An Amish Home: Four Novellas

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An Amish Home: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid

A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. But all of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is reignited.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780529118691
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 319,568
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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 BethWiseman.com; Facebook: AuthorBethWiseman; Twitter: @BethWiseman.


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 AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston.


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 KathleenFuller.com; Twitter: @TheKatJam; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller.


Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth, the Amish Wonders, and the Amish Mercies series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at RuthReid.com; Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid; Twitter: @AuthorRuthReid.

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An Amish Home

Four Novellas


By Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2016 Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-529-11915-5



CHAPTER 1

Sarah sat next to Abram in the back seat of the van while their hired driver stowed Sarah's wheelchair in the rear compartment. Wheelchair. It was a word she would need to get used to, along with the knowledge that she'd never walk again.

"Wait until you see what I've done to the house." Abram latched onto Sarah's hand and squeezed, as if he'd done a luxurious remodel of their home. Instead, he'd turned it into a handicap-accessible house so that Sarah could get around inside, complete with a wheelchair ramp leading to the porch, he'd told her.

She forced a smile as the driver pulled out of the hospital parking lot, a place she'd called home for the past month.

"Johnny helped me lower the sinks and cabinets, and we have handrails everywhere you might need them." Abram's dark eyes shone with an emotion Sarah hadn't been able to identify over the past few weeks. Was it pity? Empathy? Regret? Guilt? Sarah had assured Abram that the accident hadn't been his fault. Thankfully, her husband had walked away with only a few scratches and a bump on his head. Sarah's side of the buggy had taken the hardest hit from the blue car. She didn't remember much about that day, but she remembered the blue car.

"Your family should be at the house when we get there, to welcome you home." Abram brushed back a strand of Sarah's red hair that had fallen from her kapp. She'd spent her entire life getting used to the fact that she was the only one in their district with red hair and freckles. Now she'd be the only person, as far as she knew, in a wheelchair.

Sarah's brother and parents had come to the hospital most days. They'd all been witness to her tantrums, depression, and anger at her new situation. She'd promised herself that she would tuck away those emotions today and be grateful that God had spared her life, and that He had kept Abram from serious injury.

Abram rattled on about more modifications he'd made to their home. Sarah had heard it all before. Her husband had shared every detail throughout the process, and bragged on Sarah's eighteen-year-old brother, how Johnny had come every day to lend a hand. Sarah had never been close to her brother. They were five years apart; maybe that was why. But, interestingly, Sarah had been the most comfortable at the hospital when it was just her and Johnny. He didn't fuss over her, but he was there if she needed anything. Mostly, he just let her be. And that was what she needed. Time to process what had happened to her.

Sarah sat still in the van while Abram paid the driver and retrieved the wheelchair from the back. An intern at the hospital had worked with Sarah, showing her the easiest ways to get in and out of the wheelchair. But despite what she'd learned, Abram insisted on picking her up and putting her in the chair that would be a part of her world forever, like a child being put in a booster seat.

Abram had placed wide panels of plywood in areas of their muddy yard, including a pathway toward the porch that would accommodate a wheelchair following rainy weather. She could see her parents on the porch, both smiling, but she barely gave them a glance. Her focus was on the slowly ascending plank that stretched before her like a bridge between her old life and her new one. A railing wrapped around the porch, upon which were two white wooden rocking chairs. Sarah wondered if she'd ever rock again. Her legs would just rest on the wooden slats with no way to kick herself into motion. It had always been her favorite place to be, sitting on the porch, sipping meadow tea, and watching her husband work in the fields. Especially this time of year, in the spring, with her flowerbeds filled with colorful blooms. She'd usually knit as she rocked. At least she could still do that. Playing volleyball on Sunday afternoons with the young folks wouldn't be an option ever again. And she was certain that list would grow over time.

"I've made a roast, potatoes, and carrots for dinner." Her mother clasped her hands in front of her, smiling as Abram pushed Sarah's wheelchair up the ramp. "And a red velvet cake for dessert."

Sarah suspected there was a much larger display of food awaiting them inside. Mary Stoltzfus believed that food cured all things. But being permanently handicapped wasn't an ailment that Sarah's mother could mend.

"Danki," Sarah said as she looked up at her mother, then her brother, and lastly at her father, who was looking at the ground. He'd visited her in the hospital the least and had very little to say. Unusual for a man who almost always voiced his thoughts. Sometimes when he shouldn't. "I appreciate everything you've all done."

Sarah's father opened the door, and Sarah breathed in the aroma of supper. She welcomed the familiarity of her mother's cooking. But when she crossed the threshold of the front door, she gasped.

"You don't like it?" Abram stepped in front of her as the lines in his forehead creased. More lines than she remembered. "I can change it." A muscle quivered at his jaw.

