An Amish Heirloom: A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife's Dream

An Amish Heirloom: A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife's Dream

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ISBN-13: 9780310351887
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Edition description: Combined
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 193,668
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 College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at Amy Clipston.com; Facebook: Amy Clipston Books; Twitter: @Amy Clipston.


Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series, as well as novellas that have been included in many bestselling collections such as An Amish Year and An Amish Garden. Visit her online at Beth Wiseman.com; Facebook: Author Beth Wiseman; Twitter: @Beth Wiseman.


With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at Kathleen Fuller.com; Instagram: kfstoryteller; Facebook: Writer Kathleen Fuller; Twitter: @The Kat Jam.


Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeepers Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at Kelly Irvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.

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CHAPTER 1

Leon King swallowed the swelling lump of emotion that threatened to choke him as he stood in a cemetery, surrounded by a multitude of community members. He was vaguely aware that the warm September sun was beating down on his shoulders and black hat, but he didn't care. He was staring at the moist earth covering the grave of his friend Charlie Glick.

As the minister began reciting a closing prayer, Leon lifted his head to observe Minerva Yoder, Charlie's fiancée. Tears poured down her cheeks, and she gripped her father's arm as if it were a lifeline.

Leon had seen Charlie only a couple of weeks ago. Their volunteer fire companies both responded to a call, a traffic accident on Lincoln Highway in Paradise. The two men worked together to free the passengers from a car pummeled by a tractor trailer, and once the injured were loaded into ambulances, they chatted as they cleared the scene. Charlie talked about his upcoming wedding and moving into the house he'd built on his father's farm.

But now Charlie was dead. Two days earlier he'd been hit by lightning while repairing shingles on his father's dairy barn. He was gone in an instant. And he was only twenty-five years old, the same age as Leon.

Leon looked to his right. His friend and fellow volunteer firefighter Jamie Riehl stood with his girlfriend, Kayla Dienner. Kayla sniffed and wiped her eyes, and Jamie released her hand and put one arm around her shoulder. She leaned against him. Like Minerva, Kayla seemed to rely on someone else to hold her upright.

The affection between Jamie and Kayla touched Leon deep in his soul, surprising him. And then an unexpected thought overwhelmed him.

He was alone.

He hadn't had a serious girlfriend in nearly four years. He had no one to comfort, no one special to encourage him after a tough day at the fire station or working at his father's furniture store.

A nagging hollowness filled his gut as his gaze moved back to the grave. He couldn't allow himself to waste another day. He was ready to find someone special and settle down.

He looked again at Charlie's grave, and a chill moved down his spine at another gripping thought. I don't want to die alone.

When the minister's prayer ended, a murmur of conversations spread throughout the crowd, and community members slowly and quietly began to make their way to the buggies that lined the long street.

Leon turned to Jamie and Kayla.

"I can't believe he's gone." Jamie spoke in a low voice and shook his head. "We just saw him at that traffic accident a few weeks ago."

Leon sighed. "Ya."

"We never know God's plan for us," Kayla nearly whispered, and her shoulders shuddered slightly, as though she was still trying to regain her composure.

Jamie nodded. "We have to appreciate every day the Lord gives us."

Leon cleared his throat against another knot of emotion as his friends studied each other for a moment. What was wrong with him? Why was he so sensitive today? It wasn't as though he hadn't seen grief before — or two people in love.

He needed to change the subject before his emotions got the better of him in public.

"Are you volunteering this week, Jamie?"

"Ya. I'm on for Friday."

"I am too." Leon folded his arms over his chest. He looked past Jamie, and his breath stalled in his lungs as his gaze landed on Susie Bontrager, his ex-girlfriend. They worshiped in different church districts, and he hadn't seen her for a couple of years. Her eyes met his, and a smile tugged at the corners of her lips. She gave him a little wave. He returned the gesture.

Susie was standing with her fiancé, Joshua Chupp. She looked up at him and said something, and then they both started walking toward Leon. The muscles in Leon's shoulders tightened. Susie's face was radiant with a bright smile, and she was as pretty as ever.

"I'm going to take Kayla back to her family's restaurant," Jamie said, yanking Leon from his thoughts. "I'll see you at the station on Friday."

"Ya." Leon nodded at Kayla. "Take care."

"I'm sure I'll see you at the restaurant soon." Kayla gave him a shy smile before taking Jamie's hand and leaving with him through the crowd.

"Leon." As Susie came close, her blue-green eyes sparkled in the mid-morning sunlight. "How are you?"

"I'm gut." He smiled at her and then nodded at Josh, who returned the greeting.

"You know Josh, right?" Susie touched Josh's arm.

"Of course I do." Leon swallowed a chuckle. "We were all in the same combined youth group when we were teenagers."

"Right. I forgot that." Susie's cheeks blushed, a pretty complement to the bright-red hair peeking out from under her prayer covering. "We're getting married in November."

Josh nodded. "I'd heard that. Congratulations."

A man appeared beside Josh and touched his shoulder. Josh looked at Leon and then at Susie, as though he might be reluctant to leave them alone. "Excuse me," he said before stepping away.

As Leon was drawn to Susie's gorgeous eyes, regret slammed through him. Why had he let her slip through his fingers four years ago? "You look gut."

"You do too." She smiled up at him, but then her smile faded. "I was sorry to hear about Charlie. He was one of Josh's cousins."

Leon grimaced. "I didn't know that. I'm sorry for Josh and his family."

"Danki. It was a shock. Charlie's dat said it wasn't even raining when it happened. The storm popped out of nowhere, completely unexpected." She clasped her hands together. "Are you still volunteering with the fire department?"

"Ya. I volunteer one or two days every week."

"I remember how much you loved it. Is that how you met Charlie?"

