Marrying Jonah (Wells Landing Series #6)

Marrying Jonah (Wells Landing Series #6)

by Amy Lillard

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Overview

Life isn’t always as simple as it seems for the Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma. Neither is love. . .

Everyone in town knows that Sarah Yoder is enamored with Jonah Miller, even though he’s been with his girlfriend, Lorie, for years. But all that changes when Lorie runs off with another man. Inconsolable, his faith in love shattered, Jonah resists everyone’s attempts to ease his pain—until the unexpected happens one night.

Jonah is filled with confusion. Sarah is not the woman he yearns for, yet he asks for her hand in marriage, if only out of honor. Still, he worries, can they live in harmony if their vows are built on a lie? As Sarah seeks spiritual advice, Jonah tries to look toward the future—and finally begins to see her for who she really is: A beautiful, strong-willed woman whose heart is pure and belief is true. But will it be too late for him to prove that he wants to be her husband?

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 on Caroline’s Secret

“A beautifully written romance with an adoring character. Lillard writes stories readers can relate to.” --RT Book Reviews on Just Plain Sadie

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420139778
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: Wells Landing Series , #6
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 515,375
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(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.

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Marrying Jonah


By Amy Lillard

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2017 Amy Lillard
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3978-5


CHAPTER 1

Sarah turned in a semicircle, surveying the crowd around her. So far the back-to-school day was playing out better than she could have dreamed. Families sat on blankets and quilts underneath the warm Oklahoma sun, eating sandwiches, chips, and baked beans.

There were nine families in her school. Nine families and twenty-two scholars. Plenty to keep her busy all year long.

"Sarah! Sarah! Sarah!"

She turned as Prudy Miller came running across the playground toward her.

"Will you come have dessert with us? Mamm brought plenty enough. Shoo-fly pie," the young girl singsonged.

Sarah searched her brain for the nicest possible way to refuse. It wasn't that Gertie Miller's pie wasn't worthy. Her recipe might have even been the best in the district. But Prudy Miller was Jonah Miller's sister, and Sarah had vowed to stay as far away from Jonah as possible.

There had been a time when Sarah would have done just about anything to get such an invitation. Eating dessert with Jonah, sitting underneath the blue sky, their knees almost touching — it was the stuff dreams were made of. But she had held that dream too long. Jonah didn't want her. And even though Lorie Kauffman had married her Englisher boyfriend almost two months ago, nothing had changed. Jonah still loved Lorie and had no interest in anyone else.

That was when Sarah had decided to give up. What use was there in loving a man who didn't love her back?

"Sarah!" Prudy tugged her hand, peering up at her with tawny eyes so much like her brother's. But whereas Jonah's hair was the golden color of newly harvested wheat, Prudy's was as dark as the finest chocolate.

"How about I go over and say hello again?" "And eat pie?"

Sarah placed a hand over her stomach. "Not this time. I couldn't hold another bite." Lord forgive me the lie. But self-preservation had to take precedence. She couldn't go sit so close to Jonah. Not yet. Not when her resolve to move on was still so new.

Prudy looked mildly disappointed, but tugged her to the blanket where her family was seated. "Look! I have Teacher."

Eli Miller frowned a bit as Prudy dragged her into view. Sarah wasn't sure what Jonah's father thought about her. Since Prudy was just starting school this year, Eli had been off the school board for several years. But she was certain the other members had filled him in on all the troubles she'd had.

This year was going to be different. She was different. She had made up her mind. She might not ever get married and have a family, but she was going to be the best teacher the district had ever seen.

"Hi, Sarah." Buddy Miller was on his feet in a second.

"Sit down, Buddy," Jonah coached.

He obeyed in an instant.

Buddy was a little different than most folks. Down syndrome, she thought they called it, though he was the only person she knew who had it. Not that she truly knew what it was, just that Buddy was a little slower than most folks. His face was a little broader and his speech not as clear. But the Lord had given him a good heart and a loving family. He couldn't ask for more than that.

