The Amish Widower

The Amish Widower

by Virginia Smith


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Is It Time for This Widower to Give Love One More Chance?

After the devastating loss of his second wife, Seth Hostetler believes a lasting love is beyond all hope. A year has passed, and his mamm and sister are determined to see him happily married once again. But how can he open his heart to another woman when their relationship could end in tragedy?

On an outing with his family, Seth comes across an Amish potter hard at work and jumps at the chance to take a seat at the wheel. He takes quickly to this creative outlet, pouring his long-buried emotions into each piece he shapes. Unfortunately, the fancy nature of his art draws the disapproval of his district's leadership.

His work puts him in the path of Leah, an Englisch woman employed by the Amish to sell their wares to tourists. Despite her aloofness, something about her speaks to Seth's wounded soul. But what is he to do when the things he wants most threaten to pull him away from the life he's committed to live?

A compelling novel of second chances and the power of God to redeem hearts and dreams, set in the inviting Amish community of Lancaster County.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736968652
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Series: Men of Lancaster County Series , #4
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Virginia Smith is the bestselling author of more than 30 inspirational novels and 50 articles and short stories. Her books have received many awards, including two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit. Meet her online at

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The Amish Widower 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Widower is a touching book - one that changes you if you let it. It is a book of love, intense grief, forgiveness, reconciliation, trust, guilt and most importantly repairing relationship with GOD. Seth lost everything one day as he was driving his expectant wife (in a horse and buggy) - this was his second wife he lost. He is determined not to have another one so as not to get hurt and lose another one that way or any way for that matter. After a year the community thinks its time for him to move on and find a third time, of course he did not. He got involved with a potter who got his creative side going - his granddaughter was around running the shop - will things grow between them? will he trust GOD? she is not Amish - she chose not to be - will she choose to be for him? This story will pull at your heartstrings - and teach you allot about the Amish if you did not know. I received a copy of this from Harvest House. All the opinions are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Amish Widower by Virginia Smith is the fourth book in The Men of Lancaster County series. Seth Hostetler lives in Lancaster County with his second wife, Hannah. They are on their way home from Sunday services when a car with two teens inside start causing trouble. The boys hollering and honking causes the horse to spook and the carriage ends up flipping over. Hannah is flung from the carriage and dies on impact. Seth vows he will not marry again and endanger another woman. A year later Seth is living on the family farm and he has yet to get over the loss of Hannah. The woman in his family, though, have decided that it is time for Seth to find a new bride. When Seth takes the ladies on a shopping trip, they stop at Plain Man’s Pottery owned by Elias Beachy. Elias offers Seth a lesson and it turns out that Seth has a knack for pottery. Seth finds it soothing and a chance to escape from his family’s matchmaking. Elias’ granddaughter, Leah works in the shop, and there is something about her that attracts Seth. They both have suffered losses. One day a young man stops by the Hostetler farm. His name is Robbie Barker, and he offers to be a driver. Seth is not comfortable driving a buggy since the accident and uses Robbie’s services. Robbie is nervous around Seth in the beginning, but they soon become friends. Robbie has a secret that he needs to share with Seth, but it will change the relationship between the pair. In addition, it could send Seth’s temper spiraling out of control. Find out what happens by reading The Amish Widower. The Amish Widower is a beautifully crafted novel that captured my interest immediately. Seth is a man struggling with the loss of two wives, and he feels responsible (though he had nothing to do with either of their deaths). We get to see him work through his grief and anger (he has trouble controlling his temper). It was nice to see him find an outlet in pottery. The author takes readers through process of creating the pottery (which I found fascinating). I loved the descriptions of Seth’s creations especially his unique candleholders. I felt that The Amish Widower has a great flow and good writing. The story develops naturally and easily. I give The Amish Widower 4.5 out of 5 stars. While The Amish Widower is a part of a series, each book can be read alone. The ending is expected, but I still enjoyed reading the book (I did not want to put it down). I appreciated how Ms. Smith shows the healing power of forgiveness. We can see how forgiveness helps both parties. The Amish Widower is my favorite story in The Men of Lancaster County series.
janesquires More than 1 year ago
