Monday, May 21, 2012

The Amish Are Coming! and Other Religious Fiction

While looking through the returned books at RCPL I’ve noticed a trend lately. Whether it’s Amish, Westerns, or Romance, I’ve noticed on the spine they are mostly marked “Religious Fiction”. I personally gave an Amish book a try recently, A Time to Love (Quilts of Lancaster County, #1) by Barbara Cameron. It was a free book I found through so I thought, why not?
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I soon found out why so many people are turning to these books- it’s back to the basics with love. Gone are the unrealistic science fiction fantasies about were-animals and vampires, and back to stories that people can relate to. Hardships overcome with love winning as the hero. For those who prefer a simpler book without all the violence and smut, this is a genre that you should look into.

But don’t limit this new genre to only women. I recently had a patron come up to me telling me how much he loved a book he found in the library. Yes, I said “he”. The book was A Lady Like Sarah (A Rocky Creek Romance #1 by Margaret Brownley. He said he mostly likes traditional Westerns, but he loved the spunky female heroine. Yes, there are Western books with a religious element, another example is Mysterious Ways by Terry W. Burn.

Since I have focused on kids, teens, and general romance themes I thought I would provide something new for people who wanted something different. So here is my list of Religious Fiction for those who love a new classic with a familiar yet timeless theme- love conquers all.

Or if you still want Amish with a little bit of paranormal , there is an Amish series with vampires in it called, “Plain Fear” by Leanna Ellis (Plain Fear: Forsaken- 2011; Plain Fear: Forbiddenexpected August 1, 2012). Perhaps a Western with vampires, zombies, and a touch of Religious Fiction. Why not try Reed Butler's Story: cowboys vampires zombies and the power of God by James Emory Thomas. And no, I swear I didn’t go out of my way to find these, they found me.

Amish Series
Abram’s Daughters by Beverly Lewis:
  1. The Covenant
  2. The Betrayal
  3. The Sacrifice
  4. The Prodigal
  5. The Revelation
Ada’s House by Cindy Woodsmall:
  1. The Hope of Refuge
  2. The Bridge of Peace
  3. The Harvest of Grace
The Amish of Apple Grove by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith (Amish/Western):
  1. The Heart’s Frontier (recently released March 1, 2012)
  2. A Plain and Simple Heart (expected September 1, 2012)
Amish Vines and Orchard Series by Cindy Smallwood: (Added 01.05.13)
  1. A Season for Tending (2012)
  2. The Winnowing Season (expected April 2, 2013)
Annie’s People by Beverly Lewis:
  1. The Preacher’s Daughter
  2. The Englisher
  3. The Brethren
Apple Ridge by Cindy Smallwood: (Added 01.05.13)
  1. The Sound of Sleigh Bells: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country
  2. The Christmas Singing: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country
  3. The Scent of Cherry Blossoms: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country
Brides of Lancaster County by Wanda E. Brunstetter:
  1. A Merry Heart
  2. Looking for a Miracle
  3. Plain and Fancy
  4. The Hope Chest
The Courtship of Nellie Fisher by Beverly Lewis:
  1. The Parting
  2. The Forbidden
  3. The Longing
Daughter’s of Caleb Bender by Dale W. Cramer:
  1. Paradise Valley
  2. The Captive Heart (recently released January 1, 2012)
Field’s of Home by Jerry S. Eicher:
  1. Missing Your Smile (recently released February 1, 2012)
  2. Following Your Heart (recently released  May 1, 2012)
Forever Faithful by Karen Kingsbury:
  1. Waiting for Morning
  2. A Moment of Weakness
  3. Halfway to Forever
Hannah’s Heart by Jerry S. Eicher:
  1. Hannah’s Dream
  2. A Hope for Hannah
  3. A Baby for Hannah
Heritage of Lancaster County by Beverly Lewis:
  1. The Shunning
  2. The Confession
  3. The Reckoning 
 Home to Hickory Hollow by Beverly Lewis:
  1. The Fiddler (April 2012)
  2. The Bridesmaid (September 2012)
  3. The Guardian (expected April 2013)
Kentucky Brothers by Wanda E. Brunstetter:
  1. The Journey
  2. The Healing
  3. The Struggle (expected  June 17, 2012)
Lancaster County Secrets by Suzanne Woods Fischer:
  1. The Choice
  2. The Waiting
  3. The Search
Rose Trilogy by Beverly Lewis:
  1. The Thorn
  2. The Judgement
  3. The Mercy
Quilts of Lancaster County by Barbara Cameron:
  1. A Time To Love
  2. A Time to Heal
  3. A Time for Peace
Seasons of Grace by Beverly Lewis:
  1. The Secret
  2. The Missing
  3. The Telling 
Sisters of the Quilt by Cindy Woodsmall:
  1. When the Heart Cries
  2. When the Morning Comes
  3. When the Soul Mends 
Snapshots in History by Murray Pura:
  1. The Wings of Morning (recently released February 1, 2012)
  2.  The Face of Heaven (expected August 1, 2012)
Stitches in Time by Barbara Cameron:
  1. Her Restless Heart (recently released April 1, 2012)
Stoney Ridge Seasons by Suzanne Woods Fischer:
  1. The Keeper (recently released January 2, 2012)
  2. The Haven (expected  August 1, 2012)

Amish- Stand Alone Books

An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County by Barbara Cameron.

An Amish Gathering: Life In Lancaster County by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Barbara Cameron.

A Bride’s Flight from Virginia City, Montana by Murray Pura (recently released January 1, 2012).

