Some believe in love at first sight. But lasting love is most clearly seen with the heart.
"A Miracle for Miriam" Miriam forgave Seth for humiliating her when they were children on the schoolyard, but since then, she's guarded her heart. Years later, Miriam sees him at a Christmas party and notices something has changednot just how he acts, but how he looks. When Seth pursues her, she rebuffs him. She's not that foolish love-struck girl anymore. But Seth is intent on convincing her that he's worth a second chance.
"A Place of His Own" When Josiah left Paradise the first time, he didn't even say good-bye. Now he's back, ten years later, and he's changed. Why is he so distant and bitter? Where is the boy who used to be Amanda's best friend? Amanda is learning that there are things even a capable Amish girl can't fix. But will she just stand there and let him disappear again?
"What the Heart Sees"Ellie Chupp is resigned to never love again after she loses her sight in an accident. Christopher Miller has returned home, five years after a tragedy took the life of his fiancee. When Ellie and Chris meet again, their attraction is undeniable. But the possibility of loving another person again is terrifying. By letting go of the past and their fears of the future, old friends remind each other that what matters most is invisible to the eye.
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With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com; Instagram: kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller; Twitter: @TheKatJam.
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What the Heart SeesA Collection of Amish Romances
By Kathleen Fuller
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2010 Kathleen Fuller
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ContentsA Miracle for Miriam....................1
A Place of His Own....................155
What the Heart Sees....................283
Chapter OneFive years later
Seth lived with pain every day. At one time he'd tried to blame God for what had happened, but he knew that wasn't honest. He had no one to blame but himself.
He winced as he pulled on his trousers, his movements awkward. Still, just as he did each day, he silently gave thanks to Father God. If people had said to him even six months ago that he would be grateful to feel pain, that he would praise the Lord for each twinge and ache, he would have laughed in their faces. But today, the ever-present soreness reminded him that he was lucky to be alive.
He reached for his walking stick—plain, unadorned, but stained and lacquered to a smooth, shiny finish. His older brother, Noah, had made it for him shortly after the accident. The top of the stick was straight, so he couldn't call it a cane. Neither was it overly long, like a traditional walking stick. The knob at the top reached him at hip level, giving him the perfect amount of support without being unwieldy.
When he first saw the stick, he'd wanted to throw it at his brother. Now the gift had become indispensable.
Seth turned at a loud knock at his door. "What?"
"Caleb Esh is here." His father's gruff voice penetrated the wooden door. "You ready?"
Hearing his daed's voice gave Seth pause. Considering their strained relationship, he was surprised his father had come upstairs to fetch him.
"Ya," Seth replied, reaching for his black felt hat, the one he usually wore in cold weather. He'd pick up his coat on the way out. "Tell Caleb I'll be right down." He heard the thudding of his father's work boots against the wood floorboards as Melvin Fisher left to deliver Seth's message.
Seth placed his hand on the knob of the door and started to turn it, then stopped. Before the accident he'd never been nervous about going out. But tonight was different. The Christmas sing at the Lapps' home was his first social outing in six months, a time span unheard-of for him. For the last three years, since he'd turned sixteen, going out had been a big part of his life. Not that he had wasted his time on the Amish social circuit. Frolics and singings and other gatherings had been too tame and too lame. Seth was too cool for that, choosing instead to hang with Englisch friends. When he was with them he drank. He smoked.
He learned to drive a car.
He ran his fingers over the thin ridge of scar tissue that started from his left temple and cut a straight line to the top of his jaw. The facial cut had healed faster than his leg, and far more quickly than his pride.
Shaking off the raw memories, he twisted the brass knob and opened the door. He'd learned some hard lessons that night six months ago, and they had shaped him into a new man. But he couldn't hide here forever, surrounded by his family. Not only had they accepted what had happened; they'd forgiven him too.
Perhaps not everyone would show him such mercy.
He ignored the sudden stab of low confidence and headed down the stairs, determined to renew the old acquaintances he had abandoned in favor of the outside world.
* * *
"I don't understand why you're helping me with this boring task when you could be at the Lapps', having a good time."
Miriam finished putting the plastic binding on a cookbook and looked into her older sister's weary face. The exhaustion she saw there explained why she chose to spend Sunday night helping her sister Lydia. But she would never say so aloud. Since the death of Lydia's husband two years ago, she'd had enough to fret over without worrying about how tired she looked.
"I like helping you," Miriam said, a little too brightly. "I can't think of a better way to spend my evening than with my sister and my niece and nephews."
