Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.
Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.
A Love for Irma Rose
The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer? Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice.
Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever. Will Eli be able to change her mind?
When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
My take on this book:
I think Amish novellas are one of my favorite books to pick up, especially when there are four in one book. Granted if you have never read a particular author it's a wonderful way to sample their work, but even if you have read the author short stories can be richly satisfying. The only drawback is when you realize that the novellas have appeared in other books that you have read. That's the case with a couple of the stories in An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman. I was excited to start reading this book only to realize that I had read a couple of the stories already. Which really meant that I was only getting two new stories, and both were very good, although A Love For Erma Rose was probably my favorite, because it was set in 1957. Irma Rose was the lead female character, a young lady who feels that it is time for her to settle down, thing is she wants to find someone who is just as spirited as she is. Patchwork Perfect lets us meet Eli Byler a widower for two years, who has found someone he is interested in, but she isn't interested in being married. Overall each of the stories are quite good, they pull me into the lives of the characters, just be warned if you read a lot of Amish fiction you might find that you have already read some of the stories.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.