"Nee, nee," she said before swallowing hard. "It is fine. Very gut." She'd known this was coming, but seeing the counters a foot shorter shocked her anyway. And all of the cabinets above the counters were gone. A long row of locker-style cupboards on the floor now housed her kitchenware against a wall, which used to have racks for hanging hats and capes.

"I can change anything." Abram walked to the sink, where he towered over it like a giant who had wandered into the wrong home.

"Nee, it's fine. Really." Sarah knew the hours her husband had put in to transform their home. And between working outside and putting in his thirty hours per week at the hardware store, she suspected he had lost a good bit of sleep completing the task. But he'd still found time to visit her daily at the hospital. That added the expense of hiring a driver since it was too far to travel by buggy. Her parents and brother had also incurred that cost. Sarah had become a burden before she'd set one foot inside her house. A knot formed in her throat, knowing she'd never actually set her feet anywhere again.


* * *

Abram told his mother-in-law how wonderful the food was, thanked her for preparing the meal, and thanked Johnny again for all his help. As Sarah stayed quiet and picked at her food, Abram and Sarah's father settled into a conversation about the bishop. A topic Abram would have chosen to avoid since Saul never had anything nice to say about the man. Especially lately.

"If my roots weren't firmly grounded in Lancaster County, I'd pick up and move," Saul said, frowning. "Lloyd Yoder has no business being bishop."

Mary sighed heavily. "Saul, this is not a conversation for the supper table." She narrowed her eyebrows at her husband, nodding slightly toward Sarah, whose head was down. "Especially not today."

Saul raised a bushy gray eyebrow. "I think the Lord made a mistake when He saw fit for Lloyd to become bishop."

"The Lord doesn't make mistakes," Mary said as she shook her head. "Now, eat your supper." She turned to Sarah. "How's the roast? I bet you're glad to have a home-cooked meal, ya?"

Sarah nodded, but continued to move her food around on her plate. Mary would faint if she knew about all the fast-food Abram had picked up on the way to see his wife. Halfway into Sarah's stay at the hospital, their driver — Lucas — would ask, "Where to today?" Sometimes it was burgers and fries. Other times, they'd grab a pizza or deli sandwich to take to Sarah. The expense had added up, but there wasn't anything Abram wouldn't do for Sarah. And the only thing that seemed to bring an inkling of joy to her was fast-food, something they hadn't grown up on and rarely splurged on. His wife was particularly fond of Chick-fil-A and Taco Bell.

"You've done a fine job on the haus, Abram." Saul glanced around the room at Abram and Johnny's handiwork. Abram's father-in-law had offered to help, but everyone knew Saul had a bad back. And Abram could only take his father-in-law in small doses. He loved the man for his good heart, but he was opinionated and outspoken. And it had gotten worse since Saul and Bishop Yoder had a heated argument about fertilizer a couple of months ago following a worship service. The bishop was trying to get more folks to grow organically, and Saul wasn't having any part of it. That conversation had led into another discussion about the proper way to erect a barn, a subject that was argued quite often among the men in the district. And if Saul and Bishop Yoder hadn't already bumped heads enough, the bishop tried to tell Saul that any renovations to Abram and Sarah's house needed to be approved by him. Saul had gone bonkers and hadn't been to church since the argument.

That had been one time that Abram had agreed with his father-in-law. He'd made the modifications to their home without detailing it out for the bishop. Abram had enough problems. Specifically, he wasn't sure how he was going to pay the bills he'd run up over the past month. He hadn't mentioned to Sarah or anyone else that he only worked ten hours per week at the hardware store during Sarah's hospital stay. And the revisions to the house had far exceeded his budget. For the first time in his life, he had credit card debt.

Abram thanked his father-in-law for the compliment, but as he looked upon his wife, there was no mistaking the tears she was holding back as she kept her head down, occasionally taking a small bite of roast. Abram was not going to burden her with anything. His sole purpose was to make a good life for Sarah. He hadn't had much of a chance since they'd only been married one week prior to the accident.

They had their entire lives ahead of them, they'd made plans and shared dreams. Abram still had those same dreams, but Sarah's spirit seemed broken. As her husband, it was his job to take care of her, to help her heal, and as such, he needed to carry the weight of his burdens alone for now. It wasn't just his job. He loved Sarah with his heart and soul. But he'd done this to her, put her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Folks could shout his innocence to the moon and back. But Abram knew the truth.

CHAPTER 2

Sarah faced off with her new bathtub, a modern contraption that looked like it belonged in the sci-fi movie she'd seen during her rumschpringe. She and Abram had dated longer than most couples in their district, probably pushing the acceptable time for courtship and running around. They'd also watched more movies than the bishop might have approved of, if he'd known. Neither of them had been baptized until they were twenty and twenty-one, and it still took another three years before they got married. They'd justified the long courtship because Abram's mother was ill and later died.

"Everything okay in there?"

