Friday, February 11

An Amish Love by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Long

Two of today's most popular genres -- Romance and Amish fiction -- together in one volume.

"Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman: Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman are alone for the first time in 30 years. When Naaman left to visit cousins in Ohio, Levina wasn't expecting him to be gone a year. Now that he's back, will they be able to move beyond this estrangement and fall in love again?

"What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller: A tragic accident rocks a peaceful Amish community, leaving Ellie Chupp blinded and Christopher Bender's future shattered. But they find love and forgiveness in a place they least expect.

"A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long: Rachel Yoder is tired of her Amish lifestyle and her domineering father's ways. When handsome Joseph Lambert comes back from the Englisch, she lies to force a marriage of convenience, providing the perfect means to escape her father's rule. But Rachel never imagined she'd fall in love with Joseph so quickly or irrevocably.

MY THOUGHTS

Just in time for Valentine's Day, An Amish Love is a fabulous collection of three novellas written about love, family values, and second chances. Each story is written by a different author, yet they follow the same style and similar topics.

The first story is called Marriage of the Heart, and I loved reading about the predicament that the main character Abby got herself into. She longed to move away from her father, and in desperation she told a very big lie. She had no idea that her lie would immediately change her future and the future of a young man that she hardly knew. The story of how their lives are intertwined and the sacrifices that they made was a true inspiration.

The second novella is What the Heart Sees, and this one is not a typical "Amish" type story. Ellie is the first character introduced, and she is blind. She has adapted to her life in spite of her handicap, but she has a deep secret that haunts her even five years later. So many other people are also affected by her secret, and they all need to be honest in order to move on in their lives.

My favourite of the three stories is Healing Hearts, a story of a middle aged Amish couple who have been separated for one year. The husband has been away, and he is not sharing much about what happened while he was gone. Now that he is back home again, he has his work cut out as he tries to repair the broken relationships with his wife and grown children, as well as with the entire neighbourhood. Rumors swirl around and everyone expects the worst. A true example of forgiveness, grace and restored relationships.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of An Amish Love through the Book Sneeze Reviewers Program in exchange for my honest review.

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