All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!
Love Birds by Amy Clipston
While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?
A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller
Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin
Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman
Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.
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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 AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston.
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 KathleenFuller.com; Instagram: kfstoryteller; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller; Twitter: @TheKatJam.
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 KellyIrvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of sixteen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and has also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for fifteen years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. Visit Vannetta online: VannettaChapman.com, Twitter: @VannettaChapman, Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks.
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An Amish Market
By Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2015 Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman
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Ellie Lapp hummed to herself as she hung her freshly washed laundry on the line that stretched from the back porch to the barn. The warm May afternoon air filled her lungs and the sun kissed her cheeks as she clipped her and her mother's dresses onto the line to dry.
It was still so strange not to see Seth's trousers and shirts among the clothes she had laundered in the wringer washer earlier. She had to remind herself that she no longer had to care for his laundry, not since he'd died a month ago in an accident at the shed company where he worked.
One month ago. She shivered despite the warm spring breeze. How could it have been that long already?
It seemed like only yesterday that her big brother was talking and chuckling at the dinner table, sharing a joke or funny stories from his day spent building sheds. As though it was only yesterday that he called her "Squirt" instead of Ellie. Only yesterday that she was working in her garden when he threatened to drench her with water from her watering can if she didn't laugh at one of his silly jokes.
But now Seth was gone, and since her father had died fourteen years ago when she was only five, Ellie and her mother were left alone in the too-and too-house on their small farm.
"Ellie!" Her mother, Margaret, sounded urgent as she appeared in the doorway behind her. "Daisy escaped the pasture fence again. Dummle!"
Ellie turned her head toward the gate leading to the small pasture and saw it was wide open. And Daisy the cow was trot-ting toward the road.
"Ach, no!" she muttered under her breath. Then she took off running after the cow, shouting, "Hoi! Hoi!" On several occasions she and Seth had retrieved wandering cows with the help of the neighbor's dog, Spike, and she longed for both Seth and Spike's help now. Corralling a cow was not easy when it was a one-person job.
Ellie dodged puddles from last night's rain as she closed in on Daisy.
"Daisy!" she shouted. "Daisy! Hoi! Hoi!"
She tried to mimic Seth's method of catching disobedient cows. She rushed closer, determined to get ahead of the animal and direct her back to the pasture.
As Ellie closed in on Daisy, her feet began to slide. She realized too late that she'd run right into a puddle. And, much to her dismay, her feet flew out from under her. She landed on her bottom in a puddle with a loud splat. When she looked down, she saw her purple dress, apron, stockings, and shoes were covered in dark brown mud.
"Ellie!" a male voice called behind her.
Ellie looked over her shoulder and saw Lloyd Blank, one of Seth's best friends from school, loping toward her.
Members of the community, along with Seth's friends, had been taking turns coming over to help Ellie and her mother with the animals since Seth's death. Seth's friends were pleasant to Ellie, but Lloyd was the only one who had always taken the time to acknowledge her. And Ellie had had a secret crush on him since she was a preteen. She'd never told anyone, not even her closest friends, especially not Lloyd's sister Rebecca, that she liked him. It was a far-dream to believe Lloyd would ever consider her more than an acquaintance since she was the same age as Rebecca.
Now here she sat in a puddle as his lean, six-frame, brown hair, and powder-eyes that reminded her of the brilliant sky in springtime raced toward her. The sleeves on his blue button-down shirt were rolled up on his arms to just above his elbows, revealing the muscles he'd developed from working on the Blank farm.
Ellie fought the urge to cover her face with her hands as humiliation rained down on her. The boy she'd liked for years had managed to see her at her absolute worst. Could this day get any worse?
When he reached her, Lloyd's lip twitched as if he were holding back a smile. "Are you all right?"
"Ya, I'm okay." Ellie's cheeks heated with embarrassment. "I didn't see the puddle."
"Need help?" A smile spread across Lloyd's face as he held out his hand. At least her hands were still free of mud.
"Ya," Ellie muttered, taking the outstretched hand. "Danki."
He gently lifted her to her feet as if she weighed only a few pounds. She longed to find someplace to hide away from his sparkling eyes. But instead she glided her hands down her apron, making mud splatter to the ground, then craned her neck to peer past him. "Daisy is getting away!"
"I'll get her before she reaches the road," Lloyd said. "You stand ready at the gate." Lloyd followed the cow and Ellie ran to the fence. Her apron and dress felt heavier with the mud weighing them down, to say nothing of her shoes.
She turned to see Lloyd had caught up with Daisy and was waving his arms wildly, yelling "Hoi! Hoi!" as he herded her back toward the pasture. Ellie silently marveled at his skill as he commanded the cow. He was an expert, just as Seth had been.
Daisy trotted into the pasture, and Lloyd helped Ellie shut the heavy gate before turning to look at her.
"You have some mud on your cheek," he said with a grin. He looked like he was about to touch her face, but instead he pointed. "It's right there."
Ellie brushed her hand across her cheek. "Did I get it?"
Lloyd shook his head. "You smeared it."
Ellie swiped her hand over her cheek again, but knew she'd probably only made it worse.
