The Wonder of Your Love (Land of Canaan Series #2)

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Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a ...

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Overview

Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.

When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.

But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.

Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595548863
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: Land of Canaan Series , #2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 381,127
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 5.58 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporariesset in small Texas towns.Both have received glowing reviews.Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise, is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman

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The Wonder of Your Love


By Beth Wiseman

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2011 Beth Wiseman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4016-8661-1


Chapter One

Katie Ann reached into the drawer of the end table next to the couch and pulled out the letter she'd received two weeks ago. She knew it would upset her stomach to read it—as it had a dozen times already—but she unfolded it anyway. She couldn't imagine why her husband's mistress, Lucy Turner, was planning to travel all the way to Colorado to see her. She took a deep breath and read the letter again.

Dear Katie Ann,

I hope this letter finds you well. I heard from some of our mutual acquaintances here in Lancaster County that you had a healthy baby boy and named him Jonas. Congratulations to you. A baby is such a miracle from God.

Katie Ann rolled her eyes, the way she always did at Lucy's mention of God. A good, godly woman wouldn't get involved with another woman's husband. Although she knew good and well that it took two for such deception. She let out a heavy sigh and continued reading.

I'm sure that I am the last person you want to hear from, and I'm sorry to bother you, but I need to meet with you. I know it is awkward, but I have something important to discuss, and it's too much to say in a letter, or even over the phone. As soon as I can arrange to be off work, I will be traveling to Colorado. I hope that you can find time to meet with me to discuss this urgent matter. I thought it might be easiest for you if you knew in advance that I'm coming. All the best to you and your new little one, Lucy Turner

Katie Ann folded the piece of paper and put it back in the drawer, determined not to let thoughts of Lucy ruin this day. But as she crossed through the living room toward the kitchen, she couldn't help but wonder exactly when Lucy was going to show up on her doorstep. And what she wanted.

Katie Ann poured a large bag of M&M's into a Tupperware bowl, then put the container next to the other food she would be carting to the Detweilers' house. Both the candy and container were a gift for the bride and groom. It was traditional to place a fun and edible gift on the eck, something that held special meaning between the giver and the recipient. Katie Ann guessed that lots of people would choose M&M's, though. It was no secret that the candy was Emily's favorite.

She couldn't believe that the wedding was tomorrow. It seemed like just yesterday her husband's nephew David was a young boy, but tomorrow he would marry Emily in front of a hundred friends and family. A small crowd for an Amish wedding. She recalled the nearly four hundred guests at her own wedding, but she quickly brushed the memory aside as she snapped the lid closed on the bowl.

"Martha! Are you ready? Is the baby ready?" She walked back through the living room, turned the corner, and strolled into little Jonas's bedroom. It was a beautiful room, painted in powder blue and trimmed with a lively, multicolored border of dancing ponies. Matching curtains covered the two windows facing the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The fancy décor would be frowned upon by the bishop if he were to visit, but it was all Martha's doing, and Katie Ann didn't have the heart to change it. Martha was a widow and didn't have any children of her own.

"This little one needs a real nursery," her Englisch friend had said with a huff before Jonas was even born.

Martha would be upset if she knew that Katie Ann had heard from Lucy.

Katie Ann stood quietly in the doorway for a moment, savoring the view of her little miracle in Martha's arms and the contented expression on the older woman's face. Martha was as much a grandmother to Jonas as Katie Ann's own mother would have been if she were still living. Katie Ann smiled as Martha gently cradled Jonas in her arms, pushing the oak rocking chair into motion with her foot.

"Why don't you let me stay with the baby while you go on over to the Detweilers' house? No need to drag this young one into the cold, plus he's finally stopped crying and is sleeping soundly." Martha touched her finger to Jonas's cheek as her lips curved into a smile. After a moment, she looked back up at Katie Ann. "Unless it's too cold for you to take the buggy. We can bundle him up real good and take my car."

Katie Ann shook her head. "No, no, I don't mind the buggy ride. It's crisp outside, but sunny. It would be gut if you could stay with Jonas. Are you sure you don't mind?"

