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An Amish Home: Four Novellas
     

An Amish Home: Four Novellas

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by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid
 

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A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams

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A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When a fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.

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4 stars RT Book Reviews
“These four novellas centered on the meaning of home and family highlight Amish life with heart and grace...The different styles of all four authors complement each other well.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780529118691
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
02/07/2017
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
35,559
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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An Amish Home

Four Novellas


By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2016 Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-529-11915-5



CHAPTER 1

Sarah sat next to Abram in the back seat of the van while their hired driver stowed Sarah's wheelchair in the rear compartment. Wheelchair. It was a word she would need to get used to, along with the knowledge that she'd never walk again.

"Wait until you see what I've done to the house." Abram latched onto Sarah's hand and squeezed, as if he'd done a luxurious remodel of their home. Instead, he'd turned it into a handicap-accessible house so that Sarah could get around inside, complete with a wheelchair ramp leading to the porch, he'd told her.

She forced a smile as the driver pulled out of the hospital parking lot, a place she'd called home for the past month.

"Johnny helped me lower the sinks and cabinets, and we have handrails everywhere you might need them." Abram's dark eyes shone with an emotion Sarah hadn't been able to identify over the past few weeks. Was it pity? Empathy? Regret? Guilt? Sarah had assured Abram that the accident hadn't been his fault. Thankfully, her husband had walked away with only a few scratches and a bump on his head. Sarah's side of the buggy had taken the hardest hit from the blue car. She didn't remember much about that day, but she remembered the blue car.

"Your family should be at the house when we get there, to welcome you home." Abram brushed back a strand of Sarah's red hair that had fallen from her kapp. She'd spent her entire life getting used to the fact that she was the only one in their district with red hair and freckles. Now she'd be the only person, as far as she knew, in a wheelchair.

Sarah's brother and parents had come to the hospital most days. They'd all been witness to her tantrums, depression, and anger at her new situation. She'd promised herself that she would tuck away those emotions today and be grateful that God had spared her life, and that He had kept Abram from serious injury.

Abram rattled on about more modifications he'd made to their home. Sarah had heard it all before. Her husband had shared every detail throughout the process, and bragged on Sarah's eighteen-year-old brother, how Johnny had come every day to lend a hand. Sarah had never been close to her brother. They were five years apart; maybe that was why. But, interestingly, Sarah had been the most comfortable at the hospital when it was just her and Johnny. He didn't fuss over her, but he was there if she needed anything. Mostly, he just let her be. And that was what she needed. Time to process what had happened to her.

Sarah sat still in the van while Abram paid the driver and retrieved the wheelchair from the back. An intern at the hospital had worked with Sarah, showing her the easiest ways to get in and out of the wheelchair. But despite what she'd learned, Abram insisted on picking her up and putting her in the chair that would be a part of her world forever, like a child being put in a booster seat.

Abram had placed wide panels of plywood in areas of their muddy yard, including a pathway toward the porch that would accommodate a wheelchair following rainy weather. She could see her parents on the porch, both smiling, but she barely gave them a glance. Her focus was on the slowly ascending plank that stretched before her like a bridge between her old life and her new one. A railing wrapped around the porch, upon which were two white wooden rocking chairs. Sarah wondered if she'd ever rock again. Her legs would just rest on the wooden slats with no way to kick herself into motion. It had always been her favorite place to be, sitting on the porch, sipping meadow tea, and watching her husband work in the fields. Especially this time of year, in the spring, with her flowerbeds filled with colorful blooms. She'd usually knit as she rocked. At least she could still do that. Playing volleyball on Sunday afternoons with the young folks wouldn't be an option ever again. And she was certain that list would grow over time.

"I've made a roast, potatoes, and carrots for dinner." Her mother clasped her hands in front of her, smiling as Abram pushed Sarah's wheelchair up the ramp. "And a red velvet cake for dessert."

Sarah suspected there was a much larger display of food awaiting them inside. Mary Stoltzfus believed that food cured all things. But being permanently handicapped wasn't an ailment that Sarah's mother could mend.

"Danki," Sarah said as she looked up at her mother, then her brother, and lastly at her father, who was looking at the ground. He'd visited her in the hospital the least and had very little to say. Unusual for a man who almost always voiced his thoughts. Sometimes when he shouldn't. "I appreciate everything you've all done."

Sarah's father opened the door, and Sarah breathed in the aroma of supper. She welcomed the familiarity of her mother's cooking. But when she crossed the threshold of the front door, she gasped.

"You don't like it?" Abram stepped in front of her as the lines in his forehead creased. More lines than she remembered. "I can change it." A muscle quivered at his jaw.

