The Farmer's Bride

The Farmer's Bride

by Kathleen Fuller


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From bestselling author, Kathleen Fuller, comes another heartwarming romantic comedy set in the beloved Amish community of Birch Creek.

“Once you open the book, you won’t put it down until you’ve reached the end.”—Amy Clipston, bestselling author of A Seat by the Hearth, for The Teacher’s Bride

They promised to keep each other’s secrets . . . not realizing they were about to make some of their own.

Martha Detweiler has a problem many Amish women her age would envy: she’s the only single woman in a community of young men, and they’re all competing for her favor. Overwhelmed by the unwanted attention, Martha finds herself constantly fleeing from her would-be suitors, dismayed at what her life has come to.

Birch Creek’s resident matchmaker, Cevilla Schlabach, suggests a solution: Martha and the bishop’s son, Seth Yoder, should pretend they are dating. What better way to keep the other young men away?

But Seth is the only man around not interested in Martha. He has a secret hobby that keeps him away from social gatherings: woodcarving. Having grown up in poverty, he’s determined to keep his father’s farm successful, even if it means he has no time for dating. Then Delilah Stoll, a new resident of Birch Creek, eyes Seth as the perfect man for her granddaughter. Suddenly Cevilla’s proposition doesn’t seem all that ludicrous. Can Seth and Martha convince their family and friends to leave them alone?

The second book in bestselling author Kathleen Fuller’s Amish Brides of Birch Creek series, The Farmer’s Bride celebrates the unexpected power of love and the joy of discovering God’s calling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310355120
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: An Amish Brides of Birch Creek Novel Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 163,797
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at Kathleen; Instagram: kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: Writer Kathleen Fuller; Twitter: @The Kat Jam.

