Thursday, March 28, 2013

An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman, Kelley Long, Amy Clipston

The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope. Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women. 

Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction. 

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past? 

 When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds. Three Amish stories—each celebrating love, family, and faith—all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home. 


Short, but such good stories. One of my favorite book genres, are Amish Fiction. Maybe because I love the Amish life so much and have such admiration and respect for them. These 3 stories take us right into the heart of Pennsylvania, to the kitchens, to the goodies being baked and cooked, and to the stories of Fern, Hannah and Eve. I really enjoyed the different characters, the stories, the faith that the Amish women have and as always the love that binds this community together. A joy to read.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Soft and Tenderly by Sara Evans and Rachel Hauk

Book Blurb: 

Happily married and owner of two successful boutiques, Jade longs to begin a family with her husband, Max. But when she discovers that Max has an illegitimate son–who he wants her to help raise–Jade’s life is turned upside down. She flees to her childhood home, a rambling Iowa farmhouse, with enough room to breathe. There–while her mother’s health grows fragile, and the tug of her first love grows stronger–Jade begins to question everything she thought she knew about family, love, and motherhood. In the wide-open landscape, Jade begins to see a future that doesn’t rest on the power of her past, but in the goodness of God’s tender mercies.

My thoughts:

I think this is a book that touches on some very important but tender issues, some things that many may not like to talk about or think about. But issues that are extremely common in many lives. I think an author has to be extremely careful when handling certain situations in a book, it not done correctly it could be completely misunderstood. The fact that Sara Evans was able to capture these moments in such a raw and heartfelt way says a lot of about the story that we watch unfold through the pages. There were moments that the pain the character was enduring was so palpable that it left a lump in my throat, but thankfully there were also some much lighter funny moments mingled in. It was a great read, and a story that I thoroughly enjoyed.

 Disclaimer:  I received this book for review from BookSneeze.  All my views are my own.