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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kelly Irvin Amish Novel


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by Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is the author of several Amish series
Kelly Irvin
including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of the Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty-two years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-eight years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.

Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin
Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author

From the book’s back cover:

Rebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn’t create. Tobias Byler is haunted by regret. Can two young runaways from half a world away teach them the healing power of true family?

Rebekah isn’t like her sister who left the Amish faith, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close-knit Amish community makes her feel as if she’s been judged and found lacking. The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have.

Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can’t erase the past that accompanies his every thought.

A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy.

In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek.

From Jo:
Rebekah Lantz feels she’s being judged by the actions of her sister who left the Amish faith. Tobias Byler tries to leave his mistakes behind by moving to Bee County, Texas. Two sibling runaway children search for a better life. Kelly Irvin weaves the misfortunes of these four characters into a seamless and enjoyable story of forgetting the past. Beautiful characterizations and setting descriptions that bring the residents of Bee County alive for the reader.

Title: The Saddle Maker’s Son
Author: Kelly Irvin
Publisher: Zondervan
Release date: June 2016
Purchase link: Amazon

One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive a print copy of The Saddle Maker’s Son.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment through Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin is Diana. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

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  1. We visited Shipshewana IN, an Amish community, this fall and enjoyed it so much. I'd love to read this book.
    I am a follower.

  2. I love the Amish community. We live close to Goshen Indiana and Middlebury. Have visited Amish Acres and Shipshewana many times. I love the spirit among the people. This book sounds really good. Blessings

  3. This is my firt visit on the blog. Love Jo's books. We shop at an Amish store in a small town and love the people and products. They produce the best butter I have ever eaten. This book sound like a great read.

  4. Another must read for me! The runaway children does it for me.
    I am a follower

  5. Oh yes, I NEED this book! It is on my wish list, I have read the other two in the series and would love to win a copy of this one.

    I am a follower!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  6. Sounds interesting! Catherine1castleatgmaildotcom

  7. Sounds like one I would really enjoy. Would love to win a copy. lacy1942(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. This sounds like a lovely story. Thanks for this review and giveaway.

  9. This sounds like a great story! Would love to read it.

  10. Sounds like a great book. I'd love a chance to win it.


  11. I'm in, I love Amish stories of all kinds!

  12. Love Kelly Irvin books and all Amish fiction books.

  13. Sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.
    KINGsDaughter 5683 (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. I follow by email. I'd love to read this book. The title and cover are so inviting....

  15. I love Kelly's books and Amish is my favorite genre! I would love to read this! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

  16. I love Kelly's books. I am a follower.

  17. I've read such great reviews on this book!! It does make me want to read it for myself, thank you for the chance Jo! I'll also be sharing this on FB & Twitter & I am a follower. :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. Thanks for this review and giveaway! I love to read Amish fiction. I am a follower on e-mail. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

  19. I won The Beekeeper's Son and would love to win this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. I'm a follower! This sounds like such a great read!


  21. I am a follower!
    connie.tillman82 at gmail dot come
    I love amish books!

    Looks very good. Thanks for a chance to win, my fingers are crossed and here's hoping.

  23. I've never read Kelly's books, but they sound good. lelandandbecky at reagan dot com

  24. THE SADDLE MAKER'S SON sounds very intriguing! Such a blend of diverse characters. Thanks for sharing the review, excerpt & chance to win with us! I also follow through email. rw620 AT aol DOT com

  25. Hey All, I was a little under the weather for a while so I hope you'll forgive me for doing a group reply to your comments--so much interest in Amish fiction! Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments. I see those who follow my blog and I will enter you in the drawing a second time. I appreciate your kind words and following my blog! Good luck to all in the book drawing.