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Cassie Yoder loves her job as a housekeeper for elderly couple Job and Dinah Keim. Their only children, a son and daughter, left the Haven, Kansas, district and their faith more than twenty years earlier with no contact. Cassie feels for the Keims because her own parents’ infertility struggles left her an only child in a community where big families are a blessing. When Chi Cassie Yoder loves her job as a housekeeper for elderly couple Job and Dinah Keim. Their only children, a son and daughter, left the Haven, Kansas, district and their faith more than twenty years earlier with no contact. Cassie feels for the Keims because her own parents’ infertility struggles left her an only child in a community where big families are a blessing. When Child Protective Services shows up on the Keims’ doorstep with their five grandchildren, their quiet lives—and Cassie’s—are turned upside down. Mason, the oldest grandson at twenty-two, believes his siblings should be his responsibility and struggles with giving the Keims authority. Moving in with the Keims, Cassie jumps in with both feet and is happy for the challenge of caring for these English-raised children. Mason and Cassie strike up an uneasy alliance that turns into friendship, and then something more, but neither dares to admit it. Can an English man and an Amish woman find common ground and a home together?


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Cassie Yoder loves her job as a housekeeper for elderly couple Job and Dinah Keim. Their only children, a son and daughter, left the Haven, Kansas, district and their faith more than twenty years earlier with no contact. Cassie feels for the Keims because her own parents’ infertility struggles left her an only child in a community where big families are a blessing. When Chi Cassie Yoder loves her job as a housekeeper for elderly couple Job and Dinah Keim. Their only children, a son and daughter, left the Haven, Kansas, district and their faith more than twenty years earlier with no contact. Cassie feels for the Keims because her own parents’ infertility struggles left her an only child in a community where big families are a blessing. When Child Protective Services shows up on the Keims’ doorstep with their five grandchildren, their quiet lives—and Cassie’s—are turned upside down. Mason, the oldest grandson at twenty-two, believes his siblings should be his responsibility and struggles with giving the Keims authority. Moving in with the Keims, Cassie jumps in with both feet and is happy for the challenge of caring for these English-raised children. Mason and Cassie strike up an uneasy alliance that turns into friendship, and then something more, but neither dares to admit it. Can an English man and an Amish woman find common ground and a home together?