"Ya. We saw each other on quite a few calls. I just saw him at the scene of an accident a couple of weeks ago."

"Josh and I saw him at church on Sunday. I didn't imagine we'd bury him today. You see someone one day, and then the Lord calls him home the next. Change can come in an instant."

"Ya."

And then only silence passed between them as they stared at each other for a moment. He longed to know what she was thinking. Was she remembering their time together as boyfriend and girlfriend? Did she ever miss him? Why, after all these years, did he suddenly feel this rush of attraction toward his ex-girlfriend — especially when she was engaged to someone else?

"I was wondering if I could ask you a favor. I've been planning to get in touch with you." Susie's words crashed through his thoughts.

"Sure." He folded his arms over his black vest and white shirt. "What do you need?"

"Mei mammi left me two rocking chairs. Do you remember them? They were always in our schtupp."

"Ya, I remember them. I sat in them quite a few times." Susie had been so close to her grandmother. Leon knew those chairs meant a great deal to her.

"Right. I was wondering if you could repair them for me."

"I'd be froh to. What's wrong with them?" "The pieces of wood that make up the back." She pointed toward her spine. "You know, where you rest your back?"

He tried in vain to fight a grin. "You mean the spindles?"

"Right." She gave a little laugh, and she looked adorable. "They're loose on both chairs. The arms are loose as well. Come to think of it, the legs and rockers are too. Mei dat says they can be repaired, but he's not a furniture expert. I also think they need to be re-stained. It's been a long time since anyone cleaned them up."

"I can sand them down and re-stain them for you, as well as make the repairs. Just bring them by the store."

"Wunderbaar," she said with a wide smile. "I'll pay you, of course."

He shrugged. "All right. I can fit them in between projects I'm doing for mei dat. How soon do you need them back?"

"Not until the end of November. I want to put them in our new haus. Josh is building it on his dat's farm, and he says I can decorate and furnish any way I want. I always dreamt of putting the chairs in mei haus. Mammi left mei schweschder her hope chest, but she knew how much the rockers meant to me." She blushed. "I'm sorry. I'm babbling."

"It's fine. It's gut to talk to you. It's been a long time."

"Ya." She nodded. "I haven't seen you since last year, right? When some of our freinden went to the lake. Or was that two summers ago?"

"I think so. You weren't dating Josh then, were you?"

She shook her head. "No. We've been together only a year."

"Oh." Once again he took in her beautiful face. How did Josh convince Susie to marry him in a year? Of course, marriage was what Susie had wanted.

Why did he care? It was none of his business. Not now.

"I'll bring those chairs to the store tomorrow."

"That would be perfect," he told her.

Josh returned and touched Susie's arm. "I'm ready to go now," he said. Leon said good-bye to the couple and then made his way to his buggy through the thinning crowd of mourners. He was sad about losing Charlie, but at the same time seeing Susie lifted his spirits — even though she was engaged to another man.

Leon's Sunday best now hung on a peg in the restroom, where he'd changed into his work clothes before stepping into the workroom at Lancaster Furniture Sales and Repair. His older brother, Ben, was working on a wingchair. "How was the funeral?"

"Bedauerlich." Leon took a bottle of water from the propane refrigerator at the back of the room, and then he went to his work area and hopped up on a stool. "Minerva Yoder is his fiancée, and she sobbed through most it. His mamm did too."

Ben blanched and sat down on a stool beside the chair he'd been repairing. "Ach, that had to be tough to see."

"It was." Leon opened the bottle and took a long drink as his thoughts turned to Susie. She was still so stunning. Her red hair and striking eyes had made her the most alluring young woman in his youth group. It took him a year to work up the courage to ask her to be his girlfriend. He'd convinced himself she would say no, but she'd responded with an excited yes. In fact, she said she'd hoped he would ask her.

Then after two years everything fell apart when she told him she wanted more out of their relationship. She wanted marriage, and he'd had no choice but to admit he wasn't ready to take that step. He was only twenty-one.

Almost before he knew it, they'd broken up.

"Leon?"

"Huh?" Leon's gaze snapped to his brother.

"Where did you go just now?"

"Go?" Leon lifted an eyebrow, and Ben laughed as he pointed at him. "You were lost in thought. What's on your mind?"

As he debated how much to share with his brother, Leon squeezed the bottle of water, which crinkled in protest.

"You don't have to tell me, little bruder." Ben stood and returned to repairing a leg on the wingchair.

Leon usually didn't appreciate Ben's little reminders that he was two years older. Strangers would have no idea which brother, both with the dark eyes and dark hair inherited from their father, was the eldest. But today he'd ignore his comment.

"I'll tell you." Leon pushed off the stool. "I saw Susie at the cemetery."

"Susie?" Ben turned toward him. "Susie Bontrager?"

"Ya." Leon finished his water and tossed the bottle into the nearby trash can. "Josh Chupp was there too. They're getting married in November, and they were at the funeral because Charlie was Josh's cousin. Susie asked if she could bring her grandmother's rocking chairs here for me to re-stain and repair, and I assured her she could. She wants to put them in her new haus."

He paused. "She looked really gut."

"Okay." Ben sank down onto his stool. "Susie is getting married?"

"Right."

"Then why are we even talking about her?"

"We're not. I'm just telling you she's bringing in her rocking chairs." Leon turned toward his work area and studied the bureau he'd started to sand before heading to the funeral. He pulled on his face mask, retrieved his sanding block, and set to work trying to erase Susie's attractive smile from his mind.

Then Ben appeared beside him, and Leon jumped with a start.

"What?" Leon pulled off his mask and glared up at his brother.

"Forget the rocking chairs. Do you still have feelings for Susie?"

Leon frowned. Why had he told Ben anything?

