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Dianne Christner

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Amish Fiction’s Cousin

Dianne Christner writes from her home in Phoenix, Arizona. But the setting for her new series is Plain City, Ohio, where she met and married her husband Jim. Raised Mennonite, when Christner writes, she invites her readers to Fall in Love the Mennonite Way. Although she is no longer a member of the Mennonite church, she admires the Mennonite people for their many commendable attributes and alludes to these in her fiction. Like the Amish, whose roots evolve from the Mennonite faith, they exemplify a simple lifestyle structured around family and community. But unlike the Amish, they mingle more with the world, and Christner puts the fish out of water aspect in the limelight. Her books bring a wider perspective to Amish fiction readers and maintain the authenticity of her background.
Christner’s first book was published in 1994, and now she has eight historical novels. Her Plain City Bridesmaid series falls under the contemporary romance genre of Christian fiction.
Dianne and Jim Christner have two married children, five grandchildren, and many friends and family in various sects of the Mennonite church. You may find information about her other books at where she keeps a blog about the Mennonite lifestyle.
Christner belongs to Christian Writers of the West, American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and National Association of Professional Women.

Books by Author

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The Southern Belle Brides Collection

The Belle of the Congaree by Lauralee Bliss Columbia, South Carolina—1866 Mason Bassinger reluctantly travels to post-war South Carolina seeking lands his carpetbagger brother can buy. Elisa Anderson barely survives after her family’s plantation was destroyed. She welcomes visits by the handsome…

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The California Gold Rush Romance Collection: 9 Stories of Finding Treasures Worth More than Gold

Rush to California after the 1848 gold discovery alongside thousands of hopeful men and women. Meet news reporters, English gentry, miners, morticians, marriage brokers, bankers, fugitives, preachers, imposters, trail guides, map makers, cooks, missionaries, town builders, soiled doves, and more people…

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Something Blue

A Hero Isn’t Always Easy to Spot Life is going well for Megan Weaver. She has the job of her dreams working with Chance Campbell, a charming and daring missionary pilot. Then Micah Zimmerman moves into her parents’ home as a pastoral candidate for the Big Darby Conservative Mennonite church. It…

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Something New

Reluctant to give up her hard-won independence, Lil Landis must leave her friends at the doddy house and return to the family farm to care for her depressed mother. Lil is ashamed of her humble farm roots and plain clothes. She wishes her family attended a more progressive Mennonite church. But one…

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Something Old

Back cover copy for “Something Old” Love is Rarely Plain and Simple Katy Yoder lives a simple, sheltered lifestyle ensconced in the traditions of the Conservative Mennonite church and holds a naïve black-and-white world view. With her parent’s approval, she moves in with a childhood friend. But…

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