Katie's Choice: A Clover Ridge Novel

Katie's Choice: A Clover Ridge Novel

by Amy Lillard


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 Katie Rose Fisher loved Samuel Beachy with an intensity that shook their Amish district. No one doubted they would one day marry, until Samuel turned his back on the church and joined the world of the English.

Alone now in Clover Ridge, Katie Rose dedicates her life to God and the school children she teaches each day. Although she secretly longs for more, Katie knows God’s hand is at work, and she is happy.

News correspondent Zane Carson never even knew Oklahoma had an Amish community until he got the chance to live among them and learn about their day-to-day activities. Their simple way of life is intriguing, but not half as much as the young teacher.

Katie Rose is flattered over the attention she receives from Zane, but she has resolved to never marry. Even if she were to entertain the idea, it surely couldn’t be with an outsider like Zane.

Never one prone to the restraints of organized religion, Zane finds a comfort in the rituals and blessings in the day to day righteous living of this small Amish community. He finds himself, God, and love with Katie Rose.

But as Zane draws closer to Katie Rose, Samuel comes back to repent his ways and return to his place at her side. Can Zane convince Katie Rose that he is committed to adapting to her way of life, or will Samuel win her affec- tions back for himself once again?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433677533
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Series: A Clover Ridge Novel Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Amy Lillard is an award-winning writer who loves reading romance novels from contemporary to Amish. These two genres met in her first book, 2012's Saving Gideon. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma.

