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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    A warm and sweet collection of inspirational romances

    This book has one of the simplest, prettiest covers I've ever seen on a romance - perfect for its theme. So I requested it from Thomas Nelson as part of their BookSneeze program, and I wasn't disappointed with what was inside the covers either. "An Amish Love" is a collection of three novellas set in the same Amish community.

    Amish romances are quite different from my usual reading fare. If a regular romance featured a heroine who only wanted to be a homemaker, and whose bedroom door remained almost as shut after marriage as before, I wouldn't enjoy it. But I knew what to expect when I started this book, and it's different when this is the normal way of life. It's a glimpse into another culture, rather than the author's own standards showing.

    That, and I enjoyed the premise of the first of the three novellas in the book. In "A Marriage of the Heart" by Beth Wiseman, Abigail wants to leave her father's cold, loveless house by any means necessary - not that many are available to a young Amish woman. So she tells him that Joseph Lambert, a newcomer to the community, was forward with her. Joseph's rather shady past means people are likely to believe her claim rather than any denials he might make.

    Except Joseph turns the tables - he makes no denial at all, figuring that a wife might be just what he needs to integrate himself into the community. And after the shotgun wedding, he offers to move into her house and work for her father.

    These stories might not be action-filled or racy, but they've got enough conflict to keep me reading. Ellie, the heroine of Kathleen Fuller's "What the Heart Sees", was blinded in an accident, and Christopher was shunned by the community because he tried to press charges against the man who caused the accident. That man also happens to be Ellie's cousin.

    Finally, in Beth Wiseman's story "Healing Hearts", Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman succumb to empty-nest syndrome after their grown children leave home. So Naaman leaves as well, only to return a year later to a wife who naturally distrusts him.

    I liked this story because of the older couple and their realistic backstory, but a twist at the end didn't work. A sheriff appears in the town, searching for Naaman, and everyone engages in near-farcial behavior to keep the two of them apart, believing that Naaman did something illegal during his year away. Would any author set up such a subplot in the last few pages of an inspirational novella?

    Other than that, this book was an easy and pleasant read. The characters eat so much delicious-sounding food that the reader might feel peckish as well, but there are recipes for teaberry cookies and cream cheese brownies at the back of the book. I'd definitely try more of Thomas Nelson's Amish romances.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011


    AN AMISH LOVE by Beth Wiseman,Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long is a delightful Amish romance.It is a novella of three short stories."Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman,"What the HeartSees" by Kathleen Fuller, and "A Marriage of the Heart"by Kelly Long. These three authors have compiled three stories of love,faith,hope,
    forgiveness,community,marriage of convenience, redemption,family, leaving the past behind,moving on to the future with witty banter between some of the characters.They have also compiled some Amish recipes at the back of the book with reading questions.I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy sweet,tender,Amish
    romance by three wonderful and talented authors.A MUST READ!!.It is quick and fast paced read. This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and details can be found at Nelson,Thomas Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Terrific -- Great for all ages!

    "Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman
    This book made me so angry! After all those kids and 30 years of marriage he just up and walks out saying he's going to visit relatives? I think not!
    Anyway, it was a good story and I ended up liking him in the end - though I still thought they were too easy on him.

    "What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller
    How enthralling! This was such a sweet book but you could feel the secrets and anger. It's a reminder that we must forgive to move on -- and that we're not always angry at the person we're taking it out on...

    "A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long
    As I rule, I don't really like "Amish" books but something about this one drew me. This particular novella was set in Paradise which is only a bit up the road so it felt like home. I really enjoyed this because it felt so real. Real issues. Real relationships. Real struggles. It wasn't the feel good tripe painting them without personalities that I've found in some. It was really well written and a terrific way to spend a couple of hours.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    A Triple Dose of Love

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

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    This is the first time I've read Amish Romance so I wasn't sure what to expect. I liked Harlequins as a young teen until they started leaving nothing to the imagination so I thought I might enjoy this as well. Delightful book of three novellas. Right from the start, having the definitions up front helped and I appreciated whoever's idea that was. Each story stands alone with a few common people/places. A Marriage of the Heart - by Kelly Long Overall, I enjoyed it. I felt like I was dropped abruptly into the story and oddly enough, the ending felt the same. The scenario concerning the decision to marry seemed implausible to me (especially the father) but I won't say much more to avoid spoilers. Didn't stop me from enjoying reading it though. What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller Great storyline and very likeable characters. I also liked the interaction with her mother. Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman My definite favorite of the three. How hard it can be to explain some of our own actions, especially when they caused pain to those we love. For an introduction to this sub-genre, it was enjoyable and I definitely will look for more. *Note: This book was provided through the GoodReads First Read program with the expectation of an honest review. My opinions are my own.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Wonderful Read!

