Amish Sweethearts: Four Amish Novellas

Amish Sweethearts: Four Amish Novellas

by Amy Clipston

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Overview

Love is in the air in these four sweet romances!

Love and Buggy Rides (previously published in An Amish Harvest)

Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?

A Home for Lindsay

From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?

Where the Heart Is

Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.

Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market)

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718091156
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 460,267
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at Amy Clipston.com; Facebook: Amy Clipston Books; Twitter: @Amy Clipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.

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CHAPTER 1

Janie Lantz sank down onto a wooden picnic table bench at the far end of the parking lot, next to Old Philadelphia Pike. The fresh, cool September breeze held a hint of the autumn weather on its way to Lancaster County as she opened her lunch bag and unwrapped her turkey sandwich. Before taking a bite, she glanced back at the Lancaster Buggy Rides and Souvenirs shop. Rows of pumpkins lined up in front of the store and orange and brown wreaths hung on the door and windows.

So far her first day as a cashier at the shop had gone well. But though she enjoyed talking with the tourists, her aching feet made her thankful for the opportunity to sit down while she enjoyed her lunch.

of hooves drew her attention to the highway. She recognized the long gray buggy full of tourists as one of the buggies her boss owned. Throughout the day, the buggies took tourists on rides around the Bird-in-Hand area. She hadn't met the three buggy drivers yet, but she'd seen the Amish men from a distance earlier in the day when they were standing by the stable next to the store.

Janie took a bite of her sandwich and watched the driver start to guide the buggy into the driveway leading to the parking lot.

Suddenly a silver sedan sped up behind the buggy. The car's driver appeared to be looking down at something in his hand — just before he looked up and hit his brakes.

Then, almost as if in slow motion, the car slammed into the back side of the buggy, shattering the right rear wheel and causing the buggy to teeter. The buggy shifted awkwardly and then fell on the right rear corner, sending the driver and a few passengers on that side tumbling onto the ground. The car behind the buggy had come to a stop.

Janie gasped in horror as she jumped up from the bench, dropping her sandwich and knocking over her bottle of water. She rushed across the parking lot to the store's main entrance, reaching the door just as two customers were coming out.

"Excuse me!" Janie yelled. "Do you have a cell phone?" One of the women nodded as she stared at Janie with confusion on her face.

"Would you please call nine-one-one?

There's been an accident."

Janie pointed toward the driveway, and both women turned, taking in the scene.

The woman who had nodded pulled out her phone and started punching in the numbers.

Janie burst through the front door and spotted her boss, Craig Warner, talking to her coworker, Eva, near the cash register in the center of the large store.

Janie ran to them, beckoning for Craig to follow her. "Craig! Craig! You need to come quickly! A car hit one of our buggies while it was turning into the driveway. It just happened. I'm sure people are hurt."

"Eva, call nine-oneone,"

Craig instructed as he started walking.

"Tell Bianca to find the first-aid kit and get the ice packs from the freezer."

"Okay." Eva's brown eyes widened as she nodded and grabbed the store phone to make the call.

Craig hustled toward the door and Janie trailed behind him. "I asked a customer to call nine-one-one too."

"That was a good idea."

In his midforties, Craig was tall and fit. Janie was nearly jogging to keep up with his long strides. She knew his brown eyes, which matched his hair and goatee, had to be filled with worry for his driver and customers.

Once outside, Craig groaned as the accident came into view. "Oh no. This is much worse than I hoped."

A shiver raced up Janie's spine as she took in the scene playing out in the driveway and parking lot. A crowd had gathered around the broken buggy and car, which had a smashed front bumper and headlights. Sirens already blared in the distance, announcing the approach of first responders.

Craig rushed over to the buggy and joined someone helping an older woman sitting on the ground with a bloody gash on her forehead. A middle-aged man and woman sat on the ground as well, looking bewildered as the customer who had called nine-one-one for Janie knelt beside them. One young man was already helping some of the passengers to nearby benches. The horse looked spooked, but not injured, and two men were doing their best to soothe it.

The driver of the car still sat behind the wheel, looking stunned as a man leaned in, no doubt asking if he was all right. She guessed the driver was around nineteen.

