BOOK REVIEW: PEACE IN THE VALLEY BY KELLY IRVIN

Author: Kelly Irvin

Title: Peace in the Valley

Genre: Christian Fiction. Amish Romance fiction

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication date: August 4,2020

Pages:352

Book Blurb

After a devastating wildfire sweeps through her town, one young Amish woman is shown a different way to practice her faith . . . but pursuing it could cost her everything she holds dear, including the man she loves. 

Nora Beachy loves her life. She works in the community store in West Kootenai, takes care of her family and courts with Levi Raber. She and Levi plan to marry, but Levi wants to wait until he has the money to buy them a house before he pops the question. Nora doesn’t want to wait. Is there something keeping Levi from marrying her? 

Nora’s peaceful existence is swept away when wildfires threaten her family’s home. She’s forced to evacuate to Libby where she stays with family in an Amish community that embraces a charismatic style of worship rejected by her own parents and the Kootenai district elders. Nora’s drawn to the emotional, powerful style of worship, the musical instruments, and the more relaxed lifestyle. She knows she’s headed for a shunning if she doesn’t stop breaking the rules, but she can’t understand why both forms of worship aren’t lovely in God’s eyes. 

Nora’s stuck in the middle. She loves her family and doesn’t want to lose them. She loves Levi. But she must make a decision: return to her traditional Amish life or embrace this new way of worshipping and living. Will she sacrifice her relationship with Levi and her family for a different kind of faith?

My review

Peace in the valley by Kelly Irvin is an interesting book and she is a new Amish author to me.

I must confess,her writing is  so wonderful. Immediately I started the first page,I kept on reading until I took a short break.


The author is so narrative. Her writing can command your full attention. So interesting and action packed.


I already fell in love with the character on the book cover,Nora.


Two beautiful things I love about the  Amish family are; the sumptuous food and strong family ties. Their meals are so healthy and appetizing as described in this novel.


I understood Nora’s dilemma when she attended a real church where there was a free flow of the HolySpirit. God can’t be held bounds by doctrines or traditions. Anywhere you invite him,he can dwell there in sincerity of worship.

The Plain Amish prefer their ways as best compared to the Englisher’s mode of worship. I found that amusing but who can blame them?

This is a good book I will recommend for anyone who wants to read an Amish fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the Author

Author Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at KellyIrvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.

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