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An Amish Garden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
Sweet Amish romances all based around a garden theme. Kathleen Fuller’s Flowers for Rachel is the only one I wish were a longer book. Really enjoyed both Rachael and Gideon’s characters and would have enjoyed watching the story develop around them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Think again
chucka51 More than 1 year ago
i wish her books would go on forever. I never want these to end
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I completely enjoyed relaxing with this collection of Amish novellas! Gardening is something I've always enjoyed and it was a lovely theme throughout these stories. It seemed there was more focus on family relationships rather than romance, but there was still enough for me to feel satisfied and all the stories wrapped up nicely. (Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Nice enjoyable stories  --   I can't say enough about how much I love these omnibus novels. I like that the stories are short and they usually have one thing in common which is nice. There was one that I thought had a slow start, not naming titles, lol, but it ended up being just as good as the other three. I would like to thank the authors for doing these. I like longer books and enjoy series of books, it's just nice to read something like this once in awhile. Each of these authors did a great job!
janesquires More than 1 year ago
Written by four authors - four stories. I love and have read all four authors and reviewed books for all of them. All stories involve gardens. Each has a different message. In Rooted in Love, I felt love was endured until it was time for God's plan. In Flowers for Rachel, Rachel had a hard time accepting help. Gideon had a hard time expressing himself as a lot of men do around women. In Seeds of Love, it is about giving to others even if different from you and the giving will return to you. In When Healing Blooms, there is lots of healing to be done. Grief, women and kids needing a safe place, runaway boy, and a ministry started. Each book could have a special review but I'm trying to cover all. You can read one story. Take a break. Read another.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW of Planting a Future by Beth Wiseman--"He's doing it again," Rosemary whispered to Esther.   "Smiling and staring at me."         Rosemary and Saul are being offered a second chance at love and so is Rosemary's father, Wayne.   When an accidental run-in between Saul and Wayne results in both men being injured, Wayne is unable to complete his farm work and Saul offers to do it for him as well as planting a vegetable garden for Rosemary.  Rosemary hasn't had time for planting a garden since her mamm died and she has had to bear responsibility for her brothers, daed and the home so Saul and Rosemary will be thrown together quite a bit.   This is a 5-star novella and really kept me reading and cheering the couples on!   Read to see how misunderstandings can mess things up for couples until they are resolved.    “Flowers for Rachael” Kathleen Fuller Rachael’s garden is beautiful, but she is lonely. Gideon is in love with Rachael, but when Rachael finds her garden in shambles after a crisis, she rejects his help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own? MY REVIEW of Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller---"Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day--like writing a poem or saying a prayer."--Anne Morrow Lindbergh        Gideon and Rachael both care for the other and they're both afraid to express it.   Rachael is living next door to Gideon while caring for her grandfather, Eli, who suffered a stroke.   Rachael loves flowers and soon a secret admirer is sending flowers daily with one word notes attached to them.    She hopes it's Gideon.  Will he be the one who is secretly sending flowers ? if not Gideon, who is sending them? This is another 5-Star Novella that is simply delightful.  I learned many new things about plants and flowers as I read this work of Amish fiction. “Seeds of Love” Tricia Goyer When a corporation shows interest in buying Sadie’s heirloom seeds, she panics. They are all she has left of her Dat and Mem. Eli believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and will the seeds of a new relationship take root? MY REVIEW of Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer---Can planting and tending tomatoes lead to love for a grieving young Amish woman and the Amish bachelor?  or is it simply too far-fetched an idea for these two who seem to be doing fine on their own?   Poor Sadie Chupp worries too much about what her sisters think about her life and plans.   She needs to learn to listen to her own heart.    