"Hi, Buddy. Jonah." Sarah was proud of herself. Her voice didn't sound the least bit breathless as she uttered his name. She turned to Jonah's mother. "How are you today, Gertie, Eli?"

"Gut, danki," they said together, each nodding.

"Do you want some pie?" Buddy asked.

"She's too full," Prudy said.

"Prudy." The warning came from her mother.

Sarah was careful not to let her gaze stray to Jonah. "Danki, Buddy, but Prudy's right. I have already eaten way too much."

The young girl gave a self-satisfied smile, then plopped down between her oldest brothers. There were two more Miller boys: Aaron, who was about to marry Mary Ebersol, and Jonathan, who was still running around. The Millers also had a daughter, Hannah, who was Sarah's age. The two were close friends, though Sarah hadn't expected Hannah to come today. She was too busy building her home.

A home like Sarah would never have.

"Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of the picnic."

She turned to walk away and her gaze wandered toward Jonah. She couldn't help it. Despite her vow to forget him, she was just so aware of his every move, his every breath.

He looked ... heartbroken, sad, and her heart went out to him. He had taken his breakup with Lorie badly.

He smiled at Prudy. It was the only time his face relaxed and his eyes lit up. It shouldn't be that way. She couldn't believe it was God's will for him to be so unhappy, and she said a small prayer that one day he would heal and find that happiness he deserved.


* * *

"She's pretty."

Jonah tore his gaze from Sarah's departing back and settled it on his brother. Until Buddy had spoken, Jonah hadn't realized he'd been staring, watching Sarah walk away. "You think so?" He'd never given the matter much thought. He supposed that Sarah Yoder was attractive enough, with her dark brown hair and crystal-blue eyes.

"Jah." Buddy smiled in a dreamy sort of way.

Jonah lightly pinched him on the arm. "I think somebody has a crush on somebody."

Deep rose flushed Buddy's cheeks. "No." But Jonah could tell. Not that anything could ever come of it. He had heard his parents talk too many times when they thought no one was listening. Mamm and Dat weren't even sure if Buddy would ever leave the farm, much less find a love of his own. It was sad really, given the size of his heart and his kind nature. If they stayed with tradition, Jonathan would inherit the farm and most likely the care of Buddy to go along with it.

"I think she's pretty," Prudy chimed in. "Does that mean that I have a crush too?"

Jonah smiled at his baby sister. At six, Prudy was definitely a late blessing in their lives. Mamm and Dat had thought they wouldn't have any more children after Jonathan was born. Now he was nearing seventeen while Prudy was just starting to school.

"Maybe," Jonah said.

Buddy shook his head. "She's a girl, and a girl can't have a crush on her teacher."

"I can too." Prudy stood, her anger shining in her red cheeks.

"Shhh ..." Jonah pulled her into his lap. "Of course you can."

Meanwhile Mamm soothed Buddy. She caught Jonah's gaze over his brother's shoulder. A helpless light flickered in her eyes and then it was gone.

He knew his parents weren't sure what to do about his brother, but they had to believe that God would show them the way. The good-natured Buddy had grown increasingly irritable over the last couple of months. Jonah had believed at first that the sensitive boy had just been picking up on Jonah's own agitation, but now he was beginning to think otherwise. Maybe Buddy was starting to realize the differences between them all. If that was the case, Jonah wasn't sure what to do either, except to be there for him and pray daily.

Calmer now, Prudy pushed up from his lap and flounced over to get another piece of pie. Jonah's gaze wandered around the area, taking in who had come to the back-to-school picnic.

But his stare settled on Sarah once more. He couldn't pin it down, but there was something different about her. Something he couldn't name.

"She is pretty." His mother's words were low and close by, as if she had moved near when he wasn't looking. "Fancy, but pretty."

"I suppose." What could he say really? Was Sarah fancy Amish? He supposed that according to his mother's standards, she was.

"She'll make someone a good fraa."

