I recently read An Amish Kitchen, three stories in one book by authors Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long and Amy Clipston. I am not familiar with any of these authors but have read many other Amish fiction, and quite honestly wasn't sure if there stories would hold my interest. I was pleasantly surprised with each one! "A Taste of Faith" by Kelly Long enchanted me from the start with the mischievous antics of the children next door to Fern and her gradual, yet realistic attraction to Abram. The romance in "A Spoonful of Love" was slower and longer to bloom, but the story was just as engaging. I had my doubts about the last story, "A Recipe for Hope", but I think it turned out to be my favorite of the three. It brought tears to my eyes several times!
All of the stories are a short, fast read; they kept me interested in the characters and their circumstances. I would recommend this books to fans of Amish fiction, as well as to fans of romance. There are many Amish words and phrases scattered liberally through the stories, and the list of definitions at the beginning of the book is helpful_ but sometimes I found the Amish term distracting. If you've read a lot of Amish fiction, many of the words will be familiar to you, but some won't and it was these that I had to keep turning to the front for.
Lastly, I am excited to use the recipes at the end of the book - especially the soft pretzel recipe from "A Spoonful of Love"! - These are my honest opinions, I am not paid by Thomas Nelson (the publisher of this book) but have been provided with the book at no charge (through BookSneeze.com) expressly for my review.
This book surpised me because I thoughg it was one giant book but the book had 3 indivual stories to read inside.
The first book was about A girl named Fern who lived with her mom and was trying to find a suitable husband for herself and in the end ends up doing that and her husband ends up being someone she never thought she would end up with. The second book is about a woman named Hannah who runs a bed and breakfast and also ends up finding someone to marry and love. The third book is about a husband and wife who have 3 kids and end up having to spend time with their mother and father in law after their house gets torn up by a tree falling on it.
I enjoyed both books and ended up reading them really fast. I read the whole book, or all 3 books in about 2 hours. I just sat in front of the tv and read this book. I enjoy reading about Amish life and find it interesting and have also read books written by Beth Wiseman before and enjoy them as well. She is one of my favorite authors.
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An Amish Kitchen, by Kelly Long, Amy Clipston, and Beth Wiseman, is a compilation of three stories. All of them are wonderful tales of women in the same community going through difficult situations.
In the first, A Taste of Faith, by Kelly Long, Fern Zook tries to help the next door neighbor care for his younger siblings in the absence of his parents. She is the local natural healer of sorts, giving out many natural and herbal treatments for health issues. In the process of helping him, she finds herself falling in love.
In A Spoonful of Love, by Amy Clipston, Hannah King is running her parents' bed and breakfast almost single handedly when a stranger, Stephen Esh, comes to stay. When her brother hires him as their handyman to fix up the place, she faces her mother's anger at the situation. Nevertheless, she can't help enjoying his company very much.
In A Recipe for Hope, by Beth Wiseman, Eve Bender and her family must move in with her parents for weeks while their home is being repaired. She and her mother have never felt close, except when cooking, and differ on how to raise three teenage boys. With her mother's health issues making life together even more difficult, Eve doesn't know how she will survive the time staying there.
I enjoyed all of these stories. They were well written and charming. I could relate to many of the characters and their problems dealing with family and community members. I recommend this book to all who enjoy Amish fiction.
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With three quick and easy to read novellas, "An Amish Kitchen" is the perfect book for those days you just want to curl up with a nice sweet book. Each story has a strong main female character that learns a lesson about love, hope and faith.
Although quite predictable, these stories will warm your heart and make you smile. Beth Wiseman's story appealed to me most, but they were all quite enjoyable. With a nice assortment of recipes in the back of the book, one will be sure to find some recipes that have to be tried right away. Make sure to try the delicious Granola and the Sour Cream Pancakes - they are both very good!
This book will appeal to those that love Amish fiction, clean fiction, and sweet romance type stories.
