Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"An Amish Love"

Rarely do I enjoy reading novels that are described as "3 in 1".  In other words, 3 short stories combined in one book that just grab your attention before they quickly end so the next one can start.

As many of you know, I LOVE to read.  My local library can not keep enough new Christian Fiction on the shelf to satisfy my reading habit.  A little over a month ago I stumbled across BookSneeze, which sends me free books and then I do a review on them after I am finished.  Say "What"???  Did you really just read that right?  You sure did!  I was soo excited to get in on this program!  According to the fine print, it didn't even have to be a positive review of the book, I could just give my honest thoughts!!!

Needless to say, last week I received my first book in the mail, An Amish Love By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the 3 stories!  For once, I didn't feel like they left me wanting more.  Each story was neatly wrapped up by it's conclusion.

Have you ever been in a bind and needed a fast way out?  Maybe not an easy way, but you definitely needed to change your situation?  In "A Marriage of The Heart" that very thing happens to Abigail Kauffman.  Through certain circumstances, she finds herself married to Joseph Lambert and having to adjust to her new way of life, and not necessarily the easy life she was hoping for!  Can Abigail and Joseph both put their past behind them and fully embrace the future God intended for them?

Living the last 5 years without her sight, Ellie has learned to adapt, but wishes her Mother would treat her the same as before the accident. "What the Heart Sees" tells the tale of Ellie Chupp and Christopher Miller.  Never in his wildest dreams did Chris expect a homecoming like he receives.  Having left the community 5 years earlier, he expected things to have changed while he was gone.  But, really?  Did it have to include his sister being engaged to Isaiah?  With Ellie's help, Chris has many things he needs to work through.  Along the way, Ellie may just get the very thing she has been longing for.

Have you ever felt the temptation to just run away?  To leave all your responsibilities behind?  In "Healing Hearts", Naaman Lapp has been absent for the past year.  His wife, Lavina, has been taking care of their Amish farm with the help of their adult children.  Does Naaman think he can just step back in to his former life and that the forgiveness of his people will come as easily as they teach?  Forgiveness does comes easy for some, but for others, it's a long road of hard work.  Nothing the Amish aren't use to.  In the end, can Naaman and Lavina find their way back to that courting love they had some 30 years ago?

I cannot express how much I enjoyed these 3 novellas!  Although I didn't use it, there are discussion questions included at the end of the book for each story.  I also love the fact that there are Amish Recipe's listed in the book as well.

My rating for the book?  5 stars out of 5!  What does that mean?  It's definitely a go out and buy right away book....especially if you love a good Amish Romance or two!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html>

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