At first glance, Janie thought most of the passengers' injuries seemed to be minor, but no one could be sure until EMTs arrived. As Janie wrung her hands, wondering what else she could do to help until then, she turned and nearly walked right into a man who towered over her by several inches. She immediately recognized him as one of the buggy drivers she'd seen that morning.

He was helping the remaining two passengers climb out of the buggy, but Janie could see he was favoring his left arm. Blood seeped from a cut on his head as well, streaming down the side of his face, a stark contrast to his paled face and dark brown hair.

"Take your time," he told a woman as she climbed down to the ground. He grasped her arm with his right hand and grimaced as she leaned on him.

Once the woman was safely out, he swayed slightly, closing his eyes for a moment as if trying to regain his balance.

Janie came closer. "Are you all right?"

He gave her a brief sideways glance. "Ya, I'll be fine."

"Your head is really bleeding," Janie warned. "I think you need to sit down."

"I'm okay," he insisted before turning toward the last passenger. "Give me your hand, and I'll help you down."

When the woman hesitated, he offered her a shaky smile. He was clearly trying to ignore his injuries. He swayed again, and Janie held up her hand to grab him. But then she stopped, not wanting to appear forward.

"I won't let you fall," he promised his passenger. "We need to get you out of this buggy before the other back wheel collapses."

The woman took his hand, and again he grimaced as he helped her down. He let a young man who had been leading the passengers to the benches take over, then placed a shaky hand on the side of the buggy for support as the blood continued to trickle down his cheek and drip onto his gray shirt.

"Please listen to me," Janie pleaded, her voice thick with worry. "You need medical attention. Look." She pointed at the red spots dotting his shirt.

He glanced down at his chest and then met her gaze. His eyes were honey brown. "I'll be okay. I need to take care of my passengers."

"I don't think you should —" Before Janie could finish, the man took a step and then staggered. Janie grabbed his arm, steadying him. "Lean on me, and I'll get you to that picnic table over there," she instructed, nodding toward the table where she'd been eating lunch. "I'm Janie Lantz. This is my first day working here."

"Jonathan Stoltzfus."

The man followed her instructions, and she slowly led him to the picnic table. He sank down onto the bench and slouched back against the table.

"Danki," he muttered, squeezing the bridge of his nose. "I don't know what happened."

"You need medical attention," she repeated, taking a clean handkerchief from her apron pocket. "Now, sit here before you fall and hurt yourself worse, and press this against that cut to stop the bleeding."

Before Jonathan could take the handkerchief, Craig rushed over. "Jonathan! What happened?"

"I'm not sure." Jonathan shook his head and rubbed his left arm. "I thought I signaled before I turned into the driveway, but the driver hit us out of nowhere."

"Janie, Jonathan needs a bandage for his head," Craig said. "Would you please go find Bianca?"

"Ya." Janie turned to Jonathan and handed him the handkerchief. "Wait for me here, okay?"

"I can't just sit here." Jonathan shook his head. "I need to take care of my passengers."

"I'll check on everyone," Craig promised. "And the EMTs should be here any minute. Let Janie take care of you."

Jonathan hesitated, then blew out a deep sigh. "All right."

Janie touched Jonathan's shoulder. "I'll be right back."

The sirens became deafeningly loud as two ambulances, a state police cruiser, and a fire engine steered into the parking lot. The firemen and EMTs began assisting the injured passengers and the two state policemen approached the driver of the car.

Janie saw Bianca rushing toward the chaos, her auburn ponytail bouncing behind her. Janie raced over to her.

"Bianca, Jonathan fell out of the buggy and has a gash on his head. We need some supplies for him."

"Sure. Take what you need while I distribute these ice packs.

Just leave my kit on that bench there."

Janie gathered an alcohol wipe, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, and a large bandage. When she returned to the picnic table, Jonathan looked up at her. His bright brown eyes stunned her. She'd never before seen eyes that resembled the honey she purchased at the Bird-in-Hand Farmers' Market.

"Let me look at that wound," she said, taking away the bloodied handkerchief and examining Jonathan's forehead. "I'm going to clean it with alcohol and then put on some ointment and a bandage. Are you allergic to antibiotic ointment?"

Jonathan gave her a blank look. "I don't think so. Are you a nurse or something?"

