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Katie's Journey to Love (Emma Raber's Daughter Series #2)
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Katie's Journey to Love (Emma Raber's Daughter Series #2)

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by Jerry S. Eicher

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In book two of Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher’s new Emma Raber’s Daughter series, Katie Raber’s journey of discovery continues after her mamm’s marriage to Jesse Mast. Drawn back from the Mennonite world briefly by the miracle of Mamm’s changed heart, Katie finds she can’t totally abandon her new Mennonite


In book two of Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher’s new Emma Raber’s Daughter series, Katie Raber’s journey of discovery continues after her mamm’s marriage to Jesse Mast. Drawn back from the Mennonite world briefly by the miracle of Mamm’s changed heart, Katie finds she can’t totally abandon her new Mennonite friends.

Jesse’s oldest daughter, Mabel, refuses to accept Katie, creating conflict at home. Ben Yoder, the most popular boy in the community, also begins to attend the Mennonite youth gatherings in his attempt to run away from personal problems.

Overjoyed at the attention Ben pays her, Katie pursues the relationship willingly. When an opportunity comes to travel with her Mennonite friends to Europe to explore the roots of the faith, Katie can’t believe how much she is being blessed. Especially after a secret donor pays for the trip.

While in Europe, Katie learns the truth about Ben when he is arrested. As her world comes crashing down, she finds healing in her visit to the Alps and the land where her forefathers suffered so much. She returns home determined to mend the bad feelings with Jesse’s daughter, Mabel, and to continue on the path to healing without Ben.

Book two in the Emma Raber’s Daughter series.

Editorial Reviews

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“What a fantastic read! Jerry shows his talent at character description vividly in this book! The plot was full of intertwining plots that had unexpected turns as often as I turned the pages. Jerry also has the talent of portraying the Amish lifestyle accurately. That is something I look for in an Amish fiction book.”
Karla Hanns, karla-hanns-karla.blogspot.com

“I loved reading Katie’s Journey to Love. This was a fascinating story and I found that the historical aspect would likely appeal to both male and female readers.”
Rhonda Nash-Hall, colormeactive.blogspot.com

“I loved that Katie’s Journey to Love had some unexpected twists mixed in.”
Judy K. Burgi

“Read and enjoy as I have this story of Katie and Emma finding love.”
Paula Osborne, arpaul-paula.blogspot.com

"This is not your typical Amish romance book."
Cindy Loven, cindylovenreviews.blogspot.com

Library Journal
In this sequel to Katie Opens Her Heart Emma Raber, Katie's mother, has married widower Jesse Mast. Conflicts arise between Katie and her new stepsister, Mabel, but Katie is thrilled when popular Ben Yoder begins paying attention to her. But when Katie travels to Europe with her Mennonite friends, she learns of Ben's dark secret after he is arrested. VERDICT This ever-popular, prolific author of Amish fiction has written another character-driven story that is richly detailed and leisurely paced. New readers should start with the first book in the series, but the likable characters, heartwarming storyline, and inspirational message may also appeal to Jan Karon and Jennifer Chiaverini fans. [The third book, Katie's Forever Promise, is scheduled to be published in October.—Ed.]

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Harvest House Publishers
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Emma Raber's Daughter Series , #2
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5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)


Meet the Author

Jerry Eicher’s Amish fiction has sold more than 800,000 copies. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, in Virginia.

