The Blessing, Amish Cooking Class Series #2
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For her second session of Amish cooking classes, Heidi teaches six students, each from a different walk of life. They not only learn a new cooking skill, Heidi blesses them with her profound words of wisdom. In turn, Heidi heals as well.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1624167454
ISBN-13: 9781624167454
Series: Amish Cooking Class

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Six new cooking class students.  New friendships form, a romance blossoms, and hearts receive healing nourishment. Will Heidi’s own hurting heart also be healed?

Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi’s table.

During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students—though, this time Heidi’s own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment.

This is the second book in The Amish Cooking Class series.
Book #1:  The Amish Cooking Class - The Seekers
 

Author Bio

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages.  With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com

Editorial Reviews

Brunstetter’s latest weaves together forgiveness, fresh starts and reconciliation, along with strong character growth and yummy recipes. While this could be read as a stand-alone, a greater appreciation of the story can be obtained by reading The Amish Cooking Class series in order. The bond that develops between the characters is realistic and encouraging as they work together to help each other, as well as seek God. It is a joy to have some familiar faces from the first book in the series included, too.

In this latest work, Ms. Brunstetter captures a beautiful flow of words and complements them with balanced tone and rhythm. Her voice is audible from the onset and there is a sublime tenderness in the narrative. Her characters are believable with every day challenges and grit. Ms. Brunstetter has divine ability to weave Amish lifestyle and faith throughout the storyline in confident fashion. The reader isn’t getting an ad nauseum dose of religious pontification and judgment toward those who are not of the Amish faith. To the contrary, Ms. Brunstetter treats her audience to great nuggets of information about their practices and commitment to their faith in a delicious delivery of non-preachy writing. I look forward to Ms. Brunstetter’s next novel in this entertaining series.

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  1. RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Blessing
    August 15, 2017
    RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Heidi and Lyle Troyer, unable to conceive a much-wanted child, are given an opportunity to adopt a baby. Like all things in life, circumstances begin to pile up, and Heidi needs an outlet, so once again she opens her home to six strangers wanting to learn more about Amish food.

    Each person in the story is as different from one another as possible. The cooking class consists of three men and three women. The men include a food critic hiding his true identity, an avid hunter and a school janitor. The women include a mother of two small children, a woman wanting ideas for her catering business and a teenager stressed out from having to keep her family together after her mom walks out on them.

    I enjoyed finding out about Heidi's previous students, whom we met in book one, The Seekers (The Amish Cooking Class Series). I felt like I was catching up with old friends.

    Wanda Brunstetter's ability to portray her characters makes you feel as if they are your next-door neighbors. However, one aspect of her writing that is a little off-putting is the way she jumps from one character to another in each chapter. Sometimes focusing on several characters helps show readers how the different individuals interact, but sometimes it is hard to determine which individual the author is referencing.

    The Blessing is the second book in the series; however, it works well as a standalone.

    There are two bonuses in the back of the novel. First, Miss Brunstetter includes the Amish recipes Heidi taught her students. Second, she lists discussion questions.

    I received this book from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
  2. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Time for another Amish cooking class
    August 13, 2017
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Blessing

    Amish Cooking Class #2

    By Wanda E. Brunstetter

    The Blessing is the second book in the Amish Cooking Class series and Heidi Troyer is trying to decide if she wants to offer a second six lesson cooking class. She and her husband Lyle are anticipating the arrival of their soon-to-be adopted baby and Heidi wants to be sure to have plenty of time for their long desired baby. But Heidi decides to offer a second class (if she didn't the series would need a different name) for reasons not to be revealed in this review. And various characters from the first book make an appearance in this book (in case you are wondering).

    With six new students, Heidi has a new round of people to whom she can minister. And believe me, they all can use a little help with the various situations they find themselves in at present. But these students are a tad more difficult than Heidi's first group and there seem to be tensions between her students that hint at their need for her special brand of care.

    Overall this is a fine story, though the reader could potentially get lost in the various character viewpoints that the book jumps between. But those familiar with Wanda's writing should be fine in story navigation department. For those new to Wanda Brunstetter's world if you haven't read her previous book in this series don't worry as you'll easily get brought up to speed as the backstory is referenced throughout. I personally enjoyed the first book over this book but I still found this one to be an enjoyable read while waiting in the car. (Yes, I'm one of those people who always has a book or two with me at all times.)

    Of note, if you are so included to sample some Amish recipes for yourself the recipes that Heidi teaches in her class are included in the back of the book along with some discussion questions.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  3. D. Chatley
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Valuable Life Lessons woven into key characters lives
    August 12, 2017
    D. Chatley
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The saga continues, this second book in the series was ever bit as good as the first one. In this book, Heidi holds her second cooking class and the reader is introduced to 6 new students: Lisa, the caterer; Todd, the food critic; Bill, the hunter; Nicole, the teenager; Allie, the mom; and Lance, the mailman. I loved how each of these students were dealing with different challenges in life which allows a broad group of readers to be able to relate to the characters. And each of them learn and grow through their relationship with Heidi and each other. Here is a myriad of issues encountered in this story: addressing the feeling of loss, desire for children, startup of a new business, disrespectful renters, self-centeredness, family relationship issues, being forced to grown up too soon, too many responsibilities, husband working long hours, fear of spousal affair, and loneliness. But a key theme running through the book and pulling it altogether is forgiveness. So while the story is fictional in nature, there is an element of truth and learning for the reader.

    And I love how it was written so it could be read as stand alone. In the few places that it referred back to something that happened in the first book, there was commentary to explain it sufficiently that the reader is not left wondering and just enough to trigger memories for those that have read the first one.

    Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. It is that good. So get your copy today and prepare to learn some important life lessons in the stories of the characters in a simplistic, non-forced manner.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  4. SusanS
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A New Cooking Class Begins
    August 12, 2017
    SusanS
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    THE BLESSING, the second book in the Amish Cooking Class series by Wanda Brunstetter, continues the story of Neil and Heidi Troyer. This Amish couple longs for a child of their own, but that just hasnt happened yet. To help fill her time, Heidi decides to teach a cooking class. This book continues with a second cooking class with a series of lessons held two weeks apart. Each of the six people who take the class come from very different backgrounds and are participating for a variety of reasons. The book jumps around a bit as we learn a bit about the lives of each of the students, but as you become more familiar with each person the transitions seem smoother. By the end of the book you are likely to feel a connection with at least one of the characters.

    Heidi prepares for each cooking lesson by writing the recipe on an index card, and writing a scripture on the back. The scriptures come to be meaningful to the students, but Heidis spiritual growth increases as well as she depends on God more and more through her struggle to be contented without the baby she longs for so much.

    Mrs. Brunstetter has many Amish friends and her portrayal of Heidi and Neil demonstrates her knowledge of the Amish way of life. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  5. Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Story line
    August 11, 2017
    Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was such a great story line. It is based on an Amish lady who teaches a cookie class. This story revolves around this lady and also each of her students so you get a look at both the Amish and English and how the interact together. This is the second book in the series. I have not read the first book and I was alright with having not read, but that being said I am wanting to purchase a copy of the the first book so I can read it as well. This book was not only well written, but it also had an awesome inspirational thread that weaved through all the characters. I am wanting to read the third book in the series when it is released. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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