Eli Plank is having an incredible time travelling around the country and writing as the scribe "The Amish Bachelor" for The Budget, an Amish newspaper which includes little stories of interest from many Amish communities in the world.  Another 5-Star Novella!!!!   Wow, I have been having such a great time reading these works of Amish fiction and romance and learning so many new things for a self-proclaimed "brown thumb".  “A Place of Healing” Vannetta Chapman Emma discovers a run-away teen in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a woman and her two children. Then her mother-in-law reveals a secret about her garden. Will Emma choose loneliness or learn to accept God’s gifts? MY REVIEW of A Place of Healing by Vannetta Chapman---This last novella in the book may have touched the most nerves with me as I am also an empty-nester in my early 50's like the main character, Emma.   Danny and she dated a long time ago and went their separate ways for Danny to travel, research, and write and for Emma to marry and raise a large family.   Emma is now a widow and Danny has returned permanently and is living next door.   Will they be able to put the past behind them and begin a new future and start a new ministry? or will they stay stuck in the past?  This one is another winner and another 5-star novella to finish the book.    All four novellas are wonderful and I highly recommend this book to fellow readers as it has something for just about everyone.    Get a copy and give it a try!    I don't think you'll be disappointed.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book
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jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I was excited to see this book - several of my favorite authors, and a subject that is dear to my heart - and it did not disappoint! In "Rooted in Love," Beth Wiseman shows the age-old cost of eavesdropping. Will Rosemary miss out on the love of her life because she thinks she knows what's best for her future? The chemistry between her and Saul is true to life. I couldn't put this book down as I ached for them to experience God's best. In "Flowers for Rachel," Kathleen Fuller writes a love story of shy and awkward Gideon and Rachel. Each chapter begins with a quote related to flowers, and they nicely summarize the growing relationship between these Amish young people. I felt this story was a bit predictable, but I like the ways the characters learned to show their love for one another. Tricia Goyer gives us another glimpse into the Amish community of West Kootenai, Montana in "Seeds of Love"(If you haven't read her "Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, or the "Big Sky" novels that preceded those, this is a good excuse to start!). Sadie Chupp and Eli Plank are strangers who meet in a small Amish settlement when he travels west seeking adventure...or are they? It turns out their families knew each other in Indiana, and the connection wasn't always so friendly! Eli is a scribe for "The Budget," an Amish newspaper featuring letters from writers living in scores of different Amish communities. His wit and skills of observation make him well-suited to handle Sadie and her reservations. As usual, Goyer has a few twists up her sleeve, and gives a satisfying ending to this garden tale. Last but certainly not least, Vannetta Chapman shows us "Where Healing Blooms." This is more than a romantic love story - it also describes the deep love and friendship between a woman and her mother-in-law (not unlike Ruth and Naomi in Scripture). This story of faith and redemption and yes, buried treasure, revolves around the family garden. As wise mother-n-law Mary Ann says, "Gardens are a reflection of God's love for us," and how gently and winsomely we see Emma and Danny discover that truth in a new way. This story describes the Amish commitment to the good of the community, not just one's own prosperity. I was delighted to watch these characters lean to deal with their pasts and come together for a common future. As Chapman quotes, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every purpose under heaven." I loved that this novella was based on mature characters, and not the usual fresh-faced 'maedel.' Any one of these authors cold have written a full book on her storyline, but I really enjoyed having these nuggets together in one book. The time you spend here in these "gardens" will be fruitful time indeed.