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The Seekers (Amish Cooking Class Series #1)
     

The Seekers (Amish Cooking Class Series #1)

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by Wanda E. Brunstetter
 

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Will Heidi's cooking lessons turn into life lessons for five unlikely students?

Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But is it a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement?

Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at

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Will Heidi's cooking lessons turn into life lessons for five unlikely students?

Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But is it a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement?

Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students.

Class members share details of their disappointing lives, work to solve a mystery, and stir some romance into the pot. Soon Heidi’s cooking lessons turn into life lessons as they each share their challenges. . .and their souls are healed one meal at a time. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes?

 

Editorial Reviews

RT Book Reviews - Leslie L. McKee

Fans of The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club series are likely to love Brunstetter’s latest. In fact, some characters even overlap. The cooking students easily pull the reader in, and the yummy recipes may leave you racing to the kitchen after reading this book. There is such a cozy feel to the story, but it is not a fluff message. All of the characters are dealing with realistic struggles, and it is interesting to see how they come together to help each other.
Library Journal
02/01/2017
It's a motley crew that shows up at Heidi Troyer's Amish farm for cooking lessons. As each of the five students learns about the others and life itself, Heidi wonders whether she's started a cooking class or a therapy group. However, she trusts that God knows what He's doing and follows His lead. Brunstetter (The Revelation) maintains the warmth and love of her other fiction. The mix of well-drawn Amish and "English" protagonists adds a flavorful accent to the narrative. Readers will be hard pressed not to take this book to the dinner table after reading the mouth-watering recipes included. VERDICT Some may be off put by the multitude of italicized thoughts interspersed throughout this novel, but Brunstetter's many fans will clamor for her latest charming series launch.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781624167447
Publisher:
Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2017
Series:
Amish Cooking Class Series , #1
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
31,761
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Amish Cooking Class The Seekers


By Wanda E. Brunstetter

Barbour Publishing, Inc

Copyright © 2017 Wanda E. Brunstetter
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-68322-162-3


CHAPTER 1

Sugarcreek, Ohio


Loretta Donnelly's vision clouded as she sat on the front porch, watching her children play in the yard. Conner, with dark curly hair like his daddy's, was three. His sister, Abby, whose hair was medium brown like Loretta's, had recently turned five and would go to kindergarten in the fall.

"They are growing too fast and missing out on so much," Loretta murmured, pulling her long hair into a ponytail. She squeezed her eyes shut, struggling not to cry as she often did when she thought of Rick. He'd been gone nearly a year, but it felt like yesterday when she'd received the news of his death. Rick had been on a business trip. Loretta wished she had urged him to spend the night somewhere before heading home for the weekend. But having been gone for six days, Rick was anxious to get home. Loretta was excited for him to return, and so were the children. It was a shock when she'd received the horrifying news that an accident had occurred on the freeway. Rick had apparently fallen asleep at the wheel, causing his car to hit a guardrail and flip onto its side. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved.

Loretta's eyes snapped open when her daughter touched her arm. "Mommy, can I have a ponytail like yours?"

"Sure, sweetie, turn around." Loretta reached into her skirt pocket and found an extra hair band. Pulling Abby's shoulder-length hair back, she secured the ponytail with the band.

"Thanks, Mommy. We look alike now."

"You're welcome." Loretta bent down and gave Abby a hug.

After Abby joined her brother again, Loretta's thoughts turned to her financial situation. They'd been living on the money from Rick's life insurance policy, but it wouldn't last forever. Eventually, Loretta would need to look for a job, which meant finding a full-time babysitter.

Loretta's parents lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Soon after Rick died, Mom and Dad suggested Loretta sell her house and move in with them. She appreciated their offer but didn't want to uproot the children. Loretta wanted to give Abby and Conner a simpler life, like they had here in Amish country, rather than exposing them to big-city living. Besides, it wouldn't be fair to move the children closer to one set of grandparents but farther from the other. Rick's parents lived in Colorado, and Loretta had no desire to move there. Residing in this simple home in this quiet town helped her feel closer to Rick. This was where she wanted to raise her children. Unless God told her otherwise, she planned to remain right here.

Loretta's attention turned to her children when she heard Conner's cry. She rose from her chair and hurried into the yard. "What's going on with you two?"

"He threw dirt at me." Abby wrinkled her nose. "Then he pulled my ponytail."

"Did you throw dirt back?"

Sniffling, Abby nodded.

Oh, great. Now they're both crying. "No more dirt throwing or hair pulling." She shook her finger at the children before taking hold of their hands. "Let's go inside now and get you cleaned up. After that, we'll have lunch."

Once Loretta made sure Conner and Abby were clean, she made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The two sat giggling about something on the cereal box still sitting on the table from breakfast. It was good to see how quickly they recovered from the argument they'd had outside. It was one of the benefits of kids their age — they could be mad one minute and happy the next.