She looked incredulous. "No, of course I'm not a nurse, but I helped take care of mei onkel Raymond until he passed away in the spring. He was weak from dialysis, and I took care of his wounds a few times when he fell." She cleaned the gash with the alcohol wipe, and he sucked in a breath. "I'm sorry."

"It's all right," he said softly, his eyes squeezed shut.

She cleaned the blood off his face, applied ointment to the wound, and covered it with the bandage.

"I did the best I could, and it doesn't look too bad despite so much blood. But you should still have a doctor look at it in case you need stitches," Janie said.

"Danki," he said, again softly, absently rubbing his left arm.

"Do you think your arm is broken?" she asked as she slipped the wrappers from the bandage, alcohol wipe, and ointment into her apron pocket.

Jonathan glanced down at his arm. "The impact threw me out of the buggy, and I landed on it. I don't think it's broken, but it hurts. It might be sprained."

"I saw you fall." She pointed at her abandoned lunch bag behind him. "I was sitting here eating lunch when it happened."

"You saw it?"

"Ya."

"I thought I signaled before I started guiding the horse into the driveway. Did you happen to notice if I did?"

"You did." She nodded. "I saw your blinker." She started to tell him the driver wasn't paying attention when his face contorted with anguish.

"I can't believe it. I was so careful." He seemed to be talking to himself instead of to her.

Maybe she should wait to tell him the rest until after he had calmed down a little. Besides, she'd already confirmed he signaled his turn, and that alone made him completely innocent.

"Can I get you anything else?" Janie asked, stepping closer to him. "Do you want me to see if I can find some ice for your arm?"

"No, danki. I'll be fine." Jonathan glanced around the parking lot. "I hope everyone is all right. I thought it was safe when I slowed to turn. I never expected that car behind us to hit the buggy."

Janie sank down onto the bench beside him, determined to ease his obvious distress. The man was shaking. "From what I saw, it wasn't your fault. You did signal before you turned." She pointed at his arm. "I really think you need to get your arm examined before you think much more about this." She spotted an EMT talking to one of the passengers nearby. "Do you want me to get an EMT to look at it?"

Jonathan shook his head again. "No, there are people who need help more than I do."

"Jonathan." Craig appeared in front of them. "One of the police officers would like to get your perspective on what happened. He's on his way over."

"Sure." Jonathan cleared his throat.

Janie stood. "I'll see if I can help anyone else." She stepped away and headed toward Bianca. She hoped she'd have a better opportunity to tell Jonathan and Craig what else she saw later.

*
Jonathan tried in vain to will his body to stop shaking, but he continued to tremble like a leaf caught in a windstorm. His arm throbbed, and the wound on his forehead stung. He took in the tumultuous scene around him and it all felt surreal. His passengers were receiving medical attention from a group of firefighters and EMTs. One of the passengers was lying on a stretcher, and others had bandages on their heads or arms.

His stomach pitched as trepidation seized him. How could he have allowed this to happen? How could he put his passengers' lives at risk?

Less than thirty minutes ago, he was enjoying giving another tour around the Bird-in-Hand area. For nearly a month, he'd been working as a buggy tour driver and relishing every minute of it.

He'd originally come to Bird-in-Hand for a short visit with his grandparents, but when Craig Warner, his grandparents' next-door neighbor, had offered him the job, Jonathan decided to stay through the end of November. He was not only making money to help his grandparents, but avoiding going home to Mechanicsville, Maryland, for a while longer.

"Jonathan?" A police officer — a balding, portly, middle-aged man with graying brown hair and dark eyes — broke through his thoughts. "Would you please state your full name?" Pen poised, he was ready to take notes.

"It's Jonathan Omar Stoltzfus," he said, then spelled his last name.

"What do you remember from before the crash?" the officer asked.

Jonathan ran his hand down his face. It was all a blur. Why couldn't he think straight?

"Just take your time," Craig said as he sat down next to Jonathan on the bench.

"We were coming back from the tour," Jonathan began, his voice shaky. "I thought I had signaled to turn into the parking lot. As I started to turn, I felt the jolt of the car hitting the rear right wheel, and then the back of the buggy collapsed and I was thrown to the ground. As soon as I got my bearings, I jumped up and started helping the passengers."

