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Romance is in the air, old-fashioned courtship is alive and well, and love is an eternal promise.
Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman
He left to find himself. She found her way without him. Now Levina and Naaman Lapp are together again, feeling miles apart. Although coming home was the right thing to do, Naaman must regain the trust and respect of his wife who, in his absence, has learned to trust God like never ...
Romance is in the air, old-fashioned courtship is alive and well, and love is an eternal promise.
Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman
He left to find himself. She found her way without him. Now Levina and Naaman Lapp are together again, feeling miles apart. Although coming home was the right thing to do, Naaman must regain the trust and respect of his wife who, in his absence, has learned to trust God like never before. Could it be that their prior years together have simply been a preface to a greater love than they have ever known?
A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long
Abigail Kauffman is looking for a way out; Joseph Lambert is seeking a way in. Since her mother's death, Abby has lived alone with her father and longs to escape the emptiness of the farmhouse that has never felt like home. Joseph Lambert is a newcomer in their close-knit community. Only after they find themselves suddenly married to each other do they begin to understand the tender truths of life-long love.
What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller
When Ellie Chupp loses her sight in an accident--and then her boyfriend shortly after that--she believes love will never be in her future. But Christopher Miller has returned home, five years after fleeing from the tragedy that broke his heart. When Ellie and Chris meet again, sparks fly. Could true love be a matter of seeing with new eyes?
Abigail Kauffman clutched her hands together and took a deep breath of the cool fall air that drifted in through the open kitchen window. Her father's repeated question and ominous tone had her doubting her actions. But once she began a plan, she usually stuck with it.
"I said ... he ... well ... just made me feel a little uncomfortable with the way he was kissing me ... and touching ... and I ..."
Her father's face turned beet red. "I–I will ... have words with him."
He clenched and unclenched his heavy hands, and Abigail felt a surge of alarm and deeper indecision.
"Father ... it was nothing, in truth."
"I will have words with the bishop and that—boy, and then he'll marry you."
Abigail's eyes widened, the swiftness of her impulsive plan ringing in her ears. "Marry me? But I don't love him!"
Her father regarded her with flashing eyes. "Love has nothing to do with marriage. We will go to the bishop and Dr. Knepp, and we will see this solved before morning." He drew a shaky breath. "When I think of that boy, just baptized today, just accepted into the community, and then ... daring to trespass upon your honor ... Go upstairs and dress in blue. I will bring the buggy round. Hurry!"
Abigail turned and fled up the steps. "Dress in blue." The color for marrying. She gained her small bedroom and slammed the door closed behind her, leaning upon its heavy wooden support. She saw herself in her bureau mirror, her cheeks flushed, her kapp askew upon her white-gold hair. She wondered for a strange moment what a mother might say right now, what her mother, whom she'd lost at age five, would say in this situation. Her heart pounded in her chest. This situation ...
In truth, Joseph Lambert, with his lean, dark good looks and earnest eyes behind glasses, had done little more than speak to her ... and annoy her. She'd just wanted to pay him back a bit for his casual dismissal of her usually touted beauty ... and now she was going to have to face his mocking scorn. For she had no doubt he'd laugh outright at the suggestion of any impropriety between the two of them. They'd only been a few dozen feet from where everyone was gathered for the after-service meal, and it would be a bold young man indeed who'd risk anything, let alone steal intimate kisses ...
But her father had believed her ... or he'd believed the worst of Joseph Lambert, at any rate. She snatched a blue dress from a nail on the wall and changed with haste. She might as well get it over with, she thought with grim practicality. And yet there was one small part of her that wished things might be different, that wished she might truly be on her way to a marriage that would allow her to escape Solomon Kauffman's rule and cold distance.
She hurried back down the stairs and went outside to where the buggy waited. Her father started the horse before she barely had her seat, and as they gathered speed she tried to marshal her thoughts. She saw her life as it had been ever since she could remember ... cold, lonely, devoid of love and even simple conversation. Somehow, the Englisch world outside seemed so much less austere and confining, so much less full of unspoken pain.
