The Heart's Frontier

The Amish of Apple Grove, No. 1
Narrated by: Cecily White
Series: The Amish of Apple Grove, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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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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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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Loved it!

I loved this story! I listened to the audiobook and I so enjoyed the narrator too. Imagine an Amish woman and cowboy falling in love. This was the best of both worlds and I wondered how the author was going to keep these two together long enough to fall in love. But you know the authors did just that. And....kept it interesting and things happening all the time. Luke and Emma’s story was actually a fun read. Adding little sister, Mammi, Dad and the other cowboys to the mix was even better. I can’t wait to listen to the next two books in this series. I was given a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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Fascinating Adventure

Emma and her Amish family are robbed of all their belongings as they travel to move to a new location. After miles on foot, they finally arrive at a small town. Tired, unfamiliar with the ways of Englishers, and out of funds, they pray for God to help them. The answer literally falls at their feet when Luke is tossed out of a saloon and lands in front of them. Luke is the trail boss of his first cattle drive. He is following in his father's footsteps and has every intention of arriving early at his destination. He was going to prove he could do this as well as his father had done for years and years. So when this Amish family views him as the answer to their prayers, he has to let them down. He makes certain they have a place to rest their heads, but that's the best he can do. Will Luke leave this family stranded when he has the ability to help them? Will he risk arriving late at the destination of his first cattle drive? And why does Emma's disappointment and disgust bother him? As he rides off, he can't stop thinking of her. The Heart's Frontier is the third Amish novel I've read, but the first historical Amish novel. I enjoyed it very much. Emma is a daring and decisive young lady. She is devoted to her Amish beliefs. But she cannot stop thinking about Luke. If he became Amish, she could marry him. But would he be willing to do that? Luke is devoted to God and he respects Emma's father's beliefs. But he's certain he could never live that lifestyle. Her father would never approve of him for his daughter. He must forget her. Will these two ever find a way to be together? This is a well-written and adventurous story. It has great side characters which adds depth to the story. The main characters are especially well developed. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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Great story

I couldn't stop listening! This story was very good, sweet and clean. I recommend it.

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I LOVED it!

I really enjoyed both the story as well as the narration of this book. It's a bit of a different story than Lori's normal books but I enjoyed it every bit as much as her other books!

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Enjoyed book

Never read a book that took place in the 1700. With the Amish and cowboys. Interesting take in like then. Enjoyed the grandmother in the book she so much fun.

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WESTERN DAYS IN 1881

El Paso,Texas 1880’s.cattle drives, rustlers, robbers,Amish, and the Western day’s at that time. Nice blend when the rough and the plain meet. Their possessions are gone, when Luke comes upon them, wanting to help. Nice story full of laughs, and tears. Given ARC audio.with the narration by Cecilia White was good, and added to the story.

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  • 09-29-18

4 Stars for the story

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I enjoy these authors, so I was a bit disappointed. It seemed to take forever to get going, the first three hours were very slow, then it did pay off and got much better, so while I'm used to giving Ms. Smith and Ms. Copeland 5 star ratings, I have to give it a four... which isn't bad. The one thing that really took away from the book was the narrator. Emma's voice was described as low and if I recall, smooth. Cecily White's pitch was very high and she would do much better as a YA narrator. This book had a masculine feel to it with all of the cowboys, but her high pitch just put the whole book off kilter. I'm sure she's very good with other genres, but they really made a mistake with this narrator. Unfortunately, because of the narrator, I won't be listening to the rest of the series.

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A thoroughly enjoyable story

I thoroughly enjoyable this tale of Amish meets the Old West. Not only did the authors do a wonderful job, but the narrator did as well. I definitely recommend this book on audible or otherwise.

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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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  • 03-12-18

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.