"Jah," he murmured. He'd been hearing comments like this from his mother ever since the wedding. Lorie Kauffman and Zach the Englisher's wedding. He had started off gently explaining to Mamm that he had no interest in getting married. Not now, maybe not ever. But it seemed his mother had wedding fever. His brother Aaron was promised to marry Mary Ebersol, the bishop's daughter, in a couple of months. The whole house was in an uproar as she sewed shirts and prepared for the big day. It was only natural that she wanted Jonah to get married too. After all, he was the oldest aside from his sister Hannah and she had married Will Lapp last year. If Buddy never married ... well, that left Jonathan until Prudy came of age.

"Of course, if she likes teaching ..."

It was a lead-in and he knew it. What Amish woman would rather teach the scholars than raise a family of her own? Amish women were raised to want a husband and a family. Big families filled with laughing kids and more cousins than they could count. Once upon a time Jonah had thought he'd have that with Lorie, but that dream was long gone.

He ignored his mother's less-than-subtle attempts at dragging him into a conversation he didn't want to have, one in which she would extol the merits of marriage and the love of a good woman. "There's a volleyball game at Obie Brenneman's next weekend."

"Are you going?" His mother's eyes lit up like the amber lights the town put up around October. He knew she wanted him to stay closer to home, and since Lorie ... well, he'd been spending a lot of time in Tulsa with Luke Lambright and some of his English friends.

"Maybe." He shrugged as if it were no big deal, but at least he'd gotten the conversation away from Sarah Yoder. He didn't want to talk about her.

His gaze followed her around the playground. She walked from one family's blanket to the next, talking and laughing and seemingly oblivious to his stare. He just couldn't figure out what was so different about her, and heaven help him, he was intrigued.

"I wanna go," Buddy said. "Can I go? Can I?"

"Buddy, no," his mother said. "That's for the older kids."

"But I'm older than Aaron and Jonathan, and they get to go."

"Buddy ..."

Buddy ducked his head. "I know what you're going to say. That's different."

Jonah turned back to his family, his mouth open to offer to see after Buddy at the game, but he knew his mother wouldn't want him to interfere. He didn't understand why his parents were so against Buddy socializing, but he knew they had their reasons. Still, he couldn't help feeling for his brother, so different than anyone else in Wells Landing. "I've got an idea," he finally said. "Why don't you and I go over to the Hein ranch."

Ezra Hein had married Lorie's sister Sadie. Even though Ezra was a Mennonite, the families had remained close. And Jonah knew that Ezra would welcome Buddy's visit. Buddy loved watching the bison roam around the pasture. Up until earlier in the year, Ezra had also kept a few camels, but Jonah had heard that he'd sold those off to Titus Lambert. It was a good ways out to Ezra's, but it would be worth it to keep the smile on Buddy's face.

"You mean that?" his brother asked.

"Of course I do." Never mind that it would give him the opportunity to talk to Sadie and see if Lorie was truly happy. That was all he had ever wanted, her happiness. He just always thought he'd be the one to give it to her. Not some smooth-talking Englisher. And once he knew she was happy ... well, maybe then he could learn to move on.

At the thought, his gaze drifted back to Sarah. That was what was different. Not so long ago she would have done anything to sit next to him, talk to him, make sure that he knew she was around. And today? She had barely looked at him. Hadn't spoken to him at all, and refused his sister's invitation. An invite that could have landed them side by side eating pie.

Everyone knew that Sarah had a crush on him, but it seemed as if that time was over. Maybe, like Lorie, she had found someone else. Or maybe she had just given up on him ever noticing her. Whatever it was, he had noticed the change immediately. And it set well upon her shoulders.


* * *

"Look! Look!" Buddy hopped out of the car and raced toward the fence, pointing at the bison as he ran.

Jonah chuckled and got out of the car, their driver following suit. Bruce Brown was one of the favorite drivers in these parts. A retired Air Force medic, he had fabulous stories to tell, and Jonah knew that Buddy loved to hear all about flying in an airplane.