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Katie's Choice: A Clover Ridge Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ReginaFujitani More than 1 year ago
I love this quote at the end... “True love always does.” This is the first book I've read by Amy Lilard, I enjoyed the story. I didn't realize there was a first book or a series but that didn't hinder my understanding of this book. This book could clearly be a stand alone. Tough choices are hard to make but with God in the center and fore front of them they are easier to make. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. Characters are so real and believable. Loved all the characters. Will be looking for more of this authors books. Totally enjoyed her writing.
J_Stewart More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Very sweet. A little slow in spots for my tastes, but that's mostly because I'm not used to it. These are out of the box for me, which is why I love them so much. Amy excels at showing us Amish life and I thoroughly enjoyed the peek. I look forward to the next one. 
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Katie's Choice: A Clover Ridge Novel Katie Rose Fisher an Amish lady who was in love with her childhood sweet heart and friend. She grew up with Samuel Beachy and everyone thought they would join the Church and get married. Samuel decided that he wasn't ready for marriage and to join the church so he turned his back on Katie and the church. He wanted to live in the English world. Katie always knew she wanted to live in The Old Order Amish Community of Clover Ridge, Oklahoma . She wanted to join the church and live for God. Katie is living with her brother Gabriel ever since his wife passed away. She is helping him take care of his two children.She said that helping Gabriel, teaching the children at school, and living for God was her life and she had no plans to get married. She still can't get Samuel out of her mind. Zane Carson is a News Correspondent and was given a job to go to this Amish Community and get a story on their every day way of life. Katie's mom, Ruth Fisher was also part of his assignment. She is very sick and it is costing a lot for her treatments.Zane has never gone to church or even prayed and he was suppose to go and live with the Fisher family for a while and get his story for the News. Oh, Zane is also engaged to marry his friend back home. Zane is living and working with the Fisher family, and he thinks Katie is the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. He just loves those eyes. There is an attraction between them when they first meet. Katie wants no part of a man especially an English one.Now both are having a hard time with their feeling around each other and with themselves. Well I guess I better stop before I spoil everything. What about Zane's girlfriend Monica that he has ask to marry him??? Will Samuel come to his senses and come back?? Also what about Katie and Zane the difference between them, would they ever make it together?? Well all I can say about this Amish Romance book is WOW.This is a very good written story and I would read it again. I gave this book a 5 Stars rating because it is good and very well written. I was given this Advance Reader copy and was not told to write a good review.
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LovenGod More than 1 year ago
I have to start out by saying I am a bad street team member. Ach!  Too often when you are an active reviewer books pile up fast and this was the case with this book.  I did read the last book in the series so I started out this book, knowing if the boy would get the girl.  At first I was wondering why read it, you know what happens, but I am so glad I took the time to read this book.  It was a fun story.  It also gave you more insight to the relationships that you have read about in the previous book, and even the latter book.  I LOVED the practical jokes.  The Fisher men got one over on Zane, his first day of working in the fields but he got them back.  And the gig was on then.  More practical jokes and tricks followed and they really made the story even more enjoyable for me.  This book is a wonderful story and I loved it  5 stars from this reviewer.  This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. 
Cindi_A More than 1 year ago
Zane Carson, a news correspondent is sent on an unusual assignment. He's heading to Oklahoma to learn about the Amish way of life. His mission is to not only report, but actually live with an Amish family for three months. Katie Rose teaches at the local Amish school and is raising her brother's children after he lost his wife during childbirth. Katie has accepted that she will never be married because her beau left the Amish for the English world. Can Zane learn what it's truly like to be Amish? Will Katie be happy with her life as a teacher and fill-in mother? This would be a great book to start with if you are not familiar with the Amish, as the story gives a lot of information on their beliefs and way of life. There are some terrific spiritual lessons in this novel that made the storyline even better. I give Katie's Choice 4-1/2 stars.
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Goldilocks More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  Amy Lillard knocked it out of the park with this Amish Romance!  She brings back some of our favorite characters from the  first novel in the Clover Ridge series, which is always fun, but this book definitely can stand on it's own.  I would highly recommend reading the  first novel in the series Saving Gideon because it is so wonderful as well.   This is one of those books that you absolutely hate to finish because it is so interesting.  All I can say is, you won't be disappointed with this book and hopefully Amy Lillard is busy writing the third book in the series! 
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Not Just Another Amish Fiction Read! I have quickly become a fan of Amy Lillard.  After reading her first book Saving Gideon, I couldn't wait to read Katie's Choice.         Katie Rose Fisher is a woman who has accepted her calling from God.   That calling is to help care for her brother's children and to be the schoolteacher in  her district.  She is obedient to this call because of her love for children.   She has resigned herself to a life without a husband and children of her own.   This is what God wishes for her isn't it?  She had one love in her life, Samuel Beachy.  When Samuel left the Amish district and Katie for the English world, Katie was crushed. Zane Carson, a war correspondent for Around the World magazine, was  recovering from a bullet wound to his shoulder when he received  a call from Jolene Davidson, senior editor of the magazine.  Zane was hoping to hear he was being sent to Juarez, Mexico to cover an assignment on the war on drugs.  A very dangerous assignment Zane knew but he wanted the excitement of the job.  