Priscilla Allgyer knows the past can never truly be left behind, but can love lead her toward the promise of healing?
Priscilla Allgyer left the community hoping to escape the expectations of Amish life. Now, years later, she is forced to return to the place she thought she'd left behind forever, along with her six-year-old son. Once estranged from her family, Priscilla is welcomed by her mother, while her father remains cold and strict. She is allowed to stay with her parents so long as she dresses plainly, confesses her sins, and agrees to marry within the community. Once again, she feels suffocated, trapped, and alone.
While Priscilla reluctantly completes her shunning, she catches the eye of Mark Riehl, a farmer with a playboy reputation. Wary of Mark, Priscilla barely gives him the time of day. Mark, not used to being ignored by the women of Bird-in-Hand, won't give up the pursuit of her friendship. Even though she doesn't realize it, Priscilla desperately needs a friend in Mark. After Priscilla's father and the bishop catch her and Mark in a compromising situation, the two are compelled to enter an awkward, and unexpected engagement.
After Priscilla and Mark marry and live as friends, affection quietly grows between them, while Priscilla still struggles to open her heart and reveal the painful secrets of her past. As Mark works to earn her good faith, can they both learn the hard lessons of love and trust? And can two friends discover a happiness that only God himself could have designed? The third book in the Amish Homestead series, A Seat by the Hearth invites us back to the Lancaster community where friendships are forged and love overcomes all.