I don't know when the last time was that I laughed out loud while reading a book, but this one had absolutely the funniest scene right near the beginning. It involves innkeeper Lizzie and their new boarder, Dr. Benjamin Stoltzfus. That's all I'm saying. I don't want to spoil the fun of this scene for anyone!
Widowed sisters Esther and Lizzie have been matchmaking from their Peony Inn for years, so what happens when a new man arrives - in THEIR age range - and they are BOTH interested? Neither one expected to have a second chance at love, especially not in their 70s, so each decides to match Ben with her sister. The shenanigans that ensue are too funny.
Readers who have been reading Beth Wiseman books for a while will recognize Esther and Lizzie from her Amish Inn series. Lizzie, as always, is an absolute hoot with her collection of clandestine romance novels that she has recently expanded to include ghost stories and murder mysteries and her ill-fitting dentures that she is constantly rearranging in her mouth. Esther is the calm in Lizzie's storm but Lizzie's enthusiasm for life keeps Esther plugging away.
I loved that there were actually 2 love stories at play in this book, both dealing with an Amish person and an Englisch one. Ben's granddaughter, the reason he has moved to Esther and Lizzie's inn, meets Gabriel, the young man who does the yard work at the inn. The way the two stories intertwined, and the tension between the two lifestyles make for great reading.
Readers who enjoy Amish romance with a heavy dose of humor will love The Amish Matchmakers. This is not billed as part of the Amish Inn series, but it should be. However, you don't need to read the entire series before you pick this one up. It can easily be read as a stand-alone. I flew through it, and laughed often. Highly recommend!
The Amish matchmakers Lizzie and Esther now have their own story! Readers of the Amish Bookstore novels me these two ladies in cameo appearances, but this book is all about them. When retired widower/dentist Ben moves into the cottage owned by the ladies, he captures the hearts of both of the widows. Lizzie is a fireball of energy and emotion, while Esther is the more controlled and conservative of the two senior citizen sisters.
The story also features a love conflict between Ben's granddaughter Mindy and her Amish beau Gabriel. Will they follow their hearts, or will they suffer broken hearts, since Amish and Englisch do not often make a match.
I appreciated and enjoyed the romance between the older adults as well as the younger ones. The best part of the story is the unconditional love demonstrated by the sisters. This story alternately made me laugh and cry, with the antics of both sisters in contrast to each other. Serious topics of health scares, cultural differences, and relationships are included, and I worried about the possible endings. I am looking forward to another book with Esther as the recipient of romance.
While this book features characters from another series, it can be read as a standalone novel.
I received this novel from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions here are entirely my own.
This was a lovely novel featuring multiple aged characters of both Amish and Englisch upbringing. It was nice to read about romance of a mature age, and the book was well paced. I did find a couple of issues with continuity (ie a situation involving a father later became the mother instead) but overall it was enjoyable.
If you love someone enough, you give them the freedom to choose.
I have enjoyed this series with the older sisters Lizzy and Esther that own Peony Inn. They are known for their antics in match making but the tables have turned this time around. Englisher Benjamin Stoltzfus is renting the old cottage the sisters had rented to an old spunky friend that had passed away. The sisters are quite taken with Ben and each have decided to play matchmaker with the other to Ben. Things become interesting when Ben's granddaughter Mindy is attracted to the sisters help Gabriel. This becomes a mutual attraction. A few threads going on with Mindy and Gabriel. Mindy and her grandfather. Grandfather with the sisters. At times, it has serious tones but mostly it is light hearted on second chances and waiting for God to reveal his plan. In the words of Gabriel's mother, if you don't know what God's plan is go find out. Each of them were confused with the what comes next but were comforted by how God confirmed those plans. I think we all have experienced that. It was a great reminder that God is involved in the details.
A special thank you to Zondervan Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
This book was a truly enjoyable book. I loved the story line and the characters. I had not read a Beth Wiseman book in a while, it was refreshing to say the lease.
