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Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class.
Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.
Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.
Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.
Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.
Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?
This is the third book in The Amish Cooking Class series.
Book #1: The Amish Cooking Class - The Seekers
Book #2: The Amish Cooking Class - The Blessing
About the Author
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.
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.
Read an Excerpt
Darren Keller poured himself a cup of coffee and headed for the living room to relax for the evening. As a full-time fireman, he had days less demanding. The men would do chores around the fire station and keep up with maintaining the trucks. Then there were days like today: unusually long and full of action. In addition to responding to three house fires, his fire department had been called out to a seven-car pileup on the interstate, involving a propane truck. Several people had been injured, and there'd been a huge fire to put out. Thankfully, no one was killed.
Darren liked his job, but it could be stressful. When his wife, Caroline, died from a brain tumor two years ago, he'd been tempted to find another job. Darren had struggled with whether it was fair to his son, Jeremy, to be raised by a single parent who might not always be there for him. There was always the possibility of being injured. Worse yet, he could be killed during the dangerous situations firemen often face. After having a heated debate with himself and seeking out a friend's counsel, he decided to stick with the job he knew and loved, remembering to take every precaution. He felt thankful for his parents' promise that, if something should happen to him, they would take care of Jeremy.
Brushing his thick, curly hair off his forehead, Darren leaned back in the easy chair and closed his eyes. An image of his beautiful wife came to mind. Darren could almost hear her sweet voice reminding him of the importance of his job. Caroline had always supported his choice to be a fireman, and he felt sure she would approve of him continuing in the profession. He couldn't count the many times his wife had said she was proud of him for the heroic deeds he considered to be normal. Even the smallest of acts, Caroline believed, were valiant, and many times she referred to Darren as a "gallant knight in shining armor." Courageous or not, it was his instinct to help and protect.
I miss you, Caroline. Jeremy misses you too. I'm doing the best I can to set a good example and teach him all he needs to know. But he needs a mom — someone to show him the softer side of life.
Hearing the clomp, clomp of feet racing through the hall, Darren opened his eyes. Stocking footed, Jeremy slid into the room, in hot pursuit of his dog, Bacon. The reddish dachshund zipped behind Darren's chair, and when Jeremy charged after, he slipped and fell.
"You okay?" Darren grabbed the arms of his chair, prepared to get up.
"Yeah." Jeremy blinked, and his cheeks flushed a bright pink. "Guess I shoulda been wearin' my shoes."
"Glad you're okay." Hoping to make light of the situation, Darren pointed to the floor. "Hope the floor's okay too."
With a groan, and an eye roll, Jeremy clambered to his feet. "That stupid mutt never comes when I call him."
Darren shook his head. "Now don't blame Bacon, and he's not a stupid mutt. The little fella's still a pup, and you shouldn't have been running through the house."
Rubbing his elbow, Jeremy dropped his brown-eyed gaze to the floor. "Sorry, Dad."
Darren clapped his hands. "Come here, Bacon. There's no need for you to hide."
Looking sheepish, as he crawled on his belly, the dog came out from behind the chair.
Darren reached down and rubbed Bacon's silky ears. He'd given the dog to Jeremy for his birthday last month, hoping it would not only offer the boy companionship, but teach him responsibility.
"Hey, Dad, are there any of those cookies left that Mrs. Larsen brought us last week?" Jeremy leaned close to Darren's chair. Corine Larsen was a sweet grandmotherly woman who looked after Jeremy when Darren was at work.
"Nope. I put the last of 'em in your lunch box when you left for school this morning."
Jeremy frowned. "Would ya buy some more cookies?"
"I could, but it might be fun if you learned how to bake them yourself."
Jeremy tipped his head. "Are you gonna teach me?"
Darren reached for the newspaper lying on the side table beside his chair. "No, but I saw an ad earlier about a woman who lives in Walnut Creek. Starting next month, she'll be teaching a cooking class for kids every other Saturday for six weeks. Since you'll be getting out of school for the summer next week, a cooking class might be fun. What do you think?"
"No way! There'd probably be a bunch of girls there." Jeremy folded his arms. "I think it's a bad idea, Dad."
"I don't. In fact, I'm going to call the number listed and get more details."
* * *
Miranda Cooper stared at her reflection in the full-length bedroom mirror. Her straight, shoulder-length auburn hair lacked body. She should probably try a different style, or maybe get a perm to fluff it up. But why bother with that? Miranda wasn't trying to impress anyone — least of all her husband, Trent, who'd moved out of their house a month ago, because she asked him to.
"Well, it doesn't matter." She plumped her tresses. "He's not here to notice anymore. If only he hadn't ..."