"Nee, nee," she said before swallowing hard. "It is fine. Very gut." She'd known this was coming, but seeing the counters a foot shorter shocked her anyway. And all of the cabinets above the counters were gone. A long row of locker-style cupboards on the floor now housed her kitchenware against a wall, which used to have racks for hanging hats and capes.

"I can change anything." Abram walked to the sink, where he towered over it like a giant who had wandered into the wrong home.

"Nee, it's fine. Really." Sarah knew the hours her husband had put in to transform their home. And between working outside and putting in his thirty hours per week at the hardware store, she suspected he had lost a good bit of sleep completing the task. But he'd still found time to visit her daily at the hospital. That added the expense of hiring a driver since it was too far to travel by buggy. Her parents and brother had also incurred that cost. Sarah had become a burden before she'd set one foot inside her house. A knot formed in her throat, knowing she'd never actually set her feet anywhere again.


* * *

Abram told his mother-in-law how wonderful the food was, thanked her for preparing the meal, and thanked Johnny again for all his help. As Sarah stayed quiet and picked at her food, Abram and Sarah's father settled into a conversation about the bishop. A topic Abram would have chosen to avoid since Saul never had anything nice to say about the man. Especially lately.

"If my roots weren't firmly grounded in Lancaster County, I'd pick up and move," Saul said, frowning. "Lloyd Yoder has no business being bishop."

Mary sighed heavily. "Saul, this is not a conversation for the supper table." She narrowed her eyebrows at her husband, nodding slightly toward Sarah, whose head was down. "Especially not today."

Saul raised a bushy gray eyebrow. "I think the Lord made a mistake when He saw fit for Lloyd to become bishop."

"The Lord doesn't make mistakes," Mary said as she shook her head. "Now, eat your supper." She turned to Sarah. "How's the roast? I bet you're glad to have a home-cooked meal, ya?"

Sarah nodded, but continued to move her food around on her plate. Mary would faint if she knew about all the fast-food Abram had picked up on the way to see his wife. Halfway into Sarah's stay at the hospital, their driver — Lucas — would ask, "Where to today?" Sometimes it was burgers and fries. Other times, they'd grab a pizza or deli sandwich to take to Sarah. The expense had added up, but there wasn't anything Abram wouldn't do for Sarah. And the only thing that seemed to bring an inkling of joy to her was fast-food, something they hadn't grown up on and rarely splurged on. His wife was particularly fond of Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell.

"You've done a fine job on the haus, Abram." Saul glanced around the room at Abram and Johnny's handiwork. Abram's father-in-law had offered to help, but everyone knew Saul had a bad back. And Abram could only take his father-in-law in small doses. He loved the man for his good heart, but he was opinionated and outspoken. And it had gotten worse since Saul and Bishop Yoder had a heated argument about fertilizer a couple of months ago following a worship service. The bishop was trying to get more folks to grow organically, and Saul wasn't having any part of it. That conversation had led into another discussion about the proper way to erect a barn, a subject that was argued quite often among the men in the district. And if Saul and Bishop Yoder hadn't already bumped heads enough, the bishop tried to tell Saul that any renovations to Abram and Sarah's house needed to be approved by him. Saul had gone bonkers and hadn't been to church since the argument.

That had been one time that Abram had agreed with his father-in-law. He'd made the modifications to their home without detailing it out for the bishop. Abram had enough problems. Specifically, he wasn't sure how he was going to pay the bills he'd run up over the past month. He hadn't mentioned to Sarah or anyone else that he only worked ten hours per week at the hardware store during Sarah's hospital stay. And the revisions to the house had far exceeded his budget. For the first time in his life, he had credit card debt.

Abram thanked his father-in-law for the compliment, but as he looked upon his wife, there was no mistaking the tears she was holding back as she kept her head down, occasionally taking a small bite of roast. Abram was not going to burden her with anything. His sole purpose was to make a good life for Sarah. He hadn't had much of a chance since they'd only been married one week prior to the accident.

They had their entire lives ahead of them, they'd made plans and shared dreams. Abram still had those same dreams, but Sarah's spirit seemed broken. As her husband, it was his job to take care of her, to help her heal, and as such, he needed to carry the weight of his burdens alone for now. It wasn't just his job. He loved Sarah with his heart and soul. But he'd done this to her, put her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Folks could shout his innocence to the moon and back. But Abram knew the truth.

CHAPTER 2

Sarah faced off with her new bathtub, a modern contraption that looked like it belonged in the sci-fi movie she'd seen during her rumschpringe. She and Abram had dated longer than most couples in their district, probably pushing the acceptable time for courtship and running around. They'd also watched more movies than the bishop might have approved of, if he'd known. Neither of them had been baptized until they were twenty and twenty-one, and it still took another three years before they got married. They'd justified the long courtship because Abram's mother was ill and later died.

"Everything okay in there?"