"This lock needs to be repaired," Lloyd said, now studying the latch. "I'll work on that today."
"Danki." Ellie gnawed her lower lip. She wanted to thank him for helping with Daisy, too, but she didn't want to gush. "I'm glad you came along when you did. I clearly wasn't going to be able to persuade her to come back. Seth was the expert when it came to herding cows."
Love Birds 11 Lloyd looked up from the latch. "You were doing fine until the mud got the best of you." His blue eyes sparkled with amusement. "I'm froh I could help."
"Mamm and I appreciate all you're doing for the farm," she said as she rested a hand on the fence. "You're a tremendous help."
"I haven't done much." Lloyd fiddled with the latch again. "I wish I could do more, but I'm busy with my chores at home too."
"I understand." Ellie searched for another subject to prolong the interaction. "I heard the youth gathering is at your parents' haus Sunday night."
"Ya." Lloyd leaned against the fence. "Rebecca and Marie are excited. They've been cleaning like crazy."
"It will be fun." When he responded with an unenthusiastic shrug, she was alarmed. "You'll be there, right?" She wanted to kick herself as the words spilled from her lips. Why did she have to sound so immature and eager?
"I suppose I'll be around somewhere since I live there." He lifted his straw hat and raked his hand through his dark hair. "I don't know if I'll mingle since I'll be the oldest person there — than my folks, of course. Twenty-is too old for that."
"That's not true," she insisted. "You're not too old to be a part of the youth group. You can still be an active member."
He smiled. "I'd make a better chaperone, but thanks for the encouragement."
"Seth used to go," Ellie continued, hoping to change his mind. "He and Veronica would stop by sometimes."
"That's true. He mentioned that a few times." He seemed to agree with her only to avoid further discussion. "So maybe I'll see you there."
"Okay." Ellie hoped he would.
"I guess I'd better work on this latch." Lloyd gestured toward the largest barn. "Are Seth's tools still in there?"
"Ya, they are."
"I'll fix this so Daisy doesn't try to escape again." His eyes moved to her dress. "You probably want to get cleaned up."
"Oh, right." She'd almost forgotten about the mud while they were talking, and she found herself feeling self-once again.
"I'll see you later, Squirt." Lloyd grinned at her.
Ellie pursed her lips. Why did he have to ruin the moment?
"My name is Ellie. I'm too grown up to be called Squirt." She squared her shoulders and started toward the house as tears threatened her eyes. Ellie was still just a child in his eyes. Why couldn't Lloyd see her as one of his peers? After washing some of the mud off at the outdoor pump, she rushed up the back steps and into the mudroom with renewed humiliation.
She blew out a deep sigh as she sat on a bench to take off her shoes. She was being silly. After all, Squirt was the nickname Seth liked to call her. Lloyd knew that.
Mamm came into the mudroom. "Ellie! You're a mess! What happened?"
"I fell in a puddle," Ellie said, her voice quaking. "But Lloyd was able to stop Daisy. She's back in the pasture, and he's going to fix the latch on the gate."
"Oh, good." Mamm clicked her tongue. "I suppose we'll need to get the wringer washer going again for your clothes."
"Ya, you're right." Ellie pulled off her apron as her mother disappeared into the kitchen. She looked out the window to the pasture fence where Lloyd was already working on the gate. Disappointment stole over her. She'd managed to look immature in front of Lloyd, the only boy she'd ever cared about.
"Why aren't you going to get changed?" Mamm called from the kitchen.
"I am. I'll be right back."
Ellie walked to the stairs and climbed to the second floor. As she reached the landing, her glance fell on the closed door leading to Seth's room, and she stopped. She took a shaky breath as she stared at the door, her hands trembling.
The familiar sadness crept in. She hadn't seen the inside of her brother's room since the day of the accident, and the door called to her, inviting her to step inside and see the only tangible things he'd left behind.
She turned the knob and slowly opened the door. Both the stale air and her grief nearly overcame her as she stepped into the room. Her eyes filled with tears as she imagined Seth grinning at her as he stood near the window. His smile always lit up a room. Six years her senior, Seth had been tall and lean, towering over her by four inches. He'd become her protector and surrogate father after their father had died from a massive heart attack.
But now Seth, with the same seafoam-eyes and sandy blond hair their mother had passed on to Ellie, was gone too. Her lower lip trembled and tears spilled onto her cheeks.
Ellie scanned the room, taking in all of Seth's things. Nothing had been disturbed since the accident. Her mother had avoided this room too. Seth's dresser stood in the corner with his favorite trinkets lined up on top of it, including the wooden sign that said Love. Veronica, his fiancée, had given it to him on Valentine's Day. The pegs on the wall held his jackets, and with the closet door cracked open, she spotted his trousers hanging there.
Her thoughts turned to Veronica, and a lump filled her throat as the events of the day of the accident assaulted her mind. Ellie had been baking when she'd heard a knock on the door and left the kitchen to see who it was. The bishop was on the front porch, telling her mother there had been a terrible accident. Her blood ran cold as he explained that Seth's boss had called him. Seth had fallen from the rafters of a shed. Ellie moved closer to her mother as the bishop explained that EMTs had come to the shop, but there was nothing they could do for Seth; he was already gone. They called the coroner, and Seth's body was going to be brought to their house. Her mother had dissolved into tears in Ellie's arms, and all Ellie could think about was how to tell Veronica.