Sarah pulled her eyes from the tub and glanced at the closed bathroom door. "Ya, I'm fine.Just taking my time and being careful."

The bathtub had a door that opened from the side, and inside was a seat. She'd positioned her wheelchair right next to the entrance and dropped one armrest, hoping she could just scooch into the tub seat, similar to what she'd learned at the hospital about how to get in a vehicle. But after two attempts, she was taking a break. Her legs were like dead weight, baggage that she'd have to heave from one place to another for the rest of her life. Just taking a bath in her new tub was proving to be more troublesome than she'd imagined. She glanced at the shower stall in the corner, where Abram would be showering. Another modern convenience with glass walls. All these new amenities had replaced the claw-foot tub that had been in the house since her grandparents lived here prior to their passing.

Sarah took a deep breath, her body trembling as she lifted herself onto the bathtub seat, then she curled her arms under her legs and brought them in front of her, shutting the bathtub door. Abram had already warned her that she couldn't fill the tub until the door was shut, which was obvious now that Sarah saw the setup. She sat naked on the seat, cold water pooling at her feet, another downside to her new situation. She would never again climb into a warm, steaming bath. But maybe she should be glad that she trembled from the coldness of the water, that she could even feel it. She used the opportunity to let the flowing water drown out the sobs she'd been holding in all day.


* * *

Abram readied the bed in the same manner he'd seen Sarah do for the first week of their marriage. He folded back the light yellow and blue quilt that covered their full-sized bed, then lay the white sheet back as well, fluffing both their pillows afterward. He'd already opened the window, and a cool spring breeze filled the room as crickets chirped in the distance. The lantern was lit on the nightstand by Sarah's side of the bed, along with the book she'd been reading before the accident. Abram had offered to take her books in the hospital, particularly the one she'd been in the middle of at the time of the accident, but Sarah hadn't been interested. He glanced at the book, something he was sure Bishop Yoder wouldn't approve of. On the cover, a beautiful Englisch woman gazed into a man's eyes, and the title — For the Love of June — hinted there might be some intimacy within the pages. Something Abram had high hopes for this evening.

"Everything still okay?" He held his breath, hoping he wasn't being overprotective. Sarah had been irritated when people fussed over her in the hospital. Abram cringed when he recalled Sarah's reaction to the news that she'd never walk again. It had started out with tears, then angry comments directed at God, and finally ... she'd said she wanted to die. The next day, she'd said she didn't mean any of it, but the first week was especially hard for her. He asked again when she didn't respond. "Sarah, you okay?"

"Ya, Abram. I'm fine."

It sounded like she was gritting her teeth, so he needed to back off, give her time, and be patient. But as he climbed into bed wearing only a pair of boxers, patience wasn't on his mind. He was anxious to show his wife how much he loved her, show her that nothing had changed between them, and that making a baby was still part of the plans they'd made. The doctors had assured them both that the accident hadn't affected Sarah's ability to conceive and carry a child.

Abram locked his hands behind his head, waiting for the love of his life to join him. As the lantern flickered, shadows danced throughout the room. Earlier he'd lit two lavender-scented candles and placed them on top of their dresser, which not only added to the flickering shadows in the room, but also filled the cool air with the floral fragrance.

It was a perfect night. Sarah was home, and things were going to be okay. Abram wasn't going to let his financial woes or guilt affect this evening. God would provide, as always. God had forgiven Abram for the accident, but Abram quickly asked the Lord again to help him forgive himself. His shoulders were burdened. He was carrying enough worry. Continuing to haul guilt around would only hurt him and Sarah in the long run.


* * *

Sarah managed to get herself back into the wheelchair, but she'd dripped water all over the floor in the process — t heir new tile floor, which replaced the wood floors that had been original to the house. The tile was modest, a cool-gray color speckled with white. Although, right away, it reminded her of the bathroom floors at the hospital. Once she'd worked her way into her nightclothes, she rolled herself the two feet to the sink, which had also been lowered. After she brushed her teeth, she opened the bathroom door and rolled through the widened doorway. The smell of lavender assaulted her from the bedroom. It was a scent she used to love, but now it reminded her of the intimacy she and Abram had shared on their wedding night and the nights that followed. Before everything changed.

Abram sat up in bed. "Need some help?"

Sarah took a deep breath and reminded herself not to take offense. Abram loved her, and he just wanted to take care of her. But was this how it would be for the rest of her life? Everyone always trying to help her?