Miranda's six-year-old son bolted into her room through the open door. "Who ya talkin' to, Mommy?"
"No one, Kevin. Well, actually, I was talking to myself."
He stared up at her with a curious expression. "What were you sayin' to yourself?"
"Nothing important." Miranda ruffled the boy's sandy brown hair, then smoothed it down over his ears. She kept the sides long enough to cover her son's ears, which sometimes made him the brunt of other children's teasing. Kids could be cruel. It wasn't Kevin's fault his ears stuck out. His older sister, Debbie, was protective and usually stood up for him. With two years between them, they'd always gotten along well.
Kevin flopped down on her bed, and Miranda tickled his bare toes. "Where's your sister?"
"In her room, fixin' her ponytail." Kevin sat up. "Hey, can we get a trampoline for the backyard? Aaron's parents bought him one last week."
"That might be a question you can ask your dad, but maybe you should wait and see if the fun of it wears off for your friend. I've noticed a lot of trampolines in people's backyards, but rarely see anyone playing on them." Miranda sat beside Kevin. "For now, when you go over to Aaron's house, you can enjoy his."
"Okay, Mommy." Kevin jumped up and ran out of the room.
"Don't forget to pick up your clothes!" Miranda shook her head. Getting Kevin to pick up after himself was like reminding her husband to visit the kids more often.
I wish there was something fun for Debbie and Kevin to do this summer. Miranda twirled her fingers around a strand of her hair. Maybe I should sign them up for the cooking class I read about in the paper this morning. I think they might enjoy doing it together.
* * *
Denise McGuire sank to the edge of her bed, covering her face with her hands. If ever there was a time she felt like giving up her career as a Realtor, it was now. The events of today had been stressful. Her first appointment had been scheduled for nine o'clock this morning, but thanks to her daughter having a hissy fit during breakfast, Miranda had been forty minutes late. When she finally got to her office, the people had left. Not a good way to start the day — especially with prospective clients.
On top of that, by the time she dropped Kassidy off at her school, Miranda had developed a headache. Who wouldn't get a headache when they'd been listening to their eleven-year-old daughter carry on from the moment she'd taken a seat at the breakfast table until she'd gotten out of Denise's luxury sedan in the school parking lot? Kassidy's tirade had been about something so stupid — wanting to get her hair dyed dark brown like her mother's, because she hated her own red hair. No matter what Denise said to discourage her daughter, Kassidy was relentless — shouting and screaming that she wasn't loved and wished she had different parents. Before he'd left for work, Denise's husband, Greg, had tried to reason with their daughter, but he'd gotten nowhere. Greg had a way of knowing when to bolt, leaving Denise to deal with their daughter. Once Kassidy made her mind up about something, there was no rationalizing with her.
Maybe it's my fault, because I'm so busy with my job and other obligations. I need to find something we can both do together this summer, when Kassidy's out of school. Denise rubbed her forehead. But when would I have the time? My schedule is erratic, and many people look for houses during the summer. Normally, sales increased once the weather turned warm, which also meant Denise's income increased.
She rose from the bed and moved over to stand by the window. The sun had already set, and shadows lay across their expansive backyard. Greg was at a meeting with some other lawyers from his firm and would no doubt get home late this evening. "Even if he was here," she murmured, "he probably wouldn't want to discuss the situation with Kassidy."
These days, with Greg's busy law practice, he was rarely at home. When he was, he wanted to relax and be left alone. Denise could relate, as she needed some downtime too. But she always made a little time each day to connect with their daughter, although sometimes she wondered why. Dealing with Kassidy's negative attitude was draining. It seemed there was no pleasing the girl.
Denise leaned her forehead against the window, hoping the cool glass might ease her pounding head. She stood up straight, as a thought popped into her head. After showing another client a home at noon, she had stopped for a bite to eat in Sugarcreek. When Denise left the restaurant, she'd seen a flyer on a bulletin board near the door, advertising cooking classes for children. At the time, she hadn't paid much attention to it, but wished now she'd had the presence of mind to write down the information.
I think I'll go back to that restaurant tomorrow and see what I can find out about the cooking classes. The activity with other children might be good for Kassidy. Denise couldn't count all the times she'd tried teaching her daughter to cook a few simple things. Maybe someone who wasn't related would have better luck.
It's time for bed, Becky," Ellen Blackburn called from the kitchen, where she sat with a cup of herbal tea. She'd put a cherry pie in the oven after talking on the phone with her friend Barb. While Ellen waited for the pie to bake, she jotted a few things down on her grocery list. The store where she frequently shopped had good prices on fresh fruits and vegetables this week, and she wanted to make sure the fridge was restocked with healthy items.