Ellie called Veronica and managed to tell her to come to their house as soon as she could, but when Veronica and her father had arrived, and she asked Ellie what had happened, the reality of the situation flooded Ellie's soul. Her voice broke on a sob as she told Seth's fiancée he was dead.
In an instant, all their lives had been changed forever because their precious Seth was gone.
Ellie and her mother moved in a fog during the next couple of weeks. Before Ellie knew it, Seth was buried, and she and her mother were going through the motions of each day, doing their best to keep their little farm running without Seth to help with the animals. She was thankful for his friends and their family members who came by to assist with the chores, and for all the meals their community provided as they grieved. But how would they continue to pay for their household expenses without Seth's paycheck from the shed company? Her mother hadn't talked about that yet, but it wouldn't be long before they'd have to. Ellie knew her mother was downplaying their financial need when people asked if they needed help. Her mother didn't want to bur-den anyone, but Ellie suspected the time would come soon when they would have to face reality.
She stood and crossed the room to the window. After raising the green shade, she unlocked and lifted the window, sending a stream of warm, sweet air bursting into the stagnant room. She pushed away memories of her brother and then hurried to her own room to change clothes.
* * *
"Let's figure out what we want to have for supper." Ellie crossed the small kitchen to the propane-refrigerator later that afternoon. "What sounds gut to you, Mamm? I think we still have some —"
A knock sounded on the back door.
"I'll get that." Ellie hurried through the mudroom and found their neighbor, Sadie Esh, standing on the back porch, holding a covered dish. "Sadie," she said, opening the door wider to let Sadie step in. "Wie geht's?"
Sadie was a few inches taller than Ellie, so Ellie had to look up at the plump woman with graying brown hair and brown eyes.
"Hi, Ellie." Sadie followed Ellie into the kitchen. A delicious aroma filled the room.
"How are you, Margaret?"
"I'm doing all right." Mamm gave her a sad smile. "How have you been?"
"Fine, fine." Sadie placed the covered dish on the table. "I brought you supper."
"Oh, Sadie." Mamm lifted the lid and examined the chicken and dumplings. "It looks and smells appeditlich."
"Danki, Sadie." Ellie moved to the stove. "Would you like a cup of tea?"
"Oh, no, thank you." Sadie gestured toward the back door. "I can't stay. I have to help Katie pack."
"Pack?" Ellie asked. "Where is she going?"
"She decided to go to Ohio to spend time with my niece, Clara." Sadie rested her hand on the back of one of the wooden dinette chairs. "Just last week, Clara had her third baby in less than four years, so she's looking for some help. Katie is eager to get out there and spend some time with her cousins. I'm going to miss her, but she'll have fun."
"Oh my," Margaret said with a smile. "It sounds like Clara has her hands full, ya?"
"Ya, that's true." Sadie shook her head. "So now her boss, Gene Rider, is scrambling to find a replacement for Katie at his gift shop in town. Katie was working there part time up until yesterday. If you know anyone who is looking for a part-job, let me know. He asked me to check around."
"What shop is that?" Ellie asked as she leaned against the kitchen counter beside her.
"The Bird-Gifts and Treasures shop up on Old Philadelphia Pike, across from the Farmers' Market," Sadie said.
"That's the shop that has the schee ornaments made out of metal, right?" Ellie asked.
"Ya, that's right." Sadie nodded.
"That's a busy place," Mamm chimed in. "Whenever I'm in town, I see lots of tourists going in and out of there."
"Katie really liked working there," Sadie continued. "She said Gene is very nice, and he has always been flexible with her schedule."
An idea ignited in Ellie's mind. She needed to find a place to work as a way to contribute at least a fraction of what Seth used to earn. Maybe Bird-Gifts and Treasures would give her the flexibility to work while still helping out at home.
"That sounds wunderbaar," Ellie said, contemplating the opportunity. Would Mamm permit her to take the job?
"Well, I have to get going," Sadie said, starting back through the mudroom. "I'll stop by to visit again soon."
Ellie and Mamm followed Sadie to the door and thanked her again as she left.
Excerpted from An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman. Copyright © 2015 Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Table of Contents
ContentsLove Birds by Amy Clipston, 1,
A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller, 103,
Sweeter than Honey by Kelly Irvin, 195,
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman, 301,
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Really enjoyed reading these stories. Sorry for the book to end. Will be enjoyed by all.
My favorite was Kathleen Fuller's. I've never read her before and now u want to go search out more of her stuff.
