An Amish Kitchen - eBook
An Amish Kitchen
A collection of 3 novellas.
A Taste Of Faith by Kelly Long
Fern Zook felt that everyone thought she was a little too plump. She didnÃ¢ÂÂt think a man would want marry to her. Her lifelong neighbor, Abram Fisher had no desire to marry. The farmer in him decided that he would only ever be married to the land; it seemed so much easier that way. When Abram brought his little sister to Fern for an herbal remedy to a burn, Fern saw Abram for what seemed the first time. Out of nowhere Abram also had romantic feelings for Fern that he couldnÃ¢ÂÂt shake. This story is about Fern and Abram trying to deny their attraction to each other. Is there any sense in fighting anything that God has started?
A Spoonful Of Love by Amy Clipston
Hannah King felt she could never please her controlling mother. But she did her best after her father had a stroke and she took over running the familyÃ¢ÂÂs Bed-and-Breakfast, Paradise Inn. Stephen Esh was new guest at Paradise Inn. While Hannah was looking toward her future, he was trying to escape his past. Their lives came together in the present and were changed forever.
Stephen was very kind to HannahÃ¢ÂÂs father. People that knew him for years didnÃ¢ÂÂt treat him as well as Stephen did. I find it touching when others reach out to those who are disabled and treat them like everyone else.
A Recipe For Hope by Beth Wiseman
Eve Bender wasnÃ¢ÂÂt looking forward to staying at her parentÃ¢ÂÂs house while her own home was being repaired. She wasnÃ¢ÂÂt sure she could handle her mother. They didnÃ¢ÂÂt see eye to eye on anything, except cooking. Cooking was neutral territory. As EveÃ¢ÂÂs stay continued, she began having flashbacks of her childhood. Oddly enough, so was her mother, only her flashbacks were of her own childhood. EveÃ¢ÂÂs eyes were opened to her mother and why she acted they why she did.
EveÃ¢ÂÂs mother had a debilitating illness and she refused to seek anything more than herbal help for it. She felt the old ways were the best ways. She is no different that many of us Ã¢ÂÂ resisting change even though it can make our lives better.
The kitchen can truly be the heart of a home. Beyond that, what is prepared in the kitchen can bring people together. In their kitchen, Fern and her grandmother grew their healing herbs to help those in their community. Hannah and Stephen spent time getting to know each other in the Bed-And-Breakfast kitchen. Eve and her mother were their closest when they were in the kitchen creating a meal or a treat together.
FernÃ¢ÂÂs weight always caused her pain. StephenÃ¢ÂÂs past caused him pain. EveÃ¢ÂÂs relationship with her mother caused her pain. God sent others and circumstances into their lives to help ease their hurts.
All the women in the stories met every Saturday at a prayer gathering called Ã¢ÂÂOur Daily Bread.Ã¢ÂÂ I could imagine the Christian fellowship that they enjoyed as they shared with one another.
The end of the book is packed with recipes from the stories. YouÃ¢ÂÂll want to try them out after reading about them.
Each story can be read quickly but that means it sadly ends too soon. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs the problem with novellas. You get involved in the lives of the characters and want to learn even more about them but the story has to end. Each story has the characters interwoven into the other so you can at least get a glimpse into their lives as you are missing them.
The kitchen is an important part of any home. ItÃ¢ÂÂs where meals are shared and time is spent around the table doing various activities. As you read these novellas, youÃ¢ÂÂll be brought into the lives and kitchens of the characters and discover their joys and heartaches.
I received a free copy of this book from The Christian Manifesto And Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
October 15, 2013
An Amish Kitchen was an enjoyable read. It is a compilation of three stories written by Kelly Long, Amy Clipston and Beth Wiseman. All are set in the town of Paradise, PA and have characters in common.
In the first story, A Taste of Faith, Abram is left with the care of his younger siblings for a month while his parents have been called away. He finds himself attracted to Deborah, known as Fern, who works as a healer in their district. Abram has negative views about marriage and Fern has been hurt by a man before. They must both overcome their fears if they have a chance together.
The second story, A Spoonful of Love, Hannah runs a bed and breakfast while struggling to feel that she cannot gain her mother's approval. Stephen moves to the area, stays at the bed and breakfast and becomes the handyman. He is running away from some very painful memories and the feeling that he has done too much wrong to be forgiven. Can Hannah help him understand that God's forgiveness is available to all?
In the third story, A Recipe for Hope, Eve stuggles to connect with a mother she only felt close to when they were cooking. Her mother, Rosemary, struggles with change and an illness. There is more turmoil between Eve's children as they must deal with their actions and learn forgiveness.
I liked the stories and found them to be a quick and easy read with good messages of forgiveness and the importance of family. I was provided a copy of An Amish Kitchen by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
April 14, 2013
Short and sweet :)
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 Ã¢ÂÂ moreso in the 1st story Ã¢ÂÂ 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 GodÃ¢ÂÂs plan doesnÃ¢ÂÂt always make sense to us and we may have no clue why certain things in life are happening Ã¢ÂÂ or not happening Ã¢ÂÂ 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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March 24, 2013
This Book Was as Good as I Thought it Would Be
Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston & Kelly Long
Book Description: The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home Ã¢ÂÂ 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 neighborÃ¢ÂÂs oldest son, Abram, comes running into FernÃ¢ÂÂs kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romanceÃ¢ÂÂuntil mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction. Nearby, Hannah runs her parentsÃ¢ÂÂ bed and breakfast, Paradise InnÃ¢ÂÂbut 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 EveÃ¢ÂÂs farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parentsÃ¢ÂÂ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother canÃ¢ÂÂt 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. FernÃ¢ÂÂs 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. HannahÃ¢ÂÂs story was exciting to see how these two unique characters were going to get along. HannahÃ¢ÂÂs 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.
March 23, 2013