My Dearest Naomi
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My Dearest Naomi

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by Jerry S. Eicher, Tina Eicher
     
 

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Jerry Eicher's many devoted fans will be enthralled by this endearing novel in letters based on Jerry's letters to and from his future wife, Tina, and their discovery that, indeed, absence does make the heart grow fonder.

When Eugene Mast leaves his Amish community in Worthington, Indiana, to teach in faraway Kalona, Iowa, he also must leave the love of his life,

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Jerry Eicher's many devoted fans will be enthralled by this endearing novel in letters based on Jerry's letters to and from his future wife, Tina, and their discovery that, indeed, absence does make the heart grow fonder.

When Eugene Mast leaves his Amish community in Worthington, Indiana, to teach in faraway Kalona, Iowa, he also must leave the love of his life, Naomi Miller.

For the next nine months of the school term, Eugene and Naomi keep their romance alive through love letters from his heart to hers, and from hers back to his.

Eugene writes of his concern that in his absence Naomi may find the attractions of another suitor to her liking. Naomi worries that Eugene may fall prey to the "liberal" Mennonite beliefs in the community where he now lives. Both can hardly wait until the school year is up and they're finally reunited.

A poignant and tender love story that will warm the hearts of readers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I can't say enough about how I enjoyed this book. It was different and unique in my eyes and I loved each and every letter."
Judy Burgi

"This was a wonderful love story. It kept me wanting more. I can't want to pass this book along."
—Amber Horton

"The format of this book is unlike any other that I have read. This is a touching book of what it is like to have a long distance relationship and your only form of communication is through letter writing."
—Theresa Oberlag

"I really liked My Dearest Naomi. If you love to read love stories then this book is for you! Jerry and Tina Eicher did an excellent job writing this novel. I would read more of them."

Tina Watson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736939423
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.81(d)

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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.

Tina Eicher was born and married in the Amish faith, surrounded by a mother and sisters who were great Amish cooks. At fellowship meals and family gatherings, Tina's dishes receive high praise and usually return empty. She and her husband, Jerry Eicher, author of several bestselling Amish fiction titles, are the parents of four children and live in Virginia.

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My Dearest Naomi 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Amish-lover-4ever More than 1 year ago
Eugene Mast and Naomi Miller (actually Jerry Eicher- and his soon to be wife Tina) are an Amish couple engaged to get married. However- Eugene has contracted to teach at a Mennonite school for one year. Eugene and Naomi write a lot of letters to each other- some are serious - some are funny but most of them are very very romantic. Seems like to them the school year will never end- the situations they get into away from each other is amusing to say the least. I absolutely adored the book and would recommend to anyone who likes to read about the Amish. Jerry Eicher's books are always top notch but this particular book really showed that Jerry Eicher and his wife Tina are romantics at heart- such a cute cute couple!!!! I would most definetely give it a 5 star review- excellent - wonderful book!!!!
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
I always love to read Jerry's books but this time his wife Tina worked with him. Eugene Mast is in love with Naomi Miller but he is offered a job in Iowa to teach at a Mennonite school, as you this is just not done. He will be cut off from his family and friends in the Amish community of Indiana, alone with his intended Naomi. While he was gone he and Naomi wrote to each other letters and poems and savered the last one until another arrived. It seemed like forever since Eugene left and Naomi wonders if he is ever coming back. As most of the books are just the printed letters that are written back and forth and I always skip over those, for some reason it seem a wasted of my time and takes up so much of the book. This book is different in that way and I didn't enjoy it as much as I have all the other books written by Jerry. Thanks to Jerry Eicher and Harvest House for sending me this free book in order for me to review. Posted by Edna at 11:52 AM
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! This is a book compiled of letters between Eugene Mast and Naomi Miller. Eugene leaves Indiana for a teaching job in a Mennonite school in Iowa . He will be gone for nine months. He plans to marry Naomi at the end of the school term. I loved the correspondence between Eugene and Naomi. The letters were quite newsy and filled with their undying love. The two lovers actually bare their souls to each other across the miles. The aching loneliness that they feel for each other was clearly made known in almost every letter. Concerns in some of their letters were perhaps their love wouldn’t last while they were away from each other. Many letters included scripture from the Bible. The letters at times were filled with much humor and I had several laugh out loud moments. I grew to love Luella (quite a jokester) and Lonnie, the couple that Eugene stayed with in Iowa Eugene ’s letters were filled with his daily life of teaching his students as well as his life outside of the school day. Naomi’s letters were filled with what was going on at home and brought Eugene up to date on everything happening back home. I loved the poems included in their letters. I especially loved the poem Eugene wrote about his students that was included near the end of the book. I had to smile because Eugene really did care for every student and grew fond of them. I can’t say enough about how I enjoyed this book. It was different and unique in my eyes and I loved each and every letter. A special thanks to the author Jerry Eicher and his lovely wife Tina for sharing something very personal to the readers. I wish to thank Harvest House Publishers and Jerry Eicher for sending me this book to read and review. The opinions are mine alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A good book but hard to stay interested Eugene Mast and Naomi Miller are in love an plan to marry, but first Eugene has his heart set on leaving Indiana to teach at a Mennonite school in Iowa. This means nine months of hardly seeing each other and lots of letter exchanges. You can follow their activities in the letters and see how they each handle missing each other, getting through the days with only thoughts and memories, looking forward to getting a special letter in the mail, the disappointment when there isn't one, and looking forward to the day when this is over and you can finally capture that dream of being married and starting a family. This book reminds you of the days when people used to find letters in the attic written by parents or grandparents. Eugene and Naomi reread their letters over and over, as our ancestors did I'm sure. Oh what this modern world is making us miss out on, sure you can print off an email or text and save it, but it just isn't the same as having something in someones own handwriting. I had a hard time reading this book as the style wasn't to my liking. This had nothing to do with the content, which I did find to be interesting and enjoyed some of the stories. I used to try to keep diaries when I was little but couldn't do that either, maybe that's why it was a hard format for me to read, it kind of seemed like a diary to me but it was two people doing the writing. I received a copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers for review. All they want is an honest review, the opinions stated above are my own. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review program. 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”