Hopefully Ever After

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Pub Date 18 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 18 May 2023

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To become who they’re meant to be, Eden and Samuel must find the courage to defy expectations.

Sixteen-year-old Eden Hale doesn’t want to be defined by her current circumstances. With absent parents and a troubled past, Eden refuses to become what people expect. When she is sent to live with an Amish cousin she’s never met in Montgomery, Indiana, she welcomes the chance to become the person she wants to be without the burden of anyone’s judgment. Her hopes are confirmed when she meets Samuel, a young Amish man who seems to like her for who she really is.

Samuel Byler has grown up with strict Amish parents, and they aren’t happy that their only son is choosing to spend his free time with an outsider. As Eden and Samuel grow closer, disapproval swirls around the young couple. It isn’t long before Eden starts to doubt herself and wonders if she is doomed to repeat the mistakes of her own past, whether she wants to or not. Meanwhile, Samuel finds himself slipping further and further from his faith—to Eden’s dismay.

Both Eden’s and Samuel’s futures hang in the balance as they face decisions about who they are meant to be—both as individuals and together.

  • Sweet contemporary Amish romance
  • Book 1: The Bookseller's Promise; Book 2: The Story of Love; Book 3: Hopefully Ever After
  • Book length: 95,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

To become who they’re meant to be, Eden and Samuel must find the courage to defy expectations.

Sixteen-year-old Eden Hale doesn’t want to be defined by her current circumstances. With absent parents...


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Beth Wiseman is an author I trust to create memorable books with interesting characters who come to life. Hopefully Ever After definitely did not disappoint. Although Eden and Samuel are both young, they have an instant bond. They are complex, imperfect young people, each with his or her own problems, who help each other cope with life. I hope there is a sequel because I want to know what is next in their lives.

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It can be hard to rise above a troubled past, especially when the circumstances are beyond your control. In Hopefully Ever After, Beth Wiseman shows us how trust in God and a supportive family can completely change a person’s life. This is book three of the Amish Bookstore series.

Sixteen-year-old Eden has had a rough life, and now she has been sent to stay with an Amish cousin she has never even met. Yvonne and her husband Abraham show Eden the love and support she has been missing with her own mother. When Abraham’s teenage nephew Samuel comes into the picture, he and Eden begin to bond almost immediately, much to the chagrin of Samuel’s strict Amish parents.

Eden and Samuel’s story was the main focus of the book, and both characters were well-developed and very likable. I was delighted to see a new chapter of Yvonne and Abraham’s life, and I also enjoyed getting to know Samuel’s parents, Leroy and Anna. I didn’t think I would like this story as much as I did the first two books simply because the main characters are teenagers, but both Eden and Samuel are mature for their age, and Yvonne, Abraham, and Samuel’s parents featured heavily in the story. With so many different personalities and everyone wanting different things in life, the storyline was always interesting. I went through pretty much every emotion while reading this story.

I have always enjoyed stories by Beth Wiseman, and this one was no exception. I would definitely recommend this book. Although this story can stand alone, I would recommend reading the first two books in the series as well.

This book was provided to me courtesy of Zondervan through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Beth Wiseman is my number one favorite author when it comes to Amish romance.

Hopefully ever after is a beautifully written coming of age story between two Amish teenagers.

It is the final book in a series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, although it you haven't read the previous book, you will want to go back and read it after enjoying this one.

The main characters are, Eden and Samuel. Both are 16 years old.

We watch Samuel struggle with his faith while the romance between Eden and himself grows.

The book is touching and emotional. All of the characters are totally believable and seier interactions engaging.

I loved the descriptive settings and the interwoven lives of the Amish community members. The love they share for one another is heartwarming.

Highly recommend.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and the publisher ZondervanFiction for the granting me an advance copy of this book in return for my honest opinions.

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Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman
Beth Wiseman’s Hopeful Ever After is her third book in her Amish Bookstore series. This book is a great addition to the series.