"I'd believe you, except the kinder aren't even here right now." Lydia smirked. "The boys are spending the night with the Yoders, and Anna Marie is at the Christmas sing, where you should be."
She had heard her niece use the term on occasion, and Miriam thought it fit her current situation. Pushing up her glasses, she glanced down at the cookbook, pretending to be engrossed in the artwork on the shiny cover.
"You can ignore me all you want, Miriam, but I know the real reason you're here." Lydia picked up her mug of lukewarm coffee, took a sip, then frowned. Rising from the table in the middle of her kitchen, she walked over to the stove, opened up the percolator, and started a fresh pot.
Lydia's bait was too tempting to ignore. Miriam's gaze shot up, and she watched her sister remove the lid from the metal coffeepot.
"I already told you why I'm here," she said.
"You told me what you wanted me to hear, not the real reason." Lydia added fragrant coffee grounds to the basket, then poured water over them and put the pot on the stove. Within minutes the kitchen filled with the coffee's comforting aroma.
"There's no other reason, Lydia." Miriam reached for an unbound cookbook. "Besides, if I weren't here, how would you get all this done?"
"I'd manage, God willing." She sat back down at the table. "Not that I don't appreciate all the help you've given me. But you're spending too much time either here or at the quilt shop. You're nineteen years old, Miriam. You should be enjoying life."
"I enjoy life. I like my job, and I have my quilting." She started inserting the binder into the square holes on the left margin of the loose pages.
"But what about your friends?"
"I have plenty of friends. A lot of them are just as busy as I am."
"What about a boyfriend?" Lydia leaned forward, her gaze steady and serious.
"What about Daniel?" Miriam said, eager to switch their conversation to something else. She suspected that Daniel Smucker was the main reason for Lydia's singular focus tonight. Since her late husband's brother had returned to Paradise, her normally steadfast sister had been out of sorts.
Lydia averted her gaze, but only for a moment. "I'm not talking about me and Daniel."
"You and Daniel?" Miriam lifted a brow. "What about you and Daniel?"
"There is no 'me and Daniel'."
"But you just said–"
"Stop changing the subject." Lydia sat up straight in her chair and folded her hands on the table. "Miriam, it's time you started thinking about your future. There are several available young men in the community. Isn't there at least one you're interested in?"
At her sister's last question, Miriam's thumb slipped and slid against the sharp edge of the binder, hard enough to draw blood. She put her thumb to her mouth.
Concern suddenly etched Lydia's features. "Do you need a bandage?"
Miriam looked at her hand. The cut was tiny, negligible actually. She shook her head and rose from her chair. "I'm fine. I'll just give it a quick wash."
As she stood over the sink and lathered her hands with Lydia's homemade lavender soap, Miriam stared out of the window into the darkness of the night. A chill suddenly flowed through her, as if the cold outside air had somehow seeped through the clear glass pane and entered her body. Lydia didn't want to talk about Daniel, and Miriam certainly didn't want to talk about men, so she wished her sister would drop the topic altogether.
At nineteen Miriam was old enough to marry. Several of her schoolmates had already married or had steady beaus. But she remained single. She'd learned her lesson a long time ago. She wasn't about to open herself to ridicule again. Although she was expected to get married and raise a family, she wasn't in any hurry to do so. At least she tried to tell herself that.
Trouble was, her heart refused to cooperate. At times she had to admit she was lonely, especially when she saw other young couples together, enjoying each other's company. So she made sure not to put herself in situations where she would be reminded of what she didn't have.
"Miriam? Are you all right?"
Lydia's voice broke into her thoughts. Quickly Miriam rinsed and dried her hands, then went back to the table and delved into her work.
A few moments later Lydia placed her hand on Miriam's forearm. "That's enough. I can get the rest. You go on and have a good time."
"Lydia, I already said I'm not going."
"And I said you are. This is the last singing before Christmas, and you don't want to miss that. Go home and put on a fresh dress. I'm sure Pop won't mind dropping you off at the Lapps', and Anna Marie can bring you back home." As if to make sure Miriam would follow orders, Lydia gathered the cookbooks and binders and carried them into the next room.
Miriam frowned. The last thing she wanted to see were boys and girls flirting with each other as they played the awkward and thrilling game of courtship. Or worse, she'd be subjected to all the young people who had already found someone to love, or at least to like well enough to date.
She planted herself in the chair. She was nineteen years old, not a little girl. Her sister couldn't force her. Could she?
