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An Amish Market, a Novella by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin & Vannetta Chapman
Spend time in quaint Amish shops in this Amish Market!
Love Birds by Amy Clipton
Ellie starts working in the Gift shop to help her mourn the loss of her brother Seth. Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds. Ellie talks him into selling the birds at the shop. Lloyd begins to see her as more than his friend Seth’s little sister.
A Bid for Love, by Kathleen Fuller
Ezra purchases Hannah Lynnes home-churned butter at the local market every week. When he bids a large sum of money to buy a quilt she had her heart set on, she starts to wonder if he is interested in her.
Sweeter Than Honey, by Kelly Irvin
Will Glick manages the local Combination Store. He appears irritated by her clumsiness after she shatters a jar of pickled beets. Will’s heart was broken before and now Isabella is on a mission to repair it.
Love in Store, by Vannetta Chapman
Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill store. David Stoltzfus is a new employee. They work together to solve the mystery of who is trying to close the store.
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!
Love Birds by Amy Clipston
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?
A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller
Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into itEzra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne cant stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin
Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasnt the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didnt think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Wills heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman
Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.
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
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, and the Amish of Birch Creek series, 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.
Kelly Irvin is the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. A retired public relations professional, Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-nine years. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.
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
SnowflakesGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amish Market worth browsing ;-)August 27, 2016SnowflakesGeorgiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed all 4 stories in this book,but especially Love Birds by Amy Clipston, because I had read another of her books which included related characters. It felt like returning to old friends! I found Kathleen Fuller's story engaging and I couldn't wait to see what the connection between Hannah Lynne and the quilt was. It was also a little bit like returning to a cozy friend's home when I read Kelly Irvin's Sweeter than Honey and returned with her to Bee County, TX. And Vannetta Chapman's books never fail to be an enjoyable read - I love her quirky characters and this story was no exception, although I must admit to wanting to smack Stella on occasion. *smile* In all, a good, cozy read that I would love to pick up and read again in a few months.
(*I received this book from the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review*)
GingerS2195 Stars Out Of 5enjoyable setAugust 12, 2016GingerS219Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Four great Amish romances in one place. Each of these stories touched me in different ways.
In Love Birds, Ellie only wants to help Lloyd. Her intentions are good, but the result doesn't turn out quite like she'd envisioned it. Through communication, the misunderstanding is rectified, but not before hurts abound.
Ezra, in A Bid for Love, made me chuckle. All that butter. Even now it makes me chuckle. (Sorry, I don't write spoilers, so you'll have to read to figure it out.)
I've read the prequels to Sweeter than Honey (though it's not necessary to enjoy this story) and looked forward to Will's story. Isabella struggles in a new place, and her struggle is compounded by miscommunication and misinterpretation of events. It's a real quagmire until things are straightened out.
I enjoyed Love in Store, though it was more along the lines of an Amish romantic suspense. Vannetta Chapman has long been one of my favorite writers.
In all, each of the stories was enjoyable, and I will definitely read them again in the future.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
CherylB19875 Stars Out Of 5DelightfulJuly 5, 2016CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Amish Market is a delightful collection of novellas by four of my favorite authors Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman. I love catching up on characters that I love and meeting new ones. Each with their own twists and turns. I always look forward to reading books by these wonderful authors. This collection of novellas is filled with love, hope, faith, heartbreak and pain. Be sure to order your copy of An Amish Market today. 5 stars.
ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5They found love in an Amish marketplace!June 30, 2016ADFehlArden, NCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3An Amish Market is an omnibus of four Amish-themed novellas, each centered around happenings within a general store or farmer's market-type setting.
A quick run down of the stories within:
Love Birds by Amy Clipston -- Ellie Lapp and her mother are mourning the sudden death of Ellie's brother Seth (work accident). With no other immediate family (Ellie's father having died years ago), Seth's close friend Lloyd helps the Lapp women with chores around their family farm. Lloyd and Ellie begin to see their friendship deepening to something more. Ellie is awed by Seth's wood carvings of birds and gets the idea to sell them in the shop where she works part-time, but Seth is very much hesitant to sell his work. That is until it dawns of him that his work may truly help someone in need.
