Saturday, April 30, 2016

An Amish Market - Book Review

All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop 
in a charming collection of novellas 
by four of your favorite authors. 
Feel free to come in and browse! 


Love Birds 
by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, 
Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. 
Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, 
but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. 
Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations 
and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. 
As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, 
they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. 
Will she lose any hope of a future with him?


A Bid for Love 
by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. 
And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. 
Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—
Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. 
But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, 
Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. 
Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?



Sweeter Than Honey 
by Kelly Irvin 

Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make 
on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. 
But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, 
she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction 
from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. 
As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. 
And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one 
to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.


Love in Store 
by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, 
with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. 
When strange happenings begin occurring around town, 
it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. 
Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery 
of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, 
and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future 
than they would ever have dreamed possible.




My Thoughts
I am happy to say that each novella was a delight to read
and I appreciated the unique work and writing of each other.
While all four stories were well-written and enjoyable to read,
one novella won my heart and remained on my mind long after closing the book
and that sweet story was Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin.
I must say that Kelly Irvin is becoming one of my favorite authors
as I find her to be a talented writer that can weave a meaningful and heart-warming story-
I have yet to be disappointed by her books.

Sweeter Than Honey involves characters from
The Amish of Bee Country series
and if you read the second book The Bishop's Son
than you will be familiar with Will Glick.
I can't tell you how excited I was to read his precious story.
Even if you are not familiar with The Amish of Bee Country series
you will fall in love with Will.

These novellas are stand-alone stories,
but it was a joy to read a couple of stories that tied in with books 
that I have already read.
Sweeter than Honey being one of them
and Love Birds being another as it was tied to 
The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston.

Each novella is unique and charming in its own way.
You get a taste of sweet romance,
a touch of humor, and a tad bit of suspense.
An Amish Market is the perfect book to enjoy on a lazy summer day.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the Fiction Guild Team 
for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

6 comments:

Red Rose Alley said...

Stephanie, this sounds like a delightful book. I must get back to reading, my friend. There is an Amish movie on TV that I've watched a few times. It's a beautiful story about forgiveness, and it brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. I don't remember the name, but I so wish that you could see it too. :)

Have a relaxing weekend, Stephanie. I will try to pop in for one of your special Sunday posts that I enjoy so much.

love, ~Sheri

Daniela said...

Your review is so inviting, I'm tempted by reading this book ... actually I have so many books to read on my bookshelf, but I'm writing its title in my wish list, for sure, darling friend !

Thank you most sincerely for every post of yours, my wonderful Stephanie, they're all so heartwarming !

Hope you're having a lovely Saturday, I'm wishing you a most wonderful remainder of your weekend, sending love and blessings to you

Dany

Tamago said...

Great review! All the books sound good. I used to read books a lot but not so much lately. Yet so many books I want to read :-)

shortybear said...

nice review

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I'm happy to know that this book of novellas met your approval, sweet friend. I remember reading a series of novels, years ago, about the Amish, and really enjoyed each one. Thank you for your honest opinion on these stories! Love to you!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I am intrigued by these. We have such a large Amish population around us, I think I would enjoy these just to see into their way of life a bit more.

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