Janice Kay Johnson
Janice Kay Johnson's Inspirational Fiction
Tompkin's Mill Series
(A Tompkin's Mill Novel Book 1)
(September 29, 2020)
In this tender Amish romance, an Amish man who is returning to his community and faith is drawn to a young woman who is still reeling from past wounds.
When Luke Bowman returns to the Amish faith after years of being away from home, he does so with absolute conviction. Those feelings are shaken when he meets Julia Durant, a non-Amish woman who works at his family's furniture-making business. Despite his instincts, Luke is drawn to Julia, and although Julia is still recovering from a brutal assault when she was a college student, she is drawn to Luke as well.
As Luke and Julia grow closer, and their fragile friendship grows stronger, Luke wants to be with Julia, but the reason he came home—his faith—is now the thing keeping them apart. Luke and Julia will have to decide whether their relationship can survive this divide, and whether the home Luke has made in the Amish faith is one that's fit for two.
FROM Publishers Weekly:
In the tender Amish romance that launches Johnson's Tompkin's Mills series, a woman visiting her brother decides to make her vacation permanent. Julia Durant is still traumatized from a brutal assault years earlier, so her brother's sleepy Missouri town, Tompkin's Mills, seems welcoming and safe. She finds a job at a local Amish furniture shop and discovers an odd sense of belonging among the Amish—though her feelings for Luke Bowman, the shop owner's son and her new coworker, present a complication. Luke has just returned home after a 10-year absence from his family and his faith and feels Julia's presence to be a constant temptation. Though Luke is tall and imposing, Julia appreciates his gentle nature, and their forbidden attraction blossoms into a chaste romance. Johnson (Hunting Season) has a gift for portraying emotional depth and vulnerability in just a few subtle glances and fleeting touches. And when an acquaintance from Luke's time away from his faith comes back into his life in an unexpected way, it adds a welcome wrinkle to the traditional romance plot. This is sure to win readers' hearts. Agent: Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary. (Oct.)
"Johnson has a gift for portraying emotional depth and vulnerability in just a few subtle glances and fleeting touches. . . . Sure to win readers’ hearts."—Publishers Weekly
“Complex, realistic characters...A touching story.”—An Avid Reader
(A Tompkin's Mill Novel Book 2)
(February 23, 2021)
In a heartwarming love story, an Amish man who’d run from his faith and the Amish woman who had been left bereft after his tragic mistake cost her the man she loved are drawn together despite their deep fears.
David Miller makes his confession before his church to be accepted back among the faithful, but he harbors one secret he can’t share with anyone. Because Miriam Bowman's come—calling friend had also been his closest friend and partner in a logging business, she expects them to share memories and grief, however muted by time. What she doesn’t expect is the powerful, complex attraction between them that violates all of their certainties. To share a lifetime with Miriam, David could never reveal his secret. Miriam had long since determined that she lacked an essential quality to make a man happy.
Their sometimes tender, sometimes explosive relationship torments and tempts them both. If they’re to have a lifetime together, they must draw on the faith they share to heal each other.
(A Tompkin's Mill Novel Book 3)
(June 29, 2021)
ISBN-10 : 059319800X
ISBN-13 : 978-0593198001
In this heartwarming and affecting Amish romance, a young woman has the chance to begin a new life in the Amish community after old betrayals come to light.
Hannah Prescott was used to the transitory life—her mother had always been a wild child, and throughout her life, Hannah became used to taking care of someone who never settled down. But everything changes when Hannah receives the startling news that her mother stole her away from her biological father and the Amish community at a young age.
Although heartbroken and confused, Hannah decides that in order to find out who she is, she needs to find out who she could have been. This includes not only a relationship with her father, but also the chance to make a connection with a young widower who recently moved to the settlement with his children. While her mother still disdains the Amish, and her new community is wary of outsiders, only Hannah can know if she’s brave enough to commit to a fresh start and a real home.
5 Hearts! FINDING HOPE is the third and final book in the TOMPKIN’S MILL series by Janice Kay Johnson, and I didn’t want it to end. I savored every word in this rich story of how the worlds of the Amish and Englischers once again come together in unexpected ways. This is Gideon and Hannah’s story, but it is so much more as we’re transported to the small town of Tompkin’s Mill. I love how Gideon’s children were such a large part of the story.
The characters have a real depth to them. Hannah’s life was shaped through the selfishness of her mother’s actions, and Hannah was heartbroken to hear the lies her mother told throughout her life. Hannah’s relationship with the family she never knew was heartwarming but heartbreaking for all that they missed out on. Her mother was hard to like, given her self-centeredness.
It was pleasurable to meet up with characters we’ve met before in the previous two books, though this one stands alone well enough. The story involves secrets and lies, the church, counseling, and family. There are multiple storylines woven seamlessly together. The descriptions of the food were rich in detail, and a lot of Deitsh words sprinkled throughout (clearly explained) added another layer of realism to the story.
FINDING HOPE is filled with introspection and the strength of their faith. There is ultimately love and a happily ever after, but I wish the story had gone on just a little longer.
I’ve read all the books in Ms. Johnson’s TOMPKIN’S MILL series. Her writing reminds me of both Amy Lillard and Rachel J. Good, two authors who are my go-to for Amish stories no matter where they are set. Give her books a try if you haven’t already.
A Recommended Read!—Jo - Romance Junkies