30 review for Love's Dwelling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    "Gott didn't say it would be easy. Only that He would be with us during hard times. Don't you feel Him moving here today?" Wowzers -- Love's Dwelling is all about God moving in the lives of both Amish and Englisch characters and I was riveted! Can't tell you when I've enjoyed an Amish novel more. I was actually reading it in snippets during breaks in the Olympics coverage so imagine my surprise when I finally looked up from the book to discover I'd missed both the gymnastics and swimming competit "Gott didn't say it would be easy. Only that He would be with us during hard times. Don't you feel Him moving here today?" Wowzers -- Love's Dwelling is all about God moving in the lives of both Amish and Englisch characters and I was riveted! Can't tell you when I've enjoyed an Amish novel more. I was actually reading it in snippets during breaks in the Olympics coverage so imagine my surprise when I finally looked up from the book to discover I'd missed both the gymnastics and swimming competitions. Like I was totally unaware the two events I tuned in to watch had come and gone without me even noticing! So, yes, riveted, enthralled, captivated...obsessed. :-) While Irvin writes from only two points of view -- Cassie's and Mason's -- she still manages to convey all the emotions and reactions of multiple secondary characters. The far reaching effects the children's arrival has on so many people made this book unputdownable. It's a ripple effect of emotional turmoil and challenging changes that reach beyond their cloistered community. Cassie's at the heart of it all -- devoted to the Keims, it doesn't take much to fall for their kinnskinner. There's such joy and zest in the way she embraces the challenge of integrating five confused, grieving Englisch children into plain living. That she's inexplicably drawn to the their older half brother is definitely a problem. Mason is shell-shocked. He's spent most of his life on the outside looking in. He's done his best to shelter his siblings from a broken home and parental neglect. And he doesn't think twice about taking on the responsibility of raising them after the untimely death of their mother. But he's also a product of the same environment and he doesn't have a clue about what a functioning family looks like. But, oh, how he tries! He tugged at every one of my heart strings and then tied them up in knots! Mason's journey, both personal and spiritual, touched me the most. There are layers upon layers upon layers to this guy and his backstory and I hung on every word. Felt every emotion. Hoped as fervently as Cassie that he would find a way to come in from the fringes and fully experience life and family and faith the way God intended him to. Sniffle. This one left me a tad teary-eyed and infinitely hopeful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This is a read that will tug at your heartstrings, full of chuckles and tears, and most of all love. Cassie Weaver is enjoying her job as care taker and housekeeper for Keims, Dinah has severe diabetes, and needs help. Her life and those around her change forever when five or rather six siblings of the Keim's daughter arrive at their doorstep. The Keim's, Dinah and Job's, hearts are full with the arrival of the unknown Grandchildren, what a blessing. This is a story that shows that family comes in This is a read that will tug at your heartstrings, full of chuckles and tears, and most of all love. Cassie Weaver is enjoying her job as care taker and housekeeper for Keims, Dinah has severe diabetes, and needs help. Her life and those around her change forever when five or rather six siblings of the Keim's daughter arrive at their doorstep. The Keim's, Dinah and Job's, hearts are full with the arrival of the unknown Grandchildren, what a blessing. This is a story that shows that family comes in many forms and then their is love! I loved the ending of this read, it pulled everything together, along with some cake, and of course, all the units of the family! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This is by far the best ever by Kelly Irvin! Lots of things going on in this sweet and fun read. The theme of family, love and forgiveness plus trust are a rolled into one. My favorite from this book is how the author shows us how love runs deep no matter where you come from. "Family is a peculiar thing." You don't get to pick your blood relatives, but sometimes people by being everything that is good in that word." This is my favorite quote in this book. It means everything to me because it rin This is by far the best ever by Kelly Irvin! Lots of things going on in this sweet and fun read. The theme of family, love and forgiveness plus trust are a rolled into one. My favorite from this book is how the author shows us how love runs deep no matter where you come from. "Family is a peculiar thing." You don't get to pick your blood relatives, but sometimes people by being everything that is good in that word." This is my favorite quote in this book. It means everything to me because it rings true in every sense of the word. A gentle reminder from God that there is hope in humans after all. Forgiveness is easy but the hurt runs even deeper and sometimes,, most times it's hard to overcome. Life is what we sometimes make of it. But other times it's out of our control. Cassie's my favorite because she wears her heart on her sleeves just like I do. She willingly opens her heart and her trust in the Lord is strong. Mason is the one I really admired and appreciated. I think I could relate to him in more ways than one except for that one. I appreciate Irvin showing how real his struggles are. Thank you Ms. Irvin for a fantastic story that made my heart melt in more ways than one! I'll definitely be sure to add this to my list of favorites for 2021!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary digital copy of Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irwin. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this novel prior to publication. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating. Love’s Dwelling is a well written Amish novel with endearing characters and an emotionally charged plot. The pacing pulled me in from the first page and kept me enmeshed until the very last page. Cassie Weaver is the heroine, and her character has all the Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary digital copy of Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irwin. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this novel prior to publication. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating. Love’s Dwelling is a well written Amish novel with endearing characters and an emotionally charged plot. The pacing pulled me in from the first page and kept me enmeshed until the very last page. Cassie Weaver is the heroine, and her character has all the traits I look for in an Amish female protagonist. While she wants a family and a husband, she’s happy helping Dinah and Job as their housekeeper since Dinah is losing her sight. When they become the guardians to their five grandchildren, she’s more than happy to help her employers. Her immediate acceptance and love for the children in her care touched my heart. Mason is the hero, and he is shocked when he learns his mother wants her parents to raise his half brothers and sisters. He didn’t even know his mother’s parents, or that his late mother was raised Amish. His reaction is what one would expect when facing such unusual circumstances. This has him questioning everything about his life. Because he wants to be in his sibling’s life, he finds employment and moves to be near them. As he gets to know his grandparents and the young woman helping them, his feelings for Cassie grow. I enjoyed the sweet romance between Mason and Cassie. It grows from their friendship and their mutual love for his adorable siblings. I truly wanted this couple to find their happy ending, but there are many things that must fall into place for it to happen. If you enjoy Amish fiction with plenty of heart that has a lovely message of faith, and a plot that will bring tears to your eyes on more than one occasion, then you will love Love’s Dwelling as much as I did. This is the first book in Ms. Irwin’s newest series, and I can’t wait to read the next one. Happy reading!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terese

    Anyone who's read a lot of books from a particular genre knows that after a while you know what to expect. Stories get kind of predictable, however, that is usually what keeps you coming back so that is not meant in a negative way. Stories like this one is usually some variant of man and woman meet and fall in love. They're often sweet and predictable, you know what you're going to get going into it. This book caught me off guard because it was so much more than that, this was really about famil Anyone who's read a lot of books from a particular genre knows that after a while you know what to expect. Stories get kind of predictable, however, that is usually what keeps you coming back so that is not meant in a negative way. Stories like this one is usually some variant of man and woman meet and fall in love. They're often sweet and predictable, you know what you're going to get going into it. This book caught me off guard because it was so much more than that, this was really about family and loss and the challenges of changes you didn't ask for. It, in a way, reminded me of the drama series I used to watch as a teenager (I can't be the only one who remembers "Everwood" - shout out to young Chris Pratt - and "Once & Again" and the like). They were always genuinely moving and so relationship focused, even though romance was part of it too it was never the only point of the series. This book felt very much like the romance was a part of a grander story about family and the importance of choice, forgiveness, and how to handle regret and also death. It is still sweet and "in-genre" so to speak (though it became oddly self-aware when one character goes ""It's hard to understand why someone would bother writing a whole book about us. It's even harder to fathom why people spend their hard-earned dollars to buy the book to read it. Don't they have anything better to do? Why do people care how Plain folks live? They even read made-up romance stories about us." Lol, well I feel called out.), but there was a little something extra here. There was even character death which I did not see coming! Extra points for having a cute dog named Tater in it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eeva