Lydia came back into the room, glanced at Miriam, and grimaced. "I can see this is going to be harder than I thought." She left abruptly, and returned a moment later with her black winter cloak slung over one arm. She adjusted the black bonnet on her head with the opposite hand.
"Where are you going?" Miriam asked.
"Drastic times call for drastic measures." She stood in front of Miriam, hands firmly planted on her hips. "I'll take you to the singing tonight."
"You can't. Your kind has your buggy, remember?"
"Ya, but that doesn't mean I can't drive yours. I'll drop you off, then pick you up in a couple of hours. Then you can go home to Daed and Mamm, or you can spend the night here. You know we always love having you."
A scowl tugged at Miriam's mouth. She was being coerced. "You say you love having me, but you want me to leave."
Lydia nodded, her expression resolute. "Ya, I do. Just know that I'm doing this for your own good. Now, are you coming, or do I have to physically force you?"
Miriam didn't doubt her for a minute. Although Lydia was a couple inches shorter than Miriam, when she set her mind on a goal, nothing would keep her from achieving it. Even if it meant making her younger sister do something she didn't want to do.
Trapped, Miriam slowly stood. "You said I needed a fresh dress."
"You look fine."
Miriam doubted that. "Let me at least freshen up in the bathroom before we go."
"Ya, but don't dally. The singing has already started. You're missing all the fun!"
Miriam headed for the bathroom, more than a little irritated. Why couldn't Lydia mind her own business? Entering the small room, she closed the door and turned on the battery-operated lamp on the vanity. As with all the rooms in Lydia's house, this one had also been adorned with Christmas decorations. An evergreen-scented candle burned next to the lamp, filling the small space with its fresh fragrance. A pine bough sporting a bright red bow perched above the small mirror over the sink. Nothing fancy, but a festive touch.
The light was a bit on the dim side, but she could see her reflection clearly enough. Plain, plain, plain. A stab of insecurity hit her. While she lived among a people who valued simplicity and plainness, there was such a thing as being too nondescript. She knew that firsthand.
There was nothing pretty, nothing extraordinary, nothing striking about her appearance. Her hair and eyes were the shade of brown mud while her complexion was fair, even stark. Small, wire-framed glasses with round lenses did little to enhance her features, while her chin angled to a point. Unlike her sisters, Miriam had no curves, and her dress hung loosely on her boyish frame. A sharp chin, lean hips, and a tiny bosom. No wonder men weren't falling at her feet.
She knew that inner beauty was more important than a pretty face or appealing figure. She also knew that the Lord valued the heart, not the shell that protected it. Still, that didn't keep her from secretly longing for at least one attractive physical quality. Seth Fisher's words were still true: she was a four-eyed beanpole.
Closing her eyes against the insult ricocheting in her brain, she fought the humiliation and resentment pooling in her stomach, unabated by time. Her path hadn't crossed Seth's since they left school, and that had helped—at least she hadn't been constantly reminded of how ugly he thought she was. He had turned into a wild boy and run around with a bunch of Englisch people, constantly getting into trouble. A few months ago he fell into more trouble than anyone would have thought, and that was the last she'd heard of him. While she had never wished him any harm, it would suit her just fine if she never saw him again.
Opening her eyes, she leaned over the sink and splashed some cold water on her cheeks. She mentally pushed the past away as she stood up, adjusting the hairpins affixed to her kapp. Staring into the mirror, she forced a smile. She could do this. She could do anything for a couple of hours.
Opening the door, she thought of the one good thing about attending the singing, and that put a genuine smile on her face. At least he wouldn't be there. She wouldn't have to worry about Seth Fisher ruining her night.
Chapter Two"Ach, what's with that buggy moving so slow?" Caleb tapped his foot in a rapid staccato rhythm against the floor of his buggy as he pulled on the reins. His horse slowed almost to a standstill as they pulled up to the modest white house at the end of the street.
"You sound like an Englisch driver," Seth remarked, shifting in his seat. Sitting in one position for very long still made his leg ache. The physical therapist who had helped him regain his motion said that the pain would subside, but it would take time.
Patience—another hard lesson learned.
"Ya, and they got a right to complain if they get behind someone like this," Caleb said. "We're running late as it is."
"Nee, it's not your fault. Well, it is, but I don't blame you. I blame this!" Caleb pointed as the buggy made a left turn into a driveway. "Great. He's also going to the Lapps'. It'll probably take him forever to find a place to park."