Sarah pulled her eyes from the tub and glanced at the closed bathroom door. "Ya, I'm fine.Just taking my time and being careful."

The bathtub had a door that opened from the side, and inside was a seat. She'd positioned her wheelchair right next to the entrance and dropped one armrest, hoping she could just scooch into the tub seat, similar to what she'd learned at the hospital about how to get in a vehicle. But after two attempts, she was taking a break. Her legs were like dead weight, baggage that she'd have to heave from one place to another for the rest of her life. Just taking a bath in her new tub was proving to be more troublesome than she'd imagined. She glanced at the shower stall in the corner, where Abram would be showering. Another modern convenience with glass walls. All these new amenities had replaced the claw-foot tub that had been in the house since her grandparents lived here prior to their passing.

Sarah took a deep breath, her body trembling as she lifted herself onto the bathtub seat, then she curled her arms under her legs and brought them in front of her, shutting the bathtub door. Abram had already warned her that she couldn't fill the tub until the door was shut, which was obvious now that Sarah saw the setup. She sat naked on the seat, cold water pooling at her feet, another downside to her new situation. She would never again climb into a warm, steaming bath. But maybe she should be glad that she trembled from the coldness of the water, that she could even feel it. She used the opportunity to let the flowing water drown out the sobs she'd been holding in all day.


* * *

Abram readied the bed in the same manner he'd seen Sarah do for the first week of their marriage. He folded back the light yellow and blue quilt that covered their full-sized bed, then lay the white sheet back as well, fluffing both their pillows afterward. He'd already opened the window, and a cool spring breeze filled the room as crickets chirped in the distance. The lantern was lit on the nightstand by Sarah's side of the bed, along with the book she'd been reading before the accident. Abram had offered to take her books in the hospital, particularly the one she'd been in the middle of at the time of the accident, but Sarah hadn't been interested. He glanced at the book, something he was sure Bishop Yoder wouldn't approve of. On the cover, a beautiful Englisch woman gazed into a man's eyes, and the title — For the Love of June — hinted there might be some intimacy within the pages. Something Abram had high hopes for this evening.

"Everything still okay?" He held his breath, hoping he wasn't being overprotective. Sarah had been irritated when people fussed over her in the hospital. Abram cringed when he recalled Sarah's reaction to the news that she'd never walk again. It had started out with tears, then angry comments directed at God, and finally ... she'd said she wanted to die. The next day, she'd said she didn't mean any of it, but the first week was especially hard for her. He asked again when she didn't respond. "Sarah, you okay?"

"Ya, Abram. I'm fine."

It sounded like she was gritting her teeth, so he needed to back off, give her time, and be patient. But as he climbed into bed wearing only a pair of boxers, patience wasn't on his mind. He was anxious to show his wife how much he loved her, show her that nothing had changed between them, and that making a baby was still part of the plans they'd made. The doctors had assured them both that the accident hadn't affected Sarah's ability to conceive and carry a child.

Abram locked his hands behind his head, waiting for the love of his life to join him. As the lantern flickered, shadows danced throughout the room. Earlier he'd lit two lavender-scented candles and placed them on top of their dresser, which not only added to the flickering shadows in the room, but also filled the cool air with the floral fragrance.

It was a perfect night. Sarah was home, and things were going to be okay. Abram wasn't going to let his financial woes or guilt affect this evening. God would provide, as always. God had forgiven Abram for the accident, but Abram quickly asked the Lord again to help him forgive himself. His shoulders were burdened. He was carrying enough worry. Continuing to haul guilt around would only hurt him and Sarah in the long run.


* * *

Sarah managed to get herself back into the wheelchair, but she'd dripped water all over the floor in the process — t heir new tile floor, which replaced the wood floors that had been original to the house. The tile was modest, a cool-gray color speckled with white. Although, right away, it reminded her of the bathroom floors at the hospital. Once she'd worked her way into her nightclothes, she rolled herself the two feet to the sink, which had also been lowered. After she brushed her teeth, she opened the bathroom door and rolled through the widened doorway. The smell of lavender assaulted her from the bedroom. It was a scent she used to love, but now it reminded her of the intimacy she and Abram had shared on their wedding night and the nights that followed. Before everything changed.

Abram sat up in bed. "Need some help?"

Sarah took a deep breath and reminded herself not to take offense. Abram loved her, and he just wanted to take care of her. But was this how it would be for the rest of her life? Everyone always trying to help her?

Abram slid his legs over the side of the bed and started toward her. She held up a palm. "I've got it. I don't need help." She'd allowed him to help her in and out of the wheelchair during her stay at the hospital, but Abram would head off to work in the morning, and Sarah needed to learn to get by on her own. As she rolled the wheelchair to the side of the bed — which she noticed was lower now — she positioned herself in the way she'd learned at the hospital, then tried to heave herself onto the bed, her legs not participating in the effort, as they hung lifeless, like they belonged to someone else. All the while, the fragrant lavender made her want to throw up.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from An Amish Home by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller. Copyright © 2016 Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Meet the Author

Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series. While she is best known for her Amish novels, Beth has also written contemporary novels including Need You Now, The House that Love Built, and The Promise.

