Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Review - A Single Dad in Amish Country

:   A Single Dad in Amish Country
Author:  Patricia Johns
Series:  Butternut Amish B & B
Genre:   Inspirational Romance 
Publisher:   Harlequin Heartwarming
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  384
Date of Publication:  June 27, 2023
My Rating:  5 Stars


He wants security…

She wants the chance to fly

All single mom and soon-to-be commercial pilot Hazel Dobbs expects from her Amish B&B vacation is gorgeous farmland, fresh air and delicious food. No one mentioned handsome landscaper Joe Carter—or his irrepressible little girl. Suddenly Hazel sees the possibilities of a whole new family. But with her biggest dream finally on the horizon, falling in love looks like the ultimate crash landing…

From Harlequin Heartwarming:  Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.

The Butternut Amish B&B

Book 1: Her Amish Country Valentine
Book 2: A Single Dad in Amish Country
Book 3: A Boy's Amish Christmas


Hazel Dobbs and Joe Carter are single parents with very different goals in life. She is training to become a commercial pilot and he is Englisch living among the Amish and raising his four-year-old daughter Lottie. Lottie is a busy preschooler who is on a mission. She wants her mommy, a woman she has never met. Joe wants more than anything to give Lottie a stable, two-parent home, because he has a sense of loss from his past that he does not want passed on to his daughter.

Hazel is staying at a lovely Amish B & B while she studies for a test that will get her the job of her dreams. She has flown airplanes for years, but has dreamt of flying commercial. While staying at the B & B she meets single father Joe and  his adorable daughter. His little girl is in awe of airplanes, and thinks if she gets on the right plane she can find her mother. 

Meanwhile, Hazel's daughter Maddie is in the UK visiting her father, and talks regularly with Hazel about the difficulties on getting to know him and his family. Hazel would not take back one second of her life with her daughter but now it is the time to live her dreams. Meeting Joe gives her pause.

Joe is a catch and more than one mother in his daughter's preschool class would love to snare him, but he wants more than a mother for his child, as important as that is for him. In fact, he wants a companion, and that just might come in the form of Hazel. However, she plans on being up in the sky with regard to his career, and he wants stability for his daughter.

What a sweet story by Patricia Johns. I love the backstories in this book. Not just Hazel and Joe's stories, but the B & B owner Melinda and how she is affected by unrequited love. Yes, a wonderful story all around and I cannot wait to read the third book in this series later this fall.

Many thanks to Harlequin Heartwarming and to NetGalley for this ARC to review. This is my honest opinion.


I am a Harlequin author who writes for the Love Inspired, Western/American Romance and Heartwarming lines. I have recently signed a book deal with Kensington Books for Amish romance, so in 2019, you’ll find me being published by both Harlequin and Kensington. You can find my books in any place that books are sold. I am represented by Rachel Beck of Holloway Literary.

I have my Hon. BA in English Literature from University of Toronto, and I live in Northern Canada where the weather dominates our small talk. Mr. Johns has the distinct challenge of being married to a writer, and our young son has yet to be impressed by seeing his mother’s books on a store shelf. 😉 It’s the perfect life for me.

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