Instead Jo wanted him to spend three months in Oklahoma Amish country.  Surely, she was joking!  She promised Zane that if he took this assignment she would make sure he got the Juarez assignment. Katie being Amish and Zane from the English world both knew that what they felt could never be acted on.  Katie had a close relationship with God.  Zane wanted nothing to do with God.  Surely there could never be any kind of relationship between the two.  Zane was looking forward to leaving in 3 months after this assignment was done. Wasn't he? The author not only brought two worlds together, she made it seem like a natural thing to do.  There were moments of laugh out loud humor, moments of struggling with an illness, moments of seeing family and community working together and definitely moments of doing some soul searching.  We see love, faith, and trust all coming together.  Choices had to be made. This book is very deserving of 5 stars.  I urge you to pick up a copy.   You will not be disappointed.  I can't wait to read author Amy Lillard's next book!
weatherlover1 More than 1 year ago
Not quite believable  This is book two in the series and it again deals with an English person coming into the Amish community and  dealing with how that can go. I found it a so so book. What I liked: I liked both Katie and Zane. Zane needs to slow down and get a handle on his life and coming to Amish country helps him do that. Katie is still dealing with being dumped by her almost husband and when Zane starts to break through the wall she has put up around her heart she also starts to see life still has a lot to offer her yet. I also liked how we got to go a little deeper into the family and learn more about Katie’s mom and her battle with cancer which we first learned about in book one. What I did not like: Honestly this book is really not very believable. Yes I know this is fiction and it does not have to be, but after reading this genre for a few years this story-line just did not sit well with me. Giving up everything to live with the Amish would be a huge commitment and it just seems to far fetched in this book.      Over all this was an okay book. I did enjoy the story just felt the idea of Zane considering becoming Amish was to easy. But its well written and I am interesting to see where the third book will take this story and to see how Katie’s mom is doing now that her cancer treatments are over.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. As the second book in the Clover Ridge Series, it follows the life of Katie Rose, who is the sister of Gideon from book number one (Saving Gideon) in the series. A great follow up to Saving Gideon, Katie's Choice introduces us to Zane Carson. Zane, a reporter, has led a hard life and does not believe in God. He is assigned to live with the Amish for three months and ends up living with Katie's parents. Can Katie Rose's heart open up to him and be healed from a previous hurt? Will Zane ever believe that God is real? Would he want to leave his former life and devote himself to God and Katie Rose? This was a sweet story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very hard to put down and I would recommend this book highly to any fans of Christian fiction and Amish romance.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It helps you realize what exactly is important in life. Zane Carson is a reporter, wounded in Afghanistan. He is recovering and ready to get to get back in action. His Editor thinks it is to soon, but has an assignment for him. Visit and tell about life in Amish Country in Oklahoma. Thus begins his life awakening moments, refreshing warm memories of his Childhood. He grew up in a Hippie Commune with his parents. Although they died while he was still young, and he finished growing up with his Uncle in Chicago. He was brought up without knowing God, and now he is going to live with people who base their lives on God. Just before he leaves he asks his girlfriend Monica to marry him, she hadn't given him an answer. Arriving in Oklahoma he has no idea at all how Amish people live. I was pleasantly surprised at how well he seems to adapt. He of course, being a reporter is full of questions. Katie Fisher has been hurt when her intended left her a few years ago. He wanted to go English. She now is the Amish School Teacher, and helps her brother with the care of his family. One thing you notice as soon as she meets Zane is sparks. We all know this cannot be, he is Agnostic and she loves the Lord. He is English and she is Amish. I loved how the whole community comes together, and basically the acceptance of the English man, of course there is a reason behind him being there, which you will soon find out. Enjoy this quick pace read in the Oklahoma Amish Community. I for one am so glad there is another book in this series. I received this book through First Wild Card Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend seems hardly the word to describe my feelings after reading Katie's Choice by author Amy Lillard. This is one of the best books I've read this year and desperately needs to be added to anyone who loves Amish fiction! I would most definitely add this to your summer reading list even if your simply a fan of romance stories and have never read an Amish fiction novel before. Picking up on the heels of its predecessor, Saving Gideon, the reader is once more back at the Fisher family farm in Oklahoma. This time it's to help with the financial worries facing the community in dealing with Ruth Fisher's cancer treatments. Asking an English reporter, Zane Carson to spend three months in their home learning about what the Amish life is all about, they are hoping since the English are so interested in the Amish way of life, this might be a way to help contribute to the ongoing cancer treatments Ruth has been facing since learning she has breast cancer. Zane Carson is less than thrilled with his latest assignment in Oklahoma preferring to be in the midst of some war in a third world country at war. Yet still recovering from his last story in which he was shot, his editor Jo, promises if he can cover this story for three months, she send his to Juarez, Mexico to deal with the ongoing drug cartels. For Zane it's a no brainer to do this. Until he discovers that living life as an Amish person is a whole lot more challenging than he ever dreamed. Not just dealing with no electricity, but men are working from before sun up to sun down, plowing, planting and caring for the farm. Something this Chicago based city boy is about to get a rude awakening on. What he didn't plan on, was falling for Katie Rose Fisher, a plain and simple Amish girl dealing with her own heartbreak. Katie Rose Fisher has been waiting for the man she dreamed of marrying, Samuel Beachy. She's been waiting for six long years and has resolved her fate in life, that Samuel will never return from living among the English and instead cares for her