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at amyclipston.com Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks Twitter: @AmyClipston

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at www.kathleenfuller.com, Twitter: @TheKatJam, and Facebook: Kathleen Fuller.

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at ruthreid.com Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid Twitter: @authorruthreid

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An Amish Home: Four Novellas 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JLYoung 2 days ago
This is a collection of Amish stories all about family and homes and love and life! They are short and sweet. Quick reads. They were all very different but similar. They will make you smile. I loved how the 2nd story was focused on an English family with Amish people being the support characters. It helped me understand Amish life in a different way. Another story flip flopped from present time to 15/14 years ago. Loved this variation. It made the story much more interesting. I would recommend this book for some light reading that will make your heart skip a beat. I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
MPruett 3 days ago
An Amish Home is four different stories by four different Authors.Each Author has their own writing style and the stories are very different from one another but each story carries the common thread of redemption, forgiveness, and love. A Cup Half Full By: Beth Wiseman Sarah and Abram are a young newlywed couple with plans for the future but when an accident a week after their wedding leaves Sarah paralyzed and wheelchair bound their future together is put to the test. Abram will have to learn to let go of the guilt and Sarah will have to learn to stop feeling sorry for herself and they will both have to remember what brought them together before the accident. Home Sweet Home By: Amy Clipston This is the story of Mia who is from a very privileged family and she falls in love with Chance who grew up in the foster care system. Mia gets pregnant and when she tells her parents they tell her to leave Chance or they will disown her. Mia marries Chance and has their daughter Kaitlyn but with her birth they accumulate a lot of debt & Chace loses his job. He finds a new job building cabinets with Isaac an Amish Man. When Chance and Mia get evicted from their apartment Chance gets help from Issac and his family. Mia has to decide if her marriage is worth going through all the trials they face and Chance has to learn to forgive himself for not feeling worthy. They will have to learn to lean on God and take help from Issac and his family. A Flicker of Hope By: Ruth Reid Noreen and Thomas have been married 15 years but their marriage has been strained and less than joyful for awhile but when a fire destroys their home and causes them to have to rebuild,it's more then the house they start rebuilding. Noreen and Thomas are forced to face the things that they have been ignoring in the past and start healing misunderstanding and resentments. Building Faith By: Kathleen Fuller Silas and Faith are both woodworkers who must put aside their past hurts and differences to build kitchen cabinets for their friends. Silas and Faith were engaged to be married but Faith broke it off 6 months earlier because Silas was unreliable. As they start to talk and reconnect they both realized how they needed to communicate and work together more. They were letting their hurt get in the way of seeing the truth. Once they swallowed their pride and saw what was clearly in front of them,they had a second chance. These four stories were well written and have amazing characters with great life lessons. The important of faith,family,and prayer are interwoven throughout all four stories. These books are inspiring,encouraging,uplifting, and heartwarming. I set down with this book and devoured it in one afternoon,It was so good I couldn't put it down.
Ellen-oceanside 12 days ago
AN. AMISH HOME. Written by 4 authors, who are well known for their in depth look at the Amish. A CUP HALF FULL.by Beth Wiseman, we meet Sarah and Abram. Sarah wanted everything to be perfect, and now she is in a wheelchair. The perfect home all had to be refitted for her. The mishaps of trying to learn, and the money Abram owed. Was putting a heavy strain, on a couple who waited longer than usual to get married. Could love draw them together while adjustments are made. HOME SWEET HOME by Amy Clipston. We meet Chace and Mia, and their 5 month baby. Down on their luck, a new boss for Chace offers them the daadihaus. That was just the beginning, they offered and shared what they had to the couple. A lesson to except the hand outs when needed, and someday for them to do, also A FLICKER OF HOPEFUL by Ruth Reid. We meet Noreen and Thomas, a fire is destroying their home. Yet,Thomas rushes back in for a tin box, that held his letters. Noreen wonders, after 15 years, she wondered what has become of the Thomas she knew before. The story goes from present to fifteen years before, aa you figure out what happened. BUILDING FAITH by Kathleen Fuller. We meet Faith, who loves carpentry, and her ex fiancé Silas. Cousin ask her to do the carpentry, the catch is working with Silas. As wood becomes something, can these two work together to make something new for their lives together. A wealth of knowledge went into these stories, to look beyond the trials and tribulations to make a solid foundation for marriage,great reading. Given ARC by Net Galley for my.voluntary review and my honest opinion.
hplady 12 days ago
