Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Romancing Nadine by Amy Lillard



n this heartwarming series from Amy Lillard, three generations of women find the Oklahoma Amish community of Wells Landing a heaven-sent opportunity to take new leaps of faith . . .

Wife, widow, mother, and grandmother--sixty-something Nadine Burkhart is everything a sensible Amish woman is supposed to be. She's moved to Wells Landing to give her daughter-in-law and granddaughter a fresh start--not herself. So as far as she's concerned, good-hearted farmer Amos Fisher should find something better to do than try to draw her out, be there when she needs help--and make her believe in love for the first time . . .

A friendly but solitary man, Amos is realizing there's more to life than work. Although he hasn't courted in years, Nadine's honesty makes him long to know her better--and understand her standoffishness. But when everything he tries fails to soften her stubbornness, he'll just have to trust his heart that real, true, and utterly impractical love will prevail--for a lifetime . . .

Praise for Amy Lillard and her Wells Landing novels

"An inspirational story of romance, faith, and trust . . . will appeal to fans of Wanda Brunstetter and Beverly Lewis."
--Library Journal

"Fans of inspirational romance will appreciate Lillard's vivid characters and positive message."
--Publishers Weekly


I feel that if things are meant to be they will be even if it's finding love after 60.
I found this an enjoyable story with some giggles included and I really wanted to shake some sense into Nadine because she couldn't or wouldn't look past the end of her nose. Being stubborn/afraid I felt kept her from the joys of life. 
I did enjoy seeing her come out of her shell though. I guess finding the right person can do that to you. I eventually started to love her because she's proof that love can find you no matter how old you are. 
Amos is a delightful character and I loved him because he kept up and never did let go of what/whom he wanted.
In some places of this book my heart went out to Amos. Yes, he can be annoying at times but then can't we all?
There was just something special about him and I found myself rooting for him. ( In some ways, he reminded me of my father in law jack of all trades so to speak). My father in law made the meanest meatballs ever!
I practically drooled over the chocolate because that's my favorite sweet!
I loved all of the characters in this story but most especially Amos. I loved Amos too, because of his outlook on life. It seemed that he never let nothing get him down except maybe a certain someone. ( I did have an uncle named Amos before he passed away).
An overall wonderful story that can be believable because it can happen even in real life! Especially if God has a hand in it!
My thanks to Kensington and Netgalley for a copy of this awesome book! I really enjoyed it! All opinions are my own! 


Amy Lillard

I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son--a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels--not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I adore romances.

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies--(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940's movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.

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