Ellen was careful about food choices, not only for herself, but also for her ten-year-old daughter. She wanted to be a good role model and start Becky out young, teaching her good eating habits. Ellen believed if people ate healthy food, nine times out of ten, they would stay healthy throughout their life. Every so often, though, like this evening, Ellen got in the mood to bake something on the sweeter side.
Hearing voices from the other room, Ellen shouted once more: "Becky, please turn off the TV."
But again, her daughter did not respond.
Setting her cup on the table and pushing her chair aside, Ellen rose to her feet. Is Becky so engrossed in the program she's watching that she doesn't hear me?
When Ellen entered the living room, she was surprised to discover that even though the television was still on, Becky was asleep on the couch.
She pointed the remote toward the TV and turned it off, then bent down and gently shook her daughter's shoulder. "Wake up, sweetie. It's time for bed."
Becky's eyelids fluttered, then closed again.
Ellen stroked her daughter's olive-tone face. "Wake up, sleepyhead. You need to brush your teeth and go to bed."
Yawning, Becky sat up and swung her legs over the couch. "I missed the rest of my show, Mom. I wanted to see how it ended."
"I'm sure it'll be back as a rerun soon."
"Yeah, and since school will be out for the summer soon, I can watch all my favorite programs."
Ellen shook her head. "Sorry, honey, but you're not going to spend the whole summer watching TV. There are lots of other things you can do."
"I'm thinking about signing you up for a children's cooking class." Ellen pointed to the newspaper lying on the coffee table. "I read about one, and I believe you would enjoy it."
Becky squinted her hazel-green eyes, the way she always did when she was thinking. "Would it be just me and the teacher, or would other kids be there too?"
"I doubt it would only be you. I'm sure other children would take part in the class."
"I don't wanna do it then."
Ellen sighed. Sometimes Becky's shyness got in the way of her making new friends. It was something she needed to work through. Learning how to cook with other children might be exactly what her daughter needed.
"We'll talk about this later. Right now, you need to get your teeth brushed."
Ellen watched her daughter skip down the hallway toward the bathroom. Then a smoky aroma reached her nostrils.
"Oh no!" Ellen ran toward the kitchen. "Bet I forgot to turn the oven temperature down. Maybe I'm the one who needs cooking lessons."
* * *
"I'm not tired. I don't wanna go to bed." Randy sat on the living-room floor with his arms folded, staring up at Heidi defiantly. His blue eyes held her steady gaze.
This wasn't the first time the boy had challenged Heidi's authority. Just when she felt they were gaining some ground, Randy exuded stubbornness.
In a firmer tone, Heidi said, "Please do as I say and help your sister pick up the toys."
Randy continued to sit, holding his lips in a straight line. Marsha sat beside her brother, seemingly oblivious to the conflict going on. Her blond ponytail bobbed as she rocked back and forth, holding her baby doll.
With a sigh of exasperation, Heidi turned to look at Lyle. He sat on the sofa reading the latest edition of The Connection magazine.
Lyle set the magazine aside and rose to his feet. Then he marched across the room, bent down, and looked directly at Randy. "Okay, little buddy, let's go brush your teeth, and then I'll tuck you into bed."
Without a word of argument, the boy gathered his toys, put them in the wicker basket across the room, and padded down the hall.
Heidi pursed her lips. Now why couldn't Randy have done that for me? Although pleased because the child obeyed Lyle, it frustrated Heidi that he hadn't listened to her. Do I need to take a firmer hand or try to be more patient?
At times like this, Heidi wondered if she had what it took to be a good parent. Of course, she reminded herself, if I had been given the opportunity to raise a child from infancy, things might be different.
For a brief moment, her thoughts went to the baby she and her husband had almost adopted — until Kendra Perkins changed her mind and decided to keep her infant daughter. Well, that was in the past, and she needed to move on.
Remembering that Marsha still sat on the floor, holding her doll, Heidi knelt next to the child. "It's time for bed, Marsha." She held out her hand.
The little girl looked up at her and blinked several times. Then, with a quick nod, she took Heidi's hand and stood.
Heidi smiled and hugged the child, relieved that Marsha hadn't put up a fuss. This was progress. Often, when Randy became stubborn, his sister did too.
Heidi led Marsha down the hall and into the room that would have been their baby's nursery, had they been able to adopt. Since Marsha sometimes woke up crying during the night, Heidi wanted her to sleep in a room close to the bedroom she shared with Lyle. When the children arrived last December, Lyle had set up two small beds in the nursery so Marsha and her brother could be together. But a few months later, Randy decided he wanted to sleep in one of the upstairs bedrooms. The little guy tried to be so independent and brave, but at times Heidi found him crying. She tried to offer comfort, but Randy always pulled away. He seemed more comfortable with Lyle. Heidi assumed the boy had been close to his father and related better to a man.
