Saturday, October 7, 2017

Phoebe's Gift By Jerry Eicher

Dreams Never Die When You Believe in Them
Phoebe Lapp's grandmother was anything but ordinary. Before her death, the eccentric elderly woman purchased three Assateague ponies, seemingly for no reason. But after her passing, Phoebe learns of her beloved grandmother's wish to start an Amish pony farm in a lovely little valley near the Adirondack Mountains for hurting Englisha children. That dream now lies with Phoebe if she decides to fulfill it, but a teaching position is available as well. Which path should she choose?

Further complicating her decision, before her passing, Grandma Lapp asked a neighbor, David Fisher, to be involved in running the farm and help Phoebe. David agrees, but his sister Ruth has yet to abandon her rumspringa, and the only reason she hasn't left the church already is because of Grandma Lapp's kindness. Unbeknownst to Phoebe, David has secret hopes of attracting her affection, but Ruth's decision to stay or jump the fence could make things difficult for him.

Phoebe knows she has choices to make—whether or not to honor her grandmother's legacy and what to do about David's growing attentions toward her. But she's not alone. God is with her every step of the way. 

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As a boy, Jerry Eicher spent eight years in Honduras where his grandfather helped found an Amish community outreach. As an adult, Jerry taught for two terms in parochial Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. He has been involved in church renewal for 14 years and has preached in churches and conducted weekend meetings of in-depth Bible teaching. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, and their four children in Virginia. 

My Thoughts...
Book two in the Peace in the Valley series. It can easily be read as a stand alone.
It is a very simple story about the plain people with so much heart. The whole premise Dreams never die when you believe in them is through out the whole book. Phoebe Lapp was not your plain ordinary Amish girl. And her story was one that you will be thinking about and talking about for some time after you read the last page. The story did end leaving you wondering, well maybe I should say left you hanging. I am sure that book three will answer my unanswered questions. And fill in the blanks.
This is a 4 star book and one you should check out.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.



  1. Jerry is awesome. I can't wait to read it.

  2. I have the first one and I have been waiting in your review of the next two.

  3. I see one more to order now thanks Mary she will have plenty to read now.

  4. I think if I had a prior life I was probably Amish! I love reading anything about them. The only thing that I didn't like hearing from this review was that it leaves you hanging! I hate to read books like that! So.......I'll think about this one! Thanks Mary for your honest opinion.

  5. This author has some of the best Amish books. I will have to see about this one at the books store thanks for sharing it with us.

  6. I am going to check with my library and see if they will get this one for me.

  7. I am not reading Amish books any more they are all the same.

  8. I really like the last book in this series. I will be going to B&N today and looking for this one.

    1. Natalie, you are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!

  9. Thanks for posting this, I want to read this one.

  10. I haven't read anything by Jerry yet, maybe I should :-) Thanks for the lovely review, Mary.

  11. Yes Please !!! Blessings DanaGirl