Holding a Tender Heart is the first book in the Beiler Sisters series by one of my favorite authors, Jerry Eicher.
Here is a brief synopsis from Harvest House Publishers:
From the pen of bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry Eicher (half a million books sold) comes a charming new series set in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.
Debbie Watson is a young Englisha girl who has grown up admiring her Amish friends, the Beiler sisters. As she prepares to graduate from college, Debbie considers making the life-changing decision to convert to the Amish faith and lifestyle.
Soon Debbie’s presence in the community attracts the attention of two suitors: Alvin Knepp, the youngest son of a poor Amish farmer, to whom Debbie is very much attracted; and Paul Wagler, the more successful and sought-after man, whose constant attention to Debbie reminds her of her old Englishaboyfriend—whom she’d rather forget.
Jerry Eicher’s many fans and readers of Amish fiction will love this heartwarming new series from a master storyteller.
This is not the typical Amish romance you will find on the shelf in your local Christian book store. Jerry Eicher grew up in the Amish faith and it gives him a unique perspective for his novels.
You can see that influence in every word of this book. Unlike some other books you read today, the situations and trials these characters go through are believable and realistic in a way that you simply do not see in many other books. And the characters portrayed in this book are just as realistic as the situations.
There is just something about Jerry Eicher’s novels. He has that special touch in his writing. There is no part of the book where you stop to think that it sounds wrong or unrealistic – the good and the bad.
I like that Jerry lets you see these people as real people. Even the people who are too strict, by our own standards, are clearly only doing what they feel is right in the eyes of God and their church.
Whether it is the superb writing or the wonderful plot, you will find this book nearly impossible to put down. From the first word, the story will draw you in and you may even find yourself praying at 4am that everything will, somehow, turn out right for the characters… as I did.
I was provided a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Do not miss this book or the rest of the books in this series.
HERE is a link to the book page on Harvest House
HERE is a link to the book page on GoodReads
HERE is a link to Jerry Eicher’s website
The Books in the Beiler Sisters Series: