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Jenny's Choice (Apple Creek Dreams Series)

By Patrick E. Craig


Jonathan and Jenny Hershberger are happily settled in Paradise, Pennsylvania on the farm Jenny inherited from her grandfather. But when Jonathan disappears in a terrible boating accident, Jenny and her young daughter, Rachel, return home to Apple Creek, Ohio to live with her adoptive parents, Reuben and Jerusha Springer. As Jenny works through her grief and despair, she discovers she has a gift for writing. A handsome young publisher discovers her work and, after the publication of her first book, Jenny is on the verge of worldly success and possible romance. Then a conflict arises with the elders of her church, and Jenny must ask herself if she’s willing to go outside her faith to pursue her dreams. At the same time, the budding romance is at odds with Jenny’s hope that Jonathan might someday be found alive. Jenny must choose and Jenny’s Choice leads her to the surprising and heart-warming conclusion of the Apple Creek Dreams series

Book Takeaway:

“Jenny’s Choice tugged my heartstrings and had me shedding tears of sorrow and joy at different points.”

Why the author wrote this book:

When I first started writing the Apple Creek Dreams Series, I was amazed at the way my characters seemed to spring from the ground, fully developed, letting me see and record all of their strengths and flaws as though I was writing their biographies. First I wrote about Jerusha Springer and her encounter with God in the Great Storm of 1950 that paralyzed Ohio. Then I shared the story of Jenny Springer, Jerusha and Reuben's adopted daughter, and her impassioned search for her own identity, whether or not that would take her outside the Amish community of Apple Creek. For the third book, I fully intended to write the story of Rachel Hershberger, Jenny's daughter.
When I finished The Road Home, I was startled to discover that I had come to love Jenny Hershberger – her strength, her passion, her mind, her love for God – she had captured my heart. I kept trying to move on to Rachel's tale, but I could not. So I asked my publisher if I could continue with Jenny's story and they were gracious enough to give me permission to do so.
So here is the rest of Jenny's story. For you romantics, it is the story of true love. For you pragmatists, a gift given and a gift received. And for those of you who long for adventure, it is the journey of a tiny girl who is found beside a frozen pond in the heart of a blizzard, the road a young woman travels upon to find her way home, and the coming to fruition of the gift that God placed in Jenny's heart.


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