer, who has no children, is teaching school this year and uses this to her advantage to get involved in Jesse's family life. The children like her but she has some work to get Jesse to be convinced that she would make a good frau for him and mamm for his children. Katie has eyes for Ben Stoll, which Emma senses and sees Katie on the same path she was on in her youth so she refuses to let Katie court or even think about boys. When Katie is invited to the birthday party of a Mennonite boy she accepts and goes against her mamm's orders and goes anyway. She really enjoys herself and continues going to their activities. Now Emma has another problem, she feels like Katie is going to leave her Amish faith and become Mennonite. Emma has to find help somewhere but who can she turn to? Ruth is inviting herself to Jesse's house more than he appreciates so what can he do about this situation? Katie is trying to push her mamm into Jesse's life, Jesse's children don't like Emma or Katie but they adore Ruth. Emma, Ruth and Jesse have known each other since their youth but have never been close friends, will everything turn out for each of them? Jerry did a good job of keeping me reading, I think it took me about two days to finish this book, which is good for me, lol. I'm anxious to see what comes next in this series. I see there are two more books coming, Katie's Journey to Love due out in April and Katie's Forever Promise coming out in October. At least April isn't too far away. I would gladly recommend this book for any reader of fiction and especially Amish fiction. Thank you to Harvest House Publishers 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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ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic book by Jerry Eicher! This is book one in the Emma Raber’s Daughter series. The next book, Katie’s Journey to Love is expected to release in Aril 2013. I will definitely be picking it up. I did think that this story started a little slow but it was well worth it because the drama and tension just kept rising as I was reading. I enjoy a book that doesn't show all the cards up front so to speak. This is the first fiction book that I have read by this author but now look forward to picking up the rest of his books while I wait for the next book about Katie. About the Story: Katie has always been known as “Emma Raber’s daughter” and she’s tired of not being recognized as her own person. In truth, Katie is tired of being a community outcast simply because her mother refuses to let her heart be opened to love. She is tired of being sheltered and kept from living her life and though she loves her mother dearly—she is determined to break free of her controlling thumb. Things start to change when Jesse steps into Emma’s life. He is determined to win Emma’s heart and Katie is hoping that her mother will learn to love again. The only problem is that Emma has no intention of ever giving her heart to another man and further—his children pretty much hate her. They think she’s odd and they want nothing to do with her. This is where things got really interesting in the story. While Jesse is trying to woo Emma—another widow lady in the community has her eyes set on him and she will stop at nothing to get him. I really despised Ruth but she made this story interesting. I couldn’t stop reading to see what this nasty manipulative woman would do next. I suppose that makes it sound like I love drama in a book but no romance worth reading about is free of drama! Overall I thought this story was a definite 5 star plot. Drama, romance and a little rebellion makes for all the qualities that make a really good book. I was rooting for Emma and Jesse from the get go and I’m so excited to see how things turn out for Katie. I’m really hoping she finds a nice boy and has minimal heartbreak. I guess I’ll have to wait and see but I will be doing so very impatiently!!! I received this book free from the Author and Harvest House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Fear Of Living Is Not What God Intended! I have read nearly all of Jerry Eicher’s Amish fiction books. I must say each book gets better and better. What made this book a great read? This story grabs you right from the beginning to the end. After reading the last page I sat here thinking, I can’t wait for book 2 in this series to come out. I want to see what happens to Katie right now! It just ended too soon. When you live in isolation so to speak as Katie Raber and her Mamm Emma Raber did people look upon you as strange and tend to leave you alone. Emma was content in keeping Katie all to herself because of past hurts in Emma’s life. She didn’t want Katie to experience the hurts that life brought upon her. Emma went so far as to be in complete control over her daughter, not allowing Katie to decide things for herself. Was Emma right in doing so? Was Katie content living this way? The characters in this book are very real to the reader. I experienced several emotions while reading this book. I really wanted to give a certain character a piece of my mind! I was completely caught up in this story and at times I found myself praying for these characters! I got a little anxious hoping for things to turn out my way. Isn’t it amazing how certain characters can capture your heart? This is a perfect situation where God starts working in the hearts of his followers. When we take matters into our own hands life never turns out as God had intended it too. Will Emma open her heart to what God wants for her life and will she accept God’s leading? Will Katie follow God’s leading or will she venture out on her own? These are questions that only reading the book will answer. I wouldn’t even think of spoiling this great read for anyone. I highly recommend this book to all Amish fiction lovers. This book is getting a 5 star rating from me. I received this book from Harvest House Publishers and the author, Jerry Eicher in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
pattisperusal More than 1 year ago
What appears on the surface to be a "coming of age" story about a teenage girl during her rumspringa is really a story of heart changes for both the daughter and her widowed mother. The proverbial generation gap is strained as Emma, the mother, tries to sequester her daughter Katie in a misguided attempt to spare her the hurt and emotional damage inflicted upon her during her teen years. As Katie pushes to gain her independence, Emma is forced to seek advice from an unlikely champion, a widower with five children who has designs on her! Despite the meddling of an overly zealous school teacher who had recently been widowed herself, one can easily see the hand of Da Hah (Lord God) in the lives of His people! A well-written story where author, Jerry S. Eicher, again skillfully draws the reader into the characters in such a way that one would feel the events unfolding as though a part of it all! The story gripped me to the point that I read it through in two sessions! An excellent read!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite "Katie Opens Her Heart" by Jerry S. Eicher chronicles the life of a young Amish girl as she steps tentatively over the threshold from adolescence into adulthood. Katie is changing: her co-workers see it while her mother fears it. Katie's mother, Emma, a widow for many years, has kept Katie close, wanting to protect her from the sorrow and pain she had experienced in her own youth. But Emma's attempts to control both her own and Katie's lives is about to be challenged as the widower Jesse believes 'Da Hah' has divinely ordained him and Emma to be wed. The schoolteacher Ruth has her own ideas about God's will, however, making for some interesting and often humorous situations. Katie's journey is tightly intertwined with her mother's, and together they explore relational virgin territory, between themselves and with others, growing and maturing emotionally and spiritually along the way. The major characters in this lovely book are so well-drawn that you feel their anxieties, urge them to take the risks, cheer their successes, and suffer with them in their pain. Eicher adeptly opens their thoughts to the reader. Jesse believes that working the land is 'Da Hah's' best way of living. "A man's touch could make land that had been cursed grow again. What higher calling in life was there?" But, then, Jesse wonders if that is why he is so interested in Emma Raber. "She had been withering away for years now . . . wasn't it time Emma's life blossomed again?" It is a beautifully told story of relationships, where you will identify yourself a little with one of these characters and learn a little something about yourself in the process.