    Let me start with my usual disclaimer when it comes to Amish themed books: I have lots of problems with Amish and Mennonites communities (I encourage you to do some research on hiding rapes and domestic abuse, and how these communities deal [or rather not deal] with it), but in general the Amish culture is fascinating and when you sugarcoat it this book is what you get. This book is sweet and wholesome and if you need a break from thrilles or any sad/heavy/horrible books then I'd say go for it! The Let me start with my usual disclaimer when it comes to Amish themed books: I have lots of problems with Amish and Mennonites communities (I encourage you to do some research on hiding rapes and domestic abuse, and how these communities deal [or rather not deal] with it), but in general the Amish culture is fascinating and when you sugarcoat it this book is what you get. This book is sweet and wholesome and if you need a break from thrilles or any sad/heavy/horrible books then I'd say go for it! There's a lot of God talk, so be aware of that. Not everyone is ok with it, but honestly it comes with the territory I guess. The whole plot is more intriguing than in your typical Amish novel and I admit it it made me tear up a bit few times. It's not the best book you'll ever read but it's a quick and clean read. I received this book from the Publisher in an exchange for an honest review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was a quick and easy book to read. I enjoyed that the premise to the story was different from many that I read. I particularly enjoyed the character of Cassie. She is a young lady who is working for the Keim family when their 5 grandchildren move in. Cassie also moves in to help with all of the added responsibilities. She works hard for the family and loves deeply. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol Allen

    Thank you Zondervan Fiction for giving me the opportunity to read Kelly Irvin's July 6, 2021, upcoming release, LOVE'S DWELLING through NetGalley. This is the story of Cassie Weaver who works as a housekeeper for Job and Dinah Keim. Dinah battles diabetes that has caused her sight to fail and created problems with her walking. Over twenty years ago the Kime's children, Perry and Georgia left the community for the English world. Because of Georgia's death, and flowing her instructions her 5 younge Thank you Zondervan Fiction for giving me the opportunity to read Kelly Irvin's July 6, 2021, upcoming release, LOVE'S DWELLING through NetGalley. This is the story of Cassie Weaver who works as a housekeeper for Job and Dinah Keim. Dinah battles diabetes that has caused her sight to fail and created problems with her walking. Over twenty years ago the Kime's children, Perry and Georgia left the community for the English world. Because of Georgia's death, and flowing her instructions her 5 younger children were to be given to their grandparents to become their guardians. There was also an adult grandson, Mason, that came along with his brothers. sisters and caseworker to deliver the news to the Kime's. The children, Kathy. Jennie, Bobby, Donny. and Kevin were to be placed in the Kime's care. No question about it, the Kime's wanted these children in their lives, but where was Mason to fit in? We will also be able to follow his growth and maturity. This is truly a story of love, forgiveness, acceptance, and growth of this not-so-average family. You will truly enjoy this tale as it unfolds in Kelly's 5-star book. Pre-order yours today. Thank you Kelly Irvin for sharing this wonderful story with us. #LovesDwelling #NetGalley#ZondervanFiction#Goodreads https://www.netgalley.com/member/book...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan F

    This is such a deep story. It is heart touching. Cassie truly serves the Lord as she works to help her elderly employers with daily life. Author Kelly Irvin brings a family together through tragedy and need. Young English children are brought into a strict Amish community per instruction from a wayward daughter's will following her death. This touching story deals with pain, loss and confusion on all sides as the children and their older half brother adjust to a different way of life. The charact This is such a deep story. It is heart touching. Cassie truly serves the Lord as she works to help her elderly employers with daily life. Author Kelly Irvin brings a family together through tragedy and need. Young English children are brought into a strict Amish community per instruction from a wayward daughter's will following her death. This touching story deals with pain, loss and confusion on all sides as the children and their older half brother adjust to a different way of life. The characters are realistic from the elderly Dinah's battle with diabetes and weakness to Cassie's strength in her faithful care of the entire family. Vulnerable children who need care and a lonely young man who has to relinquish his full responsibilities to Amish grandparents he's never met all lend powerful magnetism to this book. This is a book that is hard to put down. This story of faith, tradition, pain and forgiveness shows the chance for hope that we all need. I want to thank the publisher Zondervan and NetGalley for my advanced reader's copy of this excellent book. This is my own opinion. This is the kind of story that stays with me for days after reading it. If you love a more realistic Amish story I think you will enjoy this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    4.5 stars. Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is a heartfelt Amish novel of family, healing and love. Twenty-two-year-old Cassie Weaver is a housekeeper for Job and Dinah Keim. Despite his advanced years, Job is still hard-working and takes care of his farm work on his own. Dinah’s diabetes has worsened over the years and while she has lost her sight, she remains thankful for her blessings.  When their grandchildren unexpectedly arrive, their happiness is mixed with sorrow because their estranged daug 4.5 stars. Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is a heartfelt Amish novel of family, healing and love. Twenty-two-year-old Cassie Weaver is a housekeeper for Job and Dinah Keim. Despite his advanced years, Job is still hard-working and takes care of his farm work on his own. Dinah’s diabetes has worsened over the years and while she has lost her sight, she remains thankful for her blessings.  When their grandchildren unexpectedly arrive, their happiness is mixed with sorrow because their estranged daughter has passed away. With grandchildren ranging in age from four-year-old Jennie to twenty-two-year-old Mason, they open their hearts and their home to the grieving children. Cassie moves in full-time to assist with the care of the younger kids while Mason continues living and working in the city. With his visits to his grandparents’ farm filling a void within him, Mason considers converting to the Amish faith. He is also beginning to fall in love with Cassie who also falls for him, but until he has decided what life he wants, she knows they have no future together. Cassie is an absolutely delightful young woman who years for a family of her own. She easily settles into helping with the younger children.  She is charmed by young Jennie who thrives in her new home and basks in her grandmother's care. Eight-year-old Kathy is very responsible for her age and she loves life on the farm. The two youngest boys enjoy working the farm with Job but sixteen-year-old Bobby chafes at the new rules and expectations. Cassie tries her best to assist the kids as they transition from their old way of life to their new one. Mason has been raising  his younger siblings for so long it is difficult for him to relinquish them into their grandparents' care. With bills to pay, he keeps his old job but he is exhausted from driving back and forth to see his brothers and sisters. Mason soon grows to appreciate the slower pace and simpler life he enjoys at his grandparents’ farm. But does he want to become Amish? With a lovely undercurrent of faith, Love’s Dwelling is a truly captivating novel with a serene setting and multi-dimensional characters. Dinah and Job are loving grandparents whose pain over their daughter’s death and their son’s continued absence is palpable.  Cassie’s joy is contagious as she cares for the children and gently assists Dinah with daily tasks. Mason is a wonderful young man whose confusion about his future is easy to relate to. The storyline is engaging and Kelly Irvin brings this charming Amish novel to an uplifting conclusion. This first novel in the Amish Blessings series will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cherese Akhavein

    Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is Book 1 in the Amish Blessings Series and I am so very excited to start this journey with these characters as well as this series. I can tell you this book was excellent from the very first page right to the last it held my attention and I can honestly say I’m so very much looking forward to seeing what’s in store for this series. Now are far as this story you will have the pleasure of meeting the wonderful family of the Keim’s ( Job, Dinah, Perry, Georgia, and M Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is Book 1 in the Amish Blessings Series and I am so very excited to start this journey with these characters as well as this series. I can tell you this book was excellent from the very first page right to the last it held my attention and I can honestly say I’m so very much looking forward to seeing what’s in store for this series. Now are far as this story you will have the pleasure of meeting the wonderful family of the Keim’s ( Job, Dinah, Perry, Georgia, and Mason) then Mason has five half siblings ( Bobby, Kevin, Kathy, Donny, and Jennie) and you will also meet Cassie Waever . There are several other characters that pop In however these are the ones that hold the main focus in this storyline. Without giving any spoilers I can tell you that as Mason struggles with putting the pieces of his past together all while trying to adjust to his new reality or better yet the reality he finds himself drawn too he also knows that reality is so foreign to him yet something that did not have to be. He has spent most of his life taking care of his younger half siblings and will continue too although now he finds that this decision no longer falls on him but on the Grandparents he never knew he had and he is so happy for his half siblings as they will have family again. Then we have Cassie Weaver who has worked for the Keims as their housekeeper for sometime and dreams of having what every young Amish women does a husband and lots of children but will that Dream ever come true? Cassie loves working with Dinah and when her grandchildren come she finds herself that much more happy. But how will this situation look to the community with Cassie being Amish and Mason being English? Even thou Mason’s grandparents are Amish Mason is still English it’s not a good situation and it’s definitely not proper for Cassie to be around Mason, but oh how she os drawn to him and he to her. Does God have a plan here? Will the children adjust to their new life, can these city kids become Amish country happy? Will Mason find his new normal and make peace with his past and his future? Can Cassie have her dream life and still take care of her lifelong friendships of the Keim’s ? I highly recommend this book and I will be counting down the days until I can read book 2 in the series. This is really an excellent book

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is a poignant novel. This is a book that I stayed up late reading (you should have seen me trying to read while I made dinner and did the dishes). It is so much more than an Amish romance novel which I loved. I thought Love’s Dwelling was well-written with developed characters. We go to Yoder, Kansas where Cassie Weaver works for Dinah and Job Keim as their housekeeper. They are shocked when a social worker arrives with five young kids along with a man in his 20s. Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is a poignant novel. This is a book that I stayed up late reading (you should have seen me trying to read while I made dinner and did the dishes). It is so much more than an Amish romance novel which I loved. I thought Love’s Dwelling was well-written with developed characters. We go to Yoder, Kansas where Cassie Weaver works for Dinah and Job Keim as their housekeeper. They are shocked when a social worker arrives with five young kids along with a man in his 20s. It turns out that their daughter who left twenty-three years ago has passed away and left guardianship of her children to them. Her oldest son, Mason Keim (22) does not want to lose contact with his half siblings. Cassie offers to move in to help with the kids since Dinah has health issues. Cassie quickly falls in love with the kids. Mason finds Cassie easy to talk to and they become friends. Mason wants to learn more about his heritage and how his siblings will be raised. The more Mason learns, the more he finds it appealing. But Mason is unsure if he could transition from his Englisch lifestyle. He finds himself falling for Cassie, but, as Mason has been warned, love is not a reason to become Amish. What path will Mason take? Love’s Dwelling is an emotional novel as the Keim’s grandchildren adjust to their new life. These kids have not had the easiest life and they have just lost their mother. They are being taken away from everything that is familiar. Little Jennie, the Keim’s youngest grandchild, is the show stealer. She is a cutie. Family, forgiveness, acceptance, and faith are the central themes of Love’s Dwelling. Learning to deal with regrets is another issue addressed. I like that the Amish do not force their beliefs on the kids or Mason. They live by example. You also get to see the differences between the Amish and the Englisch (besides the obvious). The ending nicely wrapped up the story. I am eager for the next book in the Amish Blessings series. Love’s Dwelling is a touching Amish tale with grief-stricken grandchildren, a helpful housekeeper, debilitating diabetes, a searching sibling, grateful grandparents, and scrumptious cake.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Susan Simpson