The story itself centers on Sixteen-year-old Eden, an Englisher, and Samuel, a young Amish man. The well developed storyline weaves a tell of a young woman who is determined to become the person God intends and not who people think she is.

Eden comes to her cousin’s in Indiana to stay for a month while her Guardian is that a vacation. Here, she meets Samuel, who is content to accept her for the person she really is. Samuel has been brought up and such a strict Amish environment that his desire is to know more about the outside world. On the other hand, Eden has seen too much of life and wishes for the simple life of love and family in this peaceful Amish community.

The whole book deals with grown of both Samuel and Eden as they struggle to find out their diversities.
The characters are realistic and we are reintroduced to friends from the first two books in this series and able to catch up with their lives. The story moves quickly, and keeps you wanting to read more and more.
This book can be read as a standalone, but you will enjoy it more is you read the preceding books in this series so you will be more familiar with the characters and their storylines.
I highly recommend this 5-star book. Release date is April 18, 2023.
Thank you, Zondervan Fiction for allowing me to read an advance copy. All opinions are my own, and I was not required to give a positive review.

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Sweet and Inspirational

Teenage years are one of the many difficult times in life. For Eden and Samuel, it is especially difficult. They share many similarities in how tough the road towards growing up truly is, but they also have some differences. While Eden is searching for a deeper faith journey, Samuel is questioning his and wondering if he's missing out on life. Eden is trying to live in a way that dispels any preconceived notions people may have of her. Samuel, on the other hand, is walking the line while feeling like he's just going through the motions. As they spend time together, they fall into an easy and honest sharing of their struggles. They find a kindred spirit in each other which deepens their friendship and relationship. In turn, their relationship also has an affect on their family relationships. Sometimes the results are good and sometimes they are not so good. Will Eden and Samuel's friendship and faith walk be able to survive their differences as well as the good and the bad?

Hopefully Ever After is a wonderful story of hope, faith, new beginnings and second chances. The characters were realistic and drew me in completely. I found myself cheering them on and hoping that they would get to where they needed to be. It is a truly sweet and inspirational story and one that I highly recommend.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. All comments and opinions are voluntary and strictly my own.

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The last in the Amish Bookstore series can standalone on its own merit. But by reading the previous book, you can enjoy the continuation of those characters as we are introduced to a new lead. The two primary leads in this story are younger- 16 years old. As such, Hopefully Ever After is a tender and sweet coming of age love story. Eden and Samuel were a good match and the storyline was well done. However, where Wiseman really thrives as a writer is the interplay between characters- old and new. We get to revisit Yvonne and Abraham and their married life- I love seeing them interact and support 16 year Eden in the caring and compassionate way we would expect these two to act!. We even get the sisters of the Peony Inn- how amazing it was to revisit Lizzie and Esther! Samuel's storyline with questioning his faith and seeing how his parents navigate raising their teenager. is very realistic, that all parents of teens will relate to. It's those relationships that really tug at the heart-strings and nurture the soul. This book is such a warm and joyful conclusion to an excellent series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.. Thank you #NetGalley and #ZondervanFiction for the ARC.

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Eden Hale is not quite your typical teenager, she has had a difficult past, doesn't want others to judge her now for her past mistakes. She doesn't know who her father is and her mother is drug addicted and in jail. While living with her Aunt she finds solice in Lord and wants her life to be different. While her Aunt takes a month long vacation, Eden is sent to stay with cousin Yvonne and her husband Abraham in Indiana. Her cousin Yvonne who was English married Amish man Abraham in book 2. On her arrival she meets charming Samuel who interest in her is just more than attraction. He is in his rumspringa and is thinking of going out in the English world. Raised in a very strict home, his parents won't let him experience life for fear he will crossover. Both want what each other has. One wants a simple life the other wants to explore all the world offers. Samuel and Eden put their families in a quandray, each trying to protect. Both of them learned through their friendship, along with their families about their faith, judgement of others, and living a godly life. I hope there is a book in the future about this young couple. I received an ARC from Zondervan Publishing and my review is of my own opinion.