Neither man spoke as Ezra Hein came out of the barn. He was dressed in blue jeans and a plaid shirt, black suspenders across his shoulders.

"Jonah," he greeted, striding toward them. "How are you?"

How to answer that ... "I'm gut, thanks." So it wasn't the exact truth. At least it wasn't a lie either. He was making it. Just one day at a time, never looking beyond the next horizon.

"And danki for letting me bring Buddy out today."

Ezra cast a quick look over one shoulder. Buddy was up on the fence calling to the bison, who munched grass and otherwise ignored him. "You're welcome anytime. I love having Buddy visit."

"How's Sadie?" Bruce asked. He had driven for so many in the community, it was as if he was one of them.

Ezra's face lit up at the mention of his wife. "She's good. At the doctor's right now."

"Did she take your mother in?"

Ezra's grin deepened. "We're having a baby."

Jonah's heart turned over in his chest. He recognized it for what it was. He was jealous. He wanted the same happiness that he saw on Ezra's face. But the chances of that happening now were slim to none. "Congratulations," he managed to choke out as Bruce shook Ezra's hand and clapped him on the back.

"Best news I've heard all week." Bruce puffed out his chest, almost as proud as the father-to-be himself.

"Absolutely." Jonah forced a smile. He was happy for his friend, but he felt as if a little piece of him had died.

He had waited for Lorie for so long. She had been unsure about joining the church, then when her father died, she had pulled even further away. She hadn't told Jonah the big secret, that she had discovered Henry Kauffman had had another life outside Wells Landing. One no one knew about. She had found a car, a grandmother, and an English beau for herself. She had found herself, and in turn Jonah had lost her.

He pushed those thoughts aside and centered his attention on Ezra. "That's really great news."

Ezra shot him a sympathetic smile. "How are you?" He had already asked that, but this time his meaning was clear. How are you really?

"I'm gut." It was almost the truth. Lorie was gone, and he was doing everything he could to heal his broken heart. One day soon, he truly would be good. Until then, he was confessing that every chance he got.

"Have you been over to Abbie King's?"

Jonah knew what he meant. Had he taken Buddy over there. "Not yet."

"I hear they have a really smooth operation going."

"With the camels?" Bruce asked.

Ezra nodded.

"That's pretty amazing. Camels in Wells Landing," Jonah said. So many changes in the last couple of years. Nothing should surprise him now. "Maybe I'll take Buddy over there next." He would do whatever he could to keep his brother happy, especially since their parents weren't going to let Buddy attend any normal youth functions. Maybe one day. But until then ...

"Come on in the house," Ezra said. "Sadie left a pitcher of limeade in the fridge."


* * *

"I don't know, Sarah. Do you think he's sick?" Sarah gave a cursory glance in the general direction of Jonah Miller. She didn't want her gaze to linger too long. There was already enough talk in Wells Landing about the two of them. Or rather about her and how she loved him to distraction. She had given up, and everyone was talking about the changes in her attitude toward Jonah. It wouldn't do to go back on that now.

She shifted on the bench where she sat next to her cousin. The evening had started off simple enough, a volleyball game just after church at the Brenneman farm. The younger kids were singing in the barn, but the recently married couples came to enjoy a little more fellowship and exercise. Almost everyone in their group had gotten married recently. Except for her. And Jonah Miller.


(Continues...)

