by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer and Vannetta Chapman
For an Amish fiction lover like me, this book has it all! It is a collection of four novellas by some of my favorite authors. All of the stories stand independently from each other and since they are novellas, they are faster reads than a standard length novel. However, all four stories are very full and well-developed. I connected with the characters in each of the stories and felt invested in how things would turn out for them.
In each novella, a garden is central to the storyline. The themes of hope and healing, and learning to let go and trust in God completely are woven with sweet romantic stories to make for a very enjoyable collection. I truly enjoyed every single story.
In Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman, we meet Rosemary and learn of the struggles that she has faced over the past five years. She has a lot of heartache, inadequacy and some jealousy that she struggles with daily. A decision she made five years earlier still haunts her. When the man she gave up a relationship with years earlier ends up at her home, helping replant a long abandoned garden, Rosemary must decide whether she is going to truly trust God with her future.
In Flowers for Rachel by Kathleen Fuller, we meet Rachel and Gideon and watch them struggle to understand what the other one feels. Rachel also battles with feelings of worry for her grandfather and she tries hard to keep him safe and healthy. When tragedy strikes her garden, which is her place of refuge and source of income, it is hard to open up and trust Gideon to help her rebuild. Will two shy people be able to find love together and trust God in the process?
In Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer, Sadie is in a lot of pain after the death of her parents. The garden she begins to plant and tend with her friend, Eli, is a place that she feels connected to her recently deceased mother. Sadie is such an overly-emotional character (understandable after what she has endured)! This was all tied to her loss and the fact that life frequently overwhelmed her. This novella touches on letting go and being willing to trust God with the outcome.
In Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman, Emma is a widow living with her elderly mother-in-law. Life has been hard the past year, but change soon comes in the form of people in need of shelter and a caring heart. This novella left me with a very peaceful feeling. There is a sweet romance, a rebirth of love, and the overwhelming feeling of hope for the future and healing to be found.
This is a wonderful collection of Amish novellas and I highly recommend it. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of An Amish Garden in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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You can connect with Kathleen on her website.
Today I am so excited to let you guys know that Vannetta Chapman is giving away a copy of An Amish Garden to one blessed commenter here on Britt Reads Fiction!
Please comment to enter:
Do you keep a garden? Three of my children desperately want a garden and this mom has never had a green thumb! I am working to try to figure out how to put together some gardening areas for the kids. One wants to grow her own vegetables and fruits and two want beautiful flowers…we’ll see!!!
1) Due to mailing costs, U.S. entries only please.
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3) Contest begins on 3/22/2014 and ends on 3/28/2014. Winners name will be posted on 3/29/2014 and winner will be contacted by email. If you are the winner, you have 1 week to contact me or I will draw a new name.