Creating Great Amish Romance With Love Inspired Authors
Love Inspired authors know just how to capture the feeling of starting fresh and falling in love. When it comes to telling stories of hope and faith, Amish Country can be the perfect backdrop for their characters’ journeys. Whether it’s a suspenseful tale of faith in the face of crime or a heartwarming story about finding a new path, an Amish Country read is sure to capture readers’ hearts. Read on for some “behind the scenes” insights on what makes a great Amish romance.
A sense of support and belonging
“Being the youngest of four, I was often left out when I was young. I don’t like being left out, so writing about a community of people who take care of their own no matter what is appealing. I think we all hope that in our own times of need, people won’t abandon us.” —Mary Davis
“As they read my books, I hope readers are entertained, encouraged and touched. I always try to share a few practices or words I’ve learned through my research to give readers a glimpse into various aspects of Amish culture. Mostly, I hope my stories show how satisfying and delightful romantic love can be, as well as reflect God’s grace and love for us.” —Carrie Lighte
Valuing the simpler things in life
“I think this setting resonates with readers because we live in such a fast-paced society, and it’s nice to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. Life isn’t what’s at the end of the road but the journey along the way, when we stop to smell the flowers or enjoy a simple smile.” —Mary Davis
“I’m fascinated by Amish culture and beliefs, which in some ways are similar to my own but in other ways are completely different, and I think that’s why stories set in Amish communities appeal to readers, too. I also think readers appreciate faith-based or wholesome romance that is contemporary but also reflects a simpler era.” —Carrie Lighte
“I love the quiet simplicity and the strength of living on faith. I think stories about the Amish bring both their writers and their readers a sense of calm and peace. I want readers to see that life isn’t all about what we accumulate but what we have inside—strength, faith, love, forgiveness. The Amish can teach us that.” —Lenora Worth
Embracing peace and forgiveness
“I write stories for Love Inspired Suspense in which bad things happen to good people, including my Amish heroes and heroines. Pitting the heinous bad guys against the Plain folks who embrace peace and forgiveness heightens the tension and, in my opinion, makes the evil seem that much worse. My job as a writer is to keep readers turning the pages. They can be assured that in my stories good always triumphs over evil and the characters—both Amish and Englisch—find their happily-ever-after.” —Debby Giusti
Looking for more great Amish stories? Check out these fantastic reads from Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense:
Her New Amish Family by Carrie Lighte
Widower Seth Helmuth needs a mother for his sons, but for now, hiring the Englischer next door as their nanny will have to do. Trina Smith plans to stay in Amish country only long enough to claim her inheritance and sell her grandfather’s house. But as she falls for Seth, his twin boys and Amish life, will she inherit a home and a family?
A Perfect Amish Match by Vannetta Chapman
After three failed relationships, Amish bachelor Noah Graber would rather disappoint his parents than try again. But when matchmaker Olivia Mae Miller agrees to provide courting lessons, Noah’s perfect match becomes clear—it’s Olivia Mae herself! With ailing grandparents at home, she hadn’t planned on love or marriage. Might a future with Noah be everything she’s been missing?
Courting Her Prodigal Heart by Mary Davis
Pregnant and alone, Dori Bontrager is sure her Amish kin won’t welcome her—or the child she’s carrying—into the community. And she’s determined that her return won’t be permanent. As soon as she finds work, she’ll leave again. But with her childhood friend Eli Hochstetler insisting she and her baby belong here, will Dori’s path lead back to the Englisher world…or into Eli’s arms?
Amish Safe House by Debby Giusti
After Julia Bradford’s son witnesses a gang shooting, hiding in witness protection on Abraham King’s Amish farm is the only hope the Englischer and her children have. Even as danger closes in, Julia is drawn to the community’s peaceful ways—and the ex-cop turned Amish protector. But when their location is discovered, can Abraham protect her family…and possibly have a future by her side?