8 Romantic Stories of Unlikely Amish Matches
Amish matches may not always seem like the most romantic of partnerships from the outside. They are often born of obligation, arrangement or duty. But underneath the practicalities of these mergers live values stronger, perhaps, than love at first sight: honor, respect, tradition and friendship.
It is from this foundation of strength and dignity that we see the building blocks of a relationship may develop, and with them a mutual desire that ultimately leads to everything we readers are looking for in an inspirational romance novel—chemistry, growth and ultimately a tender story of true love that sees two people find the affection and happiness they deserve, until death do they part.
So let us introduce these eight eligible couples. Their matches may not seem like the picture-perfect start to a future together, but we promise that they are headed for wedded bliss.
An Amish Courtship (Amish Country Brides) by Jan Drexler
Mary Hochstetter is new to the community, and she immediately catches the eye of Samuel Lapp. But Samuel knows that the community only sees him in the shadow of his ill-liked father. Can he prove to Mary that he is worthy of her? And can Mary overcome the secrets of her own past to allow love into her life?
A Groom for Ruby (The Amish Matchmaker) by Emma Miller
Joseph Brennerman’s mother has hired the matchmaker to find a suitable wife for her son, and newcomer Ruby Plank is definitely not suitable—no matter what her son thinks. Ruby is smitten with Joseph, but she knows she must win over his mother, and that means facing a past she’d rather leave behind.
Their Pretend Amish Courtship (The Amish Bachelors) by Patricia Davids
To get their parents to leave them alone, Fannie Erb and her old friend Noah Bowman agree to pretend that they are courting. Fannie and Noah have no intention of staying together, but as summer wears, they can’t help but notice that true feelings have begun to grow between them.
A Ready-Made Amish Family (Amish Hearts) by Jo Ann Brown
Widowed minister Isaiah Stolzfus needs a nanny to care for the four young children he has temporary guardianship over. Clara Ebersol arrives to help the minister, assured in her heart that she is looking for a job and nothing else. But the matchmakers have a different idea for this group that looks a lot like a family.
A Secret Amish Love (Women of Lancaster County) by Rebecca Kertz
Nell Stolzfus knows that her father will never marry James Pierce, a man outside of the community. But Nell and James cannot deny their feelings, even if they are forbidden to act on them. Nell must make her change his mind, or she will be forced to choose between the community and the man she loves.
An Amish Match (Amish Hearts) by Jo Ann Brown
Rebekah Burkholder is a widow with a run-down farm, a young son and a baby on the way. She knows she can’t take care of everything alone, so when a widower with children of his own proposes, she accepts. Joshua Stolzfus is a kind, handsome man, and together they can build a life. Perhaps love, Rebekah hopes, will follow.
The Amish Bride (Lancaster Courtships) by Emma Miller
Ellen Beachley is ready to marry and it is decided that she may choose her own groom—from a pair of brothers who both have different things to offer her. But should she choose Micah, the carefree younger brother, or Neziah, a widower with whom Ellen shares a painful past?
A Beau for Katie (The Amish Matchmaker) by Emma Miller
Katie Byler has agreed to work as a housekeeper for the Kemp family, but did not intend to develop feelings for the handsome young Freeman Kemp. The sparks between them fly, but Katie thinks Freeman is impossible. The only thing they seem to be able to agree on is finding a match for Freeman’s lonely uncle.