Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma’s time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.
Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill—50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won’t work for her. Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.
Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?
How did Thelma meet her husband? Find out in The Lopsided Christmas Cake.
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Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
To learn more about Wanda, visit her website at www.wandabrunstetter.com.
Jean Brunstetter became fascinated with the Amish when she first went to Pennsylvania to visit her father-in-law’s family. Since that time, Jean has become friends with several Amish families and enjoys writing about their way of life. She also likes to put some of the simple practices followed by the Amish into her daily routine. Jean lives in Washington State with her husband, Richard Jr. and their three children, but takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities in several states. In addition to writing, Jean enjoys boating, gardening, and spending time on the beach.
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The Farmers' Market Mishap
By Wanda Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter
Barbour Publishing, Inc.Copyright © 2017 Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter
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A bone-chilling wind lashed at the trees, scattering bits of debris across the yard. Elma Hochstetler drew her shawl tighter, shivering against the cold. All day long the weather had been like this. One would never know it was the first week of May. She quickened her footsteps, pausing to step around a puddle left from last night's rain. If this unpredictable, windy and gray-skied weather kept up, she'd never get the rest of her garden planted. Hurriedly, she made her way to the chicken coop, not wanting to spend any more time out here than necessary. With nightfall approaching, Elma felt the temperature dropping.
As she passed the barn, Elma heard her trusty horse, Pearl, whinny and kick the door from inside her stall. Cupping her hands around her mouth, Elma hollered, "You're okay, girl; it's just the wind." She grabbed at the scarf covering her head, hoping it wouldn't be blown away, and blinked several times when her eyes began to run because of the stinging air.
When the kicking stopped, Elma breathed a sigh of relief and hurried on. The last thing she needed was one more repair to take care of. The wind followed as she opened the door to the chicken coop, barely making it inside before it slammed shut. Loose feathers stirred up and floated slowly down as the air calmed inside. Sounds of watery clucking, claws scratching the floor, and the fluttery ruffle as a chicken preened itself greeted her. She sneezed when the odor of straw and dusty feed reached her nostrils. Elma blew a feather away from her face that until now, had been stuck in her head scarf.
Collecting eggs wasn't Elma's favorite pastime, nor did she enjoy feeding and watering the unpredictable chickens. She glanced around quickly, hoping Hector wasn't lying in wait for her this evening. The feisty multicolored rooster could be so erratic — sometimes creeping up on her in a sneak attack, other times boldly pursuing her as soon as she stepped into the coop.
Elma looked down at her leg, now sporting an itchy bandage. For no apparent reason, other than just plain orneriness, Hector had pecked her ankle and broken the skin earlier this morning when she'd entered the coop. This evening she'd brought an old broom in with her and made sure it was within reach in case she needed to defend herself. "You won't get me twice today," Elma muttered. "I'm ready for you this time, Hector."
Elma lifted her wicker basket and started down the line. "All right, ladies, what do you have for me?" She'd fed and watered the chickens this morning but hadn't taken time to collect the eggs, as she'd been in a hurry to open the store. The fabric sale going on this week was bringing more customers than they'd expected.
When Elma's twin sister lived here, taking care of the chickens had been her job. But since Thelma married Joseph and they'd moved into the house across the street, she had faced other responsibilities, not to mention the task of caring for her own chickens. And now Thelma was expecting a baby and tired easily. Even though she still helped in the store, for the last month she'd only been working part-time. This put more stress on Elma, as she couldn't manage everything on her own. Two weeks ago, she'd hired Anna Herschberger to help out during the times Thelma couldn't be there. So far, the arrangement had been working well.
"Okay, Gert, you'd better move aside." Elma gave the hen a gentle push, reached into the nesting box, and plucked out a nicely rounded tan-colored egg. "Danki, Gert."
Smiling, Elma moved on to the next nesting box, always wary of Hector. No sign of him yet, so she figured he hadn't come inside with the rest of the chickens when the sun began to set.
When Elma finishing gathering eggs, she hurried out the door and headed for the warmth of the house. She'd no more than stepped onto the porch when Tiger showed up. Purring in a deep, throaty rumble, the orange-and-white cat rubbed against her leg. As Elma switched the basket into her other hand, Tiger walked a figure-eight motion in and around her feet.
"Okay, okay, don't be in such a rush. At least allow me to open the door." She turned the knob, and as the door swung open, Tiger released several rapid-fire meows and darted in with a swish of his tail, causing Elma to trip. She regained her balance just in time to avoid dropping the eggs. "Tiger, why can't you be more patient? I could have spilled all the eggs and had a big mess to clean up."