Ben lightly punched his arm. "You do! Leon, you need to let that go if she's getting married. Besides, you two broke up ... what? Four years ago? Why would you even consider —"

"Leon!" Dat had appeared in the doorway, and Leon blew out a sigh of relief.

"I didn't even know you were back. You must've slipped in the back door. How was the funeral?"

"It was really bedauerlich." As Leon recounted some details about the funeral, he was thankful his father had interrupted Ben's interrogation. He didn't want to discuss his confusing feelings about Susie with his brother.

But he had to admit the truth to himself. He was looking forward to seeing her again.

CHAPTER 2

Susie Bontrager stared up at the Lancaster Furniture Sales and Repair sign. It seemed like only yesterday she was visiting Leon in his father's store after shopping at the market. They'd been dating then.

Betty, her younger sister, tapped her shoulder. "Suze? Are you going to get out of the truck? Or are you going to stare at that sign all afternoon?"

"Oh, right." Susie pushed open the passenger door of her driver's four-door pickup truck and climbed down as her sister exited from the backseat. "I'll go see if Leon and Ben will carry the chairs inside for us."

"I can take one of them."

Susie spun and then swallowed a gasp. Leon stood grinning at her from the sidewalk in front of the store. "You startled me." Had he been standing at the window, watching her stare at the store's sign like a dope?

"I'm sorry. I thought you saw me come out. I was working the front of the store when I saw the truck pull up." Leon stepped off the sidewalk and moved to the bed of the truck where Grayson, her driver stood waiting. "I've been watching for you."

"You have?" Susie blinked.

"Ya." Leon's smile seemed ... sheepish. "Is that bad?"

"No." Susie shook her head. But it's surprising.

Grayson dropped the tailgate and picked up Mammi's chair. Leon grabbed Daadi's.

"I'll get the door." Susie jogged over and pulled it open.

Leon and Grayson carried the rocking chairs through the showroom and toward the workroom as Susie and Betty entered the store.

"Susie! Betty!" Leon's father came around the front counter and shook Susie's hand. "Wie geht's?"

"Hi, Menno. We're well. How are you?" Susie always found herself marveling at how similar Leon's eyes were to his father's and brother's. They reminded her of melted chocolate.

Betty sidled up to Susie and extended her hand as well. "It's nice to see you, Menno."

"Leon told me you were going to bring your grandparents' rocking chairs in for repair." He leaned back against the counter.

"He's excited to work on them."

"He is?" Susie asked.

"Ya, he is." Menno touched his graying brown beard. "How are your parents doing?"

"They're well," Betty chimed in. "The farm keeps us all busy. Dat hired a couple of buwe from my youth group to help him. Susie and I are still helping Mamm with all the household chores and quilting."

"I haven't seen your dat in a while. Tell him to stop in the store sometime. Or I suppose I can go to see him."

"Susie."

Susie turned toward the doorway that led to the workroom.

Leon was beckoning her.

"Could you come here for a moment?" he asked.

"Ya." Susie looked at his father. "Excuse me." As she approached Leon, she took in his face. She'd forgotten how handsome he was with his intelligent dark eyes, dark-brown hair, strong jaw, broad shoulders, and wide chest. He was muscular too, as though he spent hours every day working on a farm, not making and repairing furniture.

She bit back another gasp. How dare she contemplate how attractive she found her ex-boyfriend? She was engaged! Josh would be hurt if he could read her mind.

Leon raised his eyebrows as she came closer, and she shook off her inappropriate thoughts. The sweet scents of wood and stain filled her senses as she stepped into the workroom.

"What do you need?" She hoped her cheeks didn't radiate embarrassment as she went to stand beside him.

(Continues…)