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An Amish Market: 4 Novellas**** by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman -Love Birds by Amy Clipston We first met Ellie Lapp, her mother and Lloyd Blank in the The Forgotten Recipe where Seth, Ellie's brother, dies from an accident. Ellie and her mother are still mourning Seth's death. Ellie now works in a gift shop to help ends meet and would like Lloyd to sell his wood carvings of birds in the shop. Lloyd would like nothing better than spend his time carving wood into beautiful creations of birds. However, his father expects him to take over the farm and forbids him to sell his carved birds. There are some funny parts that had me chuckling—the cow incident for one. I enjoyed the characters in this novella, Ellie and Lloyd being my favorite and I was hooping they would find love. This is a sweet love story about trusting, grief, betrayal, forgiveness, love, and faith. -A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller Hannah Lynne sells her home-churned butter to the local market every week. Ezra Yutzy buys Hannah's home-churned butter every week—even if he doesn't need it, it gives him an excuse to see Hannah. But what is he going to do with all that home-churned butter? At the benefit auction, Hannah bids on a beautiful quilt. Ezra also bids on the same quilt. Will the quilt come between Hannah and Ezra or bring them together? There some surprises in this novella as well as some humorous situations. There is more to Hannah and Ezra than one would gather at first glance. This is a fun, heartwarming story and I am glad an epilogue is included. -Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin Bee County, Texas....While delivering jars of pickled beets to the local store—her first time there since her move from Tennessee, one of the jars falls and breaks. Pickled beets and juice now pooled at her feet. Isabella Shrock can't believe the mess she made and stoops to clean it up. Will Glick manages the store and is not too happy with the mess either and insists he will clean up the mess. Just when she thinks they could possibly become friends someone walks into the store and Will's whole attitude changes—from almost friendly to sour. Can Will learn to forgive? Is there a chance for Isabella and Will to become more than friends? I liked the way Isabella didn't give up on Will, despite his attitude. This is a sweet story with characters that are endearing. We see second chances are possible and love in surprising ways and circumstances. -Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman Stella Schwartz works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana with new employee David Stoltzfus—a recent widower. Stella carries bitterness from her past, has known to be sharp-tongued and is hard to get close to. David couldn't be more different, he is happy, fun-loving, sees the good in people and situations. When strange things start happening around the town and the Old Mill, David and Stella work together to find out who is responsible—Amish or Englischer's (non-Amish) playing tricks. Can they figure it out before someone gets badly hurt or worse? I really like David, he is fun-loving and has a good heart and godly man. Stella was hard to like at first but by the end of the story I found her to be likeable. The mystery of who is responsible for the strange happenings kept me guessing who it was and why. Very surprising ending that tied everything up nicely. Forgiveness, mysterious happenings, learning to trust others and God all create a great story.
Love Birds was cute but ultimately a little too simple and sweet for my personal taste. I've read some of Clipston's other stuff in the past and ran into the same issue: cutesy stories but largely a little too safe and bland for me. I think Bid For Love might have been my favorite of the bunch. I found Ezra's covering up his shyness with butter hoarding endearing and later when we see just how big his heart is when he opens up, I was completely sold on this couple :-) Here again, I've read some of Fuller's previous stories and I find that she writes characterizations really well, I never seem to find them too stale or cliche but just right. Sweeter Than Honey had a nice warmth to it, but Isabella was a bit of a tougher sell for me than some of the other characters. Good thing this story was only novella length because she didn't seem like she wanted to wait for Will THAT long. Love In Store had a good little cozy mystery written into the plot, and I liked that it featured an older couple. I thought that was a unique element that you don't see in stories much. I enjoyed David's easy going way of moving through life, which came in handy as he got to know Stella, who initially comes off as a big ol stick in the mud type but eventually learns to loosen up around him. This collection as a whole was nicely done, I thought. The writing is solid, the characters (for the most part) plenty interesting. Not too many twists and turns within the plot, but the well-crafted banter kept me happily turning pages.
I appreciate these novella collections for reading during those busy times. A story can easily be completed during one evening or some other short period of time. Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman all hit homeruns with their unique stories which each revolved around some type of Amish store (market). I especially liked Vannetta Chapman's LOVE IN STORE which featured two older characters. Love does not only find the young, you know. These quiet charming stories can be purchased as a collection in print or individually in eformat.