She let herself escape for a moment by imagining marriage to Joseph Lambert. Not only would it get her out from under her father's thumb, but she would be able to keep house, or not keep it, any way she pleased. They wouldn't have to live with her father—at the picnic she'd heard Dr. Knepp, the popular Englisch physician, say something about making his barn over into an apartment for Joseph. It would be just as easy to fit two as it would one. She didn't take up that much space. Her possessions were scant. She'd learned how to make two blouses last for a season and the secrets of turning out old dresses to look new again.
No, she'd be little bother to Joseph Lambert. She chewed a delicate fingertip in her nervousness. It might work out well, the more she thought about it ...
Joseph Lambert eased a finger in between his suspender and white shirt and drew a breath of satisfaction at the comfort of the simple Amish clothing. He was tired, exhausted from the day and its happenings, but deeply happy. He glanced around the small barn that Dr. and Mrs. Knepp had done over for him and shook his head at the kindly generosity of the couple. To have a bed with clean sheets and a handmade quilt was more than he could have dreamed of in the past years—but to have his own space, his own home, was a gift from the Lord. He lay down in the bed and stared up at the wooden slat ceiling.
The faces of the people he'd been introduced and reintroduced to that day spun in a pleasant blur in his mind. Even the beautiful face of Abigail Kauffman was a delight to recall, though he knew he'd frustrated her—and deliberately so. She was too pretty for her own good, he thought with a smile, remembering their brief conversation near an old oak tree in the orange and red glory of early autumn. He'd had to thread his way through a throng of young admirers to reach the girl as she perched in the refuge of the tree, but the other boys had soon melted away under his penetrating look. But when he'd not shown the apparently expected verbal homage to her beauty, all of her pretense disappeared. He'd been thoroughly charmed by her indignation. But he knew that a girl like Abigail Kauffman was far beyond his reach, especially with a past like his ...
He sighed and, dismissing the day from his mind, began to pray, thanking Derr Herr for all that he'd been given and asking for clarity of direction for the future.
He'd just fallen into the most restful sleep he'd had in days when a furious pounding on the barn door startled him awake. He grabbed for his glasses.
"Kumme!" he cried, scrambling to button his shirt, thinking it must be some urgent matter for the doctor. Instead, once he managed to focus, he saw Bishop Ebersol and another giant of a man crowd into his small living space, followed by the doctor and his wife.
The giant strode toward him, clenching and unclenching ham-like fists. "Scoundrel!" The huge man growled the word.
Who is he? Joseph frantically sifted through the identities of people he'd met that day.
"Now, now, Solomon. Let the boy have a breath." The bishop inserted himself between Joseph and the larger man.
"A breath? A breath is not what he wanted to have today—"
"Everybody ease off!" Dr. Knepp snapped, and there was a brief break in the tension.
"What's wrong?" Joseph asked.
The bishop cleared his throat. "Son, I just welcomed you back into the community this afternoon."
"Well then, what were you doing dallying with Abigail Kauffman not half an hour later?"
"What? Dally—Abigail Kauffman?" Joseph suddenly recognized the strapping man as Abigail's irate father and took an automatic step backward.
"That's right ... try and run!" Mr. Kauffman roared.
Dr. Knepp snorted. "Solomon, where exactly will the boy go in two feet of space and his back to the wall? Just let him explain."
Joseph knew by instinct that a simple denial of any behavior was not going to satisfy Mr. Kauffman. He'd had to defend himself enough in the past to recognize that there were consequences at stake here, and he didn't like to think where they might lead.
"We talked a little—that's all," he exclaimed.
Mr. Kauffman exploded. "At least be man enough to admit that you dishonored her with your kisses and your hands!"
