This week, the

 Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

 is introducing

Accidentally Amish

Barbour Books (October 1, 2012)

Olivia Newport

A Word From The Author:

I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours.

We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.

Here the adventure begins. When we meet someone new, we never know where it might lead.

I’ve been married for over thirty years and have two twenty-something kids. We live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where the day lilies in my back yard grow as tall as I am. (No short jokes, please.)

Not every piece of my life is pretty, though. Some days I want to throw out whole chunks. But I am living each day looking for the grace of God to me, in me, and through me. Having your companionship along the way will help uncover a lot of great stories.

Thanks for stopping by my site, where conversations and adventures begin with a click. I hope we’ll run into each other often.


Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Accidentally Amish, go HERE.


With the current immense popularity of Amish fiction, it is a given that more books like Accidentally Amish will surface. Apparently our overly stimulated, busy lifestyles have created a longing for one that is simpler and quieter so the Amish life has a major appeal to many. For the sake of an entertaining book, I can go along with that although I’m pretty sure the Amish life may be simple in some ways but complicated in ways that most do not expect.

Accidentally Amish is a well-written and entertaining story that not only has a romantic storyline but is also dramatic and somewhat suspenseful. I liked most of the characters (there were some I probably wasn’t supposed to like) and the story moved at a good pace and kept me engaged. I can’t say that I particularly liked the ending – I may be a bit too cynical and/or skeptical to believe that a girl like Annie would make the choices she made. But don’t blame my skepticism on the book. I just tend to be that way.

For those who can’t get enough Amish fiction, Accidentally Amish is sure to please.