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book, which entails four Novellas, written by four wonderful authors, shows how the gardens in our lives help us to move ahead and as stated in the final novella by the very talented author, Vannetta Chapman, Gardens will bless your soul. “They are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal.” I especially loved that line and marked it as I was reading the book, because that is how I truly feel about gardens, as well. My Review: 1. Rooted in Love, Beth Wiseman Rosemary Lantz is the main character in this story. She is a talented young woman except that gardening has its challenges for her. In her courting days, she was together with Saul until she hears a secret about him that at her age of 16, causes her to separate from him. This was a hard thing for both of them, but Rosemary knows that a life with Saul under these circumstances would never work. As they begin to work together in her garden, they share work and laughter together. I especially liked the part with Rosemary’s father and there was a part that brought me to tears as I read the feelings between the two of them. 2. Flowers for Rachael, Kathleen Fuller Rachael has a beautiful flower garden and spent most days tending to it. She loves her garden and even finds herself talking to her flowers, perhaps because she is lonely. She apparently has a secret admirer, however, as suddenly and daily a beautiful flower appears for her with a very short note. She has no idea who is bringing the flowers, although she hopes it might be Gideon. Yet, it appears not to be as he seems unaware of the flowers’ meanings when she gives a flower to Gideon. Rachael cares for her grandfather and finds him collapsed one day, which leads to a hospital stay and Rachael feels she needs to be her grandfather’s caretaker. Her grandfather insists she needs to tend to her life and that God will take care of things all in their due time. Rachael still is worried about her grandfather but discovers that she must learn to trust. 3. Seeds of Love, Tricia Goyer This novella takes place in Montana and the main character is Sadie Chupp who is a young woman whose late mother left her with a legacy, heirloom seeds that are her special remembrances of her dear parents. She seems to harbor some unhappy feelings towards her siblings, who, after the deaths of their parents, sold the family home. Sadie being the youngest was heartbroken and moves to her uncle in Montana to start fresh. She brings her mother’s seeds and plans a garden to continue to keep the feeling of her parents close to her. A company has wanted to buy the heirloom seeds, but Sadie’s mother had not wanted to do so, because the seeds had belonged to her family for generations. She meets Eli who wants to help her with her gardening. As time passes she and Eli have a misunderstanding and Sadie is beyond sad. Her garden undergoes lots of damage and the heirloom seeds have all been planted. How will she ever be able to repair the damage that a bear cub has done? The biggest surprise yet occurs when Sadie meets Eli’s grandfather. 4. Where Healing Blooms, Vannetta Chapman Emma is a widow who lives with Mary Ann, her mother-in-law. Mary Ann has a beautiful garden that she lovingly tends. Emma tries to find a purpose in life now that her children are grown. She learns that a runaway Amish boy has been hiding in her barn. She tries to know how she can help him at this troubled time of his life. She leaves food and hopes that he will feel that he can trust her to help him. She also is asked by the bishop to house an abused Amish woman and her two children. They find a safe refuge at Emma’s and begin to work together. Emma begins to find some meaning to her life and purpose Her old friend, Danny, has returned home after many years absence. She had once hoped that they would marry, but Danny had disappointed her by moving away to pursue his life’s plans leaving Emma alone and to marry another. Emma feels she is too old now to find love again in her life. Mary Ann’s garden holds a secret which she reveals to Emma and Danny that may just change both of their lives. These four stories will touch your heart. These four authors share how gardens can help you find peace, faith, endurance, hope and healing. I loved them all!
SidneReadz More than 1 year ago
This novel is a collection of four stand alone novellas. The stories take you into the lives of the Amish communities.  You begin in  Lancaster Co, PA with young love that faded into a garden of blossomed love, then you travel to  Middlefield, OH where love is shy but blooms. Afterwards you are taken to  West Kootenai, MT and watch a grieving character find a love that sprouts and lastly we enter the state line of Indiana where a runway hidden in a barn  alone with a secret hidden in the garden. All of the stories are interesting, well written and blooms delightfully.  I read them each while sitting in my sunroom over looking my small garden awaiting work to be done.  Each story has an innocent  love brewing and ends wondefully.  I look forward to reading more from each author.  I recommend this novel for readers that enjoy wholesome Christian fiction reading with a pitch of history.   The bonus recipes located at the end of the novel and the list of Amish vocabulary words in the beginning of each chapter were wonderful additions. Kudos to each author. 