Joseph's mind whirled. What had the girl been saying? And suddenly, a thought came to him—clear and resonant. Here was a provision from the Lord to have a girl like Abigail Kauffman in his life. It didn't matter that she'd obviously lied; she was young. Perhaps her father had forced her into it ...
In any case, his impulsive nature took over. To deny the claim would mean the scorn and possible dismissal of his place in the community, something he'd worked too long and too hard to reclaim. And even though the little miss probably had a reputation for being wild, a woman's word, her honor, would always be more valuable than a newcomer's. To admit to the accusations might mean recompense as well, but perhaps not as bad, not in the long run anyway. And he'd have the beautiful Miss Kauffman eating out of his hand for defending her honor.
He lifted his head and met Mr. Kauffman's blazing eyes. "All right. I was wrong. I behaved ... poorly with Miss Kauffman. I apologize."
"There. He admits to it. I'll get Abigail from the buggy. You can perform the ceremony here."
"What?" Joseph and Mrs. Knepp spoke in unison.
Mr. Kauffman's lips quivered, and for an instant Joseph thought he might burst into tears. "The wedding ceremony. The bishop will do it here, now. When I think of what Abigail must have been feeling ..." He swiped at his forehead with a rumpled handkerchief.
"Solomon, let Joseph explain," Mrs. Knepp urged.
"Nee ... nee ... I will see her done right by—" He broke off and tightened his massive jaw. "To think it's come to this for my girl." The big man turned and left the barn.
Joseph resisted the urge to speak. He hadn't expected a marriage ... a courtship maybe, but a wedding? "Do I have a choice?" he finally asked the bishop.
"Not if you want to stay. Nee. Mr. Kauffman will go to the community to defend what he thinks is right."
Joseph nodded and ran his hands through his hair. Things could be worse; he could have been denied a chance to come back. A marriage seemed a worthy price for what he'd received that morning. "All right. Let's get this over with."
Dr. Knepp spoke with low urgency. "Joseph, I know you didn't touch her. You didn't have time, and you were in plain view. Tell the truth—the deacons will vote—"
"Nee ... I'll not take the risk. It means everything to me to be back here, to find and keep a place, a home ..."
Mr. Kauffman was sliding the barn door back open.
"Seth, do something," Mrs. Knepp begged in a whisper.
Dr. Knepp shrugged his shoulders. "The boy agrees."
"As well he might," Mr. Kauffman growled. He pulled Abigail into the room behind him. She was dressed in blue, and she kept her eyes downward.
Joseph considered the girl as the faces of the deacons flashed behind his eyes. He wondered for a moment how they would vote before he snapped back to awareness as the bishop joined his hands with Abigail's.
She wouldn't look at him. Maybe she was being driven to this. The thought gave him pause; she should have the right to choose.
"Do you want this?" Joseph asked, speaking to the top of her kapp.
She gazed up at him then. Her blue eyes were dead-steady calm. He'd seen eyes like those behind the wrong end of a gun, and now he wondered if she'd had a forceful hand in the matter herself.
"Ya," she murmured, dropping her gaze once more.
Her hands were ice cold though, and he rubbed his thumbs around the outside of her fingers as he listened to the bishop speak in High German. It was like a dream, really. The light from the lamp Mrs. Knepp held high threw strange shadows across the corners of the room and made crouching things out of chairs and the table.
He was asked the simple, life-binding questions that would make Abigail Kauffman his wife, and his answers were steady—as were hers. And then it was over.
It seemed anticlimactic. There was no kiss or hug of goodwill between the couple. And once he saw his job done, Mr. Kauffman seemed to shrivel to a shell of a man whom the bishop had to pat on the back for reassurance.
Joseph let go of her hands and finished buttoning his shirt, ignoring the way Abigail's eyes strayed to his chest. He tensed his jaw and walked over to his new father-in-law. "Mr. Kauffman—it's my plan to be a help and not a hindrance
to you all of my days. I know you farm alone with some hired help. You won't need as much help anymore. I need the work, and I'm good at it. Abigail and I will take up living with you in the morning, with your permission, of course."
