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Where the Heart Takes You: Amish New World #1

Virginia Wise

ISBN 9781420147797
Publish Date 12/18/2018
Format Paperback
Categories Inspirational, Inspirational, Amish, Zebra, New Series, Fresh Voices, Bouquet, Amish New World
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In this sweeping new historical series by Virginia Wise, a young woman finds a new life in America’s first Amish settlement—and discovers that love requires a special sort of courage . . .

Pennsylvania, 1737. Greta Scholtz braved a perilous journey—and the loss of her beloved father—to find religious freedom in America. With two orphan children she's taken under her wing, she's trying hard to survive this rugged new world. So she won't let settlement elders pressure her into marrying reserved widower Jacob Miller. She and Jacob simply can’t agree on anything—even if the unexpected feeling between them is proving an irresistible force . . .

After losing his wife and baby, grief-stricken Jacob keeps everyone at arm’s length. Duty is the only reason he began helping the headstrong Greta make a life for herself and her charges. Yet he’s grown to admire her, especially her strength in the face of obstacles—including him and his wounded ways. But wrenching misunderstandings and a jealous rival could separate them forever. To find harmony—and perhaps even a future together—Greta and Jacob must take a leap of faith and risk opening their hearts . . .

Where the Heart Takes You is a beautifully-written Amish love story that you won't want to put down.” —Lisa Jones Baker

About Virginia Wise:

Virginia Wise’s favorite pastimes include wandering Lancaster County’s Amish country and exploring living history museums that inspire her stories—and help her connect readers with a forgotten past. When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting and taking long walks in the woods. Visit her online at

Average Customer Review

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Customer Review

Great historical romance! (Sunday, December 2, 2018)

If you like romance novels with cozy settings and characters you miss once you're finished reading, this book is for you!!!

I was kind of worried I wouldn't connect to the historical setting but instead I didn't want to leave this early American settler village. Virginia Wise made me feel as if I could smell the wood burning and see the cozy farms and vegetable & herb gardens.

Virginia Wise is definitely a funny author and writes her characters in such a way you think you know them. Sometimes they were frustrating but the story unfolded in such a way that the frustration actually made the ending better.

Without a doubt, this is my favorite Amish romance!

'loved Virginia Wise's Where the Heart Takes You (Saturday, November 10, 2018)
Reviewer: Deborah Tompkins Johnson Author of How Did They Do That? – Career Highlights, Triumphs, and Challenges

First, I was happy to learn of Virginia Wise’s book, Where the Heart Takes You, at a writers’ conference I attended late summer. I enjoyed her novel very much, recommend it and look forward to also reading the next in the Amish New World series.

When I read a novel and I sense the characters and the story-line throughout my day, I know I have a good one. Such is the case with Where the Heart Takes You.

I loved that author Virginia Wise introduced us to the main characters in a way that we came to know them well enough to almost anticipate their next actions and reactions, similar to when we know what a friend or family member will do or not—sometimes before they know that truth themselves. I liked that not only did I feel as if I knew the main characters, but the SECONDARY characters, too, remained true to the personalities originally portrayed.

Where the Heart Takes You is not predictable, but I was hopeful that the love story would bear out with the ending that I wanted. I must admit I was tempted several times to read ahead. I didn’t. The ending and the scenes that led to the close were worth the wait. I can only tell you, I was not disappointed.

Where the Heart Takes You is not only a story of romance, but also gives us a peek into the family-type commitment seen among neighbors, which was shown to be unusually strong and bears out stories of Amish culture I have heard and read of before—a refreshing experience.

I love Christian-based novels as I find the good ones are nice to pass along to friends whether they are in the faith or not. Since people just love a good-read, faith-based novels—can in a subtle way—share the message of Jesus Christ’s love and entertain at the same time.

REVIEW: Where the Heart Takes You by Virginia Wise (Thursday, October 4, 2018)
Reviewer: Toni DeLancey

I met Virginia Wise at a conference and after she talked about her new book, I asked if I might be able to read an advanced copy. She graciously gave me one to read! Although I’ve never read an Amish Romance, and really didn’t think I’d like it, I was intrigued to see what this genre of books was all about. Wise’s niche is historical fiction in the Amish romance genre. Now, historical fiction is something I’ve always loved and so it made me curious enough to want to read it from a historical perspective.

As a Christian woman in my 40’s (also a professional working woman), Wise’s writing about historical Amish settlers struggling to make a life in the new world actually resonated with my value set and spoke to my very soul. I had a hard time putting it down. It sounds crazy to even write here, but, I fell in love with her writing style - her descriptions of the harsh, unsettled land, her rugged characters, sophisticated storyline and much anticipated ending!

Her rich story was well developed and compelling. Through her writing, Wise espoused wholesome values and virtues throughout the love story building between her main characters, Greta Scholtz and Jacob Miller. Hard work, plain-living and selflessness clashed at times with pride, vanity, and jealousy; lessons we are all still experiencing today in our harsh, modern world. Her work inspired me to continue to aspire to apply these strong virtues of Greta Scholtz back to my life as a wife, mother to four, and in the secular workplace.

Wise also wove in valuable Biblical lessons such as understanding God’s will in our lives, receiving rich rewards for obedience, and having contentment with what the Lord has blessed us with. She showed her readers what people historically endured to have the religious freedom that we so freely enjoy today. It was such a joy to read and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

If you love Amish Romance, I know you'll love this book. And, if you're like me and really don't think it's for you - give it a try! I think you'll be really surprised. I sure was. Wise is an amazing writer.

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