Katie Ann had been up more than usual during the night with Jonas. He just wouldn't stop crying, and nothing she did seemed to calm him.

Martha looked up at her and scowled. "Now where else on the planet do you think I'd rather be than with this baby?" She raised one hand out from under Jonas and tucked a piece of brownish-gray hair behind her ear, a strand that had fallen from beneath the butterfly clip on the top of her head.

Katie Ann pushed a loose tendril of her own hair beneath her kapp as she moved toward the rocker. "Just checking." She leaned down and kissed her precious bundle on the cheek. "See you soon, my darling."

Martha raised her chin as she spoke in a whisper. "You tell Vera Detweiler that I'm expecting creamed celery tomorrow. Lots of it."

Katie Ann nodded as she moved toward the door. "You know there's always lots of celery at weddings." She pulled her heavy black coat, gloves, and bonnet on. Once she was bundled up, she came back to the bedroom door and glanced in at Martha. "I'll be back soon. You'll check on him often, right?"

Martha nodded. "Yes, I will. Now, you go." She waved a hand at Katie Ann.

Martha hadn't missed a day since Jonas was born. Sometimes she stayed for hours, and she often spent the night. Katie Ann was grateful to have the older woman in her life. Being a single mother was challenging.

As she closed the door behind her, she thought about Ivan. Despite her husband's infidelity, she was sorry that he would never see his son. She still mourned Ivan's untimely death, but with each passing day, her sorrow became less as her anger grew stronger. She was thankful to God for blessing her with Jonas so late in life, but even her relationship with Him had suffered. Maybe it was all the sleepless nights she'd been up with Jonas, too tired even to pray. That's what she kept telling herself.

She climbed into the buggy and turned on the battery-operated heater on the seat next to her. The thermometer outside her window showed thirty-three degrees, but as was usually the case here in the San Luis Valley, the sun shone brightly, making it seem much warmer than it was. Clicking her tongue, she set the buggy in motion and breathed in the fresh country air, wondering if it would snow later. She'd read in the newspaper that morning that there might be a flurry, but no hard weather was forecast. She wondered if the Detweilers' relatives had arrived safely. Vera was doubtless beside herself, busy with preparations for her daughter's wedding. Katie Ann was disappointed that the weather back in Lancaster County would prevent Ivan's side of the family from attending. She'd always been close to her in-laws, and she was sure David must be disappointed as well.

Once again, recollections of her own wedding swirled in Katie Ann's head, and her eyes filled with tears as she thought about the good years she'd had with Ivan. And the bad. But she never could have predicted that Ivan would leave her—for the likes of Lucy Turner—and take up residence with the Englisch woman back in Lancaster County. She still struggled to forgive her dead husband's choices ... and Lucy Turner.

Eli Detweiler thanked the cabdriver and whistled a tune as he walked across the snow to his cousin's house. He blocked the sun's glare with his hand; he'd never seen a more beautiful day. His spirits were high, and he felt like he had his entire life ahead of him—even though he'd already lived at least half of it. But at forty-three he had a new sense of freedom, the kind that comes from being a new empty-nester, as the Englisch called it. He'd married off the youngest of his kinner two weeks ago, and with Maureen out of the house, he was on his own. After Sarah died, he'd managed to raise six young children by himself, and he couldn't recall a moment's peace.

Five of the six were girls, and he never could have predicted the challenges of raising daughters. Thankfully, he had one ally in Jake, his only son and the oldest of the bunch. He grinned as he knocked on the door, knowing he wouldn't have changed anything about his children or his life—except for that one dreary day in November seventeen years ago, the day he lost his beloved Sarah. She'd been his one and only true love, and not a day went by that he didn't think about her. No woman had even sparked his interest since then, despite the many attempts by family and friends to fix him up. It was the Amish way to remarry quickly following the death of a spouse, and he had to admit he could have used the help. He'd had a few random dates, but there hadn't been anyone who could hold a candle to his Sarah.

"Eli! It's so gut to see you." His cousin's wife wrapped her arms around his neck.