"Ya," the older man said, clearly surprised. "Ya, that would be gut; I would miss Abigail about."
Joseph nodded; it was done.
Abigail tried to regulate her breathing as she listened to her dreams of freedom being swept away like a house on a flood plain. It didn't matter at the moment that Joseph had defended her honor and married her out of hand. She opened and closed her mouth like a gasping fish as her father and the others filed out the door, leaving her alone with her new husband.
Joseph pulled an extra quilt and pillow from a shelf near the bed and knelt to lay them on the floor. She watched his strong, long-fingered hands ease each wrinkle until he looked up.
Then she said the first thing she could get out. "Are you narrisch?"
"What? For saving you from your lies? You can have a lifetime to thank me properly."
She strode to face him, stepping on his clean quilt. He gazed up at her.
"I don't care about the lies! Are you crazy to have told my father that we'll live with him? You didn't even consult me."
He choked out a laugh. "And you consulted me about this wedding, wife?"
He gave a swift tug to the hem of her skirt, and she lost her balance, landing beside him. He leaned very near to her, and she felt her heart pulse in a curious sensation.
"Just tell me your father forced you into this," he whispered, reaching to brush a stray tendril of white-gold hair behind her ear.
Abigail couldn't bring herself to lie again, not when she was feeling so strange and fluttery inside. She shook her head. "I cannot tell you that."
He ran a finger down her cheek. "I thought not; I just wanted to hear you say it. But why me? I'm genuinely curious."
She looked down at her hands, clenched in her lap. "I–I just thought that you were handsome, and I ..."
"Please," he sighed, running a hand beneath his glasses and then studying her again. "Just tell me the truth."
"You came over," she burst out, "and then you just talked and mocked me. You treated me like a little girl, and then I thought that if you had to marry me, it might work out well for both of us. You're used to the Englisch ways, and I want the Englisch ways. We could live here and you could work for Dr. Knepp, and I could—"
"You could do exactly as you pleased, is that it? Without Daddy to interfere? With a husband who was on his knees this afternoon, begging for community, and not likely to make a fuss?" His voice was level but mocking.
"Ya," she whispered in misery.
"Well then, you got more than you bargained for, my sweet." He lifted her chin so that she was forced to meet his dark eyes. "I don't want the Englisch ways, Abigail Lambert—that's why I came back. And I will honor this marriage and the responsibilities it entails. And my expectation is for you to do the same."
He didn't wait for her to respond, but dropped his hand and lay down on the quilt, rolling over to his side and clutching the pillow to his middle.
She stared at his broad back.
She wanted to smack him a good one. Instead she sniffed and, with as much dignity as she could muster, rose to go and lie sleepless and chilled on the comfortable bed of her wedding night.
She'd lain awake all night thinking, praying, and discarding plans as to how she might make him agree not to move back to her father's house. The best she could come up with was to try and get Dr. and Mrs. Knepp's support, since they'd gone to all the trouble of making up this place for him. She slipped like a wraith from the bed and tiptoed over Joseph, sliding open the well-oiled door and heading for the main house. She saw a light in the kitchen and knocked on the back screen door.