While Abby and Conner ate their lunch, Loretta sat at the table, sipping a cup of tea, reading the latest edition of The Budget newspaper. After seeing what some of the local Amish scribes had written, she noticed an ad for cooking classes. The first class would begin next Saturday. Anything related to the Amish interested her, and it would be fun to learn how to make some traditional Amish dishes.

She took a sip of tea, letting the idea float around in her head. I probably shouldn't spend the money right now, but if I can find someone to watch the children, I may sign up for those classes.


* * *

Dover, Ohio

"How are things coming along with your wedding plans?" Charlene Higgins's friend Kathy Newman asked as they took seats inside Sammy Sue's Barbeque restaurant.

Placing both hands beneath her chin, Charlene groaned. "What wedding plans? Len and I haven't even set a date for the wedding, much less made any plans."

"I thought after he proposed last week you two would be working out the details for your future together." Kathy's pale eyebrows squeezed together.

Charlene drank some water before giving her response. "Len wants to wait until he's told his parents about our engagement before we set a wedding date."

Her friend leaned slightly forward. "When does he plan to tell them?"

"I — I don't know." Charlene fingered the fork lying on her napkin. "I'm worried his folks — especially Annette, won't approve of Len's choice for a wife."

"For goodness' sakes, why not?" Kathy lifted her gaze toward the ceiling. "They should be happy their son's fallen in love with someone who is not only beautiful but smart."

Slowly, Charlene pulled her fingers through the ends of her long hair. Ever since she was a girl she'd been complimented on her creamy complexion and shiny brown hair with golden highlights. When she'd reached her teenage years, her friends suggested she become a model. Charlene wasn't interested in pursuing that profession. After high school graduation, she'd gone to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in early education. For the last year she'd been teaching kindergarten at one of the elementary schools in Dover.

"Are you ladies ready to order?" their waitress asked, stepping up to the table.

"Most definitely. I'll have the pulled-pork flatbread." Kathy smacked her lips. "I love the caramelized onions and cheddar cheese on it."

Charlene looked over the menu a few more seconds then ordered the same thing. With so many choices, it was easier to go with a familiar sandwich rather than try something new.

"Now, getting back to Len needing to tell his folks about your engagement ..." Kathy paused to pick up a slice of lemon and squeeze it into her water. "Why do you think he needs their approval? Is Len one of those guys who must check with his parents on everything?"

"I don't think so, but ..." Charlene pointed at the window. "Look at that! Wish I'd brought my camera with me today."

"What are you pointing at? I don't see anything out of the ordinary."

"A flock of geese heading for the Tuscarawas River, but you missed them." Charlene continued to watch out the window. "Their wings were stretched out for a landing. Bet they made quite a splash." She slouched in her seat. "Wish I was over there on the bridge right now. I could at least get a picture of the geese on my cell phone."

"Too bad I missed it, but at least you got to see them come in for a landing." Kathy stretched her arms out like a bird. "I'm surprised you don't have your digital camera with you. You take it nearly everywhere."

"I was running late and didn't think to grab it before I went out the door. Wouldn't you know the one day I didn't have it was when I could have gotten a great shot?" Heaving a sigh, Charlene shrugged. "Oh, well. I'm sure there will be other times I can photograph geese."

"Okay now, before the geese captured your train of thought, what were you going to say? Was it something about Len's parents?" her friend prompted.

"Yeah. Len's mother is quite domesticated. Her house is spotless, and she's an excellent cook." Charlene pursed her lips. "I, on the other hand, can barely boil water, which is why Len and I always go out to eat, rather than me cooking him a meal."

Kathy's forehead wrinkled as her mouth opened slightly. "You'll never learn to cook if you don't practice."

"I am not going to use my fiancé as a guinea pig. He could end up with food poisoning."

"Don't you think you're being a bit overly dramatic?"

"Maybe, but the one time I had Len's parents to my condo for supper, I burned the roast, and the vegetables were overcooked." Charlene picked up her water glass and took another drink.

"Maybe you need a new timer for your stove."

"Or maybe I ought to take some cooking lessons."

Kathy smiled. "Hey, not a bad idea. In fact, I saw an ad in the paper the other day advertising cooking classes. If you're interested, I'll give you a call with the information as soon as I get home."

Charlene lifted her shoulders in a brief shrug. "I'll give it some thought, but unless the person teaching the classes is a miracle worker, I may be a lost cause."

"Don't be silly. You know what you need, my friend?"

"What?"

"A good dose of self-confidence."

Charlene didn't argue. Although she had little or no confidence when it came to cooking, she was plenty confident when it came to teaching her students. Of course, she couldn't feed her future husband properly by being a good teacher. Maybe I will consider taking those cooking classes.