Loved this book, very sweet story. great characters and setting. highly recommend., I read it in two afternoons.
Great book! I love the banter between the sisters and how crazy mixed up they are! Hoping to hear more about them and Gabriel, Mindy and Ben!
One of the absolute best books Ive read this year. Truly. Sometimes you just want to read a good love story. One filled with that butterfly feeling and not filled with smut and profanity and this was it. It was a non traditional love story and I think it made it even better. It wasn't the typical 18 year olds falling in love and it just warmed my heart beyond measure. I wanted it to keep on going! The characters were just so relatable. It's not my typical read, but now it makes me want to read even more!
I've only read one Beth Wiseman book before this one. It was a detective story and was quite serious.
This book's tone was vastly different. It's mischievous and full of intrigue. The characters are all likeable, although Esther was my personal favorite. This particular tale follows the sisters, Esther and Lizzie, as innkeepers. They attempt some classic matchmaking, which results in hilarious situations. I would love to see this as a Hallmark film. There are some lessons about family, faith, and forgiveness along the way, but I didn't feel it was preachy.
I found out after I read this book that this is a series. I'll definitely be going to check those out.
I loved returning to the Peony Inn and staying with Esther and Lizzie. While this book can be read as a standalone, reading the others in the Amish Inn series will help some things to make sense. And do read them. They are delightful!
Matchmakers Esther and Lizzie are so sweet, and warm hearted, and funny. You’ll be glad you spent time at the Peony Inn. They just want to see everyone happy. Throw in a handsome dentist and his granddaughter and you’ll be kept wondering what is happening and how.
Author Beth Wiseman does write reality, and in this case she talks about serious disease, and even death. But she does it gently and with a bit of humor so it is not heavy in any way.
I loved how this book resolved the story line, and I highly recommend it if you enjoy Amish fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Esther and Lizzie are still at it! They are Amish widowed sisters who run the Peony Inn. Lizzie's dentures still don't fit correctly and she likes moving them around inside her mouth which drives Ester nuts!
Dr. Stoltzfus rents one of the cottages on their property. He's a retired dentist. Did I mention a very nice looking retired dentist? However, he is not Amish. Hmmmm...
However, both sisters find themselves attracted to him, but each wants happiness for the other thinking ahead of one of them passing away and leaving the other sister alone, and sad. It is hilarious the lengths each goes to to try to steer the man towards the other sister.
His granddaughter, Mindy, has left the hustle and bustle of the city to live in a quieter Amish country. She visits often.
Gabriel mows for the sisters, and is shocked when his mower catches a limb and throws it into Mindy's cute little red car! Naturally, he offers to pay for the repairs. Did I mention he is single, and Mindy finds him attractive? Perhaps another matchmaking opportunity for the sisters.
Very cute, fun, sometimes sad story with a happily ever after ending for everyone.
I was given an advanced ecopy by the publisher, Zondervan through Netgalley. I was under no obligation to write a positive review.
This book made me laugh. Esther and Lizzie have played matchmaker for many in their community but when a widowed dentist moves into their rental cottage, they each think he might be perfect for the other. The scene where Lizzie meets Ben was hysterical. She is such a spitfire. I love her and Esther.
There's a secondary story with Gabriel and Mindy that was interesting but the older folks really took center stage.
It was an entertaining read. I'd highly recommend it.
Thank you to Zondervan for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Esther and Lizzie are known to be matchmakers. However, when the tides turn will they become matchmakers for each other. When a strange older gentleman checks into a cabin at their bed and breakfast, Lizzie and Esther set about finding out just who and why he is there. When his granddaughter shows up, will there be a possibility of another love match? Will there handyman Gabriel fall for Englisher Mindy? Once secrets come to light will everyone be able to move forward or will hearts be broken? I received a copy through Netgalley. A review was not required.
This book will make you laugh out loud as the two matchmaking sisters try to match each other with the same man. I loved it!
