Gladden the Heart: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Gladden the Heart

Gladden the Heart – An Amish Revival?!

Yep! You read that right! Ever think you’d read a novel about circuit riders and revivals in the Amish community? Me either! But what a wonderful story Olivia Newport brings to her readers with her latest release, Gladden the Heart, fifth in her Amish Turns of Time series.

A host of characters rounds out this fascinating read: Susannah, Adam, and Noah in particular. Susannah is a sweet, young Amish woman. She loves where she lives, loves Adam, and is curious about the circuit rider preacher that lives near her. Adam loves Susannah, and is a devout Amish man. He tries hard to stick to their church’s Ordnung and anything their bishop says. Noah, Susanna’s most cherished cousin, is a minister in their 1847 Amish settlement.

When Noah suddenly starts going into a trance and preaches a VERY non-traditional Amish sermon, the entire community is in a dither: Some condemn him, others are confused. Interested in this new finding of Noah, Susannah agrees to help keep him safe during his trances…. which is in direct opposition to Adam’s view. Can they find common ground? What will become of Noah? Read and find out!

I was given Gladden the Heart in exchange for my honest review. I found it intriguingly wonderful! What a great storyline. Although fifth in the series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. To date, this is my favorite in the series. Brava, Olivia Newport!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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Second Chance Amish Bride: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Second Chance Amish Bride

Second Chance Amish Bride – Wrong Title, Fantastic Read

Marta Perry has been on the Amish genre scene for a while now. She’s had some really good ones (with Keepers of the Promise series among them.) So when I was given the opportunity to review her newest release, Second Chance Amish Bride, I wondered: Would it be up to par with her other writings? Yes – and then some!

Second Chance Amish Bride tells the story of Amish maedel Jessie Millier. She’s not a spring chicken – she’s in her 30s <gasp>! But Jessie is satisfied with her station in life.

Caleb King is wheelchair bound (hopefully temporarily), due to an accident. His wife abandoned him, and then came home to die. He has kids that need a little TLC. When his late wife’s cousin Jessie (yes, that one) arrives at Caleb’s place, he is outraged and wants nothing to do with her. But what can he do? And don’t forget: The Amish Grapevine is alive and well and causing LOTS of drama!

Can Caleb forgive his late wife? Can he get over his bitterness? Will Jessie be able to answer her heart’s cry, and fulfill the wishes of her late cousin? Read and find out!

I was given Second Chance Amish Bride in exchange for my honest review. The characters were complex and the storylines were gripping. My only criticism is the novel’s title, which does not seem to aptly describe the book. That being said, I absolutely love Second Chance Amish Bride, and it is my favorite Marta Perry novel to-date!


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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Weddings at Promise Lodge: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Weddings at Promise Lodge

Weddings at Promise Lodge – Interesting and Entertaining

When you find a novel by Charlotte Hubbard, you know you’ve found a fun treat. Such was the case when I happened upon her latest release, Weddings at Promise Lodge. It’s a great little novel to end the summer.

Weddings at Promise Lodge takes readers back to Promise Lodge and its famous Bender sisters. Christine is smitten with a widowed newcomer, Bishop Monroe Burkholder. But when a woman from his old church shows up at Promise Lodge claiming that Monroe “ruined” her, the drama begins.

I was given Weddings at Promise Lodge in exchange for my honest review. While it can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading them in order as many storylines, including how Promise Lodge came into being, are established in previous novels. I thoroughly enjoyed the sweet romances made at Promise Lodge, but was caught a bit off guard by the unconventional ways of the Promise Lodge church. The characters were openly amorous with one another, and even a bit suggestive. I would say this is more of a Christian fiction novel, rather than an Amish genre novel. That being said, I found the storylines interesting and entertaining.


Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!


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