Tuesday, December 4, 2012

An Amish Kitchen by Beth Wiseman~Kelly Long and Amy Clipston ~ review

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401685676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401685676

This book is also available as an e-book.

December 18, 2012

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 time also provides unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for healing herbs and flowers, but longs for love to bloom in her life. 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 an incident threatens to end their 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."

My take on this book:
This book encompasses two of my favorite types of books Amish fiction and short stories. "An Amish Kitchen" is comprised of three short stories written by three of today's premiere Amish fiction authors.

The first story is a "Taste of Faith" written by Kelly Long. Twenty year old Deborah Zook has been living with her grandmother Esther Zook since the age of five when her parents died of the flu. She has a love for tending flowers and herbs and her grandmother has the wish to see her trained in healing herbs, but more than that she wishes that her granddaughter would find a man and marry, and truthfully Fern wishes for someone as well. At the age of twenty-three Abram Fisher is a dyed in the wool bachelor, who never paid any attention to Fern, but when he needs Fern's help after his sister Mary becomes sunburned he begins to look at Fern in a different light. Will fate bring these two together?

"A Spoonful of Love" by Amy Clipston is the story of  Hannah King, who has been managing the Paradise Inn since her father had a stroke a year ago. When Stephen Esh comes to town looking for a place to stay he rents a room at the end. Could Stephen be the one Hannah has been hoping will come into her life? What about his past, why is he so far from home? Will he be able to let go of the past and embrace the future?

"A Recipe for Hope"by Beth Wiseman is the story of  Eve Bender. At the age of thirty-eight Eve Bender  finds herself moving back home with her parents after a tree crashes into her farmhouse. Not only is she moving back home but she her husband and three teen age boys who are going thru rumspringa also will be moving in as well. Eve and her mother often didn't see eye to eye on things will spending two months under her parents roof allow them to heal the hurts from the past?

I loved each of these stories, that gently remind of faith and family. My favorite story easily had to be "A Recipe for Hope." I enjoyed the fact that Eve was a bit older and her sons added an interesting layer to the story.Her oldest son Leroy is eighteen and Amos and Elias are her twin sixteen year old boys. Amos also has a Chinese Water Dragon that provided a few funny moments. 

If you have never read Amish fiction this book is a delightful way to sample these three great authors. There is a glossary of "Amish" words included for newbie Amish fiction readers. The recipes which include some herbal treatments are just an added bonus. While each story is a tad predictable overall I enjoyed each of them, and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good clean read with a splash of romance and an Amish cast of characters.

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

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