An Amish Kitchen

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The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.

Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking ...

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Overview

The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.

Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction.

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

Three Amish stories—each celebrating love, family, and faith—all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.

Also Includes Reading Group Guide and 45 Old Order Amish Recipes

“Fans of Amish fiction will find triple the enjoyment here thanks to this gathering of novellas in one book.” —Publishers Weekly for An Amish Wedding

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"Heather Henderson’s performance conveys warmth and tenderness in three stories about family, faith, and forgiveness. Through variations in tone and pacing, Henderson injects a wide range of vocal qualities into the diverse characters. Young, innocent Fern struggles to focus on her job of healing people rather than her nervous attraction to the  testy, strong-willed Abram. Independent Hannah helps a quiet stranger stop running from his past and the guilt that haunts him. And Eve stays with her parents, watches the development of her mother’s debilitating illness, and discovers why their relationship is so strained. Henderson’s steady, unhurried performance smoothly interweaves the Amish language with English and conveys the traditions and wisdom of this tight-knit community." 
M.F. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401685676
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 347,316
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporariesset in small Texas towns.Both have received glowing reviews.Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise, is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman

Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. She and her family live in North Carolina. Website: www.amyclipston.com

Kelly Long is the author of the Patch of Heaven series and the historical Amish Arms of Love. She was born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. She’s been married for twenty-six years and enjoys life with her husband, children, and Bichon.

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An Amish Kitchen


By Kelly Long Amy Clipston Beth Wiseman

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey, Kelly Long, and Amy Clipston
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4016-8567-6


Chapter One

July 3 Paradise, Pennsylvania

The light of the waning summer day filtered through the unadorned glass and played amid the profusion of plants in coffee cans that lined the windowsills. Twenty-year-old Fern Zook liked the way her silhouette blended and appeared to lengthen with the multitude of shadowy leaves and stems as she stretched to make sure each container took a few drops from the watering pot.

She reached a tender fingertip to the face of a pansy and murmured to the plants, as was her custom. "If only a man could be grown among you all. It would be much easier than trying to find one in Paradise. But then, God made man in a garden, so maybe ..." She closed her eyes and indulged in her favorite fantasy ... that of a tall, dark, handsome man, someone with a frame large enough to find her generous curves ... interesting, instead of unappealing. Someone who—

"Hiya! Anyone in there?"

Fern spun from the plants to see the materialization of her reverie standing outside the kitchen screen door. She blinked when he hollered again.

"Can't you hear? I've got a sick little girl here!"

Fern sighed. It was Abram Fisher, the twenty-three-year-old eldest son of her grandmother's next-door neighbors. Tall and handsome, ya. He was broad-shouldered and lean-hipped, and his tousled chestnut-brown hair brushed overly long at the collar of his dark-blue shirt, which matched the color of his eyes. Darkly brooding and big, for certain. She'd passed Abram solemn and sure at church and seen him working in the fields, his strong forearms straining at some task or another, his large hands easily managing a team of four horses behind the plow. And apparently those same hands could cradle a little girl with abject tenderness as he was doing now with his sister, Mary. But Fern doubted he even knew she was alive; he certainly had never paid attention to her growing up. And now he was a dyed-in-the-wool bachelor, married to the land, who'd never given her a passing word until this moment.

"Hey!"

"I'm coming," she said in a calm voice and went to open the door. As he brushed past her, carrying Mary, his elbow grazed her dress, setting her heart to miss a curious beat.

Forcing her mind to the matter at hand, Fern assessed the red face of the fretful child. Sunburn ... but not sunstroke, not by the way the child was moving about and fussing. Fern breathed a sound of relief when she laid her hand against the little red forehead and felt for a moment, sliding her hand gently to the sides and back of the child's neck. She could tell there was no fever, just the external heat from the sun exposure.

"Let's take off her kapp. A lot of heat escapes through the head, and she needs to cool down." And so do you, Abram Fisher ...