"Let's put your doll on the bed so we can take off your dress and put your nightgown on." Heidi spoke softly to Marsha, and she felt grateful when the little girl did what she asked.
Once Marsha was in her nightgown, Heidi led her down the hall to the bathroom so she could wash her face and brush her teeth. After the task was done, they returned to the bedroom.
Excerpted from "Amish Cooking Class: The Celebration"
Copyright © 2018 Wanda E. Brunstetter.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I enjoyed reading this 3rd book in the series! I felt like I was right there. I was sad when I finished my book. Hopefully a 4th one will come out.
I loved this series and reading about how Heidi’s students lives had changed for the better at the end of the cooking classes. Thank you for such an inspiring series. Looking forward to reading more!
The Celebration was the perfect ending to Wanda Brunstetter's Amish Cooking Class series. Heidi Troyer is once again opening her home for a cooking class to people in the community, but this time, she has a kids cooking class, since she now has two foster kids. While things don't go as Heidi had expected, they all end up learning from each other as well as from Heidi. Not only are the children touched by Heidi, but so are their parents. Heidi allows the love of God to shine through her words and actions and others begin to see their need for God. Heidi and her husband Lyle, also received the greatest blessings they have had their hearts set on for years. It is truly a celebration for everyone! I have truly enjoyed this unique series and the many characters Wanda Brunstetter brought to life! This book is the third book in the series, and I would recommend reading the first two books before this book in order to fully understand what is happening in this book. This is a series you don't want to miss! I received a copy of this book from the author and Barbour Publishing, but was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
I was excited to read the 3rd installment of the Amish Cooking Class – The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Each book of well developed characters stands on its own, but it is nice when a character from an earlier book shows up for a “cameo” with an update on their life since their Cooking Class. Each character has a unique personality and life story; they could be our neighbors or friends. Heidi and Lyle live in a community that values large families. We have learned over the first two books of their sadness with Heidi’s inability to have children and the heartbreak many families go through. In this edition they have chosen to give their love by fostering children. The cooking class brings together a group of very different characters who would otherwise not meet and brings a fun aspect to the group that gets together. Heidi chose the cooking class for the benefit of their two foster children – allowing them to meet and interact with other kids. They learn about other families and their issues by being around kids who are different from them, but they become aware that everyone in their class needs love. The different families’ stories may not conclude as the reader originally thought they would, but love is very evident at the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is the third book in the Amish Cooking Class Series by Wanda Brunstetter. I read the other two earlier this year and posted a review for them here. Heidi Troyer is a young Amish woman who longs for a family of her own. She and her husband have been struggling with infertility. Without giving too much away Heidi and her husband have to lean hard into Jesus and trust that He will work this out for them in His time and in His way. None of the waiting has been easy but they know they can trust Him through it all. In the meantime, Heidi began teaching cooking classes to small groups and found that she really enjoyed meeting new people. The people that God put into her life were not always easy to love but she was able to share God's word with them and be a positive influence to them in their struggles, too. In this third book the story continues with Heidi offering another cooking class. This time, though, she has chosen to teach a children's cooking class. The adventure continues as she deals with children and their parents every other week and the unpredictable nature of children in the process. There is a constant message in these books of trusting God, loving others no matter how unlovable they may seem, sharing good food around a table together, investing in others lives for the glory of God and real friendships and love in the midst of heartache and struggle. These are definitely gentle reads with a Christian message. Wanda Brunstetter does not shy away from hard things but her approach is a loving one and I like that about these books. They are positive stories about people living with hard things. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