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Posted July 14, 2012
I particularly liked the first story, ***A Marriage of the Heart.*** An Amish man (Joseph Lambert) returns to the community after a bann and is forced into marriage in order to protect the honor of a deceitful young Amish woman (Abigail Kauffman). The first thoughts which came to mind was this couple was unequally yoked. Early, I worried Abigail would lead Joseph astray. It was beautiful the way love and patience transformed the couple so they both ended up pulling in the same direction. 4.5 – 5 out of 5 stars. Definitely my fave of the three. What the Heart Sees was quite enjoyable, though the ending was a bit rushed. Still, it held my interest throughout though. In this story, we have an Amish man (Christopher Bender) wanting to reenter the community after a bann but his inability to forgive another member interferes with his desires. Helping him through his journey is blind Amish woman (Ellie Chupp) who believes her blindness makes her undesirable for marriage. I think this work would have been much stronger if so much information weren’t withheld from the reader. The information was doled out in a way that left me (as a reader) in the dark but offered no suspense. But like I said, the over all story kept me interested. 3.5 – 4 out of 5 stars. The final work, Healing Hearts started out wonderful. I absolutely loved the idea of an older couple falling in love again. Though I’m far from their age, I could truly relate to their situation. My biggest issue is the story dragged out too long, and the characters got a little silly stupid toward the end. Partway through the story, a side character (Larry) was introduced with minimum information. Though he played a significant role to keep the story moving beyond the happily ever after, I knew so little about him, I lacked interest in his story line. 3 out of 5 stars. One thing interesting about this collection, all the stories were in the same setting. Not just an Amish environment, but in the exact same town so that characters from on story intermingled with characters in the other stories. Now isn’t that cool? I received this work from the publisher in exchange for a review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2012
Womderful stories - easy to read. I always like Beth Wiseman stories - have never read Kathleen Fuller or Kelly Long but I will be looking for more stories by them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2011
I was delighted to receive in the mail , An Amish Love, to read for pure enjoyment from BookSneeze. I was attracted to the Amish romance novella because it included three novellas in one. Healing Hearts, A Marriage of the Hear, and What the Heart Sees. All the stories were written by different authors, but they worked together to intertwine some of the characters and settings.
It was a simple, enjoyable read for me. I do not read much fiction, but really savored reading this book before going to bed. I appreciated reading about the old-fashioned courtship principle because my dh and I are strongly counseling our children on this idea rather than the traditional dating concept. All authors recognized the true commitment of marriage as sacred.
I recommend An Amish Love to anyone who is looking for a pure, simple, Christian romance that doesn't require engaged thinking. Truly a relaxing read.
Posted April 5, 2011
The stories characters overcome difficult circumstances and find the perfect loves. Amish romance is written in an innocent way Pure and innocent love appeals to most women. This book is heavy on values: forgiveness, faith, the importance of family, and love. The characters are presented in a realistic way. I was able to easily get lost in the stories I read. This is a book you'd like. Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2011
This trio of stories is an easy, cheerful read. I'm kind of in this "Amish people are so interesting - and cool!" phase right now, so honestly I probably would've liked this regardless, unless its writing was truly horrific, but thankfully it was not. Something I really appreciated is that although each of these three short stories ("Healing Hearts," "What the Heart Sees," and "A Marriage of the Heart") can be read independently of one another, they're all loosely connected in terms of character, plot, and setting, which gave these short stories a somewhat unique aspect. This book is heavy on the values I've found in other Amish fiction: forgiveness, faith, the importance of family, and because of the kind of book this is, love. Thankfully, I was expecting all of those things based on the book's description. Despite the fact that there truthfully isn't anything too unique about the actual plot and content of the stories (as opposed to how they're tied together in a different kind of way), there was still something inherently satisfying about reading An Amish Love. Maybe it's because every character is more or less presented in a realistic way (although I'll be the first to admit that the character development could have been done a little better in "A Marriage of the Heart," which was my least favorite of the three short stories). Probably it's because this was, for me, a "pleasure" book after a few heavier books. It was also a quick read where I was able to easily get lost in the story as I read. It only took me a day and a half to read this book, and would have taken less time had I not been interrupted and busy with other work. Overall, if you're in the market for both Christian romance and Amish stories, this is a book you'd like. If you're not a fan of both of those things, I'd advise you steered clear.
(I received this book for free from the Book Sneeze review program for this review. I was asked to review this book fairly based on my own opinions and not asked to make a positive review in return for receiving the book.)
Posted March 9, 2011
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.
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.
Posted February 20, 2011
his is my kind of book! I loved it and never wanted it to end! The three stories take place in the same Amish community and some of the characters appear in the other stories. The book is written by three great Amish story tellers, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Long.