    Romance is in the air for the anthology, An Amish Love, by three popular Christian writers, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller & Kelly Long.

    In A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long, Abigail Kauffman tells her father that she was uncomfortable when Joseph Lambert was kissing and touching her, which are all lies. Her father believes her and forces Joseph to marry her that very day. Joseph did not mind that Abigail lied because he was in love with her. Abigail wanted to get married so she could get away from her father, but her plans are ruined when Joseph decides that they will live with her father and help with the farm.

    The second story is What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller, and is about Ellie Chupp who loses her sight in an accident. Her boyfriend dies shortly after. Christopher Miller, who caused the accident, returns home after five years. When he meets Ellie, sparks fly for both of them.

    The last story is Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman. Naaman Lapp returns home after leaving his wife for several months. When he was away, he missed the birth of his grandchild. All of his grown children have lost respect for him and including his wife Levina.

    Over the years, I have read a lot of Amish fiction, so I was eager to read this book. Each story is completely different from the other, especially Healing Hearts that involves an older couple struggling to patch their marriage. I liked A Marriage of the Heart the best out of the book, because the plot of the arranged marriage is setup in the first few pages. Where The Heart Sees is an emotional tale that I also enjoyed reading. If you are an Amish fiction reader, you will love this book.

    *I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    An Amish Love

    An Amish Love is a compilation of three stories, and my favourite got to be the Marriage of the Heart. It's funny, witty and not to mention sensational. Amish lives and culture were interwoven it it delicately and I did not have such a culture shock after reading it, and the interaction between Abby and her English husband (whom she tricked to marry her) was sweet, romantic and rather hillarious. Their relationship got into a another level after awhile and their flirting became rather suggestive afterwards.

    Marriage of The Heart is really a sweet story, and it was a favourite of mine among all those stories in the book. The theme 'marriage of convenience' and 'God's plan' were really captivating in Marriage of the Heart.

    I have to say the the other two stories in this book dulled in comparison to this story. Anyway, this book is a good and entertaining read. I highly recommend this as a Valentine's Day present for your loved ones or friends, and I rate this book 4 out of 5.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher as an advance reading copy.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Interesting book!

    Three seperate stories, yet connected, each story set in Paradise, Pennsylvania and each story connecting characters to the other. I think that is one of my favorite things about novellas, is that while each story is written by different people, and each set of characters developed by each author, they are able to join them cohesively in a novella.

    These three stories take place in Paradise where they all live, each story different, one story of a young Amish woman so desperate to escape her unhappy home, that she lies to entrap a young man into marrying her. Another story centers around an accident that took place five years earlier, leaving a young Amish woman blind, and another dead. And causing two young Amish men to struggle in their faith and and causing such bitterness in one of them, he gets shunned. And the last story is the story of an Amish couple who have been married for thirty years and have raised their kinner, and the husband leaves for a year. Now he has returned home, trying to understand why he left and trying to win back his wife and his family.

    Unlike most of my reviews where I give very detailed descriptions of the book I am reviewing, this review is really about how different each of these Amish stories are. With so many authors writing Amish books, you often find that one Amish book reads like another, and that was not the case with this novella. Each of these authors brought a fresh story to this novella by using story lines that aren't often used. The story of the Amish couple trying to find their way back to love and harmony in their home, was a story I particulary enjoyed, due to the fact that it is story line, and actual occurence often seen in life today. I loved these stories and look forward to more books by these authors. The book concludes with a discussion guide and Amish recipes. 387 pages $14.99 US 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes by Thomas Nelson, no payment was provided for this review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    An Amish Love

    An Amish Love, by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long was a novel that I enjoyed reading. I loved how three different authors came together to write a book. The book is a must-read for any women (or men) who enjoy reading about Amish people or Amish romance. I have read similar books in the past by different authors, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

    The authors did a wonderful job describing the plot and setting and providing historical information that is relevant to the Amish culture. I look forward to reading similar books that are written by Wiseman, Fuller, and Long.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    overall good read

    Three stories are wrapped into one book, all taking place in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In "A Marriage of the Heart," Abigail Kauffman can't believe that Joseph Lambert isn't as taken by her as the other men in the community. In an attempt to get back at him, she tells her father Joseph tried to kiss her. Outraged that Joseph would try to take advantage of his daughter, Abigail's father demands a marriage between the two. When an old friend comes to visit Joseph, Abigail learns of her husband's past, putting their growing love to the test.