Tiger offered a piercing meow and paraded off.
Elma rolled her eyes. She'd never cared much for cats, but with the mouse problem she'd had since living in her grandparents' old house, it was either allow the cat in or set traps in most of the rooms. Since Elma began letting Tiger in every evening, the mouse population had decreased, so at least something good had come from it. Elma's twin was the one who loved cats. If Thelma had her way, she'd adopt every stray cat from Topeka to Shipshewana.
Elma entered the kitchen and set the basket of eggs on the counter. She grimaced, noticing the wet tea bag she'd left on a spoon this morning before leaving to open the store. It wasn't like her to be so careless. "Guess I have too much on my mind these days," she murmured, removing her shawl and folding it neatly over the back of a chair.
Tiger, who'd joined her in the kitchen, swished his tail across the hem of Elma's long dress. Meow. Meow. It was a definite "I want to be fed now" meow.
"Hang on. I'll get you something to eat shortly." Elma picked up the wilted tea bag and threw it in the garbage. Then she opened a cupboard door to get the cat food. Before she could get the bowl filled, Tiger began gobbling it up.
"You greedy katz." Elma chuckled. "You ate breakfast this morning, so you can't be that hungry." She gave him some fresh water then took care of the eggs. Once they were put in the refrigerator, Elma took out a container of leftover vegetable-beef soup, poured it into a kettle, and placed it on her new propane-operated stove. Even unheated, the meaty scent made her stomach growl. Thank goodness the old woodstove was gone, although the kitchen wasn't as warm and toasty now. That sooty old beast had given her and Thelma so much trouble when they'd first moved here after their grandparents died. A good many desserts had flopped or ended up overly brown when they'd baked in the antiquated oven.
Elma snickered, thinking about the lopsided cake her twin sister had made and they'd taken to Shipshewana to be auctioned off. Patting her cheek, it was hard not to get flustered again. Even so, with all the time that had passed, her face grew increasingly warmer with the thought of what had transpired onstage. She could have died of embarrassment when the bidding began. Then, she stood, too stunned to speak, when someone bid one hundred dollars for their pathetic-looking cake. Turned out that Joseph Beechy had convinced his friend Delbert Gingerich to bid on the cake so he could meet Thelma. The plan worked, too, because it didn't take long for Joseph and Thelma to begin courting.
As Elma stirred the soup, her thoughts drifted yet again. Slowly but surely, this old house was being transformed into a more comfortable place to live. At least Elma saw it that way. Grandma and Grandpa had been content to live here a good many years, getting by with what they had and making only a few updates. Even with the new stove, some updated kitchen cabinets, and a new water heater, Elma had a list of things she still wanted to have done. One in particular was getting someone to fix the leaky toilet in the bathroom upstairs. She also hoped to buy a new kitchen table and replace the faded kitchen linoleum, which had worn nearly through in several places — especially in front of the stove. Another project involved carpentry, so she'd need to call on Joseph's friend Delbert for that.
At one time, Delbert and Elma had been a courting couple, but things didn't work out between them. He was too set in his ways, and most likely, he thought she was, too. Then Delbert's cousin Myron Bontrager came on the scene and courted Elma for a few months. Myron lived in southern Indiana, and it didn't take Elma long to realize a long-distance relationship wasn't going to work out. Besides, she and Myron didn't have much in common, so she wasn't too upset when they went their separate ways.
While waiting for the soup to heat, Elma set the table and poured a glass of water. When the soup was ready, she poured the steaming medley into a bowl, inhaling its beefy aroma. There was only enough for one helping, but it was plenty for her and certainly hearty. After adding a box of crackers and a leftover cheese ball to the setting, she took a seat and bowed her head for silent prayer. Heavenly Father, I thank You for this food and ask You to bless it to the nourishment of my body. Be with my sister and her husband, and with our family in Sullivan, Illinois. Continue to give me the strength to keep Grandma and Grandpa's store going, and if it be Your will, bring the right man into my life. Amen.
When Elma opened her eyes, her gaze came to rest on the vacant chair where Thelma used to sit. The chair wasn't the only thing deserted, however. The entire house seemed empty without her presence.
When Elma gave her blessing for Thelma to marry Joseph, she had no idea how lonely it would be to live in this rambling old house all alone. There was no one to converse with except the cat, and cooking for one was certainly no fun. Sometimes during a long, solitary night, Elma would cry herself to sleep. She never let on, though. No point upsetting her sister or throwing cold water on Thelma's happiness.