brother and his only child, while teaching the children in the one room Amish schoolhouse. She truly believed that after Samuel experienced his time during rumspringa, that he would return to the church and they would marry, but Samuel didn't want to return to the church. He wanted to remain English instead and never looked back. Katie now believes it's long past time to find someone else to marry and it's certainly not going to be the man moving into her parents home, no matter how good looking he is. I received Katie's Choice by Amy Lillard compliments of B and H Publishing Group and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. Now I can say I thought Saving Gideon was my favorite but after reading Katie's Choice, I am stuck in the middle. Amy Lillard seamlessly weaves two beautiful genre's together in writing her latest novels in the Clover Ridge Series, Amish Fiction and Contemporary Romance, and for me and my book lover's heart, I am in LOVE! Hands down this one is a 5 out of 5 stars, which in my world means it's a permanent keeper on my library shelf, one that I will read more than once and will talk about long after reading it. I especially loved the relationship that Zane develops with John Paul, Katie's brother who himself is in the midst of rumspringa and the lessons they teach one another about growing up and practical jokes. There's even a discussion guide included to make this one a great novel for a book club along with a glossary of Amish words you'll found throughout the novel. Trust me, get this one! While you're at it, better pick up Saving Gideon too because it shares the story of Annie whom you will meet in this one!
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This is a very sweet story. I didn't feel a ton of tension for most of the book, which I love to feel when I am reading, but it was a nice story. The author did have me wondering how was Zane going to come to the decision to leave the secular world and become Amish and how would he get out of his relationship with the woman he left behind before going out on assignment in Oklahoma? A nice Genesis 5020 can be found in the book, with Zane being shot and then being assigned to this Amish story. I love how God uses those things that can make us miserable to bring us to His best for us. Big surprises as the end that ramped up the tension for me and had me flipping the last hundred pages quickly to see how it would all work out. Amy Lillard has created a beloved cast of characters that you will enjoy reading about, getting wrapped up in their story and make you wish to visit Amish country. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Katie’s Choice by Amy Lillard is an Amish romance novel. It is the second book in the Clover Ridge series. Zane is a war correspondent who has been recuperating from a gunshot wound for the last six months. He is anxious to get back to work. Being shot made Zane realize how precious life and he proposes to his girlfriend, Monica (though he is not sure about her). His latest assignment from Around the World magazine is to go to Oklahoma Amish country (Old World Amish) and experience the life. Zane will then write some articles on his experience (if he does a good job, he will get to go to Juarez, Mexico and write about the drug wars). Zane will be staying with the Fisher family while in Oklahoma. The Fisher’s will act as his host family. Ruth Fisher has cancer and her treatment was quite costly to the community. The community is hoping an article will help bring tourists to the area and bring in some needed money for the community coffers. Katie Rose Fisher is the eldest daughter in the Fisher family. She is the teacher at the local school and lives with her brother, Gabriel. She is helping him raise his children after his wife died giving birth to the youngest boy, Samuel (who has Downs Syndrome). Katie does not think she will ever marry since she is in her late twenties. However, Katie is instantly attracted to Zane. Katie knows she needs to stay away from Zane since he is an Englischer and does not believe in God. God, though, does have a way of working these things out. I give Katie’s Choice 4 out of 5 stars. It is a sweet Amish romance that is enjoyable to read. Zane learned some valuable lessons while living among the Amish that will stay with him the rest of his life. I received a complimentary copy of Katie’s Choice from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I read book one, Saving Gideon, for review and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that the author offered to send me this book to review and I jumped at it. The book immersed me in the Amish way of life and takes place in Oklahoma not Lancaster where I believe most Amish people live. The Fisher family are again front and center and it was nice to pick up where we left off with Gideon and Annie. Ruth and Abram were endearing and led the family well. We saw different sides of them – loving and caring for family and friends, how they dealt with Ruth’s illness and how they led a gentle life on their farm and with prayer. John Paul was intriguing in his demeanor since he was enjoying his rumspringa but not how I would have imagined him doing so. Watching Zane embrace the Amish life and his awkwardness once back in Chicago with his fiancee, Monica, was unexpected but felt right. I could see him mellowing before my eyes and embracing all things Amish during his stay with the family. There were so many sides to him and he realized growing up as he did he missed out on a lot – interactions with family, attending church and leading a more orderly life although he knows that being a war correspondent helped mold him to who he is today. Katie was very warm and caring as a teacher to the Amish, as she helped raise her brother Gabriel’s family, helped care for other members in the community or helped Zane acclimate to the Amish way of life. Their interactions were rich and heartwarming. There was laughter, tears, sorrow, heartache, prayers, religion, family, friends, romance and love. There was a happily ever after in the offing and I’m hoping it will materialize in book 3, Gabriel’s Bride. There was a glossary of Amish words in the back of the book that was helpful and a letter written by Katie as well. I felt the letter would have been better suited in the front of the book. But all in all a wonderful read from start to finish that I had a hard time putting it down and stayed up way to late to finish it! I’ve read books about the Amish before but this author and her Clover Ridge series raises the bar. I look forward to reading many more of her books both as Lillard which she uses for both Amish and contemporary romance novels and Amie Louellen which she uses to pen contemporary romance novels. Favorite Quote: Just because he found her warm and refreshing didn’t mean anything beyond that. They were from two different worlds – and that’s how it would forever remain.