An Amish Home Ruth Reid, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Beth Wiseman I have been a fan of Amish fiction for many years, and this collection of short stories does not disappoint. Each has a heart-warming story line with characters that are believable and likable. In “A Cup Half Full”, Sarah and Aaron are only married for a week when disaster strikes and Sarah is left without the use of her legs. As they struggle to overcome the challenges that result, they must learn to trust each other, to trust their family, and to trust God. I can’t imagine how poor Sarah must feel when she learns she will never walk again. Aaron mistakenly blames himself for the accident. They must work learn to rely on each other, without placing blame, in order to have the life they always dreamed of. In “Home Sweet Home”, Mia and Chase are evicted from their home and must live on the property of Chase’s boss, and Amish man, and his family. Here, they must work together to learn to live without electricity, with money struggles, and some deep seated family issues on both sides. In the process, they gain some wonderful new friends in the Amish family whose home they are living in. They both learn that friendship and love can carry them through the hardest of times. “Building Faith” features Faith and Silas, a former couple who have been called on to work together to build custom kitchen cabinets for mutual friends. Silas has problems at home with his mother’s health while Faith is still struggling with the loss of her grandfather, who she recently lost to an aneurysm. As they learn to work together, they also realize that the spark they once shared has not dimmed. Will they be able to rebuild what they once had? In “A Flicker of Hope” a fire takes everything Thomas and Noreen had spent their life building. As they shift through the ashes of their past, they discover memories of what made their love. Even though they have struggled, they have a solid foundation on which to build, both physically and emotionally. With the help of their good bishop and some friends, they are able to find the hope they once had. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys heartwarming Amish fiction with a happy ending. I received a free copy of this book from Net-galley for my honest review.
Lane_Hill_House 13 days ago
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 An Amish Home ~ Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid & Kathleen Fuller, © 2017 An Amish Home releases today!! Thank you, author Amy Clipston for sending me a copy of An Amish Home. I will be reviewing her novella within, "Home Sweet Home." Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania Driving rain welcomes Chace and Mia O'Conner and their infant daughter, Kaitlyn, to an adventure not soon to be forgotten. Shelter and friendship are before them as they settle into a small cabin, destined to become their own Home Sweet Home. With nowhere else to go, it becomes more than they could have imagined for their family beginnings. Fresh country air beckons them as they are intrigued by their new surroundings. Isaac Allgyer and his wife, Vera, and their children welcome them and greet them beyond what they had ever experienced. Family. Mia has never been extended such courtesies and is uncertain how to negotiate kindness. Blaming her husband for their lack displays an uneasiness of all he is doing to rectify their dilemma of bills occurring unprepared. A young marriage, learning to work together, easing guilt brought on by not knowing what to do or say, may open a door to a solution they will recognize as not only urgent but necessary to extend a hand to each other. Forgiveness, acceptance, a love greater than their own. I really liked this story of growing together and relying on God. No other way would surface than in His love.
KrisAnderson_TAR 13 days ago
I enjoyed reading the four stories in An Amish Home. The stories are all well-written, have lovely characters, and are easy to read. All four stories have good life lessons contained within them (the importance of faith and prayer). Home Sweet Home will help restore your faith in love, God and mankind. I give An Amish Home 5 out of 5 stars. They are uplifting and heartwarming stories. These books will make you laugh, cry, smile and sigh. I believe reading An Amish Home is a great way to spend an afternoon (especially if it is raining or snowing). I know I will never be disappointed when I pick up a book that is written by Amy Clipston (or Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid, or Kathleen Fuller). These four authors crafted beautiful stories that tie together into one satisfying book. Each story is unique and reflects the authors writing style (voice). I look forward to reading An Amish Summer when it comes out in June.
KMorgan73 13 days ago
From four different authors come four very different stories focusing on family and home. Each author has a unique story and voice that brings a realness to the story. There is something for everyone in this collection. First is Beth Wiseman's novella. Beth writes about a newlywed Amish couple trying to adapt to marriage and the very new reality of Sarah being confined to a wheelchair. I found myself quickly immersed in this story and wanting a happy ending for this couple. Next up is Amy Clipston with a different kind of story. Her story focuses on a young couple who end up living in the daadihaus on an Amish family's property. As this young couple struggles, they also find comfort in the friendship the Amish family provides. It was very interesting to read of the interaction between the two different cultures. Ruth Reid brings a story of an Amish couple struggling with their relationship. It was nice to read about an Amish couple who are facing problems in their marriage. I think it is easy to forget the Amish have the same problems as everyone else and this wonderful story showcased this in a very believable way. Last but certainly not least is Kathleen Fuller's story. Kathleen has a way of telling a story that makes you want to know more about the characters and want only the best for them. I liked Faith and Silas and found the situation they found themselves in very unique and entertaining. All of the novellas in this collection are quick reads. All four have good, solid storylines. Each story is told in a way that leaves the reader feeling as if the story is complete at the end. This is a great collection for fans of the genre and those looking for fast, yet meaningful, reads. I received a free copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
TammyW 13 days ago
