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An Amish Love: Healing Hearts/What the Heart Sees/A Marriage of the Heart (Inspirational Amish Anthology Paperback – December 28, 2010
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Three novellas in one book provide variations on the Amish theme. Each stands alone, though characters overlap as three couples search for love. In "A Marriage of the Heart," Abigail Kauffman forces her marriage to Joseph Lambert, a man struggling with his past in the Englisch world. They forge a tentative relationship, but both their pasts may be their undoing. Ellie Chupp, a blind Amish woman in "What the Heart Sees," must face Christopher Miller when he returns to his Amish roots seeking forgiveness for his part in causing Ellie's blindness. But can he forgive himself? One strong woman leads the way. Finally, in "Healing Hearts," Naaman Lapp returns home after a year away to find Levina, his wife of 31 years, distrustful and confused. Naaman woos her as he struggles to make amends with his children. But a mysterious man comes looking for Naaman and rumors begin to fly. Occasional dragging plot lines won't damage the book's selling power. (Dec.)
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Three of the top authors in Christian literature collaborate on these three Amish-themed novellas. Characters overlap in the stories, which brings unity to the book. These heartwarming tales focus on finding oneself and finding love. --Romantic Times
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I am a huge fan of Amish literature. Whether it is romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, or cookbooks, I devour every bit of writing I can if it has to do with the Amish. My family has roots in Amish country, and I have always been taken with the simple and sustainable way that they live. I enjoy the glimpses into their world, even if it is through fictionalized accounts.
These stories are wonderful. They engage you and carry you away to the Amish world, one that is so far away, yet so very close. The characters are true and endearing. The descriptions are vivid and captivating. I loved that the stories were short, but not lacking in character development or plot. They capture your attention and cart you off into the world of the Amish, but not for too long.
My particular favorite story was the first in the book, "A Marriage of the Heart". It was definitely a romance story with a twist. I enjoyed the way that Abigail and Joseph manipulated each other, until they both began "to understand the tender truths of life-long love." They are each looking for a way out of the lives that they lead, and wind up falling ~ in love and into the Amish ways. This was a captivating story that I read in one sitting.
All of the stories in this book have similar qualities. Each of the characters is looking for "a way out" when what they ultimately find is "a way in". The stories intertwine, but also hold up well on their own, so you are able to just read one, or skip around them without losing any context.
I also loved that there are Old Order Amish recipes included. There is nothing better than a fresh batch of Amish cookies to go with your Amish romance novella! I definitely recommend this book, for any fan of Amish romance, or for someone who wishes to read a love story that isn't buried in sex scenes.
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I got a copy of An Amish Love from NetGalley to review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.
An Amish Love contains three different novellas all of which I found to be beautiful.
1. Healing Hearts
2. What The Heart Sees
3. A Marriage of the Heart
In Healing Hearts, by Beth Wiseman, we meet Levina Lapp, an elderly Amish woman whose husband left her for a year to go live elsewhere after all their children had grown and left home. A year later, he returns to her, but she is unsure she will ever be able to love, forgive and trust him again. He hurt her deeply by suddenly leaving, and even his children hold anger towards him for having left their mother alone. Will her husband be able to heal her hurting heart? Will their marriage ever be the same? Or will this, perhaps, be the best thing that could ever have happened to their marriage?
What The Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller is about Ellie Chupp who went blind in a terrible car accident. The same accident that killed Christopher Miller's beloved fiancée and Ellie's best friend. Christopher ran away after the terrible accident claimed his fiancée's life after getting banned from the community due to his efforts to get the Amish driver of the car his fiancée was in, Isiah, thrown in jail. He comes back some years later to find Isiah engaged to his own sister, and the betrayal washes over him again, but at the same time he finds his heart falling for Ellie, feelings he thought he would never have again. Will Christopher be able to let go of his pain and anger? Or will his chances at a happy life be ruined when he cannot forgive Isiah for he events that happened and changed his life forever?
The last story, A Marriage of the Heart, is by Kelly Long and is about Rachel Yoder who tells a lie causing her father to think that her virtue and reputation have been compromised by Joseph Lambert. All Rachel wanted was away from her father's domineering ways, and she thought if her father forced a marriage between her and Joseph that she would escape. Joseph however decides to go along with the plan and move in with Rachel's father once they are married. Now, is Rachel trapped by bother her father and a husband who does not love her? Or is their a chance that their convenient marriage can blossom into one full of love?
I thought the that each story was very unique: one about a couple reuniting, another about a couple who each thinks they didn't deserve love, and the third about a couple forced together by circumstances rather than out of love.
I would have to say Healing Hearts is my favorite because it shows the true depth of love and forgiveness that we can achieve. Also, it is a good reminder that marriages must be worked on and not allowed to fall stale. Even if they are "working" marriages, a couple must put more into each other than just letting things happen to them.
Each author has a unique voice but the three blended together for a wonderful collection of novellas about love.
If you are feeling especially romantic, I definitely recommend picking up this recently published collection of novellas. An Amish Love will warm your heart and leave you with a smile.
4 out of 5 stars.
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