An easy to read story that portrays the importance of prayer, willingness to change, friendship and many other truths. Heidi Troyer is once again having cooking classes, however, these are a bit different, since they are for children. As children come with a parent, the dynamic can be very interesting and challenging, something our lovely teacher found out quite quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed following the story to see how much everyone grew and changed - child and parent alike. A Bible verse given with love and prayer can change the world! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the third book in the Amish Cooking Class series. Lyle and Heidi Troyer are foster parents to Randy and Marsha who lost their parents in an automobile accident. They have been living with the Troyer’s for the last four months. Lyle suggests that Heidi hold cooking classes for children because it will give Randy and Marsha a chance to meet other children in the area but Heidi quickly discovers that teaching children is very different from teaching adults. Becky Blackburn, Kevin and Debbie Cooper, Jeremy Keller, Peggy Ann Kimball and Kassidy McGuire are signed up for the class by their parents. Becky Blackburn’s mother Ellen is a single mother with a secret that could ruin their relationship. Kevin and Debbie Cooper’s parents are currently separated and their mom, Miranda is struggling. Jeremy Keller’s mother passed away two years ago from cancer and his dad, Darren is doing the best he can to raise his son alone. Peggy Ann Kimball’s mother, Velma hopes to work out a trade with Heidi so Peggy Ann can attend the class. Kassidy McGuire’s parents have careers that seem to be more important to them than spending time with their daughter. As usual, Heidi includes Bible verses on each recipe card but wonders if they are making a difference with these children and their parents. I was excited when I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. Once again, Wanda E. Brunstetter has created unforgettable characters with real problems that readers can relate to. Some of her themes in this book are adoption, forgiveness, the value of friendship, kindness to others and trusting God. You share in their frustrations, joys and sorrows and easily relate with them. I truly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I am never disappointed with this authors books. This is the third book in this series and it was as good or better than the others. I loved Heidi and Lyle and how they decided to become foster parents. In this book we meet many new characters and even a few old characters. I could not put this book down. I loved how she decided to do a cooking class for children this time. The children and the adults learn some valuable lessons. I received a copy of this book from Barbour and the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
The Celebration Amish Cooking Class #3 By Wanda E. Brunstetter Heidi and Lyle Troyer are adjusting to their new role of foster parents to Randy and Marsha. Hoping to help her young charges to adjust Heidi with Lyle's encouragement embarks on a new cooking class. But this time the class is for children instead of adults. But from the opening moment of the first class tensions are high. Heidi's nervous about how this new twist will play out especially with Randy and Marsha now involved. And then some of the children who are signed up are less than thrilled about the idea of cooking classes. Can everything work together or will this be the final class Heidi ever offers? Children in her home has been Heidi's dream but children of their own wasn't meant be. And being foster parents to two young children who have tragically lost their parent wasn't something they had ever expected. But Lyle and Heidi are determined to help these two hurting children and offer them all the love and caring that they would have offered their own had they been so blessed. Can Heidi's kitchen provide the bonding that will heal hurting hearts of not only her home but her students? Life isn't perfect and each of Heidi's new students and their respective family is experiencing their own trials. But as in the past Heidi's lessons and caring spirit make a difference in the lives of all involved. There is romance, broken families, cute pets and good cooking - what more could one want in a sweet book that will divert the reader from the everyday for a few hours of comfort reading. Fans of Wanda Brunstetter's Amish Cooking Class series will enjoy this book and don't skip ahead but the final pages will leave you with a happy feeling perfect for what could be the ending of this series. And don't forget to enjoy the recipes that Heidi shared! You may discover a new favorite, I'm looking forward to trying the Surprise Muffins and the Strawberry Shortcake. 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.
The Celebration was a nice ending to the Amish Cooking Class trilogy by Wanda Brunstetter. I did read the previous two books in the series (The Seekers and The Blessing), but it's not necessary to do so. The story line of this book was a little different in that the cooking class was specifically offered to children during their summer break from school. The main character, Heidi, and her husband were in the process of fostering and adopting two orphaned children. Heidi decided to start a new cooking class for kids so that her foster children could interact with other kids. I thought it was a little strange. I would think they would want the kids to socialize more with Amish children that they would attend school and church with, not "English" children. Well, the kids that attended the cooking class came with parents who had all sorts of issues. The kindness and love that Heidi showed spread to those around her and the situations resolved nicely. Since this is the third book in the series, I have become accustomed to the author's writing style. She introduced a lot of characters that were sometimes hard to follow. Many things were overexplained and she overused some words and phrases. Overall, this was an easy and enjoyable read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I enjoy Amish stories and this is one of my favorites! Cooking with children, interacting with the parents and the faith element made this a wonderful book I didn't want to put down or come to an end. Certainly one of my favorite authors! I was gifted a copy and my review is voluntary..
