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The Story of Love–being Englisch in an Amish community

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The Story of Love

by Beth Wiseman

Yvonne moves from her house in Houston to live in Amish country in Montgomery, Indiana. Her friend Eva has been ordered to bed during her pregnancy, and Eva’s father-in-law is confined to a wheelchair leaving the farm management to Eva’s husband Jake. Yvonne, a rare book dealer, had met the couple at their bookstore, and now she steps in to help her friends at their store.

Abraham is a police officer who left the Amish church on friendly terms hoping to be useful as an intermediary between the Amish and the Englisch. He met Yvonne shortly after her fiancé died and hoped that at the right time he would be able to get to know her better.

The Story of Love is a sweet story of two people trying to sort out priorities and relationships. When the tale begins, Abraham is dating a very attractive woman who is as shallow as a mud puddle. With Yvonne and Abraham trying to make honorable choices, it takes a while for the romance in the story to progress. There is the further complication of Abraham’s family’s attitudes toward both women and their continuing discomfort with Abraham leaving the Amish faith. It is a problem for him too. Interesting and important subplots center on a homeless dog and a case of domestic violence.

I really enjoyed reading The Story of Love and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Hopefully Ever After, to discover what lies ahead for the characters. It is a gentle book but also has some action and confronts some serious issues. The characters use some Amish terms, and through the plot I learned how the Amish celebrate Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Christian, Romance

Notes: 1. #2 in the Amish Bookstore Novel Series. It would be fun to read the first book in the series, but I had no problem jumping into this one.
2. Contains a Glossary of Amish words used in the book.

Publication: October 11, 2022—Zondervan Fiction

Memorable Lines:

Brianna smiled, looking gorgeous, but now that Yvonne had seen what was on the inside, her striking appearance had lost some of its luster.

This was what Christmas was supposed to be. Gifts created out of love. Meals shared with family. And an all-knowing sense that where more than one gathered in His name, He was there.

…if she was honest with herself, she was the problem. She was unlovable, despite her outward beauty that she’d always counted on to get her through life, to land her a good man, and to enjoy the life she thought she deserved. Maybe you had to give love with genuine intent before you got it back.


  1. Gretchen says:

    I enjoyed this one too and am looking forward to the next book in the series. I loved your description of Brianna as “as shallow as a mud puddle”! So true.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I felt like the Brianna “problem” was solved a little too easily, but I was glad the author moved her on. I think Brianna could have had a whole book written about her–how she came to be the way she was, etc. but that wasn’t the focus of the book so I am OK with the way it was handled.


  2. I should read this, I know almost nothing about the Amish, thanks Linda

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    • lghiggins says:

      It actually would be a good introduction because you see the viewpoint of a formerly Amish man and a non-Amish woman–both Christians with moral standards compatible with the Amish faith.

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  3. I love reading and seeing anything Amish. If they had air conditioning I could have been Amish! Thank you for your review and one of my favorite subjects.

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    • lghiggins says:

      I’m sure you know so much more about the Amish based on your locality than I do. I admire so much of their way of life, but I’m with you on the AC. If things go from bad to worse in our country, the Amish will fare better than most because they are closer to the land, have so many skills necessary for survival, and support each other in their community.


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