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The Amish Widower
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Release Date: April 2017
Page Count: 352
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-6865-2
Case Lot Quantity: 32
Collection/Series Name: The Men of Lancaster County
Series: 4

The Amish Widower

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Is It Time for This Widower to Give Love One More Chance?

After the devastating loss of his second wife, Seth Hostetler believes a lasting love is beyond all hope. A year has passed, and his mamm and sister are determined to see him happily married once again. But how can he open his heart to another woman when their relationship could end in tragedy?

On an outing with his family, Seth comes across an Amish potter hard at work and jumps at the chance to take a seat at the wheel. He takes quickly to this creative outlet, pouring his long-buried emotions into each piece he shapes. Unfortunately, the fancy nature of his art draws the disapproval of his district's leadership.

His work puts him in the path of Leah, an Englisch woman employed by the Amish to sell their wares to tourists. Despite her aloofness, something about her speaks to Seth's wounded soul. But what is he to do when the things he wants most threaten to pull him away from the life he's committed to live?

A compelling novel of second chances and the power of God to redeem hearts and dreams, set in the inviting Amish community of Lancaster County.

Meet the author

Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith is the bestselling author of more than 30 inspirational novels and 50 articles and short stories. Her books have received many awards, including two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit. Meet her online at

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A Word from the Author

"When I was asked to write the fourth book in the Men of Lancaster County series, I admit I was hesitant. The first three books were written by the amazing team of Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, for whom I have a great deal of respect. Could I dream up a story that deserved to follow theirs? Besides, all my knowledge about the Amish comes from relatives in Holmes County, Ohio, not Pennsylvania, and there are definite differences. But after a conversation with Susan, and a lengthy email exchange with Mindy, I agreed to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! I learned a ton about the Pennsylvania Amish, and I came up with a character and a story that I fell in love with. I can't wait for you to meet Seth Hostetler! I warn you—Seth has issues. From the title, you already know he's suffered a devastating loss. But I think you will love him, as I do. And thank goodness we serve a God of happy endings. I can't wait to hear what you think of The Amish Widower."
Virginia Smith, author of The Amish Widower


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06/17/17 Barbara K.


The Amish Widower by Virginia Smith is probably the best Amish story I’ve read that wasn’t a suspense novel or thriller.

I think Ms. Smith did a wonderful job of portraying the grief, guilt, and anger that can take over the whole being of a person. I enjoyed reading this book.

03/29/17 Patti Chauza


Everything about this story was believable and I could almost expect to go to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and meet Seth Hostetler and the other characters from this book. I liked hearing the story first hand from Seth’ s point of view—he was the central figure and that really helped to define him and see the side of him that he didn’t want to admit to most people.

I loved that he wanted to try his hand at pottery! As I have recently taken a beginner pottery class so I can appreciate the detail given to this aspect and also I’m a little jealous of his gifted natural talent!

I’ll be looking forward to another story to unfold from Virginia Smith!

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