* * *

Walnut Creek

Eli Miller had just started cleaning his barn when his neighbor Lyle Troyer showed up. They'd been friends a good many years.

"Hey, what's new with you?" Eli set his shovel aside.

"Not much. I have a box for you in my buggy, though." Lyle grinned. "A gift from my fraa."

"You don't say. What kind of gift did Heidi send for me? It's not my birthday or any special occasion."

"Doesn't have to be. She made you one of her famous peanut butter kichlin."

Eli chuckled. "Your wife's cookies are good, but I didn't realize they were famous."

"Bet they will be after she starts teaching her cooking classes." Lyle thumped Eli's shoulder. "Heidi also asked me to find out if you'd like to come over for supper tonight."

"I'd be pleased to, but what's this about Heidi teaching cooking classes?"

Lyle leaned against the barn wall, folding his arms. "As I'm sure you know, she's a pretty fair cook."

"Jah, and so was my fraa, but she never taught anyone." Eli rubbed the side of his bearded face. As always, thinking about Mavis caused him to miss her. He could hardly believe she'd been gone a year already. If only she hadn't ridden her bike to visit a friend and stayed until the sun began to set, when there'd been less visibility. If Mavis had been using her horse and buggy that evening, she might still be alive.

Lyle bumped Eli's shoulder again. "Say, I have an idea. Why don't you sign up for Heidi's cooking classes?"

Eli's eyes widened as he touched his chest. "Me? You're kidding, right?"

"Nope. You've mention many times about how bad your cooking is. If you learn how to cook, you'd be eatin' a lot better meals than tuna sandwiches and hardboiled eggs."

"Not sure I'd be comfortable taking classes. It'll probably be a bunch of women, and I'd feel as out of place as a child tryin' to guide a horse and buggy down the road." Eli walked over to the barn's entrance and gazed out across his property. Looking at everything, one would never know his wife was gone. The daffodils she'd planted a few years ago were bursting with yellow blossoms. The colorful hyacinths, in an array of pink, white, and purple, bloomed near the porch. Eli could almost visualize Mavis reaching down to take a whiff of their fragrance. She loved the smell of hyacinths, and in the spring she'd put a few in a vase on the kitchen table.

Several bird feeders swayed as soft breezes wafted through branches where they hung. Cardinals, goldfinches, and bluebirds ate in friendly comradery. An image of Mavis standing in front of the kitchen window came to mind, and Eli recalled her contented expression.

A few times she'd caught him watching her, and then they'd stood together and gazed at the birds gathering around the feeders. It seemed everywhere he looked these days a vision of Mavis materialized before his eyes. Eli hoped he could hold those precious moments in his mind forever. He never wanted to forget her sweet face.

Little things, such as feeding the birds, gave pleasant memories, but walking into the house was a different story. Gone were the days when he'd enter the kitchen and mouthwatering smells reached his nostrils. Eli remembered how his wife's pumpkin cinnamon rolls filled the whole house with their spicy aroma. Since Mavis knew they were his favorites, she made them quite often. Sometimes, even the fragrance of Mavis's hair would capture traces of what she had baked. When Eli greeted his wife after a long day's work, he wanted to hold her until the sun went down, filling his senses with the warmth of her body and scent of her hair.

Cherished flashbacks like these were bittersweet, popping into his mind at unexpected moments. While agonizing to think about, they were also more precious than ever.

At least I have those treasured memories tucked away safely right here. Eli touched his chest, aware of his heart thumping beneath his hand.

"Hey, are you feeling okay?" Lyle nudged Eli's arm. "Did you hear what I said a few seconds ago?"

"What? Oh, uh ... jah. I ... I was thinkin' about something, is all." Eli's face warmed as he focused on his friend. "What were you saying?"

"Said you may be surprised who all shows up at Heidi's cooking classes." Lyle bent down to pluck a piece of straw off his trousers. "Heidi's aunt Emma hosts quilting classes in her home, and she's taught several men to quilt. Fact is, it's my understanding that they enjoyed it almost as much as the women did. According to Emma, some of the men became quite good at quilting."

"Is that a fact?" As he tugged his earlobe, Eli sucked in his lower lip. "Danki for the mention. I'll give it some thought."

CHAPTER 2

Mt. Hope, Ohio


Kendra Perkins turned toward the window, hoping the sunny sky would brighten her mood. She'd been staying with her friend Dorie Hampton for the past week — ever since Kendra's parents kicked her out of their house. She had only been allowed to take her clothes and personal items — nothing else. A year ago, Kendra would have never believed something like this would happen to her. It wasn't fair. What kind of parents could do such a thing? She shouldn't be punished for one little mistake.

