A new novella collection of sweet, summer romances from some of our favorite Amish authors!
A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray
When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?
Summer Storms by Amy Clipston
Ariana is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna’s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse’s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna’s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.
Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller
Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known—and loved—her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change.
One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin
Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and share one sweet kiss.
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About the Author
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail. Find Shelley on her website: ShelleyShepardGray.com; on Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray; Twitter: @ShelleySGray.
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.
Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper's Son received a starred review from Publisher's 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; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.
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An Amish Summer
By Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2017 Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin
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"Huh," Sherry said, disappointment thick in her voice. "I thought Pinecraft would look different."
As Sharon Kramer followed her little sister out of the Pioneer Trails bus in the center of the small vacation community, she hid a smile.
She supposed, for someone as lovely and full of life as Sherilyn — or Sherry to pretty much everyone who knew her — Pinecraft, Florida, was somewhat of a letdown. From here, it wasn't all that picturesque or darling. It looked a bit weather-beaten and stuck in a time warp.
Then, too, they weren't near the beach or even Pinecraft Park. They were standing in the middle of a large, crowded parking lot next to a tiny post office. Another bus was parked nearby, idling listlessly, casting off noxious fumes and no small bit of heat. That extra blast certainly wasn't needed, given that the hot July sun was already beating down on them all.
"It sure is hot," Sherry continued. "Really hot."
It was so hot and humid Sharon could practically see steam rising from the pavement. But her main concern was that her sister sounded so disappointed, especially after all the exciting letter writing she'd been doing with her secret pen pal for six months, Sharon decided to try to console her a bit.
"Even the best vacation spots have parking lots. I bet the rest of Pinecraft is just as charming as everyone said it would be."
"Maybe. I don't know, though."
As Sharon scanned the great number of people who had come out to meet the bus, she added, "Oh, who cares? I know you don't. We both know you didn't come here to take in the sights."
Stretching her arms out in front of her, Sherry nodded with a sheepish smile. "You're right. I'm sorry. I think I'm just tired. And neahfich."
"Nee apologies needed. I feel nervous too. And it was a long trip. I didn't sleep more than a few hours of it."
"I'm exhausted too," Sharon's best friend, Vera, said as she tumbled out of the bus. Her arms were full of the two dozen items she'd claimed were necessities for the hour drive from their Amish community in Adams County to Cincinnati and the sixteen-hour bus ride from Cincinnati to the center of Sarasota, Florida. "I can't wait to get unpacked, organized, and take a nap."
"There's nee way I want to do any of that right now," Carla declared. She was the fourth and final member of their group. "I'm excited to see everything. And to get a peek at Sherry's mysterious pen pal." She turned to her best friend. "NOW are you going to tell us his name ... finally? All we know is that you met him at the wedding in January."
"Oh, all right," Sherry said. "His name is Graham Holland, and he's from Sugarcreek."
Vera frowned. "That name doesn't ring a bell."
"Maybe you'll remember him when you see him. We met a lot of people those couple of days in Shipshe."
"I remember meeting Graham, but I don't remember exactly what he looks like," Carla said. "Do you, Sharon?"
Sharon shrugged. "The name sounds kind of familiar, but there were over four hundred people there. I don't think I could match any of their names with faces. They've turned into a blur in my brain."
"It's nee wonder. Six months ago you were still getting over your breakup with John Marc," Sherry said. "You didn't pay much attention to anything."
"That is kind of true." Less than two months before that trip to Indiana, she and John Marc had called off their relationship. It had been obvious that, although they were both nice people, a future together wasn't meant to be. Sharon had supposed they were both disappointed about how things worked out in the end.
That belief evaporated when, just a week before leaving for Indiana, Sharon saw John Marc flirting with Viola, one of her good friends. Then, days later Sharon learned the two of them had been quietly flirting with each other behind her back even before Sharon and John Marc broke up. Neither had wanted to hurt her feelings, they claimed, so they hadn't said a word.
Which, honestly, made no sense at all. John Marc had still cheated.
She'd been so embarrassed — and angry too. She'd alternated between fuming and crying the whole journey to Indiana. Watching that happy couple recite their vows had felt excruciating. Though she had nothing but good wishes for them, witnessing their ceremony was a reminder that she was a long way from celebrating her own wedding day. She'd been so melancholy and hurt she'd barely talked to anyone.
The only person she remembered in any detail was a man with sandy-brown hair and blue eyes. He'd been SO nice and kind, and a little flirty. Handsome too. And for a few minutes, he'd helped her forget her disappointment and hurt. Ever since then she'd wished she could remember his name. But she couldn't remember anyone's name from that day, and she'd never even mentioned the incident to Vera, let alone to Sherry.
