The Heart's Bidding
AMISH & MENNONITE I ROMANCE I SMALL TOWN & RURAL
Together, schoolteacher Rachelle Lapp and auctioneer Toby Miller must face their hardest battle yet: trusting God’s plan for their uncertain future.
At twenty-nine, auctioneer Toby Miller is a notorious bachelor. But his job keeps him on the road for months out of the year, and he knows no Plain woman could want a marriage that would force her to live and raise children alone. Thankfully, Toby’s content to dedicate his life to the family business, especially now that his grandfather is retiring. So why does his heart keep longing for something—or more specifically, someone—he can’t have?
Rachelle Lapp has already turned down two marriage proposals. Neither promised a future that would bring her more joy than her job as a teacher to Amish children with developmental disabilities, including her brother, Jonah, and Toby’s sister, Sadie. But when the parents’ committee votes to send her students to the English schools, where they will have access to many more resources, Rachelle finds herself out of a job. She’s forced to decide between pursuing her calling far from home and staying near to the man she can’t get off her mind.
As their families matchmake, Toby and Rachelle realize their jobs may not be all that’s holding them back from a future together. They both must learn not only to trust each other, but also trust God’s plans for them. But do those plans involve a lifetime together or them going their separate ways?
“I do love a quick-paced, entertaining novel, and The Heart’s Bidding is just that. I was immediately drawn into Toby’s and Rachelle’s stories and found myself rooting for them page after page. Kelly Irvin’s latest belongs on the everyone’s keeper shelf.”
—New York Times and
USA TODAY bestselling author
Shelley Shepard Gray
"The Heart's Bidding starts a new series by Kelly Irvin about a family of Amish auctioneers. I enjoyed the sweet love story that unfolds between Rachelle and Toby. They are a little older and have been putting off romance because of their jobs. I totally fell in love with little Sadie and Jonah and the rest of Rachelle and Toby's families and can't wait to see more of them in future books!"
"I enjoyed this sweet friendship/romance between Rachelle and Toby, Eve. Though they tried to fight the attraction. Though I especially loved their siblings Sadie and Jonah, who have developmental disabilities. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series."
MEET THE 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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