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Marrying Jonah 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was too long waiting for the end. Sarah was a mess. While the plot could have developed into a good story, it did not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great ending to a series. Reading this book, you just wanted to shake Jonah and sarah. You new they loved each other. It was a very good read.
Chicki More than 1 year ago
Marrying Jonah is book 6 of the Wells Landing Series. Amy Lillard, as always, pulls you right into this wonderful little community where you will fall in love with the characters and root for this young couple. Sarah has loved Jonah forever, but he loves Lorie. Lorie left and married an Englisher and Jonah is heartbroken. After running into each other at a singing, Sarah and Jonah spend the night chatting, Jonah is sad and Sarah is still in love. Marrying Jonah was not planned, but it happened and they will make the best of it. The choice they made has changed their lives forever. Sarah cannot bear to stay in a marriage without love. This is a story that will pull on your heart strings, you won’t want to put the book down. Love, loss and heartache surround Sarah and Jonah. Will this young couple find their way back to each other, there is always a chance. Finding their faith again is hard, will they do it ???
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Marring Jonah is book number 6 in The Wells Landing series by Amy Lillard. There is just something about them that draws me to them and this fictional town. I feel as though I am feeling everything happen to me right along with the characters. Jonah and Sarah's lives filled with heartache, longing, faith and so much more. Be sure to grab you a glass of sweet tea and some tissues while you kick back and enjoy reading Marrying
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
Marrying Jonah is A Wells Landing romance. Just When I thought the last one was the best so far wow I don't know Marrying Jonah was really good. The characters are very well developed. To the point Sarah was getting on my nerves. Lot of people think the Amish have no problems like the English. They do they just take care of things on their own. Sarah Yoder has always had her heart set on marrying Jonah Miller, but he has been with another girl for a few years. But that ends when She goes English. Sarah though has pretty much given up on the thought of that. Till one night things change for her that will change her whole life. Will Jonah marry her now? Would he be just doing it for her honor or cause he loved her? Wonderful book. This is a greats series Amy Lillard is a wonderful author.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
From the very first page of this story I was drawn in and began caring for the characters. What happens when life doesn't go the way Sarah and Jonah plan? The author tells a story of misguided love, lost trust and then forgiveness and a fresh start. The ups and downs of the relationship between the characters is truly full of heartfelt emotions. This story shows how love can be found through the most difficult circumstances. I enjoyed this story very much. I was given a copy of this book by the author and this is my personal honest opinion.
faithsnana More than 1 year ago
In the Amish community, unlike the English world, marriage is forever. There’s no way around it. The Amish don’t believe you have to fall head over heels for someone. You just have to be compatible, a good match, the rest will come, God willing. So it is with our friends Sarah Yoder and Jonah Miller. If you’ve read the other books in this series, you know Sarah is in love with Jonah, or so she thought, but he was in love with Lorie Kauffman. Amy Lillard has given us another wonderfully written story of love, loss, making difficult choices, finding renewed faith and making the best of the hand you’ve been dealt. I don’t want to give away anything about Sarah and Jonah but, I will tell you, you’ll definitely want to read their story. I know you’ll love it as much as I did.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
Marrying Jonah is the 6th book in Amy Lillard's Wells Landing series. You could read each story by itself, but they are so good you will want to read the whole series. Sarah Yoder has made it no secret that she has her heart set on Jonah Miller. She's made a fool of herself at lengths that she has gone to get his attention. Being the district's teacher, her first year didn't go quite as planned. Maybe if she had spent more time preparing for class rather than chasing Jonah, but all that is in the past now. She has made her decision to move on and forget Jonah. Even if it means she will be an old maid, no man is worth making a fool of yourself over, especially Jonah Miller. Jonah hasn't quite gotten over his old girlfriend, Lorie Kauffman. She left him for the English world and a side of her family she never knew existed. Jonah made a fool of himself chasing after her, well not after her per se, but he wanted to know what is was in the English world that made her leave her Amish roots and most of all him. But he knew, deep down he knew, Lorie went in search of herself