Abram slid his legs over the side of the bed and started toward her. She held up a palm. "I've got it. I don't need help." She'd allowed him to help her in and out of the wheelchair during her stay at the hospital, but Abram would head off to work in the morning, and Sarah needed to learn to get by on her own. As she rolled the wheelchair to the side of the bed — which she noticed was lower now — she positioned herself in the way she'd learned at the hospital, then tried to heave herself onto the bed, her legs not participating in the effort, as they hung lifeless, like they belonged to someone else. All the while, the fragrant lavender made her want to throw up.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman, 1,
Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston, 93,
A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid, 185,
Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller, 317,
Recipes, 397,

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An Amish Home: Four Novellas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
These four stories by four different authors are so heartwarming, faith filled and real. When I'm really into a book, I can read it in record time, and this one was like that. Each story was unique with conflicts, troubles and issues to deal with. A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman moved me in that the main female character had an accident that caused her to be unable to walk. My brother was paralyzed a couple of years ago so I was able to understand some of her emotions as well as that of the other characters that were around her. Her new husband's guilt, her frustration at not being able to do what she was used to doing as well as her fear of getting pregnant and not being able to take care of a baby. Plus the added financial burden that her husband took on to accommodate her handicap in their house. In Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston a young couple is struggling with tough times financially. After being evicted from their apartment they are offered a cabin to live in by the husband's boss. The boss and his family are Amish, but the young family are not. It is difficult for the wife to adjust to living with no electricity or adequate heat, especially with a young baby. I was inspired as they gradually worked out their problems and realized they could adjust to anything as long as they loved each other and stayed together as a family. A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid begins as a fire consumes an Amish home and destroys it as well as the contents. Thomas and Noreen have drifted apart over their fifteen year marriage. Problems and issues they have had to deal with have caused misunderstandings between the two. Sometimes it seems God has to take drastic measures to open the eyes of those He wants to pull back together. They had many obstacles to deal with as they adjusted to their new situation. I loved how the author interwove into the story the beginnings of their relationship and marriage to show why they thought and acted the way they did at the present time. I connected with Faith in Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller. The title seems to have a double meaning! Faith was unusual as an Amish woman in that she enjoyed woodworking. No one seemed to take her seriously. She wanted to carry on her grandfather's legacy. When given the opportunity to build cabinets for her cousin and the cousin's fiancé for their new kitchen she jumps at the chance. But also asked to build the cabinets is Faith's ex-fiancé Silas. Boy do the feathers fly, or should I say "saw dust"! They are at it from the beginning. Lots of hurt feelings, misunderstandings as well as immaturity and selfishness are dealt with along the way to a beautiful kitchen. These stories will all warm your heart and maybe even have you reaching for a tissue a time or two. I know I did! Five stars! I received this novel from the Fiction Guild and was not obligated to write a review, positive or otherwise.
Melissa71109 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was a fast read because it was so good. I finished in two days. fantastic book.
queenofmyfairytale More than 1 year ago
All four stories are full of love, hope and faith! Every single one of them was an amazing story! I always love to read short stories that are like these, they have relatable characters, a solid story line and you are done reading it within 30 mins or an hour depending on how often your kids bug you! Each story is a wonderful reminder to love one another and to cherish each day with the ones you love! These authors are amazing and really reminds us that sometimes life gets us down, but we have to try our hardest to get back up again. Great authors! Great reads and beautiful stories to uplift your spirits!!! I truly enjoyed each and everyone of these stories! They are also a great introduction to the Amish lifestyle!! Definitely recommend this set of novellas!! Go check it out!! :)
queenofmyfairytale More than 1 year ago
All four stories are full of love, hope and faith! Every single one of them was an amazing story! I always love to read short stories that are like these, they have relatable characters, a solid story line and you are done reading it within 30 mins or an hour depending on how often your kids bug you! Each story is a wonderful reminder to love one another and to cherish each day with the ones you love! These authors are amazing and really reminds us that sometimes life gets us down, but we have to try our hardest to get back up again. Great authors! Great reads and beautiful stories to uplift your spirits!!! I truly enjoyed each and everyone of these stories! They are also a great introduction to the Amish lifestyle!! Definitely recommend this set of novellas!! Go check it out!! :)
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading these collections of Amish-themed novellas. I have to admit that I prefer the ones that involve falling in love since they tend to have a bit more romance ;) The characters in this group of stories are either married or had a previously developed relationship, and they are enduring trials in their lives that threaten the happiness they once found together. I found the angst a little heavier than I expected as the members of each couple turn away from each other, only to find that by relying on each other and their faith will give them the strength to overcome and achieve peace. They are all well-written by some of my favorite authors of the genre. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a 4-in-1 novella. Will Sarah and Abram have the life they have dreamed of? or will an accident drive them apart? Then read about Chace and Mia and see if they are able to find a new life after they are evicted and need a fresh start. In the 3rd story read about Thomas and Noreen. Will they be able to reconnect and save their marriage after losing their home to fire? Will Faith and Silas be able to work together to build some cabinets for their friends or will they be unable to work together?
