Love Still Stands | Kelly Irvin Marathon

Today I am reviewing Love Still Stands, the first book in The New Hope Amish series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Readers of Kelly Irvin’s Bliss Creek Amish novels will be overjoyed to discover her new series for lovers of Amish fiction: The New Hope Amish.

In the first installment, Love Still Stands, a group of dedicated families leaves Bliss Creek to establish a new community in Missouri.

Among them is Bethel Graber, a beautiful young woman with a passion for teaching. But after being disabled in a terrible accident, overseeing a classroom is out of the question…and romance seems a long-lost dream.

Bethel begins physical therapy, determined to make a fresh start. But that won’t be easy in the town of New Hope, where the locals seem anything but eager to welcome their new Amish neighbors.

Amid growing intimidation from the community, Bethel must find the strength to face her many challenges and the faith to believe that God still has a plan–and a love–for her life.


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What would you do if you moved all your belongings to another town to start over — only to find the house vandalized — and no one welcomed you . . . this is just what happens when Bethel Graber’s brother Luke moves his family to a new town.

In the last book of The Bliss Creek Amish series, Luke had decided to move his family to the new settlement, along with several other families. I love how The New Hope Amish series begins where the other stopped . . . as if almost no time at all has passed.

Unfortunately, Luke and his family aren’t welcomed with loving arms by the community. Just the opposite, in fact. Even the sheriff pretty much tells them to “go back where they belong.”

      What a predicament!

Kelly Irvin does an amazing job creating a new series, yet making it seem like the first series is continuing on . . . and we get to keep some of the characters from the first series that we’ve grown to love, plus add a few we aren’t quite certain we’re going to like — or not.

Will the Amish of Bliss Creek survive in New Hope? Who knows!  Will Bethany ever be able to overcome her disabilities? Well, if you want to find out, pick up a copy of Love Still Stands and read it. If you’ve read The Bliss Creek Amish series, it’ll be like “coming home again.”

Happy reading!


God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt



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6 thoughts on “Love Still Stands | Kelly Irvin Marathon

  1. Carolyn R September 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you for the review, Donna. Sounds like another great series to read by Kelly.

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    • DJ Mynatt September 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      It is… it really is a great series!


  2. Mari September 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    It’s always nice when an author starts a new series with characters from a previous series. After all, characters become like family members when you love the author and her characters. A must be read story with your review. Thank you for sharing that some of the characters are from the earlier series by Kelly. God bless.

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    • DJ Mynatt September 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Yes, they do! God bless.


  3. Trixi September 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I love stories where the characters have to overcome obstacles and how they do just that! Sounds like a great series, thanks for your review Donna!

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    • DJ Mynatt September 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      You’re welcome, Trixi.


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