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Four sweet romances.
Love and Buggy Rides
Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. An accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a new friendship. Obstacles continue to get in the way of the friendship becoming something more. They must get over the fear and regret to let love lead them to a life together.
A Home for Lindsay
Lindsay Bedford is eagerly looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife. He is planning to build a house for her. She finds it a shock when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding. There is more to the story than what he is telling her. She is hoping he will open up to her.
Where the Heart Is
Tobias Smucker is back home, and still not on the best of terms with his father. Mariella is his sister’s friend who has hidden her feelings for him. With her help, he begins to uncover a family secret. He finds it surprising to learn that his father has secrets.
Ellie Lapp and her mother are mourning the loss of her brother, Seth. Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd carves beautiful wooden birds. Ellie insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As the two spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another. When she accidentally betrays his trust, she may lose any hope of a future with him
Number of Pages: 432
|Publication Date: 2018|
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Love and Buggy Rides (previously published in An Amish Harvest)
Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regretand lead them to a life together?
A Home for Lindsay
From Amy Clipstons beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedfords story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glicks wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?
Where the Heart Is
Tobias Smucker is back home, and its no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sisters best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.
Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market)
While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seths friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyds creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston
ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet StoriesFebruary 14, 2018ibjoy1953VirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
Amish Sweethearts is a collection of four Amish stories written by author Amy Clipston. In each of these stores, the main character has some pretty hefty issues to deal with. But they also each find the person they want to spend their life with. And sometime the Amish Father is hard to get along with, which several of these characters had to deal with as well. Ms. Clipston does a wonderful job of weaving lives, circumstances, hurts and wrong decisions together, and coming up with stories that will warm your heart.
Overall I enjoyed this book, but I do have a problem with the publisher, publishing two stories that have already previously been published in similar books, and not that kings ago. Its like getting half a book new and the other half used. And charge the same price. Hopefully this will not be the case again.
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Tammy G.East TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun readsFebruary 14, 2018Tammy G.East TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Amy Clipston is one of my favorite authors and she has penned four novellas/short stories that all have to do with love. Love is in the air:
Love and Buggy Rides: (previously published in An Amish Harvest). I had already read this short novella. It's sweet story about a buggy accident that brings Janie and Jonathan together.
A Home for Lindsay: This story began on a sad note but soon turned into a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. In this short story we learn that words to do count. One must open up and share from the heart to be understood.
Where the Heart Is: This is probably my favorite story out of all the four. I loved the mystery in it. And, of course, there is an element of mystery. A mystery that helps bring the family together and healing is brought through truth, too.
Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market): And I already read this story too. But loved it so read it again. Grief is hard on Ellie. She sees beauty in Seth's friend, Lloyd's carved birds. As Ellie and Lloyd become friends they also become soul mates.
Four great short stories in this one book!
A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect for Valentine's Day!February 11, 2018A Simply Enchanted LifeNorth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It's almost Valentine's day and that is all I could think of when I first saw this mostly red cover with the title, "Amish Sweethearts."
If you're a fan of Amy Clipston, you'll be super pleased to know that this novella collection is all Amy! Every novella penned by Amy...every single sweet romance..all Amy! Holy ellipses abuse! Can you tell I'm a bit of a fan? Well, I am. It's true. I'm a shameless Amy Clipston fan so I was super excited to have the opportunity to read this novella collection.
First off, let me disclose that two of these novellas were previously published in other novella collections. However, we also get two new delectable Amish romances and trust meyou don't want to miss them!
Love and Buggy Rides(previously published in An Amish Harvest)
These characters were extremely well-developed. Often with a novella, I feel that the romance is rushed. This book had a nice flow. Though Janie and Johnathan fell in love rather fastit was believable. Adorable even.
A Home for Lindsay
I have not read the Kauffman Amish Bakery series yet (It is on my TBR pile!) and this story is apparently a spin-off. Luckily, I wasn't lost and I was able to gather some of the backstory. This took care of the rushed romance trope that so often grates on my nerves with novellas. I wanted to strange Matthew a few times in this novella but I was happy with the ending so...all's well that ends well!
Where the Heart Is
If you've read Summer Storm which is included in An Amish Summer novella collection; you'll be happy to see that this novella is about Arianna's brother, Tobias. If you haven't read An Amish Summer, that's okay! You'll still be able to follow along. This novella was my favorite in the collection. I loved revisiting characters that I already had formed an attachment to.