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
An Amish Garden Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman Beth Wiseman has written a poignant Amish story of love and loss based on a conversation the main character overheard. Two people's lives are fraught with dismay that honesty, openness and trust would have assuaged. The author paints a realistic portrait of Amish life, creating characters with emotion and sensitivity. I enjoyed this short story of relationships and the developments that resulted despite a misunderstanding. Flowers for Rachel by Kathleen Fuller Kathleen Fuller has depicted Rachel and Gideon's friendship in a very tender and expressive perspective. The Amish lifestyle is well described, and Rachel's relationship with her "grossdaadi" is amusing and entertaining. The author used very touching quotations at the headings of each chapter, appropriate to the content and very thought provoking. I enjoyed that addition to the story. The development of Rachel and Gideon's relationship was very charming and endearing.  Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer Considerable loss and loneliness are pivotal factors in the life of Tricia Goyer's protagonist. Life-changing events set the mood for this expressive narrative. Heirloom tomato seeds are all that remain from Sadie's past, and a misunderstanding affects her attitude toward immediate family members. The young man depicted in this story is presented with compassion and a depth of character. The events throughout this novella are heartrending and poignant, and misconceptions are emotive. Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman Spring has arrived in Shipshewana, and Mary Ann's garden is once again her haven. Her daughter-in-law, Emma, joins her in weeding and tending to the garden, more expansive and prolific with each passing year. The garden haven holds secrets that no one could suspect. Vannetta Chapman weaves a story with depth and perception that places her in a category all her own. Her characters are strong and the setting picturesque. There's no guessing the ensuing events in this well-written novella. Much diversity is revealed in this extraordinary short story and I craved more, but the author wrapped up all loose ends bringing closure to this impressive novella. Faith, hope and love are strong elements in each of these novellas, and God's timing is always perfect, making for four well-written and very enjoyable novellas in this compilation. I highly recommend this collection of Amish garden stories, each containing very enjoyable story lines in their own right. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Delightful! An Amish Garden is a collection of four novellas written by four outstanding authors. Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman This is a story about loss and love.  I enjoyed the characters in this book because they were so realistic.  Rosemary is a very lovable person but I wanted to tell her to open your eyes!  Open your heart!   God’s timing is always perfect as you will see in this story.   Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller When a family member becomes ill the natural thing is to take care of a loved one the best way you know how.  Rachael does just that in this story. Also, a lesson well learned is, it is o.k. to let someone help you when disaster strikes.  Will Rachael’s stubbornness ruin her chances for friendship and love?  Seeds of love by Tricia Goyer Sadie saddened by her parents death and her sibling’s treating her like a child moves to Montana to get away from it all.  Was the move the right decision? Grief, starting over, and not having the trust of others weighs heavily on Sadie’s shoulders.  So, is there room in her heart for love? Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman  I fell in love with Emma and this storyline.  Healing, don’t we all need some kind of healing in our lives?  Love and acceptance, aren’t these pretty important to us too?   As the story unfolds and God’s will for Emma’s life is made known, the reader can feel the beginning of the healing process. I enjoyed living with Emma and Mary Ann.  Well, I didn’t actually live there physically but I did mentally.  I could feel everything they felt.  I loved these characters.  I didn’t want this story to end.  It was that good! I hope those who read this review will pick up a copy of An Amish Garden.  You will be Blessed and perhaps your healing process will begin too.
ConR More than 1 year ago
I just finished the "An Amish Garden" collection by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Turner, Tricia Goyer and Vannetta Chapman. This collection of 4 novellas is one sweet way to pass the time! Each story prominently features a well-loved garden, and the importance of that place in the lives of each woman featured. I thoroughly enjoyed each story, and it's an especially nice collection to grab when you have just a little while to spend with a book. Sometimes you just want to enjoy the time, and I certainly did, and recommend it!
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Garden is a collection of stories from four talented and popular authors:  Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller, and Tricia Goyer. Uplifting and encouraging, these stories emphasize aspects of faith and simple living.  I started reading this book in the middle of an extremely busy time in my life, and found it so relaxing and enjoyable, peaceful and inspiring. Each story is well written, with characters and plot that left me wanting more. This is one of the best collections I've read in a long time. Vannetta writes:  "Gardens are a place of comfort for many of us. For Amish families, they are also a source of nourishment, a family gathering place, and sometimes a place where healing can be found." And she is exactly right, because when I reflect on the word garden, this is what comes to mind:  beauty, sustenance, new life, God's provision, sanctuary. Let me first confess that I am not a gardener in any sense of the word, yet I love to gaze on the beauty of a simple daffodil that my husband picked for me. And vegetable gardens remind me of the years when my Dad came home from a long day's work and delayed his supper until he had spent several hours tilling and planting our family garden. Or working beside my mother and grandmother in the canning/freezing process. So while An Amish Garden entertained and inspired, it also brought back