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Sixteen year old Eden has been sent to stay with her Amish cousin for a month. After the disruptive life she has had she feels like she has come home. Eden meets Samuel an Amish boy and they have an instant connection. Is sixteen to young to find your soul mate? This is a good story about finding your place in the world.

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Another Beth Wiseman series that I have enjoyed. It meshes the English world and the Amish world together. It has a great way of seeing the contrast between living in faith and living in the world.

Eden Hale is the cousin Yvonne Wilson who has been the main character in both previous books. She came from the English world looking for a valuable book that an Amish bookkeeper had at his bookstore. She is now working for at the bookstore and married to Amish man. Yvonne and Abraham have agreed to have Eden stay with them for a month. Eden comes from a troubled past. She does not know her father and her mother has been battling drug addiction for many years. However, Eden has been found by God. God has drawn her in because she has known despair and wants what is important. She has sworn that she will not be like her mother. Her first day with Yvonne, she meets Abraham's nephew Samuel. Samuel should be in Amish "running around" but because of the fear of his parents, they have given him a tight rein. Eden and Samuel have not only an physical attraction to each other, but a attraction of the other's lifestyle. Eden has always wanted a family like Samuel and Samuel always wanted to know what the world was like. Their curiosity of each other, leads to a friendship that causes problem for Samuel and his family and has put Yvonne and Abraham in a tight spot.

Reading Amish books such as this gives you a perspective on faith. Sometimes it easy to take for granted what faith is but reading about Samuel and his struggles about wanting to see the world gave me the perspective of free will and choice. The Amish raise their children to follow God, working together as a family and with community and when the become of age, the parents give their children the freedom to chose the English world or the Amish world. Living a Godly life is not about rules but keeping families safe in the arms of the a loving Father. Samuel was learning about that thru the eyes of Eden and it made their relationship a hopefully ever after!

A special thank you to Zondervan Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review

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This is a great story about an English girl who comes to stay with her Amish Aunt and Uncle. She meets an Amish young man, Samuel Byler, and they are attracted to each other. This doesnt make Samuel's parents happy. Eden is drawn to the Amish way of life and Samuel is wanting to explore the English world a little bit. This is a great story and I enjoyed learning more about this way of life.

I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my own honest opinion.

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Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman is book three in her The Amish Bookstore series.

Eden is temporarily staying with her older cousin Yvonne in Indiana Amish country. Previously troubled, she loves the peace she’s found there and her friendship with Yvonne’s nephew-in-law, Samuel. Their lives are so different, but they’re growing closer together by the day. She’s only there for a month, but they hope to bridge the gaps in culture for a hopefully ever after.

Beth Wiseman smartly continues the series with a novel that reads as a standalone. There are strong characters and plot. Continuity is maintained with the series. Religious themes of hope, faith, forgiveness, and love are throughout. Hopefully Ever After is a 5 out of 5 star read that I highly recommend it to all readers of romance, especially Christian romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I honestly didn’t think I would like this book bit it surprised me. When I realize it was about two teenagers, I almost didn’t read it. But it was about so much more than that. It showed the struggle of having doubt in God. Also the difference between overprotective parents and ones that ignore you. It was a good book and Eden’s struggle with her mom brought tears to my eyes.
I will definitely recommend this.
Thank you to NetGalley.

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Seeing this new Beth Wiseman book made me very happy!
3rd in this new series. I
I feel that the 1st book will be my always favorite one. I loved the mystery that it contained and the friendships that were formed.
Wiseman never disappoints!
I savored/finished this book in one day.
Eden is my favorite character in this book.
In my opinion, she's perfect example of what God can do if we only let Him. I love her goals in life.
I loved the storyline of 2nd chances, family, faith and hope.
5 stars for a job well done! I highly recommend!
I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I'm so thankful that I was able to read it.