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An Amish Heirloom: A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife's Dream 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
GailHollingsworth 12 months ago
These four novellas were written by four authors that I've read several full length novels from each. I knew these stories would be good for that very reason and they were! Each story contains an item or items that go back generations and bring meaning and inspiration to family members. A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston tells the history behind two rocking chairs left to a granddaughter planning her wedding. She begins questioning her decision learning of the laughter and love shared by her grandparents and her parents marriages. The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman is a legacy left to future generations by letters written by great great grandparents. After finding letters in an old forgotten cedar chest that tell of a hidden crime and run from the law, a great great granddaughter, Catherine, learns of a love that refuses to die away. The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller has the center of its story a small antique Bible given to Lucy by Shane after she and her father help him remodel a house next door. Time separates them but she's kept and treasured the little Bible. Family members work together to try and bring the two of them back to each other. But he is a New York lawyer and she is an Amish woman that helps her dad with construction projects. I especially enjoyed this one because it continued in a small way the story of Noah and Ivy that I had read of in Words from the Heart. The Midwife's Dream by Kelly Irvin brings the story of Iris, a young Amish midwife who longs to find her true love and start a family. It seems though that God has other plans for the time being. She delivers the baby of a teenage couple who slip out during the night leaving the baby behind. Brought into the mix is not one but two old baby crib quilts from previous generations. Sometimes hard but also heartwarming to read. Each story is different but brings in a continuing love through generations of families and a strong love for God. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild.
pianosue More than 1 year ago
This is a 4-in-1 book of novellas. Read about Leon King. He realizes that he is ready to settle down with a fraa and start a family. He runs into his exgirlfriend Susie who has promised to marry another. Will they realize they still have feelings for each other? or will he find someone else? In the second story Emma Fisher decides to open a cedar chest from his ancestors. Will the secrets that the chest reveal help her and her daughter? In the third story Shane is trying to decide if he wants to stay English or join the Amish. What will he decide? In the final story read about Iris who is the local midwife. Will she ever find her a husband to have a family of her own?
StephieJ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I read it in a day! It was definitely a page turner. This book has 4 Amish fiction novellas in one book! Each novella was really good! My favorite was The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin. The characters were sweet and likable! Iris Beachy was my favorite character in this book you could really feel her passion as a midwife in this book. She was a very kind and compassionate person. *I received a review copy of this book from the publisher! No positive review was required! My opinion is honest and is my own!
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
I’m not always a big fan of Amish fiction, but I always enjoy reading a good Amish novella collection, and I really enjoyed this one by a group of four Amish fiction authors! It was my first time reading anything by most of these authors, and it was fun reading their stories! A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston I wasn’t personally a huge fan of this one: the characters fell a little flat and the story was a little unbelievable. There was also a bit too much “attraction” for my liking. Susie was sweet, if a bit insincere at times. 1/5 The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman I really really enjoyed the historical flashbacks in this one! I also liked how it wasn’t a falling in love story, unlike so much other Amish fiction. I felt like the end was a little abrupt and could have been done a lot better, but I really liked this one! 4/5 The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller This was such a sweet story! Although it doesn’t seem really realistic, I really enjoyed reading Shane and Lucy’s story, and it was also rather witty, which was a fun read! 3/5 The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin Aside from more adult content (teenage pregnancy), this was such a sweet story! The Englisch side of the story was really sweet to read! But also, can anyone say WHIRLWIND ROMANCE? Although the story did take a lot longer than it seemed, the romance went really fast, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. 3/5 Overall, it was a fun collection and I enjoyed it! All of the stories were really different and weren’t very stereotypical, which I appreciate. Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review. This review first appeared on- https://rockandminerals4him.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/book-review-an-amish-heirloom-by-amy-clipston-beth-wiseman-kathleen-fuller-and-kelly-irvin/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Amish Heritage is comprised of four novellas from some talented Amish authors. If you are looking for deep character study and intrigue, you will not enjoy this book. If you are looking for sweet stories that touch the heart, this is a good read for you. The stories are based on books previously written by these authors, so there is some continuity of story and character. Each novella is easily read in one sitting. From a volunteer fire fighter, to a convicted felon, to an eighty year old match maker, to a mid-wife, these stories contain people with whom you will enjoy spending time. This comes from a reader who does not usually enjoy novellas. I received the book from the publisher but was not compelled to give a good review. I do recommend the book.
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
A Legacy of Love: With characters that have been woven in and out of previous Lancaster legacies, this story sweetly reminds the reader that our friends, families, and communities are like gems with facets that work together to illuminate God's will and the brilliant glow of hope. The Cedar Chest: If only... I wonder how many of us would love to discover a hidden chest from our bloodline? I know that it would have been a blessing for my mother and I to have made a discovery like Catherine's and Emma's. Both women will find a legacy of love, hope, and God's plan. The Treasured Book: This novella is the sweetest tale about two sojourners. It is filled with moments of truth, hope, tenderness, and wit. Conversations between Lucy and Shane are seamless. It will be a satisfying discovery that inspires a spring to your step. Sometimes plans change, sometimes we can live blessed. The Midwife's Dream: When Iris agrees to help deliver a baby to a young couple, she wasn't prepared for God to answer her prayers for a child. Especially if the child could be reclaimed by either parent. Yet, when God brings a blessing into your life you muster up the strength to take each day as a gift and walk by faith into your tomorrows. This story has an elegance woven within its characters. The story line is poignant, tenderhearted, and refined with style. The best dialogues come between those in whom life has veiled their feelings, for Iris and Mahon their hearts will discover more than the little blessing that has placed them on the path to joy in the fullest measure. MrsK
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