The man was positively radiating tension from his big body. She was used to dealing with anxious parents, but not upset older brothers who looked like they could be models in an Englisch magazine.

She searched out the pins holding the prayer kapp on the tightly braided mass of brown hair and then threaded her fingers through the braids.

"That feels gut." Mary half-smiled.

"I'm glad." Fern peered down into the child's face, then looked back up to catch Abram's eyes. "Didn't she have her sunbonnet on?"

His blue eyes, which she fancied could make a girl forget herself if she wasn't careful, were as cold as the sea and met hers with a suppressed fury. "Nee," he snapped. "I thought that it wouldn't hurt to let her play in the creek with the boys a bit. She had her dress off and just her underclothes on. I was wrong, all right?"

"Ya, you were," Fern murmured. The man certainly had an easily aroused temper. She turned from the table. "Well, it's not sunstroke. She's moving around fine, and I can feel no fever. I'll brew some tea."

He blew out a breath of what could only be disgust. "Nee, thanks. I have no time for tea."

Fern flushed. "Not to drink," she said patiently. "The tannin is a soother to the skin; it will help the burn cool and heal it faster."

"Ach," he grunted. "All right then."

She turned away and went to gather tea leaves to brew; it would take a few minutes and then have to cool. She had no idea what they'd talk about while they waited. She fussed at the stove awhile, then went back to lean over Mary, deciding that ignoring Abram might be the best course of action. She wasn't adept at talking to men unless it concerned her work and their immediate ailments.

"Would you like a peppermint stick?" she asked the little girl.

Mary's smile brightened her red face. "Ya."

"Me too!" An excited boy's face appeared at the screen door, and Fern had to laugh.

"I think you have company," she remarked, going to open the door. A mass of boys tumbled in, and she didn't miss Abram's faint groan.

"Matthew, I told you to keep the kinner at the house."

Fern waved an airy hand in Abram's direction. "Ach, it's fine. They were probably interested in their baby sister, right?" Her grin took in the group with ease. Children, she could deal with.

"We was worried about Mary," the smallest boy announced.

"Of course you were," she said, handing candy from a glass jar to eager hands. "Let's see, we've got John, Luke, Mark, and Matthew, right?"

The boys nodded tousled and damp heads, and Fern turned with a diffident stance to Abram. "Would you like a sweet?" She held the jar out to him and was surprised when he accepted with a brief nod, reaching long, tanned fingers into the glass to take out the candy. She couldn't help but notice when his white teeth took a decisive snap of the stick, and the sugar that was meant to be leisurely enjoyed was gone in two bites.

"Some things are better when they're savored," she said, watching him.

He grinned at her in what she considered to be a sarcastic fashion. "So they are—but not candy ... or anything else that flits across a woman's mind."

Fern frowned. She didn't like his dismissive attitude about a woman's thoughts. Her lips framed a retort when Matthew spoke up, a solemn expression in the brown eyes behind his glasses.

"A woman's mind is just as gut as a man's, Abram. I believe that Fern wanted to tell you to slow down and taste things in life, right?"

* * *

Abram wanted to roll his eyes at Matthew, but the boy was thirteen, sensitive, and overly gut at studying; he needed a gentle hand. And, of course, he was absolutely right about what Fern had wanted. Fern ... what a ridiculous nickname ...

He recalled that her true name was Deborah, not that he'd ever thought about it, though they'd grown up beside each other.

He eyed her covertly now as she put a gentle hand on Matthew's shoulder and bent to praise him for his insight. The gentle curves of her body were appealing to the eye, he decided, but she was probably as pushy as a mule about what she wanted and when she wanted it. He felt a simmer of emotions cross his mind and had to haul himself back to attention.

"Abram!" Mark shrilled his name.

"What?" he snapped, looking everywhere but at Fern Zook.

"We're going out on the porch like Fern said ... three times now!" His younger brother poked him in the bauch to emphasize his words, and Abram slid his hands to his hips.

"Well, go on with the lot of you, then. I'm coming."