    What a wonderful beginning to a new series! Love’s Dwelling, Book One of Kelly Irvin’s new Amish Blessings series will really tug at your heartstrings. Cassie Weaver works as a housekeeper for Job and Dinah Keim and also helps Dinah with many tasks that she has difficulty doing because of her failing eyesight due to diabetes. When the Keims’ grandchildren (children of the daughter who left the community more than twenty years ago) show up after their mother’s death, Cassie moves in with Job and D What a wonderful beginning to a new series! Love’s Dwelling, Book One of Kelly Irvin’s new Amish Blessings series will really tug at your heartstrings. Cassie Weaver works as a housekeeper for Job and Dinah Keim and also helps Dinah with many tasks that she has difficulty doing because of her failing eyesight due to diabetes. When the Keims’ grandchildren (children of the daughter who left the community more than twenty years ago) show up after their mother’s death, Cassie moves in with Job and Dinah to help care for the kids. Mason, the oldest grandchild at age twenty-two, had wanted to keep his siblings with him, but he honors his mother’s explicit wishes that they go to the grandparents that he ever knew existed. Amish grandparents, at that. How would his English siblings adjust to an Amish lifestyle? He returns to the Keims’ home often to see his siblings and to get to know his grandparents. His conversations with gentle, caring Cassie draw him back even more to learn about her and this strange Amish culture that is his heritage. Cassie enjoys Mason’s visits more than she probably should. She has always wanted what most Amish women desired—a husband and a large family—but she must keep her growing feelings for Mason in check if she wants to avoid a broken heart. Unless he becomes Amish, there is no hope for them, and she knows how difficult it would be for an Englisher to give up his entire way of life. Kelly Irvin’s books always have wonderful settings and characters and realistic dialogue. Love’s Dwelling is no exception. I actually felt like I knew these characters as friends. I laughed and cried with them. I shared their hopes and dreams. I wanted their story to go on and on. This novel is filled with love, hope, faith, and forgiveness. You won’t easily be able to lay it aside once you begin reading the first page. I am so looking forward to the second book in this new series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    Great story! Great characters! Cassie is taking care of an elderly couple, Job and Dinah. Dinah's eyesight is failing, among other health issues when Cassie decided to move in with them so she could be there for them more. Job and Dinah love Cassie as though she were their own. Their own daughter, Georgia, ran away after joining the church, taking her brother, Perry, with her. They never heard from either of them again. Cassie desires a husband and kinner (children) of her own, but so far, it hasn' Great story! Great characters! Cassie is taking care of an elderly couple, Job and Dinah. Dinah's eyesight is failing, among other health issues when Cassie decided to move in with them so she could be there for them more. Job and Dinah love Cassie as though she were their own. Their own daughter, Georgia, ran away after joining the church, taking her brother, Perry, with her. They never heard from either of them again. Cassie desires a husband and kinner (children) of her own, but so far, it hasn't happened for her. Imagine everyone's surprise when a social worker shows up at their door with five children, and one sibling who is grown and tells them the children belonged to their daughter, Georgia, who has died. Mason, the oldest of the siblings, found in his mother's things a note saying if anything ever happened to her that she wanted her children to live with her parents, Job and Dinah. This was news to the kids as they knew nothing about their mother's family, and nothing about their mother once being Amish. News, also, to Job and Dinah as they had no idea that Georgia had children. Once she ran away, they knew nothing of her or her life. The way Kelly Irvin told the story just made all the characters come to life! What a difficult, joyous, and sad time for everyone, all rolled into one. This is truly a 'beauty from ashes' story. Good came from something that was so hard and sad. You will fall in love with each of the children. Mason, who shouldered being a parent rather than an older brother to his siblings. Kathy, who tried to be a little momma to her siblings. Bobby, who at 16, is very sad and confused. This book was truly a delight and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was given an advanced ecopy by the publisher, Zondervan and Netgalley. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Judybelle

    Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is Book 1 in the Amish Blessings Series. I must say that this book written about the Amish is very different from most and I enjoyed reading it. Job and Dinah Keim have inherited the care of their grandchildren whom they did not know existed. Their daughter left their home as a teenager and they had not heard from her since that time. Mason the eldest of the children wants to make sure his half siblings will be taken care of as he is as shocked as his grandparents Love’s Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is Book 1 in the Amish Blessings Series. I must say that this book written about the Amish is very different from most and I enjoyed reading it. Job and Dinah Keim have inherited the care of their grandchildren whom they did not know existed. Their daughter left their home as a teenager and they had not heard from her since that time. Mason the eldest of the children wants to make sure his half siblings will be taken care of as he is as shocked as his grandparents are, for his mother never said a word about being raised Amish. Each in their own way do all they can to fit in with each other, as everything is so different for the children and the grandparents. Most Amish books are the telling of those who left their faith but I’ve never read where the non Amish wants to embrace the Amish faith. There are many tender moments and you can’t help but love the children as they struggle with the loss of their mother and a new way to live without their games, tv, phones and fast foods. This story is incredibly well written, with strong characters, heartache, love, forgiveness, redemption, and a feeling of coming home. Some moments will surprise you and other moments will bring tears to your eyes….. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Greene

    Families come in all sizes, through different avenues, and sometimes in surprising ways. Older couple Job and Dinah Keim, have employed Cassie to be their housekeeper to help Dinah who suffers from the effects of diabetes. Little did they know when they answered the door, they will now increase their family with 5 active young children, who happen to be grandchildren that they had no idea they had. The Keims had two children who had left the Amish lifestyle over 20 years ago. To their shock, the Families come in all sizes, through different avenues, and sometimes in surprising ways. Older couple Job and Dinah Keim, have employed Cassie to be their housekeeper to help Dinah who suffers from the effects of diabetes. Little did they know when they answered the door, they will now increase their family with 5 active young children, who happen to be grandchildren that they had no idea they had. The Keims had two children who had left the Amish lifestyle over 20 years ago. To their shock, their daughter died, leaving a will stating she wants her parents to take care of the children. Mason, the oldest son is on his own but is not allowed to have custody of his siblings. They have all been raised English and must now learn how to live as the Amish do. Mason finds himself attracted to Cassie, but soon learns it is not a possibility for an English man and Amish woman to pursue a relationship. I loved this book as there are so many surprising twists and turns showing how relationships, love, forgiveness and new ways of life can create to surprising family dynamics. I highly recommend this book and thank Zondervan Fiction and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. The opinions expressed are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Rhoden

    Cassie is working for an elderly Amish couple, the Keim’s when a social worker and children appear on their doorstep. Turns out that the Keims daughter Georgia who left the Amish community over 20 years ago because she was pregnant with Mason, has been killed and she made her parents guardians over her children. Mason, the oldest child was not aware of his mother’s Amish background and soon discovers that his dad could be Amish. As he struggles between keeping his siblings with him or letting th Cassie is working for an elderly Amish couple, the Keim’s when a social worker and children appear on their doorstep. Turns out that the Keims daughter Georgia who left the Amish community over 20 years ago because she was pregnant with Mason, has been killed and she made her parents guardians over her children. Mason, the oldest child was not aware of his mother’s Amish background and soon discovers that his dad could be Amish. As he struggles between keeping his siblings with him or letting them stay with the grandparents, he soon realizes that Cassie is a good example of her faith and trust in God. It sparks his curiosity to find out more about the Amish and how God works in peoples lives if they let him. This book was very enjoyable and I had a hard time putting it down. It held my interest because I wanted to find out the answers to the questions that Mason and Cassie were dealing with. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest opinion and review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Cassie Weaver only wants what most Amish young women want: a husband and family of her own. However, being the housekeeper for the Keim's isn't so bad until Child Services show up with their 5 grandchildren. The Keims have prayed for the salvation and return of their two children to the Amish faith. After the death of their daughter, the Keims become the guardians to her 5 children. At 22, Mason feels he should be taking care of his siblings. Will he be able to trust his grandparents he has neve Cassie Weaver only wants what most Amish young women want: a husband and family of her own. However, being the housekeeper for the Keim's isn't so bad until Child Services show up with their 5 grandchildren. The Keims have prayed for the salvation and return of their two children to the Amish faith. After the death of their daughter, the Keims become the guardians to her 5 children. At 22, Mason feels he should be taking care of his siblings. Will he be able to trust his grandparents he has never known and their too pretty housekeeper to raise the siblings that only he wants to raise? However, when he discovers that the tug to keep returning to their home is not just tied to seeing his brothers and sisters, will he find a happiness he didn't know he was searching for? The characters here a very relatable and one finds themselves turning pages to see what happens next. It is a sweet story that shows maybe there can be a happy ending to an Amish girl in love with an English boy. I received a copy through Netgalley. A review was not required.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Love's Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is the first of her Amish Blessings Series. In it, six children are orphaned when their mom is killed. When her living will is discovered, they find out that she was raised Amish and she wants them to go to her parents if something happens to her. Her parents, Dinah and Job, are surprised but so grateful to get to know them. All of the children, except the oldest, come to live with them. A young lady in their Amish community, Cassie, moves in to help them with the Love's Dwelling by Kelly Irvin is the first of her Amish Blessings Series. In it, six children are orphaned when their mom is killed. When her living will is discovered, they find out that she was raised Amish and she wants them to go to her parents if something happens to her. Her parents, Dinah and Job, are surprised but so grateful to get to know them. All of the children, except the oldest, come to live with them. A young lady in their Amish community, Cassie, moves in to help them with the children and all the work at the house. When sparks fly between the oldest son Mason and Cassie, things get a bit more complicated. I enjoyed this book so much. It may be one of my favorites by Irvin to date. I thought the characters were fleshed out and that I got to know them. I cried with them and laughed out loud with them. I am looking forward to the rest of the series! Thanks #NetGalley for the chance to read this book. #Bookstagram #all_the_pages

