Susan Hostetler a young Amish woman who had left her community for life in the outside world, returns home to her family with her English friend, Teresa Long, and Teresa’s newborn, fatherless son. Teresa has come in hopes of settling with the Amish people.Deacon Ray gets wind of the situation and forbids the unwed mother from attending the church services, fearing she will pollute the young people of the community.
Susan’s estranged boyfriend, Thomas Stoll, who still has hopes of winning her back, fears the trouble with Teresa will drive Susan back into the English world.
Thomas convinces Yost Byler, an old bachelor, to propose to Teresa and adopt her child after the marriage. When Yost visits Deacon Ray with his plan, Deacon Ray agrees to the idea and removes the restriction, allowing Teresa to begin attending instruction classes.Outraged at this turn of events, Susan is unable to persuade Teresa from her plans to marry Yost. Yet throughout it all, Deacon Ray’s son, James, notices the depth of Teresa’s devotion to the faith and to her son, and finds himself drawn to her.
With two Amish men interested in her, Teresa has a decision to make...and so does Susan. Will Susan stay in the community she loves....or venture back to the freedom she enjoyed in the English world?
About JerryJerry Eicher's bestselling Amish fiction (more than 210,000 in combined sales) includes The Adams County Trilogy, the Hannah's Heart books, and the Little Valley Series. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he's been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia.
My ReviewSusan's' story continues in this book: Susan returns back home and brings her new Englisha friend, Teresa, with her to her family's Amish farm. Teresa is an unmarried mother of a baby boy who is trying to start her life over again. While at Susan's families farm she finds the Lord and plenty of loving friends, it sure was tough going for a while.
Will Susan get baptized into the Amish church and will she end up with Thomas? You will want to read Book Three "Where Love Grows" to find out.
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I was so happy when I received Jerry Eicher's Second book in the Fields of Home series, "Following your Heart". I become totally lost in the homey world that Jerry creates in this series of books. Because he comes from the Amish world, he is able to expertly weave in details in his stories that make the reader feel as though they are inside the book with the characters, experiencing everything. I became completely lost in this book. I'm a big fan of Amish fiction and Jerry's books never disappoint! Each of his books become better than the one before.
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(Book Two in the Fields of Home series)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; 2nd edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736944788
- ISBN-13: 978-0736944786
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