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I’m often asked what the draw is for Amish romance. Why do people love it? What pulls them in? Is it the calm life, the peaceful community… What tugs at so many people when it comes to Amish romance?

And I have a theory! It’s the same draw that historical romance has for readers–it’s a slower paced society with fewer modern worries, and the heightened temptation after being told no!

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In historical romance, the hero and heroine have to follow a certain set of social rules that keeps them physically separate. A touch on the hand, a walk in the park, all become so much more heightened when holding hands is taboo and a stolen kiss is enough to ruin a woman!

Those narrow, confining rules do the exact same thing in Amish romance. The Amish world is one where men and women stay separate, and women keep to the home. So how do you get a hero and heroine together? How do you get them past all those restrictions to fall into each other’s arms for that long awaited kiss?

That’s the fun part!

Amish people are human, too, and love and passion are just as much a part of their lives as anyone else. They just get there a little more patiently… They’re masters of the slow burn.

In fact, some Amish communities use a tradition called “bundling” where they put a young man and a young woman in the same bed overnight, separated by bundles of blankets and pillows, and they are permitted to get to know each other… Weird? Not really, if you consider that the Amish are also pragmatic. They know exactly what makes for a happy marriage besides strength of character and faith in God. Passion, attraction and longing are just as important in a marriage. That bed where the young couple is “bundled” is going to be a big part of that marriage relationship…

But not before marriage. For that, you need to wait. 😉 And that is the appeal of Amish romance, where passion is just as important, and the waiting is delightful agony.


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For a proper young Amish widow struggling to begin again, encountering her reckless first love will test her forgiveness, resolve—and heart . . .

Overwhelmed by grief and tending twin baby daughters, Rosmanda Lapp is without options. She still blames her brother-in-law, Levi, for her husband’s accidental death—but she and her aging in-laws need him to keep their farm going. Yet as Levi takes on his responsibilities with a new determination and steadiness, she can’t help but regret that she chose his serious-minded brother over him. For Levi is still very much the passionate man she loved—and Rosmanda now has even more reasons to keep him at arm’s length . . .

Levi can’t blame Rosmanda for staying clear of him. He has mistakes to make up for and must finally do right by his parents. Still, he never got over his brother stealing Rosmanda away. And he can’t  deny the feelings that even now tempt them back to each other. And when a mistake from her past threatens her reputation, Levi will do whatever it takes to help her—and trust that faith and courage will at last help them claim a future together . . .


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