"Neeeee ... you are staying here to help put the tea towels on Mary." Mark got one last poke in, then scurried behind Luke and hit the door. The boys piled out, and Abram had to look at Fern then.

She was laughing, a bright smile on her rosy lips. "You must have your hands full with your parents gone for the month."

He frowned. "Ya, they're a bunch." He found himself wondering if the soft curves of her shoulders would fill the palms of his hands. What was wrong with him? He must be addled in the head from the heat himself. He kept his voice level, then turned to the couch to bend over Mary, who held up her arms for him. He buried his face in the baby-soft curve of her neck, then kissed her hot cheek.

He straightened and avoided Fern's observant green eyes. "All right, what do we do?"

Mary spoke up. "Why do they call you Fern?"

Fern smiled. "It was what my mother called me, because as a baby I loved the outdoors so much. I guess I tried to chew on a fern one day, and somehow it became my name."

Mary giggled, and Abram had to admit that Fern was a good healer, capable as she was of distracting a patient in pain ... in spite of her silly name.

Chapter Two

"Who was here?"

Fern looked up from gathering damp tea towels when her aged mammi came into the room, leaning heavily on her cane.

"Ach, the Fisher kinner. Little Mary has a sunburn."

"Did Abram bring her?"

Fern suppressed a sigh. If there was one thing her grandmother wanted more than to see her trained in the arts of herbal healing, it was to get her married. She'd remarked on Abram Fisher as a possible candidate on more than one occasion.

"Ya, he was here."

"Fine figure of a man."

Fern didn't reply; she did not want to contradict, nor could she in truth. She loved her grandmother. Esther Zook had taken her and raised her when both her parents had died from influenza when Fern was five. The old woman had been a balm to Fern's heart and flagging spirits when she longed for the gentle laughter and love she remembered from her mamm and daed. And through the years, as her mammi's arthritis had worsened, Fern had learned the ways of plants and general first aid, following in her grandmother's footsteps as a healer to her people. Of course the more serious cases always were sent to Dr. Knepp, an Englisch physician who was widely embraced by the community, but the Zook women were kept quite busy nonetheless.

Fern put the jar of peppermint sticks back on the counter, a flash of Abram Fisher's handsome grin coming to her mind. She turned determinedly to her grandmother.

"What would you like for supper?"

"Ach, anything you want that's cool from the garden. I'm not a bit hungry, to tell the truth."

Fern moved to cover the soft-veined hand of the older woman and frowned in concern. "Are you all right? Is there anything I can do?"

Her grandmother sank into a rocker. "To cure old age? Nee. Derr Herr has His own cure for that. But to aid my heart, you might take a basket of those cherry tomatoes from the kitchen garden over to the Fisher kinner. Boys always love them, and we've been blessed with more than a few this year."

Fern bit back her frustration. "I'm sure the Fishers have plenty of tomatoes."

Her grandmother held up a wrinkled hand. "I spoke with Martha before she left for Ohio; she said her cherry tomatoes had caught the blight."

Fern closed her eyes against the image of knocking on Abram Fisher's door. She had no problem running something next door if she knew he was in the fields, but to go now, right after he'd been here, would look like she was chasing him. Still, she could say she also wanted to double-check on Mary ...

"Ach, all right. I'll take the tomatoes over."

Her grandmother smiled, all gentle wrinkles and kind blue eyes. She reached out to pat Fern's hand. "Gut girl."

* * *

Abram watched Mary dash across the family's kitchen, a fistful of blueberries in hand and a smile on her rosy cheeks. He leaned back in a chair and felt like he'd suddenly aged in one afternoon; his baby sister had scared him half to death. And then it had not been the old woman who had answered his call for help, but the quick-mouthed Deborah, nee, Fern. He decided his momentary musings on the girl were because she was helping Mary. Besides, he didn't like her way of fixing things—she was too practical and straightforward for a woman. Not that he'd really been noticing in that much detail. He said a brief silent prayer of thanks for Mary's health and added the hope that he'd not have to be seeing Fern Zook again anytime soon for her services.