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Katie's Journey to Love 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
RhondaGayleNashHall More than 1 year ago
5 ***** Stars!!!  Thank you, Jerry Eicher, for the privilege of reading this delightful book!   I am a huge fan of Jerry Eicher's Amish fiction.  I loved reading Katie's Journey to Love.  This particular book has Katie and her three Mennonite girl friends traveling to Europe to see the history and beginnings of their faith for themselves.  This was a fascinating part of this story for me, and I found the history would likely appeal to both male and female readers.   It is refreshing for both Katie's mamm and herself to have a chance at love.    Katie is so precious as she treasures having a daed since she did not know her own daed.  This made me think of my relationship with my own father who is deceased.    It gave me good memories to ponder.    There is, of course, conflict in the story.  Katie finds love with Ben but Ben has secrets that may end their relationship before it has a chance to get started.    I have always longed to travel to the Alps and so the portion of the story where the girls get to visit the Alps and spend time there was very meaningful to me.    The beauty and wonder of God's magnificient creation of the Alps brought healing to Katie.   The desire to travel there was made even stronger as I read of their reaction to the beauty there.   I am definitely eagerly anticipating the release of book 3:  Katie's Forever Promise.    I was given a free copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. 
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Katie’s Journey to Love by Jerry Eicher is the first Amish fiction that I have read that was not written by a woman author. Jerry did an excellent job and I will be reading more of his novels. Katie and her mother had been living an unhappy life after the death of Katie’s father but her mother’s hardened heart was finally softened by the love of Jesse. Mabel, Jesse’s daughter, had been running the household since her mother’s death and was very resentful of her stepmother and Katie and took all her spite out on Katie.   Katie was Amish but had become good friends with some of the Mennonite girls at the Mennonite youth gatherings. Ben, who is Amish, had also started coming to the youth gatherings and began paying attention to Katie which she accepted and encouraged. Katie was invited by three of her Mennonite friends to travel with them to Europe to visit the places where the Amish faith began. The only problem was that Katie had no money for the trip but an unexpected gift of money came to her. While she and her friends were in Europe she learned that Ben had been arrested. Once again Katie’s world was falling apart but she found healing by visiting the Alps and other lands where her forefathers had suffered so much for their faith When Katie returned home she was determined to develop a friendship with Mabel and to forget Ben. The book was a most enjoyable read. There was some suspense and romance but it was more just a book about life and its problems and how the problems were solved. The author did an excellent job developing the plot and the characters and the dialogue and the description of the scenes were very real and I felt as if I were right there in the middle of the action. I found the book to be inspiring as I do all Amish novels and I was definitely entertained. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a well written good book and especially to those who like Amish fiction.. I received this book free from  Harvest House Publishers through Net Galley in exchange for a review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
KATIE'S JOURNEY TO LOVE is the second boook in this series, but it easily stands alone. I did read book one in the series where Katie and her mother are considered weird and were outcasts, but love and a family softened them both up. Katie's Mom is much more likeable in the book and Katie is coming out of her shell beautifully, making friends and overcoming her shyness. I felt bad for her being forced to live with Mabel, when Mabel was so beyond hateful, and even though Ben did some bad things I absolutely loved him. He did a dear, dear thing for Katie. I am anxious to read the third book in this series and need to see if I have it already before I race off to buy a copy. Mr. Eicher has been a hit and miss author for me, but this book KATIE'S JOURNEY TO LOVE was really good and I greatly enjoyed it. If you love Amish fiction and haven't read this book, you'll want to.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, it was great seeing Katie grow into a confident young woman, who found the love she was looking for.  But this book has a twist in it, and if you haven't read it, I am not sharing that twist. But I will say this is not your typical Amish romance book.  I really enjoyed seeing the trip abroad through Katie's eyes. The story told of what that Anabaptists forefathers faced for their choice of religion, was eye opening. A wonderful story, and looking forward to the last book of the series.  4 stars from this reviewer.  This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. 
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