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The Farmer's Bride 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
pianosue 10 months ago
A good read. Martha Detweiler is being pursued by all the young men in her district but one, since she is the only single maid. She is trying to avoid them all. Seth Yoder is one of the bishop's sons and Delilah Stoll is new to the area and she feels that Seth would make a good husband for her granddaughter but he is not interested. So Martha and Seth set out to pretend they have feeling for each other to help the others to leave them alone. Does the plan work? or backfire? Then there is a fire. Is everyone alright?
Irene_SZ 11 months ago
Enchanting read…. As the only young single woman in town, Martha runs from her suitors rather than risk hurting their feelings. Seth has been secretly working on developing his woodworking skills, which is more enjoyable than working on his family farmer. When another single woman moves to town, two matchmakers try to create opposing matches. In self-defense, Martha and Seth pretend to be in a relationship. Both Martha and Seth are very honest people but are soon tangled in lies, secrets, and feelings for each other. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. This is a sweet and amusing romance. It was a very enjoyable and enchanting read. I love this book.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I'm loving this series! There are several elements to this story that develop and weave together- Martha and Seth's fake romance turned real, the secret woodworking they share, Cevilla's perspective and her relationship with a non-Amish man, and Seth's growth as he begins to enjoy the work of the farm. The friendship between Seth and Martha is so sweet and I loved the way they get to know each other and love blossoms. There are some heartbreaking twists in the story along the way but the themes of faith and reliance on God keep the overall tone more heartwarming as the characters struggle to make sense of their circumstances. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
armom More than 1 year ago
Was so happy to get to read another Amish fiction by Kathleen Fuller! Although, a series, it's great as a stand alone. If you've previously read the first one in the Birch Creek series, you'll be happy to see some of the same characters! Martha is still single and she likes it that way, except...she is the only available singe young woman in her community. Sh is tired of the single men all vying for her attention. She often runs and hides from them to keep from telling them she's not interested and hurting their feelings. Then, there is Seth, whose father wants him to be able to take over the family farm one day. Seth's secret desire is to get good enough at woodworking for it to one day, be his occupation. He has a wood shop off in the woods that he sneaks off to whenever he has free time. He isn't interested in finding a wife at this time in his life. One day when Martha is running from all the young men who are all making a beeline for her, she stumbles upon Seth's shop. Seth swears her to secrecy. She agrees in exchange for woodcarving lessons. Cevilla, an older woman in the community is a matchmaker and she believes Martha and Seth belong together, and launches Plan B. I was thrilled to see Cevilla and Richard back in this story! Cevilla thinks her plan is great! It involves Martha and Seth pretending to like each other so the other men will leave Martha alone. A family moves into the community with plans to open an inn. Martha is thrilled that she may have a friend in Nina, as well as having another single female in their community. This is a sweet heart warming story and a must read. You won't be disappointed! I was given a free copy to read by the publisher, Zondervan and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Gayle Nash More than 1 year ago
5 ***** Stars: 5/5 star rating What a sweet story this one is! I cried and laughed as I read. The characters were special and felt like they could be old friends. Cevilla and Delilah added humor while Martha, Nina, Seth, and his brothers invoked empathy for their plights in love. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy Amish or Christian fiction. I received a digital version of this book from netgalley and Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
jjthor More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Birch Creek series by this author. It is about life in a Amish community. Well written with a good storyline. Seth is a woodworker at heart but has to put his derams to the side to work on his fathers farm. He keeps to himself and doesn't have much to do with recreational activities in the community. Martha is a single woman that is bothered by the attention the men in the community gives to her she isn't comfortable with the idea of marrying any of them. In comes the matchmaker who decideds they would be perfect for each other and goes out of her way to see it happen. there is a lot of ups and downs for this young couple while they try to live life the way they want it.
Deanne Patterson More than 1 year ago
I am always so excited to go back to visit Birch Creek every book gets better and better. The author really understands the Amish way of life as it's evident in her writing. The Birch Creek characters are like revisiting old friends and meeting new ones in each book. This is the second book in the series, I somehow missed the first but will be reading it soon. The author gives us backstory so we are all caught up going into this book. Martha Detweiler is the only single woman in her community full of men. They all want her attention which she tries to escape every time, all except for the one she is interested in, Seth Yoder. Seth Yoder has a passion for woodcarving but his father expects him to take over and run the family farm. His secret hobby keeps him too busy for a social life but will he stop due to his father's expectations of him? Infused with humor, when Cevilla Schlabach gets a matchmaking idea, watch out ! Will her plan help or hinder this couple? I highly recommend this book! So good! Published June 4th 2019 by Zondervan. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