"She's nice ... and has a quick mind," Matthew said, lifting his head from his book where he sat at the kitchen table.

"Hmm? Who?" Abram asked.

"Fern Zook."

"Ya," Mark chimed in, his pug nose in Abram's face for a second. "Mebbe you should maaarry her."

Abram made a feint swat at him, and the boy laughed.

Mary stopped running about for a moment. "What's maaarry mean?" she asked.

"Death," Mark quipped.

Mary's lip began to quiver. "Like my puppy died?"

"Close your mouth," Abram said to his younger bruder and held out his arms to Mary. "Kumme here, sweetheart."

She came readily and nestled herself on his lap. "What is it really, Abram? I don't want my kitty to die."

"Nee ... of course not. Married is—like Mamm and Daed. Two people love each other, and then there's a wedding and they start a life together. That's all."

"That's a lot," Matthew said.

"Ya, well ..." Abram brushed a strand of hair from his sister's forehead.

"Are you gonna do that with Fern Zook, Abram?" Mary asked, peering intently into his eyes.

He laughed. "Nee ... married is not for your old bruder. I'll wait around someday till you marry, okay? But not until you're at least thirty-five."

"Thirty-five?" Luke laughed from where he sat eating the last of Mamm's molasses cookies. "That's too old. You gotta marry after rumschpringe, ya?"

"I don't want no rumschpringe. Girls are yucky—'cept Mamm and Mary," John muttered, then he looked anxiously to his big brother. "Is that okay, Abram?"

Abram nodded at the eight-year-old boy. John was nervous at times, unsure of himself, but anxious to please. "You can have it or not ... any way you want," Abram assured him, setting Mary back down to run around.

But his brother's question got Abram thinking back to his own rumschpringe. Women had been for then—when he was seventeen, eighteen ... playing at kissing and never meaning any of it beyond the passing pleasure of the moment. Nee ... he'd seen the difficulties that friends had faced upon marrying, the tight-lipped responses to his teasing comments about married life, and he wanted none of it. His best friend, Joe, had married right out of the chute and now looked about twice his age, with two kinner born and another on the way ... It was enough responsibility to break a man. Nee. The land was Abram's wife, his soul. He understood the soil and the seasons each in turn; there was struggle but never strife, and adding a woman to his life would without a doubt bring more than trouble.

He blinked, then jumped from his chair as Mary tripped over her own feet and fell across the floor, slamming her head against the stove in her descent. Just then someone knocked on the door.

* * *

"Rest and ice ... and a visit to Dr. Knepp if she should start to throw up or lose consciousness in the next few hours or even days."

Fern watched Abram nod as he pressed the ice wrapped in a towel on Mary's forehead while the little girl squirmed in his lap. Fern glanced around the messy kitchen and then at the boys devouring the cherry tomatoes and wondered if Abram Fisher was actually capable of caring for five children for a month's time. She knew probably a dozen women in the community who'd give their right eye for the privilege of helping him, but she sensed that asking for help was not one of his normal activities.

She said a silent prayer that he might receive her words well, then cleared her throat. "Uh ... Abram, it seems like you might benefit from a bit of help here and there. I would be glad to—"

"We're fine," he interrupted.

"I want Mamm," Mary wailed.

"Shhh," he soothed in his deep voice, bouncing Mary on his knee. He turned to Fern. "What can I do for you to pay for this?"

Fern had to stop and think. Although he'd pressed a few dollars in her hand for the sunburn treatment, the community at large knew that the Zooks, being women alone, preferred work in exchange for their services. She glanced into his blue eyes and wondered what he'd do if she asked for a kiss in return payment. She smiled at the absurd thought and caught his quick frown.

"What are you thinking?"

What was wrong with her? It was probably being so close to him that set her pulse racing. Later, when she was back home, she'd feel more like herself. Fern shook her head and grasped at the first thought that came to mind. "A ladder."