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I am glad that Beth Wiseman continued this third storyline from her Amish Bookstore series. We get to revisit characters from the first two books and meet new people as well. When Eden, who is a young English girl and has already lived a rough 16 years of her life, is sent to live with an Amish cousin she has never met, she slowly learns that people really can love and respect each other-something she never received from her own mom. When she befriends Samuel, a young Amish man whose parents are very strict, she discovers he is struggling with his faith.

It was refreshing to see how Beth Wiseman turned the tables and had Eden be strong in her faith, but Samuel was having doubts about his faith and remaining Amish. All the other Amish books I have read, it is usually the Amish who have a faith that never waivers and the English characters struggle.

All words and opinions are my own. I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review.

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No one is immune to anger, questioning faith, or making poor decisions -- not even the Amish. This book explores some pretty big issues from the eyes of a pair of sixteen year olds who are dealing with adult problems. It didn't go the direction I thought it would, but ended up in an interesting place...and I look forward to seeing if there is a follow-up to the story. For folks with trigger issues, be aware that there are themes of drug abuse and parental death.

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What a tug on your emotions this read is! This is the story of a sixteen year old Eden, a young girl who has mostly brought herself up, and seen things she never should had as her Mom abused drugs.

Can you imagine the peace that came over this teenage as she is about to spend a month in Indiana Amish Country, away from the city, she loves the calmness she feels. Then enter a spark of romance, only Samuel is thinking of jumping the fence, or leaving his community and seeing the world.

Wow! These are teenagers, so much on their shoulders, and we wonder how this is all going to turn out! The author gives us family, so important for one who has been lacking it most of her life, young sweet romance, a mystery, and the need for forgiveness,

I loved how the this story all wove together, and I always enjoy an epilogue!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.

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As someone who has pretty much been a lifelong fan of Amish fiction, I honestly cannot believe that this was my first experience reading one of Beth Wiseman's wonderful full length novels. The only experience I'd had with her writing prior to this was reading some of the novella collections where she'd contributed a story. I was definitely in for a treat with this one, and I appreciated the fact that while this is the third title in her The Amish Bookstore series, it could be read as a stand alone without feeling like I was missing out on too much of the backstory.

Hopefully Ever After is a beautiful story that focuses around redemption, God's grace, and family and friendships. Readers are treated to the story of Eden, a young teenaged girl who has grown up in devastating circumstances. When a situation arises that causes her to be temporarily placed with an Amish relative, Eden feels she's finally found the solace and peace in God's presence that she's spent her whole life searching for. When a chance encounter leads her to meeting a young Amish teenager named Samuel, both feel an instant connection. While Eden is intrigued by everything she's come to see from the Amish culture, Samuel feels smothered by it. He isn't sure that this is where he sees himself wanting to be for the rest of his life, when the world seems to have so much more to offer. As the two begin a heartwarming friendship, it will call into question everything they've come to know and understand about their lives so far.

What follows is a breath takingly beautiful story about the challenges of growing up while trying to be true to God and His never changing presence in our lives. I think this is a story that will cause every single reader who picks it up to think good and hard about who they're living their lives for, and whether God is at the front and center like he always deserves to be.

I adored this one from start to finish, and it's without a doubt one of the best books I've read this year so far. It's unlike anything else I've ever read within the genre, and I can't wait to go back and read the first two books in the series, and to discover many more of the books written by this author. I'm only sorry it took me this long to give one of her books a try, as I definitely feel I've discovered a new favorite.

Final Rating: 5/5.

Thanks so much to Zondervan for allowing me to advance read and review this one!

I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary advance reader copy of this novel from the publisher (Zondervan) via NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and this is my honest review.

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Beth Wiseman is one of my absolute favorite Authors and let me tell you she did not disappoint! Hopefully Ever After is a sweet, wonderfully written heartwarming romance. Full of faith and love.
Hopefully Ever after is book 3 in the Amish Bookstore series. If you have not read the previous 2 books in the series, The bookseller’s Promise and The Story of Love…Pick them up! All 3 are wonderful!
Hopefully Ever After is an easy read, well-paced, thoughtfully written and one that you won’t want to put down. Pick this one up on release day, you won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: April 18, 2023
I received complimentary ARC copy of this story from its publisher and author (Thank you!! I loved being a part of this book) via NetGalley . This review is my honest opinion, I was in no way required to give a positive review.