"Gut to be here, Vera," he said as he returned her embrace. "Hard to believe it's been over a year."

Vera stepped aside so he could enter, and the warmth of a glowing fire met him as he stepped into their living room. His eyes scanned the room. He saw his cousin Elam and two of their four children, Betsy and Levi. He knew Elam and Vera's third child, Jacob, had married last fall and was living in his own home with his wife, Beth Ann. Eli regretted not being able to attend the boy's wedding, but the weather had kept his family away last year. After he said his hellos to all of them, they all turned their attention to the stairs and watched Emily come down. A year had made quite a difference. Elam and Vera's daughter looked ... happy. And as her face lit up, Eli recalled everything that the girl had been through. It was a true blessing to be here for her wedding.

"You look so schee, Emily," he said as he hugged her.

"Danki so much for coming, Onkel Eli."

Elam's kinner had always called him uncle, even though he was really their cousin.

"I wouldn't have missed it, mei maedel." He eased away and found Vera. "Now, Vera, don't let me be in the way. I remember with mei dochders' weddings, it's a busy time. So you just put me to work wherever I'm needed."

Vera dismissed his comment with a wave of her hand. "You must be tired from your travels, and really, I think everything is about ready. We've had people helping us all day. We'll be up early in the morning to start warming food and to finish setting up the chairs. You can help then."

She sat down in one of the rocking chairs facing a tan couch on the opposite wall, motioning for him to sit as well. "Everyone else from Middlefield is staying at the local bed-and-breakfasts since this house isn't nearly as big as we were used to back home. They were all here earlier helping, but you probably won't see them all until mariyefrieh."

Tomorrow morning was fine by Eli. He was weary from travel, and just chatting with his cousin's family would be plenty for this evening. He nodded, and a moment later Betsy walked up to him, toting a book under her arm. "Hello, Betsy. You've turned eight years old since moving here, haven't you?"

A strand of curly blond hair fell from beneath her kapp as she nodded. "Ya." She cocked her head to one side and stared at him.

Eli knew from past experience that there was no telling what might come out of Betsy's mouth. He braced himself.

"Mamm doesn't understand why a handsome man like you doesn't have a fraa."

"Betsy!" Vera covered her eyes with her hand as a rosy blush filled her cheeks. "Excuse Betsy, Eli." Then she glared at her daughter, but Eli just grinned.

"Because I just haven't found anyone as pretty as you," he said. Then he tickled her, and she squealed until he released her.

When someone knocked at the door, Vera stood up and eased her way across the living room. Cousin Elam moseyed to the fireplace and stoked the dwindling fire until orange sparks shimmied upward, then he gave the logs a few more pokes until the flames stretched high.

Eli leaned back against the couch and crossed one ankle over his knee. He stroked his beard as he thought about how long he might stay in Colorado. This was his first trip, there'd be much to see, and he didn't have to rush home to tend to one single thing. A vacation. His daughters had all married fine men who took good care of them and the five grandchildren they'd given him, and his son's wife was expecting number seven, the second for the couple. Yes, all was well in Eli's world. Freedom to do as he pleased. He stroked his beard, feeling giddy as a young man in his rumschpringe. His musings were interrupted by the return of Vera and another woman.

"Eli, this is Katie Ann. She's soon to be Emily's aenti." Vera motioned toward the woman on her right. "She's David's aenti on his father's side."

Eli uncrossed his ankle from atop his knee, stood up, and extended his hand to the woman. "Nice to meet you."

She latched onto his hand, nodded, then followed Vera to the kitchen.

Elam waited until the ladies were out of the room before he spoke in a whisper. "Pretty, isn't she?"

Eli narrowed his brows, wondering why his cousin would make the comment about another man's wife, and not sure how to respond. "Ya, I suppose so." He tried to sound casual. "What's her name again?"

"Katie Ann." Elam told Betsy to go help in the kitchen, and his young cousin pouted a bit before padding out of the room. "And she is a widow." He kept his voice low. "But she hasn't been a widow for long. Her husband was killed only a few months ago in a car accident." Elam stepped closer and lowered his voice even more. "He'd left her before that, though, for an Englisch woman. He'd moved back to Lancaster County and was living with that woman when he died."

