What the Heart Sees: An Amish Love Novella

What the Heart Sees: An Amish Love Novella

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by Kathleen Fuller

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Ellie Chupp is resigned to never love again after she loses her sight in an accident. Christopher Miller has returned home, five years after a tragedy took the life of his fiancee. When Ellie and Chris meet again, their attraction is undeniable. But the possibility of loving another person again is terrifying. By letting go of the past and their fears of the future


Ellie Chupp is resigned to never love again after she loses her sight in an accident. Christopher Miller has returned home, five years after a tragedy took the life of his fiancee. When Ellie and Chris meet again, their attraction is undeniable. But the possibility of loving another person again is terrifying. By letting go of the past and their fears of the future, old friends remind each other that what matters most is invisible to the eye.

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

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What the Heart Sees 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lesson in forgiveness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again a good read. 3 stories all very good.
JDyan More than 1 year ago
A Miracle For Miriam. Miriam was in eight grade but the huge crush she had on Seth Fisher went back two years. Since the sixth grade, she wished for his attention. Then a terrible act of cruelty committed on the playground left her utterly embarrassed. Five years have passed since then and Miriam has long since forgiven Seth but she is not ready to love him again, or is she? A Place of His Own. Amanda and Josiah had been best friends during their childhood. Everything was perfect until the Bontrager's just up and left without telling a single soul, without Josiah giving Amanda a single goodbye. Amanda is twenty-four now and all grown up. Josiah suddenly pops back into her life. But he is not the same Josiah she once new. He is withdrawn and sullen. Amanda wants to mend his heart but more importantly can she win it? What The Heart Sees. Ellie Chupp wasn't born disabled but a horrible accident left her that way. Chris Miller lost his fiancee in the same accident five years ago. Ellie has a secret and Chris is troubled and broken but the attraction between them is unmistakable. Both have vowed to never love again but will each break that vow and give love a fighting chance? All three stories were beautiful. They resonate so deeply and touch your heart. What the Heart Sees is the second Kathleen Fuller book I have read. And I enjoyed both very much. The glossary is certainly a nice touch. It makes me feel like I'm learning a little German. I recommend this book to everyone! Yes, its romance but nowhere near the cheesy kind. I would say this book would definitely fit in during the holidays. They make you feel nice and cozy and lovable. 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
What the Heart Sees By: Kathleen Fuller I received this e-book free from NetGalley in exchange for a book review. This e-book contains three books: A Miracle for Miriam, A Place of His Own, and What the Heart Sees. All three of these are wonderful Kathleen Fuller stories. The stories are about forgiveness, letting go of the past, moving on, and keeping secrets. Fuller's heart-felt Christian romance Amish stories go the root of the problems and teach how to let God lead your life and to realize that He is in charge and is watching out for you and taking care of you, even when you don't see it or want to believe it. In A Miracle for Miriam, I was drawn back to my school days. Miriam is extremely shy. Others think there is something wrong with her, that she is a snob. He found out she liked him and made fun of her in front of everybody. She never got over it. Miriam is set on protecting her heart and she is very insecure. Seth and Miriam meet again several years later. Seth had had an accident and came back from living with his English friends. He can't understand why Miriam won't talk to him, until he realizes who she is. He then apologizes to her for the way he acted when a teenager. She has to reconcile a kind man with a cruel boy. Can she trust him with her heart after the way he had treated her? She has to realize when God gets ahold of you, things change! In A Place of His Own, Josiah used to be Amanda's neighbor. Then they left one night and she never saw him again, until now 10 years later. She has never married; she never found anyone that she liked like Josiah. He'd been abused by his father, but had never told anyone. He was afraid he was like his father, would lose his temper and hurt someone. He couldn't trust God to take care of him. Amanda realizes she has loved him all along, and tries to show him the way back to God. Their story will touch your heart as you follow how he comes to have a talk with God and realizes he has loved Amanda all along as well. Amanda is an outspoken, almost pushy person, but that is just who Josiah needs to make him think about what has happened and put it into perspective so he can move on to experience the love and joy God has in store for him. In What the Heart Sees, Ellie Chupp is blind from a car accident. Her best friend Caroline is killed and her boyfriend Chris tries to have the driver, Isaiah, put in jail for killing her. Isaiah is Ellie's cousin. Chris ends up being banned and moves to get a job, a car, English clothes, and to forget what has happened. He comes back home to see his mother and sister and runs into Ellie. He is trying to forgive the one who ruined his life, but he has no idea about the secret Ellie has been carrying around. Christopher finds out his sister is marrying the person responsible for killing his girlfriend. This book is a must read! It has it all. Secrets, people trying to let go of the past, moving on, and forgiving. You will really see how with God all things are possible!
