Loving Jenna (Wells Landing Series #9)

Loving Jenna (Wells Landing Series #9)

by Amy Lillard

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In this new novel set in the beloved Oklahoma Amish community of Wells Landing, three generations of women challenge themselves and each other to make a fresh start in faith, family—and love. 
 Jenna Burkhart is tired of being “special” and hearing about what she can't do. Even though she suffered a head injury in a childhood swimming accident, she wants a life of her own just like any Amish woman. But now that she, her mamm, and her mammi have moved to Wells Landing, she's having a hard time fitting in. . . . Until she meets Buddy Miller, a boy just like her, who gives her the confidence to reach for the impossible . . .
Like Jenna, Buddy is used to being the boy no one expects much from, the one people see as “different.” Still, being around Jenna’s lively, kind-hearted ways makes him strive ever-harder to become the self-sufficient Amish man she deserves. But in the face of family disapproval and their own fears, will Jenna and Buddy's courage be enough to give them a forever happiness together?
Praise for Amy Lillard and her Wells Landing novels
“An inspirational story of romance, faith, and trust . . . will appeal to fans of Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis.”
Library Journal
“Fans of inspirational romance will appreciate Lillard’s vivid characters and positive message.”
—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420149562
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Series: Wells Landing Series , #9
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 355,591
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Amy Lillard is an award-winning author of over forty novels and novellas ranging from Amish romance and mysteries to contemporary and historical romance. Since receiving a Carol Award for her debut novel, Saving Gideon (2012), she has become known for writing sweet stories filled with family values, honest characters, a hometown feel and close-knit communities. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.

Customer Reviews

Loving Jenna 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 15 days ago
Loving Jenna by Amy Lillard is a very special Amish novel. It is the ninth novel in A Well’s Landing series, and it can be read as a standalone. Jenna Burkhart along with her mother and grandmother have moved to Well’s Landing, Oklahoma. A swimming accident when she was a child left her with brain damage. She is tired of people calling her “special” and being told what she cannot do by her mother. Jenna wants the same things as other young Amish women (a husband, a home, and a family), but her mother tells her that it is not possible. Then Jenna meets Buddy Miller who has Down’s syndrome. Buddy has had similar experiences to Jenna with people not expecting him to hold down a job, live on his own or marry. Jenna and Buddy fall in love, but they are met with opposition. The pair set out to prove they can be self-sufficient so they can marry. Will they succeed in the face of their family’s disapproval? Will their fears and doubts get the best of Jenna and Buddy? Loving Jenna is a charming Amish story. It is unlike any other Amish book that I have ever read. I like that authors of Amish fiction are branching out into different subjects (very refreshing). Loving Jenna is well-written with developed characters. The author provided expressive depictions of Well’s Landing and the Amish who live there. I think it is funny that they drive tractors to get around except on Sunday’s when they can only use horse and buggy. Jenna and Buddy are truly special people. I enjoyed watching their romance progress. They were trying so hard despite discouragement from their parents. You will find it hard to put down Loving Jenna once you begin reading. Loving Jenna is a touching and unique tale with a poignant conclusion.
likesmusic 24 days ago
I have enjoyed every Wells Landing novel that I have read which is all 9, but I believe "Loving Jenna" is my favorite. I think it is my favorite because of the characters are"Special". Amy Lillard has written a novel that clearly shows that people who Down Syndrome and brain injuries are capable of love and want to be loved liked the rest of us. This novel has many twists and turns and moments that made your heart sad and laugh out loud moments. The theme of this novel is definitely Love conquers all and " Let Go and Let God". The ending of this book is awesome! My least favorite character is Jenna's mom. Why, you ask , read this story and tell me if you agreed with me. I was given a complimentary copy and these opinions are my own.
RGNHALL 25 days ago
5 Stars: 5/5 star rating Jenna and Buddy just want to be treated with respect. But everyone sees what they can't do, not what they can do. Their families don't want to let them grow up, even though they are both grown adults with many talents. Buddy has Downs Syndrome and Jenna suffered brain trauma when she died in a drowning and was revived. Jenna and Buddy find each other and fall in love, but their families don't want them together and do everything to stop it. This book handles special needs and the thoughts and emotions of those with special needs in a sensitive, respectful manner. I fell in love with Jenna and Buddy and was rooting for them from the very moment they met! Readers will enjoy following their love story and seeing how the story is resolved. Will they work things out or will their family succeed in keeping them apart and not allowing them to live independently? I received a digital ARC of this book from netgalley and Zebra Publishing. All opinions expressed are my own.
CollieRescueMom 28 days ago
Loving Jenna Kudos to Ms. Lillard for writing such a poignant love story between two very special people. A great deal of research into this type of situation must have been done to create such characters that approach this kind of love from different viewpoints. A great read, as always from Amy Lillard!
Christa4 28 days ago
Loving Jenna, Amy Lillard's newest release is a beautiful story that will capture your heart from the very beginning! This book is part of The Wells Landing Series. Buddy Miller and Jenna Burkhart might look differently or think differently than everyone else, but that does not make them any less capable. When their friendship develops into a more serious relationship, can they prove to those around them that they can handle a more serious relationship? What does God have in store for their future? Amy Lillard is an excellent writer! I have enjoyed reading many of her books, but this book is definitely my favorite! I highly recommend reading Jenna and Buddy's story. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and have given my honest opinion.
tish-a 28 days ago
One of the sweetest love stories I ever read. The story is about Jenna she moves to Wells Landing with her mother and grandmother. Jenna is special she was in a drowning accident that left her slow and different than she was. She goes to a singing and meets Buddy who was born with Down Syndrome. When Buddy meets Jenna he things she is a angel. When he drives her home from a singing Jenna's mother gets upset. Tells Buddy and Jenna that Jenna is not old enough to court. . Jenna and Buddy want to be together but both their parents do not like it. This is a story of how two people who are different but want to be treated like adults fight so they can be together. It is a warm loving story that you do not want to put down. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read and give my honest opinion. Thanks to the author who wrote a winner book.
susanlulu 29 days ago
I have LOVED every book I've read by Amy Lillard. This book was different because the main characters had disabilities that are often not written about in books. Buddy had Down Syndrome, and Jenna had a brain injury from an accident. I liked this book because it was so different, yet dealt with these difficulties in a very sensitive way. The theme of this book is that anything is possible with God's help and that we shouldn't give up just because someone tells us we can't do something. I couldn't figure out how it was going to work out, so it was a twist that I didn't see coming. I loved that some former characters from Lillard's books were in the book and played a major role in the characters working things out. Brilliant plot line!
valet 29 days ago
I was so glad to be coming back to Wells Landing in Amy Lilliard's new book, Loving Jenna. With such descriptive writing I am able to imagine the beautiful Amish settlement and I'm excited to meet the new people who move to the community. They all come hoping to find a new start but they have their own set of problems. It's always an adventure to see how they are resolved. This book really had me thinking about Jenna and Buddy's situation. I admit that at first I sided with both Mothers and went right along with their way of thinking. However, this book gave such a different point of view, my mindset began to change as the story unfolded. Some of you may come around much sooner. Both Jenna and Buddy were my favorite charactors. I was so proud to see what hard workers they both were. I loved how they generally tried to think about things before they followed through. They were so careful about the feelings of others and thought about what God would like them to do. What a wonderful story filled with community, family, and love. I was given this book by the author. This has been my honest review.
AshM-85 29 days ago
Jenna, her Mamm and her Mammi just moved to Wells Landing. Jenna ends up going to a singing. That's where she spots Buddy. Buddy also spots her and wants to find out more about her. Jenna knows that her Mamm won't let her court anyone. She is too overprotective of Jenna since the accident.Her mamm doesn't think she can do anything. Buddy has down syndrome and his parents are the same as Jenna's mamm. Doesn't think he can do things by himself. Buddy and Jenna get to meet each other. Over time they decide they like each other and want to court. There's one problem, how are they going to convince their parents to let them see each other? I really enjoyed this book. I must say this is one of my favorites. I was cheering for Jenna and Buddy from the beginning.
JanetNush 29 days ago
This was my very first book to read by Amy Lillard and I loved it!! I fell in love with her two main characters Buddy and Jenna. Buddy was a young man with Down Syndrome. Jenna was a special young lady with brain damage who had almost died in a swimming accident. Both Buddy and Jenna's mom felt their children were "special" and were unable to do things that "normal" children/young adults could. Buddy and Jenna faced many challenges from their moms as they set out to prove that they could do things that "normal" young adults could do. Once you begin reading this book, you won't want to stop reading it until you are finished. It is a very heart-warming story and I recommend reading it highly! I look forward to reading more stories in this series as well as other books written by Amy Lillard.