I need to quit feeling sorry for myself. Elma grabbed the saltshaker and sprinkled a bit on her soup. My twin deserves to be happy with Joseph. I only wish I could find a man with whom I'd be content — someone who shares my interests and looks at life the way I do.
Thirty-four and still unmarried, Elma had accepted her plight. Unless God brought the special man to her, she'd be an old maid for the rest of her life.
* * *
Thelma sat in the rocking chair, knitting a pair of green booties. The baby wouldn't be here for five more months, but she wanted to be prepared. She glanced at her husband, sitting across from her reading the recent edition of The Connection magazine, and smiled.
Returning her smile, Joseph set his magazine aside. "Is the gas lamp giving you enough light?"
"Jah, it's plenty."
"I was looking at you a bit ago and noticed you were squinting." He gestured to the coffee table. "You oughta be using those readers right there on the table, don't you think?"
Thelma nodded. "You're right. I'm trying to use what little sight I have without them." She wrinkled her nose. "Anyway, those glasses make me feel like I'm getting old." She began rocking in rhythm to the clicking of her knitting needles.
"You're schee. In fact, I think you've gotten even cuter since I married you." Joseph winked at her. "And you're even more beautiful now that you are carrying our baby. You have a glow about you."
She placed the needles in her lap and flapped her hand at him. "Go on now — you're such a tease."
Joseph left his chair and came over to give her a kiss. "I'm not teasing. I'm a lucky man to have found a woman as pretty as you.
You're schmaert, too."
Thelma bobbed her head. "Now that's one thing I'll have to agree on. I was smart enough to marry you."
He gave her another wink. "Think I'll pour myself a glass of grape juice. Can I get you anything?" "Juice sounds good. Danki, Joe."
"No problem." Joseph gave Thelma another quick kiss and headed for the kitchen.
While Thelma waited for his return, she thought about some of the things she needed to get done before the week was out. Tomorrow was Thursday, and she'd be helping Elma in the store, so not much at home would get done. Friday would have to be laundry day, and Saturday she hoped to do some baking and cleaning.
Thelma felt thankful her utility room was on the main floor. She didn't miss those days of going down to the basement to wash a load of clothes. Poor Elma. She never has liked going to the basement to do the laundry. It's too bad there isn't a place for her washing machine upstairs. Maybe Joe or Delbert could figure something out.
Thelma glanced around the living room. She couldn't help comparing her and Joe's home to Grandpa and Grandma's old house. The fireplace mantel in this home was nicely stained, and the flooring was in tip-top shape. The prior owners had obviously kept the place up.
When Thelma and Joseph first moved in, Elma donated a few pieces of furniture, such as the rocker Thelma sat in now. Of course, Joseph brought the furniture he had in his previous home, so they didn't really need much.
She glanced at the empty cradle sitting across the room. Even though carpentry was not his specialty, Joseph had made the cradle, finishing it last week. Of course, his good friend Delbert, being a carpenter by trade, had given Joe several tips. What a shame things didn't work out for Dell and Elma. Thelma got the chair moving faster. I'd always hoped when I fell in love, my twin sister would find her soul mate and fall in love, too. It would be nice if Elma was also married and expecting a boppli. Well, at least she'll have the privilege of being an auntie soon.
Despite Thelma's love for Joseph, it had been difficult for her to get married and move out of Grandpa and Grandma's old house, leaving Elma alone to fend for herself. Although Thelma and Joseph only lived across the street, it sometimes felt like miles between them. I wonder what Elma is doing tonight? Thelma paused from rocking to glance out the front window. During the day, from where she sat now, she could see across the street to the house she'd become so familiar with. Now she could only see a faint light glowing in one of the windows. It must be lonely for her over there by herself. Well, at least she lives close and we get to see each other nearly every day.
Thelma and Elma had always been close, and when they'd moved to Topeka two years ago, to take over Grandma and Grandpa's store and live in their house, it had drawn them even closer. She was ever so happy being married to Joseph, but oh, how Thelma wished her twin could find such a wonderful man.
"Oh, my." Thelma's eyes flew open when her neck snapped back before almost nodding off to sleep.
"You look tired, my love." Joseph set a glass of juice on the coffee table near Thelma. "Should we drink our juice and then get ready for bed?" Thelma yawned, rubbing her neck. "I suppose it would be a good idea. The sale will continue at the store tomorrow so I need to be there early to help Elma."