Evangeline_Han More than 1 year ago
I have read a few Amish romances but these three novellas in What the Heart Sees is a win. Among all my Amish fiction books, this book is a favorite. Although the stories are simple and light, there are moral lessons behind each story. Lessons such as forgiveness, changing from selfishness, and acceptance are prominent throughout the book. An aspect that is very obvious is the way the guys in the stories are facing major problems while the girls seemingly behave better. I wonder if that could be because Amish boys are more likely to turn Englisch than Amish girls? I liked the endings of the first two novellas, but I did not like the ending of the third novella. It depicted the Amish-turned-Englisch returning to the community after a shunning. I wish it was different. After all, we have dozens of Amish fiction books with the happily-ever-after endings of Amish returning to their community after they were placed in a Bann. It would have been nice to read something different. Overall, What the Heart Sees is a collection of three light stories that will either cause you to admire the Amish values or cause you to shake your head at the strong do's and don'ts the Amish adhere to.
Regina53 More than 1 year ago
I was given the book, What the Heart Sees, from Book Sneeze to read and write an honest review. The book is a collection of Amish Romances from Kathleen Fuller. It contains three individual stories: "A Miracle for Miriam," "A Place of His Own," and "What the Heart Sees." Normally, I do not choose this type of book due to the nature of collections. The stories are, of course, short; the plot tends to develop quickly; and then the story ends, most times leaving me wanting more information or story line. This book holds true to that description. The stories were sweet, but short. The first story began slowly with a lot of "thought processes" going on by the two main characters, Miriam and Seth. About half way through, the actual "action" picked up and it became a pleasant read. I did find the overuse of the Pennsylvania Dutch language a bit awkward and distracting. The second story was my favorite. It started out quite mysterious and drew in my interest quickly. I liked the characters and events in this story. It would have been nice if this story had been developed into a full novel. The action had to happen quickly, and the plot was very predictable. And then the story ended, leaving me wishing for more. Could Ms. Fuller possibly write a sequel to this story? The third story was interesting to me because one of the main characters, Ellie, was left blind from a tragic accident. I truly enjoyed reading how Ellie managed to accomplish everyday activities and live a full life. Ms. Fuller gave good insight into some of the struggles, keen sensitivities, and creativity of someone who is blind. Although this story began slowly, it picked up and was quite enjoyable. Overall, I did enjoy the stories, and the themes of forgiveness, acceptance, and love were woven through all the stories. They also gave a nice picture into the lives of the Amish. However, I was a little confused about the handling of prayer in the second story. The characthers prayed out loud, and I have always been under the impression that all Amish pray silently. If you like stories about the Amish, and if you don't mind the shortness/quickness of the stories, this book would be great for you. I was not paid to review this book, only required to read it and give my honest opinion.
scentednights2002 More than 1 year ago
I really loved these stories because they show real people struggling with real problems. It doesn't try to set the characters up as perfect people so it's easy to identify with their problems and lives. I enjoyed seeing the problems through both the women's and men's viewpoints. It made the stories all the more interesting to me. I really appreciate the lessons that these stories teach. It's so common to be quite convinced that we know what God intends for us that we totally miss all the signs He's sending us to let us know what He really wants. Definitely a great addition to my bookshelf!
BillyB More than 1 year ago
Here are three previously published Amish short stories from Kathleen Fuller. In A Miracle for Miriam, Seth is recovering from an injury that occurred when he was spending time with his English friends. As a teen he didn't stay around his Amish Community, but instead he drank, smoked and learned how to drive a car. After his accident, his priorities changed and he now wants to live the Amish life. He runs into Miriam, a girl he made of fun years ago. She is Amish, wears glasses and works part-time at a quilt store. Seth is determined to win her affections. In A Place of His Own, Josiah had left the Amish life when he was young, and later returned to the community. His childhood best friend, Amanda, is excited that he has returned, but Josiah gives her the cold shoulder. He is hiding a painful past. In the final story, What the Heart Sees, Ellie Chupp lost her sight in a terrible accident. Since then, she has adjusted to being blind and has convinced herself that she will never marry. Christopher Miller returns to the Amish Community after five long years. Sparks fly between Ellie and Christopher, but can they both heal their own wounds so they can be together. What a delight, three great Amish stories in one book! I had already read What the Heart Sees in the anthology Amish Love, but reading it the second time was just as good as the first. Each story has a similar theme of a young Amish man returning home and finding love. All three are cute and clean-cut. I recommend What the Heart Sees to any romance reader. *I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