Guess it's not a little mistake. Fingers clenched, Kendra swallowed hard. What I did was wrong, but are Mom and Dad so self-righteous they can't admit to ever having made a mistake? Is there no forgiveness in their hearts toward their wayward daughter?

Determined not to succumb to self-pity, Kendra turned her attention to the newspaper want ads on the kitchen table. She couldn't live in Dorie's tiny mobile home forever. She needed to find a job so she could support herself. She had to make a decision about the future of her unborn child before her October due date.

"Find anything yet?" Dorie asked, walking into the kitchen.

Kendra shook her head. "But then, I only began looking a few minutes ago."

Dorie handed Kendra a glass of cranberry juice and took a seat at the table. "Maybe you should have stayed in college and continued working toward a career in nursing."

Kendra gave an undignified snort. "If Mom and Dad kicked me out of their house, they sure weren't going to keep paying my tuition." Her face contorted as she brought her fingers to her lips. "They think I'm a sinner, and they're ashamed of me for giving in to my desire and becoming intimate with Max. Since I'm the oldest daughter, I'm supposed to set a good example for my two younger sisters."

"Maybe they need more time to come to grips with this. After all, it's their grandchild you're carrying."

"Doesn't mean a thing. My dad's on the church board, and he made it clear that I've humiliated him." She sniffed deeply, shifting in her chair. "Guess he thinks the church wouldn't forgive me if they knew. So mum's the word, if you get my meaning. And Mom ... Well, she can't think for herself these days. Even if she did want to help me, she'd go along with whatever Dad says."

Kendra wished she could forget what had happened, but how could she erase her pregnancy or her parents' rejection? She had considered not telling them about the baby, hoping her boyfriend, Max, would marry her. But things blew up in her face when she told him about the child and he'd asked her to get an abortion. Max was out of her life now. He'd found another girlfriend and joined the navy. With any luck, she'd never see him again.


(Continues...)

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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs. When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties.
Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com. 