Joseph's thick eyebrows rose high on his forehead. "I thought Elma hired Anna Herschberger to help out."
"She did, but one of Anna's friends is getting married tomorrow, so Anna asked for the day off." Thelma drank the juice; then, grasping the armrests, she rose from her chair.
Joseph pulled Thelma into his arms and kissed her tenderly. "I love you so much, and now that you're expecting a boppli, I want to be sure you take good care of yourself."
She tipped her head back, reaching up to stroke his soft beard. "Now don't look so worried. I'll be fine, Joe, and so will our baby."CHAPTER 2
You look mied this morning. Are you sure you feel up to working today?" Elma placed both hands on her sister's shoulders.
"I am a bit tired, but with the sale going on still, and Anna not working, you need my help." Thelma smiled, although it didn't quite reach her usual sparkling blue eyes. "Besides, I enjoy being here in the store with you and having the opportunity to visit with customers."
Elma knew all about her twin's eagerness to visit. Even when they were children, Thelma had been the outgoing one. While Elma was talkative with people she knew, her sister easily carried on conversations with complete strangers. She remembered how once, when they were ten years old, their mother had taken them shopping. As they were getting ready to leave the store, Thelma walked right up to a young English girl and asked where she'd gotten her red balloon. The next thing Elma knew, her sister and the English girl were exchanging addresses so they could write to each other. Elma had never understood why she and Thelma were different on many levels. Yet they were as close as any identical twins could possibly be.
"I have a suggestion." Elma moved to one side of the stool where her sister sat. "Why don't you sit on this stool here by the counter and wait on people? I'll take care of cutting material and restocking shelves as needed."
"Are you sure? I can help stock shelves if you need me to."
Elma shook her head determinedly. "Absolutely not! In your delicate condition, you should not be doing anything strenuous. At least here by the counter, you can stay off your feet."
"You and Joseph worry about me too much." Thelma folded her arms across her stomach. "I'm not an invalid, you know."
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Elma Holchstetler has always had a habit of putting others before herself. Her twin sister found love but will she? Delbert was there for her but was it love? She meets Ben Wagler who is great but lives so far away..... How will it all work out? Just wait and read.....
A delightful Amish romance! I thoroughly enjoyed looking in on Elma and Thelma again. They are very well developed and presented. It was fun seeing how Thelma and her husband Joseph have moved on with their lives since the end of the first book in the series. The bond that the twins have is a little strained because of the natural distance with this change. Yet their love for each other is the same. I found the differences in the men that come into Elma’s life very clear and easy to pick up. It was fun to see how her relationship with each of them progressed. I knew from early in the book who I wanted her to end up with. I received a free eBook copy of this story through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
This was a story of how the second unmarried twin found a husband, how her work and life was lived mostly helping and putting others first. Having twin grand-babies born this year I enjoyed this story focused on twins.
The Farmers’ Market Mishap, coauthored by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter, picks up where The Lopsided Christmas Cake leaves off. When I started this series, Elma was so serious that I favored her twin sister, Thelma. This book changed my mind. Both of these books were five stars (err, coffee cups) for me but this book was my favorite. Here’s why… So many times I read a book and I know who ends up with who from the first chapter. I can’t stand that. I don’t like an author shipping their character off to the first guy she meets. Those wham bam romances are so predictable and a character like Elma is just much too sensible to fall for that foolishness. I feel like the time alone for Elma really smoothed her rough edges. By the time she fell in love; it was for all of the right reasons and not sheer desperation. We saw how selfless Elma was at the end of The Lopsided Christmas Cake. She gave her sister the freedom to love Joseph; even though it meant learning to live by herself for the first time in her life. For me, in this book, I realized how selfish Thelma could be. I won’t elaborate but I was frustrated with her. Of course, everything works out how it was supposed to but I couldn’t help but be a little angry with Thelma. The conclusion was absolutely perfect for this book. Thelma’s surprise? I honestly didn’t see that one coming—it was a bit predictable and I probably should have but I didn’t. Just perfect! Overall, Elma has the best romance. I feel that Elma took her time to get to know her chosen life partner before rushing down the aisle. It’s not that I don’t like Thelma. I do! But, I love that Elma’s journey to love ever after wasn’t rushed. Wanda and Jean definitely saved the best for last! A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Netgalley, Wanda's Clippity Clop Club. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Who knew a spilled basket of fruit could lead to true love? That’s how it started for Elma and Ben. It all began with a chance encounter at the Shipshewana Farmer’s Market and an accident which led to Elma’s display spilling all over the table and onto the ground. After everything is picked up and put back into place, Elma and Ben take a walk through the Farmer’s Market and spend time talking and getting to know one another. It appears to be love at first sight for them both, but 50 miles is a great distance and they both have responsibilities to home, family, and business. The general store Elma and Thelma inherited from their grandparents fills her days and she has her pets to keep her company in the evening, but Elma’s life is lonely now that Thelma has married. Elma has longed for the life Thelma has found with Joseph and she isn’t getting any younger. Will she marry Ben and have the family she wants? Will they be able to overcome the things that separate them? Will family members keep them apart? Will they find the path to happiness or are they destined to remain single? Will duty to family come before love? For the answers to these questions and so much more, pick up a copy of The Farmer’s Market Mishap today. It is a very enjoyable book and I highly recommend it! By the way, I love the cover design and the book flaps are handy for marking your place! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Okay but cute story... The Farmers' Market Mishap By Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter Elma Hochstetler wants to get married but at her 30+ years doesn't think its ever going to happen. Her twin sister Thelma is married and expecting her first baby and want Elma to marry too. Just one problem Thelma wants to pick out the man Elma will marry after all that is the only way to ensure Elma stays close and in Topeka, Indiana. In Grabill, Indiana, Ben Wagler is having his own matchmaking troubles - his mother, Dorothy can't accept that he doesn't want to marry any of the local Amish in their community. After all why wouldn't he want to marry an eligible young woman especially at his age! She's sure he could fall in love if he'd just put a little more effort into it. But when Ben and Elma meet over a spilled basket of fruit they have a connection - there is just one problem they live more than 50 miles apart. This is an instant strike against them in both the eyes of Thelma and Dorothy. But when the heart's involve who will win ~ love or loyalty to family ties? This is a cute book that at times can get a tad redundant with the main characters rehashing their feelings and the re-explaining of situations. Yes, Elma's horse was injured and needs a few more weeks of rest - got it. But if you're looking for a quick read and have enjoyed Wanda Brunstetter's Amish novellas in the past you'll enjoy this book as well. I was a tad disappointed in the book and the story flow at times and at other times it flowed smoothly when not dealing with Elma's chore load, and Thelma and Dorothy's attempts at marital manipulation. And an added bonus for those who like to cook - there are two recipes in the back one for crisp and one for potato salad. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I really enjoyed this short story of family ties between Elma Hochstetler and her twin sister Thelma. Life changes can be hard to adjust to, but Wanda E . and Jean Brunstetter have written a wonderful and inspiring story, that keeps the reader fully engaged with the interactions and emotions of the characters. I have read most of Wanda's books, but I unfortunately missed reading the prequel to this book The Lopsided Christmas Cake,. While I really enjoyed this story, I would have enjoyed it more if I was familiar with the previous story, and would recommend reading it first. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and I was not under any obligation to post a review.
The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda E Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing but am not under obligation to post a review. In fact, I almost did not write one as I always hate to post when I am not in love with a book. However, I decided to write once I realized that it really was my own interests that gave me such a poor view of this book. The Farmer’s Market Mishap is a sequel to the Lopsided Christmas Cake. It is about two Amish sisters who are twins and does a nice job of showing the deep connection twins feel even as they learn to live apart as adults. One sister is married and expecting while the other wishes she could have the same thing but not wanting to take anything away from her sister’s joy. This is a genre that I had not really explored before so when I was given a copy I thought why not? I can read about this and see if it is one I would continue to read. I was so disappointed because I came to the realization that I did not like this genre and in fact had a very difficult time finishing not because it was a bad topic but because it was not a topic I appreciate. While it gives a wonderful look into the life of the Amish and even uses some of their vocabulary and mannerism to enhance the experience I found the book to be a bit slow and fluffy. I don’t think that it is the fault of the author who has many wonderful titles to her name, but rather it is me. So if you are interested in the world of the Amish, I would recommend this book. If not, like me, keep exploring and don’t feel you have to finish a book simply because you started it. I didn’t.
