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Matters of the Heart - Kelly Irvin

Matters of the Heart


An Amish Calling Novel

He's the community's jokester auctioneer. She's the serious caregiver for her siblings and local plant nursery. What future could they have together?

Declan Miller has always had feelings for Bethel King. Back when they were in school, she was the smartest girl in the class and, in his opinion, by far the prettiest. Now the two of them are in their twenties and while the attraction is still there, Declan is as hesitant as ever to let Bethel know how he feels. His corny jokes and wisecracks cover a heart that's afraid of rejection.

Bethel can't deny Declan is nice, funny, hardworking, and pleasing to the eye--a perfect match if you asked any Plain girl in the area. But marrying Bethel would also mean marrying into her family. Two of her younger brothers have a rare form of muscular dystrophy, and her sister Claire is now showing signs of having it as well. Fiercely loyal and nurturing, Bethel has promised herself her siblings will always come first. With a good chance that she carries the gene and could pass it on to her children, Bethel has tried to convince herself marriage and family just aren't in the cards for her.

When a devastating diagnosis of his own turns Declan's world upside down, he looks to Bethel for understanding, compassion, and a realistic outlook. As they share their dreams and fears and grow together in faith, a bond begins to develop between them. Perhaps their combination of optimistic extrovert and thoughtful introvert really isn't such a bad thing--perhaps it's actually a part of God's beautiful design.


"The book is thoughtfully done. The characters are well developed and relatable. I finished the book with tears in my eyes."

—Goodreads Review

". . . a truly special, heartwarming and thought provoking story about love, faith and healing."

—Goodreads Review

"I do love a quick-paced, entertaining novel. . . Kelly Irvin’s latest belongs on the everyone’s keeper shelf." (for The Heart's Bidding)

—Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

". . . wonderfully written and paints a complete picture of the joys, trials, and tribulations of the average Amish community. It is filled with beautifully flawed characters you will laugh with, cry for, and then rejoice in their happiness when they finally find love."

—Amy Lillard, bestselling author


Read the first standalone story in the series!

Together, schoolteacher Rachelle Lapp and auctioneer Toby Miller must face their hardest battle yet: trusting God’s plan for their uncertain future.


Kelly Irvin - Thomas Nelson Author


Kelly Irvin is a bestselling, award-winning author of over twenty novels and stories. A retired public relations professional, Kelly lives with her husband, Tim, in San Antonio. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two ornery cats.

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Instagram: @kelly_irvin
Facebook: @Kelly.Irvin.Author
Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin


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