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
An Amish Home is a collection of four short novellas which focused on the everyday struggles of life, love, faith and hope. Home Sweet Home was my favorite. Mia came from a privileged home. She and Chace were down on their luck after being evicted from their apartment. They both reluctantly take his boss up on the offer to rent them the daadihaus. The cabin lacked modern day conveniences and soon they start to blame each other for the situation they are in, their finances and marriage. This is a story of redemption and learning to let go and let God.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into this collection of four novellas. The subject matter and main characters in A Cup Half Full and Home Sweet Home just seemed disappointing - "another" crippling buggy accident, compounded by credit card debt, and an immature couple not quite ready for marriage and a sick baby (and they weren't even Amish!). I kept thinking that this is not where I want to spend my spare time. Even the happy endings didn't seem realistic or satisfying to me. However, I found the second two stories much more interesting. The struggles of Thomas and Noreen in A Flicker of Hope were more layered and involved. Even better was the relationship of Silas and Faith in Building Faith, though I couldn't get past the feeling that a chapter was missing between #8 and #9. Both of these novellas engaged my attention and made me want to read more about their characters and communities. I think it's difficult to put together four different short stories by four very different authors and get them to "gel." I probably was spoiled by previous titles such as An Amish Garden and An Amish Cradle, also published by Thomas Nelson. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a review.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This is a wonderful collection of stories about couple who have had struggles that have tested their relationships both good ad bad and with each story they have had to depend on their faith in God and each other. At the end of the each of the 4 stories I had to make sure that I had a tissue ready because each couple had to struggle through so much with so little. We take in that a lot of the time we are lucky to have many things but sometimes we have to think back to maybe living a little simple is a good thing. I would recommend this book to all of my friends and remind that family is home, not just a building.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
Sarah Lantz is unable to walk due to an accident. Her husband, Abram, blames himself for her disability. They each struggle with their feelings, and as the reader, you get caught up in the feelings and reactions they both have. Beth Wiseman addresses the situation in a convincing and true-to-life way in A Cup Half Full. Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston is about Chace and Mia O’Conner, who are one step from being homeless when Chace’s boss offers to let them rent his daadihaus (grandparent’s house). My heart breaks for this young couple’s hopelessness as they struggle their way through a new marriage and baby, having to accept someone’s charity and adjusting to living in an Amish home even though they aren’t Amish. In A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid, Thomas and Noreen King’s marriage is hanging on by a thread. Circumstances have overwhelmed them, seemingly beyond repair. Any married couple will be able to relate to how not addressing a situation can cause one day to slip into another until it devastates a relationship beyond repair. Faith Miller is an unconventional young Amish woman, she loves carpentry work and is good at it, too. However, her skills create a problem for her when she’s forced to work with her ex-boyfriend. Even though Building Faith, by Kathleen Fuller, has some unexpected surprises, I think it is my favorite of the four because I can understand Faith’s love for and desire to be a carpenter. An Amish Home is a compilation of four novellas written by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston and Kathleen Fuller. Each of the authors did an excellent job of incorporating the importance of family, home and faith in God into their stories. I have read other books or novellas by these four authors and have never been disappointed. I wasn’t with this collection either. I received this book free through the Fiction Guild program in exchange for an honest review.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full. My thoughts: Sarah was depressed for much of this book -- understandably, since she had everything taken away from her. I loved the way the author used a handicapped duck to teach her that she can survive if she tries and keeps trying. I know this is fiction, but I was bothered by the fact that the husband and dad went to a bar, drank a couple beers, and wow, all of Abram's problems were solved because Dad bailed him out. The faith message is being angry with God, but it is never resolved and very weak. More of a women's fiction than romance. Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is. My thoughts: Mia and Chance have a lot of difficulties as a married couple who got married because they had to. They thought they were in love, but didn't know what love was. They had no idea what marired life could be like, especially as life kept kicking them when they were down. Fired, homeless and abandoned by those who were supposed to love them, they found a home in Amish country. But things were still not peaches and cream. Realistic. A weak faith message (but more than the first book in the collection) and kind of sad. More of a women's fiction than romance. Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again? My thoughts: This one is all romance. :) I enjoyed getting to know strong-willed Faith and equally strong-willed Silas, and seeing how they are coerced into working together to build cabinets for their friends' house. I loved how each one brought different gifts into the process. I also loved how caring Silas is to his mom. Truly a gift with a son so devoted to her. A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When a fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