Eli glanced toward the kitchen for a moment before he looked back at Elam. "That's terrible."

"Ya." Elam shook his head. "A real shame."

Eli stroked his beard again, and the two men were quiet as the ladies reentered the room.

"It was nice to meet you, Eli." Katie Ann waved briefly in Eli's direction as she moved toward the door. "See you all tomorrow."

Eli returned the gesture, watching her as she crossed the threshold. As the door closed behind her, Eli scratched his chest. Not that it itched. He just wasn't sure why his heart was beating so fast.

Katie Ann drove home and tethered her buggy, then waved to Lillian as she walked toward her own house. She was blessed to have Ivan's brother and sister-in-law living right next door on the same property. The two households shared a barn and phone, and Samuel and Lillian were as much her family as they were before Ivan left her.

She slipped quietly into her living room, where Martha was sitting on the couch reading a magazine, bare feet propped up on the coffee table.

"Did Jonas sleep the whole time I was gone?"

"Yep. I kept checking on him, but the little fella is sleeping soundly." Martha didn't look up as she flipped a page.

"When did you last check on him?" Without waiting for an answer, Katie Ann hurried to Jonas's room. She stared down into his crib. As his tiny chest rose and fell, she breathed a sigh of relief.

After a few moments, she walked back into the living room. Martha's arms were folded across her chest, and Katie Ann quickly pulled her eyes from the older woman's glare.

"I told you that I have been checking on him. He's just fine, isn't he?"

Katie Ann fluffed a throw pillow on the couch beside Martha and slowly sat down. "Ya. He is." She crossed one leg over the other and nervously kicked her foot into motion. It had taken her a long time to leave Jonas with anyone, and the only ones she trusted with her baby were Martha and Lillian. And that hadn't come easily.

They were quiet for a few moments, and Martha resumed turning the pages of her magazine.

"I'm doing better," Katie Ann finally said as she fingered the string on her prayer covering. "You know, about checking on him."

Martha twisted her mouth to one side and grunted. "How many times did you get up to check on him last night?"

Katie Ann thought about all the nights she'd just watched Jonas sleeping. Martha would be shocked if she knew the real amount of sleep Katie Ann had lost hovering over the baby, fear consuming every inch of her being. "Not that many."

Martha faced her. "How many, Katie Ann? Once to feed him? Three times? A dozen times?"

(Continues...)



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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    A sweet Amish modern day read

    The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman is a fictional story about an Amish widow in modern day. The main character,Katie Anne, was betrayed by her husband who had an adulterous affair with a non-Amish woman, and then left her to live with this woman. Little did he know that Katie Anne was pregnant with their only child, but he did not live long enough to find out because he was killed in an accident. Another Amish man (also a widower) is introduced in the story, and thus begins an interesting adventure of friendship, discovery, and opening up of old wounds when new information develops regarding Katie Anne's husband's mistress and details of his end of life is revealed. This story was sweet and romantic -if a little predicable, but not too much. The characters are well developed and the story flows very well and keeps the reader hooked. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting sweet fictional read about modern day Amish and the struggles that they face (just like everyone else). God and faith are intertwined throughout the story, and it is an overall uplifting encouraging book.
    I received this book from the publisher. 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."

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    good book

    Good story. This author is very good.

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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    Best  book a read. G A great story could put it down if you lik

    Best  book a read. G

    A great story could put it down if you like Amish stories

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    Great!

    This book feeds my need for the spiritual part of me. You wont be dissappointed.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

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    Unknown to me, The Wonder of Your Love is the second book in a s

    Unknown to me, The Wonder of Your Love is the second book in a series, luckily I’m still able to follow the story even without reading the first one.

    Ok, so to make this easier, I’ll explain the plot first:
    Katie has given birth to a baby boy Jonas. She managed to be both a father and mother to him. Her husband died shortly after he leaves her to be with another woman. So she struggles not just with the heartbreak and loss but with also how she’d provide her baby’s needs and the dilemma of loving and trusting again.

