Along Wooded Paths Blog Tour, Facebook Party & Live Author Chat with Tricia Goyer

Welcome to the blog tour for book 2 in the Big Sky series from Tricia Goyer, Along Wooded Paths. Already beloved by critics, Along Wooded Pathspicks up right where Beside Still Waters ends. Don’t miss the continuing story of Marianna Sommer. Tricia will be hosting a Facebook Party and a Live Author Chat on 10/18! RSVP early and don’t miss a minute of the fun. (Details below)

Do you live in Ohio or Pennsylvania? Come meet Tricia during her book tour – details here.

{More about Along Wooded Paths}

All she wanted was a simple Amish life . . . But now Marianna Sommer finds herself depending on Englisch neighbors. Although proud of living apart from the world, she and her newly relocated Amish family have discovered that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together.

As Marianna begins helping those different from herself—and receiving their help—her heart contemplates two directions. She’s torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a closer walk with God than she’s ever seen before.

Who should have young Marianna’s heart? What is God asking her to sacrifice? Her traditions? Her community? The answer is found along the wooded paths.

Read an excerpt.

Tricia Goyer

{More About Tricia Goyer}

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. You can find out more about Tricia at

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More about the Facebook Party and Live Author Chat! 

Tricia is celebrating the release of Along Wooded Paths with a Fabulous Facebook party on October 18th. She’ll be giving away prizes and a sneak peak at the next book in the Big Sky series.

Then during the second half of the party she’ll be hosting a LIVE AUTHOR CHAT on her website and announcing something BIG! CLICK the button (below) to RSVP for the party – then go here to sign up for the Live Author Chat.


“A wonderful story about the Amish and the way they live their lives by the writings of the Bible. Readers will delight in this.” —RT Book Reviews

“A sweet, tender tale that’s sure to please readers. Amish fiction fans will be wanting more from Ms. Goyer!” —

“A captivating story . . . the reader can’t wait to turn the page.” —Suzanne Woods Fisher, best-selling author, Lancaster County Series



Julie Arduini: The Surrendered Scribe I am a reader and I’m telling you, Tricia Goyer truly has His favor and is a tremendous talent. You need to get your hands on all her books and devour them. Seriously. That said, Along Wooded Paths treats readers to Amish life in Montana for Marianna Sommers and her family. I enjoyed the tension and the mounting stakes Marianna faces. Each character has questions and their choices have impact that ripple not just through Montana waters, but even through previous generations. The beautiful setting Tricia painted in Book 1 continues to be a quiet, endearing character in Along Wooded Paths.  

Amy at Cajun Joie de Vivre Highly recommended!   

Patricia at It’s Time To Read Mamaw 5 out of 5! Tricia has done it again. Another beautiful Amish novel. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 


Debra at Footprints in the Butter Goyer continues to explore the characters, to let them grow, and to throw in a twist or two besides. Goyer paints a picture with her words. This series is fantastic.  

SusieQTpies Scraps of Life A beautifully written story.  

Valentina at Carabosse’s Library The story is well-paced, never allowing the reader to grow dull. The writing itself is very nice, simple, yet full of intricate moments that add depth. If you like sweet romance novels, then this one might be a perfect fit for you.

Anne at Mommy Has to Work Great!      

Mocha with Linda I am thoroughly enjoying this series. If you are tempted to think, “Not another Amish book!”, let me assure you, Tricia Goyer is one of the stand-out authors in this genre. I found myself glued to the pages of this completely mesmerizing yet thought-provoking novel. I highly recommend this book and this series. I eagerly await the next one! 


Kimberly at Living On Limited Income This book had me captivated from start to finish. Not cookie-cutter style by any means.

Thou Art Jules Tricia has crafted a brilliant story that grabs you from your comfortable seat and propels you right into the mountains of Montana! 

Trish at In So Many Words Recommended!        

Kim at Window To My World Tricia Goyer knows how to take an Amish community and introduce the life changing truth of the gospel! This is the second in the Big Sky series, and Tricia explores some pretty complicated relationship issues. Not only does she explore the English/Amish relationship in context of the gospel, but she explores deep emotional ties between parents and the children they love – both living and dead. Tricia Goyer’s stories are multi-layered and rich in both character development and emotional depth. Your heart will ache along with the characters when they ache, and will rejoice when they rejoice! Tricia, you have created a stellar series, and I eagerly await the next installment! That teaser chapter at the end!! Wow!