The Farmers' Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter Return to Amish Country in Topeka, Indiana, and the Hochstetler twin sisters who are pulled apart by life s changes. Elma is living alone for the first time in her life after Thelma married. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love. Will she remain alone while Thelma moves on to build a family? Find out in this brand new romance from New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter. this is Elma Hochstetler and Ben Wangler’s story. this is Thelma Hochstetler and Joseph Beechy’s story. An unexpected event at the farmer’s market introduced Elma to Ben Wangler. Ben lived in another town, caring for his mother and had his own business. Thelma implied to Elma it wouldn’t work for her to marry Ben because she would have to move to where Ben lived but she was needed at the store. Elma believed Thelma’s remark and refused to continue seeing Ben. Plus, Ben’s mother didn’t think he needed to court someone in another town. There are serious and humorous times throughout The Farmers' Market Mishap. Wanda and Jean Brunstetter created another lighthearted charming read with characters that will please, especially the dog that brighten up the world for Elma. What tragic event will bring communities together and individuals will discover their love for one another? Readers of Wanda Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter will enjoy their latest book, The Farmers' Market Mishap. I would like to see another book about Elma and Thelma to see where they are in life and how the store is changing. The continuing story of Elma and Thelma. Thelma is married and expecting a baby. Elma still lives alone across the street from Thelma and still runs her grandparents store after both Sister inherit the store. Return to Amish country in Topeka, Indiana, and the Hochstetler twin sisters. will Elma learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart? read this book to find out. The Farmers' Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is a wonderful well written 5 star book. I highly recommend reading. a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. New Books by Wanda E. Brunstetter The Seekers (Amish Cooking Class, book 1) The Farmers' Market Mishap (Lopsided Christmas Cake, book 2) The Blessing (Amish Cooking Class, book 2) The Beloved Christmas Quilt The Amish Millionaire Collection Series Lopsided Christmas Cake (with Jean Brunstetter) 1. The Lopsided Christmas Cake 2. The Farmers' Market Mishap Amish Cooking Class 1. The Seekers 2. The Blessing
This was such a great sequel to the Lopsided Christmas Cake. I was hooked on the first page and I didn't want to put this book down at all! If you love Amish stories and/of Wanda E. Brunstetter you will LOVE this book! I highly recommend it! This is going in my home library and my overgrowing collection of Wanda E. Brunstetter collection. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
This is the second book in the Lopsided Christmas Cake series written by a founding Amish genre' author, and it is a light fun read about twin sisters, Thelma and Elma who have always lived together, no longer do so as Thelma has gotten married and is expecting a boppli since the last book. However, they are still running their general/fabric store but it's very tiring for Elma since Thelma is expecting and can't really help many hours weekly. When they go to the Farmer's Market to sell produce, Elma meets Ben due to a funny mishap. Delivering flowers for his mother, Ben takes along his dog, Hunter. Hunter chases the customer's cat, runs off into the woods, and gets lost devastating Ben. Elma is presented with a gift, a dog, by an old boyfriend. Is she too picky to find a man to love? Will the dog help her chose the old boyfriend or Ben? Is she too picky ar love or will she choose to love her old boyfriend or Ben? Wanda Brunstutter can always be counted on for good quality writing and great Christian values. I love reading her books! I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255. Thank you NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for a review copy.
Another great Amish book from Wanda. No matter how many books she writes, none are alike. She always writes the best characters that are so real. A great clean Christian read that will leave you smiling as you turn the page. “The Farmer’s Market Mishap” is the very enjoyable if somewhat slight sequel to “The Lopsided Christmas Cake” I did not read the first book, but did not have any problems following along. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
The Farmers' Market Mishap easily picks right back up where The Lopsided Christmas Cake left off, which will be a delight for all Wanda and Jean Brunstetter fans! Twins Elma and Thelma now live across the street from each other, since Thelma's wedding to Joseph. As Thelma and Joseph begin their lives together and start to build a family, Elma lives alone in the farmhouse they once shared, and at times, feels understandably lonely. She deals with the very real human emotion of envy -- wondering if she will ever be married and raising a family. But we also see that Elma has grown a bit more mellow -- to the point of letting a few pets share her home. Her pets quickly become dear companions to her, another bit of proof that Elma's demeanor is softening. As Elma goes about the daily tasks of running the general store, could she be rekindling an old relationship -- or is there someone new in her life who will win her heart? As readers, we are left guessing right up until the very end! Another treat for the reader are the recipes that follow the story, at the end of the book. Another wonderfully heartwarming read by the writing team of Wanda and Jean Brunstetter! I received an advanced copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This story picks up where "The Lopsided Christmas Cake" ended, but it can be read as a stand alone, too. Wanda Brunstetter always brings us a warmhearted Amish story with a lesson for us all. At the beginning, Elma Hochstetler is adjusting to being without her twin sister for the first time and having to run their general store by herself most of the time. Her twin, Thelma, has married and is expecting her first child; and even though she is almost next door, Elma is feeling very lonely and wonders if she is destined to be an old maid. By chance or by God's timing, she meets Ben Wagler at a farmers' market and they have a mutual attraction, but Ben lives 50 miles away which is a long distance when you remember they travel by horse and buggy. Ben lives with his mother and helps her. Both Ben and Elma feel they cannot desert their families and wonder if they are meant to always being alone. Can they find a way to work everything out? Another good read from Wanda Brunstetter. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Wanda is one of my favorite Christian Amish Authors. This is a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake which I personally haven’t read yet. I really liked this book and it stood alone well. It was really carefree and low stress, but has a great plot and story line. I liked the thread that ran through it and developed along the way with a great conclusion at the end. If you like Christian Amish reads, this is one you’ll want to check out for yourself. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I so enjoy every book that Wanda E. Brunstetter writes. This was definitely no exception. This was fun to have the characters a bit older than normal. This story had me going back and forth as to whether Elma was going to end up with Ben or her old friend Delbert. This was such a good story. I received a copy of this book from Barbour for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
When I first received this novel, I couldn't help but love the cover. Even though it is (a thicker) paperback edition, it has inside flaps just as the hardcover books of long-past days. I found that quite impressive, as the cover is much sturdier and with passing my books on after I have read them, the church library will get a nicer book. I didn't read the first book in this series, but had no problems picking up the story line of the twin sisters and their lives, now somewhat separate since one has married. The thought of losing her sister to someone who is courting her from 50 miles away is very difficult for Thelma, and she tries to dissuade Ben and Elma by encouraging another man who had previously courted her sister. Ben's mother also tries to dissuade their courtship by bringing another young lady to her house for dinner and attempts to match-make, but with Ben already smitten with Elma, her attempts are in vain. I felt sorry for Elma, as her life seemed quite difficult as a single Amish woman who doesn't see the possibility of life getting any easier as she cares for her few animals and general store that the sisters have inherited. It just seemed insurmountable for one person to be able to take care of everything. Mishaps, twists in the story and even a tornado are included in this novel. It will have you empathize with Elma as she navigates life and all its trials as well as blessings. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are 100% my own.
In The Farmer’s Market Mishap, we find Elma Hochstetler very lonely and very busy after her twin sister married and is now expecting a baby. Even though her sister, Thelma just moved across the street, Elma can’t help but to feel lonely and even a bit abandoned. I really felt for Elma. She has resigned herself to being an old maid and is now running the store her and her sister own virtually on her own. The one thing she seems to talk to the most is her cat. She has courted a few men, but either she is too picky or they are. Till one day she meets Ben at the farmer’s market. Ben is a bachelor of 35 living at home and taking care of his mother. He also has resigned himself to a life of singleness until he meets Elma. The only problem is that they live a distance apart. Distance can be such a problematic and scary word for families. Neither Thelma, Elma’s twin, or Ben’s mother wanted either one of them to move away. It was a sticky situation and I did feel that Elma and Ben were quite old enough to make their own decisions, but the families were comfortable the way things stood and neither Elma’s sister or Ben’s mother were very open about them moving away from one of them. Hmmm, this raised a few of my hackles. This for the most part is a light summer read that shows that even having a simpler life, life can still get complicated. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
A sweet story with interesting characters. The setting and events are described in a way that makes the story enjoyable and makes me want to read more by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
When I learned that Wanda and Jean Brunstetter had written a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake, I eagerly looked forward to reading The Farmers’ Market Mishap! I have three sisters but they are nothing like the twins, Elma and Thelma. This book can be read without reading the first; there is enough background information provided so that you get an idea of their relationship. However, I think having read the first book helped me understand, a little bit, how one sister can ask the other to give up a chance for happiness and love to stay nearby in their community. When you travel by horse and buggy, 50 miles might as well be 500. You can’t just drop by anytime you want to. How could Elma consider moving that far away? I must admit that, at first, the frequent use of the town/location to separate sections of the story was a distraction to me. I had to stop and think who was supposed to be where! But as I read further into the book, it wasn’t as noticeable and actually helped to know which of the two family’s stories I was entering. Even though I feel I’ve been negative so far, I must make it clear that did enjoy reading the book, and I look forward to reading it again. I do wonder when Jean Brunstetter will publish her own stories! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