Virginiaw 3 months ago
This was one of my favorite stories by Amy Lillard. I loved how she wrote about a young man with Down Syndrome and a young girl who had a brain injury and almost died. This shows how these characters interacted with their friends and their families. I laughed and cried. I really liked Jenna and Buddy but didn’t always care for either of their mothers. The mothers had to learn that even though Jenna and Buddy had some handicaps they were still becoming adults. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
PattiABond 3 months ago
In her new book, Loving Jenna, Amy Lillard takes us back to the Amish community in Wells Landing, Oklahoma. Loving Jenna, is a very touching story of Jennifer "Jenna" Abigail: Burkhart and Ivan "Buddy" Dale Miller. What is so special about this young couple is that they are two of God's "special" adults and they have to face many obstacles in order to be together. With lots of determination and opposition from their parents, Buddy and Jenna set out to prove that they are just as capable, as anyone else to hold a job, and have a relationship, such as marriage. Like Buddy said, " True Love is Persistence". I fell in love with this story of how two people can overcome their disabilities and fall in love, hold a job, have a relationship and eventually marriage. Loving Jenna is a story of romance, trust, faith and overcoming one's obstacles despite a disability. I hope you get a chance to read Loving Jenna and fall in love with these two special young people's story like I did. I was provided with a copy of Loving Jenna by Amy LIllard the author of this awesome book
DaliCastillo 3 months ago
Loved It! Jenna - She remembers some parts of her life before the accident, when all was “normal.” But since the accident, her new normal is being referred to as “simple” or “special.” It would probably be a little easier to handle if people would stop looking at her and treating her as if they feel sorry for her. All Jenna wants is a life of her own, which seems impossible until she meets Buddy. Buddy - Because he was born with Down Syndrome, Buddy’s normal has always been that he is “special/simple.” Yet people have always treated him kindly and made him feel accepted. However, when Buddy lays eyes on a blue eyed angel, he decides all the more that he wants a life of his own. I was drawn in by how the author tells the story from Jenna and Buddy’s perspectives. It took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. At times it made laugh, and other times it made me sad, upset and even frustrated with how the actions of others affected Jenna and Buddy. The author’s way of unfolding how their friendship and relationship began and developed was so special, tender and heartfelt. Even when their families couldn’t see beyond their “uniqueness” to allow their relationship to grow, and even when adversities and challenges came their way, Jenna and Buddy remained steadfast and never gave up. They were truly inspirational. Amy Lillard has outdone herself with Buddy and Jenna’s story. The way she tells the story of these two “special” characters is simply flawless and I absolutely loved it! *****I received a complimentary copy of this book. All comments and opinions and are strictly my own.*****
J_Augustine 3 months ago
Sometimes love takes a little persistence... If there's one thing that you can count on when picking up an Amy Lillard novel it's that she will always surprise you. She takes on those tough family issues that are universal to Amish, Englisher, and beyond. Loving Jenna is definitely one of those. Some reviews are hard to write. Not because the book was bad, but because the topics in the story are either difficult or require some sensitivity. If, like me, you are not in the know on the current PC terms and phrases it can be a virtual minefield. You don't want to be hurtful to anyone but you aren't exactly sure how not to. While I strongly sympathized with Jenna and Buddy, I also fully understood their parents' concerns and desire to protect them. Loving Jenna is very thought provoking as two young adults with disabilities navigate the perils of love and responsibility, while their parents struggle with letting them step into the lives they wish to lead. Amy Lillard has penned another great story, told with sensitivity and kindness, that is sure to entertain as well as make you think. Loving Jenna is a sweet story, different than most Amish romances as all of Amy Lillard's books are, and it's a great addition to her Wells Landing series. Oh, and you can't help falling in love with a little character named PJ...I sure did... (I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are entirely my own.)