“An Amish Home” is a wonderful collection of four different novellas from four different authors, each with a different story with different struggles we can all relate to. The only author I had read before was Amy Clipston but I was pleasantly encouraged and enjoyed each of the novellas in this book and was impressed with the story line of each of the authors. In each story, you felt yourself connecting with the characters, understanding their struggles, relating and wanting a positive outcome for the characters. First is Beth Wiseman's novella. This novella is about newlywed Amish couple trying to adapt to marriage with the sudden change and hardship of Sarah being confined to a wheelchair. My heart strings pulled for this couple as their sudden lifestyle and reality was shifted. Second is Amy Clipston’s novella. This story focuses on a young English couple, Mia and Chace, who end up living in the daadihaus on Chace’s Amish’s boss’ property after struggling with hardships in their life. It is interesting to see the different cultures together and how this couple finds security in the Amish culture. I could feel myself in Mia’s shoes as an English woman in an Amish culture. Third is Ruth Reid’s novella. This story is about an Amish couple who is not only struggling with problems in their marriage, but have found themselves really down on their luck after their home burns to the ground. I find myself rooting for this couple and praying they find their way back to each other and restore their lives. Fourth is Kathleen Fuller's novella. I found myself very entertained by this story as Faith and Silas work through their differences when they are put together in a unique situation. Overall, I was very pleasantly encouraged, entertained and inspired and thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the stories these four authors
thall5 13 days ago
Home Is Where the Heart Is An Amish Home is a book of novellas by four of your favorite Amish writers that will warm your heart and pull you into the plain world of the Amish, as each character deals with the struggles of real life and finding their place in their new found circumstance. These stories will pull at your heart strings as these characters and families grieve over their losses and figure out how to get past hurts to once again find love and happiness. Through it all, they each find that God's ways are not our ways, and that his grace is sufficient to carry to them through even the toughest times. This is a book you won't want to put down with characters that draw you into their stories and real life circumstances! A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman, is a story of Sarah, who has just married Abram. She has all kinds of hopes and dreams for their future that is just now beginning, but then an accident occurs and she finds herself confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Lost in grief over her new life, she can't see the burdens her husband is also carrying. Then one day she begins to see that God doesn't make mistakes and while she may not understand it all, her dreams for herself and her family can still come true. Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston, is a story of an English couple, Chase and Mia O'Conner and their baby that are just purely down on their luck. They find themselves homeless and their boss, an Amish man gives them a place to call home for the time being. As they try to work through having no money, bills, living in an Amish home with no electricity, and a sick baby, they find themselves struggling to keep their marriage afloat. With the help of their Amish boss and his family, they come to realize that things really are just things, and that a home is more than just a roof over your head and possessions, it is truly about the ones you share it with and the love you find there. A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid, is a story of hope when all is seems lost. For Thomas and Noreen, their marriage has been lost for years, but now that their house is burned to the ground and all their possessions are gone. They are faced with no place to call home and guilt and hurt from past years. As they are forced to face past hurts and memories, they find forgiveness, hope and love, and even a miracle in the midst of their problems. Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller, is a story of Faith Miller, a young Amish woman that has a true love for carpentry. This love for carpentry came from her grandfather who had not long ago passed away. While it is not common for a young woman to do such things, she loves it. Her cousin who is soon to be married asks her to build some cabinets for their new home. Little does she know she is going to end up paired up with Silas, her ex-fiancé, on this building project. With past hurts and bad feelings built up from both Faith and Silas, they struggle to put the past behind them long enough to get this project done. Can they find a way to get past these hurts and put these feelings aside to get this project done in time for their friends wedding? Can they find a way to forgive each other and see what God has planned for their lives. I received this book from the author, but was not required to leave a review. This is my honest opinion of this book.
thall5 13 days ago
Home Is Where the Heart Is An Amish Home is a book of novellas by four of your favorite Amish writers that will warm your heart and pull you into the plain world of the Amish, as each character deals with the struggles of real life and finding their place in their new found circumstance. These stories will pull at your heart strings as these characters and families grieve over their losses and figure out how to get past hurts to once again find love and happiness. Through it all, they each find that God's ways are not our ways, and that his grace is sufficient to carry to them through even the toughest times. This is a book you won't want to put down with characters that draw you into their stories and real life circumstances! A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman, is a story of Sarah, who has just married Abram. She has all kinds of hopes and dreams for their future that is just now beginning, but then an accident occurs and she finds herself confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Lost in grief over her new life, she can't see the burdens her husband is also carrying. Then one day she begins to see that God doesn't make mistakes and while she may not understand it all, her dreams for herself and her family can still come true. Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston, is a story of an English couple, Chase and Mia O'Conner and their baby that are just purely down on their luck. They find themselves homeless and their boss, an Amish man gives them a place to call home for the time being. As they try to work through having no money, bills, living in an Amish home with no electricity, and a sick baby, they find themselves struggling to keep their marriage afloat. With the help of their Amish boss and his family, they come to realize that things really are just things, and that a home is more than just a roof over your head and possessions, it is truly about the ones you share it with and the love you find there. A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid, is a story of hope when all is seems lost. For Thomas and Noreen, their marriage has been lost for years, but now that their house is burned to the ground and all their possessions are gone. They are faced with no place to call home and guilt and hurt from past years. As they are forced to face past hurts and memories, they find forgiveness, hope and love, and even a miracle in the midst of their problems. Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller, is a story of Faith Miller, a young Amish woman that has a true love for carpentry. This love for carpentry came from her grandfather who had not long ago passed away. While it is not common for a young woman to do such things, she loves it. Her cousin who is soon to be married asks her to build some cabinets for their new home. Little does she know she is going to end up paired up with Silas, her ex-fiancé, on this building project. With past hurts and bad feelings built up from both Faith and Silas, they struggle to put the past behind them long enough to get this project done. Can they find a way to get past these hurts and put these feelings aside to get this project done in time for their friends wedding? Can they find a way to forgive each other and see what God has planned for their lives. I received this book from the author, but was not required to leave a review. This is my honest opinion of this book.
LizD1 13 days ago
An Amish Home By ;Beth Wiseman ,Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kathleen Fuller An Amish Home is by Four different author and four different novellas about the Amish and their lives. A Cup Half Full By: Beth Wiseman I really enjoyed this sweet novella . Sarah and Adam dreamed everything would be perfect in their marriage. An Accident that puts Sarah in a wheelchair and all their dreams vanish.Will they be able to cope with the changes in their lives? Home Sweet Home By: Amy Clipston Home Sweet Home is a very touching novella that got to my heart. I believe that I had tears in my eyes most of the time I was reading it. An English couple with a young baby falls on hard times and no where to go . An Amish couple takes them in and lets them live in a very small cabin they have. They help them all they can, but tension builds up between the couple and causing problems. Will they survive through these hard times? Will it bring them closer or further apart? In A Flicker of Hope By: Ruth Reid a couple has been married for a numbers of years and they are not doing good. A fire gets their home and almost takes the husbands life. A mysterious tin box. Can they save their marriage or, will this be the end for them? This was another sad novella , but I really enjoyed it. Building Faith By: Kathleen Fuller I enjoyed this novella very much. A young Amish woman loves to work with wood. Her and her ex fiancee both are ask to build Martha’s new cabinets for her new house. Can these two work together and can they get them done on time? I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Calliegh0 13 days ago
An Amish Home contains four novellas by four very talented authors. I really enjoy when authors come together and bring their novels together in one book with a common theme. When you have four great authors come together the book is even more of an enjoyment. Beth Wiseman brings us the story of Sarah and Abram. They have just started what Sarah knows will be the perfect life together when tragedy strikes. Will Sarah be able to pull herself out of her depression? Will Abram find it in his life to get them back on stable ground? Amy Clipston's story of Chace and Mia shows us that sometimes returning to a more simply life might be just what God orders. In Kathleen Fuller's Building Faith, Faith and Silas have their faith tested when they must work together to build new cabinets for old friends. Will they overcome their differences and remember why they once loved each other? A Flicker of Hope shows the reader that even when you think all is lost there is still that flicker of hope in the rubble. How will Thomas and Noreen remember? Each story was very well written and very well developed. Even though they are considered novellas, the reader does not feel that they missed anything. I received a copy through Netgalley. The review was done on my own accord.
faithsnana 13 days ago
An Amish Home is comprised of four novellas that I enjoyed reading very much. In each story you don’t want to put the book down because you want to see what happens in the lives of the characters. They are stories of hardships, guilt, strained relationships, healing and love. You'll want to get a copy of this book and read about Abram & Sarah, Mia & Chace, Faith & Silas, and Thomas & Noreen! I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
MaureenST 13 days ago
