It has to be said, this is my favorite time of year. Minus the coming cold of course, and allergies. But fall, autumn, whatever you call it is just as much a time of new beginnings as any other season. New beginning for the plants and trees as they prepare for the coming cold. New beginnings for kids as they return for another year of school. When I think about what I would recommend reading for fall I come back to beginnings. Back to some favorite authors and some of their first books. Maybe not the first but the beginning. I went scouring the internet with a specific theme in mind and came up with a few Autumn reads for you to reflect back to the beginning, all based on the colors of the cover. Cheesy much? 😀 I have to tell you, narrowing it down like this was HARD. So many authors, so many books, limited colors. I may or may not have taken a touch of license with the color matches but you’ll forgive me. Because…books!
Red: Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman
In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt.
When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town’s reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer.
Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.
Orange: A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller
Moriah’s heart will only be safe with a man of his word.
In just a few short months, Moriah Miller’s perfect life unravels. Newly wed and newly pregnant, Moriah is abandoned by her husband, Levi. He’s left her, his family, and their faith without a backward glance. The community, stunned, rushes to the young woman’s aid.
But there is someone who feels more than just sympathy for Moriah. Gabriel Miller-Levi’s twin-longs for an intimate commitment that might someday bind them to one another. Convinced of the impossibility of his dream, Gabriel settles for a mere friendship with the woman he loves.
Moriah bravely goes on with her life, adjusting to her new role in their tight knit Amish community and preparing for the birth of her child. She is unaware that her brief marriage-once idealized as the happiest time in her life-may have been merely a shadow of the king of love God has creater for her. A love that can mend the soul, renew her heart, and give her a future filled with hope…if only she’ll let it.
Yellow: A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid
How far can God’s mercy reach?
Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.
Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?
Brown: A Sister’s Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Putting her rumschpringe days behind her, Grace Hostettler returns to her Amish community in Holmes County, Ohio, and becomes engaged to upright Cleon Schrock. But then she runs into Gary Walker, an English man who knows enough about her former life to destroy her future. Can God bring anything good out of a shameful past?
Have any to add? I can’t begin to do justice to this list but it’s a start.