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The Seekers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
catangel2 16 days ago
Another great book by Wanda Brunstetter that you won't want to put down until you have read the last page. She once again shows how God works in His mysterious ways. Heidi Troyer opens her home to offer cooking classes and hopes that it helps fill her days. She meets 5 strangers with different problems and through her cooking classes, their problems begin to find solutions in very different and amazing ways as Heidi shares her faith as well as her cooking skills. An added bonus at the end - recipes that are used in the book are also included.
llparrish782 2 days ago
I enjoy any book by Wanda Brunstetter. I liked that Heidi wanted to be like her aunt and start a cooking class. This book kept me turning page after page to see what happened to Ron. I thought he was a pretty shifty character and I didn't trust him. I had a funny feeling to see if he was going to try and steel from the Troyers. I think in some ways the Amish are too trusting. I hate that some people want to harm them in any way. They are people like us and want to stay away from worldly things. In some ways, I think we could learn a thing or two from them. I like how close they are and how they look out for one another. I also enjoyed that this story isn't too far from my hometown. I'm glad that Heidi chose to teach some classes for cooking. I thought it was a wonderful idea because it gave her something to do while Liam was at his auction house all day. I'm not sure how I'd feel about letting strangers in my house but it seemed like these people Loretta, Charlotte, and Kendra were good people. In some ways I felt sorry for Kendra. I thought it was mean of her family to do what they did to her. This shows that all preachers aren't hunky dory. Some can't see past the end of their noses.. I did however feel like I was learning right alongside these wonderful women and men. Yes, I said men. It's not uncommon for a man to learn to cook. Some even make a living out of it. I had to snicker through some parts of this wonderful story. Wanda knew to add to some humor as well as make new friends. Thanks you Wanda for another wonderful story. I truly do love your books! You are a great storyteller
mrsboone4 3 days ago
You may wonder, how can an Amish woman make money? Heidi Troyer decides to start having cooking classes in her home and be able to teach anyone who is interested how to cook and bake simple, yet filling dishes for themselves. Five people sign up for her first classes. She will provide all ingredients and recipes for all who attend. Charlene, who is engaged, but has no kitchen know-how. Loretta, a young widow with two small children, who is interested in the Amish way of life, Kendra, a young, pregnant, unmarried woman, who's best friend has given her the gift of the cooking lessons. Eli, a young Amish widower who is a good friend of Heidi and her husband Lyle-who burns boiled eggs. Ron, the Vietnam vet who is living in his motor home parked by their barn, while he fixes the engine problems. Each of these five people have their secrets and problems, as do Heidi and Lyle. Heidi uses her cooking classes to help each one to work through their problems and let them know that she cares for them and their problems and to share the gift of the Lord who can help in all things, little does Heidi & Lyle know that some of these people can help them also. A very good book. Easy, heartwarming read. I look forward to further books in this series by Mrs. Brunstetter. Makes me wish there was an Amish lady in our neighborhood that I could take cooking lessons from.
honeychile 3 days ago
Charming and Wholesome! Having a new Wanda Brunstetter book available is a highly-anticipated treat! The Seekers is a charming story of very different people coming together for a common purpose, but leaving with unexpected rewards. Brunstetter's Amish novels are refreshing and wholesome, even though they deal with serious and current topics such as the plight of an unwed mother with no family support; the continuing mental issues for a battle-scarred soldier; the sudden loss of a spouse; the tragedy of infertility, and others. As with many of Brunstetter's books, food is almost like another character, and the recipes included at the end of the book are a delightful tradition I've come to expect. I'm delighted to give this book five stars. You will not regret its purchase, and you may even learn to cook as a bonus! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
LizD1 5 days ago
The Seekers ( Amish Cooking Class - Book 1 ) By: Wanda E. Brunstetter The Seekers is book one in Wanda E. Brunstetter’s new series Amish Cooking Class. Wow, Ms Brunstetter has did it again, another winner. The author grabbed me right at the start and did not let go till the end. Ms Brunstetter weaves us a story that will have you trying to read faster, turn the pages faster, to see what is going to happen next. I love the story and the characters , most of the characters, both were easy to follow and well developed. Heidi is married to Lyle Troyer and she wants to start an Amish Cusine cooking classes in her home to help bring in more money and to help fill her days. She gets five women and men for her classes. All five seem to have their own problems and reasons why they want to take the classes. One woman is engaged to be married, an expected mother who is estranged from her family, a widowed mother with two children, a widower who needs to learn to cook for himself , and a Vietnam Vet who has camped out in the Troyer’s yard . I love the way Heidi’s does her recipe cards. I love her Bible verses and the way she uses them and the way she shared her faith. Will these five learn to cook after Heidi’s classes? What else will they get out of their classes? What about Heidi , what will she get out of these classes and her students? I also love that Wanda E. Brunstetter put her recipes from the classes in the back of the book. All these sound so good, simple, and easy to make. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series. 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.
MyrtleT61 5 days ago
Another 5-star must read story by Wanda. I highly recommend The Seekers. You'll enjoy living among the characters and seeing how their lives are transformed by taking Heidi's cooking classes. Well done Wanda!
vics49548 6 days ago
If you liked The Half Stitched Quilting Club you’re sure to love the The Seekers! Wanda again knocks it out of the park with characters facing real-life situations. Warmth and concern for others comes through the pages of the story as Heidi Troyer takes her unlikely class of students through some basic cooking classes. Along the way they learn more than cooking. They learn to care for people from other walks of life, a great lesson for all of us! And what would a Wanda book be without some traditional Amish recipes?! Easy to make recipes are included with this book. Appenditlich!
