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Publisher's Summary

An exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

Kansas,1881--On a trip to visit relatives, Emma Switzer's Amish family is robbed of all their possessions, leaving them destitute and stranded on the prairie. Walking into the nearest trading settlement, they pray to the Lord for someone to help. When a man lands in the dust at her feet, Emma looks down at him and thinks, The Lord might have cleaned him up first.

Luke Carson, heading up his first cattle drive, is not planning on being the answer to anyone's prayers, but it looks as though God has something else in mind for this kind and gentle man. Plain and rugged--do the two mix? And what happens when a dedicated Amish woman and a stubborn trail boss prove to be each other's match?

©2012 Copeland, Inc. and Virginia Smith (P)2017 Copeland, Inc. and Virginia Smith

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such a fun story!

I read this book in paperback form several years ago, and I was excited to see that it was an audiobook now. The narrator does a fabulous job of characterizing the different players and keeping the story going at a quick pace.

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Kept me listening to the end

I should confess I have avoided Amish romances in the past, but this one sounded good and I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did as I couldn't put it down.
Sweet Amish listen where papa and the family stay true to their Amish beliefs and morals while helping out an "English" person who helped them when they were in a fix. The story flowed well and the narration was excellent. The voices in the story were especially done well.
I will also confess I don't often care for grandma characters in books, both their written character and the narration of them. The Grandma in The Heart's Frontier was one of my favorite characters in the book though. Her wisdom and the care of her family was heartwarming and just right.
Enjoyable listen, looking forward to more in the series.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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It feels like a teenage romance novel.

I apologize. I got my reviews mixed up. This review is for “A Plain and Simple Heart.” Go to “A Plain and Simple Heart” for a review of “The Heart’s Frontier.” Sorry about that!

Again this book seems to show an unusual slant on the Amish. Yes, Rebecca is on her Rumspringa, but, even so, it is difficult to imagine an Amish young girl behaving as Rebecca does! She is quite an immature you lady!

These two books of the 'Amish of Apple Grove' series are gentle romances set in the west. They feel like the romance books I read as a teenager!

The narration is well done, the individual characters are distinguished well from each other.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, via Audiobook Boom, and have voluntarily left this review."

I listened to book 2 before book 1 and was not very impressed. But this was a great story.I loved how the Amish society embraced their principles yet were able to help others when they needed to and were willing to accept whatever happened for fulfilling the principles of the Bible. Loved the ending, as a matter of fact, every interaction was good. The narrator made the characters come alive and you could tell each one throughout the story.

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A Sweet Story of Love and culture clash

"A Sweet Story of Love and culture clash"

Two different cultures keep them apart, but when God brings two hearts together, culture is transcended.



This sweet story by Virginia Smith and Lori Copeland was a good listen. However, would have never gotten through the book if I had read it. Cecily White did an excellent job making this story interesting. LOVED her characters!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Delightful!! 💕

This is such a delightful story. It has everything you would want in a wholesome story of faith, romance and love. Each character is written with very unique personalities while being respectful to both the Amish faith and cowboy culture. The narration was very well done and definitely added dimension to this story. I highly recommended this clean listen and am looking forward to more in this series. 💓

I received a copy of the audiobook at no cost at my request and I'm voluntarily leaving this review . My thanks to the author and narrator for this opportunity. 😊

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Good Christian Cross-Cultural Romance Story.

What made the experience of listening to The Heart's Frontier the most enjoyable?

This is a clean, Christian romance story that portrays the Amish and other Christians accurately and respectfully. The story is well-written with a well-paced plot and intriguing characters. The story is rife with situational humor as the Amish family and the cowboys work together. This is the first book I have read by these authors. The action scenes are very good and the story is both creative and believable. The dialogue is a bit predictable, but overall this is an excellent book. It is well worth a listen especially if you are fond of Amish, cowboy or Christian romance books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

While the two main characters are incredibly likeable and well-written, my favorite characters were Momma (the fiesty Amish grandmother with a proverb for every situation) and Griff (the stubborn, cranky old trail cook with a heart of gold). Their interactions are hilarious.

What does Cecily White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cecily White is a perfect narrator for this story. She nails the German parts as well as the cowboy and Amish accents. This adds immensely to the story. She also gives each character a distinct personality. I will look for more titles from this narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

God works in mysterious ways. After an Amish family is robbed on the way to another Amish community, they pray to God for help. They did not expect to have that help be thrown out of a bar to land at their feet. This is one of many humorous examples of how God provides in this story. The others are just as humorous and unexpected.

Any additional comments?

I recieved a free review copy of this book from the author or publisher. I voluntarily left this review. Great book and family appropriate.

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Very Enjoyable

Enjoyed this book so much. Great characters and wonderful story. The narrator's voice was excellent and brought depth to the characters. Looking forward to hearing the others in this series. Definitely a keeper!

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a great cowboys story

a lovely historical story .. with a lovely romance .. i loved the book ... the narrator was nice and did a nice work.

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Cowboys and Amish


The Heart's Frontier The Amish of Apple Grove, No. 1
: Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith

This is a clean historical, western romance that merges Amish and English characters. ÏIt was a bit different than most Amish romance I have read. A nice relaxing listen.

The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Cecily White does a fantastic job with accents. I enjoyed this very much.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Layla
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Sweet Romance

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I really liked this book more then I expected. I have read books in this genre before and some are better then others.

I believe the author did really well in portraing the characters, in that she made them more 3D, so they felt real in how they acted. Also the author did a great job in showing us the characters personality without being told. It was easy for me to picture them in my head by how they acted.
All the characters behaved in the way that I thought they would behave but it was not all black and white. It was actually an interesting read and made you think about your own personality and if you could have done what they did.

This is a clean read so it suitable for all and I would highly recommend it.
The narrator did a great job in voicing all the characters out and giving them there own personality.