"What?"

"We need a new ladder. So I can clean the upper windows outside that I didn't get to this spring."

"I'll do the windows," Abram said with a look of surprise on his handsome face.

"Why?" Fern asked, then flushed. Perhaps he thought that she was too big and clumsy to accomplish such a task.

"I don't want you—I—it's dangerous, that's all."

* * *

Abram couldn't help but notice how green her eyes were as they widened at his words or the way her pretty mouth formed a soft expression of surprise. She probably thought he was narrisch about the ladder. He was confused himself at his concern. She'd probably done the windows a dozen times over and then some.

"Abram, can me and Luke go outside and play?" Mark hollered above his sister's cries, an innocent expression on his face.

Abram kept jogging Mary on his knee and eyed his brother dispassionately. "Ya, but no creek, no bees, snakes, or spiders—no trouble, all right?"

(Continues...)



Excerpted from An Amish Kitchen by Kelly Long Amy Clipston Beth Wiseman Copyright © 2012 by Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey, Kelly Long, and Amy Clipston. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Contents

Glossary....................ix
"A Taste of Faith" by Kelly Long....................1
"A Spoonful of Love" by Amy Clipston....................89
"A Recipe for Hope" by Beth Wiseman....................183
Reading Group Guides....................289
Amish Recipes....................293
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    A wonderful read!

    I loved this book! It was writen by three of my favorite amish authors. There are three different novella's in this book. You won't be dissapointed if like the writing of kelly long, amy clipston, or beth wiseman. The only thing i would have liked better is if they would have been full length novels. Novella's are sometimes too short and i'd rather read a novel. Anyway,,,good authors and good stories. I hope they all keep writing! No doubt a 5 star!!!

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    An Amish Kitchen is a collection of novellas following the stori

    An Amish Kitchen is a collection of novellas following the stories of a group of characters who live in Paradise, Pennsylvania. In each story the kitchen plays a huge part, which is the center of the Amish home. From mixing herbal remedies to running a bed and breakfast to working in close quarters with family the characters featured in An Amish Kitchen find the kitchen to be places of love, hope and family.




    As with most other story collections, the stories of these characters are intertwined and all the main characters make appearances in each story.  I really enjoy reading collections like these because I really like being able to follow characters after their main story is told. This group of stories is well written and flows together really well even though there are 3 different authors. My only complaint is that these stories, like most in these types of collections, each seem to be a rushed story.  I’d love to be able to go a little more in depth into each story, but then the book would probably be 1,000 pages long…of course then it would take me 3 times as long to read. Overall I really enjoyed reading this book.




    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention something super important. At the end of the book, there is a collection of 45 Old Order Amish recipes many of which make an appearance in the stories.  Some of the recipes included are soft pretzels, pumpkin whoopee pies, cream celery and quilter’s salad.  I can’t wait to try my hand at some of these recipes. 

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    Pretty, pretty words! A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long I have rea

    Pretty, pretty words!

    A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long
    I have read two other Amish fiction compilations with works provided by Kelly, and in the past her story has always been my least favorite. This time, her words reached me in a way they haven't before, and A Taste of Faith has become my absolute favorite piece of Amish fiction.

    A Taste of Faith is the unexpected romance between earthy, loving Fern and bachelor Abram. Believing he knows what love is, and that he wants nothing to do with it, Abram has closed himself off from the possibility of a wife and marriage. In fact, he sees himself as married to his fields which is so very telling. Watching as these two get to know each other and develop a strong relationship was such a beautiful experience. And for Christian fiction, there was a little more touchy-feely than I'm used to.

    This story is filled with a beautiful sense of romance but the family love expressed through both Fern and Abram is just as wonderful. Truly a gorgeous story. I will be purchasing a hardcover of this book simply to have this story on my shelf.

