A COWBOY AT HEART, The Amish of Apple Grove series by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, (C) 2013. I know, I said I hate the Amish stories because they always seemed to deny themselves to permission to be their true selves. One book had an Amish artist and she had to GIVE UP painting because it went against the “ordnung” or Amish rules of order. Well besides all that I have been reading some of these newer books about the Amish anyway just for a change of pace. This one involves an English cowboy and an Amish widow. Usually when this type of thing happens the one must convert to Amish or the Amish leaves the order to become English. I’m not going to tell you what happens.
NARCISSA by Julie Penny, 1985. This 20 year old paperback has such tiny type that I put off reading it for months! But I do enjoy a good pioneer story every now and then so I am going to finish the book anyway! It’s 1836 and nineteen year old Narcissa Peterson agrees to marry Marcus Pittman who is a medical doctor with missionary interests who is traveling out to the Northwest Territory to heal and minister to the Indians along with a Presbyterian minister named Henry Fielding and his wife Elizabeth who becomes a good friend to the artistic Narcissa. Now they areal journeying west with a group of fur trappers and many of the men they work with and meet disapprove of bringing women out west, as the trip is too hard on them. As you may know it’s a very hard life traveling out west-a mere 20 or so miles a day and takes several months to accomplish it.
BUFFALO VALLEY by Debbie Macomber, (2010). Buffalo Valley is a nice little small town located in North Dakota. Vaughn Kyle was hired by a conglomerate which had plans to move in and upset the laid back lifestyle of the sleepy little town. Vaughn wanted to meet the woman who’s son he was named after Hassie Knight, the owner of the pharmacy. Once he arrives he meets Carrie Hendrickson the pharmacy intern and he falls in love. Meanwhile he also falls in love with the little town and ends up trying to save it from ruination by the conglomerate he works for. Doesn’t it sound like a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie?
NOTE: Guess what? I read this book a long time ago. Like most of Debbie Macomber books it’s very predictable, but it’s a nice little story. I am opting out of rereading it right now.