I received a complimentary copy from Zondervan Fiction via NetGalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Esther and Lizzie are sisters who run an inn together. Both widows, they are also highly successful matchmakers in their Amish community. But when a new tenant moves in, it looks as though there could be potential for one of the sisters to end up being the matched rather than the matchmaker!
The question is, which one? The object of their attention is Benjamin, a retired dentist who has moved there to be closer to his granddaughter, Mindy. But as an apparent Englischer, can either of these ladies realistically consider him
as a prospective suitor? And if so, will it be shy Esther or lively Lizzie who wins the heart of Benjamin?
That may be decided by an unexpected pair who team up to help Cupid! Mindy and a young Amish man named Gabriel decide to find the best match for Benjamin - and with that, the game is underway...
This is a sweet story, full of love and laughter, intergenerational warmth and a faith that things will work out as they should. The characters are immensely likeable, not least the two sisters. If you are looking for a cute, funny book set in Amish country, this might be just the ticket.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own
What a wonderful story with laughs, adventure and a sweet look at romance from young adults to older adults. I was so happy to read about my new friends Esther and Lizzie again. It is not a secret that they love to play matchmaker. The sisters are so different but they have one thing in common. They love the idea of romance and enjoy matching couples together. I loved how we get to see a bit more of their personalities and how much they look out for each other.
When a retired dentist moves in to the cottage near their Bed and Breakfast he causes quite a stir among the sisters. I laughed at one moment in the story when Lizzie thinks that Ben is dead. What she does to see if he is alive is almost like a I Love Lucy moment. The author brings humor to the story as both sisters seem to like Ben . They each are trying to play matchmaker for the other which leads to misunderstandings and a tinge of jealousy. I would love to be their neighbors because they are sweet , caring and full of life.
There is another little romance brewing between Ben’s granddaughter and an Amish young man. How they meet is a series of accidents that find Mindy and Gabriel pushed together. Oh it is so nice to see these young people get acquainted. They are from different backgrounds but that doesn’t stop them from having feelings for each other. It was nice to discover where the author would take the characters as she illustrates the importance of family, faith and love.
Lizzie and Esther have a close bond and are always looking out for each other. Ben does the same for his granddaughter. The family relationships are well defined in the story and I loved how this was used to show that families are to love each other unconditionally. They prefer each other and are an example of how God loves us.
There are some very emotional moments in the book as the author addresses a sensitive subject. My heart began to beat a little faster as I was so worried where the story would go. I loved the journey with these wonderful characters as I laughed and cried throughout the book. It is evident that God played a big part in this story and brought happiness and hope to many. This story will always be my favorite from this author. It touches on finding love again as we become older and to never give hope no matter what doctors say . My review will never give this book the recognition it deserves. I can’t express into words how much this story has touched me. Thank you Beth for giving me peace as I grow older and go through challenges that older people face. I will always remember Lizzy and Esther and their unconditional love for each other. Their hearts to help others find love is humbling and remind me of the scripture, “ No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for a friend.”
I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The review is my own opinion.
I really Liked this story it was so cute! Its a story about finding love, finding family and finding where you belong in life. I loved Lizzie she had me dying laughing most of the book with her quacky personality and never knowing what's going to come out of her mouth or what she was going to do next. I really enjoyed the relationship between Gamiel and Mindy it was sweet. They both were searching for something that neither knew they needed but both of them wanted.
Ben and Esther were the wild cards for me, while they played a huge part in this story they also mellowed the story out from, young love to crazy silliness, it was like they were old souls just watching and waiting for there time o shine. Overall this was a super fun book and the author kept it clean so its suitable for all readers.