    Martha, is her English neighbor who would later be her friend. They got along since both of them are widowed, neither have married and Martha’s just like a mother to Katie. She loved someone but never voice out her feelings to him until he left to help for his ailing son. When he didn’t come back, she thought he never felt anything for her.

    Eli is a man who’s youngest daughter just got married. He traveled and fend for himself since. He never planned to fall in love and get married since his wife died 17 years ago.

    This is a whole lot different from the books I’ve always read. I’m more unto Young Adult, but in this one, I’m faced with middle-aged characters, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

    I love although not all of the characters. Their backstories are interesting and are truly a basis to their future decisions in life. They are also genuine with real emotions, hurts and worries.

    The author’s writing style kept me turning the pages. She has the tendency to make such inner conflicts in her characters and yet still manage to glue it all together. It also seemed like there’s a never-ending twists and turns, and I never couldn’t figure out what the author wants to happen next.

    A book of friendship, forgiveness, faith, romance, love and trust, The Wonder of Your Love is a book that would make you realize things and gives hope to many of us.

    This is the first Amish book I’ve read and definitely not the last one. Highly recommended!!!

    Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com. 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."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Help

    I bought this book and only got psge one

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Katie Ann finds much joy and peace with her baby boy and is dete

    Katie Ann finds much joy and peace with her baby boy and is determined with God's help to build a life for her and her fatherless child. What a great story, second chances and faith in this wonderful story. This is not just a book the, but can be read as a stand alone, although after reading this one, I can't wait to go back and read it again. This is a charming story of faith, friendship, and love. It's my favorite book of Beth Wiseman and I love this novel. I highly recommend reading...


    They can not come out fast enough. It is just one of those stories that you wish never ended. After actually reading the entire book, it is clear that Beth Wiseman promotes a loving discipline that allows children to feel loved and accepted with a perfect combination of freedom and safety. What I like most about this book is its focus on nurturing imperfect yet cooperative and loving children.


    This is must read book in any way, and Beth Wiseman makes that very clear in his book. To suggest that these claims are made is simply pure fallacy. I will definitely recommend and plan to pass my copy on to other moms who are raising these young woman of the future.


    Life happens. The unexpected can occur in any of our lives at any time. Most of us are very cognizant of that fact, so much so that we may easily fall in our enemies trap.


    loved the short chapters with meaningful stories. I enjoyed the scripture verses and author's comments at the end of each chapter. This book was easily read but putting into application all of these thoughts will take time, my time. t's easy to relate to the authors as they openly share.


    I got a free copy of this on booksneeze, just for a review.

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

    Good book, would recommend it for Christian fiction readers especially.

    I have never been disappointed in Beth Wisemans work.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

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    A delightful read.

    I really wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book by Beth Wiseman. I'm not a fan of modern romances, though I must admit to enjoying Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and I simply couldn't imagine what an Amish romance was going to be like.

    Instead, my trepidation turned into delight as I found myself being drawn into a beautifully told story with wonderful touches of humour and fun. Almost a comedy of manners, in fact, where the protagonists are Katie Ann, an Amish widow with a young baby and Eli, an Amish widower who has just seen his last child grow up and marry. Both expecting to remain single for the rest of their lives, they are faced with a bevy of well-meaning Amish and non-Amish friends who are intent on matchmaking.

    Add to the story a mystery over why Katie Ann's wayward and unfaithful late husband had bought a new house - was it for his long-suffering wife or for his mistress? - and Katie's delightful Englisch friend Martha, who has a tangled love-life of her own, and you have all the things needed for a thoroughly enjoyable book.
    I loved every page of it, and was desperately willing the story to end happily, so well and so engagingly were the characters drawn.
    Well done, Beth Wiseman - this book is a keeper !

