About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, November 20, 2023

Ruth's Ginger Snap Surprise (The Heart of the Amish) by Anne Blackburne

Ruth's Ginger Snap Surprise (The Heart of the Amish)

Ruth Defies Authority to Hold on to her Family Farm

Full of faith, hope, and romance, this new series takes you into the Heart of Amish country.
Ruth Helmuth has never been rude in her life; trust her to choose the bishop of her Amish community for the first time!

Ruth has worked hard to keep body and soul together since her husband, Levi’s, death. She tends her herd of goats, making her living from the milk and fiber she gets from them, all while running a farm and household by herself—and very competently, thank you! How could she imagine the bishop suggesting she should give it all up to another family, who will “make better use of the space”?

Enter widower Jonas Hershberger, owner of a pair of adorable dimples and father of a charming 4-year-old daughter. Jonas is in need of a larger place to house his growing business. Ruth’s big red barn may be just the ticket. Little Abigail is in need of a new mother. Ruth might be just the ticket there, too!

Can two independent souls learn to work together for their mutual good? And will they be willing to explore what grows between them?  Or will Ruth’s fear over her “big secret” and Jonas’s caution about allowing someone new to get close to his young daughter, kill their love before it has a chance to grow?

Luckily for both of them, God’s plan involves the stubborn pair getting a little help in the form of a wise, elderly friend; a quirky orange kitten; and a smart little girl who takes one look at Ruth and decides she would make her the perfect new mother!


It's great to discover new authors but it's even better when they offer a fresh voice in one of your favorite genres. Debut author Anne Blackburne shares a story with wonderful characters, a sweet romance, and a strong faith message, but it also includes doubt and conflict. Young widow Ruth Helmuth may be forced to leave her family farm unless she can convince the Amish bishop that she's capable of managing it by herself. Will she have to leave the home that's been in her family for many years, the place that's perfect for her goats and an adorable kitten named Ginger Snap?

I was fully engaged in this story of second chances and starting over. I found myself cheering for Ruth and hoping that she would achieve her happily ever after. And, without giving any spoilers, there is a fantastic epilogue. Believe me, you're in for a treat!

I recommend Ruth's Ginger Snap Surprise to all who enjoy Amish fiction. It's the second book in the Heart of the Amish series but it can certainly be considered a standalone.

I was gifted with an advance copy of this book by the author, and I am providing my honest review of this book.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When she isn't writing or working at her day job as the managing editor of a weekly newspaper in Southeast Ohio, Anne enjoys traveling to exciting new and beloved old places; visiting with friends, preferably on her front deck on a warm summer afternoon; swimming, kayaking, reading (she admits to three hours a day), and participating in community theater. She sings in her church choir and loves coffee and donut time after services, when she gets to see people she only sees at church. If Anne could live anywhere at all, it would be by water, where she would spend a lot of time walking in the sand, communing with God, through the wonder of His nature, and searching for sea glass.

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The Heart of the Amish Series

Ruth's Ginger Snap Surprise by Anne Blackburne
The Quilt Room Secret by Lisa Jones Baker
Courting the Amish Bishop by Mindy Steele
Mary's Calico Hope by Anne Blackburne

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