The Cooking Class is back! I'm so glad that Mrs. Brunstetter brought us back to the Troyers and Heidi's cooking class. This one was as addictive as the first two, and Mrs. Brunstetter's extremely captivating talent has shone once again! I loved seeing the Troyers and Marsha and Randy again. They are wonderfully chiseled characters and really come to life with each story. The other characters that Mrs. Brunstetter created for this one really stole a piece of my heart, too! Being married to my own firefighter, I loved seeing Darren Keller's character worked in there. It was definitely an added bonus to an already amazing novel. I loved the way Mrs. Brunstetter made this novel about the kids. It was such a refreshing change from the first two, though they were amazing, as well. The different familes that Mrs. Brunstetter created really made the story pop. Each family had a different circumstance, different struggles, and they all felt real to me. The inspiring ways that Heidi Troyer helps each family, really shines. This is definitely a 5 star worthy addition to a fantastically created 5 star series by the Queen of Amish Fiction. Mrs. Brunstetter adds yummy sounding recipes to the book, making this a tasty treat for all Amish fiction lovers everywhere. While this could easily be read as a stand alone, I don't recommend that you read it as one. Grab this one, along with the first two, and take a trip to the Troyer's farm, to the fun of cooking and baking, and to where God is foremost the center of the story! You won't be sorry! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
What a marvelous book about working with others, particularly children, and their families and the dynamics involved. Heidi Troyer has decided to offer her usual cooking classes for children. Not only to provide a service, but to help her two foster children adjust and be with other children. I personally enjoyed the story since I continue to work after retirement by teaching foster parent classes. We’ve had several Amish families in our area become foster families and they, and the children, have also reaped the benefit of having that experience. The book was definitely on target with those goals and successes, as well as some of the struggles that come with the territory. Wanda also showed the dynamics of a widowed parent; a single, adoptive parent; a couple that was emphasizing their material goods and jobs more than parenting; and a family struggling from a move, family and financial issues. Well, just a general show of what happens in our society today. And, of course, each and every one doesn’t have a clue what might be happening in another’s life as they start; but are soon to be drawn into learning more about each other. And, the humor with which the children innocently let out things about their individual situations. It is a great mixing of the group as the story progresses and each continues to learn and grow day by day. Sometimes we make progress and other times it seems like steps backwards. And, of course, the best lesson is when we learn that God is what we need in our lives and how to help us get through it all, including how he’ll lead us to help others when they are in need. I was a little disappointed to learn I had missed a couple of books previous to this and felt left out when a few of those characters came into this one. But, it does make you want to go back and catch up with them, and I’m sure the other books will be just as good. And, at last it’s great to see that we all have things to celebrate by the end of the book. That can also be a real life experience. I recommend this book to others that enjoy the Amish culture books and knowing more about their world and how they have some of the same struggles as we all do. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Amish Cooking Class – The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the third book in this Amish series. Lyle and Heidi Troyer are enjoying being foster parents to Marsha and Randy. The two children lost their parents in an auto accident and have been living with the Troyer’s for the last four months. Marsha is starting to talk, but Randy still refuses to obey Heidi at times. Lyle suggests that Heidi hold cooking classes for children. It will give the kids a chance to socialize with other children. Heidi quickly learns that teaching children is very different from adults. Anything can and will happen especially when children are present. Heidi has a diverse group in her latest cooking class. Miranda Cooper is estranged from her husband which leaves her managing their two children on her own. Her husband, Trent wants to return home and hopes Miranda will forgive him for his transgression. Darren Keller is a widower whose son loves cookies. The cooking classes will teach the boy cooking and keep him occupied. Denise McGuire might as well be raising her daughter on her own. Her husband is busy with work and Kassidy is getting out of control. Ellen Blackburn is a single mother. Her daughter, Becky is very shy, and Ellen hopes the class will help the child come out of her shell. Velma Kimball and her family have moved in down the street. Velma would like her daughter, Peggy Ann to attend the class. Due to lack of funds, though, she cannot afford it and hopes to work out a trade with Heidi. With God’s help, Heidi will make it through the six weeks of classes and hopefully help each of these families. Amish Cooking Class – The Celebration can be read alone, but I highly recommend reading the first two books in this lovely, heartwarming series. I found the book to be well-written and to have a nice pace. I was immediately drawn into the story and I did not want to stop reading. I stayed up very late to finish this marvelous book. Heidi is such a sweet woman with a big heart. The author created characters that are very real. They have problems in their lives that readers can relate to. The scripture provided on the back of the recipe cards plus the behavior they witness in the Troyer home guides each of them. They begin to question their lives and make changes. Some of the themes present in Amish Cooking Class – The Celebration are forgiveness, grace, love, friendship, prayer, trusting God, family, helping others and learning from our mistakes. We all make mistakes (sometimes the same one over and over). The trick is to learn from them. Amish Cooking Class – The Celebration is my favorite book in the series. I enjoyed reading each of them, but this one is special. The children added another element to the story. Your heart will go out to the families especially the Kimball’s. This is one of those books that will tug at your heartstrings as well as provide you with moments of laughter. The ending was delightful. Ms. Brunstetter did a fabulous job of wrapping up the various storylines and providing readers with a joyous conclusion. Fans of Wanda E. Brunstetter and Amish fiction will be delighted with Amish Cooking Class – The Celebration.