and found it in the English world. He had to find a way to move on and forget her. What's that saying; you never know what you have until it's gone? Jonah spent all his time moping after Lorie that he missed what was right under his nose, Sarah Yoder. She had made it painfully obvious that she liked Jonah, but he never paid it much thought. Then at the back to school picnic she made it clear that she wasn't available and she went out of her way to avoid him and that piqued his interest. It seems hard for a man and woman to be friends. Usually one winds up attached and the other one is oblivious. Sarah though, has decided Jonah needs a friend and while no longer interested in him romantically she can be there as a friend. Jonah desperately needs a friend and he knows he can trust Sarah. She speaks her mind and let's him know where she stands. He finds that attractive even though he doesn't mean too. One thing leads to another and Sarah finds herself with child. She's embarrassed and mortified and worst of all she knows Jonah will have to marry her even though he doesn't love her. Amy Lillard has a unique gift of crafting stories that touch your heart. I truly felt for Sarah, she made a poor choice and now she's going to be bound to a man who she believes will never love her, all the while he owns every piece of her heart. She's also subject to the gossips. They say she trapped him and nothing could be farther from the truth. I wanted to cry right along with Sarah. Life is so unfair! I also had a soft spot for Jonah, bless his heart, he's so busy looking in the past that he can't see his future. He cares for Sarah but he's afraid to care too much lest she run off with his heart. Every time they make progress on growing as a couple he has to go and "be a man" and say something dumb. lol. I wondered if they would ever get their act together. Marrying Jonah is a beautiful love story. It shows that love truly does bear all things. It doesn't matter how you start, it's how you finish and Sarah and Jonah will have a strong finish...if they can ever get on the same page. I absolutely loved Marrying Jonah and I know you will too Grab you a copy and let me know what you think! Happy Reading! * I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This is book 6 in the Wells Landing Series. I've been lucky enough to read every one of the books. I am kind of thinking that this was my absolute favorite one! It was a book I COULD NOT PUT DOWN! In this story Sarah and Jonah's relationship is a truly difficult one and definitely has many trials to overcome. It is a story of not-so-perfect people, both hoping for a better situation. It's a story of romance, trust, mistrust and forgiveness. I think it crosses through almost every emotion. The story is not your everyday Amish story line. It was so good. I know you will love it! By the way, my mother read it and it was her favorite book in quite a while! I received a copy of this book from the Author for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I think that this was one of my favorite books in this series. I love Sarah and Jonah. They battle through many troubles before the end of this book. They learn many lessons. I did not want to put this book down. I read this when I wasn't feeling great and this still kept my interest. As always Amy Lillard did not disappoint me. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Well, I have a new addition to my top favorite Amish books! Marrying Jonah was a truly wonderful story that was full of uncertainty, hope, heartache, confusion, and the possibility of a love growing out of not so perfect circumstances. If you haven’t read the other books in the series, you will still be able to enjoy Marrying Jonah. If you have read the other books, especially Lorie’s Heart, then you will understand what Jonah has gone through. I really felt for these two characters. Sarah and Jonah both had plenty of hurt and confusion that they were carrying around. This story walks gently through their relationship, exploring the delicate nature of their new marriage. I was really impressed with the way the author wove such complicated emotions into the novel. This is definitely a story I will be re-reading many times! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Marrying Jonah by Amy Lillard is the sixth book in the Wells Landing series. Sarah Yoder has been smitten with Jonah and everyone knows it. But Jonah is in love with Lorie Kauffman. Unfortunately, Lorie decided to leave the Amish and recently married another. Jonah is still pining for Lorie. Sarah has decided to turn over a new leaf. She is going to ignore Jonah and find a way to move on. One night after a youth event, Jonah happens upon Sarah who is walking home (the young man who was driving her home became fresh). While driving Sarah home, Sarah asks if they cannot find a way to be friends. They end up stopping by the lake to talk, and Jonah ends up seeking comfort from Sarah. Six weeks later, Sarah discovers that she is with child. Jonah does the honorable thing and offers to marry Sarah (after adjusting to the news). She wanted Jonah as her husband, but Sarah wanted him to love her. The last thing she wants is a man who does not love her in