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  1. sgreene01
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable Book
    November 3, 2020
    sgreene01
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A delightful new series by the author. I cannot wait to read the future books.

    We are introduced to Esther and Lizzie, elderly sisters who run The Peony Inn. Their niece, Naomi, who they have adopted lives with them, doing the cooking for the inn. We also meet the grumpy man, Grumpy Gus, who lives on the property, and Thomas, who Naomi was engaged to, who canceled their engagement and left town.

    Guests who visit the inn for a wedding, Amos Lantz and his mother, play a big part in this book. Amos lost his fianc to cancer and really had no desire to attend a wedding, as he is still nursing a broken heart. He and Naomi share the stories of their broken hearts and learn they have a common love of painting. They both have vowed to never become involved in another relationship and feel they can become friends without worrying about it developing into anything more.

    Fun reading with many fun interactions, along with heartwrenching interactions between all these different characters makes for very enjoyable reading that I did not want to put down until I had completely finished the book.

    I highly recommend this book to all. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  2. Faye
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So much fun !
    December 22, 2020
    Faye
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Picture of Love, softcover, #1.
    Delightful read, and charming characters.

    Naomi works at the Peony Inn for two sisters who are like family to her, she has been burned in love before but when a man who shares her appreciation for art comes to lend a hand at the inn she finds herself rethinking everything.

    Lizzie and Esther are two widowed sisters who run an inn together, and dabble in matchmaking. I loved their sisterly squabbles and teasing, and they were my favorite characters of the book. Lizzie's spirited ways made me laugh, and I admired Esther's determination and compassion.

    This is a fast read, set in a charming Amish community, with fun larger than life characters. I loved how Amos and Naomi got to know each other through a shared hobby, and both were able to open up to each other as they got to know each other. One of my favorite relationships in this book though was the burgeoning friendship between Gus and Esther, with all their bargaining and bickering.

    Overall, a highly enjoyable read, with engaging characters, dialogue, strong themes of friendship and forgiveness. I can't wait to visit the Peony Inn again soon!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  3. arkmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Second chances at love
    December 7, 2020
    arkmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Naomi Byler has many things to be thankful for. She loves her job cooking meals for the guests at The Peony Inn. And she dearly loves her employers, sisters Esther and Lizzie. The feeling is mutual, as they love Naomi like the granddaughter they never had.

    Naomi was engaged to Thomas when he suddenly broke things off and moved away. She's not sure her heart will ever recover and secretly hopes he'll realize his mistake and come back to her.

    Esther and Lizzie are quite the matchmakers with some successes, so it's no surprise when Amos and his mother stay at the Inn while in town for a wedding, that the sisters (especially Lizzie) begins to get ideas. But, Amos is suffering from his own broken heart as his fiancee' died. He, like Naomi, feels he cannot love again.

    Naomi and Amos both share a love for painting, but neither have painted in some time. Once discovering this about each other, they decide to meet close to sunset to paint a scene. The sisters are giddy with delight, although Naomi tells them she and Amos are only friends.

    This was a very lovely story. I loved the characters. Lizzie and her false teeth was hilarious! Grumpy Gus is a character I couldn't help but love and have compassion for. Loved the part about being locked in the basement!

    I was given an advanced copy by the publisher, Zondervan and Netgalley. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review.
  4. Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Renewed Love
    November 30, 2020
    Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Picture of Love, softcover, #1.
    This is a fun story to read with sweet loving characters and a grumpy older man, Gus, who resided in a cabin near the Peony Inn. Lizzie, Esther and Naomi are always busy with their activities and keeping things going at the inn. Lizzie and Esther had long loving marriages and want their sweet employee Naomi to find her love after being jilted. When Amos and his mother stay at the inn Esther and Lizzie believe Amos is just the one for Naomi. Naomi and Amos are recovering from their broken hearts but find a connection with their love to paint landscapes. The matchmaking schemes by Esther and Lizzie along with unexpected friendship building between Esther and Gus made this a pleasure to read.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Zondervan, through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. I have shared my own opinion.

  5. Sunnie
    USA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable book!
    November 1, 2020
    Sunnie
    USA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for A Picture of Love, softcover, #1.
    This was a lovely sweet Amish book. It is the first in a new series called The Amish Inn Novels. I, for sure, will be continuing with this series. It is really good. The storyline ran smoothly and simply and kind of made me feel as though this was "real life" Amish. It felt comfortable and real. Sometimes I found myself wanting to laugh a bit at the characters and yet there are serious moments. I love Lizzie and her "teeth". I love how the ladies tried to match make and meddle into the lives of Naomi and Amos. There are a few twists as things are in real life as well.

    I love the Bed and Breakfast theme and the humor and love that are shown throughout. A good book! Definitely will be watching for the next book of this series!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Zondervan Publishing. All thoughts are my own.

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