A Path Made Plain

If you remember Betsy from A Season of Change, you'll know things didn't quite turn out for her like she'd thought they would. But she's firm in her resolve to build a life for herself in Sarasota, away from the bulk of her Amish family in Ohio, yet still under the watchful eye of her Great-Aenti Sarah and her Mennonite Aenti Chelle.

And then, when formerly Amish Thaddeus Zook shows up in Pinecraft, things get pretty interesting for both of them. After culinary school, he became a pastry chef and has worked most of his adult life in restaurants among the Englisch. 

While Betsy nurses a hesitant heart, Thaddeus shows a similar hesitancy about rejoining an Amish community. Though neither can deny the attraction between them, Thaddeus is hiding a past that could threaten their future together. 

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"This is Elizabeth [Betsy] Yoder’s story, and I now have a much better feeling about her, and learned to love her! It is also about Thaddeus Zook and his foot in both cultures, and not feeling he belongs in either." Maureen, via Goodreads 

Lynette Sowell does a very good job of continuing the story of those in Pinecraft. Henry is still doing his construction while Imogene is still taking her pictures. I cannot wait for book 3 to continue and return to their lives. Will Rochelle find love? Why is Emma staying in Pinecraft? Melissa, via Goodreads

“A wonderfully vivid picture of the Amish community in Florida that keeps you on your toes with suspense. Absolutely captivating!”Serena B Miller, RITA and CAROL award-winning author
“Lynette Sowell uses vivid imagery and well-rounded, warm and friendly characters to bring home the Amish community in Pinecraft.”Elizabeth Goddard, award-winning author of Love in the Air, Love on the Slopes and Love in the Wind

Seasons in Pinecraft


An Amish widower finds love in unexpected places

Amish widower Jacob Miller believes it was a mistake to visit the Amish village of Pinecraft for winter vacation, especially after his daughter is struck by a car. Stranded in Sarasota until his daughter recovers, Jacob grows increasingly wary of events that unfold in his unfamiliar surroundings—including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett.

Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret—that she was once Amish.

When Natalie meets the Millers at the Sarasota hospital, she is attracted to their warm hospitality and simple ways—and soon wonders if they can help her find her mother’s family. As Jacob and Natalie fall in love, their worlds collide. Will their differences tear them apart? Or will their love be strong enough to blend their clashing cultures?

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What readers and reviewers are saying:

"I grew up in a Plain community (not Amish) and once people find out, they are always trying to get me to read 'Amish romances.' I find most of them simplistic and overly sentimental as well as syrupy. I chose this one because the description seemed unique. This book is in many ways a fairly standard Amish type romance; simple, clean and straightforward. What Sowell has done is injected some complexity and shading to the Plain experience I don't often see. I found her research far better than most and the fact that she used a real life town was refreshing. She did a very nice job pointing out how there are differences in belief and custom amongst Plain communities. So many of this genre just seem to be aiming for patronizing escapism; I don't see that here. This book feels genuine and the characters three dimensional."

~An Amazon reviewer

“Lynette Sowell’s new twist on the genre will capture fans of Amish fiction as well as lovers of unlikely romance. Readers will pull for Natalie and Jacob to stitch their two very different worlds together into a comfortable quilt of family, faith, and future plans.”

~ Lisa Wingate, best-selling author of The Prayer Box and Wildwood Creek

Authenticity and heart are guaranteed between the pages of a Lynette Sowell novel. She never disappoints, and I eagerly anticipate escaping into her next engaging tale.
– Kim Vogel Sawyer, award-winning author of My Heart Remembers

"While this is the first book in the Seasons in Pinecraft series and the first book I’ve read from Sowell, with the well-crafted, emotion filled story, this will certainly not be the last. With Amish and Mennonite fiction being more popular than ever, I would add this new series to my shelf today. Amish fiction fans will love this new story as much as I do."
-- Becky at BrodartVibe

This is a book to be read in one sitting, if your family will leave you alone, and not demand that you return to the realities of life- to cook meals, clean, etc.!! I could not put this book down!! I kept saying "Just one more page!" – 
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Watch for book two in November 2014:
A Path Made Plain