Saturday, January 5, 2013

An Amish Kitchen

Authors: Kelly Long, Amy Clipston, and Beth Wiseman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
December 2012
ISBN:  978-1-4016-8567-6
Genre: Amish

The Amish kitchen is the heart of the home—and the ideal setting for these three stories of love and hope.

A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long – Faith Zook is learning healing from her grossmammi. But she is ill-prepared when Abram Fisher started bringing his young siblings to her for treatment during his parents absence. Abram has never noticed her before, and Faith struggles with feelings of inadequacy, so she doesn’t know how to respond to Abram. Abram has vowed to never marry, just tend the land, so being attracted to a woman is new to him too. The promise of romance is threatened by mistrust. 5 stars for this story.

 A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston – Hannah King runs a bed and breakfast called Paradise Inn. Stephen Esh is looking for a fresh start, trying to run from his memories. Paradise sounds perfect. Except Stephen can’t find a job and Hannah’s Mamm seems determined to run him off. Hannah and Stephen are attracted, but will Hannah run him off when she discovers his past? 4 stars for this story.

A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman – Eva Bender and her family are forced to move into Eva’s parents’ home after a tree falls on her haus. However, Eva and her mamm have never gotten along. Will Eva be able to better understand her mother after this enforced daily exposure? Or will it force them further apart? 3 stars for this story.

AN AMISH KITCHEN is a collection of Amish stories that are sure to please most Amish readers. The best story in the collection is A Taste of Faith. I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between these characters and looked forward seeing Abram and Fern fall in love. The second best story was A Spoonful of Love – It is a bit predictable, but I loved the faith message Amy included with her story. Awesome job! Beth Wiseman’s story is more women’s fiction than romance, but didn’t sing like her nonAmish woman’s fiction story did. This fell flat in comparison. Recipes and herbal remedies are included at the end of the book. $15.99. 352 pages. Overall, 4 stars for the collection.

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