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CherryPie04205 Stars Out Of 5It's Never Too Late to Come HomeOctober 6, 2019CherryPie0420What a wonderful, inspiring collection! Each story has its own charm and uniqueness and yet they have the common thread of coming home again in one way or another. The first story features characters from Amy Clipson's Amish Homecoming series, which is an added treat since you get to read what happens to Eva Dienner, a woman that ran away from home to marry her love only to be widowed a few years into their marriage. Eva and her small son haven't been back to her hometown since she ran away, but when her son begins to ask questions, wanting to meet her family, Eva knows that it's time to finally face the music.
Each novella are truly heartwarming, tugging at your heartstrings, and not letting go. They each ring with second chances, forgiveness, and new beginnings, making each tale not only a joy to read but utterly inspiring as well. A great reminder that it's never too late to come home.
*I have reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the Zondervan through NetGalley. All opinions are completely honest, and my own.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Collection of StoriesMay 25, 2019Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Amish Homecoming is another great collection of Amish stories by some of the best authors. Each story stands on its own, but they all share the theme of someone having suffered some sort of difficulty and finding themselves needing to go back home for comfort, strength, and/or a fresh start.
This set of novellas, like so many others, gives several benefits to readers. For some, it is a chance to try out a new author before deciding to invest in full-length novels. For established fans of Amish fiction, some of the stories provide a chance to revisit characters from other series by the authors. And for any reader, the shorter length provides a bite-sized reading opportunity, each of which can often be finished in one sitting.
I highly recommend An Amish Homecoming to fans of good Amish fiction.
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to provide my own thoughts in this review.
tgreear4 Stars Out Of 5DelightfulMarch 22, 2019tgreearI truly love reading books about the Amish and having four stories in one book is a bonus. All four stories involve women that have had tragedy or hardship and ate trying to recover not only their life but also their faith. My least favorite was the first book No Place Like Home by Amy Clipston. Eva comes home after the death of her husband so her parents can meet their grandson. But several years have passed since his death. Eva has her reasons but I just thought her character was shallow and self centered. She is angry at her mother and doesn't seem to have any forgiveness or understanding even after becoming a mother herself. Plus she is upset to find a man she once had feelings for ( but didn't persue because of her mother) is now living with her parents and helping with the farm work. I didn't like Eva at all. She was a poor pitiful me character.
When Love Returns by Beth Wiseman was wonderful! Sarah Look returns home out of necessity due to Hurricane Harvey. She brings with her the child she was pregnant with when she ran away. Why did she leave and whose is the father of her little boy. He resembles Sarah's former boyfriend Abram but Sarah has a dark secret she doesn't want to share.
The Courage to Love by Shelley Shepard Gray was my favorite! Irene Keim wants to start a new life and return to the Old Order Amish. She has made mistakes in her past. Marcus is drawn to her but is suspicious of her intentions because of assumptions he makes. I loved the twists and turns in this story and cheered for Irene from the first page.
What Love Built by Kathleen Fuller is the story of Carolyn and Atlee. Both refuse to let go of the past and can't figure out how to be happy with their life. Atlee is mourning the loss of his wife even though she had been gone for years. Carolyn refuses to accept help because of hurts from her past. Both characters are drawn to each other but what will it take to bring them together?
I think three out of four stories make for a good read!
I voluntarily received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
Cynthia5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful StoriesJanuary 6, 2019CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was another wonderful collection of authors stories brought together under one collection. Each story brings both families & communities together but brings people back home. For each story either someone has either left their families for one reason or another or have left a love one behind and realize that they need that person or family back in their lives. It make you think about the thought of every family out that would love to have a argument fixed or a loved one brought back into the family fold. I look forward to more stories.
Steph5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful read with wonderful lessons to each one.January 4, 2019StephNo Place Like Home by Amy Clipston
Eva Dienner has been a widow for more than four years. Her husband, a volunteer firefighter, died on duty leaving behind her and their son Simeon Jr. Eva left her parents and farm to move to Ronks, Lancaster County six years ago to live with her in-laws. Eva left her home after an argument. Eva decides it is time to visit western Pennsylvania so her son can meet his other grandparents. How will her parents react? What has changed on the farm?I have to admit it took me a while to understand Eva, I was a little bothered about her attitude with everyone but as the story continues you start to understand more about Eva. Though her character didn't exactly grow on me, the families love and grace did.
When Love Returns by Beth Wiseman
I have read stories from Beth Wiseman before and as usual, I was so impressed with this story. The details in her writings make you feel like you are right in the room.
Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn't face her stern parents' reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused himuntil he meets Sarah's daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. There is a twist to this story that leads to a wonderful ending but first Sarah must face a nightmare she has dealt with for a long time. This has a wonderful ending and is a very sweet story of forgiveness and letting go of the past. This story has a great lesson which is we all make mistakes and if we beat ourselves holding onto them we will never grow from them. And if someone else has hurt us, it's up to forgive we are responsible for the pain we put on ourselves. I really enjoyed the quote from Sarah dad, on page 138:
"A person cannot cause another person's burdens. Baggage is the responsibility of the one carrying it, and only they are able to get rid of that weight. God's will is in everything we do, and we can't know His plans for us." - When Love Returns by Beth Wisemen pg. 138
The Courage to Love by Shelley Shepard Gray
After the tragic death of her Englishhusband west, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for cooking and cleaning their home. What started as a nice evening playing clue, Mary and Henry's son Marcus is not pleased with her living at his parents home. Irene is an admirable lady, she pushed herself through many obstacles from childhood to the death of her husband. She built up walls around her and didn't want tobe a burden to anyone. Will those walls ever come down? Will she ever be able to find happiness in between working at the diner and bookstore? Will Marcus ever understand Irene and her reason for staying with his parents? This story is has a great lesson of understanding and trust.
What Love Built by Kathleen Fuller
Twelve years ago Atlee Shetler's wife passed away. He loved her so much but agrees to go on a much-needed vacation to Birch Creek and stay with his friend Thomas. After searching for someone to find directions to Thomas's home, he sees a business sign where he abruptly meets Carolyn Yoder. You will delight in the determination of Carolyn as she pushes forward with odds against her to pursue her dream. This short story is a story of hope and perseverance when faced with trials. We never know what tomorrow will hold and whatever challenges come our we must strive to keep pressing forward and the importance of friendship to encourage others when they need you the most.
Overall, I really enjoyed these stories. Each story was a bit predictable but the twists in each one were not. Each one has a great lesson that focused on forgiveness, love, and perseverance in the direst of circumstances. There is always hope!