AN AMISH HEIRLOOM Legacy of Love by Am Clipston I love reading stories by this author because she has a gift of making her characters come to life. Leon is a hard worker and seems a bit lonely. I loved the reaction he has when he runs into his old girlfriend Susie. Its not hard to imagine that he still cares for her. Having a relationship is hard when one wants to get married and the other isn't ready to make that commitment. When Susie drops off rocking chairs for Leo to repair, I could instantly feel a spark between them. I would love to have those chairs on my front porch. The hours I would spend rocking in them with my husband would be priceless. Those chairs have a precious memory for Susie. Can Leon restore them back to their original beauty? Why does Susie keep visiting Leon even though she is engaged? The story is sweet and captures the beauty of what being in love with someone is. The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman From the beginning the author intrigued me when Emma and her daughter Catherine discover a forgotten cedar chest in the basement. The excitement as they open it is an attention grabber. The author has a unique ability to write stories that take us to different places and time periods with a sense of being there with the characters. I felt like I was peeking over their shoulders as the chest was opened. What they find inside will change Catherine in many ways. I loved how the author told a story of love and forgiveness. through a couple that lived many years ago. Married couples have problems and sometimes they decide not to fix them. I loved reading about Isaac and Elizabeth as they tried to reconcile to each other. Through their story, Catherine was able to capture how dear her husband was. I admired Isaac and his willingness to protect Elizabeth. Their story is one that reminds me of my great granddad and great grandmother. They traveled by wagon to homestead their land. They were young but so in love. Many obstacles tried to keep them apart, but my great granddad said he never gave up. They had a wonderful life together and I treasured the stories that were shared about them. Catherine and Abram find themselves drifting apart. Will the letters that Catherine finds help her find peace? I loved this story so much because the author shares a love story of long ago that helps several characters find hope and unconditional love. I think I need to get a cedar chest and fill it will memories for my children to open after I am gone. What a treasure to leave behind family history that shows how God can change hearts. The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller I have never met anyone like Cevilla but I loved her character so much, She injured herself and has Lucy come stay with her. Lucy wants to help out anyway she can. Does Cevilla have another reason for Lucy being there? Shane is very interesting and has decided he wants to join the Amish church . I loved reading how Shane and Lucy hit it off with each other. I suspect there could be a little matchmaking going on . Cevilla is quite the character. She is feisty and at times very obvious at what she is trying to accomplish. Does Shane and Lucy have feelings for each other? I loved how the author writes a story with fun characters that make readers laugh. You can't help but love the humor that the author draws from the characters. When an unexpected visitor shows up, will it cause friction between Shane and Lucy? Those darn silly people who get dumped just don't
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
AN AMISH HEIRLOOM Legacy of Love by Am Clipston I love reading stories by this author because she has a gift of making her characters come to life. Leon is a hard worker and seems a bit lonely. I loved the reaction he has when he runs into his old girlfriend Susie. Its not hard to imagine that he still cares for her. Having a relationship is hard when one wants to get married and the other isn't ready to make that commitment. When Susie drops off rocking chairs for Leo to repair, I could instantly feel a spark between them. I would love to have those chairs on my front porch. The hours I would spend rocking in them with my husband would be priceless. Those chairs have a precious memory for Susie. Can Leon restore them back to their original beauty? Why does Susie keep visiting Leon even though she is engaged? The story is sweet and captures the beauty of what being in love with someone is. The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman From the beginning the author intrigued me when Emma and her daughter Catherine discover a forgotten cedar chest in the basement. The excitement as they open it is an attention grabber. The author has a unique ability to write stories that take us to different places and time periods with a sense of being there with the characters. I felt like I was peeking over their shoulders as the chest was opened. What they find inside will change Catherine in many ways. I loved how the author told a story of love and forgiveness. through a couple that lived many years ago. Married couples have problems and sometimes they decide not to fix them. I loved reading about Isaac and Elizabeth as they tried to reconcile to each other. Through their story, Catherine was able to capture how dear her husband was. I admired Isaac and his willingness to protect Elizabeth. Their story is one that reminds me of my great granddad and great grandmother. They traveled by wagon to homestead their land. They were young but so in love. Many obstacles tried to keep them apart, but my great granddad said he never gave up. They had a wonderful life together and I treasured the stories that were shared about them. Catherine and Abram find themselves drifting apart. Will the letters that Catherine finds help her find peace? I loved this story so much because the author shares a love story of long ago that helps several characters find hope and unconditional love. I think I need to get a cedar chest and fill it will memories for my children to open after I am gone. What a treasure to leave behind family history that shows how God can change hearts. The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller I have never met anyone like Cevilla but I loved her character so much, She injured herself and has Lucy come stay with her. Lucy wants to help out anyway she can. Does Cevilla have another reason for Lucy being there? Shane is very interesting and has decided he wants to join the Amish church . I loved reading how Shane and Lucy hit it off with each other. I suspect there could be a little matchmaking going on . Cevilla is quite the character. She is feisty and at times very obvious at what she is trying to accomplish. Does Shane and Lucy have feelings for each other? I loved how the author writes a story with fun characters that make readers laugh. You can't help but love the humor that the author draws from the characters. When an unexpected visitor shows up, will it cause friction between Shane and Lucy? Those darn silly people who get dumped just don't
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
An Amish Heirloom was a really wonderful collection of novellas! Each and every one of the stories captured my attention and kept me eagerly turning pages to find out what happened next. A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston – In this sweet tale, I could feel the anguish of both Leon and Susie as they both, separately, came to the realization of what they had lost when they broke up years earlier. Susie also battled with the question of which man did God want her to spend her life with. The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman – This dual timeline story captivated me! I loved the way the author used letters to help in the telling of the story from the past. The characters from the past became as real to me as the characters living in the present. The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller – The main characters in this tale needed to figure out who they really were. Shane was a wealthy Englisher, yet felt God might be leading him toward a different lifestyle. Lucy was confident in her faith, yet was reluctant to step out and lead her own life. The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin – I really enjoyed Iris. She had such a sweet heart for others, even when her own heart was hurting and she was wondering what God’s plan for her life was. I enjoyed seeing her travel through this emotional tale toward a life with someone who truly loved her. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
