A Song for Sarah

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Sarah Stoltzfus is the last of her siblings who remains at home in Apple Creek, Tennessee, after being passed over in favor of her younger sister by the man she thought she loved. Now in danger of becoming an old maid, she does her best to fulfill her duties to God and her community . . . but she can't ignore the feeling that something is missing in her life, nor deny that her heart is wounded.

Matthew Miller wants more than anything to be accepted by the Amish after living nearly ten years among the English. He's helping his elderly uncle, who's recently been hospitalized, to run the family farm. Matthew needs to find a place in this simpler world and make peace with a past he's not proud of. He must find a way to prove himself to the community he wants to rejoin, but he's not sure how to do that. And the people of Apple Creek aren't making it easy for him.
A chance meeting at Sarah's farm stand changes both of their lives. Matthew can't help wanting to know more about his beautiful neighbor, and Sarah begins to wonder if she could love again.

But the bishop has made it clear to Matthew that as long as he and the elders have doubts about him, Matthew is not to pursue anything as permanent as marriage. Sarah's father feels the same way, being extra-protective of the daughter whose heart is still fragile.

When Sarah's sister announces that she and her husband will be moving back home, Sarah is forced to confront the source of her pain. Meanwhile, a person from Matthew's English life reappears, setting tongues wagging all over Apple Creek. Can Matthew and Sarah overcome the odds and convince the others -- and themselves -- that they belong together? Or will mistrust and gossip keep them apart forever?

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?