Love's Secret Identity

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No matter how hard Katie's family tries, they can't stay on top of the bills, and now the bank is threatening to foreclose on their farm. God answers Katie's prayers when an Englisher offers to buy a bulk amount of her goat's milk soap. However, her four goats can't produce enough milk to fill the order. Desperate, Katie asks to purchase milk from every farmer in the area, but only one agrees -- perpetually cranky Elam Hertzler.

Although Katie's childhood crush on Elam has waned, working so close with him still makes her heart race, despite her being promised to another -- Jonas. He's living in the English world but swore he'd return someday. Spending so much time with Elam makes Katie question if waiting for Jonas is a mistake. Especially when Elam finally lets down his guard, and Katie sees the kind man he's been hiding.

Elam has worked hard to create a quiet life far from anyone who could possibly discover his secret. The last thing he needs is Katie nosing around his property, but he can't stand back and let an Amish family lose their home. Even though he has an agreement to sell his milk elsewhere, Elam knows he has to help Katie.

Not only does she talk nonstop, but she has a way of distracting Elam that no one else does and he can't help but be moved by her unwavering dedication to her family. Can he find a way to save Katie's farm and keep his secret? Or will helping her expose his secret identity ... and the true feelings in his heart? 

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?