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Never an Amish Bride
(Honey Brook, #1)
By Ophelia London
Amish Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, ? Pages
June 20, 2020 by Entangled: Amara

Summary

Welcome to charming Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, where bestselling author Ophelia London will bring you on a moving and unforgettable journey through faith, forgiveness, and ultimately love. 

Everything changed for Esther Miller with the death of her beloved fiancĂ©, Jacob. Even years later, she still struggles with her faith and purpose in the small, tight-knit Amish village of Honey Brook—especially now that her younger sister is getting married. All she wants is to trust in the Lord to help her find peace...but peace is the last thing she gets when Lucas, Jacob’s wayward older brother, returns to town. 

Lucas Brenneman has been harboring a secret for years—the real reason he never returned from Rumspringa and the truth behind his brother Jacob’s death. Honey Brook still calls to him, but he knows his occupation as a physician’s assistant must take precedence. With sweet and beautiful Esther he finds a comfort he’s never known, and he feels like anything is possible...even forgiveness. But she was Jacob’s bride-to-be first. And if she knew the truth, would she ever truly open her heart to him? 

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London brings a sweet, heartfelt, and surprisingly funny take to the popular Amish romance cannon. 

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Excerpt

“You’re beautiful.” 

Lucas’s words made her look at him. Tenderness filled his light brown eyes. He tipped his head to the side as if examining her from a new angle. Esther felt a silly, romantic flutter in her tummy as his gaze seemed to slide over her. 

“And you’re stubborn and kind,” he continued. 

“Lucas,” she said, knowing her throat, cheeks, and ears were probably bright red. “You’ve made me feel good about myself again, about other people, and maybe about the whole world in general. I’m happier now, more at peace, and I like myself better these days.” 

Hearing his words spoken with such boldness should’ve made Esther shy and embarrassed, but somehow, she felt more connected to the earth, anchored to her beliefs in a celestial power, attached to the man sitting across from her. 

“And now,” Lucas continued, “I don’t feel nervous about doing this.” Like it was nothing, he scooped up her hand, intertwining their fingers When he gave a gentle squeeze, tiny pinpricks traveled up and down Esther’s neck, his nearness making it harder to breathe quietly. 

“Lucas,” she said around the lump in her throat, “you’re so…well, you’re so very…” 

Wonderful, she tried to say. And giving and patient and such a good listener. And handsome. And when you look at me like you are right now, I want to…

“You like me, too,” he said, smiling when she couldn’t finish the sentence. “That’s all I need to know now.” 

“Jah. I like you.” The understated words made her laugh. 

He sighed, then lifted his other hand. Without needing instructions, Esther reached out and took it, butterflies and bluebirds and angels flying circles around her heart. 

“We’re supposed to be having a picnic,” he said, pulling back a corner of his mouth into a crooked grin. 

“Chicken, cheese, and pickle sandwiches,” Esther replied, wanting to freeze this moment forever. “And freshly baked sticky buns.” 

“Yum.” When Lucas ran his tongue over his lips, Esther felt like a fire had lit inside her core. 

“We should, um, eat now,” she said. “Don’t you think?” 

Lucas slowly shook his head, that grin growing. “Not until I do this.” He lifted one set of their hands, drawing the back of her hand to his mouth, giving it a short, soft kiss. 

A dazzling chill ran up her spine, circling and whirling on the way down, making her feel almost faint. “Lucas,” she whispered. 

“Luke,” he corrected. 

She smiled, blinking her eyelashes. “Luke.” 

“It’s what the closest people in my life call me.” 

The only thing she could do was squeeze his hand, hoping that would prompt him to kiss it again—the delicious sensation still pushing through her body. 

“Shall we start with dessert?” 

“What?” 

He raised an eyebrow. “The sticky buns. We should eat them first if they’re still warm.” A moment later, both her hands were free, and Luke was dragging the picnic basket over to her. 

Esther knew she couldn’t just sit there like a little girl daydreaming about her handsome prince, but somehow, she couldn’t get herself to move.

About the Author


USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE, her very first Amish romance! As wells as the Sugar City series, the Perfect Kisses series, the Abby Road series, and other adult, NA and YA sweet romances. 


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