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This story was quite a bit different than other Amish books I have read. I loved it. All the different emotions going on between Eden and Samuel as teenagers from completely different backgrounds. Eden with a mother in jail who is a drug addict and Samuel is Amish. I loved how it all came together and really did not end like I thought it would, just better. I was provided a copy by Netgalley and the opinions are mine.

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This is a beautifully written story that is full of hope, faith, forgiveness and letting God show you the way. Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I loved it and highly recommend this book and the entire series to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.
I received a complimentary copy from Zondervan Fiction via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Being sixteen years old certainly takes its toll on both Eden and Samuel, the former 'English' and the latter, 'Amish,' as they navigate their respective life challenges. Yet, meeting each other was cataclysmic, turning this into a wonderfully clean, circumspect romance.
Several of the Amish ways were cleverely detailed in this third book of the Amish Bookstore Series. The reader becomes re-acquainted with Yvonne, Abraham, Jake, Eva; oh, and the bookstore business.

Beth Wiseman creates lovely narrative eliciting a whole range of emotions from laughter to tears. She also incorporates belief in God and faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, which I very much appreciate and sanction. All-in-all, a hearty, wholesome read. Readers will find a helpful glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch words at the outset of the book. Thankfully.

A 5-Star rating from me.

~Eunice C., Reviewer/Blogger~

April 2023

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. Honest opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman, book three in the Amish Bookstore series, meshes the English world and the Amish world together; showing the contrast between living in faith and living in the world. We meet some of the characters from previous books, but this could still be read as a stand-alone book.

Eden Hale, a 16-year-old English young girl who has lived a very hard life, is temporarily staying with her older Amish cousin, Yvonne Wilson, in Indiana Amish country. Previously troubled, she loves the peace she has found there and her friendship with Yvonne’s nephew-in-law, Samuel. Their lives are so different. Samuel is Amish, bt wants to learn more about the English life, but his parents are very protective and do not want him be exposed to the English life or to be around Eden; let alone be allowed to go on a Rumspringa. Because of this, Samuel is considering leaving the Amish community. Disobeying his parents, Samuel and Eden grow closer together by the day. She’s only there for a month, but they hope to bridge the gaps in culture for a hopefully ever after.

Ms. Wiseman wrote a story is about young love, forgiveness, faith and hope. The emphasis on how the English struggle in their beliefs as well as how the Amish struggle with their faith makes for an interesting read. There are strong characters and plot. Continuity is maintained with the series. Religious themes of hope, faith, forgiveness, and love are throughout. I highly recommend Hopefully Ever After to other readers.

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Not wanting her past to define her, sixteen year old Eden Hale moves to Indiana with an Amish cousin that she has never met. Out from the scrutiny, Eden finally feels free to explore who she truly is and her new found faith. Samuel Byler is in his running around time. However, with strict parents keeping track, he longs to try out new things in the world. When a chance meeting between Eden and Samuel strikes up a friendship, will Samuel and Eden find common ground despite coming from different pasts? I love how this is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. This is a book about finding oneself and our path in this world. It is about not allowing our pasts to define our futures. I received a copy through Netgalley. A review was not required.

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Sixteen-year-old Eden Hale is tired of being judged by the actions of her mother. With her mother in prison and her guardian cousin going on a trip, Eden goes to stay with her Amish cousin Yvonne and her husband Abraham. Sixteen-year-old Samuel Byler wants to see and know more about the world outside his Amish community, but his strict parents aren't allowing him his rumspringa. Samuel volunteers to give Eden riding lessons, but his parents are concerned about her outside influence. I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. I love Eden who already has a deep faith and embraces almost everything about her new home. The relationship that blooms between Eden and Samuel is sweet and realistic. This book delves naturally into some deeper subjects such as death, rebellion, and forgiveness. I also love that Yvonne plays a role in all the books in the series so far. This book can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone, but is even better as part of the series. My only quibble is that part of the ending wrap-up is smoother than realistic, but I still love the story and enjoy the happy ending.