NKBookReviewer 6 days ago
The Seekers by author Wanda Brunstetter is another great Amish offering from a gifted author. This 320 page paperback novel published by Barbour is absolutely a page turner. I didn't want to do anything except read it from cover to cover. This book has everything that I enjoy in Christian fiction. Author Wanda has included plenty of scripture in her book. There are inspirational messages dealing with love, forgiveness, values, respect, and redemption. The present day issues of PTSD, unwanted pregnancy, bullying, and family relations are discussed. Cute children and dogs are included along with the adult characters. Recipes of six Amish dishes follow the story. After the recipes are 15 discussion questions for individual or group reflection and discussion. The last page is information about the author, Wanda. Wanda has a nice way of writing. Her characters are have a wide variety of personalities and issues. Some main and secondary characters are so lovable while others are just terrible villains. Wanda knows how to write! In this book you will meet Heidi and Lyle, the Amish couple. Heidi teaches the cooking classes. Her students are Ron, Eli, Loretta, Charlotte, and Kendra. Each student has a unique story and issue. As Heidi teaches her class directions are given for an Amish dish in such vivid detail that I wanted to go to my kitchen and cook along side them. I wanted to smell the delicious aromas that were coming out of my book. Now I want to take a cooking class even though I have written a cookbook myself! This is a lovely book. I became friends with the cooking members and became invested in their lives very early, Heidi's, too. The story is interesting immediately and takes no time to work into. I couldn't put it down from page one and am counting the days until the sequel. I would definitely recommend this book. It is wonderful. It would be good for a church group, book club, cooking club, anyone that enjoys Amish fiction, Christian romance, contemporary, or fiction. I loved it. There are twists, humor, Amish recipes, Amish words, great descriptions of the Amish life and country, and mystery. I rated this 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Barbour and the author for my honest opinion.
Diana0 7 days ago
I love this new series coming out by Wanda Brunstetter. This series will touch many hearts. I loved all the different individuals and their own stories and what bought each one to the cooking class held by Heidi. From all walks of life. I love to go to one of these classes. I think I am a lot like Charlene. My cooking skills are not great. She is engaged to be married but his mother doesn't seem to like her. Then there is Loretta a widow raising her two little ones. Eli is a friend of Heidi's and Lyle's and his wife was killed and his cooking skills are not great. A mystery that hasn't been solved is who killed her? Then we have Kendra a unwed mother. Trying to find herself in life and a answer as what to do with her baby. Then comes Ron and veteran who is struggling in life and finds ways to provide for himself not legally. Heidi finds this is more then just a cooking class. People who are there for more then just learning to cook. Can Heidi help them? You see God working through out the book using Heidi. Awesome characters well written as Wanda's books always are. O and as a bonus there are recipes in the book for you to try. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
JayKay1 8 days ago
I really enjoyed reading this one, Wanda . It really gives you a good view of how the Amish live. Heidi, a childless Amish woman, was lonely and decides to give cooking lessons, with the consent of her husband. She advertises and 5 people respond, only one being Amish. Each bring their own heartaches and struggles to the classes and they gradually learn to trust each other enough to share them with each other. It was great to see how some of their lives intertwined and how each came to grips with their problems.I do not want to give away any of the plots but I really loved reading this book. It taught a lot about love and forgiveness. It also had the recipes in the back of the book that they made each time. If you like Amish books, you will certainly like this one. It keeps you engaged up until the end. I highly recommend it. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Blooming-with-Books 8 days ago
New series that is an enjoyable read... The Seekers Amish Cooking Class #1 By Wanda E. Brunstetter For eight years Heidi Troyer has been married yet she and Lyle have not been blessed with any children to her great disappointment. With hours of the day that need to be filled Heidi borrows an idea from her Aunt Emma, but instead of quilting classes Heidi decides to teach cooking classes. But Heidi's classes are not quite what she expected - in addition to the cooking classes her students begin turning to her with problems and challenges that they are experiencing. But the experience was one that offered her a chance to share her faith and the love of God to those who sought out her class. The differences in the five people who take her class are a contrast in both age and life experiences. There is an unwed-mom-to-be, a troubled Vietnam Veteran, a widowed single mom, a just engaged woman, and an Amish neighbor who lost his wife. Could a more unlikely grouping learn to cook and form friendships that last beyond the six week class? Come to Walnut Creek, Ohio and find out in this newest series from Wanda Brunstetter. And for those who like Emma and Lamar - they make an appearance in this book. This first book while complete in that this cooking class is finished there is a promise of what is to come in future books. And the promise of what is to come is one I look forward to discovering. An added bonus can be found in the back of the book in that the 6 recipes that Heidi teaches her class are included. There are also discussion questions perfect for book clubs that may decide to make this their reading selection. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
amybooksy 8 days ago
The Seekers is the first installment to Wanda Brunstetter's newest series, Amish Cooking Class. I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of her Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club series, which is my favorite of all her books. In The Seekers, Heidi starts an Amish cooking class and gets some interesting students. Such as: A young, single, and pregnant Kendra Engaged Charlene, who needs help with her lack of kitchen skills A young widowed, Amish man, Eli Single and widowed mother Loretta Vietnam vet, Ron Of all the characters, Ron, was my favorite. I cannot wait to read the next book of the series. Highly highly recommended. 5 plus stars
Lisa_A_Gill 8 days ago