The officer was silent as he wrote frantically in his notebook, then asked his next question. "What is the route you take for the tour?"

Jonathan explained the route and the officer wrote that all down too.

"How long have you worked here?"

"Almost a month."

"Had you ever given buggy tours before you started working here?"

"No, but I'm a cautious driver. I always put my passengers' safety first."

The officer nodded and then fired off a few more questions.

"I'll be in touch," he said when he was finished. "I'm going to talk to a few of the passengers and find out what they saw." He pointed toward Jonathan's arm, the one he hadn't realized he was still rubbing. "You should get that looked at."

"He's right," Craig said as the officer left. "I want you to go to the hospital and get an X-ray. I'll get someone to drive you."

"Thanks." Jonathan glanced around the parking lot, and his eyes found Janie.

Jonathan studied her as she leaned down and said something to a man before placing an ice pack on his knee. Jonathan had never met an Amish girl with red hair before. Janie had been so attentive when she'd tended to his head wound. Craig mentioned last week that he had a new employee starting today, but Jonathan hadn't seen Janie until she approached him after the accident. Something about her intrigued him, but he pushed those thoughts away as Bianca came up to him and Craig.

"Jonathan, Janie told me you took a hard fall from the buggy. How are you?"

"I'm fine." Jonathan tried to shrug off his injuries even as his arm continued to throb.

"I think he should go to the hospital for an X-ray," Craig said. "I need to stay here. Would you take him?"

"Of course I will." Bianca's brow furrowed with concern. "You look like you're in a lot of pain, Jonathan. We should get going."

Jonathan followed Bianca to her SUV. As he walked past Janie, she gave him a concerned smile, and he nodded before climbing into the car.

*
Jonathan couldn't get the picture of the damaged buggy and injured passengers out of his mind. Later that evening, as he sat at the small kitchen table in his grandparents' modest two-bedroom cottage on his uncle's farm, the feeling of dread that had taken hold of him earlier that day continued to consume him. He kept wondering what he could've done to prevent the accident.

His tour had seemed so typical, but then it turned into a horrible nightmare. What had he done wrong? Janie said he signaled, but was she right? Witnessing the accident must have been upsetting for her, maybe enough to think she saw him signal when he hadn't.

(Continues…)



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Table of Contents

Love and Buggy Rides, 1,
A Home for Lindsay, 101,
Where the Heart Is, 183,
Love Birds, 271,

