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A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance Collection: Spend Christmas with 9 Historical Couples from Amish, Mennonite, Quaker, and Amana Settlements

By Lauralee Bliss, Ramona K. Cecil, Dianne Christner, Melanie Dobson, Jerry S. Eicher, Olivia Newport, Rachael O. Phillips, Claire Sanders, Anna Schmidt
Publication Date: September 2016
Genre: Romance / Historical
ISBN10: 1634097815
ISBN13: 9781634097819
Settings: Amana Colonies

Melanie Dobson’s novella, Treasure of the Heart, is the continuation of her two novels set in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. A recent widow, Sophie Keller is contemplating marriage to an Iowa senator for her daughter’s sake. Sophie must decide if she will marry the senator in Des Moines or if her heart belongs with her friend Will in the Amanas.

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A Bond Never Broken

By Judith Miller
Publication Date: March 2011
Genre: General / Historical
ISBN10: 0764206443
ISBN13: 9780764206443
Topics/Issues: Repeating mistakes; judging; fear and oppression
Settings: Iowa, Amana Colonies

For many years, Ilsa Redlich has helped her parents run a hotel in South Amana, but as the United States enters the Great War, she can feel her world changing. The residents of the towns surrounding the Amana Colonies used to be accepting of their quiet, peaceful neighbors, but with anti-German sentiment running high, the Amana villages are now plagued by vandalism, threats, and insults. Things get even worse when Ilsa finds out her family won't be allowed to speak German in public--and that Garon, the childhood friend she's long been smitten with, has decided to join the army. Jutta Schmidt is…

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More Than Words

By Judith Miller
Publication Date: September 2010
Genre: General / Historical
ISBN10: 0764206435
ISBN13: 9780764206436
Topics/Issues: Truth and Trust
Settings: Amana Colonies, Iowa

After her mother’s death, Gretchen Kohler has her hands full helping run her father’s general store in Homestead and taking care of her irresponsible younger brother and her beloved Oma. More and more, Oma’s mind slips away, and unless Gretchen keeps a constant watch on her, she gets into trouble. All of this work leaves little time for Gretchen to write in her journal, not that the elders in the Amana Society consider writing—or any other individual artistic pursuit—worthwhile. When Allen Finley shows up one day at the store selling lace and other sewing goods, Gretchen thinks she finally…

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Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa

By Melanie Dobson
Publication Date: March 2010
Genre: Romance / Historical
ISBN10: 1935416669
Settings: Amana Colonies

Times are hard in 1894. Desperate for work, former banker Jacob Hirsch rides the rails west from Chicago with his four-year-old daughter, Cassie. When a life-threatening illness strands the pair in Homestead, Iowa, the communal Amana villagers welcome the father and daughter into their peaceful society. Liesel, a young Amana woman, nurses Cassie back to health, and the Homestead elders offer Jacob work. But Jacob's growing interest in Liesel complicates his position in the Amanas. Will he fight to stay in the one place that finally feels like home, even if it means giving up the woman he loves?…

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Somewhere to Belong

By Judith Miller
Publication Date: March 2010
Genre: General / Historical
ISBN10: 0764206427
Topics/Issues: Family Secrets, Trust
Settings: Amana Colonies, Iowa

When Berta Schumacher’s parents inform her that Main Amana is going to be their new home, she is certain that her life is over. Accustomed to the bright lights of Chicago, Berta doesn’t know if she can adapt to life in the devout village. Johanna Ilg has spent most of her life in Main Amana, but she sometimes wonders what it would be like to live somewhere else. Given the job of instructing Berta on her new duties in the kitchen, Johanna has her hands full with the headstrong newcomer, who is determined to find a way to return to her real home in Chicago. Johanna had always believed her roots…

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