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The Return to the Big Valley

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The Brunstetters Return to a Unique Amish Setting for Three New Stories of Love
Journey back to an area of Pennsylvania that is home to three distinct Amish communities and meet three young women who face heartfelt disappointments in romance.
Wilma’s Wish by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Wilma Hostetler has been courted by Israel Zook for the last year, and he’s recently proposed marriage. But when his sister dies, leaving him to care for five young nephews who openly dislike Wilma, she has second thoughts of starting with a ready-made family and decides to call off the wedding. Can anything be done to restore the relationship, or will Israel seek another wife?
Martha’s Miracle by Jean Brunstetter
Martha Yoder is different from other Amish women in her love of hunting and the outdoors. Meeting Glen Swarey, who is working with the local fire department, seems to be a good match. But can Martha accept Glen’s thoughts of leaving the Amish faith, or will she walk away from a chance at love?
Alma’s Acceptance by Richelle Brunstetter
Alma Wengerd is a young widow who leaves her home in Kentucky to stay with friends in Pennsylvania. Soon she is speeding into a renewed romance with Elias Kurtz and raising the brows of the older church members. When Alma is waylaid by some unexpected news, could putting her happiness with Elias on hold be her only option?
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Additional Details

Wanda E. Brunstetter; Jean Brunstetter; Richelle Brunstetter
BISAC Category:
FICTION / Christian/Romance
Page Count:
Paperback - Trade / 5.5 x 8.375


2 Reviews

  • 5
    Great Trio of Stories!

    Published by Staci Kinman on Jul 01, 2021

    It was fun to return to the Big Valley for 3 more stories from the Brunstetter women! Return to the Big Valley is wonderful! It's 3 shorter novels combined in one book, just like the first book, The Brides of the Big Valley. This is great because you can read them separately, like they're 3 small novels, or all at once, if you like reading longer books! It's a good fit for any kind of reader. Wanda wrote one of the stories (Wilma's Wish), her daughter-in-law wrote one (Martha's Miracle), and her granddaughter wrote one (Alma's Acceptance)! It's great to have a variety of authors, combined into one cohesive book project. I loved each story - each unique, and different -- which kept my interest and made this a very quick read. I am not sure which story was my favorite; I don't think I can choose! I enjoyed all 3 stories. This book is a perfect summer read! This book was provided to me by Barbour Publishing. I was not required to leave a positive (or any) review. Opinions and ideas expressed in this review are my own.

  • 4
    An Enjoyable Novella Collection

    Published by Connie Porter Saunders on Jun 07, 2021

    This book will be especially appealing to fans of Amish fiction. Authors Wanda E. Brunstetter,  Jean Brunstetter, and Richelle Brunstetter have each written a sweet, inspiring story that is set in one of the three distinct Amish districts that make up the Pennsylvania area known as The Big Valley. Each novella has an intriguing plot with unique characters, and all three of them stress the importance of strong family ties, faith in God, and the ability to fully trust in His Plan for your life. Wanda Brunstetter is certainly the veteran in this group of authors, and I do consider her story to be better defined, but Jean and Richelle Brunstetter definitely add their own unmistakable talents. Return to the Big Valley is an enjoyable read and I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian romance and Amish fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own opinions.

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