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The Baby Next Door

The Baby Next Door, April 2021
Indiana Amish Brides #7
by Vannetta Chapman

Love Inspired
224 pages
ISBN: 1335488774
EAN: 9781335488770
Kindle: B08JCJ7LL7
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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"A summer tale of Amish families and llamas"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Baby Next Door
Vannetta Chapman

Reviewed by Clare O'Beara
Posted November 23, 2021

Romance | Amish

Indiana Amish Brides sounds irresistible to folks like me who want a relaxing romantic read. I enjoyed this unique but low-tension Amish romance.  THE BABY NEXT DOOR is a little girl belonging to Grace Troyer, an unmarried young woman. Naturally, many people assume she’s minding her cousin’s baby since she was off staying in her relatives’ community for a while and returned with the child Nicole but no husband.

Adrian Schrock lives next to Grace’s family, and he’s happily engaged in doing just what he loves – starting up a zoo and farm tour business. He’s exotic animal mad, and the barn expands to include a llama, sulky camel, goats and a blind donkey. The parrot, wild turkeys and three-legged dog round out the picture nicely. Grace thinks Adrian is obsessed with his animals, and partly he is, which is probably why it takes the young man so long to realise that Grace and Nicole look so alike.

Well, Grace isn’t accepted by all, even though nobody should cast the first stone. Adrian and his madcap idea to enlist Grace’s cookery skills for people taking the tour, seems like a bad idea to her at first. But a farmer has to put money in the jar to cover feed, vet bills and someday building a house. The older folks in the community are largely quiet during this story, and I think this indicates an acceptance of change, whether solar panels and pastel dresses, or more personal issues about living a good life in a new way. Whether Grace and Adrian can resolve their differences is another matter.

This adventure is full of character and movement, the scramble to round up escaped beasts or laughter with kids, and we read of hearty meals for the outdoor workers along with constant handcrafting by women indoors. This summer story by popular author Vannetta Chapman hits the right spot for me - THE BABY NEXT DOOR, Nicole, is a source of joy and fulfilment, but also of more than one kind of tension. Come along to Goshen, Indiana and get to know the good folks over ice cream, pies or home-made cheese. You’ll be kept busy and entertained, with this charming slice of Indiana Amish life.  

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Some secrets are harder to keep…in this novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Vannetta Chapman

Can she help her neighbor

without exposing the truth?

When Amish single mother Grace Troyer and her baby girl move back home, Adrian Schrock can’t resist the little family next door. But his plan to nudge Grace out of her shell by asking her to cook for Englischers on his farm tour doesn’t go over well. After all, Grace is worried the job will expose secrets she hopes to keep buried…

From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Indiana Amish Brides

Book 1: A Widow’s Hope

Book 2: Amish Christmas Memories

Book 3: A Perfect Amish Match

Book 4: The Amish Christmas Matchmaker

Book 5: An Unlikely Amish Match

Book 6: The Amish Christmas Secret

Book 7: The Baby Next Door

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