Sherry, on the other hand, had been her usual self, making friends right and left. She'd come home with a list of people she wanted to correspond with, having boldly asked the host family for all their addresses. As the months passed, Sherry told Sharon about some of her pen pals, including the mysterious man she'd just identified as Graham Holland. But Sharon had never paid too much attention since they all seemed like strangers to her.
As they waited for the bus driver to open the luggage compartments under the bus, Sherry scanned the area nervously. "Do you think he's here? He said he wouldn't come on account of the crowds. And I told him in my last letter, assuming he got it, that I'd see him at the inn. But maybe he's here."
"If he said he was going to skip this zoo, I bet he did," Vera said in complete confidence. "There must be over a hundred people here, all milling around. I'd avoid it if I could."
Sharon said nothing, but she nodded at Vera, letting her know she privately agreed with her.
Sherry shook her head in exasperation. "You girls have nee sense of adventure. I shudder to think what's going to happen to you when I'm settled and you have nee one to organize adventures."
"We'll miss you prodding us. For sure," Sharon said, thinking she really did need to start being a bit more like her little sister.
It was all because of Sherry's strengths as a correspondent that this whole trip had gotten off the ground. She and her mysterious man had begun writing letters to each other, and soon they were writing every week. Five months later, the two of them set up this trip for July, with Sharon, Vera, and Carla joining Sherry. Two of his friends were accompanying him here, too, as well as some others from his circle. Now they also knew they all hailed from Sugarcreek.
Everyone had rented rooms at the large Orange Blossom Inn, and they were going to spend the next two weeks enjoying the beach and all the sights the area had to offer.
Of course, Sharon also knew her twenty-year-old sister was privately hoping her many months of letter writing to Graham Holland were going to blossom into a summer romance.
Although their parents had at first not wanted them to go, in the end they encouraged it. They knew both their daughters needed this trip to Pinecraft, giving them some time away to figure out what to do next in their lives. Sharon was completely over John Marc's betrayal and was eager to meet new people. And though several men they knew had been attempting to call on Sherry, she wasn't interested in any man except the one she was writing letters to.
As the four of them walked to the side of the bus, where the driver and two burly men were unloading the luggage stored underneath it, Sherry was looking over her shoulder, scanning the thirty or so people standing closest to the new arrivals.
Suddenly Sherry gripped Sharon's arm and whirled them both around. "I think that's him! He must have decided he couldn't wait to say hello at the inn. Isn't that something?"
"Well, I think that means he's smitten," Sharon said, teasing her sister with a smile. She really was happy for Sherry. She had such a good heart, and it was so romantic to imagine that she and this Graham had fallen in love through a series of letters.
Still staring across the parking lot, Sherry gave a little squeak, "Oh my heavens ... It looks like he's trying to find us." When she turned to Sharon, a dozen imagined insecurities flickered across her face. "Do I look okay?" She ran her hands over her apron.
"Of course. Even after our long bus trip, you look perfect." Sherry was animated — like she always was, especially when she was excited. Her dark-auburn hair was falling out of its pins, Her green eyes were sparkling. And her slim, athletic build was showcased in her clothes, She looked like she was ready for anything.
"You look wunderbaar," Vera said with a wink. "I'm certain this Graham is going to be real excited to spend more time with you. Why wouldn't he want to?"
Sherry brushed her fingers down the skirt of her pale-yellow dress. "I hope you're right, I'm going to be so embarrassed if he's disappointed. You know how some memories are distorted. He might have remembered me being prettier."
"He won't be disappointed," Sharon said. "Please don't think such things. You are lovely, and more fun and vibrant than most girls we know, Just be yourself, You're a wonderful-gut person."
Looking marginally more optimistic after that little pep talk, Sherry turned to Carla. "Will you walk over there with me?"
"Try to stop me," Carla teased as she grabbed Sherry's hand and led her through the crowd.
As they snaked their way through — Carla's coral dress and Sherry's yellow one mixing with the vivid colors of the other Amish summer dresses — Sharon smiled. Carla and Sherry were best friends and set off each other in the best ways. Carla was boisterous yet looked like a timid, perfect doll, Sherry, on the other hand, looked like a modern-day Amish Anne of Green Gables, ready to experience all Pinecraft had to offer.
Sharon laughed. "What I would give for even a tenth of their exuberance."
"We're only five years older than our sisters," Vera said, "but they make me feel old as the hills."
"Well, older and stodgier. Look how cute and fresh they look too. I, on the other hand, feel like a wrinkled mess."
Pressing her hands on her hips, Sharon leaned to one side. "Me too. And I'm stiff and sore. Sleeping on a bus is not comfortable."
"Sharon, tell the truth," Vera said a minute later as she returned from retrieving her and Carla's suitcases from the bus. "Were we ever that impetuous?"
"I know I wasn't. Maybe you were?"
Vera laughed. "Maybe I was when Stefan and I first started seeing each other."
