Book Review: The Amish Farm Trilogy by Gayle Roper


Book Summary:

This love-inspired book series begins with “A Stranger’s Wish”, continues with “A Secret Identity” and ends with “A Rose Revealed”. They are all books focused on “Englishers” (non-Amish) in an Amish setting. Basically, the main characters are not Amish and the supporting characters are Amish.

In “A Stranger’s Wish” (Product description):  “Englischer Kristie Matthews’ move to an Amish family farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, starts on a bad note as the young schoolteacher is bitten by a dog. A trip to the local ER leads to an encounter with an old man who hands her a key and swears her to silence. But when Kristie’s life is endangered, she suspects there’s a connection to the mysterious key. While solving the mystery (and staying alive), Kristie must decide whether her lawyer boyfriend, Todd Reasoner, is really right for her….or if Jon Clarke Griffin, the new local man she’s met, is all he seems to be.”

In “A Secret Identity” (Product description):”Cara Bentley is raised by her grandfather to appreciate family. When she discovers—quite by accident—that he was adopted, her whole perspective changes. If he wasn’t a Bentley, who was he? If she isn’t a Bentley, who is she? She determines to find her “real” family. Ending up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she takes a room at the Zook family farm.  When she seeks the help of attorney Todd Reasoner, the search for the truth begins in earnest. But as mysterious accidents begin to happen, Cara suspects her attempt to find out the truth is not welcome—and neither is she.”

From “A Rose Revealed” (from product description): “Rose Martin became a nurse because she wanted to help people in pain. And she has come to realize that part of being a nurse means encountering death. But death by natural causes….not by murder. So when cancer-stricken Sophie Hostetter is murdered, Rose begins asking questions. Soon she’s drawn into a maze of family secrets that endanger her own life. Her growing attraction to Amish-raised Jake Zook further complicates her life. His resentment toward her is puzzling—after all, she helped save his life. Why will he not allow her to share that life now?”

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoy love-inspired Amish fiction books. They have none of the raunchyness of regular romance novels, for one thing; and more complex, thoughtful relationships among the characters, for another. At the same time, they are light reads which are perfect for those times you need to give your mind a rest. 🙂 So, if you are looking for a light read to take with you as you lounge at the beach, the park or just in your back yard, grab yourself one of these three titles.

And don’t worry if you read them out of sequence; although helpful, each book stands on its own. And I know this first hand. I originally found “A Secret Identity” at the library and didn’t even notice that it was part of a trilogy when I snatched it. After I finished it, I immediately went back to the library to check out the other two volumes and read those in order.

What I liked:

All three books were woven very well together. The characters of the next book were easily and seamlessly introduced in the book before it. All three books had a touch of mystery, even if I was able to recognize the “bad guys” before they were revealed. All three had likable characters and gave some insights into the daily life of the Amish. All of them were really enjoyable, page-turning reads.

I do have to say that hands down, the third book “A Rose Revealed” was my favorite of the three. My heart was already drawn to Jake’s character when I accidentally read “A Secret Identity” and continued when I read the first book. The relationship between Jake and Rose was beautifully written and captivating. And the ending brought tears to my eyes.

What I didn’t like:

Gosh, there really wasn’t much of any of the books that I didn’t like. I didn’t like that they ended, that’s for sure – especially the last one. LOL! The books were exactly what I expected them to be: a light, easy-to-read love-inspired romance. 🙂

My rating:

I give these book 4 stars for each book.


  1. Totally off topic here but came by to let you know I’m praying in agreement with you with your Fearless Friday prayer..((hugs))
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