As the title of the first story “A Cup Half Full” suggests it is easy, especially under adverse circumstances, to look on the dark side of life. A young couple and both blaming themselves, and yet life goes on in spite of tragedy, and how we approach it what this story is about. Home Sweet Home will bring you to tears, and yet the people God led this young family to will reinforce the goodness of mankind. If it weren’t under such severe circumstances, I could find myself enjoying living in a daadihaus. I had to wonder if this would be the catalyst that broke up this young couples relationship, or bring them closer together. Building Faith really brings to light the fact that you might not really know the person you are close to. Wood is about the open a new door to this Amish couple, and we are going to watch them struggle, and argue, and we hope rekindle what they have lost. We also meet dementia head on, or do we? Hiding illness because you are ashamed, and this isn’t limited to any community or ethnic group. I loved how this story brought this sad illness to light. A Flicker of Hope. Is exactly that, when at first a tragedy that befalls this couple, and they don’t seem to be handling it very well, and as the story unfolds, we see where a lot of the heartache is coming from. This is a sad story but I could see a light at the end of the tunnel, and with Amish there isn’t any divorce, so how can they work out all the problems they seem to have. A really sweet and page turning read here. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson and was not required to give a positive review.
LucyMR1 20 days ago
This is the best Novella collection I have read. Four top notch Amish fiction authors equals four wonderful stories that I didn't want to put down. Each author has their own unique writing style and the ability to draw you into the story with believable characters that touch your heart. Each couple faces a difficulty in their relationship, but with Faith and determination they find their way to the place where God would have them. Beth Wiseman delivers a beautifully written story of Sarah Lantz who is confined to a wheelchair after an accident that her husband blames himself for. The struggles are real and heart wrenching. I love the addition of the crippled duck. A novella with a powerful punch is how I would describe A Cup Half Full. Amy Clipston weaves a story with depth in Home Sweet Home. Chace and Mia are trying to find their way in life together with their daughter with no help from her wealthy parents. I love the sense of how an Amish family takes them under their wing and shows them love. A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid shows the heartbreak of not having children and a devastating fire and how God uses disasters in our lives to bring healing. Emotionally charged. Last but not least is Kathleen Fullers contribution of Building Faith. This story made me smile several times, as Faith learns to listen and take down walls in her life. Perfect example of how God has a plan for us. I highly recommend this. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Anonymous 23 days ago
An Amish Home contains four novellas about the hardships that couples face and the love and healing that comes from leaning on God and working through those hardships. Each novella was well written in the author’s own style, capturing well-researched information about the Amish. As I read the book, my heart broke with the characters, I laughed, I cried, and most of all longed to know how their stories progressed. These are all characteristics, in my opinion, that make a great story! A CUP HALF FULL by BETH WISEMAN Just a week after Abram and Sarah were married and planning a future together, tragedy strikes. A car hits their buggy and leaves Sarah unable to walk. In her mind, she is now an unfit wife and can in no way be a mother. While Sarah is recovering in the hospital, Abram and Sarah’s younger brother, Johnny remodel their home, making it as accessible as possible for Sarah’s new life confined to a wheelchair. In order to make the home repairs, Abram, plunges them into debt. It was very easy to fall in love with these characters. Beth writes her characters to life in such as way that I can see them acting out the story in front of me. I would most definitely love to see where their life goes from here. HOME SWEET HOME by AMY CLIPSTON We are immediately thrown into the lives of Mia and Chace, a young couple with a 5 month old baby girl. They find themselves homeless, penniless, and having to rely on Chace’s new Amish boss and his family. Will Mia, a girl who grew up not wanting for anything other than supportive parents, be able to live in the drafty old daadihaus or will she call her parents and take Kaitlyn and return home to them? Will Mia’s new Amish neighbors show her what family really means and that it doesn’t take a great big house to make a home? Amy quickly captured my attention with bringing in an English family to live in an Amish home. As always, Amy doesn’t disappoint and she brings the story to life with great detail. I would love to see these characters appear again in another novel. BUILDING FAITH by KATHLEEN FULLER Faith Miller has always loved working with wood since her grandfather started her out assisting him in his shop. Unfortunately for Faith, carpentry is not an acceptable profession for Amish women. Silas Graber, however, is a carpenter and Faith’s ex fiancée. Faith does her best to keep their distance, until Faith’s cousin, Martha, and Silas’ best friend, Melvin, accidentally hire them both to make kitchen cabinets. What will Faith do now as she wishes this to be a wedding present with their grandfather’s wood and Silas needs the money to help his parents? I love how Kathleen developed a deeper character base and brought in Silas’ parents and the illness his mother was facing. I also love how she touched on the misdiagnosis of this disease, as it often is, and the “cover up” to keep her illness a secret in the community. I ended this story, longing to pick up the next chapter in Faith and Silas’ life. A FLICKER OF HOPE by RUTH REID How did the house catch on fire so quickly, when Noreen had only run down to the cellar to grab a jar of peach preserves? Trying to put it out, she only enrages the fire and the kitchen explodes in flames. Thankfully, Thomas, her husband, thinks fast and gets Noreen to safety. With the help of his brother and the community, the fire is squelched, but what will Thomas and Noreen do now? The community comes together to assist them by providing food, clot