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An Amish Harvest: Four Novellas Paperback – August 16, 2016
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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.
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I do not consider myself an expert on the Amish. There are other genres which I have read for years, even decades, and have studied. On these I might write with great confidence. With books of this genre, I can almost say “I only know what I have previously read.”
I do know is that Amish communities are not contiguous, and that each is lead by an elder or bishop who, perhaps with other input, sets the standards. Thus what is acceptable behavior in one area might not be in another community.
So, perhaps, there are communities which accept the use of cell phones carried by individuals instead of hard wired lines in barns or other structures away from their homes. Perhaps somewhere there are young Amish men who text while guiding their buggies through traffic.
So maybe there are communities where couples “date” in the Englischer sense, going out to a restaurant or grabbing a slice at the local pizza parlor. Though I might be puzzled by mention of these things in connection with an Amish stories, it doesn’t totally destroy my interest in the story.
And, since vocabularies may vary from community to community if they do not interact, even some common references may differ. But if the going to use the Deutsch Gott for God, please be consistent.
But these stories held other, greater stumbling blocks to my pleasure.
I do not know if the desire to remain aloof from the Englisch world would extend to not offering information which would exonerate an innocent (Amish) man accused of causing an accident, but I do know that a policeman worth his salt would look for witnesses himself and not depend of the word of a man who was not present to identify potential witnesses.
Also potential lawsuits would not disappear because a business owner fired the employee blamed for the accident!
Although all of the four authors wrote pleasantly, my biggest complaints concern the first two novellas by Beth Wiseman and Amy Clapton and the complaints above come principally from those stories. Actually I was rather surprised that Ms Clapton thanked her Amish friends for answering her many questions. I can’t help wondering if she was asking the right questions.
And it was also in Ms Clapton’s story that the issue of avoiding liability by dismissing a man without proof of wrong doing, which has nothing to do with being Amish. But I guess the Amish wouldn’t sue.
The works of Kathleen Fuller and Vannetta Chapman were, to my mind, more Amish although I was a little uncomfortable in that Ms Fuller seemed to consider the problems of a stuttering young girl or a par with an undiagnosed autistic.
So all my praise goes to Ms Chapman. She conjured up the world I expect in a story set in a rural community, and although I will not say there were no missteps, there was nothing so disturbing as to make me yell: Write what you know, not what is currently popular.
Love is found again! But Naomi is Amish and Brock is not. How can they ever be together? Can Naomi overcome the past abuses she suffered? Can she forgive and move on? This story of love and forgiveness will touch your heart!
Love and Buggy Rides by Amy Clipston
Jonathan and Janie form a friendship that appears to be heading towards love after Jonathan is involved in a bad buggy accident. When Janie’s father forbids her to go to the police with her knowledge of the accident, will she obey as a good Amish daughter? Or will she help Jonathan find the truth? A charming story of trust and love!
A Quiet Love by Kathleen Fuller
Dinah and Amos are both special in their own way. As they spend more time together Dinah realizes she’s developing feelings for Amos. What will her family think? Is a relationship even possible? A great story, Kathleen isn’t afraid to “go there” and explore the possibility of a relationship for someone with Autism.
Mischief in the Autumn Air by Vannetta Chapman
A great story with a mysterious twist! Martha is forced to move from her home. Eli needs an office assistant. Two very different personalities working together to figure out why the furniture belonging to Jacob and Charity is selling so high. You’ll enjoy this story as the pieces begin to fall together!
You are looking at four great short stories in this book to read in this book, each one is written by a different author all good one and you will never be sorry that you took the time to read all.
It would be nice if you made a review on each one but you can make just a general review to encourage others to read an let them know how much you liked this book.
Love & Buggy Rides by Amy
A Quiet Love by Kathleen
I would have given this 5 stars if it wasn't for the last Novella
Mischief in Autumn Air by Vanetta
I've read other novels/series by Vanetta and this story was just okay (sorry)
I like when a story makes me laugh and the others were GREAT!!!!