treasured memories with loved ones I look forward to seeing in heaven someday. “Rooted in Love” Beth Wiseman - I was drawn to Saul and Rosemary, loved the chemistry between them. Many readers will identify with Rosemary's spiritual growth as she comes to realize that she can't have it all, but that's okay. Contentment only comes from a close relationship with God and finding that what He provides is more fulfilling than anything we could desire. "Flowers for Rachael" Kathleen Fuller - This sweet story has a delightful twist toward the end. I also loved the way Kathleen began each chapter with a quote. This one by Martin Luther was a favorite:  "God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars." “Seeds of Love” Tricia Goyer - An enchanting bachelor scribe character, heirloom tomato seeds passed down through generations, Amish proverbs - there's so much to learn and enjoy in Tricia's story! How true this proverb is:  "A garden is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow." This story also has a surprising twist at the end, and a lesson that we often find difficult to accept in Sadie's words:  "What I tried to hold on to, I lost. What was given up - shared - is the only thing that was saved." “Where Healing Blooms” Vannetta Chapman - I can't put my finger on how she does it, but Vannetta has a unique way of writing that makes me care about the characters on the page and feel their emotions. And she injects a subtle humor that kept me smiling as I turned each page.  I love it when an author uses an older couple as leading characters, and I don't see how anyone can help but be drawn to Emma and Danny. The relationship between Emma and her mom, Mary Ann, is touching, almost hitting a little close to home for me at times - but in a good way.  Of all the things that spoke to me in this story, I think it's the idea that no matter our age, God isn't through with us. If we can just be completely open, we might be shocked at how God blesses and uses our surrendered lives! An Amish Garden is a thoroughly enjoyable read, one that I highly recommend. Thank you to Vannetta Chapman and Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Four of my favorite authors have gotten together to write a book of four individual stories. Each story has a different setting, in Amish Communities. One theme is prevalent in each of the stories, and that is gardening. I read my book on my kindle and each story was just about 25%, so you could read a little while and actually have time to finish and know the ending quickly. Of course, having read most all the books by these authors, I am familiar with the communities they reside in. Loved being back in each of the places I have loved reading about previously. First novella is by Beth Wiseman, Rooted In Love, and a garden plays a big part in this love story. We also find that we should not be listening to conversations that we have no part in! The second story by Kathleen Fuller, Flowers for Rachael, we meet a young but very independent Amish woman, learns a big lesson. This one is so very sweet, but not everything is the idea of the person doing the deed. Oh my, I love these! Then we have Tricia Goyer, Seeds of Love. We are back in beautiful Montana with the bachelors, and this time we have one who travels around writing for the Amish paper The Budget. In this rather cold climate, where we have Rachael and her mother’s heirloom tomato seeds, while trying to accept the tragic death of her parents. The last, but equally good, is Vanetta Chapman’s , Where Healing Blooms. Here we have a few generations of strong Amish woman, and a neighbor Amish man who has spent his life traveling among communities. I adored the interaction and the caring these people showed for each other. Some good lessons here of respecting your elders, and showing compassion to others. This story can bring you to tears, so have some tissues handy. I really recommend this book as a great read, and a wonderful way to read and a great way to travel around to different Amish communities. I received this book from the Publisher Thomas Nelson through Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Garden By: Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, and Vannetta Chapman We have four Amish Novellas from four great authors. Each can be read alone . I think these authors have done some excellent writing on these novellas . You will read about love , hope, and trusting God through these novellas. Rooted in Love By: Beth Wiseman After Rosemary Lentz mother died she takes over running the household for her father and siblings. She is good at everything except gardening . Rosemary was sixteen when she walked away from Saul , the man she loved and thought she would marry. Five years later Saul still has feeling for Rosemary and has no idea why she stopped seeing him. What did Rosemary learn that caused her to stop seeing the man she loved? You will love this story and I felt so sorry for Saul. Flowers For Rachael By: Kathleen Fuller Rachael Bontrager moved to Middlefield to take care of her grandfather after he had a stroke. Now Rachael has a beautiful flower garden, but she is lonely. Gideon Beiler is Rachael's neighbor and once he see's Rachael he falls in love with her. He cannot tell Rachael his feelings. Do you like matching ? Well you will read about some in Flowers for Rachael. I loved this story and it is romantic with the matchmaking that goes on. Seeds of Love By: Tricia Goyer Sadie Camp has inherited her mom's heirloom seeds. She has a beautiful garden until something happened to it one night. Eli Plank has become her friend, but can she trust this traveling bachelor again with her heirloom seeds? Eli tells her he can help her. Will she listen to him and trust him with her heirloom and her life? This was a wonderful story to read and I loved it .   Where Healing Blooms By: Vannetta Chapman Both Emma and her mother-in-law Mary Ann have lost their husbands. They share a home together in Shipshewana. They have a beautiful garden that they spend lots of time in. One day Emma finds a runaway teen in her barn. The Bishop ask Emma to take in a woman and her children. Now her mother-in -law Mary Ann has a secret about her garden that she has been keeping to herself for years. The two of them was contented with their lives , but now everything has changed. Will Emma ever find her place where healing blooms? I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and the author for my honest review.  