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Amish Sweethearts: Four Amish Novellas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amy Clipston’s stories grab you from page one and these four novellas are no different. Once you start reading about Lindsay and Matthew, Janie and Jonathan, Tobias and Mariella, and Ellie and Lloyd, you just have to finish their stories! I fell in love with Ms Clipston’s writing when I read her Kauffman Bakery series and I haven’t read a book she wrote that I didn’t love!! Thank you Amy for another wonderful read!
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
This collection contains four novellas, two of which were previously released. I had read those, but read again and enjoyed them just as much as the first time. My favorite one was Where The Heart Is and the love and forgiveness involved in this prodigal story. This collection has lighthearted moments, aha moments of l-o-v-e, and moments that make you tear up. I enjoy that all the stories are written by the same author and carry the theme of becoming sweethearts. Well written and entertaining. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts is a nice collection of sweet Amish stories. Be advised that two of the stories, Love and Buggy Rides and Love Birds, were previously published in other novella collections. The other two stories are new. I enjoyed all of these stories. Sometimes it was hard to watch as certain events played out that were related to Amish customs and rules, however, these events did add tension to the situations. My two favorite stories of the four were Where the Heart Is and Love Birds. I would recommend these novellas to those who are Amish fiction fans and are looking for stories that can be read easily and fairly quickly. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
First off, I have to say, that even though it admittedly took a while, I have now come to love novellas. I especially like when there’s a book of novellas by the same author. Having said that… Amy Clipston’s book, Amish Sweethearts, is a book with four novellas. I appreciated the development of each story. Even though they are novellas, as a reader you won’t feel left with a lot of questions, left hanging or frustrated in a hurry up and finish pace as you reach the end. The only complaint (if you could really call it that) is I would like to know more about each character. However, I feel that way about almost every story I read, be it novella or novel. A Home for Lindsay surprised me. There were situations depicted that I never realized were a part of the Amish community (no spoilers, so I won’t say what). I truly hurt for Matthew Glick and Lindsay Bedford, though I felt Matthew’s decision was a little impetuous. They were both thrust into a complicated, challenging situation. I enjoyed Love and Buggy Rides because it dealt with tough issues such as obedience to your parents, plus acceptance of difficult situations just to name a couple. Throughout the story, I could relate to the struggles that Janie Lantz and Jonathan Stoltfutz faced. In Where the Heart Is, Clipston portrays the cost of anger and poor decisions, along with their consequences for others. Tobias Smucker has a rough time, most of it caused by his own thoughtlessness. However, he is willing to do anything he can and needs to do to make the situation right. Love Birds deals with much more profound issues. Ellie Lapp is coping with grief and loss. Lloyd Blank is dealing with frustration over his father’s behavior, and from a betrayal he would never have imagined. Clipston’s familiarity with the Amish way of life shines through in each novella. She deftly weaves stories of love, redemption, hope and forgiveness throughout the entire book. If you are looking for something to read quickly, or you want something a little longer, you can’t go wrong with Amy Clipston’s Amish Sweethearts. Each of the four stories brings back characters in earlier series, and two, Love and Buggy Rides and Love Birds, are also published in other anthologies. I received this book from Fiction Guild and Amy Clipston as a member of her Bakery Bunch. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
These are four sweet novellas by Amy Clipston. They are short and fun reads and about couples finding each other and having things to overcome and handle. Enjoyed the stories including the one that I had previously read in a different format. I enjoy her books very much and look forward to continue reading them. I received an ebook copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. this was a wonderful combination of stories from Amy. Each story brings love, romance and the struggle that every couple goes through. Through family problems, doubts and a strong belief in God. Thank you Amy for this combination of stories..
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts is a sweet, romantic collection of novellas that will keep you turning pages. The characters are so authentic and you will undoubtedly find yourself rooting for them to overcome the obstacles keeping them apart. Author Amy Clipston has a talent for writing novellas with well-developed characters without rushing the story. It was hard to pick a favorite as I enjoyed them all. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. You’ll be glad you did!
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Amy Clipston is one of my favorite authors and she has penned four novellas/short stories that all have to do with love. Love is in the air: Love and Buggy Rides: (previously published in An Amish Harvest). I had already read this short novella. It's sweet story about a buggy accident that brings Janie and Jonathan together. A Home for Lindsay: This story began on a sad note but soon turned into a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. In this short story we learn that words to do count. One must open up and share from the heart to be understood. Where the Heart Is: This is probably my favorite story out of all the four. I loved the mystery in it. And, of course, there is an element of mystery. A mystery that helps bring the family together and healing is brought through truth, too. Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market): And I already read this story too. But loved it so read it again. Grief is hard on Ellie. She sees beauty in Seth's friend, Lloyd's carved birds. As Ellie and Lloyd become friends they also become soul mates. Four great short stories in this one book!