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What more could you ask for ??? Three fantabulous ( that isn't a word, but I couldn't think of a better one!) Amish writers collaborate to write another novella!! This is a VERY special book that includes a huge collection of Amish recipes at the end- from Herbal Medicinal Treatments to delicious treats and main dishes. These recipes have all been tested and are fantastic!!
Fits with the title , doesn't it???
BUT, not only do you have a wonderful mini recipe book, you have three short stories that each has its own story of love, family and faith, taking place in a tight knit community. In the Amish home, where do you think the family gathers and chats ? The kitchen really is the heart of the home.
All of the stories have a connection and take place in Paradise , PA. They involve three women who strive to find love and renewed hope, while dealing with life's daily challenges and often surprise events.
Kelly's story, "A Taste of Faith", begins the book, with the main character, Fern, who is known for her talent for growing healing herbs and flowers. The community seeks her out when they have an ill family member. She is indeed a success in this area, however, her greatest wish is for love to come her way. Through crises galore, Fern discovers there is a hope, until , suddenly, an incident threatens to end the attraction, even before it gets a steady start. Kelly's female characters exhibit such warmth and loving natures. You really want them for your best friend!! Confronted with an upset, they have the same feelings as you and I- they need encouragement and the love of God to carry them through. Fern needs this badly, but is so busy serving others, will she be able to listen to that still voice and follow God's plan?
The next part of the book, entitled, "A Spoonful of Love" is written by Amy Clipston. Her main character , Hannah, lives nearby in Paradise, running her parents' Bed and Breakfast, Paradise Inn. She has something in common with Fern. She longs for a loving relationship , looking for a future filled with happiness with a husband and children. Surprisingly, a knock on the door brings about the possibility that she has dreamed of. A young man is hunting for a room. However, there is an air of mystery about him. Is Stephen, this kind, handsome man hiding something? The complications , totally unexpected, then arise. This wonderful man who has been renting a room, then becoming an employee does have a mysterious past.Can she trust someone who has kept a secret from her? Will she still want to be part of his life? Amy keeps us guessing throughout the story. Her talent in plot development is so clear when the reader encounters twists and turns, totally unexpected. Hannah is such a dear girl who deserves only the best and Amy describes her to a T!! You just want to reach out and give her a big hug.
Again, as in Kelly's story, God has a plan, but does Hannah want to follow it?
The third story , by Beth Wiseman, is entitled "A Recipe for Hope" and that is truly what it is. We ALL have to have hope in our lives to be happy, and Beth reinforces this. The main character, Eve, her husband and three teenage boys are experiencing a challenge in their family life. During a storm, a tree has come down on their home and they must vacate it while it is being repaired. For three boys going through rumschpringe, this is indeed a tragedy, especially when told they must stay at their grandmother's. Eve and her Mam had never seen eye to eye, so the time could not possibly go quickly enough.
What Eve is unaware of, is that her Mam has a health problem that she is attempting to keep secret, for reasons , that are important only to her. When Eve moves in, it will be difficult to keep these problems a secret.
It is apparent to the family upon their move, that Mam has changed- moreso than anyone was aware. Eve's challenge then changes , not to get along with Mam but to help her in some way, even though help is not desired.
Beth , as usual, makes this characters real and alive in our souls. We feel their struggles, battles and successes. My greatest desire was to step into that story and help Eve- THEN , I had to stop and realize- this is a book, these people are imaginary, not real!! Will Rosemary (Mam) get the help she needs??
The plot is complicated and full of suspense and surprises . At times, you hold your breath, waiting for the next event, wondering what on earth could possibly happen next. It is a story filled with hope- God has a plan and we have to accept it and then deal with what He has decided to bestow on us, whether it be good or bad. Beth's title tells it all, "A Recipe for Hope" is just that. We can never give up hope and must mix the proper ingredients given to us by God to maintain that hope!
Well done, ladies!! Another 5 star book!! Loved it and highly recommend it.
The MANY recipes in the back of the book is just the "icing on the cake".