Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Review - The Amish Bachelor's Baby

Author:  Jo Ann Brown
Series:  Amish Spinster Club #3
Genre:   Inspirational Romance
Publisher:   Love Inspired
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  288
Date of Publication:  February 19, 2019
My Rating:  4 Stars

A baby changes everything for the Amish Spinster Club

Working in Caleb Hartz's shop fits perfectly with Annie Wagler's plan to match him with her twin sister--until Annie is drawn to him herself. But with his business, his farm and now his teenage runaway cousin and her baby, Caleb has no time for romance. Can they work together to care for mother and child--without losing their hearts? 


Annie Wagler has a selfless plan to set up Caleb Hartz with her twin sister Leanna. She knows that Leanna is very attracted to Caleb, but Annie is as well. Leanna has suffered great heartbreak and Annie will do anything she can to help lead her to happiness. Annie sets the wheel in motion to try and bring the couple together.

Meanwhile, Caleb is about to open up a bakery and heads to the Wagler home to hire one of the twins to work for him. In truth, Caleb has no idea who is who! When it turns out to be Annie that he made the offer to, he cannot turn back on his word. However, he is quite drawn to Annie, so he would rather have been working with Leanna. 

Just as Caleb is about to show Annie his shop and the plans he's made, he is shocked to discover his teenage cousin Becky and her infant son hiding out. She has run away and seeks protection with Caleb. The only arrangement that seems feasible is for Becky to stay with Annie's family. Now, between Annie working at the shop, and helping to care for Becky and the baby, Caleb and Annie are thrown together quite frequently. Annie sees this as a good opportunity. Maybe she can convince Caleb to accompany Leanna. Anything actually. Oh, but does this pain Annie. As a loving sister, she is not concerned with her future, so she will do what she can. It doesn't take Caleb very long at all to tell the difference between the twins and oh how does his heart skip a beat more than once. 

The Amish Bachelor's Baby is a very sensitive and sweet read. I adored this story and admit to being rather intrigued by how drawn Caleb was to Annie. I love the whole idea of pheromones and this has made this a pretty sappy read for me. I do admit to being saddened by Becky's situation and choices, but loved the way the story concluded. I do hope that we get Leanna's story soon. 

The other books in the series are The Amish Suitor and The Amish Christmas Cowboy. The Amish Widower's Twins will be available soon.

Many thanks to Love Inspired and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Jo Ann Brown has been creating characters and stories for as long as she can remember. Her first stories were populated with her friends and sisters. She wrote her first novel in high school, and it happily resides in the forgotten depths of her file cabinet. Fast forward through college, serving in the US Army as a quartermaster officer, getting married, and increasing her blessings with three children...and Jo Ann sold her first book in 1987. Since it was published in 1988, she has sold over 100 titles and has become a best-selling and award-winning author. Romantic Times called her “a truly talented author.” She writes romance, mystery, and YA under a variety of pen names. Now she is writing Amish romances for Love Inspired and Annie’s Fiction as Jo Ann Brown.

Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages and are sold on every continent except Antarctica. A sought-after speaker, she has been teaching creative writing for over 20 years, and she established several popular fiction courses at Brown University. She resides in Florida with her husband and about a zillion little lizards in her yard.

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