This was a satisfying collection of Amish novellas. I felt that Clipston's "Legacy of Love" and Fuller's "The Treasured Book" were both a bit predictable, but that was offset by the enjoyment of following up on characters from their previous books. I was glad each "maed" found the "mann" she couldn't live without. All the collateral damage went to people I didn't like anyway. Wiseman and Irvin dug a little deeper in their stories, giving me something more substantial to chew on. "The Cedar Chest" is a multi-generational story weaving together the stories of three couples who struggle(d) to embrace "Gotte's wille" for their lives at a crucial point in their relationship. I love that these characters are not perfect! Despite the cultural shyness of the Amish to bare their emotions, these couples eventually faced their differences and together overcame the hurdles that discouraged them. And how neat that the eldest of these pairs didn't hide their brokenness and disappointments, but chronicled them in letters that would eventually help successive generations. "The Midwife's Dream" is easily my favorite in this collection. (Confession: after reading an earlier book set in Jamesport, I texted Irvin that I hoped Iris would someday get her own story...YAY! She sure did!) This story is full of layered characters and natural conversations in an interesting plot. An unexpected delivery by a young, unmarried "Englisch" couple suddenly leaves midwife Iris in charge of an abandoned baby, and looking at her dreams for the future in a new way. As always, loss precedes gain. LOVE the smoldering affection in Mahon that finally erupts into a confession and proposal - he is a great character that made me wish this were a full-length novel. I received a copy of this anthology from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was under no obligation to post a review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Once again, the words of these authors deliver. An Amish Heirloom was a wonderful collection of sweet Amish stories that have depth to them – speaking biblical truths throughout great characters and storylines. While novellas usually aren’t my favorite, these four novellas combined together are a wonderful combination that leave me satisfied and filled up. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher but was under no obligation to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Another lovely collection of Amish themed stories from a group of my favorite authors in the genre! My favorite was The Midwife's Dream because it had such a sweet romance with a long-time unrequited love revealed and all the special feelings that come with realizing a friend can become something more. I also enjoyed The Treasured Book since I had read the series by the author set in Birch Creek and it was fun to see Aunt Cevilla playing matchmaker again. The Cedar Chest is bittersweet and I appreciated the wisdom of a mother gently helping her married daughter who is going through a rocky time in her marriage. A Legacy of Love is centered around a past relationship that is getting a second chance as Susie and Leon realize that their timing and communication was off before. I'd recommend this novella collection to fans of Amish fiction! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading Amish romance. These four stories were no exception. Each novella focused around a specific treasure, which I found to be a unique way to pull four separate stories into one collection. As always, the reverence for God and His creation was evident as were the sins and temptations common to all humans, whether Amish or "Englisch." Each couple had obstacles to overcome to find their Happily-Ever-After.  This book was sent to me by the author/publisher for the purpose of review. I am not required to post, but do so honestly because I wish to support these authors and their work.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
Amy Clipston’s story A Legacy of Love takes us back to Lancaster County ((A Place at Our Table) where we are treated to another story about a volunteer firefighter. Leon King is not only a volunteer firefighter but also a master carpenter, which is why his ex-girlfriend brings her grandparent’s rocking chairs to him for repair, causing both of them to question why and where they are at in their lives. I love stories that explore other people in a community and create continuity of characters! A Legacy of Love introduces us to new characters and touches on the stories of characters we met earlier. I also really enjoy Amy Clipston’s stories. Clipston has a way of pulling your heartstrings and making you feel what her individuals and their different personalities think and struggle with in their lives. A story, to me, needs to be relatable in some way, and Amy Clipston’s novels and, in this case, novellas don’t disappoint! The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman explores how to responsibly handle family secrets once they are discovered. Wiseman has written parallel timelines to bring the story more vividly to life. The Cedar Chest causes you to continue reflecting long after you read the story. How would you handle a secret from your great-grandparent’s lives? Would you be able, like her parents, to leave the chest locked and unopened? How would your knowledge change your opinion of your family? I genuinely enjoy stories that leave me wondering how I would have handled the same situation. The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller brings back one of my favorite characters Cevilla Schlabach from Birch Creek! (Words from the Heart) I love feisty, quirky, fun-loving, but oh so Godly, Cevilla!! The story was different from what I expected, in that the young man in the story was not Amish. Kathleen Fuller does an excellent job of drawing you into the story, making you wonder what the outcome of not only Shane and Lucy’s story will be, but also of the antique Bible they find and the secrets it holds. The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin deals with tough topics, runaway teens, teen pregnancy and the midwife’s unfulfilled desires for a husband and family. Kelly Irvin’s story will tug at your heartstrings while you ponder the choices each person makes. I enjoyed the four novellas portrayed in An Amish Heirloom: A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife's Dream. Each of the stories focuses on a family heirloom that becomes an integral part of the story. All four authors do a remarkable job of pulling you into the narrative with relatable, believable individuals. In addition, they include pertinent and relevant messages of faith. I received this book from NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Heirloom Is made up of four novellas. They are exactly what it says - stories of Amish heirlooms - don't you love it when they make it that easy for us? OK that's it for me- review done - nah just kidding - OK - the Novella's are about a rocking chair, Cedar chest, antique Bible( I Inherited from my great grandmother two of those), and a baby quilt. Aren't they all neat? Each Novella - as you could expect - be full of Faith. Each author is gifted in their own right - what a gift GOD Blessed them with. I pray I get to read more books from any of these authors. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
AshM-85 More than 1 year ago
n Amish Heirloom consist of four novellas. They are A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston, The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman, The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller, and The Midwife's Dream by Kelly Irvin. I enjoyed reading each novella, they all contained a heirloom. Each was filled with understanding and love. I loved all of the characters in each of the novella's.The stories are short chapters so you can read them pretty quick. They all held my attention, I liked that. I highly recommend this book of novellas. You are going to love these novella's just as much as I did.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