The first is about a hurting girl who tricks an newly baptized Amishman into marriage. Loved how this story unfolded and how love and forgiveness abounds.
The second story is about a tragic accident and death. Again this book has a lot to do about forgiveness and dealing with a handicap. You will love how Ellie deals with her blindness. Will love prevail?
The last story is Naaman and Lavina and a lot of forgiveness! Naaman has returned home after abandoning his family for almost a year. Some of his children forgive easily while the others are not ready. You will love how Naaman tries to win back Lavina...dates, notes and even kite flying!
As I said I didn't want this book to end, want to go along with their lives. I also loved the recipes that were included in this book!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. I was not required to give a complementary review, nor was I compensated. The opinions express are my own.
Posted February 11, 2011
"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.
Posted February 11, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 11, 2011
once again, i had the opportunity to read about the Amish and their way of life. it is a glimpse into a different world far from my own and what i am used to. one thing though stands clear to me that deep inside the human genetic makeup, people everywhere are the same regardless of race, creed or color. we all have the same capacity to laugh, to love, to be angry, to be afraid and to conquer our fears. the stories speak about human frailty and its consequences. they talk about ordinary people doing the best they can to cope with the circumstances they deal with everyday. they show how faith in one another and in God can make a huge difference when faced with adversities or setbacks. though the novellas can stand alone, each one is linked in some way with the other. some characters in the other novellas are mentioned and are even part of the story. i strongly suggest that each story be read in the order that it comes if only to avoid spoilers. it is also noteworthy that the authors have included a glossary of Amish terms at the beginning of the book. two other plus factors are the Reading Group Guide and the Amish recipes found at the end. An Amish Love - Three Amish Novellas is an excellent collaboration by three brilliant writers . the characters are well drawn and thought of. it is a perfect read not only for this month of love but also for the rest of the year. if you wish to be inspired, to laugh or have a good cry, take this book with you. be prepared to fall in love as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2011
I'm a little iffy on this novel. I both liked it and disliked. Why? Well, I am an Amish lover to no end, but, two of the books in this novella were a bit bland for me. It seemed to me that the authors just sort of ran on and on about much of the same circumstances. However, Healing Hearts was one that I truly enjoyed. Of course, I am hooked on Beth Wiseman and will forever be a fan of her work.
Please don't let my thoughts discourage anyone from reading this novella. I am just so used to one kind of thing and then read something that isn't my favorite, and I am giving my honest opinion. This will not stop me, however, from reading more Amish novellas and novels in the future from these authors, as I am sure that their talent will put forth something that I will enjoy beyond words.
~A Copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
~I do not receive financial compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary review books to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review.~
Posted February 2, 2011
An Amish Love compiles three separate Amish love stories by three different authors. However they all intertwine as being in the same town and each character knows each other. There are Amish recipes in the back of the book that were introduced in the stories as well as a reading group guide. Out of the three the first one "A Marriage of the Heart" was the story that I enjoyed reading the most. The other two were a bit of a slow go for me. Overall I thought each story was pleasant and if you enjoy Amish stories then you may enjoy this novella.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2011
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"An Amish Love" contains three novellas: "A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long, "What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller," and "Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman. Each story is well researched and written from the Amish point of view. Each of these stories not only brings out the beauty of true love and commitment, but also some of the struggles the Amish face. Would you want to dress as they do, have no phone or other electronic media, and do all your own cooking? What about the shunning that takes place when someone leaves their world? While the life may seem harsh, these are hearty people who truly live their beliefs. Pick up this book and take a journey into their world, see with their eyes, and fall in love with the Amish.
I really enjoyed reading these stories. The characters are alive and vibrant and their stories captivated me. I wanted more! I felt for them as they tackled problems like lying, shunning, and blindness. These are characters I would love to meet again and hear more from. If you enjoy books that show you another slice of life and present wonderful characters, this is a book for you. It is best for individual reading, but groups could also have fun discussing it. I received this book from the Book Sneeze program, and thank them for the opportunity to read it.