A whimsical Amish tale of how two lives cross paths and send hearts pitter patting. Could it be a mishap or is it a coincident that Elma Hochstetler and Ben Wagler go to the same farmers' market in another town from where they both live? Is it mishap or coincident that Ben's dog goes missing and ends up in another town far from home? In the meantime, Thelma, Elma's twin sister, is trying to play matchmaker by hooking Elma up with Delbert. But Elma insists she only wants to be friends with Delbert as her life is busy running her general store and taking care of her farm. What she doesn't tell her sister is how her mind keeps wondering back to Ben. "The Farmers' Market Mishap" is Wanda E. Brunstetter's sequel to "The Lopsided Christmas Cake." If you enjoy the Amish genre and looking for a light summer read then give this book a try. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
While The Farmers' Market Mishap is a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake, it can be read as a stand-a-lone novel; however, I do not recommend doing so because the reader will miss a great novel written by Wanda Brunstetter and her daughter-in-law, Jean. It is a delightful introduction into the lives of twins, Elma and Thelma Hochstetler. A chance meeting brings Elma Hochstetler and Ben Wagler together. Elma is the twin sister of Thelma Hochstetler who married in The Lopsided Christmas Cake. Expecting her first boppli (baby), Thelma is unable to help her sister in their store as much as both of them would like and Elma is feeling a bit lonesome for her sister. A stray dog provides some companionship but it is just not the same as the closeness she and her sister once had when they lived and worked together in the shop. Ben Wagler lives over 50 miles away but he just cannot get sweet Elma out of his mind. Once again, Wanda and Jean provide a delightful story of the everyday life of twins Elma and Thelma. As always, the story is heartwarming and there are no complicated plots to try to follow. I highly recommend The Farmers' Market Mishap!
This is a delightful follow-up story to The Lopsided Christmas Cake. Elma Hochstetler has been living alone since her twin sister married Joseph. Elma is also running the general store and has hired part-time help since her sister is pregnant. Elma’s failed courtship with Delbert Gingerich has Elma wondering if she will always be alone. Then a mishap at the Farmer’s Market brings Ben Wagler and Elma together. There is an instant connection, but the two live far apart and neither one can see themselves leaving their homes and family. Ben has a responsibility to his widowed mother, and Elma could not bear moving away from her sister and the general store. Will the two find a way to be together? Elma’s everyday life and the connection she has to her sister is heart-warming. There is grace in a simple story and the addition of Hunter/Freckles brings in a nice surprise. The pacing is good, the glimpse into the Amish lifestyle is entertaining, and the emotions and struggles are sympathetic and real. The characters are all likeable and although Thelma & Ben’s mother have selfish motives at times, they come to the realization they cannot stand in the way of Elma & Ben’s happiness. Very nicely done. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under the obligation to post a review.
The Farmers’ Market Mishap is a wonderful sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake written by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter. It tells the story of Elma and Thelma; identical twins whose lives have taken them in different directions. Thelma is married to Joseph Beechy and they are expecting their first boppli (baby). Elma Hochstetler is still single and living alone in their late grandparent's house that she used to share with Thelma. Even though Thelma and Joseph live right across the street, Elma feels lonely and sometimes jealous of her sister’s life. She wishes that she could find her soulmate but the right man has not come along yet. Elma meets Ben Wagler at the farmer's market when he accidentally knocks over a basket of produce. It appears to be love at first sight but Ben lives fifty miles away with his widowed mother, Dorothy. Neither one seems willing to think about moving because of their commitments to their family. Can they make this relationship work? Readers of Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter will enjoy The Farmers’ Market Mishap. While this book can be read without reading The Lopsided Christmas Cake first, I would highly recommend reading it so you will have a better understanding of the characters. As usual, the Brunstetter’s have done a great job describing Amish life in Indiana. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
The Farmer's Market Mishap is the second book from Wanda Brunstetter's Lopsided Christmas Cake series. The reader is taken back to Topeka, Indiana with twins Elma and Thelma. Thelma is now married with a little one on the way, while Elma lives alone and staying busy running the family's store. Elma wonders if she would ever find herself married. She tries to find a connection with Delbert and then something happens at the store that could change everything. I thought The Farmer's Market Mishap was a pretty good and short read. The scenes with Elma and Ben were so sweet and loved had a little dog brought them together. I knew the two were from two different worlds but was rooting for them. There were a few moments I found myself laughing out loud and others I wanted to cry. I think this was a good lighthearted and easy to read story and I recommend it for those who love Amish fiction. 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.