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook as part of the Booksneeze program.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Beth Wiseman is a great author and this book is one of her best. I know you will enjoy it.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    The Wonder of Love

    Two people at very different stages in their lives will be brought together, then figure out if it is God's doing or simply coincidence. Katie Ann is an Amish widow struggling to raise her child. She struggles with being a single parent and she struggles with her relationship with God. Why is she alone? Why had her husband left her for someone else? Why would her son Jonas never know his father's love? While she tries to hide her sorrow and pain, Martha sees. Martha is an English neighbor who tries to help Katie Ann come to grips with the many, many changes she faces. The bond they form helps both women. Eli has raised his children and lost his wife, now he is ready for some time off and a new beginning. When he goes to Canaan, he is hoping for a vacation, some time for himself. Instead he meets Katie Ann. They quickly develop a friendship, but that is ok because neither thinks a romantic relationship would work. Really? They are at completely different places in life, but will there be more than they expect? Come visit Canaan, Colorado and find out.

    This book is interesting and well written. The characters and setting seem very real, and that attests to the care Beth Wiseman always takes in researching her Amish stories. This book will appeal to both individual and group readers. Individuals will enjoy figuring out what will happen next, and groups can delve into issues like trust, fidelity, love, faith, disappointment, and loss. Thank you very much to Litfuse for my review copy and the opportunity to be part of this blog tour.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Amish Soap Opera

    Katie Ann is in an interesting place in her life. She was recently widowed and has a young child. Eli is in the exact opposite place. Having lost his wife years before in childbirth, he has successfully raised 6 children and is now ready to enjoy a retirement of sorts. When Katie Ann and Eli meet at a wedding sparks fly-but not the good kind. They slowly develop into friends. Even if their lives are not converging, they begin to feel an attraction to each other. The two of them must figure out what they truly want in life and decide whether that life is together.


    I've never read any Amish fiction before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was a rather interesting book. There a lot more twists and turns in the plot than I expected. Katie Ann and Eli both had very different but equally interesting back stories. I found Katie Ann's struggle with forgiveness to be particularly interesting. She seemed very real and human. As a mother, I also understood her anxiety involving her son. I can't even say how many times a night I would check on my young son. I still sometimes wake up and watch him breathe. These things really let me relate to Katie Ann on a level I didn't expect.


    Eli was a very steady man. I liked that he addressed the somewhat selfish seeming nature of his desire to enjoy his new child-less life. He was also very kind and patient. I also greatly enjoyed Martha. In some ways I felt she was a voice for the reader encouraging Katie Ann and Eli along the path to romance. While the book is sweet, it is never too much. There are plenty of conflicts and intrigue within the plot to keep things building to the end. This book managed to hold my interest throughout, and I will be sure to give Amish fiction a chance in the future.


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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    A Story of Second Chances!

    The lives of two very amazing women are about to be changed in very different ways. This is the time for second chances and for hope for new beginnings for both of them, if only their hearts remain open to the possibilities of God's answers to prayer.

    Katie Ann Stolzfus and her baby boy Jonas have spent the last several months trying to recover from two separate losses. The first was when Katie's husband, Ivan left her for an English woman and moved in with her. Just a few months later, Ivan would be killed in a tragic accident. She never told Ivan she was pregnant because she didn't want him coming home for that reason alone, since he left her in the first place. Katie isn't ready to open her heart again anytime soon at the prospect of love, because she can't stand feeling that heartache all over again, and lose her trust once more.

    Martha, her English neighbor has been assisting Katie with being neighborly since her husband left her. Not willing to give up any of her English ways, Katie and Martha have formed a mother/daughter like bond between them, looking after one another since they both are widows and neither have married. Martha did love a man, but never bothered to share her feelings with him before he left to go help his ailing son. She had hoped maybe he felt the same way as she did, but since he never moved back, she believed the feelings were only one sided on her part.

    Eli Detweiler has spent the last 17 years raising six of his own children as the last of his daughters is now finally married and out on her own. He now vows that since his wife death those 17 years ago, he's going to take some time and just travel and take care of his needs now. He hasn't wanted to replace his wife since he believed that he could never love again, but will God have other plans in store for Eli?