Love Birds(previously published in An Amish Market)
I loved rereading this novella! I first read Love Birds in 2016 when it was included in An Amish Market. I loved these characters so much. Lloyd and Ellie were adorbsyes, I said adorbs...again. I'm making quite a habit of that. But, it's true, these are lovable characters. The best thing? Lloyd and Ellie knew each other their whole lives. No insta-love! Amy does such a great job of pulling together novellas in a way that doesn't feel as if the romance is completely rushed and trope-y...is that a word? Probably not, but I'm using it anyway.
I loved this novella collection and would recommend it to fans of Amish fiction. This book would be such a cute Valentine's Day gift for a fan of Amish romance.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by The Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
RockandMinerals4Him4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Novella Collection by Amy ClipstonFebruary 10, 2018RockandMinerals4HimQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I don't usually read Amish fiction, mainly because I have too many Mennonite friends to really want to read Amish fiction, if that makes any sense? However, I have read Amy Clipston's Amish fiction series and I have to say, she really does write them well!
This is the first novella collection that I've read, and I enjoyed it a lot! In particular, I enjoyed being able to put the book down whenever I finished a novella, instead of reading all the way through.
Each of the stories had a nicely developed backstory, and the storylines also moved very well. None of the stories really felt like insta-love, despite being novellas, which is something I appreciated, since so often Amish fiction straight up feels like a romance novel, where the entire point of the book is for them to fall in love, and nothing happens to prevent that. Clipston's books don't do that, and I really like that.
Also, the Amish in her books weren't exactly your stereotypical Amish: they are more real, and although I don't doubt that there are aspects that aren't as accurate as they could be, they are more real than a lot of Amish fiction I've read.
Overall, I really really liked these stories! I was very impressed with the pacing of them, and how they didn't feel rushed despite being novellas.
Things I liked-
Although they are all novellas, the stories didn't feel like insta-love--they are all very well paced
How the stories tie to other series that she's written!
Cute romance stories!
There were all good backstories and not quickly summarized
Clean wholesome reads
Accurate to Amish lifestyle (modern day Amish lifestyle), as far as I can tell
I like reading novellas more than I thought! I liked getting to put the book down after every novella
Things I didn't like as much-
There are some scenes where I was a little uncomfortable with (guy with girl) scenes: nothing scandalous but I wouldn't be in those scenes myself
Like I've seen, I'm not always a fan of romance, so I'm docking a point just because of that
Slightly stereotypical Amish love stories (but that's the topic of it all so like)
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet!February 10, 2018Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"They say home is where the heart is, and I guess that's why I can only imagine my home with you in it." (Where the Heart Is)
I'm a fan of Amy Clipston's stories. She has this uncanny ability to capture the beauty in the sometimes mundane activities of life. Even if those stories center around the Amish community, we can still relate with the emotions of the heart and the comprehension of the mind. With that said, I'm thrilled the publisher, Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction compiled a collection of her novellas! Amish Sweethearts as the name suggests, are stories of love and relationship, specifically couples.
Love and Buggy Rides was first published in An Amish Harvest collection. Having had the pleasure of reading it already, it was a pleasant reminder of why I love the author's stories. Relationships, especially new ones are interesting to see how they develop.
A Home for Lindsay centers around an engaged couple learning to communicate and trust each other as life's trials head their way. This story connects to the author's acclaimed Kauffman Amish Bakery series that have been on my radar for some time. The Kauffman family plays a role in here and it gives me a glimpse of what to expect, a message of faith and the love of family.
Where the Heart Is is just as sweet as the title suggests. I love how the author took a character that some may have forgotten or didn't like and turn it around. Tobias was a character in Summer Storms, released in the collection, Amish Summer. His mistakes caused quite a stir to his family, and we start this story with his desire to make amends. I like seeing this side of him, and I like to see how well developed the characters are. There's a lesson of forgiveness, letting go of past hurts, and judging a person by who they were, not who they are in this well layered story.
In the final story of this collection, Love Birds was another sweet story from another collection, Amish Market. I'm a little surprised by putting this as the last story in this collection, but after rereading it, I can see how ending it with a story that's filled with compassion rounds up this collection beautifully. I like that there's a bit of or rather a touch of the message one will find in the first three in this last one.
In all, a well-rounded collection on romance, but also the ups and downs of relationships, from meeting to building a trust with each other and with family. Well done.
"They say home is where the heart is, and I guess that's why I can only imagine my home with you in it." (Where the Heart Is)
Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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