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Reviewed by Charity Lyman

When I first started Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, I was not sure that I’d enjoy the story lines. I am not really into Amish stories and Amish Brides of Pinecraft series is exactly that. And since I enjoyed A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn and the second book, The Proposal at Siesta Key, immensely, you know they have to be good! In fact, Orange Blossom Inn is now on my keeper shelf–the only Amish-themed book there.

Orange Blossom Inn is the third installment in the series and I would recommend reading them in order. Many of the same characters make appearances in all three books and they can be difficult to keep up with if you’re jumping in mid-series. The plot of this one includes – you guessed it – a wedding! The book takes place in the Amish community of the little town of Pinecraft, Florida. We get to catch up with Beverly, the well liked matron at the Inn. The main characters, however, happen to be some of my favorites. Emma Keim, a widow with three young girls, and Jay Hilty, a widower with three boys, among them. Their meeting is pretty humorous and I love how Frankie the Beagle plays into the whole story–to the very end! Jay and Emma aren’t sure they will ever find love again or even be able to love another spouse, but you never know what will happen when six youngsters and a dog pitch in to help!

This series turned out to be really cozy and I enjoyed the sweet wisdom shared by the characters. Beverly is such a mainstay who has a great presence in the community. And with six children who all enjoy fun games and egging each other on, there are plenty of laughs to be had. Ben, Jay’s eldest, was great to watch as he matured and became a man. Overall, an excellent book that I was sad to see end–especially since Orange Blossom Inn looks to be the end of the series. A definite 5 star!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided by Avon Inspire. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.