Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review of An Amish Kitchen

by Kelly Long, Beth Wiseman, and 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."

Also Includes Reading Group Guide and 45 Old Order Amish Recipes

"Fans of Amish fiction will find triple the enjoyment here thanks to this gathering of novellas in one book." --"Publishers Weekly" for "An Amish Wedding"
My Review:
wow!  not one, not two, but three of my favorite Amish authors get together and create a wonderful set of novellas centered around the Amish kitchen, indeed the "heart of the home".   I was enthralled as I read "A Taste of Faith", "A Spoonful of Love", and "A Recipe for Hope", I was transformed and found myself sitting in the warm Amish kitchens.  I was rooting for Fern, the healer who uses her herbs to help the community, to find love.  I was anxiously hoping for Eve and her mamm, Rosemary, to make peace with each other and for Rosemary to agree to see an Englisch doctor for her Parkinson's. I was hoping fiercely that Hannah and Stephen would see their love and that Stephen would be able to forgive himself to find his way to Hannah.  
Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, and Kelly Long are so descriptive in their images that readers will feel the sting of the cold, snow-filled night, the heat from the woodstoves, the scent of the apple pies, soft pretzels, and herbal teas, as if they are truly experiencing the events as the characters in the novellas do.  I could also imagine the discomfort of the backless wooden benches in the three-hour long Amish church service.   I could feel the thrill as Hannah sneaked a peek across the church at Stephen.   I love that the recipes mentioned in the novellas are featured at the end of the book and can not wait to try some of them in my own kitchen.   

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

AMY CLIPSTON
Amy Clipston is a first-time author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). She holds a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time as a public information specialist for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons.



KELLY LONG


 Kelly Long is the author of Sarah's Garden, the first novel in the Patch of Heaven series. She was born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. She’s been married for nearly 25 years and has five children. Visit her website: http://www.kellylongbooks.com

BETH WISEMAN 
Beth is the best-selling and award winning author of the Daughters of the Promise series - Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, Plain Promise, Plain Paradise, and Plain Proposal. She is contracted with Thomas Nelson Fiction. Her other series--the Land of Canaan Novels--begins with Seek Me With All Your Heart, then The Wonder of Your Love and now, His Love Endures Forever. Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first Amish fiction book selected as a Women of Faith novel in 2011. Beth has also written a contemporary Christian fiction novel entitled Need You Now published in 2012. See her website:  www.bethwiseman.com

I received a free digital copy of this book from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.  

5 comments:

  1. I've been eyeing this book for sometime now...looks like a good one. Thanks for the review!

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  2. This book caught my eye and looks like a good story! Have a few other books to finish before I get this one. I love Amish stories!

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