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An Amish Gathering (Inspirational Amish Romance Collection) Paperback – December 22, 2009
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About the Author
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 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. Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award from RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
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I’m really excited to be able to dig into this collection this month. I’ve recently read a couple of novella collections that are more a ‘circle letter’ so to speak. Each story blends into and links back to the ones previously. The same community, the same time frame, and a woven story; one picking up where the previous left off just with a new couple you’ve already sorta met. Leah is the antithesis of every single Amish girl to probably have ever lived and that I’ve ever read about. Cooking? I can make a sandwich. Cleaning? It’s good enough. Sewing? You didn’t want that seam straight anyway right? Chores in general? Let me finish this thought OK? The parentals are convinced she’ll never find a husband with her glaring lack of domestic skills. They are convinced that everything she is passionate about is not proper for an Amish woman. Let’s face it though, my absolute favorite part of this novel is Auntie Ruth. Former Amish (never baptized so not shunned) who regularly visits her family with her bold personality and outlandish spirit. She fit right in at Sunday worship as a $100 bill in the penny jar. Ruth is the true catalyst for Leah to find her place in her own skin and in her community. This first story is an amazing kick-off to an amazing collection.
When Winter Comes by Barbara Cameron
We met Rebecca briefly in ‘A Change of Heart’ and her friendship of sorts with Ben. In this novella we learn a lot more about this amazing young woman and the typical male that is Ben. For the love of gravy man don’t propose to a woman by saying ‘we suit’ and never mention the L word. For. The. Love. Of. Gravy. Perhaps I got too far ahead of myself and dropped a pretty decent spoiler. Sorry? Not really. Rebecca and Ben bring out the Gibbs in me. I’m sorry, they just do. This entire story is really just me sitting in the background smacking them in alternating turns. Don’t get me wrong, Rebecca has my heart with her grief over losing her sister and her sense of responsibility to that event. Rebecca has my heart as she stands doesn’t allow herself to be bullied for seeking outside help instead of ‘just turning to God’. Rebecca doesn’t settle for what she thinks is less than what she deserves. It may have taken five long years but she’s laying that mantle aside and looking forward to her life. A life without her sister, filled with things her twin will never experience, but her life. God’s will. However the ending left me a lot off guard and a lot feeling left aside. I can’t say much without giving a ton away but I do hope that Kathleen finishes out the unfinished
A Place of His Own by Kathleen Fuller
Remember the old Bontrager place that Ben had given thought to trying to buy in ‘When Winter Comes’? Abandoned, in desperate need of repair? Yup that house? Well Josiah’s family home has been empty since he and his father left town (without a goodbye mind you!) ten years ago. Until now that is. It’s going on a year after Ben and Rebecca get together and Josiah is back with ten plus years of secrets in his heart and a lot of baggage attached to his soul. Amanda Graber don’t give two wits about any of that. Her childhood bestie is back in town and in her heart the intervening years changes nothing. For her perhaps not but for him…nothing is the same. Josiah drove me a little bonkers. OK, I get it that sometimes there are things you don’t feel open or safe with sharing. With anyone. Even your childhood bestie. Here’s the thing, he moped around a bit like a teenage girl desperate for attention. ‘I refuse to go there.’ ‘I won’t tell anyone the truth about where I’ve been.’ Suddenly cornered in the barn it all spills out. It felt disingenuous and a bit teenage girl. What came from that moment though was pure golden. I loved how childhood besties could, even after a decade apart, could still find that love they shared and the healing that comes with love. Love for each other, love for community and most importantly love for God. I loved how Leah and Aaron came back into play, married now. And Ben and Rebecca are engaged. However, there’s no clearing up from the unfinished business of the last story. I still need to know!
Not one of these novellas over-arched to try to become more than a novella. There was no long-term need to exist with back stories and epilogues. Yes, there were things left unfinished (Ben!) but that’s as it should be. A moment, a snapshot. And this is a perfect example of what novellas should be.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Thomas Nelson. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
A Change of Heart by Beth Wiseman:
I loved this story because Leah isn't your typical Amish girl. She can't cook and isn't a natural at housekeeping. That alone made me love A Change of Heart. If you love quirky characters and Amish characters with a little spunk—you will not be disappointed.
A Place of His Own by Kathleen Fuller:
This story gave me a bit of a savior complex. I wanted to step in the pages and help ease Josiah's pain. I absolutely loved these characters. I thought Kathleen did a wonderful job of bringing these characters to life. With novellas, characters often lack depth and human emotion but she really nailed it with this one. If you never wanted to kiss away the tears of a book character and promise you'll be there for him then you've never read this novella.
When Winter Comes by Barbara Cameron:
This addition to An Amish Gathering was a beautiful tale of hope, love, and forgiveness. I really connected with Rebecca and I felt her shame and guilt. I know it's so easy to get caught up in blaming yourself when things go wrong. But, sometimes we need to let go of our pain and forgive ourselves. I truly felt for Rebecca and I wanted to find peace.
I thought all three stories complimented one another well. If you've read 'Healing Hearts' by Beth Wiseman, her addition to this novella is the same so don't let that confuse you.
This is a nice, cozy read by three talented authors.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Kathleen Fuller, the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own