As an Amish fiction lover, I couldn't wait to read this anthology! These 4 authors are absolutely amazing and I have been a fan of their work for many years. These four stories are beautifully written and so full of wonderful characters and messages. Each page turn brought more inspiration and by the end of the book, I was sitting there reflecting, thinking about my own life and the simple things we tend to take for granted. I loved all four stories, but Beth Wiseman's story, A Cup Half Full, really stuck with me. Sarah's disability and her doubts and fears and having trouble accepting God's will really is something I've dealt with. Beth Wiseman's attention to Amish simplicity during trying times and weaving God's understanding grace into the story really was a wonderful experience. This book is worthy of 5 stars and highest recommendations. If you love wonderfully written stories, faith inspired plot lines and authors who love their readers, then this is a book just for you. I can't wait for another beautifully written anthology by highly talented authors! I received this book for free from Booklook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
StephieJ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed all 4 of these Amish fiction novellas. A Cup Half Full was a very heartwarming story. I enjoyed the love story between Sarah and Abram. I really love Abram took care of Sarah despite the hard circumstances they were going through. My favorite was Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston. I really related to this story since the characters were younger and close to my age. I really liked reading about Chace and Mia's story. I enjoyed reading this book and seeing their love for each other grow. Building Faith was a good book too. The story is about Faith and Silas who have to work together on a cabinet project for their friends. Even though Silas was Faith's ex-fiance. I enjoyed reading about them and seeing them learn to get along and develop a stronger friendship. The last book a Flicker of Hope is about a couple named Thomas and Noreen. I enjoyed this book too. Despite dealing with hard circumstances and struggles in life they were able to still love each other and have a stronger marriage. All four books I really enjoyed and my only complaint is the books weren't long enough. I would enjoy reading more about each one of these characters in future books. *I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Fiction Guild-Thomas Nelson publisher. I was not required to give a review. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Novellas are not usually my forte, but this book surprised me. I thoroughly enjoyed these four novellas center on the home. They look at how love can be rekindled in a marriage, how attitudes can change after an accident leaves a new bride paralyzed and her husband deep in debt, how a family can share their love to a young couple down on their luck, and how growing up can give a new perspective on a relationship. The life lessons applicable to most anyone. There are even Amish recipes in the back. If you enjoy stories of home, love shared, grace and second chances, this is a good choice for you.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
I love novellas! This book has four short stories of what is takes to make an Amish home. The first story, A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman, is about Sarah Lantz who dreams of having the perfect husband, the perfect family, and the perfect home. She feels that she is going to achieve this perfect life when she marries Abram. And then that one fateful day changes "perfect" when Sarah becomes confined to a wheel chair. Her cup seems half full. A sweet story of how life changes can become blessings in disguise. Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston is about a couple who is down on their luck, Chace and Mia O'Connor lose their nice apartment with all of its modern conveniences when they simply don't have enough money. But Chace's Amish boss offers him the daadihaus when he learns of their predicament. The young couple is not thrilled with the idea of living in a rustic hut. This is their story of love and learning the Amish way. Kathleen Fuller writes a somewhat funny story about Faith Miller an Amish builder in Building Faith. Carpentry is not exactly lady like nor is it what most Amish young women are doing. But Faith loves to build with her hands and she is great at it! When Faith is asked by her cousin to build new cabinets in her home Faith is ready until she learns that she'll be working along side her ex-finacee, Silas. Oh.what.a.story! And then Ruth Reid writes about A Flicker of Hope for a married couple. Thomas and Noreen King were all in love and happy until the trails of life began to pound on their doorstep. At each pound came the crumbling of the heart. Soon they feel that there is no hope for their love and then their home is burned to the ground. As they search the rubble for belongings that may have survived they see a rich history to their love. An unusual but thought provoking love story. *This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*
BBiddy86 More than 1 year ago
In her novella "Home Sweet Home" Amy Clipston steals readers hearts once again. The characters are easy to love as is the plot of this story. Right off you will meet Chace and Mia who are a young married couple with a child less than a year old who are down on their luck. You will also come to know Chace's employeer and his family who are Amish. Through these hard times and other obstacles will Chace and Mia be able to make it through? You will have to read Amy Clipston's "Home Sweet Home" to find out.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Home is a collection of novellas by four of my favorite authors Beth Wisemen, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Ruth Reid. These wonderful writers know how to capture your heart with their stories. There is so much love, faith, devotion, heartache and pain in these stories. Be sure to order your copy of An Amish Home today. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