Posted January 28, 2011
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.
Posted January 28, 2011
A wonderful reading experience. Learing about what true courtship is makes me want my daughter to have that experience. I know, I know, it won't really happen but A mom can pray that her experience will be amazing. A trilogy of love stories that express so much joy and happiness. 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? 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?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 27, 2011
An Amish Love is a collection of three Amish Romances. Each novella features a woman in a different stage of her life. Healing Hearts is about Lavina and Naaman Lapp. Lavina's children are grown and her husband, Naaman, leaves her to visit his cousin and doesn't come back for almost a year. When he does come back, she needs to learn to trust him again and welcome him back into her life despite what some others think. I enjoyed this novella because it lets you see that no one is perfect and that we all struggle with our inner demons regardless of whether or not we're twenty or forty. It was nice to see a romance that features are more mature woman.
A Marriage of the Heart tells the story of Abby Kauffman and Joseph Lambert. After her mother dies, she is left at home with her father. She feels empty and alone and makes a rash decision that ends up getting her married to Joseph who is new to their community. By learning more of who she is, she learns to love Joseph and they grow together. This story is a true young love, happily ever after type of story. But more than that, it's a story that lets you see two imperfect people growing and maturing into a couple with a strong relationship and a good future together. That's rare in the real world and nice to see in a romance.
What the Heart Sees is about Ellie Chupp. She lost her site in an accident and then her boyfriend left her. She doesn't think she will ever have a husband because she's blind. When she meets a friend from long ago, sparks fly but she still doesn't believe he's interested in her because she's blind. He is trying to overcome a tragedy and she helps him with this. It's wonderful to see the friendship that this romance started with blossom into something more.
This is a wonderful collection of short stories for you to enjoy on Valentine's Day or any time. The book also includes old order Amish recipes and a reading group guide. Definitely one of my favorite Amish stories.
Posted January 22, 2011
I was confused at first by the summaries. Goodreads listed them in reverse order from what you read in the book and on the back cover it is actually last, first, and then second. I don't understand why they would do it that way - specially since the stories do relate to each other. Characters overlap from one story to another and the changes from the first story are referred to in the third.
As for the stories themselves, one of the things I liked about them was that there was the kind of ending you expect in a romance novel and none of them were cliff hangers - making you wait for another story to see what happened. Although I appreciate this genre, I've read some that were so sad it turned me off the series - or they didn't resolve the story for our main characters until the entire series was over. So you had to wait three or four years to find out if your leading lady found love. Realistic maybe, but I read romances for... romance. :o)
These keep that wonderful atmosphere and feeling you get from Amish fiction without cliff hangers or depressing endings. Having said that, my favorite story was the first one. I think it was the most romantic. Abby, her father, and Joseph start off in a relationship based mostly on manipulation, self-preservation and distrust. They don't realize how badly they all need each other - and how much better life will be when they stop acting like a family and truly become one.
The story of Ellie and Chris was my least favorite. I don't think I really bonded with the characters as well as I should have. There was a lot of character growth and change that had to happen in a short amount of time. Some of the change was so sudden and I don't think I totally believed it. It was still a nice story with good themes about forgiveness.
The last story also dealt with forgiveness. It was confusing to me for a while because Naaman never seemed to give any good motivation for leaving home. He never seemed to understand it himself. I could relate very well to his children who resented his coming back after so long with no explanation and just picking up where he left off. Regardless of that - his love story with his wife and how they worked to re-build their marriage was very touching. I also liked the bit of mystery that was worked into this story.
If you like Amish fiction, it's a good bet that you'll enjoy this anthology. It was provided to me by Thomas Nelson as part of the Book Sneeze program with the understanding that I would give an unbiased review. I thank them for my copy.
Posted January 19, 2011
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.