A Merry Heart: Brides of Lancaster County, Book 1

Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter

Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Release Date: February, 2007

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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At twenty-six years old, Miriam Stoltzfus was considered an old maid by Amish standards.   She was the community’s schoolteacher who was known for having a heart of stone after having been jilted by the man she thought she would marry. Two years ago, her beau, William Graber, left for Ohio to live with his uncle and learn the painting trade, but later wrote her a letter saying he’d fallen in love with and planned to marry Lydia Stutzman.  Miriam still hadn’t gotten over the hurt and bitterness she felt as a result of losing William, and it is quite apparent to everyone.

Reporter Nick McCormick is intrigued by the pretty Amish lady named Miriam that he meets at the farmers’ market where he is assigned to research a story.  She appears to like him also, but can he convince Miriam that she should give an Englisher like him a chance with her heart and leave the Amish faith?


Widower Amos Hilty has loved Miriam since they were young children, but saw her stolen away by the conniving William Graber.  Amos married another Amish woman, but she has since passed away, leaving him a widower with a six-year-old daughter named Mary Ellen.  Amos would love to court Miriam and make her his wife, but can he convince her that he loves her and doesn’t just want to marry her to gain a mother for Mary Ellen?


All four books in the BRIDES OF LANCASTER COUNTY series by Wanda Brunstetter have now been re-released by Barbour Publishing in a new, expanded version as full-length novels.  The first of the four, A MERRY HEART, brings readers the story of Miriam Stoltzfus, who is still tragically embittered after seeing the man she loved choose another over her.  Miriam must decide whether to remain bitter forever or let the resentment go and allow love a chance to grow in her heart again.  Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy reading this first book, and will want to also get the rest as this series continues on with several of A MERRY HEART’s characters.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sherri Myers

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