readerphan 3 months ago
Loving Jenna is a heartwarming story with Buddy and Jenna who both have special needs and their families are very protective of them. Jenna and her mother and grandmother have just relocated to Wells Landing, Oklahoma but Buddy and his family have always lived there on their farm. When they see each other during a church service there's an instant attraction that is fought by their parents. They are very protective and don't give either of them the credit they deserve. He has Down Syndrome and she had died in a childhood swimming accident but had been resuscitated and she now has a weak brain. I loved how Jenna and Buddy really tried hard to show their parents they were adults and when they had setbacks, of which there were many, they just tried something different to prove they could make their own decisions and lead their own lives. They were definitely friends and I loved how they wanted to do things for each other. His brothers treated him nicely and I loved their relationships. Jenna's grandmother seemed to understand her and want to help her but couldn't always go against Jenna's mom. Some of their neighbors were very helpful and treated them well also and saw their potential to work hard and hold a job. There were twists and turns to the story. There were some laugh out loud moments along with tears and heartache. There was definitely romance and love. This is the eighth book in the Wells Landing series and we were reunited with many of the characters we've previously met. I loved that the camels played an important role in the story and loved the antics of Buddy's dog, PJ. There was wonderful closure and a happily ever after as told in the epilogue and it was more than I hoped for. I love the cover and hope we'll return again and again to Wells Landing since there seems to be many more characters needing their own stories. Ms. Lillard has fast become a favorite author no matter what genre she writes. Stories that are filled with family and friends they reel me in from the first page to the last. Give her books a try if you haven't already! You'll be glad you did.
Deana0326 3 months ago
The author has captured a sweet story that focuses on two people considered “different.” I loved the way the characters are introduced and how gentle their story is told. The topic of Down Syndrome is one that few books are written about. It is easy to fall in love with Jenna and Buddy. Their connection is pure and filled with joy. Being accepted has always been both of their desires and finding each other really boosts their confidence. Jenna is considered to be “simple” since her accident. Both mothers seemed overprotective and Jenna and Buddy set out to prove their independence. I didn’t care for Jenna’s mother at all. She never let Jenna do anything and continuously reminded her that she was “special.” Oh how my heart broke for Jenna. Her mother was a bit abrupt with Buddy and her attitude towards his mother made me upset. I began to wonder if maybe Jenna’s mother was angry at God and didn’t know how to get past it. I loved when Jenna and Buddy ran into each other at the bakery. You could feel how excited they were to see each other. When I read that Buddy’s favorite cake was chocolate cake with peppermint frosting I smiled. My grandmother use to make that for my birthday every year. Oh how I loved that cake and how special it made me feel. I loved getting to read about Jenna and Buddy as their relationship grew. Two people who saw only love with no handicaps at all will warm your heart in this well written story. The author does a great job of showing us how we should not judge others and that family is important. I can’t help but think of how pure God’s love is and that is represented in this story by Jenna and Buddy. It was interesting to see if the families would accept a relationship that they were against. The bond between Jenna and her mother will be tested and trust will play a big part in teaching parents to let go and give their children to God. This story has become my favorite from the author with emotions that grab your heart as you witness unconditional love. I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
Juliembrown 3 months ago
This is an absolutely wonderful book! I never read an Amish fiction with a down syndrome person in it it was absolutely amazing and once I started reading it I could not put it down I totally recommend this book for anybody who loves Amish or the Downs syndrome people my mother always taught me that there was work God special people and this book still shows that I fell in love with Buddy and Jenna within the first two chapters I sure hope Facebook continues with the Buddy and Jenna as I fell in love as if they were really my own children thank you so much Amy for writing this book you have a wonderful true talent and I hope that I am privileged to read more books written by you
Deanne-Patterson 3 months ago
Wow!!!!!! This is a really special book! Authors that write Amish books are now branching out and writing about many different subjects in their books now. This one has very vivid character portrayal that you can see yourself becoming friends with . Inspirational romance at it very best you'll fall in love with the tender romance in this story. The uniqueness in this book will keep you reading to uncover all the layers of the story. Just when you think it can't get any better the conclusion will melt your heart! Pub Date: 25 Feb 2020 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you All opinions expressed are my own.