The Celebration is the third book in the Amish Cooking Class series. While it is part of a series, I don't think anyone would have trouble reading this as a stand alone book. There are only a few carry over characters from the other books and their parts are casual and not really needed to make the story line smooth. Heidi and Lyle Troyer have decided to take in foster children when they discover they may never be able to have children of their own. So now the story picks up from the second book a few months later with two young children whose parents were killed in an automobile accident. For the first six months, the state decided to wait and see if family will come forward to claim responsibility for the two children, Randy and Marsha. In the meantime, Heidi wanted to help her young charges adjust to their new life. She decides to teach another cooking class, but with children this time. A wide variety of families are represented in this class, and little by little we learn a bit of back history for each family. Many topics pertaining to children were covered in this book, such as showing kindness to others, teasing, a complaining attitude, adoption as a topic, the value of friendship, reaching out to help someone in dire circumstances, caring for pets and other animals, and so on. And of course, cooking. What I enjoy most about these books is the subtle ways Heidi is able to reach out and help total strangers in their struggles with daily life. Most of us want to make a difference in someone's life, but we often have no idea how to go about doing this. Ms. Brunstetter's books demonstrate through fiction good examples of how to touch lives. We don't have to make a major impact, but even an encouraging word can work wonders for a person on any particular day. The fact that this is a lesson even children can learn, is what makes this such a touching book to read. The author does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the drama with the children and their respective families. There were times when I felt the frustration Heidi must have felt when she couldn't do much to help a hurting child. At other times, I felt the aggravation when a child is deliberately rude and misbehaving, especially to the younger children. I could relate to the helpless feeling some of the parents felt in their circumstances, to the point where I shed a few tears when things went so wrong. Then again, there were also tears of celebration when finally something came together and worked out well, either for a family or for their children or both. If you enjoy a good Amish story, or a bit of family saga with a little romance, then I highly recommend this book to you. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Barbour Publishing on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. 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.
I’ve enjoyed this Amish Cooking Class Series, but I think this was my favorite due to the class being children. The children are each dealing with difficulties of life at home and have internalized their feelings and through Heidi’s scripture verses they grow and change along with their parents. I loved the development of the story and the growth of the characters, as well as finding out how previous characters are doing. Heidi and Lyle are a precious couple and seeing their interactions with the foster children is heartwarming as well as their outreach to their neighbors. This is an enjoyable light read and the recipes that are included at the end give you the opportunity to make the food mentioned in the classes. I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
The third book in Wanda Brunstetter’s Amish Cooking Class series, this one finds Heidi and Lyle Troyer, who are unable to have their own children, now the foster parents to two young children who lost their parents in an accident. This book could be read as a stand-alone book, however, characters from the previous books do show up in this book as they make visits to the Troyer’s home. As the children adjust to their new home, Heidi decides it might help them to get to know other children in the area, so she decides to teach another cooking class, however, this one for children. As in the other two books of this series, the students all have very different personalities and issues in their lives at home. One child has lost a mother to cancer, another is a “spoiled brat” due to parents who have careers that they allow to take all their time, rather than spending time with their daughter, another only has a mother, due to the fact she was adopted by a single woman, another comes from a very poor home with many issues, and two siblings whose parents are separated. Not only do the children interact, but the parents as well. Many things are learned by all besides cooking. We see lives changed as they begin to learn to accept their differences and come together in several instances. This is an excellent book that was one I couldn’t put down until I finished reading it. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy reading Amish genre books. I particularly enjoyed reading it as it takes place in Holmes County, Ohio. I live very close to there, visit very frequently and am very familiar with all the towns, restaurants, and sightseeing places mentioned in the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Amish Cooking Class : The Celebration - Book 3 By: Wanda E. Brunstetter The Celebration is book three in Amish Cooking Class series. I have read all of the books in Amish Cooking Class series and have enjoyed them all . The Celebration is a little different from the other two books. The story is well written and the characterizers were well developed. Heidi decides to have more cooking classes and this time for children. Heidi and Lyle also are fostering two children whom parents were killed . This was an enjoyable read and getting back together with some of the characters from the other two books was good. If you have read the other two books in the series you will not want to miss out on The Celebration. The author also put recipes in the back of the book that I am sure you will love. I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
After fixing some of the recipes from the Amish Cooking Class Cookbook (by the same author) I couldn’t wait to begin the fiction series that accompanies it. The Celebration is the third book of the Amish Cooking Class series, but works as a stand-alone. (I haven’t read the first two books—yet.) I’m fairly new to this author (Wanda E. Brunstetter.) Her writing style and conversational tone makes this a sweet read. The dialogue is strong, and I easily sank into the setting. The story deals with important issues, and I really love the theme of planting spiritual seeds, with faith that they’ll spread. I was drawn into this story, and I feel as if I attended Heidi’s cooking class. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. The focus on the children was not over-done, and fostering is a unique story thread. The community is memorable, and the children’s stories are touching (though some of them are trying kids!) I was especially drawn to Velma’s family. Added bonus: there are a few recipes and discussion questions in the back of the book—great for book clubs. Overall: This is a fun and unique cookbook. It feels like a family heirloom, with simple, love-inspired recipes for the family table. All scripture quotations are from the KJV. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I love Wanda Brunstetter books. They are always such a pleasant book to read. Love reading stories about the Amish and hers are well researched. Sad to see this series end. But is is a wonderful series of different problems people go through. This series is very inspirational. Heidi not being able to have a child of her own looks into to adopting two little ones a boy and girl. Not knowing how these children will become like their own and melt their hearts. Until one day a stranger shows up to their home. This book is very well written and the characters you just got to love. If you haven't read them yet pick them up. Some of the best written by Wanda Brunstetter.