    A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston
    I've been a fan of Amy since I started reading her Kauffman Amish Bakery series, and Spoonful lived up to what I expected. While this story has a lovely string of romantic love running through it, the larger story has to do with family and forgiveness. Slightly dark yet beautiful, A Spoonful of Love will pull strong emotions from you, both painful and uplifting. My only complaint about this story is that the ending is a bit rushed, though that often happens in short stories. It's not enough to make me unhappy with the overall piece.

    A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman
    Powerful and real, A Recipe of Hope is all about the love of family and what happens when that love isn't cared for properly. Between Eve and her mother, with their strained relationship and judgment of each other, to a brotherly bond stretched beyond its breaking point, Beth takes us on a journey of family, faith and hope. Truly wonderful and inspiring...it'll make you want to call your mother to remind her how much she means to you.

    All three stories in this book have a common thread of love and family weaved through them. All three are beautiful in their own right, and each one works well with the other two to provide the readers with an emotional journey through Paradise, Pennsylvania. I give this book four and a half stars. This is definitely one to keep on the bookshelf to re-read when those bonds between friends, lovers and family become strained. The book also contains 45 Amish recipes which I look forward to trying

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    I got this book as a "fun read" while I was sick. I w

    I got this book as a "fun read" while I was sick. I was, unfortunately, unable to get a hard copy and had to settle for a kindle addition. Generally, I don't read Kindle books very often (I love the feel of a "real book"), but this was very enjoyable. They weren't the best stories I have ever read, but I enjoyed the simple little tales of Amish life.

    A collection of three stories by well known authors, I think anyone looking for a quiet, peaceful read will enjoy these.

    A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long documents the story of Fern, who loves plants and their healing properties. The story follows the many appearances of Abram and his injured sister. Why does he keep showing up?

    A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston tells the story Hannah, who runs Paradise Inn with her parents. She has resigned herself to a life alone, caring for her little home. However, one day a stranger arrives who seems to be a great man. What will her father think?

    A Recipe of Hope by Beth Wiseman centers around Eve and her Mother. As they cook they can't seem to agree on anything. As her mother fails, will Eve find a way to help her?


    Score ~ ¿¿¿
    Violence ~ 0
    Indecency ~ 2
    Language ~ 0
    Age ~ Women, Ages 17 and up

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

    An Amish Kitchen was an enjoyable read. It is a compilation of t

    An Amish Kitchen was an enjoyable read. It is a compilation of three stories written by Kelly Long, Amy Clipston and Beth Wiseman. All are set in the town of Paradise, PA and have characters in common.

    In the first story, A Taste of Faith, Abram is left with the care of his younger siblings for a month while his parents have been called away. He finds himself attracted to Deborah, known as Fern, who works as a healer in their district. Abram has negative views about marriage and Fern has been hurt by a man before. They must both overcome their fears if they have a chance together.

    The second story, A Spoonful of Love, Hannah runs a bed and breakfast while struggling to feel that she cannot gain her mother's approval. Stephen moves to the area, stays at the bed and breakfast and becomes the handyman. He is running away from some very painful memories and the feeling that he has done too much wrong to be forgiven. Can Hannah help him understand that God's forgiveness is available to all?

    In the third story, A Recipe for Hope, Eve stuggles to connect with a mother she only felt close to when they were cooking. Her mother, Rosemary, struggles with change and an illness. There is more turmoil between Eve's children as they must deal with their actions and learn forgiveness.

    I liked the stories and found them to be a quick and easy read with good messages of forgiveness and the importance of family. I was provided a copy of An Amish Kitchen by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

    Amish Kitchen Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston & Kelly Long Book

    Amish Kitchen

    Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston & Kelly Long

    Book Description: The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope. Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women. Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction. Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past? When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

    Review: This was a fun trilogy. The stories stayed with me even when I went on to my next book. I was getting these stories confused with what I was currently reading, which is the mark of good storytelling. Fern’s story was a lot of fun. It reminds me that even when one thinks there time for marriage is gone and are surprised to find that not to be true. I cried, laughed and rejoiced with all these characters. They truly were their own stories and yet they overlapped with just the right amount of blending to make it believable. Hannah’s story was exciting to see how these two unique characters were going to get along. Hannah’s parents were enjoyable and provided for a cute side story. I liked Eve and felt a bit of connection to her challenges at home. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    I would like to thank Booksneeze and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