    In the newest novel, The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman, we enter the second novel in this series and see how two women struggle to find love again after losing it the first time. If only either one of them could be bold enough to convey their feelings to the men that come into the life, but they believe that there aren't any second chances for them, this late in life. However God has great intentions for them on His horizon and in His timing.

    I received this novel compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and feel in love with the robust character of Martha and the quiet resolve of Katie Ann. I see how both of them want what God has so richly promised, a man to love them whole heartily and be true, but sometimes they are the ones standing in the way. This is a story of second chances for those who feel they don't deserve them and for love to find a way home. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read the next one coming out in The Land of Canaan series.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    A Good Amish Love Story

    Katie Ann Stoltzfus lives in an Amish community. She is a widow and raising a baby, Jonas. Her husband, left her for another woman. She has serious distrust issues. She has surrounded herself with her husband's family, because she has no family.

    Katie Ann has a friend Martha, who is sick and needs surgery.

    Eli Detweiler comes into her life, a widower and the father of six children. All his children are grown and have moved out of the house. Eli is looking forward to some time alone and traveling a bit.
    But, meeting Katie Ann might interfere with his plans.

    Is it GOD's will for these two to get together?

    You won't be able to put this book down.

    Thomas Nelson provided me with a copy of this book

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    The Wonder Of Your Love by Beth Wiseman

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    Katie Ann lost the love of her life. Then God offers her a new beginning in Colorado.

    Katie Ann Stolzfus lives in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado. At forty she is widowed and raising her first child. But baby Jonas will never know his father, and Katie Ann wonders if her Heavenly Father hasn't forgotten about her as well. Is it really God's plan for her to be a single parent?

    Eli Detweiler has come to Canaan for a wedding and a long vacation. Having raised six children following the death of his young wife, Eli is finally an empty-nester. He's enjoying the slower pace of having no one to care for but himself.

    When Katie Ann and Eli meet, there is an instant connection. Yet as strong as the attraction is, they both acknowledge that a romance would never work. He is done parenting, while she has just begun.

    But as their friendship slowly blossoms into feelings that are as frightening as they are intoxicating, Katie Ann and Eli question if the plans they made for themselves are in line with God's plans.

    Can Katie Ann entrust her heart to another man, and rediscover the wonder of God's love?

    My Review

    Katie Ann Stoltzfus resides in an Amish community. She is a widow at 40 years of age. Raising a baby, Jonas. Her husband, Ivan, had left her for another woman, Lucy Turner.

    She gets a letter in the mail from Lucy saying that she needs to speak with Katie Ann. What is it she wants? Will Katie Ann see her.

    Katie Ann's friend Martha, has so news to tell her? Is It bad or good?

    Eli Detweiler has come into her life. He is a widower and the father of six children. His youngest just got married and moved out of the house. Eli has much earned time to hisself. He plans the travel a bit. But, he meets Katie Ann and something begins to happen.

    What does the Lord have in store for them? Are they destined to be together? Or are they to go their own separate ways? Because of her husband, Katie Ann has trust issues. Will she overcome them or will they ruin the rest of her life?

    Beth Wiseman has done it again, you won't put this one down.

    Thomas Nelson provided me with a copy of this book.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    Wonderful read!

    Until recently I hadn't read any Amish fiction except for a Jodie Piccolt novel a few years ago, but through Litfuse Blog Tours I've now read a few. This is my most recent read and tour and I really enjoyed it. I read it all in one evening. I liked that it started with a bit of a mystery. There is a letter from the mistress of the deceased Amish man to his wife. I must admit that I guessed the mystery, it was my first guess, but it was still a good way to grab the reader from the start.
    One of the big ideas throughout is the idea of forgiveness and trust. How easily can we forgive and how much do large deceptions change the way we view the actions and words of others? Can we really forgive? Are our words of forgiveness sometimes empty just to get out of an uncomfortable situation?
    I was really pulled into the story of Katie Ann and her son Jonas, although his name makes me think of the Jonas brothers every time, especially when the one non-Amish character talks about being his biggest fan! Katie Ann is really struggling to find her place and be a good mother to her late in life child, while dealing with being a widow and having had an unfaithful husband. Eli becomes her friend. Eli raised his six children on his own after his wife died seventeen years ago and is now ready to go out and travel and take a vacation from responsibility. They both just want to be friends, but have a spark that could be something more.
    Interweaved in is also a storyline about surgery, abuse, values and the Amish lifestyle. As this is part of a series I think there may have been a book that came before this on how Katie Ann and her husband Ivan came to move from Lancaster County to Colorado and it looks like there will be more books to follow. It made me wonder how many Amish communities there are around the country and if they have communities in other countries as well.
    The characters were well written and felt real and I loved how Katie Ann changed from the beginning pages of the novel to the end. How she gained self-confidence in her ability to be a mother and how she found the dreams she always had but that had been discouraged by her husband. I'm curious to look into the first book to see what Ivan was like when he was alive.
    This was a fun read and good introduction to the author's series and writing style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Must read!

