Plainly Maryland Book 1
Lilly Brandt was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now she is running for her life—straight into a small, obscure Amish community in Southern Maryland. Now as Hannah Kurtz, she vows to remain aloof since she doesn’t expect to be in Cherry Hill long enough to form any attachments. But her head has neglected to inform her heart of this plan. She hadn’t counted on meeting and being attracted to the kind, young man with the amazing blue eyes.
Jacob Beiler, skilled young furniture maker, has made a vow of his own. After being jilted by the girl he trusted right before he is about to propose, he decides to focus strictly on honing his craft and guarding his heart from any future injury. When Hannah Kurtz drops into his world, she drops into his mending heart as well, thawing the wall of ice he has meticulously erected. Against his better judgement, he allows himself to care again and to trust another woman.
When the Amish community discovers Hannah is not really Amish and that she is not even Hannah Kurtz, Jacob feels betrayed yet again. Will Jacob be able to forgive Hannah’s necessary deception or will he turn his back on her despite her desperate attempts to reason with him?
“Susan Simpson’s debut novel, Plain Haven, is chockful of lovable characters, action, and Amish ambiance. Simpson does a lovely job of bringing the reader along for a ride as Englischer Lilly Brandt must immerse herself in an Amish community in order to escape criminals who will stop at nothing to silence her. The twists and turns—and the sweet romance—kept me reading this cozy mystery to the last page.”
-Kelly Irvin, author of The Saddle Maker’s Son
“My two favorite genres–Amish and romantic suspense–combined into one fast-paced, action-packed story. Simpson has created characters you’ll remember long after you close the book. Well-done!”
-Mary Ellis, author of Magnolia Moonlight
“Murder, drugs, and the Witness Protection Program meet the Plain people of Maryland. Plain Haven is an exciting tale with just enough humor and romance to touch your heart. Make room for Susan Lantz Simpson. This one’s a keeper!”
-Amy Lillard, author of the Wells Landing Series
“Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy Simpson’s debut novel, Plain Haven, set in Maryland. A page-turner!”
-Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of The Imposter
“Susan Simpson’s Plain Haven is filled with heartwarming characters, a satisfying sweet romance, and plenty of suspense to keep Amish fans turning the page until the very end.”
–Ruth Reid, bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth and Amish Wonders series
“The story combines gentle romance with a fascinating look into the inner workings of Amish society. Readers will enjoy Jacob and Hannah’s journey!”
-Dana Mentink, national bestselling fiction author