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    AN AMISH KITCHEN by Beth Wiseman,Amy Clipston and Kelly Long is

    AN AMISH KITCHEN by Beth Wiseman,Amy Clipston and Kelly Long is a wonderful inspirational Amish Romance set in Paradise, Pennsylvania. For a glimpse of hope,delicious Old Order Amish recipes,family,faith,and love follow three women on a journey of forgiveness and healing. Fern,Hannah and Eve will bring a joy to your heart as each struggle for hope,second chances and another chance at love.Written by three powerful and talented authors comes three compelling and endearing novellas of faith,courage,and love. A story set in the heart of the home-the kitchen. A must read for Amish readers as well as romance readers. Received for an honest review from the publisher.


    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: April, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    Fern and Abram not getting in the love. Abram is taking care of

    Fern and Abram not getting in the love. Abram is taking care of his siblings for a amount of time. He is always turning to her for something. The way they get together is quite different from any other way and I really enjoyed it.

    Each book or story in the book is different. They found their romance differently form each one. Each story tell a different story. I like this some for that means there are three different ways. Each one is a wonderful read and enjoyment. You can read it if you like and decide for yourself.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Highly Recommend this book.

    Enjoyed these stories. A good read for short stories. Very well written. Will read more books by these authors. I also love the recipes in this book.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    An Amish Kitchen is three mini novellas. Each is a separate stor

    An Amish Kitchen is three mini novellas. Each is a separate story, but the other characters are briefly mentioned in each story. There is also a reader's guide & lots of Amish recipes at the end of the book which would be lots of fun to try - if I were a better cook!




    The first story is about Fern, an Amish healer, the second is about Hannah, who runs her family's bed and breakfast while taking care of aging parents, and the third, the longest one in the book, is about Eve and her extended family.




    I think I liked the first story the best - I could relate to Fern a lot, I liked the pacing of the story, & I liked how it ended. I also liked the story about Hannah, but I didn't like the pacing of the story as much & I felt the ending was cut very, very short - so much so, that the ending actually ruined the whole story for me, and if I had to rate just the middle story, I'd only give it two stars. I felt like I was being teased, and I didn't feel like I read the whole tale. Without giving anything away, I also really felt like the conflict in the story was solved way too quickly & not very realistically. 




    The last story, about Eve's family, was a very emotional one for me. Her mother suffer's from Parkinson's disease, which in a lot of ways is similar to Alzheimer's, which runs in my family. I was brought to tears more than once by certain parts, and I also laughed out loud at some of the parts!












    I received this book to read & review through the book sneeze program for free.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    Three wonderful Amish stories to draw you in: A Taste of Faith b

    Three wonderful Amish stories to draw you in:
    A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long
    A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston
    A Recipe For Hope by Beth Wiseman

    The first by Kelly Long, is about a girl who is very talented with healing, but very little self esteem. She has been put down by others, and feels she is to ugly and fat to ever have a husband.

    The second by Amy Cliptson is about forgiveness. A sin is a sin, God forgives us. We just need to ask, but the hardest part is forgiving ourselves. This one is about a man who feels he let his fiancé down, when she was killed in a buggy accident. He comes to Paradise and comes to the Kings B&B. A sweet story of returning to God and finding forgiveness.

    The third is by Beth Wiseman
    The last is also a story of forgiveness. Eve and Ben move into her parents home while there home is being repaired, a tree fell on it during a storm. There are the five of them going to live with her parents...there is a love triangle, and some old child abuse.
    Will this family be able to get rid of old and new hurts, and have a good relationship?

    These are three really good stories, and a very fast afternoon read.
    Then there are the mouth watering recipes at the end...several going on my list!

