I don't normally read novellaa but Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long and Amy Clipston are an exception. My only complaint - novellas are too short. When I come to the end I'm wanting a novel to complete the story. Just wasn't ready to stop reading. The characters are Amish, they have problems and flaws like anyone else. I had trouble putting the book down and read all three novellas in less than 48 hrs. Beth, Kelly and Amy are terrific authors and I've enjoyed each book I have read by them. You can always expect a good story line, they show how the characters grow in their faith and like all of us, have to learn to lean on God. If you haven't read any of their books, then this is a good one to see a very good sample of their writing styles.
This trio of novellas by Kelly Long, Amy Clipston, and Beth Wiseman is an enjoyable quick read for fans of Amish fiction. A Taste of Faith, A Spoonful of Love, and A Recipe for Hope are all set in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and share an overlapping cast of characters. Each story focuses on one Amish lady and her love and family relationships. The authors do a great job of weaving their stories and styles into a nice collection that flows together very well. These short stories lack the depth and plot development that each of these authors does so well in her full-length novels, but readers can still get involved in the characters' lives and loves.
An extra bonus is the large collection of recipes at the end of the book. I'm looking forward to trying shoofly cupcakes, Rosemary's apple crumb pie, sour cream pancakes, and . . .
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Find a comfortable chair and a hot cup of tea and curl up with three heartwarming novellas from three wonderful Amish writers! As in any home, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Even in my shotgun kitchen, up to ten people have come together to share life, love, and faith. Although all three stories are written by different authors, the characters are intertwined. Not only do they live in the same community, but also share a women's prayer group.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
An Amish Love, also from Beth Wiseman, is another terrific novella with three stories of faith and love. Co-written with Kelly Long and Kathleen Fuller.
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There are three beautiful stories in this book, A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long, A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston and A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman. Each story is about a different family in Paradise, Pennsylvania, they are all friends with the ladies meeting on Saturday afternoons at The Daily Bread for a time of fellowship and prayer.
A Taste of Faith is the story of Fern, single and living with her grandmother who raised her after her parents died. She is the one everyone goes to for treatments when they are ill or injured rather than go to an English doctor. Her grandmother was always trying to find her someone to marry but Fern had no desire for a husband, she was satisfied with her garden.
A Recipe for Hope has Hannah running her parents' bed and breakfast since her father had his first stroke. Stephen decides he has to move from his hometown, after his fiancee is killed in an accident which he blames himself for, and finds himself staying at Paradise Inn. Stephen tries to find a job with no luck so needing to keep busy he starts doing repairs around the Inn. Hannah's parents don't like the idea of a single man renting a room where their single daughter lives, even though there are always other guests there. Her parents get so upset that they even bring the Bishop in on the situation.
A Recipe for Hope finds Eve's house damaged by a storm that blew a tree onto it. She finds her family moving back to her parents house temporarily, she has never felt close to her mother and is not looking forward to living under her roof again, even for a couple of months. She knows her mother has Parkinson's Disease, but didn't realize how bad until she's living with her again, but her Mother won't go to an English doctor, she only wants to use Fern's treatments.
I was so excited to get this book and I was not disappointed. They were all wonderful stories but, Beth's contribution, A Recipe for Hope, really pulled at my heartstrings. My mother had alzheimers and some of the things Eve's mother is going through really touched home with me. All of the stories were wonderfully written.
At the back of the book there are Recipes for Herbal Medicinal Treatments, 45 Old Order Amish Recipes and A Reading Group Guide. Anyone that likes Amish stories or any of these authors really should get this and read it.
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I recently read An Amish Kitchen, three stories in one book by authors Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long and Amy Clipston. I am not familiar with any of these authors but have read many other Amish fiction, and quite honestly wasn't sure if there stories would hold my interest. I was pleasantly surprised with each one! "A Taste of Faith" by Kelly Long enchanted me from the start with the mischievous antics of the children next door to Fern and her gradual, yet realistic attraction to Abram. The romance in "A Spoonful of Love" was slower and longer to bloom, but the story was just as engaging. I had my doubts about the last story, "A Recipe for Hope", but I think it turned out to be my favorite of the three. It brought tears to my eyes several times!
All of the stories are a short, fast read; they kept me interested in the characters and their circumstances. I would recommend this books to fans of Amish fiction, as well as to fans of romance. There are many Amish words and phrases scattered liberally through the stories, and the list of definitions at the beginning of the book is helpful_ but sometimes I found the Amish term distracting. If you've read a lot of Amish fiction, many of the words will be familiar to you, but some won't and it was these that I had to keep turning to the front for.
Lastly, I am excited to use the recipes at the end of the book - especially the soft pretzel recipe from "A Spoonful of Love"! - These are my honest opinions, I am not paid by Thomas Nelson (the publisher of this book) but have been provided with the book at no charge (through BookSneeze.com) expressly for my review.