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An Amish Gathering: Life in Lancaster County Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 2017
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Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series, as well as novellas that have been included in many bestselling collections such as An Amish Year and An Amish Garden. Visit her online at BethWiseman.com, Facebook: AuthorBethWiseman, Twitter: @BethWiseman.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, 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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The book follows the typical storyline of romance, and the difficulties of getting the boy or girl, all three authors write well written short stories telling about how romance finally bloomed for their characters.
Interweaving the short stories is the mention of the main characters throughout each short story which allows the book to blend as one.
Overall, this is a pleasant read and one that is enjoyable. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon when the mind does not want to be over taxed by a complicated book.
people and you can learn a little of their customs.
Not heavy reading but i found the writing pleasant and enjoyable and i looked forward to each reading. A good book to cleanse you pallet with after a lot of the mysteries i enjoy.
The book was written by three authors with very similar styles, and is comprised of three short stories that build off one another. I have ranked them in order of my preference:
A Change of Heart - Beth Wiseman (4.5 stars)
This story centers around two young people who aren't certain of their feelings for each other or their paths in life. The heroine, Leah, is headstrong and fiercely independent to the point of convincing her parents she will never be fit to recommend herself as a proper Amish wife to any respectable Amish man. Much to Leah's dismay, however, she captures the attention of the handsome Aaron Lantz. Leah and stud-muffin Lantz find common ground in sharing Leah's stories and a relationship blossoms as the two discover Leah's talent as an author is more than enough to keep a man's interest. Will it be Mr. Stud-Muffin who captures her heart?
When Winter Comes - Barbara Cameron (3.5 stars)
This story centers around two young people who appear doomed to bad timing and prevailing cross-purposes. The heroine, Rebecca, carries a heavy burden of grief over lossing her twin sister and is haunted by the belief she might have prevented it. It was his intent five years earlier, before losing her sister, that Ben Weaver would make Rebecca his wife, having loved her all his life. When the timing becomes conducive for Ben to pop the question and for the couple to begin their happily-ever-after life together, a series of events unfold that play out an emotional tug-a-war that makes for an interesting, light read.
A Place of His Own - Kathleen Fuller (3 stars)
This story centers around two young people learning to heal old wounds and support each other. The story has two equally strong characters; Josiah, who returns just as suddenly as he left the Amish village more than a decade ago without even a good-bye to his best friend and neighbor, Amanda, has no intention of mending fences with Amanda or sticking around long enough to care. Amanda, still hurt and confused by her best friend's behavior a decade earlier, is determined to pick up where they left off and, if she's really daring, take their friendship to the next level. While Josiah works at a fevered pace to fix his dilapidated childhood home in order to sell it and move on with is life forever away from his Amish roots and distracting neighbor, Amanda insinuates herself in his life (by way of his kitchen) and challenges him in more ways than she's aware. Will Josiah continue running from his past or will he take a chance on love with Amanda?
The first-person perspective of both the male and female lead characters as well as other key characters throughout the stories.
The easy way all three authors incorporate the Amish dialect into every-day conversations between characters. I did not need to refer to the glossary while reading since the meaning of many words and phrases was understood from context.
The contrived and predictable story lines that pretended to be otherwise, particularly with the last two stories, which tended to draw out, longer than was necessary in my opinion, the tension and climax of the story. The last two stories read overly dramatic and unrealistic "big secret" or misunderstanding scenarios, which lead to so much heartache between characters, when revealed proved untrue to character and tended to dilute the plot and moral of the story.
Feminists be warned. As one might expect, Amish values are traditional,including those about women's roles; while women are respected in Amish society they typically earn that respect through their contribution in the kitchen (boy is there a lot of eating and cooking in this book) and house-keeping. In a small, fleeting way this book taught me to value the simpler, more traditional ways I contribute to the happiness of others, like cooking a meal or fixing a hem, as opposed to the more familiar ways in which I tend to feel the greatest sense of contribution to others...work. An overall refreshing read, I would recommend this book.
A Change of Heart by Beth Wiseman--Leah doesn't care anything about the usual domestic work that an Amish woman does. She only cares about writing. Her daed is at his wits end what to do with her, when an ex-Amish Angel comes into Leah's life. What will it take for Leah to find her way?
When Winter Comes by Barbara Cameron--Rebecca has loved to ice skate, and she was good at it, until a winter accident takes her twin sister, Lizzie. A young man has been waiting for Rebecca to grow up, and waited longer for her grieving to end. Has too much time passed for her to find love?
A Place of His Own by Kathleen Fuller--Josiah has left his Amish community long ago, after his mother died. Now he's back, but only long enough to put the family farm up for sale. He has no desire to face the demons of the past. But his next door neighbor, his former best friend, Amanda, seems to have him in her sights. Amanda can't seem to penetrate the walls Josiah has erected, but will she be able to watch him walk away again.
AN AMISH GATHERING is a collection of three Amish novellas by three popular Amish authors. I enjoyed reading When Winter Comes the most, but the other two were good as well.
I love reading Amish fiction, so it was a nice treat to be able to pick up this book. The stories were well-paced and a quick read, I finished two in one sitting. If you love Amish fiction, you won't want to miss AN AMISH GATHERING. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. I gave this book 4 stars because one of the stories wasn't up to the same standards as the other two.
mother would love the book. As soon as it was published I bought it and gave it to her for Christmas. Mom read it and called me to tell me it even made her cry because she was so touched. I just bought the new sequel that came out and I am going to give it to Mom for Mother's day. Very enjoyable and lovely book.