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Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn.
Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman
When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again . . . until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomis heartand give Brock his own second chance at love?
Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston
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?
Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the pieces are linked to an elderly couple in their district, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival endsand discover an unexpected new love?
A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows hes different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of loveand the blessing of Godbe enough to overcome their doubters?
Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series. While she is best known for her Amish novels, Beth has also written contemporary novels including Need You Now, The House that Love Built, and The Promise.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at www.kathleenfuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, and Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.
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
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfathers birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Visit Vannetta's website: www.vannettachapman.com Twitter: @VannettaChapman Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Amish Harvest by B. Wiseman, A. Clipston, K. Fuller & V. ChapmanOctober 12, 2016MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Amish Harvest (4 Novellas)****
1....Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman
My heart went out to Naomi Dienner and her young children as she rebuilds her life after her husband dies. There are some things Naomi has kept secret which has her mistrustful and something has made her anxious. Widowed Englisher, Brock Mulligan, has been hired by her father to help with her harvest. He also has suffered losses and his heart is wounded. I enjoyed watching these two learn to trust again and allow God to heal their hearts in a surprising way. A heartwarming story.
2....Love and Buggy Rides**** by Amy Clipston
I can see how Janie Lantz struggled with her father's instructions to not get involved when she witnessed an accident with a buggy and carhow can she not tell what she saw and how can she go against her father's wishes? Johnathan Stoltfuz is certain it was not his fault but is beginning to have doubts. I was hoping the truth would come out. Family dynamics play a big role in the lives of both Janie and Johnathan. A tender, heartwarming story.
3....A Quiet Love**** by Kathleen Fuller
Dinah Hochstetler is rather shydue to her stutteringand kind of bookish. I felt her struggles as she tried to not stutter and her embarrassment. Amos Mullett may be a simple farmer but he has great love for his family. He captured my heart and I enjoyed watching the interaction between Amos and Dinah. Could they really find love and have a life together, overcome their personal obstacles as well as their families reservations? A sweet, tender story.
4....Mischief in the Autumn Air**** by Vannetta Chapman
Eli Wittmer loves being an auctioneer but something strange is going on. Why are the items being bought for more than they are worth? I am not sure he would have looked into it if it had not been for his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler. It was fun to watch Martha get caught up in tracking down the trail of cluesand eventually Eliand her determination to find out what is going on. I like the educational element of the area worked into the clues and where they found the clues. Enjoyed the mystery in this fun, heartwarming story.
~I received a copy of the book from the author, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Christa5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Collection of Novellas!September 26, 2016ChristaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Naomi Dienner recently loses her husband in the book, Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman. There are secrets in her past that no one knows. That all changes when English hired hand, Brock Mulligan, comes to help with the harvest. You will enjoy finding more out about Naomi and Brock in this short story.
A beautiful time to take a buggy ride in Lancaster is in Autumn. In the novella, Love and Buggy Rides by Amy Clipston, Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver for Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides. He lives in Maryland but is visiting Pennsylvania for a few months. He really enjoys his new job. Janie Lantz just started her new job as a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides. She and Jonathan become quick friends. Can this friendship blossom into anything more with all of the many obstacles that they face? This fast-paced novella is a very enjoyable read. Settle in for quite an amazing buggy ride through beautiful Amish Country.
Dinah Hochstetler has always been reserved, timid and aware of her stuttering. She is quite content at her house in New York, but her Mom insists she visits her Aunt for two weeks. She is nervous and knows how very long the two weeks will be. However, lovely surprises await Dinah at her Aunts house. A Quiet Love, a beautifully written novella by Kathleen Fuller, will warm your heart from the very beginning.
Mischief in the Autumn Air by Vannetta Chapman is an enjoyable read. A widow, Martha Beiler, moves from her home in Ohio to Indiana to live with her Aunt. She starts working as a bookkeeper at Eli Wittmers Auction House. While working there, Martha notices a mysterious man and woman who outbid and pay way too much for three pieces of furniture. There is a mystery to be solved and Martha is planning to solve it with the help of Eli. This fast-paced fun read is sure to keep your attention until the very end.
I was given a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing and the author for my honest opinion which I have given.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 54 great novellas that will for sure have you wanting more by each of these authors!,September 22, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Another great collection put together by Thomas Nelson Publisher! An Amish Harvest with stories by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Vannetta Chapman was charming and full of hope.
Surprising, this is the first story of Beth Wiseman's I've read. I have several of her books on my TBR list just based on the wonderful reviews I've heard from fellow bloggers, but yet to have the opportunity to do so. After her story, Under the Harvest Moon, I can simply say, I'm looking forward to each of her novels for sure. The underlying theme of dealing with physical abuse, and the shame associated with it was strong and presented well. The connection between Amish and the Englisch also plays a role, while the children added humor to the story. Beth sure pack quite the punch in this one!
Amy Clipston's Love and Buggy Rides was light but still add depth in the familial aspect between two seemingly different individual. One older, yet filled with hurt and pain from his past, and one younger and innocent in the romance department. As romance blossoms, so does discord among family. Tender and sweet in many ways, this one may stir a little smile out of you periodically.
A Quiet Love by Kathleen Fuller was a surprise. Our main couple, each with their own insecurities came together quietly, through friendship and strength that instill hope. Hope that didn't seem possible at the start of novel, yet with each other, and faith in God, its rays unfurl through the pages. A story that's every bit unique and warm.
As we come to the last story in this collection, Mischief in the Autumn Air by Vannetta Chapman, we are presented with a little bit of a mystery to solve. It's a staple I have noticed in Vannetta's story. There's always a little mischief and a little mystery, and it works so well with each of her stories. Mischief in Autumn is no different. With twists and turns, bring readers like myself into it, it's like I'm checking out the clues along with Eli and Martha! I do find it interesting to see how clues are gathered in the Amish culture. Don't you? Of course, besides our little mystery exploration, it might just lead to a little exploration of love for our characters.
In all, I enjoyed every one of An Amish Harvest stories, and if you ask me which one is my favorite, I don't think I can answer. They are all good, in their own way, filled with love, faith and message of trust. Depending on what you look for as a reader, I am positive at least one of these, if not all will capture your interest.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
CherylB19875 Stars Out Of 5WonderfulSeptember 15, 2016CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This most wonderful collection of novellas by four of my favorite authors to read. These wonderful ladies have a wonderful talent for writing a story that will draw the reader into their stories. These stories are full of love, faith, heartache, pain and devotion. I was glued to my seat cause I couldnt put this book down. Be sure to order your copy of An Amish Harvest today. I received a copy of this book for my honest review. 5 stars!
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Amish HarvestSeptember 5, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I love reading contemporary Amish stories, both full-length novels and Amish novella collections. Im so glad that Thomas Nelson has started putting these collections together so fans of one Amish author can get to know others as well.
An Amish Harvest set in autumn, around the time of harvest. They all involve Amish characters and locales, but the individual stories are very different. They bring in the flavor of their settings as well as the different voices of the authors.
Beth Wiseman and Kathleen Fuller have become known for dealing with difficult topics. In this case, it is domestic abuse and special needs. Likewise, Vannetta Chapman includes a mystery (and she is my favorite author in this collection) as well as some historical highlights. Amy Clipstons was probably the lightest of the bunch, with conflict between Amish and English the main focus. This is also connected to her Heritage series (which I have not read) so I dont know how it was connected.
Several yummy sounding recipes are included.
Fans of Amish fiction should enjoy this collection of novellas.