Annie's Search

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Annie Miller should be happy in her Amish community, but nothing can quiet the unrest in her heart at not knowing her English birth Mamm. Despite the reservations of her family, she must find her Mamm before she can settle permanently into Amish life. 

Her younger sister, Rose, has nursed a crush on wild Jesse Yoder for years, but when he returns to town after his Rumspringa, he seems more interested in Annie. Maybe if Rose can convince him to help in Annie's search, it will give her the opportunity to win his favor.

Nursing a broken heart, Jesse is ready to settle back into the peace of Amish life. When Rose asks him to help on a quest to find Annie's birth Mamm, he wonders if this might be a chance to do some good to make up for the sins of his past. But he doesn't count on his sudden and inexplicable attraction to Annie.

Despite the reservations of the community, the three set out in search of Annie's Mamm. As they hit one dead end after another, the feelings between them become more complicated. They all know that Rose will make Jesse a better Frau, but he continues to be drawn to Annie. And no one seems to want to give them answers about Annie's birth Mamm. Not to mention the belligerent bishop who halts their progress wherever he can. Can the three hearts survive this journey intact? What will they find about Annie's Mamm, and will the truth tear her away from everything she's ever known? 

The Characters

Being the eldest child often means having more responsibility. With four younger siblings, Sarah Beth has a firm understanding of the weight she must bear.

After the passing of her Grossmammi -- a loss almost as devastating as the one the King children endured 12 years earlier when both of their parents were killed in a harvesting accident -- Sarah Beth, 24, is left to look after her special needs sister, Cora, 17, and only brother, Toby, 14. As for her 12-year-old twin sisters, Lovina and Luann, other family members felt it would be best for the girls to live with relatives in another church district, decimating the King family once again.

Family is everything to Sarah Beth! And she is determined to get hers back together ... even if that means putting off her thoughts of courtship and starting a family of her own. But why does her heart beat wildly when she meets her handsome new neighbor, Elias Stutzman? Is she drawn to the allure of his deep blue eyes ... or maybe it is the secrets they are hiding?

Life has been anything but easy for Elias ... abandoned by his Mamm who jumped the fence to Englisch life when he was just a kid ... passed along from one distant relative to another ... running with the wrong group of "friends" who always kept him on the outer edge of their circle.

Now, at 29 years old, Elias longs to be accepted for the hardworking man he is today and leave his past behind him. Hickory Meadows, known for its welcoming folks and strong sense of community, could give him the home he has always dreamed of having -- and possibly a family of his own.

But the shocking damage done to his buggy shop soon after his arrival makes it very clear that he is not welcome. Elias knows only a few people, so who would try to run him out of the church district? Maybe it was just a bunch of bored kids. Perhaps he pushed Sara Beth, his attractive new neighbor with the feisty spirit, a little too far. Or has someone from Elias's past discovered his new life?