An Amish Home is quite possibly the best collection of Amish novellas that I have read. I have read several of these 3-4 story anthologies, and there is usually one that just doesn't strike me as well as the others. But each of these four authors penned a story that was very enjoyable. Three of the stories are centered around an Amish family facing some kind of difficulties in their lives. The fourth focuses on an English couple who find warmth and kindness at the hands of a generous Amish employer and his family. In each case, the means of accepting and overcoming the challenges comes from the strength of home and family. Due to the natural limitations of length in this type of collection, there is not as much time to develop the characters as in full-length novels and series. In each novella, though, the characters and plots are presented so well that is easy to jump right in and feel like you know these people and care about their stories. The pace of each story is very enjoyable as well. I would highly recommend An Amish Home to fans of good Amish fiction. If you are familiar with these authors, you should enjoy the contribution each one makes to the collection. And if any of the authors are new to you, this is a great way to sample their work. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my thoughts in this review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely wonderful collection of Amish novellas. I have really enjoyed these collections in the past, and An Amish Home is one of the best of these groupings that I have read. Three out of the four stories began with such dire situations that it made me wonder how the author would pull off an uplifting story, but they did it remarkably well. In A Cup Half Full, my heart really felt sad for these two newlyweds. Abram and Sarah suddenly faced challenges that neither one anticipated. Sarah was so very badly injured and it caused a devasting emotional toll. Meanwhile, Abram struggled with wanting Sarah to know how much he loved her, while also dealing with outside stresses. This was a very emotional novella. I loved it! In Home Sweet Home, Chace and Mia were trying their hardest to help their young marraige to thrive. However, from the very beginning, things didn’t go as planned and they end up at the very bottom of hope. I loved the way the Amish family stepped in to help them. I loved Mia and Chace in this story. They sometimes did or said things in the heat of the moment, yet the reader could tell that they truly loved each other. And without fail, they would apologize and try to work things out. They both had such sweet hearts toward the other. In A Flicker of Hope, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to like the character of Thomas. Yet, as I read the flashbacks, I began to really like him and see where things had gone wrong for him and Noreen. I ended up being very invested in these two characters and loved the direction this story moved in. In Building Faith, there was so much tension between the two main characters! Their past relationship and break up was painful. This novella didn’t pull me in quite as much as the others, but it was still very good. I was especially touched when reading about Silas’ home situation and how all of that played into the story. I know that this is a book I will want to re-read in the future! I definitely recommend it to Amish fiction fans. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed all four of these stories, I would also very much like to see all of them fleshed out and/or continued in future anthologies. I'm a big fan of all these authors, so maybe I just want to read more and more about their characters. The stories are all wonderfully written, the characters are enjoyable, and the situations are realistic and relatable. If you love Amish fiction, or clean reads, or romance, you'll love these stories!
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Home is a collection of four beautifully written novellas. Each of the authors include delicious Amish recipes in the back of the book. This treasure of short stories from Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kathleen Fuller, is one that you will want to share with others. A Cup Half Full, by Beth Wiseman, is the first novella in the collection. Abram and Sarah Lantz were married for a very short time before they were in an accident. Now Sarah is confined to a wheelchair. Will Sarah and Abram ever have that perfect relationship they had prior to the accident? You will enjoy reading this beautifully written novella with a very special duck that makes a surprise visit! I really enjoyed reading Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston. Chace and Mia O’Conner have been married for a little less than a year. They have a five month old daughter and are trying desperately to make ends meet for their small family. They are able to rent a small cabin on Chace’s Amish boss’ farm. What can this Amish family do to help Chace and Mia? Will the small cabin ever feel like home? The author does a great job relating the characters to circumstances that everyone can relate to including guilt, frustration, anger, hope, friendship and love. You will feel like you are right there with them in beautiful Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Make sure you leave enough time to read this novella in one setting, it is that good! A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid is the third novella in An Amish Home. Thomas and Noreen King recently lost their home in a tragic fire. They have been married for fifteen years and through the years their marriage has endured many trials, and has fallen apart at the seams. Can the tragedy of the fire somehow restore their marriage and bring them closer together? This sweet story give you hope that love remains through it all. The final novella in An Amish Home is Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller. Faith Miller enjoys woodworking and spends most of her free time out in her Grandfather’s woodshop. Even though it is only a hobby, her cousin Martha has asked her to build the cabinets in her new home. Martha and Melvin will be getting married soon and Martha knows that Faith will do a great job. However, Melvin has already asked Silas, Faith’s ex-fiancé, to build the cabinets. Can Silas and Faith put the past and their differences aside in order to complete this project together? You will enjoy reading this fast-paced, sweet novella. I highly recommend picking up a copy of An Amish Home. It is a collection of stories that you will reread over and over again. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from one of the authors and have given my honest opinion.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of Amish stories all about family and homes and love and life! They are short and sweet. Quick reads. They were all very different but similar. They will make you smile. I loved how the 2nd story was focused on an English family with Amish people being the support characters. It helped me understand Amish life in a different way. Another story flip flopped from present time to 15/14 years ago. Loved this variation. It made the story much more interesting. I would recommend this book for some light reading that will make your heart skip a beat. I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
