By Patricia Davids

Fannie Erb isn’t looking for a husband – especially if it means she has to leave behind her beloved horses to go find one. What she needs is a way to assure her parents that she’s not hopeless when it comes to love. And her family friend, Noah Bowman, might just be her solution.

A fake relationship would free them both from unwanted matchmaking plans, but how could Fannie predict that pretending to date the handsome boy next door would awaken genuine emotions? By summer’s end, they’ll be free to go their separate ways, but Fannie’s growing feelings are transforming her neighbor into the only man who might ever reign in her adventurous heart.

PATRICIA DAVIDS is a USA Today Bestselling author who grew up in Kansas. She began her career as a nurse, and put her dreams to write a book on hold as she raised a family and worked in the NICU. After forty years, she began writing seriously in 1996. Today, she enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith being two people together forever.

By Patricia Davids
May 23, 2017
$5.99 US; 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-373-62278-8

Romance Reviews Today review:

The Amish Bachelors, Book 4
Harlequin Love inspired
ISBN:  978-0-373-62278-8
May 2017
Inspirational Amish Series Romance

Amish country, somewhere in Ohio - Present Day

Twenty-two-year old Fannie Erb is in love with her horses.  She lives and breathes for the opportunity to ride, train, and care for them.  Her father breeds Standardbred buggy horses, but Fannie's favorite are the Haflingers.  These beautiful horses, with their golden coats and flaxen manes and tails captured Fannie's heart the minute she saw them.  Her job at Connie Stroud's riding stable means everything to her, but her mother has decreed that Fannie will go to Florida immediately to help care for her grandmother after she broke her ankle.  Fannie can't go!  She promised Connie she would lead their equine team at the Ohio State Expo to showcase the Haflingers and promote Connie's stable.  Fannie can't let Connie down.  But Mamm Belinda Erb says that it has to be Fannie to leave; her sister Betsy is now engaged to Hiram, so she has to stay home.  This is so unfair!  Undeterred, Fannie immediately devises an escape plan...she will ask Noah Bowman to be her pretend beau!

Noah Bowman lives right across the street from the Erbs.  He and Fannie have known each other since they were born; their mothers are best friends.  But Fannie's idea is ludicrous.  They barely tolerate being in the same room with each other; how are they to pull off an engagement?  Besides, Noah has to be free to play baseball.  Twice weekly practices and the state invitational playoffs are coming up, he doesn't have time to court Fannie, even for pretend.  He laughs at her idea and tells Fannie no.

Fannie loves her horses and her job, and a pretend engagement is the perfect solution.  A real engagement or marriage is not for her.  If she were married, she could no longer work with the animals that mean so much to her, as a good Amish wife always stays home and raises babies.  Fannie is having none of that!  Things change when Noah is on his way to meet Fannie the very next day to apologize and accept her wild proposal.  Last evening, after he laughed at Fannie, the joke was on him when he learned that his mother has invited countless young women to stay the summer with one objective:  seeing Noah engaged!  Marriage is not for Noah.  Not now.  The only important thing in his life is baseball, and Fannie's idea is going to save them both.

THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP is a delightful book!  This fun and quirky romance sparkles as Fannie and Noah trade barbs and insults while trying to pretend they are madly in love.  And their pretense soon leads to the real thing as these two neighbors suddenly begin to see each other as if for the first time.  Neither wants to admit their real feelings; both Fannie and Noah are falling in love but believe the other is dead set against marriage.  THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP is the fourth book in The Amish Bachelor Series.  This book stands totally alone and is a wonderful story!  (See the author's website, for her backlist of stories.)

I love this book!  Ms. Davids writes wonderful, true-to-the-heart stories, and THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP is a real winner!

Diana Risso

1)      What was your favorite part about writing Their Pretend Amish Courtship?
My favorite part of writing Their Pretend Amish Courtship was coming up with the dialogue between Fannie and Noah when they were sniping at each other. I’d write the scene and then come back to tweak it over and over again until I got just the right amount of tension or humor. I had a lot of fun with them.

2)      How long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I normally spend about a month researching before I start writing but I continue to research through the entire writing process. I know a lot about the Amish culture but I’m always learning something new.

3)      What are the traits you admire most in Fannie and Noah?
I have to say it was their youth. Oh, to be that young again. They weren’t the most mature characters to start out with and that made them fun to write, but they both underwent an emotional growth process that allowed them to discover real love.

4)      How long does it typically take for you to write a book?
I will normally write a 55,000-word manuscript in three months after a month of research.

5)      What is your favorite thing about writing romance?
I love everything about writing romance except…writing. I love the birth of an idea that morphs into a story and then finding the perfect characters to tell that story. I love making things turn out right for a wonderful couple. I just hate spelling it out word by word as I struggle to take my ideas and turn them into something that makes sense to anyone who reads it. Writing for me is hard, tedious work.

6)      How many books have you written? Is there one that you would consider your favorite?
I have 32 completed manuscripts including the one I’m about to finish this week. Do I have a favorite? Yes. Two of them. The Amish Midwife is the Amish book I like best because my family and friends helped so much with my research for it. My other favorite is a western historical romance I wrote years ago that has never found a home. I happen to think it's my best work.

7)      What are a few of your favorite books? Do you have any recommendations?
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer is one of my all-time favorite books. Walking After Midnight by Karen Robards is another and if you haven’t read The Life of Pi you should.

8)      What book are you currently reading right now?
I hesitate to say this but I’m not much of a reader. I know. Shocker! I used to be a voracious reader. I would read two or three books a week. Now, I read mainly for research. Once in a while I’ll read something a friend recommends. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin was one I recently finished and enjoyed.

9)      Do you have any tips for people suffering from writer’s block?
Until two years ago I didn’t believe in writer’s block. I thought it was a cop-out used by writers without the determination it takes to slog through to the end. I’m a stubborn person who likes to finish what I start. But after losing my mother and becoming the caregiver for my ill father and then suffering my own health crisis, I ran out of things to write about. Somehow, the creative part of my brain that loves to make up stories just stopped working. I couldn’t come up with a plot to save my soul. I had to take a break. I didn’t write for six months. I was fortunate that my publisher understood and supported me until I found my voice again. My advice is to let go of the guilt of not writing and take care of yourself. When you are in a good place, the voices come back.

10)  Do you have any advice for new writers?
I love new writers because they are filled with enthusiasm. They have the desire but they don’t always have the skill. My main advice is to learn the craft. Dissect books you love to see how the author evokes emotions in the characters and in the reader. Study the pacing of the story. Where and how does it rush you along and where and how does it make you dwell in the moment. A new writer must embrace constructive criticism. It’ a hard lesson but it’s a valuable one. Every story can be improved. Finally, never ever give up believing that you will achieve your dream. 


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