“Rosemary Opens Her Heart” by Naomi King is another of my Amish novels. For some reason I gravitate towards this kind of book. Rosemary Yutsy is a young widow with a daughter who lives with her father-in-law and keeps house for him. Even though her husband Joe died at a young age, Rosemary wears black and somber colors to reflect her grief. After her father-in-law, Titus, decides to sell his farm, move and join forces with Matt to raise sheep in a neighboring county. Matt Lambright is more than casually interested in Rosemary and her daughter Kathie. He is ready to find a wife and settle down. He is unusually handsome and kind, so there are quite a few young women who pay attention to him even though it’s obvious that he cares for Rosemary. This story follows the life of Rosemary as she realizes that she needs to start living again; and the life of Matt who has demons of his own to worry about, but needs to find a good woman and settle down at long last. This book wasn’t so sappy sweet that you throw it down in disgust, but it tells the tale at a relatively slow pace, with ample time for her to meet and fall in love.
Another spring reminds the Amish of Cedar Creek, Missouri, that for everything there is a season.
Zanna Lambright is finally marrying Jonny Ropp, and friends and family have come from far and wide to celebrate. Among them is young widow Rosemary Yutzy, mother of toddler Katie, whose husband was tragically killed last fall. With a willing heart Rosemary has taken over care of her in-law’s family and continued to run a baked goods business from home, but privately she still mourns her lost Joe...and is unprepared for the changes that are coming...
Rosemary’s father-in-law wants to merge his lamb-raising business with Matt Lambright’s—a move that will require the Yutzys to relocate from their nearby town to Cedar Creek. Moreover, it will bring Rosemary into constant contact with Matt, who is making no secret of his romantic interest in her. The challenges of contemplating a future unlike any she expected are overwhelming for Rosemary. And although Matt is strong and kind, his courtship is so persistent, she often wants to run the other way. As Rosemary struggles to see beyond her immediate joys and sorrows, will she embrace the outpouring of welcome and support from the people of Cedar Creek...and accept this new chance to open her heart to a more abundant life?