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Four Amish Novellas will make you ask yourself… What does my garden do for me?
Rooted in Love, by Beth Wiseman
Rosemary broke off her first courtship with Saul. Hewants a second chance. Does she care for him? Why did she break things off? Her heart tells her one thing, but her mind tells her something else.
Flowers for Rachael, by Kathleen Fuller
Each chapter begins with a quote related to flowers which summarizes the relationship between the Amish characters in the story.&rbsp;
Seeds of Love, by Tricia Goyer….Heirloom tomato seeds are all Sadie has from her past.
Saidie and Eli thought they were strangers when they met in a small Amish settlement. It turns out their families knew each other from another community and were not so friendly. When they figure this out, Sadie has reservations about Eli.
Where Healing Blooms, by Vannetta Chapman
This story is about healing from grief and revolves around finding peace in the family garden intertwined with a deep loving relationship between a woman and her mother-in-law.
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Thomas Nelson Bibles
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 6.80 X 4.20 (inches)|
The Amish Widower, Men of Lancaster County Series #4Virginia SmithHarvest House Publishers / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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Gardens are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal.
"Rooted in Love" by Beth Wiseman
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her familys household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesnt know is that she has good reasonsomething no one can know, especially not him.
"Flowers for Rachael" by Kathleen Fuller
Rachael Bontragers flower garden is beautiful, but at twenty-four, Rachel is lonely. Gideon Beiler fell in love with Rachael almost at first sight. After her grandfather has a stroke, her days are filled with caring for him, and one day Rachael finds her garden in shambles. However, she wont accept Gideons offers of help. Will she realize she doesnt have to do everything on her own and that God is in control?
"Seeds of Love" by Tricia Goyer
Sadie Chupp finds her greatest joy in the greenhouses in her Montana community. A company is interested in buying her heirloom seeds, but they are the only thing she has left from her deceased parents. Eli Plank is a traveling bachelor who believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and let the seeds of a new relationship take root?
"Where Healing Blooms" by Vannetta Chapman
Widow Emma Hochstetter finds her quiet life interrupted when she discovers a run-away teenager in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a local woman and her two children. Then, her mother-in-law, Mary Ann, reveals one of her garden's hidden secrets, something very unexpected. Will she continue alone or will she accept the gifts God has given her?
". . . [An Amish Garden] is a perfect selection of stories that will lift your heart, inspire your faith, and encourage your green thumb." CBA Retailers + Resources
Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series, as well as novellas that have been included in many bestselling collections such as An Amish Year and An Amish Garden. Visit her online at BethWiseman.com, Facebook: AuthorBethWiseman, Twitter: @BethWiseman.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.
USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of sixteen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, and Annas Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and has also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for fifteen years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. Visit Vannetta online: VannettaChapman.com, Twitter: @VannettaChapman, Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks.
Tina W5 Stars Out Of 5GREAT BOOK FOR THE SPRING AND SUMMER TO READ!January 1, 2015Tina WQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5'An Amish Garden' was written by four amazing Amish fiction authors, Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller, and Tricia Goyer, whether is it a collection of novellas in a book or their individual books, a reader can not go wrong in selected any reading material from them.
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What a cute short story "Rooted in Love: An Amish Garden Novella" was by Beth Wiseman.
Any reader should be able to relate to this story. Your heart loves the other person you want to spend the rest of your life with, but can you get what you heard out of your mind and get your mind on the same page as your heart?
Five years Saul has waited for a second chance with Rosemary. Rosemary has had a life event that changed her life since she called off her first relationship court with Saul, but she's hold a secret from him that was her reasoning.
Can she tell him the secret? Will they have a second chance courtship?
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Ladies!! Do you need something for the man in your life to get the hint that you want him to romance you? Then "Flowers for Rachael: An Amish Garden Novella" by Kathleen Fuller is your answer; it is a short story for him to read. All the stories in this collect, An Amish Garden, may also help. Although, this one really gets to the point and you yourself can even do this, too.
I was so engrossed by this story that I did not want to see it end. More importantly I wanted to know what happened to the one animal in the story; I know, I know an animal c'mon you are to be more worried about what happens to the main characters who are human.
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In "Seeds of Love: An Amish Garden Novella" by Tricia Goyer, she sends us back to West Kootenai, Montana with new bachelors in this short story. The biggest message in this short story was Trust and "'For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.'"* Tricia Goyer quoted from the Bible.
Sadie Chupp has relocated herself from Indiana to her Uncle, Aunt, and cousins' place in West Kootenai, after her sisters sold their parents property. Sadie brought with her her mother's special heirloom tomatoes, that have been passed down in the family for generations.
Eli Plank is the new bachelor to the area of the area. He comes from a family business of gardening and is a scribe of The Budget as he travels to Amish communities.
After a morning of misunderstanding in the presence of her cousins, he immediately befriends Sadie to help her with her tomato garden since Montana's climate is different from Indiana's.
When a visitor from the past comes to visit West Kootenai, Montana, will Sadie still trust Eli? Will all be lost?
I cant tell you the answer to those questions, you'll have to get the book to find out. And trust me, get the whole novella collections An Amish Garden you will be glad you did.
*Goyer, Tricia (2014-03-18). An Amish Garden (p. 279). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
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"Where Healing Blooms: An Amish Garden Novella" by Vannetta Chapman was different, in a good way, than most Amish books that I have read, but don't let that fool you. The main two characters are two widowed women, related by marriage. Daughter-in-law, Emma and mother-in-law, Mary Ann live in the same house that they have shared since Emma married into the Hochstetter family. Now it is just the two of them taking care of each other and the property. The neighbor man, Danny Eicher, whom is friend of the family, keeps a helping eye on the two of them and helps in the garden. But is there someone else on the property?