An Amish Heirloom is a collection of four novellas from some of the top names in Amish fiction. These collections are fun to read for a number of reasons. They provide a nice break from the longer novels and series I enjoy reading. The stories sometimes connect to characters in other series from the authors. And they sometimes provide a chance to try out authors whose books you have not read before. All four stories in this collection were nice Amish romances, tied together with the idea of some heirloom important to the main characters. Those heirlooms include rocking chairs, old love letters, a Bible, and an old baby quilt. Although I enjoyed all the stories, Beth Wiseman's The Cedar Chest and Kathleen Fuller's The Treasured Book were my favorites. Beth's dual timeline story was very intriguing, and the development of a sweet love story and its impact on present-day characters was touching. Kathleen's story of almost-missed love was very engaging, and it was fun to visit characters I "knew" from her Amish Letters series. I believe Amy Clipston's story was related to one of her series, but I have not read those particular books. I would definitely recommend this enjoyable collection of stories to Amish fiction fans.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Instead of reviewing each book, I’m going to say read them all. Each author brings in her unique writing style and they are all fabulous. The communities were described so thoroughly you will want to go visit. And the characters; wow. In each book the characters were well developed and relateable. Full of life’s trials and blessings, these novellas have the common thread of learning to trust God. Of having faith that He wants only the best for us. They kept my interest from beginning to end. If you enjoy Amish fiction with sweet romance, this book is a must read! I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
You know how I usually break down my reviews of these novella collections story by story? Well, it ain't happenin'. I'm just going to be honest...I liked the book. I liked all four stories. But, I also didn't feel that the book as a whole was completely sensational. Being neither here nor there leaves me somewhere in the middle which makes it hard for me to do my usual book ramble. Here is what I did love: 1. The heirlooms. Each person in this story has an heirloom in their possession. An old cradle, rocking chairs, a cedar chest and an old quilt—there's just something so nostalgic about heirlooms. It links past to present in a way that makes me feel as if I better understand my place in the world and how I'll affect future generations. 2. I loved that for the most part, this book didn't have insta-love. I'm just feeling so over that trope lately. It's 2018, we need to find something new because insta-love is so overrated. 3. Cevilla. If you're an avid reader of Kathleen Fuller, you'll recognize this precious old woman. If you're not familiar with this character already, you're in for a treat! Overall, I loved all four stories in this collection. I've not yet made up my mind how I feel about what my friend Fizzy referred to as "cheating" in the first novella. On one hand, I want to say that its open game until there's a ring on it...but then she reminded me that the Amish don't even wear rings. Doh. I felt that this collection was a solid read. If you're looking for sweet Amish love stories that are quick to read, then I really think you'd like this collection. This book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston Let me tell ya a story about how this novella is killin' me. First, it was nice to seem some familiar names and character's from Amy's current series Amish Homestead. That being said, I'm not entirely sure I was emotionally ready to read about firefighters and the mention of individuals that had lost their life in a fire, even as a firefighter, I think it's just too raw yet. I didn't let that influence my rating on this novella but reading this first one was so hard and emotionally draining. It's partly why I'm putting off reading 'Room on the Porch Swing' as long as possible. I'm not ready. There's another aspect here that I can't chalk up to my own emotions or personal issues, it was how Leon and Susie came together. I don't know how to proceed without spoilers, so consider yourself warned. They had dated, and broken up about four years prior. They came into contact at a funeral (see what I mean. . . emotional turmoil!. . . and re-something their friendship. She was engaged to a neighbor boy she had fallen for, he was single. They start spending time together as 'frienden' which in and of itself seems innocent right? However, she finds herself being drawn back to him, and vice vercea. She put herself in a position to be emotionally cheating on her finance. Yes, people will say that there was no ring, no ceremony, no commitment. I very strong disagree. There is a commitment in an engagement, there is a promise of forever. If you feel like you are making a mistake you don't put yourself in a position to cheat (emotionally or otherwise). She didn't need to be sneaking around (because the truth is she kinda was) with her ex in order to determine that her fiance wasn't the one for her. She didn't need to get 'caught' (because that's how it really played out) to come to the realization and then have the conversation to end the engagement. She most assuredly didn't need to turn around and get engaged the next time she sees Leon. They are both at fault, lest you take my she's as pointing fingers only at the girl. If their relationship rekindles through cheating how can they ever truly develop trust that will last a lifetime? This just bothered me. Strongly. I felt the need to come back to this after I slept on it a minute. I appreciated and loved the the realistic approach to this topic, let's face it the Amish are no more immune to human foibles than the rest of us. My concern lies in the feel that this was glorified the idea of emotional infidelity. The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman Written in a way that only Beth Wiseman can, blending the saltiness of jaded reality with the wholesome outlook of the Amish, this novella packs a lot of punch. A duel timeline, some shady history, a lot of self-doubt, and the redemption that love always wins. I have to admit that there was always this wisp of something just outside my grasp throughout reading this story. Some fact, some truth, some subtle plot point that I just couldn't quite put my finger on. I never really did figure out that wisp (and it still bugs me!) but I'll be OK. Rich characters with a plot that ended entirely too quickly this story was truly amazing. The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller Cevilla! This woman needs to come live in my neighborhood. Cevilla is back and I couldn't be happier. Seriously, I adore this woman. And she's not changed one bit. It was lovely getting to go back to Birch Creek for a minute and see
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston Let me tell ya a story about how this novella is killin' me. First, it was nice to seem some familiar names and character's from Amy's current series Amish Homestead. That being said, I'm not entirely sure I was emotionally ready to read about firefighters and the mention of individuals that had lost their life in a fire, even as a firefighter, I think it's just too raw yet. I didn't let that influence my rating on this novella but reading this first one was so hard and emotionally draining. It's partly why I'm putting off reading 'Room on the Porch Swing' as long as possible. I'm not ready. There's another aspect here that I can't chalk up to my own emotions or personal issues, it was how Leon and Susie came together. I don't know how to proceed without spoilers, so consider yourself warned. They had dated, and broken up about four years prior. They came into contact at a funeral (see what I mean. . . emotional turmoil!. . . and re-something their friendship. She was engaged to a neighbor boy she had fallen for, he was single. They start spending time together as 'frienden' which in and of itself seems innocent right? However, she finds herself being drawn back to him, and vice vercea. She put herself in a position to be emotionally cheating on her finance. Yes, people will say that there was no ring, no ceremony, no commitment. I very strong disagree. There is a commitment in an engagement, there is a promise of forever. If you feel like you are making a mistake you don't put yourself in a position to cheat (emotionally or otherwise). She didn't need to be sneaking around (because the truth is she kinda was) with her ex in order to determine that her fiance wasn't the one for her. She didn't need to get 'caught' (because that's how it really played out) to come to the realization and then have the conversation to end the