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Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman is the third story in the Bookseller's Promise series. In it, Eden is a young woman with a troubled history who comes to stay with her Aunt Yvonne and Uncle Abraham. Her mother is in prison and her aunt, who has custody, is leaving the country for the month. Determined to be seen for who she is and not the mistakes of her mother or her past, she steps into life with Yvonne and Abraham hopeful for a new future. Samuel is an old-order Amish youth who wants to explore the world, but has little freedom to do so. The two hit it off and become fast friends, and seem to be heading towards more. However, their past and their present will make it difficult. Full of hope, this story will make you laugh and cry as you hope for the best for Eden and Samuel. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read and review. All opinions are my own.

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This was an emotional and complex story about two teens from very different backgrounds who meet and discover they have much in common. Sixteen-year-old Eden has come to stay with her Amish cousin, Yvonne, for a month while her guardian, Emma, is away. Eden has had a turbulent life so far. Her mother is a drug addict and is serving a term in prison, she never knew her father, and there isn't much of a connection between herself and Emma. In trying to find her place in the world, Eden made a few mistakes before vowing she would not follow in her mother's footsteps. She hopes this time in Indiana will give her the fresh start she craves. On her first day with Yvonne, she's introduced to Samuel, Yvonne's husband's nephew, who offers to teach her to ride.

Samuel is the sixteen-year-old son of very strict Amish parents. Though he is of the age for his rumspringa or running around, Anna and Leroy keep him under tight control. Samuel is curious about life outside the Amish community and feels trapped without the ability to experience any of it. Complicating matters, those same feelings cause him to question his faith and whether to stay in the community.

There is an immediate connection between Eden and Samuel. They find it easy to talk to each other as Samuel asks questions about her life as an Englischer, and Eden rhapsodizes about how beautiful and peaceful Montgomery is. But Samuel's parents aren't happy with the amount of time he's spending with Eden, worried that she will influence him in the wrong way. They come down quite hard on him, and Samuel reacts by using deception to do as he wants. Eden is initially unaware of his actions and is angry with him when she finds out.

Eden loves her time in Montgomery and getting to know Samuel. It is a relief to know that he likes her for who she is and doesn't judge her for her past mistakes. But Samuel's lies have put her and her cousin in an awkward position. She doesn't understand Samuel's fascination with the outside world when he has such a wonderful family and home life.

I could feel the tension build as Eden and Samuel grew closer. I could see the trouble looming on the horizon and knew it wouldn't be pretty when Anna and Leroy discovered the truth. I hurt for everyone when the confrontation came. Leroy and Anna are angry and hurt at Samuel's deceptions and double down on their need to control his actions. Yvonne and Abraham are caught in the middle and want the best for both teens. Eden is hurt by how his parents blame her when she's done her best to show him that the outside world isn't as great as he thinks. And Samuel wants a chance to experience the same things others do. I liked that Abraham was the voice of reason in the storm and devised a solution to prevent Samuel from running away while giving him the freedom he craved. It was an eye-opening experience for Samuel, and I loved seeing him learn from it. I also liked that his parents also learned a few things.

Eden has some hard lessons to learn, also. Her mother is in prison, and Eden has difficulty forgiving her for what she has been through. When she gets word that her mother is ill, she hardens her heart against her. Samuel sees Eden's conflict and does his best to encourage Eden to speak to her mother before it is too late. In a heartwrenching scene, Eden finally lets go of her hatred and finds the peace she needs.

By the time this is all over, it is time for Eden to return to Texas and her guardian. When Eden receives unexpected news, it opens a realm of possibilities for her future. Will this change her relationship with Samuel? I loved watching Eden figure out what she wanted from her life and go after it. The ending was fantastic, as Eden and Samuel found what they sought.