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts is a collection of four stories by Amy Clipston. These stories include: Love and Buggy Rides A Home for Lindsay Where the Heart Is Love Birds I enjoyed every one of these sweet stories. My favorite would probably be Where the Heart Is. Tobias and Mariella are my favorite characters and loved their little mystery they solved. I recommend this book for those who love good Amish stories. You can never go wrong with a book by Amy Clipston. 4 stars.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
It's almost Valentine's day and that is all I could think of when I first saw this mostly red cover with the title, "Amish Sweethearts." If you're a fan of Amy Clipston, you'll be super pleased to know that this novella collection is all Amy! Every novella penned by Amy...every single sweet romance..all Amy! Holy ellipses abuse! Can you tell I'm a bit of a fan? Well, I am. It's true. I'm a shameless Amy Clipston fan so I was super excited to have the opportunity to read this novella collection. First off, let me disclose that two of these novellas were previously published in other novella collections. However, we also get two new delectable Amish romances and trust me—you don't want to miss them! Love and Buggy Rides(previously published in An Amish Harvest) These characters were extremely well-developed. Often with a novella, I feel that the romance is rushed. This book had a nice flow. Though Janie and Johnathan fell in love rather fast—it was believable. Adorable even. A Home for Lindsay I have not read the Kauffman Amish Bakery series yet (It is on my TBR pile!) and this story is apparently a spin-off. Luckily, I wasn't lost and I was able to gather some of the backstory. This took care of the rushed romance trope that so often grates on my nerves with novellas. I wanted to strange Matthew a few times in this novella but I was happy with the ending so...all's well that ends well! Where the Heart Is If you've read Summer Storm which is included in An Amish Summer novella collection; you'll be happy to see that this novella is about Arianna's brother, Tobias. If you haven't read An Amish Summer, that's okay! You'll still be able to follow along. This novella was my favorite in the collection. I loved revisiting characters that I already had formed an attachment to. Love Birds(previously published in An Amish Market) I loved rereading this novella! I first read Love Birds in 2016 when it was included in An Amish Market. I loved these characters so much. Lloyd and Ellie were adorbs—yes, I said adorbs...again. I'm making quite a habit of that. But, it's true, these are lovable characters. The best thing? Lloyd and Ellie knew each other their whole lives. No insta-love! Amy does such a great job of pulling together novellas in a way that doesn't feel as if the romance is completely rushed and trope-y...is that a word? Probably not, but I'm using it anyway. I loved this novella collection and would recommend it to fans of Amish fiction. This book would be such a cute Valentine's Day gift for a fan of Amish romance. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by The Publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
I don’t usually read Amish fiction, mainly because I have too many Mennonite friends to really want to read Amish fiction, if that makes any sense? However, I have read Amy Clipston’s Amish fiction series and I have to say, she really does write them well! This is the first novella collection that I’ve read, and I enjoyed it a lot! In particular, I enjoyed being able to put the book down whenever I finished a novella, instead of reading all the way through. Each of the stories had a nicely developed backstory, and the storylines also moved very well. None of the stories really felt like insta-love, despite being novellas, which is something I appreciated, since so often Amish fiction straight up feels like a romance novel, where the entire point of the book is for them to fall in love, and nothing happens to prevent that. Clipston’s books don’t do that, and I really like that. Also, the Amish in her books weren’t exactly your stereotypical Amish: they are more real, and although I don’t doubt that there are aspects that aren’t as accurate as they could be, they are more real than a lot of Amish fiction I’ve read. Overall, I really really liked these stories! I was very impressed with the pacing of them, and how they didn’t feel rushed despite being novellas. My Ranking- 7/10 Things I liked- Although they are all novellas, the stories didn’t feel like insta-love–they are all very well paced How the stories tie to other series that she’s written! Cute romance stories! There were all good backstories and not quickly summarized Clean wholesome reads Accurate to Amish lifestyle (modern day Amish lifestyle), as far as I can tell I like reading novellas more than I thought! I liked getting to put the book down after every novella Things I didn’t like as much- There are some scenes where I was a little uncomfortable with (guy with girl) scenes: nothing scandalous but I wouldn’t be in those scenes myself Like I’ve seen, I’m not always a fan of romance, so I’m docking a point just because of that Slightly stereotypical Amish love stories (but that’s the topic of it all so like