I have to admit that these kinds of books – a group of several novellas – are not my favorite type of book to read. I tend to find that each story is not as fully developed as it could have been and either ends too abruptly, or is not as detailed as I would have liked. I enjoyed this grouping very much, however. Perhaps the novellas were a little longer than some I have read, or perhaps the authors did a great job developing the characters, but these stories were not lacking depth or details. I kept thinking, “This one is my favorite” until I remembered the previous one. I guess they are all my favorite! I do have to admit that I particularly enjoyed “Love Birds” because I had met Ellie in “The Forgotten Recipe”. It was nice to read about her from a different perspective. This book has a lot of appeal for any reader. If you are a fan of Amish fiction, this is a great choice! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
I enjoyed each of these novellas by some of my favorite authors of Amish fiction- the variety of characters, settings, and plots. It was interesting how some used the Amish market theme more than others, but all were well-rounded stories that didn't feel rushed or lacking in development. I especially enjoyed the theme of unexpected love in A Bid for Love and Sweeter Than Honey. A wonderful collection of simple and pleasant stories that can be enjoyed several times. (Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
An Amish Market is four great novellas by four great Amish authors - Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly irvin and Vannetta Chapman. When I saw this book, I knew it would be one that my mother would really enjoy just based on the title. I put the same requirements on my mom that I impose on myself - she has to provide a book review based on her opinions. I will say that as she read this book, she took notes on each story as she finished it, so she wouldn't forget it as she read the next story. Smart lady there! Without anything else from me, here's my mom, Gloria's review: "I enjoyed reading all four novellas in An Amish Market but I especially loved the story, Love in Store by Vanetta Chapman. What I found with each of these short stories is that I wished they were a full novel in itself. Love Birds by Amy Clipston: Ellie Lapp and her mother mourn the loss of her brother Seth. But now with Seth gone, and since her father had died fourteen years ago Ellie and her mother are left alone in the big and quiet house doing their very best to keep their small farm going without Seth. Family and friends including Seth’s best friend Lloyd came by frequently to assist with the chores. To help her mother, Ellie starts working at the Bird-in-Hand Gifts and Treasurers shop in town to help with the day to day expenses that Seth’s check had taken care of. Seth’s friend Lloyd has a hobby of carving wooden birds. But his father makes it clear that he was expected to take over the family farm someday. Ellie thinks the birds are beautiful and wants Lloyd to sell them in the gift shop where she is working but he objects. Ellie and Lloyd began to develop feelings for one another as they spent more time together. She is determined to convince Lloyd to sell his wooden birds and while her intentions are good she does not take into consideration what Lloyd truly wants. Lloyd feels Ellie betrayed him. His feelings for her change. How do they come to grips with that betrayal? Will Lloyd be able to forgive and move on? A Bid For Love by Kathleen Fuller: This unusual love story begins at the Middlefield market in Middlefield, OH. Both of the main characters are older and reserved. Bringing home-churned butter to her stand inside the main building at the Middlefield Market to sell each week Hannah Lynne Beiler is visited by Ezra Yutzy almost every Monday to purchase some butter that he does not need. A special heirloom quilt is the center of this story. There is a mix –up with the auction of the quilts that leads to a problem with Ezra’s mother as well as with Hannah Lynn. Their relationship is brought together by several misunderstandings and Ezra is the community’s most confirmed bachelor. Will they eventually reveal their real feelings for each other? Where is the special quilt at the end of this story? Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Lrvin: This is Will Glick’s story that takes place in Bee County, Texas. Will is the manager of the local Combination store that is owned by Bishop Leroy. Isabella Shrock is a quiet, shy girl who had just moved from Tennessee to Bee County with her family for a new start. It’s hard for her to make friends, even in a small, friendly community. She wants to make friends which ones are the right ones? Will is stuck. He can’t move forward because he was badly hurt when Leila Lantz married his cousin instead of him. Can Isabella help Will get over his hurt? As we read the choices they make travelin
An Amish Market by authors Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vanetta Chapman is a collection of novellas that are sweet for the soul and uplifting in nature. Each story's romantic plot has twists, turns and chance encounters (aka God encounters) that bring the two main characters together. The titles of the novellas are Love Birds, A Bid for Love, Sweeter than Honey and Love in Store. While I enjoyed reading each novella, my two favorites were Love Birds by Amy Clipston and A Bid For Love by Kathleen Fuller. Love Birds picks up where Amy Clipston's last novel, The Forgotten Recipe, left off. This time however, the focus is on Ellie and Lloyd. Ellie has been smitten with Lloyd since she was a girl and finds herself falling for him more and more as he comes over to help out on the family farm since Ellie's brother Seth passed away. During their encounters on the farm and at the Amish youth gatherings Ellie gets to know Lloyd better and Lloyd begins to see Ellie as more than just his best friend's little sister. Will he open up his heart to her and allow himself to love her now that she is all grown up? What I particularly love about this novella is the friendship that builds first between Ellie and Lloyd and the trust they build with one another over time. I also thoroughly enjoyed Ellie's encouragement of Lloyd's woodworking creations and how those tiny, intricate wooden birds create the bridge that can either tear them apart or bring them closer together. You don't want to miss this sweet little novella by Amy Clipston! Kathleen Fuller's A Bid for Love is also a gem of a story. Hannah Lynne and Ezra were two very well written and believable characters that Ms. Fuller brought to life. The quilt that knits them together brings with it a story of it's own that somewhat parallels Hannah Lynne's and Ezra's. I thought the author did a fantastic job of weaving together their stories through a family heirloom, an act of God and a love for each other. All in all, I highly recommend you pick up your copy of An Amish Market! The stories are short but sweet, perfect for a quick and inspiring read! Thank you to the Fiction Guild for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.