    I received this book through the Booksneeze Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    An Amish Kitchen is a collection of novellas set around Paradise

    An Amish Kitchen is a collection of novellas set around Paradise, Pennsylvania. The first novella is A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long and is the story of Fern and her grandmother. Both are homeopathic doctors to their small Amish community. For major issues/illnesses they refer to a doctor in the nearby town. Fern treats a member of the Fisher family and seems to notice Abram Fisher as if for the first time. She knows he wouldn't ever notice her but still her heart flips at the sound of his voice. 




    Will they fall in love? Will they both realize the mutual attraction? Will they be soft enough to move towards each other when life gets hard? 




    The second novella is A spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston. It is the story of Hannah King. Hannah operates a Bed and Breakfast in the town of Paradise, PA.  What will happen  when an Amish bachelor comes to stay? What will other people think when Hannah, an unwed woman, rents him a room indefinitely? 




    The final story is A Recipe For Hope by Beth Wiseman. It is the story of Eve Bender who is moving back in with her parents at the age of thirty-eight.  Not because of her husband's passing but due to damage to their house from a storm.  What will happen during the 2 months they are living with Eve's parents? What will happen when Elias sneaks out at night? 




    The best part of this book, and a large part of the "Why" I requested this book is the recipes in the back. I haven't had a chance to try any yet. I've not even had much chance to skim through all of them so I'm hoping they are what I would consider "authentic Amish" recipes i.e. they don't use prepackaged, processed food stuff. 




    I found each of the stories to be so predictable as to be boring. Why continue reading a book when you know from the first sentence how the plot will work out and how the whole thing ends? In talking with other friends, we commiserated about books about the Amish for this very reason. They are so predictable. 




    So if you like recipes and are looking for new ones, this might be a good book for you.  I do think you should read the book to find out for yourself and make up your own mind. 




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

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    Great Book!!!

    A great book and a fast reading. Just wish the authhors would continue the stories, especially Beth Wiseman. The recipes sound yummy, and I'm planning making a few.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

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    3 beautiful stories plus 45 Amish recipes There are three beaut

    3 beautiful stories plus 45 Amish recipes

    There are three beautiful stories in this book, A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long, A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston and A Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman. Each story is about a different family in Paradise, Pennsylvania, they are all friends with the ladies meeting on Saturday afternoons at The Daily Bread for a time of fellowship and prayer.




    A Taste of Faith is the story of Fern, single and living with her grandmother who raised her after her parents died. She is the one everyone goes to for treatments when they are ill or injured rather than go to an English doctor. Her grandmother was always trying to find her someone to marry but Fern had no desire for a husband, she was satisfied with her garden.




    A Recipe for Hope has Hannah running her parents' bed and breakfast since her father had his first stroke. Stephen decides he has to move from his hometown, after his fiancee is killed in an accident which he blames himself for, and finds himself staying at Paradise Inn. Stephen tries to find a job with no luck so needing to keep busy he starts doing repairs around the Inn. Hannah's parents don't like the idea of a single man renting a room where their single daughter lives, even though there are always other guests there. Her parents get so upset that they even bring the Bishop in on the situation.




    A Recipe for Hope finds Eve's house damaged by a storm that blew a tree onto it. She finds her family moving back to her parents house temporarily, she has never felt close to her mother and is not looking forward to living under her roof again, even for a couple of months. She knows her mother has Parkinson's Disease, but didn't realize how bad until she's living with her again, but her Mother won't go to an English doctor, she only wants to use Fern's treatments.




    I was so excited to get this book and I was not disappointed. They were all wonderful stories but, Beth's contribution, A Recipe for Hope, really pulled at my heartstrings. My mother had alzheimers and some of the things Eve's mother is going through really touched home with me. All of the stories were wonderfully written.




    At the back of the book there are Recipes for Herbal Medicinal Treatments, 45 Old Order Amish Recipes and A Reading Group Guide. Anyone that likes Amish stories or any of these authors really should get this and read it.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®(dot)com. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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