Danielle at The Happy Wife I found it difficult to put the book down and I am eagerly awaiting the next sequel.


Michele at My Blessings From Above I loved this book! The story continues with Marianna and the friendships she has made after having moved to Montana with her family.Miss Goyer does a fabulous job developing the characters in this story. There are some twists and turns that you may not expect and you want to continue reading to see the outcome. I could not put this book down!

Athena at Our Crazy Life I know what you’re thinking, but this isn’t just another Amish book. It is a warm and encouraging story and written in a way that draws you into the story. A sweet and wonderful read and I am already anticipating the next book in the series!

Evangeline at Sugarpeach I can’t stop thinking how stunning this novel is! I love it. It doesn’t romanticize the Amish people, but instead portrays them with their weaknesses and struggles. I read that Amish people don’t favor bonnet fiction much because they are usually portrayed as super holy with hardly any problems. This book certainly doesn’t do that. Her writing style and the way she develops the plot makes the reader want to read more and more and more. The emotions and problems of the characters are real and as a reader, I felt them keenly. I will definitely be reading more of Goyer’s books.

Splashes Of Joy I really like Tricia’s style of writing. She creates characters and weaves them into the story making them so realistic and unique you want to claim them as your own family!

Elizabeth at Count It All Joy Ms. Goyer treats us to some lyrical descriptions of the beautiful outdoors.

Charlene at Quintessentially Quilly Not your traditional Amish fiction — and what a relief!  My favorite thing about these books is the way Goyer depicts the Englischer community.  In most Amish novels the Amish are portrayed as “good” while the “Englishers”, anyone not Amish, are portrayed as bad — and of course, if there is a villan in the book, he or she is an Englisher. 


Laura at Lighthouse Academy Not to be missed.  

Wendy at Minding Spot Goyer does it again! Along Wooded Paths will capture you from the first page and not let go. I found myself immersed in Marianna’s life, her emotional struggle and her relationship with God. She struggles between an Amish man and an Englischer, both who walk with God in different ways. She lives a plain life, but one with questions. Characters from Beside Still Waters reappear in Along Wooded Paths, along with new characters that will inspire and give one hope. I can’t wait to see what Tricia has in store for her readers next. I just devoured this one!  

Celena at The Traveling Sisterhood’s BookShelf An honest and thought-provoking look at Amish life which takes place in beautiful Montana. Watching a story unfold that seems as true as fiction comes, reading a story in which a beautiful Amish girl struggles to find her place in the world as she discovers God’s grace, was so heart-warming!

Roxanna at The Jolly Blogger This is substance that anyone can relate to.  


Carlybird’s Home  It is refreshing to read an Amish book that does not take place in Ohio or Pennsylvania. Tricia painted a lovely picture of Montana and I really relaxed with this book because of that. I liked Along Wooden Paths more than I was expecting. I like how Tricia finished this book leaving me wanting to read the next book. This book will go on the short list of Amish novels that I really enjoyed.  I knew Tricia wouldn’t let me down.

Renee at Little Homeschool on the Prairie Enjoyed and anxiously awaiting book 3.

Shonda at The Knowlton Nest  I have not read any Amish book where the English were such good friends as depicted in this story. I loved the friendly tension and in my heart I wished for Marianna to choose a certain young man. But to do so would mean consequences for both. This book utterly had me wishing for a satisfying conclusion, but it was left much the same as the first book and there is a sequel I will be reading!  I really enjoyed how the author gave equal credit to each man vying for Marianna’s affections.  I will be dying to know how the story continues.

Whitney at Rambles of a SAHM  I enjoyed about this story was the author’s ability to write in such detail. I felt as though all the characters had such a unique complexity to them. I also loved the honest emotions expressed by all involved in this story.  It was really refreshing to read an Amish fiction that dealt with the choices of growing up and choosing who you want to be as an adult. I feel like everyone has this decision to make as to whether they are going to live the life they were razed or choose a different path and it was nice to see this written from  the Amish point of view. This story kept me guessing to the very end. 

Debora at A Book and a Cupcake Enjoyed. 

