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Summer Beach Reads


Need some good summer beach reads? Well, you’re in luck! I have a few recommendations from the ladies who review over at Destination Amish. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to sit down under a shade tree with a stack of books, a hungry imagination, and a curious mind. Summer, to me, is all about catching up on reading books that have been pushed to the side during the hustle and bustle of the year.

I love my library, but there is something about a bookstore that I adore. We have a few small local bookstores, but when we head to the “city” to a Barnes and Noble or Books a Million, my daughter and I have the best time. Such variety! She is a total bookworm who is counting down the days until Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, comes out in July. Do you get super excited for a book’s release date? We do! Now, enough of my rambling and let’s get down to business at hand and read what books the ladies recommend.

Sue Laitinen loved Sarah Price’s Second Chances: An Amish Retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I have read all of Sarah’s Amish Classics series and must confess that of the three, Second Chances has been my favorite. Fantastic characters if I do say so myself. This is what Sue had to say:

Timeless as the classic itself, Sarah Price’s retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen will have your heart skipping beats.

She also suggests readers to pick up a copy of Amish Promises by Leslie Could and Caroline’s Secret by Amy Lillard. Both are great books and will keep you turning the pages.

These next snippets of reviews are from Susan Ferrell who recently read Tiffany Girl by Deanne Gist and A Faith of Her Own (great covers, btw) by Kathleen Fuller. I think it’s safe to say that Susan REALLY enjoyed reading these books!

I am most often found reading something within the Amish genre, except for a few outliers. Deanne Gist is one of those authors who has always captivated me with her storytelling. When my copy of her latest release, Tiffany Girl, arrived I could hardly wait! Over 500 pages, and my daughter figured I would have this novel read by next year. Ha! Try barely sleeping and reading it in two days. Yes – it is THAT good.

Kathleen Fuller knows how to craft a good story. The main storyline, as well as the subplots, were told with precision. She develops each character so well. Fuller fans will remember Anna Mae’s character from her Mysteries of Middlefield series (although it is for younger readers, I highly recommend it!) And while A Faith of Her Own can certainly be read as a stand-alone, reading that series may give some added depth to the characters as you read along. At any rate, my strong recommendation is that you pick up a copy of this novel. In my opinion, it is one of Fuller’s best yet.

Lisa Bull is a big fan of Melissa Tagg and Becky Wade. Here are her thoughts on From the Start and Undeniably Yours:

From the Start will take your heart in many directions…and you will find yourself beginning to wonder the final destination.

Melissa writes beautiful love stories. Love of family. Love of friends. Love of the dreamy guy (smiles). Most of all, she tells the story of God’s love and how all other love flows through Him.

I just finished my first book by Becky Wade, Undeniably Yours. Oh. My. Word. I loved it! Undeniably Yours is a Christian Romance. I am proud of Becky for weaving God’s love, direction, and grace all throughout the book. The book deals with a variety of issues from self-esteem, social issues, class issues to betrayal, suspense, loyalty and LOVE

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Michelle Dawn (17 Posts)

Michelle Dawn is a coffee-addicted, donut-loving gal who enjoys all things Amish. When she is not immersing herself in the latest Amish fiction read, you can find her and her awesome hubby with their equally wonderful kiddos eating their way through Ohio’s Amish country. She started Destination Amish with two goals in mind: to share her love of Amish country and spread the word about Amish fiction. Destination Amish has become a popular place for many authors to visit and is known for really fabulous giveaways. Working with the motto Destination Amish…a place where books come to life…Michelle brings the pages of your favorite books to life through pictures and ramblings about consuming vast amounts of Amish pastries.


  1. Juanita Cook says:

    I would like to read Amish Promises. I won’t be doing much this Summer. Have had a lot of medical expenses this year. But I will be doing some reading every day. Love reading the Amish fiction books

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