by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, & Kathleen Fuller
This was an absolutely wonderful collection of Amish novellas. I have really enjoyed these collections in the past, and An Amish Home is one of the best of these groupings that I have read. Three out of the four stories began with such dire situations that it made me wonder how the author would pull off an uplifting story, but they did it remarkably well.
In A Cup Half Full, my heart really felt sad for these two newlyweds. Abram and Sarah suddenly faced challenges that neither one anticipated. Sarah was so very badly injured and it caused a devasting emotional toll. Meanwhile, Abram struggled with wanting Sarah to know how much he loved her, while also dealing with outside stresses. This was a very emotional novella. I loved it!
In Home Sweet Home, Chace and Mia were trying their hardest to help their young marraige to thrive. However, from the very beginning, things didn’t go as planned and they end up at the very bottom of hope. I loved the way the Amish family stepped in to help them. I loved Mia and Chace in this story. They sometimes did or said things in the heat of the moment, yet the reader could tell that they truly loved each other. And without fail, they would apologize and try to work things out. They both had such sweet hearts toward the other.
In A Flicker of Hope, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to like the character of Thomas. Yet, as I read the flashbacks, I began to really like him and see where things had gone wrong for him and Noreen. I ended up being very invested in these two characters and loved the direction this story moved in.
In Building Faith, there was so much tension between the two main characters! Their past relationship and break up was painful. This novella didn’t pull me in quite as much as the others, but it was still very good. I was especially touched when reading about Silas’ home situation and how all of that played into the story.
I know that this is a book I will want to re-read in the future! I definitely recommend it to Amish fiction fans.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.
Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.
Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?
A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.
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