    Ellie Chupp loses her sight in a car accident in "What the Heart Sees." This same accident kills Christopher Miller's fiancée and he leaves the community, angry that the one responsible wasn't punished. Five years later he returns only to find out his sister is engaged to the man who was driving the car. Can Christopher learn to forgive as Ellie has done?

    In "Healing Hearts," Naaman Lapp decides he needs to take a break from his family. After thirty-one years of marriage, Naaman leaves to visit some family, not knowing when or if he'll return. Levina doesn't understand why her husband left and is further confused when he returns eleven months later. The Amish faith requires her to forgive but can she truly forgive Naaman? When a sheriff comes looking for her husband, Levina wonders if he returned on his own or came seeking refuge. Can she trust him again?

    Out of the three stories, "A Marriage of the Heart" was my favorite. I liked how even though each story was written by a different author, all mention characters from the others. I felt like there was too much background with "What the Heart Sees." It seemed to me that the story kept building and building and then quickly ended with Christopher asking Ellie on a date at the very end. The story seemed to be more about each of them separately and their internal struggles than their growing relationship. "Healing Hearts" was my least favorite of the three but not for any specific reason. This made for a good read and I overall enjoyed it.

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  • Posted December 20, 2010

    A Lovely Read

    "An Amish Love" consist of 3 novellas in a book. "A Marriage of The Heart" by Kelly Long, "What The Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller and "Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman.

    In "A Marriage of The Heart", Abigail Kauffman was desperate to get away from her strict father. The opportunity come in the form of Joseph Lambert, a man who is pleasing to her eyes. Joseph just return to the community of their small town of Paradise PA.

    Unfortunately the plan did not go like what she had hope for. She married Joseph but they still live under her Dad's rule.

    Although, being forced to marry Abby, Joseph did not really hold much resentment. In fact they slowly come to love each other.

    Then there is a "hiccup" where Joseph's past came back to haunt them.

    In the end, Abby got to know the reason why her Dad was so strict with her.

    "What The Heart Sees" tell the tale of Ellie Chupp who lost her sight in an accident. Not only that, her boy friend also left her for obvious reason. She had resigned to be alone till the day she die that is till Christopher Miller literally "Bumped" into her leaving a big bump on her forehead.

    Chris have come back to the community after 5 years of the accident which took the life of her beloved, Caroline. Chris was shunned when he went to the police to report Isaiah. After 5 years, he thought he can forgive Isaiah

    To his shock, his sister Sarah is to be married to Isaiah. Once again Chris was put into a dilemma. Can he forgive Isaiah who is going to be his brother?

    This brought Ellie and Chris closer together. But Ellie have a secret of her own.

    There is a twist at the end of there story

    In "Healing Hearts", Naaman Lapp walks out on his wife, Levina for one whole year. No reason given except the he is going to visit his cousins in Ohio. Levina thought it would be a short trip but as days past, her heart tells her otherwise.

    Then out of the blue, Naaman shows up after one year of absence. Naaman told her that he is home to stay. But can Levina believe him?

    And to make it more complicated, a Sheriff from Ohio had show up in the community looking for Naaman. Why is the Sheriff looking for Naaman? What did he do while he was staying with his cousin in Ohio?

    In this story, there is also a twist in the end.

    I have read books about Amish community before. Thus, this did not come much of a cultural shock for me.

    Generally, I like this book. The love there is so innocent and sweet. The way the stories were written also very captivating. Especially the twist at the end of the tale. Something like Jeffrey Archer books.

    And most of all, the fonts are of standard size. Not those tiny size. I really dislike reading books with tiny fonts.

    I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson, the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Good Reading

    Published by Thomas Nelson Publishing

    This is 3 Novellas written by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long
    All three stories are stand alone, but they all happen in the town of Paradise.

    Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long
    Abigail Kaufman was raised by her father, after her mother's death. She felt unloved, and was looking for a way out of the Amish community. Joseph Lambert was looking to come back tot he Amish ways, after living the Englisch way for a few years. Suddenly, they find themselves married, without ever really knowing each other. And, to Abigail's dismay, instead of leaving the Amish life, Joseph wants to embrace it...Will they grow together, or be pushed farther apart?

    What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller
    Ellie Chupp lost her sight in the accident that took her friend, Caroline's, life. Caroline's fiance, Christopher Miller, leaves the community, and is gone for 5 years. Ellie's fiance had left her shortly after he discovered she would be blind the rest of her life. Christopher returns, finds his sister is marrying the boy who had been driving the car, the day of the accident. He wants her to break the engagement, because of his loss. Will he succeed, or will he discover the truth of that day 5 years ago?

    Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman
    After their children were all grown, Naaman Lapp walked away from his wife, Levina, and was gone for almost a year. He returns, and Levina is unsure of his intentions, even when he says he is home to stay.
    Then word comes that a sheriff from Ohio, where Naaman had been living at his cousins, has shown up in the community of Paradise, and is looking for Naaman. What has Naaman done during the time he was gone, to have the law looking for him?

    All three of these stories are really well written, and enjoyable. I think that anyone who likes Amish Romance will be happy with it. It gives you a chance to check the different writing styles of these three authors. I have a favorite, but I'm not saying which, as everyone should draw their own conclusions.

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review from Booksneeze. I received no other compensation. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

    An Amish Love

    I have been anticipating this book, and so when I finally got it in my mailbox today, I was really excited. An Amish Love contains 3 novellas written by 3 different authors.

    There's "Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman, "What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller and last but not least, "A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long.

    Three of the stories are all sweet and heartwarming, but my favourite got to be "A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long. So I'm going to review that one.

    Initially, I thought Amish stories would be rather...traditional and lacks cute romance, but I found that "A Marriage of The Heart" is very sweet, cute, romantic and quite cheeky.

    I mean, what do you call a story where a girl did one of the most naughty thing in her life; getting married to a man that she does not love just so that she could escape loneliness and her father's lack of attention?

    I found myself giggling when the plot unfolds for Abby and her new English husband Joseph. Abby may plan to marry Joseph for convenience... and so did he. They both wanted a marriage of convenience, but as the story moves along, Joseph began to fall in love with his own wife and began to court her and flirt with her mercilessly.

    There are cute teasings and sweet in and out of their bedroom, and there's pillow fight as well as stolen kisses bundled in this story too.

    And because the couple did not consummate their marriage until one point of the story, there's of course suggestive and playful words that could send the readers giggling at their not so innocent playfulness. There's tenderness and sweet intimacy in this story. The author wove the story so delicately that even holding hands and brushing of hair before sleep is sensual.

    I find it rather sexy too, especially when Joseph barge into the bathroom and went to tease his wife on returning her favour for taking care of him while he's sick by helping her bathe and she gets all annoyed at home and demands him to get out.

    I like this story very, very much. There's a little sweet, loving hate in it. It is a playful story I must say, and I couldn't really think of it as a Christian fiction til one point where Joseph mused that God must have had a hand in all this; that they're both given happiness depite of their awful initial plan of just marrying for convenience.

    Oh yea... there's also Amish recipe at the end of this book as a bonus... and I think it's a wonderful idea of including Amish recipe for the readers to try. It brings the readers closer to the life of the Amish.

    Thumbs ups for the stories in this compilation.

    I give this book 4 stars out of 5. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher as a part of their review program.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2010

    Great Novellas

    I received a copy of AN AMISH LOVE, from Thomas Nelson. The book is comprised of three novellas concerning modern-day Amish couples. Each story is heartwarming, and quick, so the book is very fast paced. I read all 387 pages in one afternoon. The end of the book includes Amish recipes and a reading guide for each novella.

    The first novella in the book is A MARRIAGE OF THE HEART by Kelly Long. The story involves young Abigail Kauffman, who makes up a story about Joseph Lambert kissing her. He has recently returned from the English world, and she hopes he'll take her away from her father. Ever since her mother's death when she was five, Abigail has not enjoyed her home life. Joseph, however, is interested in staying Amish, and putting behind his past, when he suffered drug addictions and lived on city streets. The two manage to make a happy life for themselves with her father. I loved this story, and found it very engaging. I wished it were longer.

    The second novella in the book is WHAT THE HEART SEES by Kathleen Fuller. This story involves Ellie Chipp, who lost her eyesight in an automobile accident years before. Her friend, Christopher Miller, was so distraught by the accident because it took his sister's life, that he left the Amish community, unable to forgive the car's driver. He returns, hoping to finally set things straight, and strikes up a friendship with Ellie. The friendship blossoms into love, he forgives, and rejoins the community. I also loved this story.

    The third novella is HEALING HEARTS by Beth Wiseman. Of the three, I disliked this one the most, although it was still good. Naaman Lapp returns to the community after being away, and hopes to make amends with his family. They have a hard time forgiving him for his absence, and feel as though he had abandoned them. I really could not get into this story the way I could with the others, but it was still enjoyable to read.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Three completely different tales

    An Amish Love actually contains three short "novellas" - one written by each author. Each story as the main title suggests, is set in Amish country with Amish characters. If you enjoy Amish Romance books, you'll probably enjoy this new title. While the stories they have the common theme, are all different enough that they can appeal to different walks of life - and age ranges. Niftily, it also contains several recipes mentioned throughout the stories. It also contains a reading group guide.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.

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