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Matched and Married

Kathleen Fuller. Zondervan, $15.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-3103-5896-1

Fuller continues her Amish Mail-Order Brides of Birch Creek series (following A Double Dose of Love) with the pleasing story of Margaret, the youngest of four sisters who visits Birch Creek, Ohio, to stay with her aunt and uncle to avoid the temptations of Englischer life. Margaret, despite not wanting to marry, is drawn to Owen Bontrager, a hard-working farmer who is set to inherit his family’s farm. As Margaret gets to know Owen, his work ethic and love of learning inspire her to study herbal remedies. Owen’s father, meanwhile, believes Owen works too hard and instructs him take a vacation and start dating in order to secure the family’s future. But Owen has difficulty taking a break and giving up control. As a friendship between Margaret and Owen develops, they help each other grow in their faith and learn to trust God—as well as each other. A parallel romance between Rhoda, a middle-aged woman whose abusive husband purportedly disappeared, and Loren, a widowed innkeeper, also captivates. This charming outing, filled as it is with forgiveness, redemption, and new beginnings, will delight Fuller’s fans. (Sept.)