I love Amish fiction, so I was excited to read and review An Amish Kitchen.
These stories are fairly short, making them good for a busy mom.
I found them perhaps a bit rushed at the end - moreso in the 1st story - but they flowed well overall.
Relationships are so important in our lives, and they are often nurtured in the kitchen. The first 2 stories focus on a romantic relationship (a nice, rated G one!) and the 3rd book tells of a mother and daughter who are trying to mend a strained relationship.
I enjoyed the stories and would recommend the book. They were an easy read and easy to follow. They had simple but wholesome messages within.
These stories remind us that God's plan doesn't always make sense to us and we may have no clue why certain things in life are happening â€” or not happening â€” but He does indeed have a plan for us that will come about in His perfect timing.
There is also a reading group discussion guide included, as well as 45 Old Order Amish Recipes. Nice!
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Book Description: 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 romanceâ€”until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction. Nearby, Hannah runs her parents' bed and breakfast, Paradise Innâ€”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.
Review: This was a fun trilogy. The stories stayed with me even when I went on to my next book. I was getting these stories confused with what I was currently reading, which is the mark of good storytelling. Fern's story was a lot of fun. It reminds me that even when one thinks there time for marriage is gone and are surprised to find that not to be true. I cried, laughed and rejoiced with all these characters. They truly were their own stories and yet they overlapped with just the right amount of blending to make it believable. Hannah's story was exciting to see how these two unique characters were going to get along. Hannah's parents were enjoyable and provided for a cute side story. I liked Eve and felt a bit of connection to her challenges at home. I would recommend this book to anyone.
I would like to thank Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Fern's life is comfortable learning about herbs and treating her neighbors' ailments with her Grandmother, that is until Abram Fisher comes into her life with a series of medical needs for his younger siblings.
Hannah wishes her mother would allow her to run their Bed and Breakfast without assuming her brother needs to handle every minor mishap or repair. He has his own family and farm. Then a single Amish man looking for a room appears at the door.
Eve's life is running smoothly until a tree crashes into her kitchen during a winter storm and forces her family with 3 teenage boys to temporarily move back in with her parents. Can three generations live under one roof? Usually it is the Amish way but not for Eve. Or so she thinks.
I liked the "realness" of these stories. It is everyday family happenings.
These were three great stories about faith, friendship, love and family. I really enjoyed reading this book. A special thanks to Book Sneeze for allowing me to review this book for them!
This is a book with 3 different stories by 3 different authors. I have enjoyed previous books that Beth Wiseman has joined in with to write short stories. These stories are all very uplifting by reading and getting to know the characters in the story. One thing that I really enjoy about these books are how they are intertwined even though the authors are different, you will at least see the names of the people from the previous stories, as these stories take place in the same town. There is also 45 recipes at the end of the book. I loved the first story on how Fran used nature's herbs for remedies for small illnesses. It reminds me of what our great grandparents used to use. Each story in the end shows how God has all things in his hands and plans we don't understand always works out for our best. I would recommend anyone to read this book. Each story is easy to stay interested in! This book was provided to me by the Booksneeze program & Thomas Nelson for my honest review.