The Amish Matchmakers by Beth Wiseman
Widowed sisters Esther and Lizzie are the town innkeepers—and the town matchmakers. But when a new tenant moves into a guest cottage at their Peony Inn, the sisters are shocked to discover that maybe this time, one of them might finally find a match of her own. Retired dentist Dr. Benjamin Stoltzfus has signed a six-month lease at the cottage—and gentle Esther and spirited Lizzie are in a surprising competition for the kind doctor’s affections. Dr. Stoltzfus doesn’t appear to be Amish, but his last name and his mysterious background have the sisters guessing—and open to the possibility of finding love again.
Things really heat up when Benjamin’s granddaughter, Mindy, comes to visit. Escaping her big-city life in Texas, Mindy has moved to Amish country to be closer to her grandfather and to embrace the simpler life she has longed for. But she’s unprepared for what happens when an attractive young Amish man, who spends time at the inn helping out the widows, runs his lawnmower right into her little red sports car. Sure, Gabriel is cute and funny and nice—but can a romance between an Englisch girl and an Amish boy end well?
As Mindy and Gabriel find themselves thrown together time after time, they forge a friendship and start making matchmaking plans of their own. Which sister would be better for Mindy’s grandfather—Esther or Lizzie? And as the two young people put their energy into playing Cupid, it looks like love and the life they’ve both dreamed of might also be finding them.
Charming Amish romance featuring a later-in-life love triangle
Stand-alone novel, but returning to the world of The Amish Inn series
This is Widowed sisters Esther and Lizzie's story.
This is Mindy and Gabriel's story. Benjamin’s granddaughter,Mindy.
This is Dr.Benjamin's story.
This story has family,faith,mysteries,friendship and more.
If you enjoy Christian fiction and Amish stories you will love this book.
I recommend this book.
The Amish Matchmakers by Beth Wiseman is a wonderful well written 5 star book.
I am looking forward to reading more books by Beth Wiseman.
I received a complimentary copy of the book and was under no obligation to post a review.
Sweet amish romance
We are reintroduced to Esther and Lizzie, characters in several of the Ms Wiseman's Amish novels. This could be read as a stand-alone novel or better if you have read others in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the new main characters of Ben, a retired dentist, and Mindy, his granddaughter. As a person of a certain age, I enjoyed the romance of the older characters as well as the younger ones. This is a very diverting and relaxing book, highly recommended.
Thank you to the publisher who lent me a time limited e-arc via netgalley with no obligation. This review is optional and my own opinion.
The Amish Matchmakers by Beth Wiseman takes us back to the Peony Inn owned by Esther and Lizzie. I just love Esther and Lizzie. They are delightful characters. You never know what Lizzie will do next. The renter of their guest cottage, Dr. Benjamin Stoltzfus (a retired dentist) has Lizzie’s curiosity piqued. There is the tiny problem of Lizzie being afraid to enter the cottage because she believes the former lodger is haunting it. I enjoyed getting to know Ben as well as his granddaughter, Mindy. Mindy appears taken with Lizzie and Esther’s handyman, Gabriel. A relationship between the pair seems impossible since one is Englisch and the other is Amish. Of course, the same can be said for Ben and Lizzie. I laughed often while reading The Amish Matchmakers. Misconceptions, miscommunication, rivalry, and shenanigans provide plenty of humor. Life with Lizzie is never dull. They do say that laughter is good for the soul. There are touching moments as well. I love the closeness between Lizzie and Esther. They are sisters and best friends. If someone truly knows you, you cannot keep a secret from them. I like how faith was incorporated into the story. He has a plan for our lives. We need to put our faith in Him and follow the path He lays out for us. We get to see a beautiful illustration of this truth in The Amish Matchmakers. I appreciated that the author showed that you are never too old to fall in love (I am hoping there is a Mr. Right out there for me). I loved the epilogue which made sure I ended the story with a smile on my face. The Amish Matchmakers has family, friendship, love, and faith. The Amish Matchmakers can be read as a standalone, but you will be missing out on some entertaining stories. The Amish Matchmakers is a lively tale with compassionate sisters, a dashing dentist, a loving granddaughter, a friendly handyman, several secrets, and loads of laughter.