Return to the Valley

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Return to the valley: 3 romances from a unique Pennsylvania Amish community


Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter & Richelle Brunstetter


Barbour Publish






446 pages


In each of these Amish romances, the main character questions whether God will bless her with her heart’s desire, a home and husband.

In Wilma’s wish, when her fiancé’s sister dies, he feels responsible to take in his five orphaned nephews. But they don’t take to Wilma at all. Is there a chance for their marriage or will Wilma and Israel have to give up their wedding plans?

Martha is different from most young woman, she loves hunting and fishing and is not so interested in homemaking skills. In Martha’s miracle, she questions whether she will find a husband who loves her just as she is. But when she finds a man she really cares about, his commitment to the Amish faith is questionable. Do they have a future?

And finally, in Alma’s acceptance, as a young widow she finds herself in a new relationship that is moving quickly. How will this look, particularly to the Amish church members and the elders. To add to her anxiety, unexpected news causes Alma to step back from this new affair of the heart. Can it be restored?

These are typical Amish romance situations which will be welcomed by Amish readers.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Adult and teen Amish fiction aficionados, particularly romance

Christian Impact:

God has a plan for our lives even when we face major disappointments.

Other Notes:

Includes a recipe after each romance.

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About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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