"If you were, he must have liked it. After all, you are an engaged woman now."
Vera stood a little straighter and smiled. "That I am. And you are a maid of honor."
Sharon smiled back. She didn't want to do or say anything to spoil Vera's happiness, but being only a maid of honor wasn't exactly what she'd been hoping for a year ago.
She helped Vera locate the rest of their bags, said good-bye and thank you to the bus driver, and then the two women put all their belongings in a neat grouping so no one would accidentally walk off with them.
The hot Florida sun felt as though it was toasting her skin, and she was already sweaty and in need of a shower and a change of clothes. She also needed a couple of hours' sleep in a real bed.
"Now that we have all our bags, let's go see if we can round up those girls and get to the inn," Vera said. "I need a nap."
Scanning the thinning crowds, Sharon smiled. "You read my mind."
"There they are. Boy, Sharon," Vera murmured, "I didn't remember those guys looking like that. Did you?"
Sharon turned her head and followed her friend's gaze. And then she felt like gulping.
Sherry and Carla were standing with two men. They were chatting with them like they were long-lost friends. Long-lost best friends.
And the man standing closest to Sherry was not only smiling at her, but appeared to be intently listening.
He was easily the most handsome man Sharon had ever seen.
Her stomach dropped. He was also that man! The only man she remembered meeting at the wedding.
"Vera, you remember them? Do you know their names? I talked to one of those guys for a while the morning after the wedding."
Vera adjusted her glasses. "Really? Which one?"
Sharon realized the meeting that had been blurry for months was slowly becoming clearer. "I think he was that man with the sandy-brown hair. The man standing closest to Sherry. Do you by any chance remember his name?"
"Sure I do, now that I've put the name and face together. I did meet him at the wedding. That's Graham Holland."
His name was Graham. For a few minutes he'd made her feel special, helped her forget how her dreams of marrying John Marc were over, how John Marc and Viola had hurt her. He was the man she'd thought about from time to time since, and had kicked herself over not remembering his name.
He was her sister's pen pal?
She was starting to feel sick.
It didn't matter to Graham that he'd flirted with both sisters. He simply made a choice between them, exchanging letters with Sherry, dismissing Sharon as if they'd never met.
What kind of man did such a thing? Worse, what kind of sister was she for feeling even the smallest bit jealous?CHAPTER 2
Graham wasn't exactly sure why he'd decided to come greet the Pioneer Trails bus after all. Maybe it was because he was so eager to see Sherilyn. Maybe he was simply tired of his buddies, Matthew and Toby, asking questions. He'd been fairly secretive about his pen pal, never even agreeing to tell them what she looked like.
Or maybe it was because he was too nervous to be completely alone when he and Sherilyn were first reunited.
Whatever the reason, he was now thoroughly confused. Sherilyn looked nothing like he remembered. The Sherilyn he'd recalled had light-brown hair, green eyes, and lovely, high cheekbones. She had a reserved air about her, almost tentative. She made him feel as though she needed a friend, and that friend should be him.
But this Sherilyn was the girl he only now remembered talking to a few times at the wedding. She was redheaded, freckle-faced, rather petite, and bold — not his usual type at all. Definitely not the picture he'd had in his mind all this time, flattered that she'd obtained his address and initiated their letter writing.
How had his memory been so wrong?
Now, after exchanging a few minutes of awkward conversation — a smile plastered on his face, desperately trying to covering up his dismay when she'd said, "Hi, Graham! It's me, Sherilyn!" and listening to her regret that he hadn't received her last letter — he was wishing he had anywhere else to go. He needed a few minutes to wrap his mind around the fact that he'd been writing to this near stranger.
"Oh! Now that the crowd has started to thin out, I see our sisters," Sherilyn said to Graham as she moved a step closer to him. Almost as if they were a couple.
He scanned the area. "Where are they?"
"There. The woman with the rose-colored dress is my sister, Sharon, and the woman in the violet-colored dress and wearing glasses is Carla's sister, Vera. Vera is Sharon's best friend."
He scanned the area, then froze as he realized that, while he might not have remembered this woman beside him very well, he definitely remembered the woman in the rose-colored dress.
He almost sighed in relief. Maybe he wasn't going crazy after all.
"I see them too," Carla called out. Seconds later, she groaned. "Uh-oh. They're standing near all our suitcases and bags. Sherry, we better go help them."
Turning to Graham and his friend Toby, Sherilyn said, "Would you guys like to come over and say hello, or just wait to meet the girls when we get to the inn?"
"We'll go over so we can help you with the bags," Toby said. "There's nee way we're going to let you carry everything on your own."
"That's so sweet of you."
"That's because we are sweet," Toby teased.