Seth Hostetler lost two wives. One day after a year of grieving, his pregnant sister-in-law and Mom ask him to drive for them. Seth doesn't want to drive buggy again. While out they go to a new shop where Seth meets an Amish potter. He decides to try the wheel and finds he loves the feel of clay. He decides to take a class. He learns to love making pottery and the feel of the clay. He eventually becomes an part of the shop working there to sell pieces he makes. He meets Leah, the granddaughter, of the owner. She is English even though her grandparents are Amish. A young man comes to Amish community and asks to drive for the Hostetlers. Seth and Robbie soon become friends. Seth has no idea the secret Robbie has. It about destroys their friendship when he finds out. There are other things people face and Seth finds it hard to control his anger over loss of his wives. A delightful read. All Virginia's books will hold your interest all the way through them.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Set in a modern time, The Amish Widower has such a good premise, a well developed story line, and mostly tangible characters. Seth drew me in, made me feel for his plight and his mindset, and made me want to smack every other 'do-gooder' that attempted to sway his life in the direction they thought it should be. OK, I really loved Elias (the potter) too and how he was a steady support for Seth without trying to sway his choices. There was a host of supporting characters and all of them were well developed and added to the story without detracting from who Seth was. I was a bit worried about picking up the 4th book in a series but it truly did well as a stand alone novel and did not feel as though there was anything missing by not having read the first books of the series. Enough backstory and procrastinating getting down to why this book is only rated 3 stars at Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble. Let's start with the do-gooders. And oh my gravy and grits there were too many to count. The bishop, do-gooder. Seth's best friend, do-gooder. Seth's family, a whole bunch of do-gooders. The do-gooders started to get annoying and tacky. Here's Seth living his life, finding his way and trying to overcome the loss of not just one wife but two. And the second wife had only passed within the last year. The more you try to push single young women onto him the more steadfast he is going to become about his desire to never marry again. I wanted to start smacking heads (Gibbs style) and tell them to lay off and back off before you push him over the anti-marriage edge. Next let's talk about the big 'twist' of the story. When the character for the twist was introduced I knew immediately why that character was there, yet had to wait 3/4 of the book before it was revealed. Meanwhile feeling as though I was gnashing teeth along with the characters for the truth to come out. I felt like the agony of Seth and this other character were too drawn out. Instead of drawing out the twist and flilling with the do-gooders, so much more could have been accomplished with this story. And while I loved the overall story I was just frustrated so often. But, I did like this book. Truly. I cannot imagine the grief and self-recrimination that would come from losing two wives at such a young age. Seth really struggled with this. Self-recrimination, self-blame, overwhelmed. Oh wait, yeah P.T.S.D. Amish are no more immune to this than any other population. Mental health issues are not only for those without faith, without community, and without support. I LOVED that this book introduced the idea of Amish/Mennonite counseling. The idea that even the devout need a little help from a professional now and then is not such a stretch. And the fact that these options are available is so important. Someone who can help them work though issues within their similar belief system is so important. A bishop, without training can only do so much. And, as so obvious in this story, sometimes they can do more harm than good. I also appreciated that Seth's family was encouraging, and open, to his pursuing his own path and not just the family farm. I think learning to be a potter helped to heal Seth's heart more than anything that he did throughout the story. I was provided the opportunity to read this book through NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
When this book opens we learn that Seth had lost his first wife and now is happily married and expecting a baby, but this world is not about to last, and a tragic accident happens and he looses his second wife. We travel in Seth’s shoes as he goes about his everyday life, and trying to avoid what his family and the community wants, him to remarry, he just can’t do it as he blames himself in a way for the demise of his loved ones. How is he ever going to be able to settle down and have a family, and he decides he isn’t. A chance meeting with a potter and a new course in his life is set, and a young man shows up in his family’s yard one day looking for a job. Robbie soon becomes Seth’s driver, now from this point on I realized or speculated on who he was, and you will have to read to find out if I’m right. We also have another struggling soul, the potter’s granddaughter Leah, a former Amish woman, and now struggling, and these two have a lot in common, they need to forgive. Easy to say, but hard to do, and will they ever be able to be at peace without it? I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.