Lydia at The Overweight Bookshelf Along Wooded Path may appear to be a stereotypical Amish love triangle but it is so much more. Tricia Goyer’s descriptive narrations keeps this book from being cliche and draws readers into the characters mind and hearts with introspective writing. Marianna’s journal entries, correspondence, and Aaron’s letters all contribute to the development of complex characters. Marianna’s journey of growth in her faith is quite beautiful as she comes to the realization that a God’s love is limitless and does not discriminate between Englisch and Amish. 

Sarah at Growing For Christ This is another wonderful book from Tricia Goyer, her writing does a great job in putting you into another world and making you feel as if you’re breathing the clean mountain air and feeling the crisp winter snows.  The characters almost seem like an extension of your family, you get to know them not just as characters with issues but as characters that have a ‘life’.  

Nicole at Gidget Goes Home The book is full of interesting aspects of Amish life (including a few recipes in the appendix!) and the descriptions of life in Montana are beautifully written– I could almost feel the icy cold winter weather. I can’t wait to read the third book in the series and see who Marianna ends up settling down with and how her walk with the Lord continues to mature and deepen. I feel like I’ve come to befriend Marianna, which is a sign of a good story in my opinions. Despite her shortcomings, she is a strong woman, a complex and realistic character who I feel many readers will relate to (Amish or not!).


Lauri at Knits, Reads and Reviews Loved this book!  Tricia Goyer is a heart felt writer and once again, she grabbed me right from the beginning of the story and kept me right up to the very last page.

Courtney at Courtney’s Chitter Chatter When I finished reading Along Wooded Paths, I had to just say back and take a deep breath!! Wow!! 

Jodie at Mom’s Pace Tricia has a way of writing the details of the scenery and mixing in interesting facts about the Amish lifestyle. I enjoy the realness of her characters and their struggles.

Pam at Daysong Reflections I enjoyed “Along Wooded Paths” because it was not the usual bonnet fiction but dealt with some true to life matters and didn’t ignore the difficult subjects. I also liked the way some of the Amish characters began to question the importance of all the Amish rules and regulations when compared to a true relationship with Jesus.

Andi at Radiant Light It is not your typical Amish story, which I loved! If you love Amish fiction this is one you will want to read!


Marissa at The Review Stew I love the unique storyline about how Marianna is torn between an Amish man and an Englischer! That is a storyline you don’t see very often in Amish books and I loved it!

Michelle at Beyond The Silver and The Gold A beautiful book that can be read by young adult and adult readers alike.

Jill at Frugal Plus This captivating story will leave you anxious for the next book!

Marg Simply Shop and Save A well written fictional romance novel that is about an Amish young women dealing with various issues–love, traditions, prejudice, family and a relationship with God.

Tammy is Blessed I loved seeing Marianna grow in her faith as she was exposed to differing lifestyles and the needs and difficulties that went along with them.

Karla at Quiet Quilter Another Wonderful Amish Fiction Book – Don’t miss this one!

Jane at Reviews By Jane The characters were well laid out and kept me interested, and the story was very unique and not like most of the Amish novels I’ve read. Goyer brought up more thought-provoking, irregular struggles and ponderings with her main character, Marianna. Another thing I loved was how unpredictable the story was…I am still unsure as to how the series will end!


Becky at Christian Chick’s Thoughts In all my Amish fiction reading, I’ve never encountered a series I enjoyed so much. I can’t recommend this book highly enough, and I await the next book’s release with baited breath!

Angela at All Grown Up? I am waiting with baited breath on the third book in the Big Sky series to see who Mari chooses, the God of her heart, or the God of her heritage.

Sheri at The Shades of Pink Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

Sara at Shoopette’s Book Reviews No other Amish novel that I have read has made the points that these books do.

Jennifer at For Such a Time as This It is one of the best Amish fiction books I have read. I am already engrossed in the pages and finding it hard to put the book down to get my housework done!


Kat at Reviews From The Heart I rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait for the next one!

Jacque at Good Family Reads I guess what drew me into this book was the fact that the Amish characters were made believable and not above the rest of us.  I also appreciated the deeper understanding that was woven in the story of the Amish faith and outsiders views.  Made the book very thought provoking.  The writing style really made the book come alive for me and I can’t wait to see more from Tricia Goyer and that includes the third book in this series!    