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Table of Contents
ContentsA Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray, 1,
Summer Storms by Amy Clipston, 99,
Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller, 187,
One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin, 287,
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Sunday, June 18, 2017 An Amish Summer: Four Novellas by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin, © 2017 These four stories are so fun! You will want to get a copy to read and you may discover new authors; definitely a new thread of adventure! In the first story, what would you suggest to a young man who met two sisters at a gathering, but while addressing the name on the envelope and in the salutation ... he was envisioning the one he thought was receiving his letters, and instead was "pouring out his heart" to the other sister? Oh, my. Setting up a time and place to meet in person will be a surprise to reckon with! Shelley Shepard Gray's ~ A Reunion in Pinecraft Amy Clipston follows with her story, Summer Storms. How can the actions of one have such far reaching tentacles that close off and smother the plans held dear by others? You may discover that there might be a reason seen that hampers and smolders an undercurrent. Integrity opens the way to understanding, as Jesse Zook seeks to help his friend Tobias's family on their farm during his absence. Our actions do affect those around us ~ for good to reach hearts! Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller reveals one sister feeling she has lived in the shadow of her younger sister. Could her suspicion and hurt hide a personality wanting to come alive? To have a shadow there must be a light! The sisters find surprising outlooks when they finally speak their hearts to each other. I liked how their family was inclusive of others. Welcome back to Bee County, Texas. Reading Kelly Irvin's previous series, you will want to catch up on the happenings in this small community. Who will be most surprised by One Sweet Kiss? You are known by the company you keep. How far can you go to be believed? As Jacob King endeavors to help his friend, will his assistance continue to be misunderstood? There is a glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch words in the front and Discussion Questions after each novella. Fun to read alone or sharing with your book club. I liked all of these stories and would be difficult to pick just one as a favorite! The theme is near with discovery of each other in a new way. Communication is key to the development of the stories. Words left to the imagination fester when not revealed and exposed to truth. These authors have strongly portrayed love in its greatest form ~ another before yourself will harvest rich J*O*Ys. For the seeker and the sought, love blossoms when a friend takes the risk to be truthful rather than sparing feelings that are only a cover up emotion. Blessings in disguise bring happiness to all when following in the Lord's path. Titles of other novels and novellas by the authors are listed so you can continue on reading their stories you are sure to enjoy. ***Thank you authors and to BookLook Bloggers for supplying a copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Good clean reading.
I enjoyed each of these novellas. They were well edited and interesting, and didn't include any inappropriate matter. Each story made me giggle at the way men and women view things differently, and tear up when those differences made a mess of the situation the couples were in. I highly recommend this novella collection. I received this book from the publisher. I was not compelled to write this review, and it is my honest opinion.
An Amish Summer is a wonderful collection of novellas by four well-known authors of Amish fiction. Each story focuses on difficulties encountered between prospective young couples. They each teach a valuable lesson, and the plots vary greatly as does each lesson. I think my favorite is One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin. There is an interesting mixture of Amish on their rumspringa, Englishers, and devout Amish. The story has a very unusual twist, one you would not expect from a story about Amish. However, it makes the story more interesting and intriguing. The individual novellas are appealing in different ways. Shelley Shepard Gray’s A Reunion in Pinecraft makes you wonder if the easily understood confusion between sisters Sharon and Sherilyn’s names can ever be straightened out. In Summer Storms, by Amy Clipston, we learn sacrifices are sometimes necessary to obey our parents, even when it seems unfair. Lakeside Love, by Kathleen Fuller, shows how outward appearances aren’t everything, and beauty only lasts for a season. In One Sweet Kiss, by Kelly Irvin, a very unusual plot gives way to a satisfying ending. I received a copy of An Amish Summer from The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to provide a review.
This book is 4 novellas. I really enjoyed the first three novellas. The last one was OK but not my favorite. In the first story 2 sisters attend a wedding and one returns with a new penpal and the other returns to her job. This is a story of sibling love and rivalry. In the second story an Amish couple are looking forward to their wedding when her brother gets them both in trouble and her father forbids them to see each other anymore. Will they be able to overcome and move past their trouble. In the 3rd story this is another story about two sisters and how they see themselves and each other. Will they be able to move past their differences and possibly both find love? In the final story Martha has been taking care of her siblings since their mother died. Will she be able to get past the loss of her mother and allow another love come into her heart?
I enjoyed reading this book with the collection of 4 Amish fiction novellas. Each novella was a short read but a very good read. The stories had relatable characters and caught my interest from the first pages. These stories are great to read especially if you don't have time to read a long book. The only drawback to reading novella is the book is over to quick and you want more from the story. I highly recommend this book! You will enjoy the 4 stories in the book. I read this book very quickly and highly enjoyed it. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. No review was required. My opinion is my own.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. I thoughts are my own. When you put 4 wonderful writers together of course you are going to get 4 great stories. Each of them have to do with young people who are taking summer getaways or time to find the true loves of their lives. When you realize that not many of the Amish takes vacations like Englishers do because they have a lot of work to do on their farms it nice to see that there are places for them to go. And especially when their is a place of young adults to find love. And then it's nice to see the the fine are of writing letters to each other is not a lost art. I think even a short letter is something that is still tangible in someones hand. It shows you took time to think of the other person.