I enjoyed the 3rd book in this series. I liked the new characters introduced as well as some of the old characters being updated. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Celebration by Wanda E Brunstetter (The third book in the Amish Cooking Class series) A non fiction book by Wanda E Brunstetter Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class. Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Lyle suggests that Heidi teach another cooking class, for kids. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult and that is where the trouble arises. this time she is teaching children. To her surprise, the children’s parents stay during the classes and their lives intertwine with one another. Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her young children Kevin and Debbie. while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart. Denise McGuire's life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.Denise daughter name is Kassidy. Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter and his son Jeremy. Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse and her daughter name is Becky. Heidi and her husband, Lyle, and are now foster parents to two children Marsha and Randy. Heidi and Lyle’s neighbor Velma Kimball and her young daughter Peggy Ann. Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food? read this book to find out. I highly recommend reading. The Celebration by Wanda E Brunstetter is a wonderful well written 5 star book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. I am looking forward to reading more books by Wanda E. Brunstetter more books by Wanda E. Brunstetter The Farmers' Market Mishap book1 (Lopsided Christmas Cake, book 2)(with Jean Brunstetter) Amish Cooking Class 1. The Seekers 2. The Blessing book 2 3. The Celebration book 3 The Amish Cooking Class Cookbook Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Inspirations The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter & Richelle Brunstetter The Hawaiian Discovery The Hope Jar (Prayer Jars) Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club 1. The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club 2. The Tattered Quilt 3. The Healing Quilt
Five families come together for six cooking classes. Is it a recipe for chaos or a time to learn and grow? Heidi Troyer decides to do another series of cooking classes this one specifically for children. She wants to give the foster children she and her husband Lyle have welcomed into their family an opportunity to meet other children and learn to cook. Does she soon realize she’s made a mistake or will her class members acquire cooking skills as well as building new friendships? Just like the other two books in the series Heidi’s Amish cooking classes are filled with a variety of characters with unique traits. Some you will like, others just must grow on you! It’s a wild ride with their dissimilar personalities and needs. Will Heidi and Lyle finally be able to adopt and have the family they yearn for or will their hopes be dashed by a stranger lurking? Each is stand-alone, but you will delight in all three in the series. Check them out and be a part of the celebration! In addition, the recipes are included at the back of the book! I was given a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing.
I loved this book. Wanda Brunstetter knows how to pull you in and keep you hooked. The characters are always interesting. Bonus is there are Amish recipes in the back of the book that you can try. I'm ready for her next book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I have to say that this is my favorite one of the series so far. Once again, this book can easily be read as a stand alone without having read the other books in the series but includes little bonuses for those that have read the series. I love how the author artfully includes little updates to the lives of the characters from previous books without detracting from this books focus. Also, I loved the change from cooking class for adults to cooking class for kids. The author paints a very realistic picture in how sharing the additional complications that come into play with teaching kids. As you read through the book you get to know these kids and their lives and you will feel some of them pulling at your heart strings while you want to give a tough love talk to others. This class for kids starts off as 7 kids (with 2 of them being the teachers foster kids) but grows to 8 kids when a neighbor girl joins. And thus 6 families lives are explored in this book. But I have to say that the author handles the transitions very smoothly. Normally I get lost when you have too many story lines so I am not sure how she does it but the story just flows easily from family to family without losing us the reader. Additionally I love how both Scripture and life wisdom is so carefully woven into the storyline. So not only do you as the reader get caught up in the story, you also are learning wisdom along the way as you see the characters grow over the course of the story/cooking class and get a birds eye view of how they handle various situations life throws their way, sometimes they handle it well and other times not so well but that is exactly how life goes. Highly recommend this book, but beware once I started it I didn't want to do anything else till I finished it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.