But instead of parking, the buggy pulled to a stop just as Caleb's horse drew up behind it. In addition to their large circular driveway, the Lapps had another driveway that split off from the main one, which led to the barn in the back. There was ample parking there, so Seth wasn't sure why Caleb was concerned.
The passenger door opened, and a woman stepped out wearing a black cloak, her face obscured by a bonnet.
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I have to admit that this was the first Amish romance that I have read. I really enjoyed it. First, for those of you who are knew to the nuances of Amish culture like I was, there is a glossary of commonly used words to help out.Its really hard for me to choose between the three stories which is my favorite. They were all really great. The first story was great in that we realize that people hold many scars. Some are easily seen. While others are deep within the heart. It¿s how you handle your scars that will determine how you live your life.The second story was about not holding onto past hurts. We can¿t change our pasts, but we can accept that we can have a great future.The third story was about triumphing over great odds and living our lives with grace. In conjunction with the Wakela's World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.
The three-in-one Amish romance novel titled What The Heart Sees after one of the three stories within it was a pleasant read which I enjoyed. I found each of the three stories sweet and enjoyed each of them, though A Place Of His Own was my favorite and I wish it was a full length book - it would have made it a stronger, less rushed story! But, I still was able to enjoy it.As I already said, A Place Of His Own was my favorite of the three. I enjoyed reading about Amanda and Josiah and entering both of their lives. Like I said, I would have liked this story more if it was a full length. I felt a lot of character could have been added and that it was too rushed. But, I was still able to enjoy it.Another one I found pleasure in reading was What The Heart Sees. For some strange reason, I always love reading stories where the hero or heroine is blind - I'm not really sure why. Being it that ___ is blind, I enjoyed this story twice as much. Once again, it was one that I thought should be it's own book - but it was still a good, sweet read!Last but not least is A Miracle For Miriam. This was the one story that I found to be the perfect length. I found Seth's a Miriam's relationship sweet, and while I didn't enjoy this short story as much as the other two I still found it a good story and worth the time.In the whole book there's not much to mention content wise, aside from a few brief kisses and the occasional reference to a man longing or desiring a certain woman he fancies.All around, this book was worth the time reading and I recommend it to anyone who loves sweet Amish romance stories.
I with we could give have star ratings.I give this 4.5 stars.I enjoyed all three of these stories. In the first oneA Miracle for Miriam I found it interesting to read of a Amish young lady dealing with body image. Reading as these two young people fell in love was heart warming and a good reminder to be proud of who we are. Seth was learning to see everything different after an accident scared him for life and Miriam learned to love herself as she is. A great story.A Place of His own was a little slower for me I did not feel like the characters got fully developed but it still was a fun read. Josiah had to forgive his father for the way he was treated after his mother dies and it also touched on tempers and control which is another subject one would not expect to read about in an Amish book. Amanda was a sweet girl but to me her character was kind flat. I did not feel like I really got to know her that well and the ending left me going that¿s it? But I did enjoy the story over all.I read What the Heart See¿s in another collection a month or so ago. I loved is story. Ellie was blind and feared she would never marry. Christopher is still getting over the death of his girlfriend. Together they both come to better understand who they are and learn to put the past behind them and move ahead together.Over all a great book. I enjoyed all three stories and if you enjoy Amish Romances then you should grab this book! This author is one of my favorites and I look forward to reading more of her books.
I have read a few Amish romances but these three novellas in What the Heart Sees is a win. Among all my Amish fiction books, this book is a favorite. Although the stories are simple and light, there are moral lessons behind each story. Lessons such as forgiveness, changing from selfishness, and acceptance are prominent throughout the book.An aspect that is very obvious is the way the guys in the stories are facing major problems while the girls seemingly behave better. I wonder if that could be because Amish boys are more likely to turn Englisch than Amish girls?I liked the endings of the first two novellas, but I did not like the ending of the third novella. It depicted the Amish-turned-Englisch returning to the community after a shunning. I wish it was different. After all, we have dozens of Amish fiction books with the happily-ever-after endings of Amish returning to their community after they were placed in a Bann. It would have been nice to read something different.Overall, What the Heart Sees is a collection of three light stories that will either cause you to admire the Amish values or cause you to shake your head at the strong do¿s and don¿ts the Amish adhere to.
A lesson in forgiveness.
Once again a good read. 3 stories all very good.