The Seekers By Wanda E. Brunstetter I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. However, after reading the book I did chose to post a review since I really enjoyed the book. It was a cute story about people gathering together learning to cook, deal with and solve problems, and plenty of adventure included in the book. The story is about an Amish woman who decided to start a cooking class. She advertises about her class and ends up with a variety of people, who for different reasons, sign up for her class. Besides learning how to cook they also learn about forgiveness and how to deal with the problems they have. I thought this was an interesting book and I liked reading how everyone ended up dealing with and solving their problems. I especially liked the recipes in the book the ones that were actually taught in the cooking class. I think anyone who likes to cook, or likes to read about the Amish, or has a certain problem they are dealing with would enjoy this book. Lisa Gill
konand 9 days ago
The Seekers starts out strong, pulling you into the worlds of several English and Plain people. Their lives are interwoven throughout the book as they come together and learn to cook several Amish dishes. The full recipes are written out in the back of the book for you to try along with the characters in the book. There is a hint of romance, but is not the sole focus of the book. I never dreamed I would get into reading Amish books, but Wanda Brunstetter has a way of drawing you in, fascinating you with the lives that they lead, and teaching you something in the process. This book is my favorite of hers so far, with her Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club books a close second. The Seekers could have several more chapters, so I am hoping that there will be more books like this one to follow. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
StephieJ 10 days ago
Another great book by Wanda Brunstetter. I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read book #2 in this series. Heidi opens her home to teach others how to cook. She brings in 5 strangers to her home each with their own problems. Heidi is a very likable and easy to talk to character. Her cooking students open up to her and she shares her love of God and helps them deal with their problems. All in a loving and non-judgmental way. I highly recommend this book. I also enjoyed how some of the recipes from the book were included. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review
Miss_CindyH 11 days ago
The Seekers was a different Amish book. I liked that. It wasn't as predictable as others in the genre. For instance there was no bishop. Each family seemed to make decisions of their own based on their faith. Brunstetter developed by Amish and English characters well. The story line was constantly changing to one of the characters, but was laid out in a way that wasn't confusing. I felt she did a good job of balancing each story line in an effort to grow the characters. Might have to try out the recipes in the back of the book as well. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
JLink 11 days ago
This book was just okay for me. It is probably more like 3.5 stars. It wasn't a strong "Amish" story line, but that was fine with me. There were too many characters to follow and therefore they weren't very developed. The story was constantly jumping around. I did like the incorporation of scripture and how it applied to the various characters' lives. The inclusion of the recipes that were used in the story was a nice touch. It was an easy read, but not very memorable. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Joy50 12 days ago
I loved this Christian fiction book one of a new Amish Cooking series by one of my favorite authors, Wanda Brunstetter. Heidi Troyer begins teaching a class in the art of Amish cuisine in her Amish farm home. The drama of five very different men and women that answers her advertisement soon turns into life lessons. The unlikely mismatched five students are a woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother disowned by her family, a widowed mom who wishes to simplify, a Vietnam vet camping on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower. They share more than meals as they give details of their live challenges, try to solve a mystery, and add romance to the mix. Soon Heidi’s cooking lessons turn into their souls being healed one meal at a time. Was this God's plan for Heidi's cooking classes? I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in acco rdance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
MamaDuck661 12 days ago
The Seekers: Amish Cooking Class by Wanda Brunstetter had many positive aspects to it as many of Ms. Brunstetter’s books do. The characters were well developed, there was inclusion of Amish living and values, as well as a good dose of Christian scripture. This is a great book for anyone wanting a great read for a weekend. As a person that enjoys cooking and baking, I also enjoyed the incorporation of cooking techniques and Amish recipes at the back of the book. A drawback for me was the predictability of the story. Within the first two chapters, I could determine how the story would end. That being said, I would recommend this story to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
thall5 12 days ago
Wanda E. Brunstetter once again thrills me with another amazing read!! The Seekers, the first installment in the Amish Cooking Class series, caught my attention from the very first page. As all of Wanda's books, I am always thrilled to start it, don't want to put it down, hate to see it end, and can't wait until the next book's release! In this book, we meet Heidi Troyer, who is seeking to help fill a void in her life, and comes up with the idea of an Amish cooking class as a way to help fill her days and to minister to other while she teaches what she loves to do. She ends up with 5 students all of different walks of life, carrying their own personal struggles all seeking something in their own lives. As she hopes to teach them about cooking she also hopes to minister and encourage them by simple scriptures in each class. She, however; has no idea what she has really signed herself up for. In trying to fill this void, it seems she may have brought other people's problems to her doorstep too. While questioning her own abilities to help her students outside of cooking, she finds that God not only uses her to help them, but also uses them to help her! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next in this series! If you are familiar with this author you know how great her reads are! If you have never read one of Wanda E. Brunstetter's books, this would be a perfect book to get you started and hooked! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. This is my honest opinion of this book.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I love to read anything by Wanda Brunstetter. The Seekers did not disappoint. I loved book one of her new series Amish Cooking Class. I loved each character who came to the Amish cooking class. It was neat to read each person's background & how they came to the cooking class. The main character is so sweet & you fall in love with her instantly. It is going to be difficult waiting for book 2. I can't wait to see how things turn out. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing & was under no obligation to post a review.