sgreene01 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series, Amish Brides of Birch Creek. It can be read as a stand-alone book however, it does bring back characters from the first book. This was a very enjoyable read that I didn’t want to stop reading until I had finished the book. We find Martha Detweiler as now the only single girl in their Amish community, attracting the attention of several single young men. She is not interested in being pursued by any of them, and she does many antics to escape from them. Along the way, she comes in contact with the one single young man in the community who isn’t pursuing her as he, too, is not interested in a relationship. Several circumstances bring them together. They even go as far as to join forces to prevent the others from pursuing them. How will this all end? I highly recommend this enjoyable book for all to read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Farmer’s Bride is the second delightful book in An Amish Brides of Birch Creek series. I recommend reading The Teacher’s Bride first. It gives you the backstory on Cevilla and Richard, the town and how Chris and Ruby came to be together. I thought The Farmer’s Bride was well-written (as are all of Kathleen Fuller’s books) and it proceeded at a steady pace. It has charming characters and a lovely setting (I would like to live in Birch Creek). I thought the characters were realistic and I could feel their emotions plus their struggles. Cevilla Schlabach is a hoot. She gets an idea into her head and there is no stopping her. Richard is the perfect companion for Cevilla, and his comments are humorous. It will be interesting to see if Richard can give up his modern conveniences. Cevilla meets her match when Delilah Stoll moves to town. Delilah is a determined woman who steamrolls over anyone who gets in the way of her goal. Delilah and Cevilla butting heads had me chuckling. I liked how Martha enjoyed learning new things (like tying nautical knots) and working on puzzles. I completely agreed with the comment “There’s something gratifying about completing a challenge”. I had to smile when I heard soda referred to as “pop”. I had not heard that phrase since I lived in Ohio (I got teased for using it when I first moved to Florida). It was hot in Birch Creek (like it currently is in Florida) and I could relate to Cevilla saying it is “hotter than a pat of butter melting in a frying pan”. The Christian elements are beautifully incorporated into the story with emphasis on having a strong faith, relying on God, forgiveness of others and oneself, and the importance of prayer. The Farmer’s Bride is an amusing Amish tale that I did not want to end (but then I was eager to see how it ended). I am impatiently waiting for the release of the next An Amish Brides of Birch Creek Novel to revisit Birch Creek and see what is in store for Selah Ropp.
AFerri More than 1 year ago
This is a book full of emotions. This is a book that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. This is not the typical Amish romance book, it is so much more! I can't wait to read the next book in the series. Thank you Zondervan via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Downloaded thanks to Netgalley and Zondervan for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I apologize for the review getting out so late. We’ve been dealing with unpacking after evacuating from the flooding earlier in the week. Chaos has ended! Title: The Farmer’s Bride Author: Kathleen Fuller Publisher: Zondervan Rating: Description : From bestselling author, Kathleen Fuller, comes another heartwarming romantic comedy set in the beloved Amish community of Birch Creek. Review: This is the first time I’ve read an Amish centered romance. I remember Amish and historical romances being big with conservative Christian women in my life. I know my mom was wrapped in a series similar to this. I don’t have a lot of experience with Christian books or romances (though I am trying, especially, with the romances). The main story is focused on Martha. She’s a very single lady who could have her pickings when it came to men in her community. However, for her this is a problem that she’s struggling to solve. Instead of facing them, or enjoying it or telling them to bug off — she runs. The story begins with her running away from the men via her mother. Her mother shoos them off with a lie. She takes this chance to head off to Cevilla’s house. Unbeknownst to Martha, this visit would start up match making for her and this man named Seth. Cevilla had a plan to get the other men away from her — pretend that she was dating Seth. Problem? Seth is a character who is oblivious to everything, especially, women. The story threads over to another girl named Nina. She’s from a family who recently moved into the community. Her grandmother is already on task in regards to the matchmaking. Nina is more of a tomboy so her grandmother disapproves of everything that she likes because it.. won’t fetch her a husband. Overall, the story flows well and is a good enough read to recommend. I enjoyed the light breeziness of the writing. It reads like something a teenager could read and get into as well. I don’t know what the exact age target for this is or if it’s a general reading situation. The characters use phrases that aren’t usually things we’d say. The author provides a dictionary at the start of the book to help ease readers unfamiliar with these words out. Through the story the characters use the words in ways that allow readers to figure out what they’re saying, anyway. But good to have.
tlgreear More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Kathleen Fuller's Amish Brides of Birch Creek series. I haven't read the first one but after reading this book I'm definitely going to.. Imagine being the only available girl in full of eager bachelors. This is the problem Martha faces as she is surrounded by eligible men at every turn including just showing up at her front door! At first I thought if this is the story I'm not sure I'm going to like the book. However, throw in a couple of meddling senior citizens and a plan B that seems destined to fail and suddenly things got interesting. I love the twists in the book also. Fuller gives us an older couple, one Amish, one not, who discover love in the sunset of their lives. Also Martha discovers a hidden talent that is not what a typical Amish woman might do. Sorry if this review is short but I need to read the first book in the series immediately! I voluntarily received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Kathleen Fuller's newest release, The Farmer's Bride is a must-read! This story is part of An Amish Brides of Birch Creek series. Martha Detweiler and Seth Yoder were meant to be together, at least that's what Martha's elderly neighbor Cevilla suggests. Cevilla is determined to put her matchmaking skills to the test! Meanwhile, Martha is trying to dodge the attention from all of the other men in her community since she is the only available young Amish woman. That all changes though when the Stoll family moves to Birch Creek from Wisconsin. You will definitely want to read this book as the entire story unfolds. Kathleen Fuller does a great job of bringing the characters to life. You will feel like you are right there with them in beautiful Birch Creek, Ohio. They experience circumstances that we can all relate to including anger, guilt, frustration, love and faith. A sweet story that I definitely recommend reading! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from NetGalley and have given my honest opinion.
Peachey04 More than 1 year ago
