Latest Olivia Newport Release: Gladden the Heart (Plus Giveaway)

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A sleeping preacher? There couldn’t really be such a thing, could there?

That’s the question in Gladden the Heart. In the nineteenth century, amid revivalism movements, a number of religious groups experienced preachers who seemed to fall into trances or into unconsciousness and wake up to preach for lengthy periods of time. Despite having no training as preachers, they gathered followings. This happened even among the Amish.

But could this be genuine? Could the lively, impassioned style of preaching more akin to the Methodist revival tents than the usual solemn ways of Amish worship lead to genuine spiritual experience? In Gladden the Heart, as some Amish become curious, they find themselves wondering: What is a genuine spiritual experience?

The question turns personal for Susanna when her beloved cousin Noah begins preaching while under trances and crowds gather to watch. She and Adam, her intended, must grapple with whether love is possible if they come to different conclusions.

When the divided community faces a life-or-death situation, they must respond to a crisis that challenges them to look past their differences. But can strong-held opinions be softened by the truths that shape their lives?

Gladden the Heart is the latest in the Amish Turns of Time series that began with Wonderful Lonesome. To celebrate the new story, enter to win a copy of Wonderful Lonesome, where it all started, or a copy of Gladden the Heart.

To enter, leave a comment and let us know which book  you would love to win. Two winners will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday June 14th!


*Giveaway starts today, Tuesday, June 6th and ends Tuesday, June 13th and is only open to US residents*

The five titles in the Amish Turns of Time series include Wonderful Lonesome, Meek and Mild, Brightest and Best, Hope in the Land, and Gladden the Heart. Olivia Newport chases joy in Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.

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36 thoughts on “Latest Olivia Newport Release: Gladden the Heart (Plus Giveaway)

  1. I would like to win a copy of Brightest and Best. I love your books. Thank you for the opportunity.

  2. I am so happy to see your name back out here, I have read your books and have always enjoyed them. I sure would love to win your book, and then be able to make a review on it.

  3. I would love to have either of these books. The cover is so inviting on each and I would like to discover what
    is inside. I probably choose Wonderful Lonesome as my book of choice. Thank you for the opportunity to
    enter the giveaway.

  4. I would love to win “Wonderful Lonesome” since I have the other book on pre-order 🙂 I’ve only read “Hope in the Land” and it hooked me right away! Olivia is a wonderful authir, I look forward to reading more of her books. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Gladden the Heart would be a wonderful addition to
    our collection. I love reading Amish novels. Thank
    you for sharing your books.

  6. Any of your books would be wonderful! Since Wonderful Lonesome is the first in the series, that’d probably be best unless each is a stand alone book. Thanks so much for sharing this chance to win!

  7. I would love to win her book, “Gladden the Heart”. We already have the book, “A Wonderful Lonesome”.
    If I win, this book will be going to the Church Library.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  8. I would love to read either of these books but if I had to choose it would probably be Gladden the Heart. The covers are fantastic and colorful. Thanks for the chance to win one of these books.

  9. Hi, I would be very interested in Gladden the Heart as i know it will be just as wonderful as your other books.
    Thank You, Carol Q.

  10. This is a new series to me. I would love to start at the beginning and read “Wonderful Lonesome”. Really enjoy reading Amish fiction and would like to read this series.

  11. I would like to Read both books.. but choose Wonderful Lonesome to begin.. I am drawn to the Cover… I have several Amish Families living on my road…

  12. Diane Paulson is the winner of Wonderful Lonesome and Judith A Fritz is the winner of Gladden the Heart. Congratulations! Thanks for entering, everyone!

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