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Amanda Stephan is just a normal, everyday country girl. Residing in Middle, TN with her husband and children who closely resemble several of the seven dwarfs, (Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy/Happy), three cats, (only because hubby refuses to get one of his own so she must share,) one dog, and multiple roosters that love to roost under their bedroom windows. She loves to laugh and have a good time, and loves to read a good book.
She finds writing to be an opportunity to share God's love for others in a fun and entertaining way. Her first novel, The Price of Trust, was published in May of 2010, her second novel, Lonely Hearts was released at the end of October, 2011. She is currently working on a four book family saga series.
on April 18, 2012 :
Lonely Hearts by Amanda Stephan
Amanda's writing style is different then what I usually read but once I got into the story I could not stop reading it until I finished.
Becky Callis and her two children, Jen & Jeff, have just moved to a new town. The house they are renting is quite different then the picture she received and the town people are unfriendly. Becky just smiles at everyone. Jen is shy at thirteen and Jeff is outgoing at eleven. Becky still misses the love of her life, Frank, even nine years after his death.
When they go to the diner and Scott the cowboy hits on Becky her kids decide to play matchmaker and find a man for their mom. Becky is pleased by Scott's attention but he's too young for her. The pastor of the church, Jack, ends up being a childhood friend of Becky. Jack has always cared for her but she only sees them as friends. At church Becky also meets Pearce Morgan and his shy daughter Emily. He has sad lonely eyes that touch Becky but he seems to shun her.
Becky and the kids end up moving to a cabin on Pearce's property after Emily takes to them and pulls out of her shell. She is his housekeeper and homeschools Emily along with Jen and Jeff. Scott is one of his ranch hands and still flirts with Becky. When an unexpected guest comes to the ranch everything changes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)