Jen at Happy Little Homemaker I loved the book so much that I was both glad to have read it and also sad that it was over.

Susan at New Every Morning There are so many wonderful twists, turns, and paths in this story that it keeps you fascinated all the way through, and I almost found myself praying for the characters as they found themselves in difficult dilemmas! The ending is incredibly intriguing and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the third installment of this book!

Amber at Seasons of Humility From the lovely, peaceful cover until the last page, this book has a hopeful innocence to it that is quite charming.

Laurel at Let’s Go on a Picnic! I highly recommend the book if you enjoy beautiful scenery and quiet moments among friends.

Nicole at Wyoming Girl *turned* Coastie Wife The only thing I didn’t like about this book was that it left me hanging and wanting more! I was kind of pouting that I’m going to have to wait for the next book to come out-anxiously awaiting to see how it all will truly end!

Molly at Reviews By Molly Another wonderful book by Tricia Goyer AND a wonderful addition to the Amish genre! I truly loved how this book was laid out. It blended the perfect amount of Amish with English, the perfect amount of moving on from the past with finding a love that’s meant to be, and relying on God to help you through it all. Tricia Goyer has a talent that allows her to write in ANY genre and succeed.

Aprils Lifestyle Show [It] sucked me in from the beginning.


Stacie at Simply Stacie The book ended on a little bit of a cliffhanger and I’m excited to see what happens in Book 3, Beyond Hopes Valley. If you are a fan of Amish Fiction, give these novels a try- they are good!

Lisa at The Army Chap’s Wife Along Wooded Paths is a delightful read. I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters in the book and found myself relating to some of their struggles, joys, worries, and hopes. Tricia Goyer writes with depth and wonderful description. I found myself wishing I could visit Marianna’s home in Montana!

Ariel at The Librarian’s Bookshelf I read the first book in the series, Beside Still Waters, and I loved it. I was thrilled to get a chance to review this one too! This one was just as amazing. I love reading about the Amish, and it was a nice touch to have the romance aspect added. I was surprised about Marianna’s indecision, but I feel like the ending was perfect. A great Amish read!

Patty at Broken Teepee The book is easy to read and the story is enjoyable. The interaction of the Amish and Englisch are interesting to read about and Marianna’s growth is slow and real.

Pat at Sometimes I Feel Like a Piece of Bologna
Her characters are real and the tension is maintained through the book.

Lena at A Christian Writer’s World – Author Interview

Crystal at Cinnamon Hollow  I love the way Tricia writes the two lifestyles. She does a wonderful job of showing us the Amish traditions and beliefs & how they differ from the English. Yet she also shows how the two can connect and live together as friends. Just because your beliefs are different doesn’t mean you can’t rejoice together in your similarities. Tricia shows us that and I love it. This writing style pulls you in and makes you root for every character in her novels. I hope there are many more books in the Big Sky series. And so does my husband’s step-mom who called dibs as the first person to read Along Wooded Paths after I finished my review. She is as excited by the release as I am!


Kaylea at My Scrappy Life Strong characters, strong plot lines and more make this book a good fall read.

Amy at The 160 Acrewoods It was DELICIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

Jennifer at  A Book Lovers DreamThis book was so well written that it just flowed, like water while I read it.


Kendra at Happily Managing a Household of Boys I very much enjoyed this book. I highly recommend this book.

Paula at The Phantom Paragrapher

Cara at the Law, Books & Life

Loni at Writing Canvas I think one of the things I appreciated the most about  Along Wooded Paths is the way the author, Tricia Goyer, weaved the lives of both the “Englisch” and the Amish, and how the Mariana, the young Amish girl in the story, begins to look at what she believes and why, something we all need to do with our “religious” beliefs, convictions and our faith walk. 

Leila at All Meant To Shine Definitely a great read if you like Amish books and maybe a great intro to them if you haven’t read any before! 

Leticia at My Daily Trek This book isn’t like most, you are immediately drawn into Marrianna’s life and how she struggles with life’s daily grind and you realize that the Amish struggle with the same feelings and emotions that non-Amish experience. She is torn between two men and no matter whom she chooses someone is going to get hurt. It’s a touching novel of self-discovery, strength and courage. You will fall in love with Amish, I know I did.