- Author Bio
The third book in Virginia Wise’s sweeping historical Amish New World series unites the heartwarming love story of an Amish romance with a rugged, frontier setting—America’s first permanent Amish settlement. There, two devoted sisters must rely on their faith and forge ahead in a difficult new world—only to find that love is a thrilling discovery of its own with the arrival of two brothers to their community.
Outgoing and irrepressible, young Christina has her choice of suitors. But she and her practical-minded older sister, Hilda, have built a thriving life in the rugged Pennsylvania backcountry. Hilda has given up her marriage dreams as foolish—and Christina vows she’ll never marry until she finds her sister a husband. So when two handsome newcomers arrive, Christina engages in a bit of secret matchmaking—with disastrous results…
Johan is used to hard work and overcoming obstacles. He’s instantly drawn to Christina’s lively nature—and agrees with her that his serious brother, Wilhelm, would be perfect for Hilda. But Christina’s selfless schemes are keeping her from seeing how much Johan really cares for her. And between mishaps, mistakes, and an unintentional masquerade, Christina and Johan will need to search their hearts to understand themselves, set things right—and embark on a future together…
Story Locale: Rural Pennsylvania, 1700s
With this novel, Virginia Wise remains in the inspirational romance world with a historically detailed, uplifting novel about faith, love, community and second chances. Her books will appeal to readers of authors like Molly Jebber and Charlotte Hubbard.
Inspirational Amish romances are a category in which Kensington has seen tremendous growth and has had success with debut authors. This category of uplifting romances with hopeful moral messaging has strong cross-over appeal between the Christian and ABA markets.
The majority of Amish romances are contemporary-set. With its historical setting of the first Amish settlement in America, the Amish New World series will stand out against other novels in the same genre as well as have cross-over appeal to historical romance readers.
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Praise for Where the Heart Takes You
“A beautifully-written Amish love story that you won’t want to put down.” —Lisa Jones Baker
“Where the Heart Takes You will resonate with readers who love historical Amish fiction. Memorable story lines and engaging characters will capture the attention, delivering a reading experience that will live on in the heart and mind.”—Laura V. Hilton, author of Firestorm
“A strong faith point was emphasized in that beauty on the outside of a person is not nearly as important as the inside beauty, the heart, and character. This comes from scripture…I enjoyed getting to know these characters and the everyday things they had to do in order to survive the new found wilderness.” —Amish Wisdom