This 4-in-1 is a delightful collection of novellas An Amish Summer Four Novellas By Shelley Sheppard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin If you love reading collections of stories all wrapped up together in one book and you love Amish fiction you are in for a treat. Get ready to enjoy summer in four different Amish communities as the path to love is strewn with different obstacles. A Reunion in Pinecraft is a fun bit of mistaken identity that could lead Graham Holland into big trouble. For six months Graham has been remembering the wrong sister to whom he has been corresponding. Can he remedy the situation before he loses his chance at happiness and marriage? And adding to the confusion is the reactions of the Kramer sisters to Graham's behavior and attention to them. This reunion may be the best or worst thing that ever happened to any of them! Summer Storms finds Ariana Smucker and Jesse Nook in a quandary after a day of fun with their youth group. After an accident brings Ariana's father wrath down on both Jesse and Ariana's brother Tobias - their engagement is off. And nothing Jesse or Arianna say will change her father's mind. But with a little encouragement from his brother and the memory of Tobias's words Jesse is determined to prove that he is worthy of Ariana and that she is worth the effort to win. Can love overcome a loss of trust? Lakeside Love finds Esther Coblentz in the shadow of her younger sister's head-turning beauty, especially where Judah King is concerned. Esther is only of interest to Judah when he needs her to give Sarah a message. But when Esther resigns herself to Judah's indifference and shares a summer friendship with an Englischer who is boarding with her family, she starts to attract some attention of her own. But can she trust what she is seeing? Or will she lose out to Sarah in the end? One Sweet Kiss finds Martha Byler beside herself with her boyfriend Jacob King. Jacob is anything but manly in his behavior as far as Martha is concerned. And his friends are even worse. The last thing Martha needs in her life is a boyfriend who is less grown-up than her younger siblings. But not everything is as it seems and Jacob just needs to prove to Martha that he is the man she wishes he was but an encounter with an alligator may be just what they need to smooth everything out. This was a fun collection of stories that because they were 4-in-1 made it easy to put it down when the end of one story was reached, or it should have been if I wasn't such a bookworm and have trouble putting books down all the time. But seriously if you have time constraints this is the perfect format to feel a sense of accomplishment while not finishing the book in one sitting (for various reasons including needing to get to work on time). This is also a fun way to discover unfamiliar authors as each story is by a different writer. And if you are familiar with these authors think of this as a tide over till their next full-length book comes out. I was provided a free copy of this book and no expectations of a positive review were required. All opinions expressed are my own.
It's hard to find four novellas that are balanced and that truly "fit" together in one volume - but Thomas Nelson Publishers have done a wonderful job doing exactly that in An Amish Summer. Each of these short stories is engaging and satisfying, and each author's "voice" comes through distinctly. Shelley Shepard Gray's Reunion in Pinecraft didn't turn out at all the way I expected! And that's just the kind of summer read I like. Her Amish proverb in the discussion questions sums it up well: "Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out." Amy Clipston's Summer Storms is one of my favorites by her. The upheavals in Jesse and Ariana's lives were painful and unpredictable, but they handled the challenges with grace and perseverance. I initially didn't like Tobias at all, but his redemption was soul-satisfying. I like a romance that includes the whole family. Kathleen Fuller shows us that beauty is more than skin deep in Lakeside Love. I particularly enjoyed how the story turned everyone's value in the romance department "upside down" - and how lonely hearts were filled. Love me a "happily ever after" kind of summer read. Best of all, Kelly Irvin gives us another wonderful romance from Bee County, Texas in One Sweet Kiss. I just adore her complex characters and naturally flowing conversations, and this novella is no exception. Wise Mordecai King encourages his youngest son, Jacob, to get serious about his relationship with God AND the sweet Martha Byler. But "she thinks I need to grow up...she has enough kinner to take care of." Point well taken, except we readers know that there is more to Jacob than meets Martha's eye! This is a wonderful tale of familial and romantic love. This was a great collection for any lovers of Amish fiction. I received a complimentary copy from the published via The Fiction Guild, but was under no obligation to post a review.
