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Katie Opens Her Heart
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Release Date: February 2013
Page Count: 336
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5251-4
Case Lot Quantity: 40
Collection/Series Name: Emma Raber's Daughter
Series: 1

Katie Opens Her Heart

Bestselling Amish fiction author Jerry S. Eicher (nearly half a million copies sold) returns with the first book in another of his delightful and compelling series.

Here is the touching story of an awakening young Amish girl, Katie Raber, who finds she wants more from life than to be known as simply “Emma Raber’s daughter.”

Emma has refused to remarry since Katie’s daett died soon after she was born. And in an effort to keep Katie home, Emma has forbidden her from participating in the rumspringa tradition.

When widower Jesse Mast calls for Mamm’s hand in marriage, Katie hopes to move into a new phase of life and leave the old “Emma Raber’s daughter” behind.  But Emma is having none of it, and Katie must consider abandoning all hope of ever changing her mamm’s bitterness or of ever having popular Ben Yoder notice her.  Out of sheer frustration, she begins attending nearby Mennonite youth gatherings.

Sparks fly when Jesse’s children object fiercely to the attentions their daett is paying to Emma Raber. And widowed Ruth Hochstetler makes her own move for Jesse Mast’s hand.

Book one in the Emma Raber’s Daughter series.

Meet the author

Jerry S. Eicher

Jerry S. Eicher

Jerry Eicher’s Amish fiction has sold more than 800,000 copies. After a traditional Amish childhood, Jerry taught for two terms in Amish and Mennonite schools in Ohio and Illinois. Since then he’s been involved in church renewal, preaching, and teaching Bible studies. Jerry lives with his wife, Tina, in Virginia.

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Editorial Reviews

“Eicher spins a gentle and honest tale of family bonds that strain to loosen…”
RT Book Reviews

“Eicher grew up in an Amish family and writes with authenticity and insight into the Amish way of life.”
CBA Retailers+Resources

“The major characters in this lovely book are so well-drawn that you feel their anxieties, urge them to them to take the risks, cheer their successes, and suffer with them in pain.”

“…this book was very engaging and I read it in one day!”

“I was so absorbed in this story I found it hard to put down.”

“I simply loved [this book].”

“Jerry’s writing draws you in so much you can’t put his books down…”

“I do recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Christian Amish fiction.”




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“Jerry S. Eicher again skillfully draws the reader into the characters in such a way that one would feel the events unfolding as though a part of it all! The story gripped me to the point that I read it through in two sessions! An excellent read!”
Patricia Huber,

“Jerry has a real talent when developing new characters. He has once again been successful in capturing my attention in this new series. I can hardly wait to read the next book to see what happens next in Katie’s and Emma’s lives!”
Karla Hanns,

“I enjoyed reading about Katie and her loneliness touched my heart.”
Paula Osborne,

“This is a wonderful book and I was left wanting more.”
Rhonda Nash-Hall,

“What an amazing love story. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.”
Pamela Petrie

“Isn’t it amazing how certain characters can capture your heart? The characters in this book are very real to the reader. I was completely caught up in this story and at times I found myself praying for these characters! I highly recommend this book to all Amish fiction lovers.”
—Judy Burgi

“This was such an inspiring and heartfelt story. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series!”
Cheryl Baranski

“I would gladly recommend this book for any reader of fiction, especially Amish fiction. I'm anxious to see what comes next in this series.”
—Wendy Newcomb,

"Jerry Eicher is so talented in his storytelling capabilities."
Cindy Loven,

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