MPruett More than 1 year ago
An Amish Home is four different stories by four different Authors.Each Author has their own writing style and the stories are very different from one another but each story carries the common thread of redemption, forgiveness, and love. A Cup Half Full By: Beth Wiseman Sarah and Abram are a young newlywed couple with plans for the future but when an accident a week after their wedding leaves Sarah paralyzed and wheelchair bound their future together is put to the test. Abram will have to learn to let go of the guilt and Sarah will have to learn to stop feeling sorry for herself and they will both have to remember what brought them together before the accident. Home Sweet Home By: Amy Clipston This is the story of Mia who is from a very privileged family and she falls in love with Chance who grew up in the foster care system. Mia gets pregnant and when she tells her parents they tell her to leave Chance or they will disown her. Mia marries Chance and has their daughter Kaitlyn but with her birth they accumulate a lot of debt & Chace loses his job. He finds a new job building cabinets with Isaac an Amish Man. When Chance and Mia get evicted from their apartment Chance gets help from Issac and his family. Mia has to decide if her marriage is worth going through all the trials they face and Chance has to learn to forgive himself for not feeling worthy. They will have to learn to lean on God and take help from Issac and his family. A Flicker of Hope By: Ruth Reid Noreen and Thomas have been married 15 years but their marriage has been strained and less than joyful for awhile but when a fire destroys their home and causes them to have to rebuild,it's more then the house they start rebuilding. Noreen and Thomas are forced to face the things that they have been ignoring in the past and start healing misunderstanding and resentments. Building Faith By: Kathleen Fuller Silas and Faith are both woodworkers who must put aside their past hurts and differences to build kitchen cabinets for their friends. Silas and Faith were engaged to be married but Faith broke it off 6 months earlier because Silas was unreliable. As they start to talk and reconnect they both realized how they needed to communicate and work together more. They were letting their hurt get in the way of seeing the truth. Once they swallowed their pride and saw what was clearly in front of them,they had a second chance. These four stories were well written and have amazing characters with great life lessons. The important of faith,family,and prayer are interwoven throughout all four stories. These books are inspiring,encouraging,uplifting, and heartwarming. I set down with this book and devoured it in one afternoon,It was so good I couldn't put it down.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
AN. AMISH HOME. Written by 4 authors, who are well known for their in depth look at the Amish. A CUP HALF FULL.by Beth Wiseman, we meet Sarah and Abram. Sarah wanted everything to be perfect, and now she is in a wheelchair. The perfect home all had to be refitted for her. The mishaps of trying to learn, and the money Abram owed. Was putting a heavy strain, on a couple who waited longer than usual to get married. Could love draw them together while adjustments are made. HOME SWEET HOME by Amy Clipston. We meet Chace and Mia, and their 5 month baby. Down on their luck, a new boss for Chace offers them the daadihaus. That was just the beginning, they offered and shared what they had to the couple. A lesson to except the hand outs when needed, and someday for them to do, also A FLICKER OF HOPEFUL by Ruth Reid. We meet Noreen and Thomas, a fire is destroying their home. Yet,Thomas rushes back in for a tin box, that held his letters. Noreen wonders, after 15 years, she wondered what has become of the Thomas she knew before. The story goes from present to fifteen years before, aa you figure out what happened. BUILDING FAITH by Kathleen Fuller. We meet Faith, who loves carpentry, and her ex fiancé Silas. Cousin ask her to do the carpentry, the catch is working with Silas. As wood becomes something, can these two work together to make something new for their lives together. A wealth of knowledge went into these stories, to look beyond the trials and tribulations to make a solid foundation for marriage,great reading. Given ARC by Net Galley for my.voluntary review and my honest opinion.
hplady More than 1 year ago
An Amish Home Ruth Reid, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Beth Wiseman I have been a fan of Amish fiction for many years, and this collection of short stories does not disappoint. Each has a heart-warming story line with characters that are believable and likable. In “A Cup Half Full”, Sarah and Aaron are only married for a week when disaster strikes and Sarah is left without the use of her legs. As they struggle to overcome the challenges that result, they must learn to trust each other, to trust their family, and to trust God. I can’t imagine how poor Sarah must feel when she learns she will never walk again. Aaron mistakenly blames himself for the accident. They must work learn to rely on each other, without placing blame, in order to have the life they always dreamed of. In “Home Sweet Home”, Mia and Chase are evicted from their home and must live on the property of Chase’s boss, and Amish man, and his family. Here, they must work together to learn to live without electricity, with money struggles, and some deep seated family issues on both sides. In the process, they gain some wonderful new friends in the Amish family whose home they are living in. They both learn that friendship and love can carry them through the hardest of times. “Building Faith” features Faith and Silas, a former couple who have been called on to work together to build custom kitchen cabinets for mutual friends. Silas has problems at home with his mother’s health while Faith is still struggling with the loss of her grandfather, who she recently lost to an aneurysm. As they learn to work together, they also realize that the spark they once shared has not dimmed. Will they be able to rebuild what they once had? In “A Flicker of Hope” a fire takes everything Thomas and Noreen had spent their life building. As they shift through the ashes of their past, they discover memories of what made their love. Even though they have struggled, they have a solid foundation on which to build, both physically and emotionally. With the help of their good bishop and some friends, they are able to find the hope they once had. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys heartwarming Amish fiction with a happy ending. I received a free copy of this book from Net-galley for my honest review.