I enjoy these Amish novella collections. I like that the stories can be read in a short amount of time, either introducing me to new characters, or building on a series that I already enjoy. I liked An Amish Summer and recommend it to Amish romance fans who are looking for light and enjoyable reading. A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray – This sweet story was a nice read. I like that the author ended up going in a different direction with it than I had originally expected it to go…and that direction resulted in a refreshing story. Summer Storm by Amy Clipston – It was hard to watch as Jesse was blamed for something he did not do, but I appreciated that the author included this particular family reaction. It was a rigid and strict judgment handed down to this courting couple, but I enjoyed seeing how it was all eventually resolved. Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller – What a great story! I felt so bad for Esther as she pined for someone who was enamored with her sister. I loved the way this story played out! One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin – This novella builds on the Amish of Bee County series. It was so nice to return to this community and revisit a few characters, while getting to watch the progression of Martha and Jacob’s attraction. All of these novellas were enjoyable to read and a good choice for fans of Amish fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
An Amish Summer four Novellas one shockinger (my word) than the last - they are full of in-expectancy and mystery, love and romance but it is how you get the romance that is journey. Can one come back from mis - i.d.'ing the girl you are in love with? I mean really? Can a secret truly kill a Wedding and if it can - so for how long - what for a week? - nope let me tell you it is over..........I wont go on on that. Can another religion or Culture cause someone change their whole life's self view and life's view? Well let me tell you....wooops cannot - moving on - can one summer change two whole lives? Well ___________that is the answer and I cannot fill it in - you have to - This is a must buy...............I love love it.....I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher and NetGalley;all the opinions in this review are all my own.
I love novella collections and the opportunity to read several stories by different authors, some of them my favorites. The summer theme was fun with the settings varying from farm to the beach to camping at a lake. In the first story, A Reunion in Pinecraft, I felt as confused as the characters who was going to end up together, and it was interesting to see the direction the author took. The second story, Summer Storm, was full of angst and misunderstanding. I loved how Jesse proved himself to be devoted to Arianna and her family. My favorite of the collection was Lakeside Love. I really liked this story of unrequited love and finding peace in oneself and following God's will. Even though Jonah had blinders on for a while, I admired the genuine way he handled his shifting feelings. Even though it was a short story, there were great themes explored and I felt like it was well-balanced and contained a full arc. The last story, One Sweet Kiss, was another one I especially liked because of the matchmaking efforts Jacob and Martha undertake for two of their special needs friends. It showed their thoughtful and caring nature, and gave Martha experiences that demonstrated that Jacob could be trusted. This collection is one that will be loved by fans of Amish fiction! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I love a book that has four stories in it. Then I can read one short story go do something and then later read another story. It's so nice not to feel like I have to read a book all at one time. I loved all the stories. Each story is about summer in the Amish community. Usually I have a favorite author or a favorite story but not this time. All the short stories stole my heart strings. And each story is different from the previous ones...because each author has her own way of writing. Than, of course, each author wrote about something Amish but not the same as the other authors. This is a great book to take to the beach, on vacation or simply read in your own backyard. All of these authors are great writers so the reader who enjoys Amish fiction won't be disappointed. Great book! *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
An Amish Summer is a collection of four beautifully written novellas by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin. This lovely collection is one that you will want to add to your bookshelf to reread again. It would also make a great gift for a friend. The first novella, A Reunion in Pinecraft, is by Shelley Shepard Gray. Sherry Kramer cannot wait to meet her secret pen pal Graham Holland in Pinecraft, Florida. Sherry brings her sister Sharon and two other good friends with her on the trip. Graham also brings two friends with him. Sherry first met Graham at a wedding, so she is really looking forward to the reunion. Unfortunately, the reunion is anything but joyful, it is rather awkward. Graham realizes as soon as he meets the sisters that Sharon is the one he thought he was writing to; he remembers her from the wedding, not Sherry. What happens next? You'll definitely want to check out this sweet novella, it won't disappoint! Taking a trip to lovely Pinecraft is always a special treat, especially in the Summer! Summer Storms by Amy Clipston is a beautifully written novella. This short story is the second novella in An Amish Summer. Arianna Smucker is counting down the days until she marries Jesse Zook, she can't wait! Jesse is also a good friend of Arianna's brother Tobias. Tobias is in an accident that gets both himself and Jesse in trouble. Marvin, Arianna's father, forbids Jesse from seeing Arianna again, and the wedding is off! Jesse is devastated. How will he prove to Marvin that he can be trusted? Will he be able to prove how devoted he is to Arianna and her family? Once you start reading you will not be able to put this story down! Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller is the third book in the collection. Esther Coblentz has always had a crush on Judah King. His family moved to Ohio four years ago. Judah only notices Esther's younger sister, Sarah. Rhett Davidson, an Englisher, shows up and spends the summer with the Coblentz family. Rhett's presence changes everything. You will want to be sure to check out this novella to see how the story unfolds. The final novella in An Amish Summer is One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin. This beautiful story is the perfect ending to a collection well-written novellas. Martha Byler has been taking care of her brothers and sisters since she was ten, when her mother passed away. She is in love with Jacob King, who does not seem to want to settle down anytime soon. He is just another person she will have to take care of. Jacob sees it a little differently. He had fun in his rumspringa, but now he is ready to settle down. Will Martha ever believe that he is the man she needs him to be? Kelly Irvin does a great job of bringing the characters to life. While reading you will feel like you are right there with them in lovely Bee County, Texas. The characters experience circumstances that we can all relate to, including frustration, patience, love, hope and faith. I definitely recommend picking up a copy of An Amish Summer. Once you start reading, you won't be putting this book down anytime soon! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley, and have given my honest opinion.
