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Both of them have vowed from the bottom of their broken hearts never to love again. Sweet Naomi Byler cooks meals for the guests at the Peony Inn, where Amish sisters and owners of the inn Esther and Lizzie love her like a granddaughter. She’s as happy there as a young woman can be, considering that her fiancé, Thomas, has left her to court someone else. She knows she’ll get over the love of her life in due time, but she assumes marriage will never be a part of her future.

Amos Lantz and his mother are guests at the inn, visiting town for a cousin’s wedding. Attending a wedding is the last thing Amos wants to do since his own fiancée, Sarah, died tragically just a year ago.

Naomi and Amos understand each other’s grief and become quick friends when they discover their mutual love of painting. As the two begin to paint through their sadness together, Esther and Lizzie play matchmaker - a risky move with the potential to backfire. And when Thomas makes an unexpected return intending to win back Naomi, she realizes she no longer knows her own heart.

In this new Amish series from best-selling and award-winning novelist Beth Wiseman, true love takes root in the deepest of wounds. 

©2020 Beth Wiseman (P)2020 Zondervan

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  • Annette Fedd
  • 06-04-2021

awesome book

I enjoy reading this everyone should read it. I did not want to put this book down

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  • Jill
  • 29-03-2021

Enjoyable

A Picture of Love is book 1 in the Amish Inn series. It is a new series so this is the only book that has released thus far. Although this is an Amish story, I gotta say, this is the most un-Amish Amish book I have read so far. I think they are Amish in name only. There were so many things that would never be allowed in a true Amish community and there was a serious lack of community. Everything from verbiage used to the way characters treated each other to an unmarried man and woman spending time alone together in each other's bedrooms...it all felt very unnatural for their supposed lifestyle. All that being said, it was a lovely story and I enjoyed it greatly.

There were several main characters in this book. The first two were the widowed sisters in their 70s who owned the Peony Inn, the home they grew up in and returned to after they were widowed and had no children or other family. Then there was Naomi, an unmarried young woman who lived on site at the Peony Inn and was employed by the sisters, but also like a granddaughter to them. Next was Amos, the young man from Ohio who came to stay at the Inn with his mother during a trip to the community for a wedding. A strong secondary character was Gus, the crotchety old man who lived in a house on the sisters' property.

This book started out a tad slow and I was starting to second guess my decision but it picked up and maintained a great pace throughout the rest of the book. There were a few storylines woven together and it was all done seamlessly.

The narration was good. I enjoyed the narrator. I recommend this as an audiobook.

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  • sls
  • 23-02-2021

Adorable!

At first I wasn’t thrilled with the elderly characters, but by the middle of the book I loved them! Nice love story.

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