return. Unfortunately, they are not given an alternative and are quickly married. The marriage gets off to a rocky start when the pair must live with Jonah’s parents. Gertie Miller, Jonah’s mother, is not partial to Sarah and makes her feelings quite evident. Jonah decides to make things easier by finding a house for them. Slowly, Jonah begins to see the kind, caring and lovable woman he married. But then tragedy strikes, and it looks like their relationship is doomed. Is there a chance for these two-young people? If they are to have a future, Jonah needs to prove his love to Sarah and open the lines of communication. Marrying Jonah is a sweet and nicely written Amish novel. I liked the characters and the storyline. It was interesting to see Jonah’s reaction to Sarah once she quit paying attention to him. The book had a good flow and can be read in a few hours. There are some good lessons in this novel (forgiveness, doing the right thing). Readers get to see how important love and communication are to a relationship. While Marrying Jonah is the sixth book in the series, it can be read alone. Each book is about a different set of characters. I give Marrying Jonah 4 out of 5 stars. I did become frustrated at times at the lack of communication between Sarah and Jonah. I wanted to tell these two to grow up and start talking. Sarah, though, did not make things easy for Jonah. Marrying Jonah is my favorite book in the series. It is a moving novel with a special ending. I really appreciated the epilogue and how the author provided updates on the characters from the other novels in the Wells Landing series.
SimpsonsPB More than 1 year ago
Marrying Jonah By Amy Lillard (Wells Landing #6) Marrying Jonah by Amy LIllard is the sixth book in the Wells Landing series. Sarah Yoder has always had eyes for Jonah Miler, but Jonah Miller had his heart set on Lorie Kauffman. When Lorie Kauffman marries an Englisher and leaves Wells Landing , Jonah becomes very depressed. While walking home from a volleyball game, Jonah gives Sarah a ride home, but the two end up at Miller's Pond, where Sarah listens as Jonah pours his heart out. Something unexpected happens that night that changes both of their lives forever. I am not going into detail about Jonah and Sarah's heartbreak and struggles, because I do not wish to spoil the outcome of this great story. All I can say is Jonah's and Sarah's story will make it hard for you to put this book down. For myself, I could not put it down and ended up staying up until 2 AM to finish the book. Marrying Jonah is a heartfelt story of faith, love, trust, and loss. Marrying Jonah is very well written by Amy Lillard, and I would haight recommend this book. I would like to also suggest reading the other books in the Wells Landing series, so you can get to know some of the other characters mentioned in Marrying Jonah. You will not be disappointed in these books also
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
What happens when you have a girl with a crush on a guy and he doesn’t notice, a guy who is in love with a girl and she doesn’t notice and a one-night stand. As we go back to Wells Landing, Oklahoma, we find Jonah and Sarah are wondering that same thing after they find themselves in a compromising situation. As with the other books in this series, you will relate to the characters pain as they deal with misunderstandings and a feeling of hopelessness. When they see their friends so happy, will Sarah and Jonah find contentment? Will they learn the lesson of forgiveness? Author Amy Lillard writes books of hope, and I am hopeful this series never ends. I’m always ready to visit Wells Landing! You will be, too. I was provided a complimentary copy from the author.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Sarah Yoder finds herself alone in a quiet spot with the one man she has loved for so long and it changes both their lives forever. Sarah and Jonah find themselves in a marriage that is starting to work until another happening changes their lives forever once more. I felt so bad for this young couple and kept wanting them to just open up and be honest with one another! Just say it out loud and fix this!! I really liked this story of mistakes, family and faith. I like stories that take twists and turns to keep me interested in finding out just how this is going to end. I was gifted a copy and my review is voluntary.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Marrying Jonah ( Wells Landing #6) By Amy Lillard Marrying Jonah is the sixth book in Wells Landing series by Amy Lillard. Wow, what a wonderful love story Ms Lillard has weaved. The story and the characters were easy to read and follow. I was hooked right right at the start and could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. This is one of those page turner stories you do not want to put down. This is Sarah and Jonah’s love story. Sarah has loved Jonah even when he was seeing his girlfriend Lorie, and she ran away with another man. This is hard for Jonah . He is torn between his love and his commitment as an Amish man. Sarah has been an listening ear for Jonah . The Amish is not perfect. I caught myself with tears in my eyes several times. Even though Sarah is not the woman