I do not typically read novellas, but I was asked to read and review this book. I prefer longer books with deeper character development. That being said, if you want quick light, fluffy summer reading, you may enjoy these. They are sweet stories.
In "Summer Storms" by Amy Clipston Ariana Smucker is engaged to Jesse Zook, the love of her life. One fateful night Jesse and Ariana are leaving a summer get together when Ariana's brother Tobias who has been drinking alcohol attempts to race buggies with the young couple and has a buggy accident. What will happen to all the young people involved? Come to find out Tobias has been drinking lately without anyone knowing. How will Tobias' new habit affect his life and that of those around him? You must read Amy Clipston's "An Amish Summer" to find out.
An Amish Summer is an enjoyable collection of sweet Amish stories, great for quick reading in the summer -- or any time of year. The good thing about novellas is that they are quick to read. The bad thing about novellas . . . is that they are quick to read; the stories are sometimes over too soon, before you want them to end. Seriously, I find the quick reads to be good for a few reasons. First, they can be a nice break from the longer novels and series that I enjoy so much. Second, they sometimes add more to stories I've already read by the author. Third, they give me a chance to read a sample by an author whose books I have never tried. This collection was a mixture of those things for me. I've read and enjoyed Shelley Shepard Gray's Pinecraft series and enjoyed her story related to that. Amy Clipston and Kathleen Fuller are also authors whose novels I have enjoyed, and as expected I found these new stories by them delightful to read. This was the first story I had read by Kelly Irvin. I had a little trouble following the flow of her story; I don't know whether it was her style or whether having not read her other books contributed to that. I would recommend An Amish Summer to anyone who is a fan of good Amish reads. Thanks to Booklook Bloggers for providing a copy of the book. I was happy to provide my personal thoughts in this review.
Summer Storms is An Amish Summer novella by Amy Clipston. Amy hooked me right from the start with this most wonderful story. You will be on an emotional roller coaster ride through out this story. Love the faith in this story. Be sure to order your copy today. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 4 stars!
You won't want to put this book down! Once again Amy Clipston outdoes herself. After a misunderstanding, Arianna's father refuses to allow Arianna to marry Jesse. You find yourself praying and hoping they find out the truth. I wanted so desperately to jump into the book and tell them myself! You find yourself relating to all the characters---Jesse for being accused of something he didn't do, Arianna for feeling betrayed by someone she loves, Arianna's brother for feeling like he just can't do anything right. You'll love the twists and turns this book gives and you'll be hoping for a great outcome at the end for all parties.
An Amish Summer is a wonderful collection of four summer romance novellas. In a Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray, sisters Sharon and Sherilyn travel to Shipshewana for a wedding, where they both meet Graham. Graham and Sherilyn begin writing letters to one another and look forward to one day meeting again. But when Graham sees Sherilyn, he realizes that he has been writing to the wrong sister. How will he cope with not letting Sherilyn down while getting to know Sharon. This was a great story. I really enjoyed the twists that I honestly didn’t expect. In a Summer Storm by Amy Clipston, Adrianna and Jesse are happy, in love, and about to be married. When her brother, Jesse’s best friend, messes things up for them, what will happen. Her father refuses to allow the marriage to happen or them to even see each other. Will her father change his mind or will their love be destined to be over. This was a sweet story about overcoming the odds to find each other. In Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller, Esther feels she could never live up to her little sister, Sarah. Sarah is beautiful and has the attention of Judah, the guy Esther has loved for the past several years. When their family hosts an Englischer for the summer, will things change for Esther? I loved this novella! Kathleen did a great job telling Esther’s story. She was very easy to love and cheer for as the story progressed. In One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin, Martha has been taking care of her family since her mother died when she was a girl. She is so used to mothering, that she even mother’s Jacob. Will she smother him or see him in a different light? Great story, I loved the love story within the story as well. Each novella stood alone on its own and was a great read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance or Amish story. I received this book from the publisher and netgalley in return for my honest opinion.