An Amish Market is a very entertaining collection of Amish novellas, written by four talented authors. Each novella stands on its own merits and is well written with authentic characters who represent believable situations. I enjoyed each of these novellas and recommend them, particularly to those who love reading Amish fiction. These are excellent representations of the Amish faith and lifestyle. Amy Clipston's novella portrays two young Amish adults who find an attraction to each other, but an age difference may stand in their way. This is a very sensitive and lovely story of the challenges of young love. I found myself wrapped in this story, and before I realized it the story was complete. Kathleen Fuller's Amish tale is poignant and filled with misunderstandings that lead to frustration and disappointment. A quilt plays a very important role in this story, and the story of the quilt is very touching. This sentimental story was a wonderful journey through the trials of young adults searching for happiness. I was thoroughly enraptured in the story of the quilt, and wished the story could continue. Kelly Irvin's novella features a young Amish man and young woman, both at crossroads in their lives. Fearful of what the future held they chose their paths only to discover that their choices would affect their future lives. This novella is an excellent example of choices and their consequences. I wasn't sure which direction the story would go, but as the words flowed I found a lovely outcome. Vannetta Chapman's characters in this warmhearted novella are charming, and for the most part, likable. Detailing regarding the Market is realistic and descriptive of a typical Amish community. Ms. Chapman does her homework and does it well! Mysterious events begin altering the atmosphere of the community, igniting both fear and anxiety. As with Ms. Chapman's other books, this one is filled with charm and mystique. Her approach to Amish fiction has a different twist from that of other authors, and I love that refreshing approach! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
The Amish Market is a collection of four Novellas by four amazing authors, who take you on a journey to the Amish community and their struggles, loss, love, faith, etc. The first three novellas have in common a woman who has unrequited love and how faith and love of God resolve it. The fourth one by Vannetta Chapman contains a mystery to solve along with the unrequited love of a man for a woman who has grown bitter. Watching each character grow because of their circumstances makes for an enjoyable read. I enjoyed each story and the ties they held with previous books by these authors. It is not necessary to read the books to enjoy these novellas. I received a copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild for an honest review and I have done that.
An Amish Market is a collection of four stories by four wonderful Amish authors. These stories include: Love Birds by Amy Clipston A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller Sweeter than Honey by Kelly Irvin Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman The book, also, includes recipes that accompanies each story. These recipes include: Sauerbraten Butterscotch Pie Simon's Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Each of these stories are so sweet and delightful and I enjoyed every one of them. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Vannetta Chapman's Love in Store. I recommend this book for all Amish lovers. 5 stars.
I received this book for an honest review from the Fiction Guild. What a wonderful book of 4 stories written by 4 wonderful writers. Each is based in an Amish community and working in a story or at the community market. Finding love in many different ways, from the young to the older couple. With friends becoming more than friends due to a loss of a sibling, the other because the father came to help his daughter when her husband passed. I loved this book and couldn't but it down
It's so nice to receive a book that has four novellas. Sometimes, a reader just wants a short, light read instead of the whole novel. And this book An Amish Market is all that. Love Birds by Amy Clipston is the first story. Ellie and Lloyd have trials but persevere through enduring love. A sweet romantic story. A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller is a fun story. It seems that Ezra needs a "light" to go on to see his love for Hannah. Hannah and Ezra are the sweetest, awkward souls that make a couple. Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin is all about Bee County. This Will's story. It is fun to read how Isabella helps Will adjust and overcome resentments from his past. Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman is about an "older" couple, David and Stella, as they navigate around a mystery in their workplace. Stella is not a likable character but Mrs. Chapman does an excellent job of showing the bitterness behind Stella's facade. Four wonderful stories from four of my favorite authors. Any reader who enjoys Amish fiction and short stories will love this book! Makes a great gift, too! *This book was provided for review by the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild*
Love Birds If you have read any of my reviews you know I am an Amy Clipston fan. Love Birds showed us the story of Seth's death from the point of view of his sister and mother. We read the story from his girlfriend's point of view in The Forgotten Recipe, so it was interesting to see it from the family's side. I enjoyed this story greatly and was rooting for Lloyd and Ellie but was afraid of what I could see coming. Their relationship does become rocky when she betrays his trust, to save her job. Will they be able to patch it up? A great story from a favorite author 5 stars. A Bid for Love A Bid for Love was a pleasant surprise for me. It was the most enjoyable story I have read from Kathleen Fuller in a while. Ezra and Hannah's relationship puzzles even them. With a quilt at the center of the story, you know I will be enjoying that.So what will happen when truth is revealed? Is this a happily ever after story? 4.5 stars Sweeter Than Honey Kelly Irvin has us back in Bee County Texas. I have enjoyed reading the series that this story's setting came from. It is an interesting view of a unique Amish community, struggling in South Texas. Will is a favorite of mine, and Isabella was a breath of fresh air and delightful to read. The faith message rang out in this story and for that, I say kudos to Kelly Irvin. 4.5 stars Love in Store Vannetta Chapman has the most interesting detectives in her stories. Two people, you would totally not expect to be investigating anything, but these middle-aged sleuths will keep you turning the pages to find out who the bad guy is. Will you be able to figure out who done it? Silly pranks that have the potential to turn deadly, will the mild-mannered Amish detectives stop all these occurrences. You must read this story to discover how it will end. Vannetta never disappoints me. 5 stars So from me two 5 stars and two 4.5 stars, I say that is close enough to round up to an overall 5-star review. This book includes discussion questions at the end of each story, making it a perfect book for a book club discussion. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
This book contains four novellas by different authors. “Love Birds” by Amy Clipston “A Bid for Love” by Kathleen Fuller “Sweeter Than Honey” by Kelly Irvin and “Love in Store” by Vannetta Chapman Love all four books combined into one. Love how they were written around the Amish Market. Ellie & Lloyd, Hannah Lynne & Ezra, Isabella & Will, and Stella & David were all brought together through meeting at “An Amish Market”. We all learn from these books that when you love someone you are true to them, never do things behind their backs nor deceive them. And how love starts with just a friendship. Life changing forever love. And how even someone who has never married can find true lasting love no matter their age. I loved all four of these books. I allowed myself to be in the books, living their lives right along with them. I love the Amish and I love reading about them. Their lives are so simple yet wonderfully close, faithful, and loving. Thank you to all the authors who wrote these four books. Look forward to reading more.