RGNHALL 13 days ago
Can't cook? Looking for friends? Just want to have some fun? Bored? Hungry? Heidi Troyer is ready and willing to take a risk and teach some Amish meals and share a few scripture verses along the way. Come join, she invites and several do just that. This book was very fun to read and emotional as well. I think readers will enjoy the Amish recipes and learning ways of the Amish as well as shedding a few tears and laughing too. Many people will relate. I personally find great enjoyment in cooking and remember when I was first married, I bought many many many cookbooks and loved trying new recipes on friends and family. I got a wok and a fondue pot and enjoyed trying some new adventures with food, ones that my "good 'ole southern mom and grandma" had never cooked. I even made some big mistakes in cooking, just as some of Heidi's students. Teaching a cooking class also seems a wonderful way to have some fun and earn some money for folks like Heidi. I am giving this book a 5-star rating and encourage those who enjoy reading Christian and Amish books to give this one a try. This book was a gift from Barbour Publishing and netgalley. No review was required.
LynlovesGod 13 days ago
What a treat! Amish Cooking Class: The Seekers, by Wanda Brunstetter, was a perfect read. The story revolves around an Amish woman, Heidi Troyer, who decides to give cooking lessons in her home. As the reader, you are treated to each of her students' story. Wanda Brunstetter weaves their story lines together into one bigger story line in a seamless way. For any lover of Amish fiction, this one is not to be missed! I'm looking forward to book 2 in the series! A special bonus: Wanda gives us recipes to the delicious meals her students make in her cooking class. This was a delightful way to spend a few hours! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Emma 13 days ago
The Amish Cooking Class The Seekers Book 1 of Amish Cooking Class by Wanda E. Brunstetter Will Heidi's cooking lessons turn into life lessons for five unlikely students? Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But is it a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement? Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students. Class members share details of their disappointing lives, work to solve a mystery, and stir some romance into the pot. Soon Heidi’s cooking lessons turn into life lessons as they each share their challenges. . .and their souls are healed one meal at a time. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes? Heidi Troyer and her husband Lyle. Heidi who runs the class, her husband Lyle,and one male student are Amish while the others are Englishers. Heidi Troyer decides to offer an Amish cooking class in her home so she advertises to the surrounding community and 5 people sign up. Ron Hensley shows up and asks to park his RV on their property. Ron, a Vietnam Veteran.is an Englisher drifter whose experience in Viet Nam still haunt him. Ron is taking Heidi's cooking class. Kendra Perkins is a young mother-to-be whose father threw her out because of her pregnancy. Loretta Donnelly is a widow with two young children. Loretta is English but increasingly drawn to the Amish way of life. Charlene Higgins is a young engaged woman who has no experience in the kitchen. Eli Miller is a widowed Amish man whose wife passed away a year earlier. who doesn’t know how to cook much of anything. Each student has some issues. I highly recommend reading. Will Heidi's cooking lessons turn into life lessons for five unlikely students? read this book to find out. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review." The Amish Cooking Class The Seekers Book 1 of Amish Cooking Class by Wanda E. Brunstetter is a wonderful well written 5 stars book. more books by Wanda Brunstetter The Blessing book 2 The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club – Book 1 The Tattered Quilt – Book 2 The Healing Quilt – Book 3 The Discovery – A Lancaster County Saga Goodbye to Yesterday The Silence of Winter The Hope of Spring The Pieces of Summer A Revelation in Autumn A Vow for Always The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club – Book 1 The Tattered Quilt – Book 2
KrisAnderson_TAR 13 days ago
The Amish Cooking Class: The Seekers is the first book in a new series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Heidi Troyer has been married to Lyle for eight years, and they have yet to be blessed with children. Heidi has always enjoyed cooking. After reading a letter from her Aunt Emma, who holds quilting classes in her home, Heidi decides to host a cooking class. Heidi posts an ad advertising her classes and waits to see who God brings her way. Charlene Higgins is a kindergarten teacher and newly engaged. Charlene is unable to cook and hopes these lessons will help. Loretta Donnelly is a widow with two children. Loretta has always been fascinated with all things Amish and this is a way for her to learn some new dishes (and have adult company). Eli Miller lives next to the Troyer’s and is a widower (he misses his wife, Mavis very much). Eli needs to learn some cooking skills. He is tired of eating sandwiches. Kendra Perkins is eighteen and pregnant. Kendra is living with her friend, Dorie since her parents insisted she leave their home. Dorie believes that the cooking classes will be good for Kendra. Ron Hensley sees the ad for the cooking classes and believes the Troyer farm will be a good place to park his RV. Ron travels from Amish town to Amish town relying on the hospitality of others. Ron’s intentions are not good, but maybe spending time with the Troyer’s will change his outlook on life. These individuals all come together to learn how to cook, but end up with so much more. The Amish Cooking Class: The Seekers is well-written and engaging. I enjoyed the characters and the setting (in Ohio). Each person comes away from the cooking class with a new perspective. I appreciated the life lessons presented in the story. I give The Amish Cooking Class: The Seekers 4.5 out of 5 stars. When I finished this book, I was left with a good feeling. The book is a little expected (which is why I took off .5), but I took pleasure in reading it. The Amish Cooking Class: The Seekers is a nice change of pace (good break from reality). It is a sweet and gratifying novel. There are recipes from the story included at the end of the book. I look forward to the next book in this series – The Blessing.