engagement. She most assuredly didn't need to turn around and get engaged the next time she sees Leon. They are both at fault, lest you take my she's as pointing fingers only at the girl. If their relationship rekindles through cheating how can they ever truly develop trust that will last a lifetime? This just bothered me. Strongly. I felt the need to come back to this after I slept on it a minute. I appreciated and loved the the realistic approach to this topic, let's face it the Amish are no more immune to human foibles than the rest of us. My concern lies in the feel that this was glorified the idea of emotional infidelity. The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman Written in a way that only Beth Wiseman can, blending the saltiness of jaded reality with the wholesome outlook of the Amish, this novella packs a lot of punch. A duel timeline, some shady history, a lot of self-doubt, and the redemption that love always wins. I have to admit that there was always this wisp of something just outside my grasp throughout reading this story. Some fact, some truth, some subtle plot point that I just couldn't quite put my finger on. I never really did figure out that wisp (and it still bugs me!) but I'll be OK. Rich characters with a plot that ended entirely too quickly this story was truly amazing. The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller Cevilla! This woman needs to come live in my neighborhood. Cevilla is back and I couldn't be happier. Seriously, I adore this woman. And she's not changed one bit. It was lovely getting to go back to Birch Creek for a minute and see
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Heirloom is a collection of four beautifully written novellas. The authors of these novellas include Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin. A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston is the first novella in this collection. Leon King sees his ex-girlfriend, Susie Bontrager at a funeral. They chat for a few minutes and Susie mentions her engagement to Joshua Chapp. Later, Susie brings her grandparents' rocking chairs to Leon for him to repair since Leon is a good carpenter. Susie continues to check on the progress of the chairs weekly at Leon's shop. Soon she begins questioning her relationship with Josh. Leon also realizes his true feelings toward Susie. You will definitely want to read this fast-paced novella to find out the rest of the story! The second novella, The Cedar Chest is written by Beth Wiseman. This dual-time story is a beautiful read! Catherine's marriage is not what she thought it would be; she thought she would be pregnant this far into her marriage. Catherine starts spending her mornings at her parents' house. She and her mother have discovered a cedar chest in the basement full of letters. The cedar chest belonged to Catherine's great-great grandmother, Elizabeth. Elizabeth has quite a story to share through her letters. Will Elizabeth's story help Catherine during this difficult time in her marriage? The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller is the next novella in the collection. Lucy Fisher was asked to come and stay in Ohio with Cevilla Schlabach until her sprained ankle heals. She agrees and is soon reunited with Englisher, Shane Broyles, whom she met at her home in Iowa. When Lucy first met Shane, she felt a connection, but can their relationship ever be more than friendship? The final novella is The Midwife's Dream by Kelly Irvin. Iris Beachy is the local midwife in her Amish community. She loves being the midwife, but she longs to have a baby of her own. That happens one night after delivering an English couple's baby. They leave Iris with just a note and the baby. The mother promises to be back, but will she? How can Iris tend to this baby without falling in love with her? This makes her long for marriage and a family more, but her chance at marriage is gone, or so she thinks. God has a plan for Iris, it might not be the one she asked for, but it is definitely the best one. I recommend picking up a copy of this treasure of a book. Just like each story in this collection has a special heirloom that is passed down through the generations, you may find that this book will be passed down through the generations in your family as well. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and author and have given my honest opinion.
thall5 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Heirloom Four very enjoyable novellas by four wonderful author! An Amish Heirloom, centered around special family heirlooms, drew me in as they told of heirlooms that were left for them by someone special in their family. Each story was filled with love and remembrance as the characters found these heirlooms and the memories of the loved ones that left them, helping them through difficult situations they were facing. These novellas were very quick and easy to read and kept me turning pages to find out how these heirlooms would impact each character and their situations. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion of this book.
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
What could be better than four wonderful novellas by four beloved authors of Amish fiction? Each author tells a story of love, hope, and faith that will warm your heart. You will laugh and cry with the characters as they learn about their families, their treasured heirlooms, and themselves. In Kelly Irvin's The Midwife's Dream, Iris Beachy longs to be a wife and mother. Instead she cares for her pregnant friends and delivers their babies. Her friend's brother, Mahon, has been biding his time, waiting for Iris to recover from a past hurt and realize he cares for her. When they work together to help a young couple who are totally unready to become parents, Iris learns to open her heart and mind to the new possibilities the Lord may have in store for her. Is Susie Bontrager in Amy Clipston's A Legacy of Love planning to marry the wrong man? Josh is a nice fellow, but he doesn't make her heart sing. When she takes her grandparents' antique rocking chairs to be repaired by her ex-boyfriend, Leon King, she realizes who does stir her heart and soul. But what should she do? Does she keep her promise to a man she's not sure she wants to spend her life with or break his heart to rekindle an old relationship? In The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman, Emma Fisher and her daughter, Catherine, pry open an old cedar chest and discover letters exchanged between Emma's great grandparents. Emma doesn't feel right reading the letters, much less sharing the family secrets revealed in them. Would it help or hurt her family to pass on her discovery to them? In The Treasured Book by Katherine Fuller, Shane Broyles is a well-to-do New York lawyer, but he feels compelled to join the Amish. While staying with friends in Birch Creek, Ohio, he runs into Lucy Fisher, an Amish woman he met several years ago. They were drawn to each other then, but kept their feelings to themselves. While visiting a local flea market, they find an antique Bible. How can its mysterious contents force them to face their feelings and do something about them? Kelly Irvin, Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, and Kathleen Fuller have done a superb job telling touching stories with characters you will love. Block off time in your schedule, sit back and enjoy each treasured story! Susan Simpson
sandralb More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this collection of novellas. I like being able to read a variety of stories written by different authors. Usually I get to try out someones work that is new to me. These four compelling stories were done by some of my favorite authors who often write Amish Christian novels. I know when I pick up a book by any of these authors I do not have to worry about the language or content. They are clean ethical and usually contain a wonderful life listen woven in their work. I hate to put a book down not knowing the end of the story. I believe that is why I enjoy the novella so much. If I have several hours I can finish the entire book, but if not I can finish one of the stories saving the rest for another time. Each of these will keep your attention and I found them all to be equally compelling. I received a copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are complete my own.