An Amish Market is a perfect collection of hopeful stories for those readers who just can't find time or attention span long enough to complete an full length novel. These four little stories are just the right size to complete quickly, and all of the authors have the ability to snag your attention and keep you interested. I highly recommend this book and would have no qualms in giving it to a younger reader.
What could possibly be better than an Amish novella by a great author? How about four of them by four fantastic authors--all in one volume? Who would have thought a shattered jar of pickled beets could lead to a healed heart and true love? In Kelly Irvin's Sweeter Than Honey, Isabella Schrock, newcomer to Bee County, Wants to make a good impression on store manager, Will Glick. If only she hadn't embarrassed herself by being such a klutz. Will has been deeply hurt in the past and is ready to give up on love until Isabella's determination and kindness win him over. Vannetta Chapman's Love in Store is another Old Mill mystery. Don't worry if you haven't read her others. You will be able to follow along just fine. Can "old maid" Stella let down her guard and let love into her heart? She and widower David work together to solve the mysterious happenings at the Old Mill and learn a thing or two about love as well. How can birds--beautiful carved wooden birds--distance two people and then bring them together? Lloyd believes Ellie has betrayed his trust by telling the owner of the gift shop where she works about his secret talent. Will they be able to patch the rift and help the shop out as well? You'll have to read Amy Clipston's Love Birds to find out. Ezra can't possibly use all the home-churned butter he buys each week at the market from Hannah Lynne in Kathleen Fuller's A Bid For Love. Could the man Hannah Lynne has secretly cared for actually be interested in her--or does he really like butter that much? All four novellas are expertly written and are quick reads. You'll find yourself immersed in the characters' lives and rooting for them in their pursuit of love and happiness. All four authors have again penned wonderful stories of love, trust, and faith. Allow plenty of reading time because you won't be able to put the book down once you begin reading. Bravo, Ladies! Susan Simpson, Author
I enjoyed reading this collection of four Amish love stories. I gave it a four star rating because these novellas are "light" reading compared to the complexity of deeper full-length novels I've read recently; I found them predictable but pleasant. I think this book comes together better than other collections I have read - each story seemed to "fit" the others, like contrasting but matching quilt fabrics. Each author definitely has a "voice" that I could easily recognize from past books. I was happy to see how characters I'd previously met are getting along (Will Glick in Bee County, Texas and Ellie Lapp in Pennsylvania). In Love Birds, Ellie finally gets noticed by her late brother's shy friend, Lloyd Blank. He conscientiously helps her mother with farm chores, but wishes he could do more. Ellie's admiration for Lloyd's skill in carving birds and her concern over slow sales at her gift-shop job tempt her to pressure Lloyd into selling his handiwork. That mistake almost costs her the relationship she has dreamt of for so long. I was dismayed to think Ellie would risk so much after God had worked so faithfully to provide on her behalf...and relieved when things worked out (as they always do). In A Bid for Love, Hannah Lynne and Ezra are each secretly smitten with the other (where have I seen this before?!). An old quilt mistakenly auctioned for a medical benefit suddenly brings them together AND divides them. I felt impatient with the mood swings of these lovers, but liked family details in the story that made it seem realistic. Didn't like the use of an epilogue to tie up loose ends -it seemed like the easy way out. Sweeter Than Honey was probably my favorite novella - the Bee County series is just such a distinctive setting for an Amish story, and I love the characters here. Once again, a family relocates to Texas, hoping for a fresh start. Shy and awkward Isabella slowly thaws the heart of Will, frozen and distant from past disappointments. I loved Isabella's honesty (so many times a character's duplicity gets them in trouble!), and her frankness with WIll. Hope she shows up in future books - I'd love to see her as a young mother! This book had two nice surprises: healing for an old wound from a previous storyline, and the best last sentence I'd read in a novella. Enjoy finding both for yourself! Last but not least, Love in Store was a novella that I wish had been a full book. Stella faces a tangle of emotional issues due (in part) to her inability to have children. I think she would have been a wonderful character to explore further, if pages allowed. Her opposite in so many ways is widower David, whose cheerfulness in the midst of multiple losses really gets Stella's goat. But concern for their common employer, the Old Amish Mill, brings them together, and of course, love wins out. This novella is written in the pattern of Chapman's popular Amish mysteries set in Middlebury, One of the things I like best was the maturity of the main characters - they could be interesting without falling back on the trite "young and beautiful" cliche. A nice story to end this collection (though I read it first!). I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I found it a good addition to my Amish bookshelves.