Levi’s Will by Dale W. Cramer.

October Song by Beverly Lewis.
                  The book continues the stories begun in the books: The ShunningThe Postcard, and The Redemption of Sarah Cain

The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club by Wanda E. Brunstetter (recently released April 3, 2012).

The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis (made into a movie, Saving Sarah Cain- 2007).

Sanctuary by Beverly Lewis and David Lewis.

Susanna’s Christmas Wish by Jerry S. Eicher (expected September 1, 2012).

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Religious Fiction Series
9/11 by Karen Kingbury:
  1. One Tuesday Morning
  2. Beyond Tuesday Morning
  3. Every Now and Then 
Above the Line by Karen Kingbury:
  1. Take One
  2. Take Two
  3. Take Three
  4. Take Four 
Awakening by Charles Martin:
  1. The Dead Don’t Dance
  2. Maggie
*Down Where My Love Lives (combines both The Dead Don’t Dance and Maggie)
Bailey Flanigan by Karen Kingbury:
  1. Leaving
  2. Learning
  3. Longing
  4. Loving (recently released March 27, 2012)
Cody Gunner by Karen Kingbury:
  1. A Thousand Tomorrows
  2. Just Beyond the Clouds 
First Born (Baxter Series 2) by Karen Kingbury:
  1. Fame
  2. Forgiven
  3. Found
  4. Family
  5. Forever
Forever Faithful by Karen Kingbury:
  1. Waiting for Morning
  2. A Moment of Weakness
  3. Halfway to Forever 
Lost Love by Karen Kingbury:
  1. Even Now
  2. Ever After
Redemption (Baxter Series 1) by Karen Kingbury (with Gary Smalley):
  1. Redemption
  2. Remember
  3. Return
  4. Rejoice
  5. Reunion
Sunrise (Baxter Series 3) by Karen Kingbury:
  1. Sunrise
  2. Summer
  3. Someday
  4. Sunset 
Timeless Love by Karen Kingbury:
  1. A Time to Dance
  2. A Time to Embrace

Religious Fiction- Stand Alone Books
The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen.

The Bridge by Karen Kingbury (expected October 23, 2012).

Between Sundays by Karen Kingbury.

Divine by Karen Kingbury.

Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingbury (made into a movie, Like Dandelion Dust- 2009).

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen (recently released  January 1, 2012).

Oceans Apart by Karen Kingbury.

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden (recently released  January 1, 2012).

Shades of Blue by Karen Kingbury.

The Shepherd’s Voice by Robin Lee Hatcher.

Summer of Light by Dale W. Cramer.

Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin (recently released April 3, 2012).

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (recently released April 3, 2012).

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin.

Western Series
A Rocky Creek Romance by Margaret Brownley:
  1. A Lady Like Sarah
  2. A Suitor for Jenny
  3. A Vision of Lucy
The Amish of Apple Grove by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith (Amish/Western):
  1. The Heart’s Frontier (recently released March 1, 2012)
  2. A Plain and Simple Heart (expected September 1, 2012) 
Brides of the Last Chance Ranch by Margaret Brownley:
  1. Dawn Comes Early (recently released March 13, 2012)
Brides of the West by Lori Copeland:
  1. Faith
  2. June
  3. Hope
  4. Glory
  5. Ruth
  6. Patience
Land of the Lone Star State by Tracie Peterson:
  1. Chasing the Sun (recently published March 1, 2012).
  2. Touching the Sky (expected June 1, 2012).
  3. Taming the Wind (expected September 1, 2012).
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke:
  1. Love Comes Softly (made into a movie, Love Comes Softly-2003).
  2. Love’s Enduring Promise (made into a movie, Love’s Enduring Promise- 2004).
  3. Love’s Long Journey (made into a movie, Love’s Long Journey- 2005).
  4. Love’s Abiding Joy (made into a movie, Love’s Abiding Joy- 2006).
  5. Love’s Unending Legacy (made into a movie, Love’s Unending Legacy- 2007).
  6. Love’s Unfolding Dream (made into a movie, Love’s Unfolding Dream- 2007).
  7. Love Takes Wing (made into a movie, Love Takes Wing- 2009).
  8. Love Finds a Home (made into a movie, Love Finds a Home- 2009).
Mysterious Ways by Terry W. Burns:
  1. Mysterious Ways
  2. Brother’s Keeper
  3. Shepherd’s Son
Sister’s of Bethlehem Springs by Robin Lee Hatcher:
  1. A Vote of Confidence
  2. Fit to Be Tied
  3. A Matter of Character
Texas Dreams by Amanda Cabot:
  1. Paper Roses
  2. Scattered Petals
  3. Tomorrow’s Garden

Western- Stand Alone Books
A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer.

Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer.

Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher (recently released February 14, 2012).

Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings (recently released February 1, 2012).

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer.

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer.

This is by no means a complete list of books (neither by genre or listing of all of an author’s works). If you would like to find more, please use one of the below methods of searching.


Western AuthorsFeaturing Authors of Western Fiction
Various categories.

Inspired Reads (from “Inspired Reads is all about finding and sharing Christian Kindle Books on a Budget! Book deals posted here will take you directly to the book pages on Amazon for Kindle readers, and Barnes & Noble for Nook readers.”

Still need more to read? See if your local library has more suggestions included in their catalog such as Goodreads or NoveList (through Ebscohost). Such as the series, Women of the West by Janette Oke. Suggestion for search terms:
  • Amish -- Fiction.
  • Love stories.
  • Western stories.
  • Christian fiction.