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"They say home is where the heart is, and I guess that's why I can only imagine my home with you in it." (Where the Heart Is) I'm a fan of Amy Clipston's stories. She has this uncanny ability to capture the beauty in the sometimes mundane activities of life. Even if those stories center around the Amish community, we can still relate with the emotions of the heart and the comprehension of the mind. With that said, I'm thrilled the publisher, Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction compiled a collection of her novellas! Amish Sweethearts as the name suggests, are stories of love and relationship, specifically couples. Love and Buggy Rides was first published in An Amish Harvest collection. Having had the pleasure of reading it already, it was a pleasant reminder of why I love the author's stories. Relationships, especially new ones are interesting to see how they develop. A Home for Lindsay centers around an engaged couple learning to communicate and trust each other as life's trials head their way. This story connects to the author's acclaimed Kauffman Amish Bakery series that have been on my radar for some time. The Kauffman family plays a role in here and it gives me a glimpse of what to expect, a message of faith and the love of family. Where the Heart Is is just as sweet as the title suggests. I love how the author took a character that some may have forgotten or didn't like and turn it around. Tobias was a character in Summer Storms, released in the collection, Amish Summer. His mistakes caused quite a stir to his family, and we start this story with his desire to make amends. I like seeing this side of him, and I like to see how well developed the characters are. There's a lesson of forgiveness, letting go of past hurts, and judging a person by who they were, not who they are in this well layered story. In the final story of this collection, Love Birds was another sweet story from another collection, Amish Market. I'm a little surprised by putting this as the last story in this collection, but after rereading it, I can see how ending it with a story that's filled with compassion rounds up this collection beautifully. I like that there's a bit of or rather a touch of the message one will find in the first three in this last one. In all, a well-rounded collection on romance, but also the ups and downs of relationships, from meeting to building a trust with each other and with family. Well done. "They say home is where the heart is, and I guess that's why I can only imagine my home with you in it." (Where the Heart Is) Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion. Please note, if planning to share quoted quotes, please verify with release copy, since it was taken from an uncorrected proof copy (ARC). Thank you.
thall5 More than 1 year ago
4 love stories you won't want to put down! Amy Clipston never disappoints, and she has once again created 4 novellas that will warm your heart, make you smile, and bring tears to your eyes. This 4 novella book combines four very touching stories of finding love, forgiveness, healing, redemption, and allowing God to work out their "happily ever after." Amy Clipston did a wonderful job as always of making her characters so life like with real life situations. I was drawn into them as if I was a part of them. It is a wonderful group of stories for Valentine's or anytime of year. If you are an Amish fiction fan, you do not want to miss this book! I was given a copy this book from Netgalley and the author, but was not required to give a positive review.
sgreene01 More than 1 year ago
This is a book of four Amish Novellas, two of which I had already read. This left me somewhat confused as when I started reading the first novella and realized I had already read it, I put it aside, forgetting that there were 3 other novellas! I would prefer that all of the novellas in a book like this be new selections, rather than “republished”. I did enjoy all of them. I enjoy the author’s books as they are always good, clean romances. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys the Amish genre of books. I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley and Zondervan.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
While a few of these stories were familiar, I loved reading them, and the others were new to me. While you can read one in a setting, I couldn’t stop with one, and they were soon all consumed and enjoyed. The theme of this book is Love, and sometimes it is just seeing what is in front of us, and age doesn’t seem to matter. Also shown in these novellas is a strong father figure, and we won’t always agree with them, but it shows the importance in the Amish culture. I will tell you that once you start you won’t be able to put this book down, and it is perfect if you have just a little bit of time, but you will quickly be looking for a chance to read more. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston contains four Amish novellas. The book includes Love and Buggy Rides (from An Amish Harvest), A Home for Lindsey, Where the Heart Is, and Love Birds (from An Amish Market). In A Home for Lindsey we get the story of Lindsey Bedford from the Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Matthew Glick is looking forward to marrying Lindsey, but unexpected news ruins his plans. Feeling he is not good enough for Lindsey, Matthew calls off the wedding and makes plans to move to Ohio. Lindsey is devastated and is determined to find out what happened. Will Lindsey and Matthew reconcile? Where the Heart Is tells the story of Tobias Smucker. Tobias has returned home after leaving his home and community in the middle of the night. He wants to make things right with the community and find a way to have a relationship with his father. Mariella Ebersol has been in love with Tobias for many years, but Tobias is oblivious to her feelings. He develops a friendship with Mariella who helps him find his place within the community. They uncover a family secret that helps him understand his father and for healing to begin. Amish Sweethearts contains four lovely stories (I summarized the new stories for you above) that each contain a life lesson. They are well-written, easy to read and engaging. Ms. Clipston creates real characters that people will enjoy reading about and can relate to. We get to follow the characters through their journeys where they learn a lesson, get their life on track and find love with their soul mate. Each of the stories contain nice Christian messages such as having faith, following God’s path, helping others, love, hope and forgiveness. The stories are set in Lancaster County and Bird-in-the-Hand. I appreciated the descriptions of the areas. Amish Sweethearts are Christian stories that can be treasured by readers from 12 to 102 (PG rated stories). Amish Sweethearts has four sweet, simple Amish stories that will delight readers (especially fans of Amy Clipston).
