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A Plain and Simple Heart
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Release Date: September 2012
Page Count: 320
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-4755-8
Case Lot Quantity: 40
Collection/Series Name: The Amish of Apple Grove
Series: 2

A Plain and Simple Heart

A Plain and Simple Heart, an exciting new Amish-meets-Wild West adventure from bestselling authors Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, weaves an entertaining and romantic tale for devoted fans and new readers.

1884—Several years earlier, young Rebecca Switzer lost her heart to Jesse Montgomery, a rugged but dissolute cowboy on a dusty cattle trail near the Amish settlement of Apple Grove. Now she is grown up, and when she hears one day that he has been spotted nearby, her desire is plain and simple: She must see him.

Sheriff Colin Maddox is counting the days until he can leave law enforcement and follow his dream of starting a church. When a lovely woman, new to town and looking travel weary and a bit lost, gets caught up in the middle of a temperance riot, she is arrested along with the leaders. He can hardly believe she is what she claims—a Plain and simple woman. Nor can he believe how quickly he loses his heart to her. Can Colin convince her to forget Jesse and give him a chance?

Meet the authors

Lori Copeland

Lori Copeland

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 100 titles, including A Kiss for Cade and Under the Summer Sky. Her beloved novel Stranded in Paradise is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. Her stories have developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with...

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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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Editorial Reviews

"This novel is a wonderful stand alone novel. Likewise, it is also plain to see how this is one gem, which firmly anchors the series and provides hints as to where the path for this series might develop."

"The authors blend their craft skillfully from the storyline, loveable and independent characters and inspiration all making Rebecca and Colin's story one that will stay with you long after the story is over."

"A Plain and Simple Heart is a unique spin on Amish fiction that I found to be exciting and one of a kind."

"...charming tale of love and faith."

"This is a great story for anyone who is looking for a relaxing, entertaining story with fun characters."

"Through the writing style of Ms. Copeland and Ms. Smith, readers are taken on an inspiring ride of learning to trust in God to show the way, and that sometimes love can be found in the most unexpected ways... I definitely recommend this book with the highest of praises!"

"Copeland and Smith do a good job showing that God directs our paths and puts in the perfect circumstances, even though we may not believe in them."

"I was highly entertained by this faith inspiring novel."

" can't get better than this!"

"...A Plain and Simple Heart was such a refreshing peek into the Amish world that you won't regret picking it up!"

"This book made me smile the whole way through!"

"I love how this book looks and I love the storyline. I never would have put these two very different worlds together, but it made for a great story."

"A Plain and Simple Heart started out with a bang and didn't stop packing a punch."


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"A fun book by a dynamic author-duo of Inspirational Western Amish genre. The Amish of Apple Grove series books are plots beyond normal in historical western or Amish genres. It's a bit more raucous than cozy; in an inspiring way. Yes, even some romance shot into the mix."
Alan Daugherty

"This book will get you hooked within the first chapter and you will not want to put it down. It is a fun read just to see what Rebecca will come up with next."
Edna Tollison,

"I have not read the first, but I found this one delightful. Who would have thought that the Western-Amish combination would work at all? I guess that's the genius of the two authors... The characters are many and well-developed, as is the story. Just when you think you know what will happen next, the story takes an unexpected turn."
Emily A. Akin, writer, editor,

"This book contains a pleasant mix of Amish culture and Christian faith that keeps the focus on making godly decisions and trusting Him for guidance. This is a great story both for adults and for teens. I recommend it highly."
Suzanne Williams, Suzanne Williams Photography

"Once again, Copeland and Smith have crafted a wonderful, heartwarming tale of young love that is not your typical Amish romance. The first book in The Amish of Apple Grove series set a high standard for a different kind of Amish tale. A Plain and Simple Heart raises the banner even higher, and does not—for even an instant—disappoint. Can't imagine what the authors will come up with next for Apple Grove, but this reader can't wait to find out. A highly recommended, joy of a read!"
—Delia Latham, author of the Solomon's Gate Series

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