Running through all three books in the series was the mystery of the trove of gold coins supposedly hidden inside the Amish bookstore that Yvonne runs for her friends Jake and Eva. One coin has turned up, but no one has had any luck finding others. After further research, Jake makes a decision about the shop that has unexpected results. There is a saying about counting one's chickens, but everything works out.

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Beth Wiseman gives us a third book in her Amish Bookstore series. We meet some of the characters from previous books, but this could still be read as a stand-alone book.

Eden is a 16-year-old English young girl who has lived a very hard life. She has come to stay with her Amish cousin for a month as her mother is in prison and her guardian is away on a trip. She meets neighbor, Amish boy, Samuel, who wants to learn more about the English life, but his parents are very protective and do not want him to be around Eden or to be on a rumspringa and be exposed to the English life. Because of this, Samuel is considering leaving the Amish community.

This book is a book about young love, forgiveness, faith and hope. The emphasis on how the English struggle in their beliefs as well as how the Amish struggle with their faith makes for an interesting read. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it to others.

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan and NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Reading a romance between two teenagers is unusual for me. Reading an Amish romance was just too sweet when it came to this book, Hopefully Ever After. In fact, I am pleased to say that I read all three books in this series by Beth Wiseman one after another. Although this book could be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend the delightful first two books, The Bookseller's Promise and The Story of Love. What an impressive series!

In this touching story, sixteen-year-old Eden Hale comes from a troubled past to stay temporarily with her Amish cousin in Indiana. Not sure that she wants to change for anyone, meeting a young Amish man named Samuel Byler changes Eden’s life in unexpected ways. Samuel has very strict parents and they are not happy with him spending so much time with Eden. He is at the age of Rumspringa, but knows that his parents don’t fully support that custom.

I found this to be an exceptional coming-of-age story. Both Eden and Samuel really had to examine their lives, and what their futures just might bring. Since this is the third book in a series, there were some recurring characters that we met in the previous books. This gives this book and the entire series a very nice family and community vibe.

These are the first books I have read from Beth Wiseman, and have put several of her other books and series in my TBR. She writes characters with strong faith and determination along with forgiveness and love, making the stories very compelling reads.

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

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It was so good to be back in the book store with Yvonne and Abraham. Their relationship is so precious and I loved how well they worked together. Eden was a delightful character and as a reader I wanted her to succeed!



Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

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It is the final book in a series, but can be read as a stand alone novel.The book is touching and emotional. All of the characters are totally believable and interactions engaging. Highly recommend. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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I really enjoyed this book. I actually had a hard time putting it down. I really liked Eden she went through so much and was so wise beyond her years. She had the biggest heart, you really watch her grow up so much from the beginning to the end of this book. I felt like Samuel was quite immature but he was always willing to listen to those he respected and cared for. I loved Yvonne and Abraham now I did not read there story but they were the cutest couple and they were so patient and loving with Eden while she dealt with some big blows. Overall I would say this book will have you laughing and crying in the same chapter but its well worth it. This is a clean read and well worth it.

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Hopefully Ever After The Amish Bookstore #3 By Beth Wiseman

Eden's life is turned upside down by a sick Mother in jail and staying with her Aunt who is on a trip abroad. Eden is sent to stay with Yvonne (Bk.#2) who runs the bookstore in town with her husband Abraham. Eden's first wish is to ride a horse. Samuel, a nephew of Abraham, teaches her to ride. Samuel has strict Amish parents who are not happy with their son seeing an Englisher! What will happen to the young couple as the days go by and they grow closer to each other?

This lovely novel reminds me of my first and only love. I turned 16 mid-summer and he was just home from Vietnam. The rest is my history.