    Like other reviewers, I to find the Amish and their way of life interesting, so I read a lot of books on that subject. This is a very good book; predictable yes, but I still wanted to keep reading it and want the story to continue. The characters are very easy to relate to, and show us Englisch that even though we lead a very different kind of life, we still have much in common with the Amish.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    A Peek Into The Amish Way of Life...

    I have always been fascinated with the Amish way of life and just recently begun reading some Amish fiction. This was the first of Beth Wiseman novels that I have read and I absolutely loved it.

    The characters in this book seemed so real and I felt that I could too could also feel the heartache Katie Ann was going through as a new mother and widow. Watching her heart open up to Eli and learning to trust again after the betrayal she suffered by her husband and Eli realizing how he wanted both Katie Ann and Jonas in his life. Neither of them seem to be able to fight the attraction that they both feel for each other.

    I also enjoyed getting to know the other characters in the book such as Martha and Danielle. I find myself wanting to know what was going on with them too. I think there is a book in that story also!

    All in all the book was one of the best I have read and I was so sorry to see it come to an end. I would definitely recommend it!

    Thank you to BookSneeze who gave me this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    A good Love story!

    I really enjoyed reading The Wonder of Your Love by Beth Wiseman. This novel is based on the Amish, and with any other Amish story I have read, it was very predictable, yet enjoyable. I was engaged from the very beginning because the characters are very believable and we are welcomed into their community from the start.
    Katie Ann is a new mother and recently became single, however, it is not in the Amish Heritage to divorce. Her husband left her for another woman, did not know she was pregnant, and passed away before The Wonder of Your Love began. Martha, Katie Ann's best friend is a true character! I just loved the fun that she brought to the novel, being that she was an English woman, and not Amish. If she had something to say, she let you know what was on her mind! Eli, a man who has just finished raising his children and is ready to travel and be independent, also finds love that he is unsure of, love for Katie Ann.
    The story continues to unfold as we see Katie Ann and Eli figure out their relationship, with help from everyone around them. If you enjoy a love story..this is a good one!

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Great Amish Romance!

    Set in the small Amish community of Canaan, Colorado, a recent widow Katie Ann Stoltzfus struggles to raise her baby, Jonas. Prior to her husband, Ivan, death, Ivan had left Katie for an English woman, Lucy Turner. Katie receives a letter from Lucy, just before Katie meets Eli Detweiler at a wedding. Eli is also a widower, has been several years. He's come to Colorado for a long, much-needed vacation. All of his children are now grown, and a few even have children of their own. Eli is enjoying the simple life, but that changes when he meets Katie. There is an instant attraction between the two. Katie is still grieving over her husbands affair, and now has a wonderful baby to raise, while Eli is done with raising a family. As their friendship gets closer, they both wonder if God has other plans for them.

    The Wonder of Your Love is a fast, clean-cut, romantic tale. I was instantly emotionally connect to Katie Anne by the end of the first chapter. Amish people live in a small religious community, but they have problems just like everyone else. In this case, Katie's husband was having affair with an English woman and eventually left Katie for Lucy. I'm a fan of Amish fiction and I was surprised by this little twist, but the plot kept me flipping through the pages. I recommend the book to all readers.

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