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts is a beautiful collection of four novellas written by Amy Clipston. This book would make the perfect gift for Valentine's Day! A Home for Lindsay is the first novella in Amish Sweethearts. Lindsay Bedford cannot wait a few more months until she becomes Matthew Glick's wife. She is very excited. Something huge happens and Matthew breaks off the engagement. Lindsay is crushed, but her motto is "to never lose faith". You will want to be sure to check out this fast paced novella, which is part of the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series. A sweet treat! A beautiful time to take a buggy ride in Lancaster is in Autumn. In the novella, Love and Buggy Rides by Amy Clipston, Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver for Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides. He lives in Maryland but is visiting Pennsylvania for a few months. He really enjoys his new job. Janie Lantz just started her new job as a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides. She and Jonathan become quick friends. Can this friendship blossom into anything more with all of the many obstacles that they face? This fast-paced novella is a very enjoyable read. Settle in for quite an amazing buggy ride through beautiful Amish Country. The third novella in this collection is Where the Heart Is. Tobias Smucker is back home after being in Florida for the past few months. He is glad to be back, however he left on a bad note. He was in Florida working for his uncle and recovering from being an alcoholic. He is ready to confess and make things right again with his family and his community. Will they welcome him back? He has always had a rough relationship with his father...is there anything he can do to make amends with his father? Along the way, Tobias finds comfort and solace in his younger sister's best friend, Mariella. A lovely read! Love Birds is the last of the four novellas in Amish Sweethearts. It is a delightful read! Ellie Lapp recently started working at the Bird-in-Hand Gifts and Treasures Shop. She really enjoys working there, and the extra money has been helping her mother and her get by, especially since the death of her brother, Seth. Lloyd Blank, Seth’s friend, has been helping Ellie and her mother with the farm. Ellie and Lloyd start spending more time together and develop a fast friendship. Could this friendship develop into something more? Ellie makes a mistake and betrays Lloyd’s trust. Will he be able to look past that and rekindle the friendship they once had? I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book for yourself and a friend! You won't be disappointed!
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts By; Amy Clipston Amish sweethearts is made up of four wonderful stories by Amy clipston. Love and Buggy Rides By; Amy Clipston Loved this short Novella on love and healing. Janie meets Jonathan after a bad accident happens while Jonathan is driving a buggy of tourist. Who is the fault of the accident ? What will this do to Jonathan ? Jamie and Jonathan gets to be friends, but there is one thing that is bothering Jamie . Jonathan is trying to get over a broken heart and does not need another one. A Home For Lindsay By: Amy Clipston Lindsay is waiting till her and Matthews can be married. Matthews calls off the wedding and Lindsay is heart broken . This story brought tears to my eyes and I felt so sorry for Lindsay.love the story and the characters, both were so real. Where The Heart is By: Amy Clipston Love this story and the characters were well developed and lifelike. Tobias Returns home from an extended stay in Florida. Will his family and the community welcome him back? What about his dad? This story brought tears to my eyes. Love Birds By: Amy Clipston Amy Clipston continues the story of Ellie Lapp, her mother, and Lloyd who was Seth’s friend. Ellie and her mother are struggling after the death of Seth. This is a sweet love story about trust, betrayal , and forgiveness. Ellie has loved Lloyd since she was a very young girl. Lloyd thinks Ellie has betrayed him. Can he ever trust or be friends with her again? I love the story and the characters, both were easy to follow. I felt sorry for Ellie and Lloyd. At times I felt tears gathering in my eyes and caught myself saying NO NO. I highly recommend Love Birds, I am sure you will love it as I did. Amy Clipston did not disappoint me. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Amish Sweethearts is a sweet, romantic wonderful story. One is accidental (Jonathan and his buggy with a group of visitors are in a bad accident. Who is at fault? Well I can't ruin that for you can I?) Heartbreaking (Matthew and Lindsay are to be married but guess what happens? I can't ruin this one for you either. Will true love survive?) Rejectable (Tobias stays in Florida extra long. When he returns home he is worried if they will accept him back into the fold? Well do they?) Forgiveness (Ellie and Lloyd were in love, but he thinks she betrayed him. Will he ever trust her or forgive her?) And most of all a GODly story of such amazing Faith for all of this. These stories truly move you to tears. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.