Jonah wants, will he ever see who Sarah really is , or is it to late for Jonah? I was given a complimentary ARC copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Amy Lillard penend another heartfelt story with this final book in her Wells Landing series. Marrying Jonah reeled me in from the first page through the epilogue, which provided a charming update of all the beloved characters in Wells Landing. Marrying Jonah can be read as a standalone, but I would encourage readers to read the enter series. Jonah Miller and Sarah Yoder lives were intertwined since childhood, then toss in some unexpected events with Jonah being depressed and Sarah offering a listening ear and friendship. Did the trip to the family pond late that night result in something more than talking? How will Jonah and Sarah handle their future with community members talking about them? Can they find true love for one another amidst all the twists and turns that kept happening to them? The characters are realistic and faced true to life issues with normal reactions. My emotions were connected with the hero and heroine throughout their story. Their faith was challenged at times but they knew in their hearts and from their families that they had to rely on God to see them through, no matter the pain and losses. The ending of this story is a beautiful illustration of forgiveness and surrender to one another and God’s love. I received an ARC of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my honest opinion of this astonishing story.
pattiagal More than 1 year ago
Amy Lillard's last installment in the outstanding Well's Landing series deals with a very relevant topic. Marrying Jonah allows us to enter the lives of Sarah and Jonah. With them we see their lives begin to crumble and their beliefs questioned. It is a tale of lost innocence, adult expectations, wavering faith, and hope for a better future. Sarah Yoder has loved Jonah as far back as she can remember. She has chased after him to no avail. Jonah's heart belonged to another. He was deeply and whole heartedly in love with Lorie. However, fate can be cruel. Lorie leaves the Amish and marries into the outside world. Jonah is devastated. His life is in pieces, his goal is just to make it through one day at a time. Sarah is tired of waiting and gives up on Jonah until circumstances throw them together. They make one error in judgement which changes their lives forever. This story rips at your heart in many ways. You feel the couples sadness and hurt. Your anger is stirred when neither wants to change or listen to the other. Hope arises when they seem to be getting along in marriage only to be crushed do to their shattering loss. God's grace and mercy is needed to get Sarah and Jonah through this difficult time, will they hand over their lives to Him? Marrying Jonah is an excellent novel. I highly recommend it. I received a copy from Netgalley and the author in exchange for an honest review.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Marrying Jonah by Amy Lillard is the sixth book in the Wells Landing Series. I love returning to beautiful Wells Landing, Oklahoma and the Amish community there! Sarah Yoder has always been head over heels for Jonah Miller. Jonah barely recognizes her until his Amish girlfriend leaves for the English world. Jonah and Sarah spend a bit of time together and soon marry each other because it is the right thing to do. Are they truly in love? Can a marriage work without love? Can Jonah prove his love to Sarah before it's too late? Amy does a great job of bringing the characters to life. They experience circumstances that we can all relate to including guilt, shame, frustration, anger, hope, love and faith. I highly recommend checking this book out. There are surprises around every corner in this fast-paced, wonderful story! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the author and have given my honest opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
From the very first page right through the epilogue this book held my attention and quickly the pages flew, only now I miss this story and want more. We catch up all those we have come to love in Wells Landing Oklahoma, our tractor driving Amish friends, and see how things have changed and yet stayed the same in their lives. This is Jonah’s story and the Amish teacher Sarah, a woman who has loved and wanted Jonah forever, and has previously made herself a pest at doing so. Now a moment of compassion and passion and these two are headed for the altar, but do they even have a chance? What a rocky road these two set upon and you will have to wonder if they will ever end up on the same path? Will Sarah end up the being the “town oddball”, and take in mending? Or will Jonah end up embracing the English life, and leave the community. The answers are here and we are along for the journey that these two take towards, or away for one another, they do both. I have loved my stay in this community and getting to know everyone here, and really hate to say goodbye, makes me want to go visit Oklahoma. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Kensington, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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