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Cassie Yoder lives with and works for an older couple the Keims. Her job becomes much for challenging when the Keims daughter, whom they haven’t seen in 20+ years, dies and her children are brought to the Keims by a Social Worker and their older brother, Mason, who has been trying to hold everything together since the woman died. They live in an Amish community in Haven, KS. To complicate things, Mason doesn’t know who his father is but suspects he is an Amish man in the same community. This had Cassie Yoder lives with and works for an older couple the Keims. Her job becomes much for challenging when the Keims daughter, whom they haven’t seen in 20+ years, dies and her children are brought to the Keims by a Social Worker and their older brother, Mason, who has been trying to hold everything together since the woman died. They live in an Amish community in Haven, KS. To complicate things, Mason doesn’t know who his father is but suspects he is an Amish man in the same community. This had a very interesting story line and the characters were all very likable and compelling. This author always tells good tales and I recommend this book and this author. It looks like there will be a sequel and I’m looking forward to reading it! I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Bryant

    What an enjoyable journey to Kansas Amish country to meet Cassie Weaver, the Keim family, and their neighbors and experience their compelling story—a story of family, faith, forgiveness, and the healing power of unconditional love. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Amish Blessings series with its realistic, endearing characters; smoothly flowing, engaging plot; and inspiring spiritual truths. This quote defines the story for me: “Be careful with those hearts.” This book is my favorite What an enjoyable journey to Kansas Amish country to meet Cassie Weaver, the Keim family, and their neighbors and experience their compelling story—a story of family, faith, forgiveness, and the healing power of unconditional love. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the Amish Blessings series with its realistic, endearing characters; smoothly flowing, engaging plot; and inspiring spiritual truths. This quote defines the story for me: “Be careful with those hearts.” This book is my favorite of Ms. Irvin’s Amish offerings. I highly recommend Love’s Dwelling especially for lovers of Amish romance, and I look forward to the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I am officially now a huge Kelly Irvin fan! This is the first book I've read by Kelly and it's not going to be the last! Immediately after I finished I headed over to our local library website and put a few of her books on hold. I can't wait to read more! Love's Dwelling was just so good! It drew me right in to a new community and it's people. You just can't help but fall in love with Cassie and Mason and all the "kinner". This is a beautiful story of love, grief, and coming out better than you w I am officially now a huge Kelly Irvin fan! This is the first book I've read by Kelly and it's not going to be the last! Immediately after I finished I headed over to our local library website and put a few of her books on hold. I can't wait to read more! Love's Dwelling was just so good! It drew me right in to a new community and it's people. You just can't help but fall in love with Cassie and Mason and all the "kinner". This is a beautiful story of love, grief, and coming out better than you were before. I'm looking forward to the next in the series and many more happy hours escaping away to someplace new in Kelly Irvin's books. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Sluiter

    Book one in author Kelly Irvin’s new series, Amish Blessings, went in a direction I didn’t expect. But in a good way! Heartwarming, this book will keep you on your toes as five English children show up with plenty of baggage. Throw in an Amish maedel who is determined to help, and an older English brother who doesn’t know what he wants yet, and there are lots of emotional ups and downs. There is a lot of loss in this story, along with addictions, and health issues; it’s not a syrupy sweet tale. Bu Book one in author Kelly Irvin’s new series, Amish Blessings, went in a direction I didn’t expect. But in a good way! Heartwarming, this book will keep you on your toes as five English children show up with plenty of baggage. Throw in an Amish maedel who is determined to help, and an older English brother who doesn’t know what he wants yet, and there are lots of emotional ups and downs. There is a lot of loss in this story, along with addictions, and health issues; it’s not a syrupy sweet tale. But Irvin writes it in such a way that hope is always front and center. Hope and love of family. If you enjoy Amish fiction then I highly recommend Love’s Dwelling. I’m looking forward to book 2 I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sunnie