A Family's Transitions Emma and Katie's new life as a part of Jesse Mast's household is presenting numerous challenges. Of Jesse's 5 children all but 16-year-old Mabel are adjusting to their new Mamm and stepsister. Katie and Emma are the recipients of frequent vicious verbal attacks by Mabel in spite of Jesse's discipline. Katie has a crush on Ben Stoll, and has visions of a future with him, but her Mamm and Jesse have warned her that he is not gut for her. Katie is attending the Mennonite youth gatherings with her girlfriends, and Ben Stoll suddenly appears and shows an interest in Katie. She is smitten and eager to be his girl. Three of Katie's friends plan to take a trip to Europe to visit the origins of their Anabaptist ancestors. They beg Katie to go with them, but Katie has no money to pay her way. An anonymous donor leaves a significant amount of money with one of Katie's coworkers, indicating that the money is for Katie's trip to Europe. Assuming that is Da Hah's blessing to her Katie prepares for the trip of her lifetime. Jerry Eicher writes with such depth into the history and modern-day life of the Anabaptists that he transports the reader to a whole new realm. The characters are portrayed with realistic human emotions and actions, and he captures the essence of the Amish lifestyle. True to life characters are portrayed with candor, and their actions and dreams are illustrated in detail. Depictions of the locations and history throughout Europe and the backdrop of the sufferings of the Anabaptists are authentic and impressive. The love and respect for God runs true throughout this story of trials and adventure. This book is so well written and poignant, I had a hard time putting it down. I'm looking forward to the next in the series with bated breath!  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.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Does Katie Find Love? Katie Raber has been through so much in her young life being overly sheltered by her Mamm. While growing up there were a lot of things Katie was not allowed to do. She was kept close to her Mamm's side. With the marriage of her Mamm to Jesse Mast, Katie's life starts to change. She is finally coming out of her shell. She has her dear Mennonite friends to thank for that. While things have changed for Katie and her Mamm, life is still not easy. Mabel, Jesse's daughter, is making life unbearable for her and her Mamm too. How will Katie ever become friends with someone who is so hateful? Katie has a crush on Ben Stoll and longs for Ben to notice her. She has daydreamed about him for quite some time. What can she do to get him to talk to her? Katie's Mamm most certainly doesn't want Katie to court Ben because of her fear of past experiences in her own life. Is Mamm's fears reasonable? Katie doesn't think so! Katie is excited when a wonderful opportunity comes her way. She is invited to go along with her Mennonite friends to Europe to visit the birthplace of her Amish faith. Oh how she would love to go. Katie is sure Jesse and her Mamm would never let her go. This book is a little different from other Amish fiction books I have read. I loved that it had some unexpected twists mixed in. As I have come to expect in this author's books he speaks of faith in God, God's love, and forgiving others. Prayer and scripture are common in his books too. For this I am thankful for good Christian authors. I wish to thank Harvest House and Jerry Eicher for sending me this book to read and review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Katie's emotional rollercoaster Life has changed for Katie and her mamm now that her mamm has married Jesse Mast. She now has 3 brothers and 2 sisters but if she thought life would be better, she's finding out that isn't so. Mabel still hates both Emma, her new mamm, and Katie, she says hateful things and is always trying to cause problems between them and Jesse, her daed.  Katie is still going to the Mennonite youth meetings, still working at Byler's and still 'in love' with Ben Stoll. Mabel has a secret love also and when her daed discovers her secretly seeing him he orders her to quit yet Katie gets to keep doing things not approved by the Amish, she even gets to take a trip to Europe to visit the birthplace of the Amish faith.  When Ben Stoll starts talking to Katie and taking her to and from the Mennonite meetings she couldn't be more pleased. It takes time but her mamm is coming around and letting it happen without trying to talk Katie out of seeing him. This part of her life couldn't be better, for now anyway.  As the series goes on it gets better, I enjoyed this book more than the first one and there is a lot of interesting information about the anabaptists brought out as they travel through Europe. You will be thrilled for Katie as you find yourself wanting to 'smack' Mabel and as the story moves on your emotions take a different path. I'm really anxious to get the next book and find out what happens now! 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 
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite “Katie’s Journey to Love,” book two in Jerry S. Eicher’s 'Emma Raber’s Daughter' series, is a book that draws the reader right into the midst of the family and into the characters’ lives. Katie’s mother has remarried, and not only does Katie find herself a part of a new, large family, but also finds herself feeling replaced at times by her new step-sister. Katie suddenly finds herself being noticed by Ben, a popular boy whom Katie has had her eyes and heart on for a while, but she never thought she would be noticed by him. Katie is given an amazing opportunity and everything seems to be perfect for her, but is everything as it meets the eye? This is the second book in the series, but could be read as a stand-alone novel; however, personally I would recommend reading the first book first so that you will have the entire story. Both books are excellent and you will not want to miss out on either of it! I have read many Amish fiction books and this series is right up there at the top for being unique and a great read! While reading this I felt as if I was transported right to the Mast home and in the midst of Katie’s life as it is being turned upside down. This is a very well-written book and a story that moves along making it a quick read. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series to find out what happens in Katie’s life.