In What the Heart Sees, a Collection of Amish Romances, by Kathleen Fuller, simple stories are brought to life and the message that God wants us to know and understand are evident in the message of each story. Each story in this collection, A Miracle for Miriam, A Place of His Own, and What the Heart Sees are beautifully written stories that allow the reader to reflect on the simplicity of life as the Amish do. Growing up in Indiana I often came in contact with the Amish and was able to witness their basic lives, but without observing their humility and their dedication to the Lord and their work. Therefore, reading these stories, I was able to picture the characters in my mind as Kathleen Fuller did a great job bringing each of them to life. I enjoyed reading all three stories, however, as a collection the stories began to reflect a similarity with the previous ones. While I enjoyed them, I would have enjoyed a little more complexity with each of the characters and the plots of the stories. Even so, I truly enjoyed the collection of stories and would read more books written by Kathleen Fuller if given the chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller is a compilation of three separate short stories. These include A Miracle for Miriam, A Place of His Own, and What the Heart Sees. I enjoyed reading about these different Amish people and looking at the difficulties they face. A Miracle for Miriam from An Amish Christmas focuses on Miriam and the difficulties she faced when she was younger which causes her to have little self confidence. Seth, on the other hand, moved away from his Amish upbringing and lived among the "Englisch" people. He returns home and a romance ensues between him and Miriam. A Place of His Own from An Amish Gathering follows Josiah and his leaving the Amish community of Paradise because of the death of his mother earlier in life. When Josiah was wisked away by his father, he didn't even have the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend Mandy. When Josiah returns Mandy and Josiah begin to rekindle their friendship. What the Heart Sees from An Amish Love looks at the life of Ellie Chupp and the difficulties she faces in her life after becoming blind. Christopher Miller, who left the Amish community, returns and begins to find forgiveness for his past. I really enjoyed this book, and liked the format of having three different short stories with different characters who were all facing difficulties in their lives. I will definitely read more books by Kathleen Fuller in the future! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
As the book begins the first story is "A Miracle for Miriam" where we find her working in a store run by an "Englisch" woman and they sold fabric and notions for the ladies. She had been hurt so bad when she was in grammer school by a boy and his friends as they called her names and told her she was ugly and a bean pole. This made such an impack in her life that she always thought of herself that way. I know how this fills as I was made fun of a school also as I didn't have the things other children had and it has made me the same way, I feel really bad about myself. But when the boy, man now came back into her life and he saw her as a beautiful woman, she just could not believe him. Seth had left the Amish community five years earlier and lived the English life until he got drunk and wrapped his car around a tree. God was really with him or he could have lost his life. 2nd story is "A Place of His Own" where Josiah left Paradise ten years before after his mother died and his father just go worse. His father decided they were leaving and Josiah didn't even get to say goodby to his best friend Mandy. When his father died he came back to Paradise just to fix up their old house and sell it. But he was not thinking about Mandy and that she too had grown up. Mandy heard a horse one night as it was the first night that Josiah had come home and she went to search for it, and found the horse in the old barn, that is when Josiah came out and found her. He did not want anyone to bother him, nor help him, but he had forgot the way Mandy is. After Mandy and some of her siblings just forced their way into his life to help him get his home and bard back to order, he tried to tell her he didn't want and help but she would not listen. After his barn burned and all the Amish in the community came to have a barn raising did he realize what he had been missing all the time he was gone. He had forgotten their ways, but this made him realize he was worth something after all. 3rd story is "What The Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller" and it finds Ellie Chupp at her father's house when she lives alone with him since her mama passed away, She wakes up in the very early morning from another one of her night mares, she prays that God will take those away after five years. Then in comes Christopher Miller who had left the Amish community and had a good job, a nice apartment but something was missing in his life, he decided that he needed to go back home and pray that the people would take him back. A lot of these stories takes place in and around "Yoder's Pantry" a place where everyone comes for a good meal. Ellie is blind from an accident but she has been taught how to do things even with her blindness, she cooks and makes Ellie's Jellies to see at Yoder's Pantry. Will Christopher be taken back into the Amish community? This book was sent to me by BookSneeze for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a joy to read