Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Inn at Harts Haven by Patricia Davids

The Inn at Harts Haven

Book Summary

In this close-knit Amish community, she’ll hide in plain sight…

Pregnant and desperate, Victoria Worthington runs to the only place that’s ever felt safe. For years she’s been controlled, first by her crime-boss father, then by her ex-boyfriend. Donning a hand-sewn dress, a kapp and a new name, she escapes as Abby Martin to the Amish community of Harts Haven, where she spent happy summers with her grandparents. Taking a job as a maid at the local inn, Abby plans to repair her grandparents’ abandoned house and build a new life for her baby.

Since a tragedy took his family, contractor Joseph Troyer has traveled from one Amish town to another, refusing to let anyone get close. Not that it stops the inn’s elderly, eccentric owner, Rose, from doing some matchmaking while Joe renovates her kitchen. Though Abby is more outspoken than any Amish woman he knows, something draws him to her—and to the secrets she’s hiding.

Taken under Rose’s wing, Abby begins to find her place at last. But even here there’s no hiding from the past. Only by facing it with courage, faith and the unexpected gift of love can this haven become the home she’s longed for.   

My Thoughts

Victoria Worthington has escaped her controlling, dangerous father and duplicitous boyfriend.  Victoria is pregnant and she wants to protect her unborn child Harfrom them.  She heads to the one place she felt happy and safe.  Her grandparents lived in Harts Haven and Victoria spent her summers with them until they passed away when she was fourteen.  Victoria dons Amish clothing and changes her name to Abby Martin.  She gets a position at Harts Haven Inn thanks to co-owner Rose Yoder.  The Harts Haven Inn has yet to open because it is being remodeled by Joseph Troyer.  Rose likes to play matchmaker.  She believes Joseph and Abby are a perfect match.  Neither party is interested in a relationship, but that does not deter Rose.  Rose manages to finagle the two together quite often.  Joseph and Abby soon become friends.  There is potential for more between them, but Joseph does not know Abby’s secrets.  The past soon comes knocking and Abby’s new friends work to keep her safe.  Will Abby get the future she has dreamed of, or will her father win once again?  

The Inn at Harts Haven by Patricia Davids is a special Amish novel.  I was instantly drawn into the debut of The Matchmakers of Harts Haven.  It is a well-written novel with steady pacing and developed characters.  I enjoyed getting to know Victoria, Joseph, Rose, Susanna, Grace, and the others.  I just loved Rose Yoder.  She is a delightful character.  Rose is a kindhearted woman who added humor to the story.  It was great to visit Harts Haven and get to know the warmhearted people who live there.  The suspense added depth and intrigue to the story.  It had me quickly turning the pages so I could find out how the story would turn out.  I would have liked a more complete wrap-up regarding the father.  I laughed often while reading this story thanks to Rose.   The Inn at Harts Haven is an enjoyable tale (I was sorry for it to end).  This is my favorite book by Patricia Davids.  The author combined suspense, romance, and faith with relatable, kind characters into a charming creation.  I am eager for the next book in this series.  The Inn at Harts Haven is an appealing Amish tale with an outspoken outsider, a kind carpenter, a meddling matchmaker, a dangerous dad, a scruffy farmhouse, and a caring community. 

The Inn at Harts Haven is available from Amazon*.  Patricia Davids next release is Mistaken for His Amish Bride which publishes March 29.  You can find Patricia Davids other novels here.   Thank you for stopping by today.  I will return tomorrow with Invisible by Danielle Steel.  I hope that you have an uplifting day.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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