SunnieReviews 3 months ago
This was the first book of this kind that I have read. A different type of Amish romance, but definitely very sweet, touching and definitely GOOD! Jenna, her mom and grandmother start a new life in Wells Landing. Jenna is a "special" young woman caused by a childhood accident that left her different than before. In the new home town, Jenna is noticed by another special person, Buddy. Their friendship blossoms and despite concerns of family and friends, they are determined to be together. This book is so good. You will be very emotionally moved by the characters, their obstacles that hinder their personal growth and their determination to succeed. I loved it. I received an ebook copy from the author. All thoughts are my own.
faithsnana 3 months ago
She had died…. drowned in a swimming accident when she was twelve. Thankfully someone in the group she was with knew CPR. The accident did affect her brain though and left her with a “weak brain” as her mother told her all the time. He was born with Down’s Syndrome. He didn’t look like anyone else and he was “slow”. Lillard takes us back to Wells Landing and into the lives of two special young people. Jenna Gail Burkhart and “Buddy” Ivan Dale Miller. Jenna, her mother, and her grandmother had moved to Wells Landing from Kansas. Buddy lived there all his life with his parents and siblings. Jenna and Buddy’s mothers didn’t allow either of them to do things “normal” young people did. They were always told they were “special” and couldn’t do this or that. They each kept their children close. Close, that is, until Jenna and Buddy met each other at church one Sunday. From then on things were different around the Burkhart and Miller homes. Unlike the obedient Amish children that we always read about, they questioned their parents. Why can’t I? I don’t want to. I’m almost twenty-one, I should be able to. Were Jenna and Buddy able to prove to their parents that they weren’t “special”? That just because it took them a little longer to “get” things didn’t make them simple or weak brained? That they could live happy and productive lives? Read Jenna and Buddy’s love story. It’s a change from the norm in this genre and I absolutely loved it! I can’t remember reading another Amish fiction story of someone with “special” needs. Thank you, Amy, for a wonderful read!
BrittanyMc 3 months ago
It was a joy to return to the town of Wells Landing! If you have read other books in the series, you will recognize various characters throughout this story. And if you have read Marrying Jonah, you will definitely know the main character, Buddy, from that novel. However, this book can easily be read as a stand alone novel if you are jumping in mid-series. I think that it must not be an easy thing to write a love story from the viewpoints of two main characters who have special mental challenges, capturing the authenticity of their feelings while and also showing their frustration with certain limitations that are placed on them. However, the author reached inside both Jenna and Buddy and did a very good job of telling this sweet love story from both of their points of view. She didn't shy away from various challenges that Buddy and Jenna faced and even a couple of misunderstandings that arose between them, while providing a satisfying love story for the reader. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
AmyLynn417 3 months ago
Not only is this book set in my favorite corner of the fiction world it also touches on topics near and dear to my heart. INCLUSION and REPRESENTATION. There are not a lot of stories that represent people of the disabilities community. People like my children. This book shows that people with disabilities want what everyone else wants. A normal life. The main characters, Jenna and Buddy, don't want to be seen as "special". They want to work, fall in love, and get married. But just like real life, things don't always run smoothly. Jenna and Buddy's mamms are having a hard time letting go. Overall this book touched a really special place in my heart. Amy Lillard really did an excellent job with the characters and representing and including characters with disabilities. It was so awesome to see them take the main stage as well. I really hope she writes more about Jenna and Buddy. So take a trip back to Wells Landing and pick up Loving Jenna. Happy Reading! Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*
Mar-J 3 months ago
I love the cover for Loving Jenna. Then to find a sweet and heart touching story inside was a treasure. I was enthralled reading Jenna's and Buddy's story. Lillard penned a beautiful story as we watched them blossom with their lives even though they faced challenges, being called “simple” or “special” and others saying they couldn't do something. Their connection when they first met brought them a lot of determination, fortitude and admiration for one another despite the negative remarks. Jenna and Buddy took a leap when they both wanted jobs to prove their independence. Buddy’s love for animals and Jenna’s gentleness and soothing way with babies brought wonderful results for Titus and Abbie. Will they be able to survive the storm they faced during a conversation? Fans of The Wells Landing Series by Amy Lillard will not want to miss this book which can be read as a standalone, too. I appreciate how Lillard penned this story from the heroine and hero perspective. Thankfully Jenna’s Mammi and Buddy’s mamm stood up for them as the story progress. I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from the author and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All thought are my own for this wonderful story.
AFerri 3 months ago
This is a wonderful sweet love story. It’s not a typical Amish story, it is so much more. This is a beautifully written book that is full of emotions. The author made the story come to life with her words. This is a book you don’t want to miss. Thank you Kensington Books Zebra via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.