Mary Ann Hochstetter was my favorite character. Yes, she was old and wise, but she was so funny that one would not have thought she was old as what she was in the book just by reading it. And she had a secret up her sleeve as well. She revealed it at just the right time. (less)
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Nice enjoyable storiesJuly 8, 2014wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I can't say enough about how much I love these omnibus novels. I like that the stories are short and they usually have one thing in common which is nice. There was one that I thought had a slow start, not naming titles, lol, but it ended up being just as good as the other three. I would like to thank the authors for doing these. I like longer books and enjoy series of books, it's just nice to read something like this once in awhile. Each of these authors did a great job!
Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Four stories about gardens and 4 lessonsJune 17, 2014Jane SquiresWasola, MoAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Written by four authors - four stories. I love and have read all four authors and reviewed books for all of them.
All stories involve gardens. Each has a different message. In Rooted in Love, I felt love was endured until it was time for God's plan. In Flowers for Rachel, Rachel had a hard time accepting help. Gideon had a hard time expressing himself as a lot of men do around women. In Seeds of Love, it is about giving to others even if different from you and the giving will return to you. In When Healing Blooms, there is lots of healing to be done. Grief, women and kids needing a safe place, runaway boy, and a ministry started.
Each book could have a special review but I'm trying to cover all. You can read one story. Take a break. Read another.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Four delightful gardensMay 30, 2014MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was excited to see this book - several of my favorite authors, and a subject that is dear to my heart - and it did not disappoint!
In "Rooted in Love," Beth Wiseman shows the age-old cost of eavesdropping. Will Rosemary miss out on the love of her life because she thinks she knows what's best for her future? The chemistry between her and Saul is true to life. I couldn't put this book down as I ached for them to experience God's best.
In "Flowers for Rachel," Kathleen Fuller writes a love story of shy and awkward Gideon and Rachel. Each chapter begins with a quote related to flowers, and they nicely summarize the growing relationship between these Amish young people. I felt this story was a bit predictable, but I like the ways the characters learned to show their love for one another.
Tricia Goyer gives us another glimpse into the Amish community of West Kootenai, Montana in "Seeds of Love"(If you haven't read her "Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, or the "Big Sky" novels that preceded those, this is a good excuse to start!). Sadie Chupp and Eli Plank are strangers who meet in a small Amish settlement when he travels west seeking adventure...or are they? It turns out their families knew each other in Indiana, and the connection wasn't always so friendly! Eli is a scribe for "The Budget," an Amish newspaper featuring letters from writers living in scores of different Amish communities. His wit and skills of observation make him well-suited to handle Sadie and her reservations. As usual, Goyer has a few twists up her sleeve, and gives a satisfying ending to this garden tale.
Last but certainly not least, Vannetta Chapman shows us "Where Healing Blooms." This is more than a romantic love story - it also describes the deep love and friendship between a woman and her mother-in-law (not unlike Ruth and Naomi in Scripture). This story of faith and redemption and yes, buried treasure, revolves around the family garden. As wise mother-n-law Mary Ann says, "Gardens are a reflection of God's love for us," and how gently and winsomely we see Emma and Danny discover that truth in a new way. This story describes the Amish commitment to the good of the community, not just one's own prosperity. I was delighted to watch these characters lean to deal with their pasts and come together for a common future. As Chapman quotes, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every purpose under heaven." I loved that this novella was based on mature characters, and not the usual fresh-faced 'maedel.'
Any one of these authors cold have written a full book on their storyline, but I really enjoyed having these nuggets together in one book. The time you spend here in these "gardens" will be fruitful time indeed.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Amish GardenApril 20, 2014NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman
Beth Wiseman has written a poignant Amish story of love and loss based on a conversation the main character overheard. Two people's lives are fraught with dismay that honesty, openness and trust would have assuaged. The author paints a realistic portrait of Amish life, creating characters with emotion and sensitivity. I enjoyed this short story of relationships and the developments that resulted despite a misunderstanding.
Flowers for Rachel by Kathleen Fuller
Kathleen Fuller has depicted Rachel and Gideon's friendship in a very tender and expressive perspective. The Amish lifestyle is well described, and Rachel's relationship with her "grossdaadi" is amusing and entertaining. The author used very touching quotations at the headings of each chapter, appropriate to the content and very thought provoking. I enjoyed that addition to the story. The development of Rachel and Gideon's relationship was very charming and endearing.
Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer
Considerable loss and loneliness are pivotal factors in the life of Tricia Goyer's protagonist. Life-changing events set the mood for this expressive narrative. Heirloom tomato seeds are all that remain from Sadie's past, and a misunderstanding affects her attitude toward immediate family members. The young man depicted in this story is presented with compassion and a depth of character. The events throughout this novella are heartrending and poignant, and misconceptions are emotive.
Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman
Spring has arrived in Shipshewana, and Mary Ann's garden is once again her haven. Her daughter-in-law, Emma, joins her in weeding and tending to the garden, more expansive and prolific with each passing year. The garden haven holds secrets that no one could suspect. Vannetta Chapman weaves a story with depth and perception that places her in a category all her own. Her characters are strong and the setting picturesque. There's no guessing the ensuing events in this well-written novella. Much diversity is revealed in this extraordinary short story and I craved more, but the author wrapped up all loose ends bringing closure to this impressive novella.
Faith, hope and love are strong elements in each of these novellas, and God's timing is always perfect, making for four well-written and very enjoyable novellas in this compilation. I highly recommend this collection of Amish garden stories, each containing very enjoyable story lines in their own right.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.