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
An Amish Garden by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer and Vannetta Chapman***** This is an Amish novella, four-in-one book: Rooted in Love, Flowers for Rachael, Seeds of Love and Where Healing Blooms. A garden theme is sewn throughout each story. Hope, healing, challenges and trusting in God are woven throughout the stories. ~~~ Rooted for Love by Beth Wiseman: Rosemary Lantz had dated Saul Petersheim when she was 16 but broke off their courtship without giving him the real reason why. Now five years later she finds that Saul is still interested in her and she is not sure what to do about it. Her heart longs for him but the secret she carries keeps her from following her heart. Anyway she has much to do caring for her dad and siblings since her mother's death years ago. And then there is the vegetable garden that she just can't seem to master. Their neighbor, Katherine, comes over each week with produce from her vegetable garden to share with them. However, Rosemary wonders what the real reason is for her frequent visits. Saul doesn't plan to give up on Rosemary, she is the only one for him. It seems her father, Wayne, is agreeable to the match. But how to get Rosemary to talk to him and work things out? What secret does Rosemary keep? Secrets are revealed, misjudgments, eavesdropping can lead to wrong conclusions and heartache; but healing, forgiveness, faith and trust is possible. Lovely story. ~~~ Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller: A year ago Rachael Bontrager moved from Indiana to Middlefield to care for her grandfather after his stroke. Each day she works lovingly in her flower garden producing a beautiful garden. Gideon Beiler is a neighbor who is very much interested in Rachael from the first day he met her. He wants to court her but is not sure how to go about asking her. What if she says no to his courtship? His sister, Hannah decides to help him in his pursuit of Rachael, but things don't go well. A little matchmaking, secret admirer, faith and love all produce a beautiful story. ~~~ Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer: Eli Plank is a bachelor scribe for the Budget, an Amish paper. He travels around the Amish community and writes articles for the paper. He comes to West Kootena, Montana for his next stop and meets Sadie Chupp. He finds her interesting and may plan on staying awhile in Montana. Sadie has only been in Montana for five months. She has heirloom tomato seeds from her mother that have been passed down for generations and needs to learn the weather and soil conditions in her new home before planting them. She starts them out in a neighbors greenhouse in preparation for planting. As in life, the characters must work through misunderstandings, challenges, trust, love and faith. A beautiful story. ~~~ When Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman: Emma Hochestter and her mother-in-law, Mary Ann share a home in Shipshewana, Indiana. Both of their husbands have died, but Emma's grown children live close by. They spend a lot of time in the large garden, a place of healing in many ways for the two women. One day Emma notices a young teenage Amish boy running from behind her barn. She discovers he has been sleeping there. Where has he come from and what should she do about him? The bishop asks Emma to take in a woman and her two children and provide a safe haven for them for a time. Mary Ann has a secret hidden in the garden and finally shares it with Emma. Emma is shocked at the discovery and ponders what to do. What does God have in store for these two women and their garden? What a delightful story. I love the relationship between Emma and Mary Ann and the way the characters lives are impacted by each other. Even though this is a short story there is so much packed into it: hope, healing and learning to trust God in their lives is sewn throughout making this an enjoyable read. Would like to see a follow up story of the characters. ~~Received a copy of the book from Vannetta Chapman for my review~~
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
For an Amish fiction lover like me, this book has it all! It is a collection of four novellas by some of my favorite authors. All of the stories stand independently from each other and since they are novellas, they are faster reads than a standard length novel. However, all four stories are very full and well-developed. I connected with the characters in each of the stories and felt invested in how things would turn out for them. In each novella, a garden is central to the storyline. The themes of hope and healing, and learning to let go and trust in God completely are woven with sweet romantic stories to make for a very enjoyable collection. I truly loved every single story. I received a complimentary copy of An Amish Garden in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.