Beth WIseman is a good author with many good books to
her acclaim. I enjoyed this book so much. #NetGalley

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Hopefully Ever After by Beth Wiseman
This is the third book in the Amish Bookstore Series & I devoured it.
Eden visits Montgomery, Indiana, to stay with an Amish cousin she hasn’t met. Feeling as though this is her chance to be who she wants to be, Eden flourishes without the judgment of her past haunting her. As you can guess, she meets & becomes friends with a young Amish man, Samuel. Samuel has strict parents who are not too thrilled that he’s spending time with an outsider who isn’t Amish.
If you’ve read the first two books, you’ll love the third and the character development. I read this book pretty quickly. I could not get enough. I love it when I can be pulled into a story and feel like the characters are friends.

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Hopefully Ever After

by Beth Wiseman

This novel has a lot going for it:
1. So many important themes including: forgiveness, faith, love, security, family, abuse, goals, healing, independence, maturity, drugs, love of books, respect.
2. Interplay of Amish and Englisch characters with several experiencing one culture and considering or actually changing to the other.
3. Temptations for both Amish and Englisch characters.
4. Contrast of Amish lifestyles with Englisch lifestyles.
5. View of how technology, especially cell phones, has affected the Amish.
6.A great plot centered around a 16 year old girl, Eden, with a difficult upbringing who stays for a month with her Amish cousin and her husband. She discovers what a real family could be like.
7. Lots of characters with their own difficulties—Samuel, a 17 year old with overly strict parents; Yvonne and Abraham who take in Eden for a month; Emma, a much older cousin who is Eden’s guardian; and Eden’s mom, a currently imprisoned drug addict.
8. Emotional tale as Eden and Samuel struggle with their attraction to each other. Eden, who is determined to not be like her mother, has a past to overcome. Samuel is unsure of God’s will and is anxious to see the world outside his home community as it must be so exciting.
9. The setting is described so well. Without air conditioning, beautiful Indiana farmland can be very hot in July. It was easy to imagine the characters with sweat pouring off them, trying to rehydrate and get a little cooling from battery operated fans.
10. There are lots of twists along the way, and as the book moves toward its conclusion, a happily ever after seems out of reach. Thanks to some surprises, although problems are not magically solved, the ending is quite satisfying.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Christian, Romance, Religion, Fiction

Notes: #3 in the Amish Bookstore Novels, but the author fills in background quite well so it could be read as a standalone.

Publication: April 18, 2023—Zondervan

Memorable Lines:

Eden didn’t even try to make friends at school these days. What was the point? They’d eventually find out her mother was in prison—a fact that seemed to define Eden, whether it was fair or not.

She could either choose to be a victim—life surely hadn’t treated her fairly—or let go of the past and commit to being the best person she could be. Eden chose the latter, but it wasn’t without a struggle.

“I know that everything changed for me once I found a relationship with God. At first it was like having a new friend, someone I could talk to about anything. And the more I talked, the more I knew God was listening.” She didn’t verbalize the last thought in her mind, probably the biggest change in her life since she had found God: she was no longer alone.

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Book 3 in Beth Wiseman's Amish Bookstore series, brings Eden Hale from her guardian's home to the home of an Amish cousin she's never met. She had no idea her mother started life as an Amish girl, so spending her summer in an Amish home in Montgomery, IN is a revelation. Who knew she wouldn't miss modern conveniences or that she would enjoy working in a garden? Could it be that the comfort she feels in this Amish home means she is finally finding out who she is meant to become?

Samuel Byler likes Eden from the first time they meet. Her unique outlook on life help him to see that his parents' strictness isn't all bad. His parents, however, aren't crazy about their son spending so much time with an outsider, especially one whose mother is imprisoned for drug related charges. What if she turns their son from his Amish upbringing?

Eden wants nothing more than to belong somewhere. She's been the outsider for years because of her mother's choices. Can she make everyone see that her cousin's home is the home she's always longed for, even if it is worlds away from where she was raised?

I liked Eden a lot in this story. She had to grow up and take care of herself AND her mother at a very young age. Her maturity is part of what draws Samuel to her, but her kindness and beauty keep him there. Both of these young people show great maturity in the way they deal with their relationship. It's the adults around them that get in a tizzy.

Readers who like Amish romance will definitely enjoy this story. It was a wonderful conclusion to the Amish Bookstore series.

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