Martha Byler feels like she's been a mother to her younger siblings for most of her life. She is interested in Jacob King but doesn't need another child to care for. Will Jacob ever grow up and stop his reckless rumspringa behavior? Jacob has a good heart. He likes having fun, but he does care about his friends and family...and Martha. Will he be able to convince Martha that he is a responsible man and that she is entitled to a life of her own? Maybe things will be different this summer... Once again, Kelly Irvin has written a touching story. One Sweet Kiss has a fast-paced plot with lovable characters. The very first page will pull you into the story where you'll stay until you read the very last word. As always, Kelly, well done! Thank you for a delightful read! Susan Simpson
An Amish Summer By: Shelley Shepard Gray , Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller , and Kelly Irvin An Amish Summer is a collection of four different novellas by four different authors. I really enjoyed all these novellas. Each novella was easy to read ,and the story and the characters, both were well developed. The Amish is really just like the English , we each have some of the same problems, we both just deal with them in different ways. The authors write of trust and forgiveness. Each novella drew me in quickly . They were sweet clean romance . Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller , and Kelly Irvin, these authors all did a fantastic job on each novella. I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray This one was a surprise. The storyline didn’t go the way I thought it would. Graham learns that honesty is always the best policy, while Sherry and Sharon learn about forgiveness. A fun romance with a twist, Author Shelley Shepard Gray never disappoints! Summer Storms by Amy Clipston Trust is betrayed as Author Amy Clipston writes about a subject seldom mentioned in the Amish community. This story will remind you that people can change. That with God, they can start over. Arianna and her father also learn that judging people, based on what you think you see, is wrong. A wonderful short story of redemption. Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller We should never comparing ourselves to another, or feel that we don’t measure up, as Author Kathleen Fuller shows us in this novella. Struggling with jealousy, Esther learns that she has value, that she isn’t unlovable. And that God has great things for her; she just needs to be patient. A great reminder for all of us! One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin Sometimes we try to fill roles we aren’t called to fill. Caregiver, Fixer, etc. Author Kelly Irvin takes us into the lives of Jacob and Martha who are trying to do just that. The problems this cause looks insurmountable, but God, as we see, surprises us sometimes. A wonderful story of healing and forgiveness.
An Amish Summer is a collection of four novellas. These novellas include: A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray. Sharon and Sherilyn travels to Shipshewana for a wedding, where they meet Graham. Graham and Sherilyn starts writing letters to one another and look forward to one day meeting again. But there is a twist, Graham finds that he has been writing to the wrong sister. What does he do now? Summer Storm Amy Clipston. Adrianna and Jesse are happy, in love, and about to be married. Only her brother comes along and ruins it and her father refuses to allow the marriage to happen. Will he change his mind or will Adrianna's love be lost to her forever? Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller. Esther feels she could never be like her little sister, Sarah. Sarah is the beautiful one and even has the attention of Judah, the one Esther has loved most of her life. How will things change when a Englischer comes to visit for the summer? One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin. Martha has been taking care of her family since her mother died when she was young. She, also, feels she needs to take care of wild boy Jacob. How will one summer change her world forever? I thought An Amish Summer was pretty good. I enjoyed all of the short, sweet and clean Amish stories. My favorite would have to be Kelly Irvin's One Sweet Kiss. I would recommend this book as it is definitely worth a read. Four stars. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
A new novella collection of sweet, summer romances from some of our favorite Amish authors! A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful? My thoughts: A Reunion in Pinecraft is a sweet romance written in Ms. Gray's distinctive style. Two sisters, attracted to the same man. One man, confused about which sister he really wants. The one he wrote to or the one he dreamed about. A double romance plays out in this story, and I adored it. I think the Pinecraft novels and novellas are my favorites by this author. I like her sweet, innocent style. Loved it. Summer Storms by Amy Clipston Arianna is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna’s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse’s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna’s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair. My thoughts: Summer Storms is a romance by Ms. Clipston that deals with a realistic problem that some Amish have. I couldn't connect with Arianna as well as I wanted to, but Jesse is a sweetheart. I hated that he was judged unfairly by both Arianna and her father for trying to help Tobias with his troubles, struggles, and bad decisions, but it's real. I loved how he went the extra mile to prove himself worthy to both Arianna and her father. There are some lingering questions at the end of the story, but overall, good. I haven't read all of Ms. Clipston's books so I'm not sure if this one was part of one of her series. Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known—and loved—her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change. My thoughts: Lakeside Love by Ms. Fuller is unique as in its about a plain Amish girl who's home has turned into a tourist attraction by her dad who wants to earn money. She's a sweet, friendly girl who has a low opinion of herself because she's not pretty. When her sister starts flirting with an Englisch man in addition to every other man in town and lashes out at Esther for being friendly, it causes a strain between the sisters. Judah is young and confused, and I'm glad Rhett spoke words of truth to him and helped him find his true feelings. I absolutely loved this story. Like with Ms. Clipston, I haven't read all of Ms. Fuller's books, so I don't know if this was intended as part of one of her series. Either way, it was a totally adorable story. One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, sh