A Bid For Love by Kathleen Fuller -- Hannah Lynne sells homemade butter at the local farmer's market. Ezra stops by every week and buys a brick of it, keeping secret the fact that back home he has quite the stockpile of these bricks because he can't seem to get the courage to do much more talking with Hannah beyond store counter niceties. His chance comes though when at a local charity auction Hannah sees a quilt she clearly desperately wants, a quilt donated by Ezra's mother. When Hannah's bid doesn't win the quilt, Ezra comes to the rescue, buys back the quilt from the winning bidder, and gives the quilt to Hannah. She can't, in good conscience, just take the quilt after she hears what he paid to get it for her so she agrees to pay him back through sweat equity, helping him fix up an old house he recently bought. Seeing her bring her feminine touch to his home, Ezra feels quite the pull to convince Hannah to stay by his side for good.
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin -- While doing some shopping one day, Isabella formally meets store owner Will Glick when she accidentally breaks a glass jar of pickled beets, instantly staining Glick's shop floor. Isabella is embarrassed but also admittedly curious to get to know Glick -- resident confirmed bachelor -- better. She soon learns that Will's guarded demeanor stems largely from a former soured romance that has since made him uneasy around any other women. But what girl doesn't like a good challenge, right? :-) Isabella hopes a patient and gentle approach to befriending Will can help him open up and see that one bad experience doesn't have to mar one's entire life.
Love In Store by Vanetta Chapman -- There's an unidentified prankster running around the grounds of the Old Amish Mill Complex, a property consisting of nearly 40 buildings -- including but not limited to an ice house, market, cafe, theater, school house and gift shop -- celebrating and teaching about Amish life and history. The pranks start out harmless enough, but as they intensify to the point of seriously potentially injuring guests to the complex, employees David (a widower) and Stella (a 50 year old spinster) team up to try to solve the mystery. And, of course, given the title of this one, a flirtation between the two develops in the process.
My thoughts on the collection:
Love Birds was cute but ultimately a little too simple and sweet for my personal taste. I've read some of Clipston's other stuff in the past and ran into the same issue: cutesy stories but largely a little too safe and bland for me.
I think Bid For Love might have been my favorite of the bunch. I found Ezra's covering up his shyness with butter hoarding endearing and later when we see just how big his heart is when he opens up, I was completely sold on this couple :-) Here again, I've read some of Fuller's previous stories and I find that she writes characterizations really well, I never seem to find them too stale or cliche but just right.
Sweeter Than Honey had a nice warmth to it, but Isabella was a bit of a tougher sell for me than some of the other characters. Good thing this story was only novella length because she didn't seem like she wanted to wait for Will THAT long.
Love In Store had a good little cozy mystery written into the plot, and I liked that it featured an older couple. I thought that was a unique element that you don't see in stories much. I enjoyed David's easy going way of moving through life, which came in handy as he got to know Stella, who initially comes off as a big ol stick in the mud type but eventually learns to loosen up around him.
This collection as a whole was nicely done, I thought. The writing is solid, the characters (for the most part) plenty interesting. Not too many twists and turns within the plot, but the well-crafted banter kept me happily turning pages.
FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Well-rounded collection of Amish novellasJune 5, 2016Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0An Amish Market is another collection of good Amish novellas by some great authors. Generally, I prefer longer novels, even series, where you can really get involved with the characters and their lives. But this book, like pretty much all the Amish novella collections I've read, gives something of a break from the longer books, providing sweet stories that can often be read in one sitting with the chance to start a new story next time you pick up the book.
The stories are quite different in style, characters, and setting, but they are all connected in some way through an Amish store or market. The collection provides glimpses into Amish life in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Indiana, with the main characters ranging in age and experience from a young girl's first job outside her home to a middle-aged woman who long ago gave up the dream of marriage. Sweet young love, broken hearts, cold hearts, and a touch of mystery round out these enjoyable stories.
Fans of good Amish fiction should enjoy this well-rounded collection of stories.
Thanks to one of the authors, Kathleen Fuller, and her publisher for providing a copy of An Amish Market in exchange for my honest review.