    Such a nice story. Kids needing home and love and people needing one another. Loved the storyline. This was book 1 of a new series and I definitely want to read the rest of the series. So good! And I love Amish fiction and romance. Always a good clean read as was this book. It's a book about families sticking together despite loss and heartache.Cassie was a strong and great character, but I really enjoyed Mason as well. The family is in need of help in many ways. It has a believable theme and bei Such a nice story. Kids needing home and love and people needing one another. Loved the storyline. This was book 1 of a new series and I definitely want to read the rest of the series. So good! And I love Amish fiction and romance. Always a good clean read as was this book. It's a book about families sticking together despite loss and heartache.Cassie was a strong and great character, but I really enjoyed Mason as well. The family is in need of help in many ways. It has a believable theme and being a fan of Amish fiction, I enjoyed it very much. I received an ebook copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Love's Dwelling is such an emotional read. I found myself tearing up several times. This family experienced so much loss, but the joy of overcoming loss and finding family is very uplifting. I found the theme of making life changes to be inspiring. I think Love's Dwelling would be an interesting book to read with middle school students who are going through so many changes themselves. I am so glad to see that it is the first book in a series. I am curious to find out more about these characters Love's Dwelling is such an emotional read. I found myself tearing up several times. This family experienced so much loss, but the joy of overcoming loss and finding family is very uplifting. I found the theme of making life changes to be inspiring. I think Love's Dwelling would be an interesting book to read with middle school students who are going through so many changes themselves. I am so glad to see that it is the first book in a series. I am curious to find out more about these characters and read the continuation of their stories. I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    Wow! Just WOW! I want to give this story 6 stars!! or 10! I love Kelly's books but this one went over the top with all the things I look for!!! A great story line...intriguing and different. Strong characters. It's a romance, but not just a boy-meets-girl story. It's a family story, and it's real. I literally laughed at one point in the book, and I teared up lots of time. Yes, it has ALL the feels, as they say. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and it was a pure JOY to read and give Wow! Just WOW! I want to give this story 6 stars!! or 10! I love Kelly's books but this one went over the top with all the things I look for!!! A great story line...intriguing and different. Strong characters. It's a romance, but not just a boy-meets-girl story. It's a family story, and it's real. I literally laughed at one point in the book, and I teared up lots of time. Yes, it has ALL the feels, as they say. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and it was a pure JOY to read and give my honest opinion. I cannot wait for the second book in this series to come out. Can I pre-order it before it's even written?? I loved this book that much!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Cassie Weaver works for an elderly Amish couple whose grown children left home years ago. Their grandchildren, whose deceased mom never shared her background, come to live with them. Cassie is needed more than ever, but the oldest brother, Mason, who had practically raised his siblings, catches her eye and her heart. Readers share the family’s struggles and joys in this heartwarming story. Watching them all grow and overcome their heartache makes for a warm and compelling novel. Love and forgive Cassie Weaver works for an elderly Amish couple whose grown children left home years ago. Their grandchildren, whose deceased mom never shared her background, come to live with them. Cassie is needed more than ever, but the oldest brother, Mason, who had practically raised his siblings, catches her eye and her heart. Readers share the family’s struggles and joys in this heartwarming story. Watching them all grow and overcome their heartache makes for a warm and compelling novel. Love and forgiveness play a prominent role in the book. The characters all seem quite real and make you care about what happens. I received a copy from the author and publisher. All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    One of my favorites reads from a consistently good author. There isn’t much suspense - everything turns out predictably - but at my stage of life, that’s just fine once in a while. I laughed, I cried, I identified with wondering how to know God’s will AND embrace it. The idea of prodigal children (and the varied outcomes of parents’ prayers for them) really touched my heart (also full of coulda/woulda/shoulda thoughts). Kansas was an unexpected spot for an Amish story, and I enjoyed the open-min One of my favorites reads from a consistently good author. There isn’t much suspense - everything turns out predictably - but at my stage of life, that’s just fine once in a while. I laughed, I cried, I identified with wondering how to know God’s will AND embrace it. The idea of prodigal children (and the varied outcomes of parents’ prayers for them) really touched my heart (also full of coulda/woulda/shoulda thoughts). Kansas was an unexpected spot for an Amish story, and I enjoyed the open-mindedness of this church district. All around another satisfying book from the talented Kelly Irvin.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary Pat Johns

    Goodness! This is SUCH a great story. I enjoy this author because her writing combines sweet with explosive. Her characters are vulnerable and determined; the plot is twisty but winds to a satisfying ending. Can't wait for the next installment. If you love Amish fiction, Kelly adds an extra dimension. If you're new to the genre, her books are a great place to start. I read this in two evenings--not much sleep the second night--too wound up from reading this work of art. More, please! Goodness! This is SUCH a great story. I enjoy this author because her writing combines sweet with explosive. Her characters are vulnerable and determined; the plot is twisty but winds to a satisfying ending. Can't wait for the next installment. If you love Amish fiction, Kelly adds an extra dimension. If you're new to the genre, her books are a great place to start. I read this in two evenings--not much sleep the second night--too wound up from reading this work of art. More, please!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barb Beechy

    Cassie Weaver is happy working for Job and Dinah Keim.. even after five children, the Keim's grandchildren they didn't know they had, showed up.. the oldest, Mason, didn't stay as he had a job and loved his English lifestyle. But could he really stay away from Cassie? Could Cassie fall in love with and English man? I Was given an ARC for an honest.review. I really enjoyed the story as the characters were so good, I felt like I was there.. be sure to read this along with the others coming.out.. Cassie Weaver is happy working for Job and Dinah Keim.. even after five children, the Keim's grandchildren they didn't know they had, showed up.. the oldest, Mason, didn't stay as he had a job and loved his English lifestyle. But could he really stay away from Cassie? Could Cassie fall in love with and English man? I Was given an ARC for an honest.review. I really enjoyed the story as the characters were so good, I felt like I was there.. be sure to read this along with the others coming.out..

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