An Amish Market: Four Novellas Paperback, ebook, hardcover February 2, 2016 by Amy Clipston (Author), Kathleen Fuller (Author), Kelly Irvin (Author), Vannetta Chapman (Author) Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson ISBN-13: 978-0529118684 All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse! Love Birds by Amy Clipston While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him? My thoughts: LOVE BIRDS is a really sweet, young adult-ish style romance. Ellie is 18, but acts and thinks rather immature. When her brother dies, she takes a part-time job, but when her new boss says he'll have to cut her hours even more, she goes against Lloyd's wishes and tries to force him into selling his birds instead of respecting his wishes. Lloyd is a sweet young man, kind and caring, though deeply wounded by Ellie's actions. Will he ever trust her again. Well-written, sweet, and YA, this would be a story a mom wouldn't hesitate to allow her tween, young teen daughter to read. 5 stars. A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love? My thoughts: A BID FOR LOVE is one of the best books I've read by Ms. Fuller lately. I loved Hannah Lynne. She is so sweet and innocent. Ezra is confused by her. He doesn't exactly understand why he seeks her out, why he wants her to be happy, and this ends up hurting her worse as she doesn't know how to act around him. The quilt brings it all to a head, but when the truth comes out, will it ruin any chance for happiness? A sweet romance. 5 stars. Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love. My thoughts: SWEETER THAN HONEY dragged a bit for me and I found myself skimming a lot. I liked Will from some of the previous books in Ms. Irvin's Bee County series. A unique setting, it is interesting seeing an Amish community struggling to survive in southern Texas and the recent immigrants struggling to fit in. I enjoyed getting to know Isabella, and I loved the faith message and the way this story ende
An Amish Market is a great collection of Amish romance novellas by four of our favorite Amish fiction authors. Each story is written around the common setting of a type of Amish market. You will encounter a family store, a local market and Amish auction, a gift shop in town, and the Old Amish Mill. Each story is filled with intriguing characters, page turning events, and lots of familiar Amish tradition. LOVE BIRDS This was a story about a sweet friendship-turned-romance that developed in unusual circumstances. I loved the way Ms Clipston used the hidden talent of the hero as both a conflict and a resolution in the story. The development and depth of the characters draw you into the story, leaving you rooting for the romance to blossom. A BID FOR LOVE This story immediately caught my attention. Quilts, auctions, and local markets are some of the things that warm me from the inside out. This story reconnected me to an earlier time in my life. Ms Fuller’s writing style has a way of drawing me into the pages of her stories and making me feel like I am part of the story. Mulling about, interacting with her characters, traveling to the very places they go—she makes me feel present within her words. I enjoyed this story immensely! I loved how one single item within the story could mean so much to so many people, bonding them together in a beautiful ending. SWEETER THAN HONEY “If you hold on to bitterness with one hand and anger with the other, you have no hands to extend…” What a great quote and theme for Ms Irvin’s novella. This story touches on some edgy activities, but the author pulls it back in nicely to round it out to a great story of forgiveness and redemption. LOVE IN STORE A romance involving a couple who are more advanced in their years is something you don’t read very often. Ms Chapman mixes that mature couple with a touch of mystery for a unique blend. Can the two of them move beyond the lives they’ve grown accustomed to? Or are they too deeply set in their ways to move forward together? A copy of An Amish Market was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.
An Amish Market brings together 4 wonderful authors in one book. I have enjoyed every book that I have read by these four ladies. Each gives us a look into the Amish way of life. Amy Clipston in Love Birds continues the story of Ellie Lapp. After the tragic loss of her brother, Ellie must find a way to help her mother and she continue to live in their home. But will an old family friend become more to her? A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller brings together a confirmed bachelor with a young woman who has secretly had a crush on him. Will he see that she has become more than just someone he wants to help but more someone he wants to love? Kelly Irvin tells the story of starting over and too many heartaches. Will has had his heart shattered one too many times. But when newcomer Isabella creates a mess at his store what is a guy to do? Will Will take another chance at love? David Stoltzfus has moved to Indiana with the intention of helping his recently widowed daughter. Being a recent widower himself, the last thing David expects is to find love with spinster Stella. As he grows to care for her and she for him, they must first find out who wants to shut the Old Mill down before someone gets hurt. Vannetta Chapman is a master at writing Amish suspense. I would highly recommend An Amish Market for one of those nice cozy evenings in front of a fire. I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
“Love Birds,” by Amy Clipston is the first of four great novellas in An Amish Market. It is a delightful read! Ellie Lapp recently started working at the Bird-in-Hand Gifts and Treasures Shop. She really enjoys working there, and the extra money has been helping her mother and her get by, especially since the death of her brother, Seth. Lloyd Blank, Seth’s friend, has been helping Ellie and her mother with the farm. Ellie and Lloyd start spending more time together and develop a fast friendship. Could this friendship develop into something more? Ellie makes a mistake and betrays Lloyd’s trust. Will he be able to look past that and rekindle the friendship they once had? Amy Clipston does a great job of bringing the characters to life in this book! Once you start reading, you will feel like you are in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania visiting Ellie’s quaint gift shop. A very enjoyable read!