A really delightful read! The story line is filled with self-doubt, determination, strong family ties and growing attraction. The characters have wonderful interactions and connections throughout the story. Very enjoyable read. Received a copy thru netgally; all opinions expressed are my own.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
Some women might enjoy being the only single woman in their community and having several young men pursuing them but Martha Detweiler isn't one of those women. She knows that she needs to be thinking about marriage but this isn't the way she wants to get a husband. Seth Yoder is the only bachelor in Birch Hollow who isn't after Martha and he feels no need to claim a wife. At the suggestion of a beloved older member of the Amish community Martha and Seth begin a little deception: they will act like they're seeing each other and then, finally, they will have some peace! I liked the characters of Martha and Seth and I am especially glad to re-visit Cevilla and Richard , the two older people that we first met in A Chance to Remember, the novella that Kathleen Fuller penned for An Amish Reunion. Cevilla and Richard now admit to being in love but they still face the hurdle of Cevilla being Amish and Richard being an "Englisher". This is a fun story but it is has serious moments also. Seth yearns to make a living with his wood carvings but he feels obligated to help on his family's farm. Martha also enjoys creating beautiful objects from wood and she and Seth take pleasure in having this is common. Soon, Martha realizes that Cevilla's Plan B isn't as far-fetched as she believed because she is actually beginning to have feelings for Seth. The Farmer's Bride shows that we never know what is waiting around the bend and we should never close our minds (and hearts) to the possibility of love. You will definitely want to read The Farmer's Bride if you enjoy stories about the Amish way of life and if you believe that romance can occur at any time of life. I truly enjoyed this book. I received a complimentary copy from the author but a positive review was not required.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
This book by author Kathleen Fuller had me chuckling. Often. The way she developed her characters was incredible. They were so true to life. I loved them! A heart-warming story with lots of emotion, Martha and Seth both struggled with being single in an Amish community that has an adorable matchmaker who makes it hard to say no. As always in Ms. Fuller’s books, God is working in hearts to do His will. I found this to be a page turner because I wanted to see what in the world would happen next with Martha and all those single guys. I highly recommend grabbing a copy! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I loved being back in Birch Creek, and back with old friends, this being the second book in the series, and the author gives us updates, so you won’t be lost starting with this read, but the first was equally good! From beginning to end we are with Martha, and her man problems, when all the men seem to want her, but the one she wants. We also see Cevilla meet her match with newcomer Delilah, and wonder if these two will ever live their faith, much less become friends. A really sweet read, that will keep you page-turning, and now I can’t wait for the next book in the series! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Ourpugs More than 1 year ago
The Farmers bride This is a real enjoyable story. This is a second book in the series. I am definitely looking forward to next book. But in the meantime I need to read the first book. I actually didn’t realize this was the second one so definitely written as a stand alone. Martha is not looking to get married. A lot of the guys is wanting to get her attention. Cevilla suggests she dates Seth since he is the only that hasn’t been interested. They do end up being friends and pretend like they are dating. There is a lot of characters and so I wasn’t sure who would end up with who. I definitely recommend reading the book to see. I received a advanced copy of the book from NetGalley through the author. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
A fun story of a single Amish woman being pursued by a group of single Amish men in Birch Creek. What a problem to have but Martha Detweiler is not interested in any of them. A couple of grandmotherly types think matchmaking is the solution, but that does lead to trouble. Will Martha’s scheme to throw everyone off by faking a romantic interest in Seth Yoder backfire? This is a stand-alone book. Although one confusing thing were characters that popped in whose names, I didn’t recognize that I assumed were in the first book in the series. Therefore, I would recommend reading them in order. The lessons learned are valuable to all of us. A fun story with a delightful ending. Enjoy! I was given a copy from the publisher. The opinions are my own.
Rebecca_Bex More than 1 year ago
You will not want to put this excellent read down! It will suck you in and not let you go!
Deana3452 More than 1 year ago
The Farmer's Bride by Kathleen Fuller The Farmer's Bride (Amish Brides of Birch Creek #2) by Kathleen Fuller (Goodreads Author) 4244227 Deana Ackiss's review May 26, 2019 · edit really liked it Martha has a problem. She knows she should be thinking about finding a husband and she's ready for that, but she feels pressured from the young men in her community. She wants to find her match on her own terms, but things seem to keep getting in her way. Seth is also not ready to find a spouse. He is more interested in his wood carving that he's trying to perfect to maybe go into business. He is also dealing with some family issues that I won't go into. I don't want to give too much away. He's just in a place in his life where he doesn't have time nor or the desire to settle down. A new family arrives in town to start an inn. Loren, Delilah (Loren's mom), Nina (Loren's daughter) and Levi (Loren's son) all live together and start working on the business and building a new life in Birch Creek. Delilah immediately wants to set up Nina and Levi with possible spouses. Delilah thinks Nina should start a relationship with Seth and that Martha might be good match for Martha. But, Martha isn't ready to be attached to Levi and Nina isn't ready to be hooked up with Seth. So, Martha and Seth hatch a plan. If they can just put the idea out there that they are interested in each other, even though they aren't, it may just keep everyone off their backs. What could go wrong? So great when you get a book and find out it's part of a series. Am I right? The Farmer's Bride is the second book after The Teacher's Bride. Now, you don't have to read the first one, but, personally, I recommend it. I enjoyed seeing appearances by characters in this book that I knew from the first. I enjoyed this book so much. I loved the story, the dialogue, the characters and the writing style. Honestly, I think it would be a great movie. Comes out June 4th. Get your copy then! Thank you so much to the author!