A Miracle For Miriam. Miriam was in eight grade but the huge crush she had on Seth Fisher went back two years. Since the sixth grade, she wished for his attention. Then a terrible act of cruelty committed on the playground left her utterly embarrassed. Five years have passed since then and Miriam has long since forgiven Seth but she is not ready to love him again, or is she? A Place of His Own. Amanda and Josiah had been best friends during their childhood. Everything was perfect until the Bontrager's just up and left without telling a single soul, without Josiah giving Amanda a single goodbye. Amanda is twenty-four now and all grown up. Josiah suddenly pops back into her life. But he is not the same Josiah she once new. He is withdrawn and sullen. Amanda wants to mend his heart but more importantly can she win it? What The Heart Sees. Ellie Chupp wasn't born disabled but a horrible accident left her that way. Chris Miller lost his fiancee in the same accident five years ago. Ellie has a secret and Chris is troubled and broken but the attraction between them is unmistakable. Both have vowed to never love again but will each break that vow and give love a fighting chance? All three stories were beautiful. They resonate so deeply and touch your heart. What the Heart Sees is the second Kathleen Fuller book I have read. And I enjoyed both very much. The glossary is certainly a nice touch. It makes me feel like I'm learning a little German. I recommend this book to everyone! Yes, its romance but nowhere near the cheesy kind. I would say this book would definitely fit in during the holidays. They make you feel nice and cozy and lovable. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
What the Heart Sees By: Kathleen Fuller I received this e-book free from NetGalley in exchange for a book review. This e-book contains three books: A Miracle for Miriam, A Place of His Own, and What the Heart Sees. All three of these are wonderful Kathleen Fuller stories. The stories are about forgiveness, letting go of the past, moving on, and keeping secrets. Fuller's heart-felt Christian romance Amish stories go the root of the problems and teach how to let God lead your life and to realize that He is in charge and is watching out for you and taking care of you, even when you don't see it or want to believe it. In A Miracle for Miriam, I was drawn back to my school days. Miriam is extremely shy. Others think there is something wrong with her, that she is a snob. He found out she liked him and made fun of her in front of everybody. She never got over it. Miriam is set on protecting her heart and she is very insecure. Seth and Miriam meet again several years later. Seth had had an accident and came back from living with his English friends. He can't understand why Miriam won't talk to him, until he realizes who she is. He then apologizes to her for the way he acted when a teenager. She has to reconcile a kind man with a cruel boy. Can she trust him with her heart after the way he had treated her? She has to realize when God gets ahold of you, things change! In A Place of His Own, Josiah used to be Amanda's neighbor. Then they left one night and she never saw him again, until now 10 years later. She has never married; she never found anyone that she liked like Josiah. He'd been abused by his father, but had never told anyone. He was afraid he was like his father, would lose his temper and hurt someone. He couldn't trust God to take care of him. Amanda realizes she has loved him all along, and tries to show him the way back to God. Their story will touch your heart as you follow how he comes to have a talk with God and realizes he has loved Amanda all along as well. Amanda is an outspoken, almost pushy person, but that is just who Josiah needs to make him think about what has happened and put it into perspective so he can move on to experience the love and joy God has in store for him. In What the Heart Sees, Ellie Chupp is blind from a car accident. Her best friend Caroline is killed and her boyfriend Chris tries to have the driver, Isaiah, put in jail for killing her. Isaiah is Ellie's cousin. Chris ends up being banned and moves to get a job, a car, English clothes, and to forget what has happened. He comes back home to see his mother and sister and runs into Ellie. He is trying to forgive the one who ruined his life, but he has no idea about the secret Ellie has been carrying around. Christopher finds out his sister is marrying the person responsible for killing his girlfriend. This book is a must read! It has it all. Secrets, people trying to let go of the past, moving on, and forgiving. You will really see how with God all things are possible!
I have read a few Amish romances but these three novellas in What the Heart Sees is a win. Among all my Amish fiction books, this book is a favorite. Although the stories are simple and light, there are moral lessons behind each story. Lessons such as forgiveness, changing from selfishness, and acceptance are prominent throughout the book. An aspect that is very obvious is the way the guys in the stories are facing major problems while the girls seemingly behave better. I wonder if that could be because Amish boys are more likely to turn Englisch than Amish girls? I liked the endings of the first two novellas, but I did not like the ending of the third novella. It depicted the Amish-turned-Englisch returning to the community after a shunning. I wish it was different. After all, we have dozens of Amish fiction books with the happily-ever-after endings of Amish returning to their community after they were placed in a Bann. It would have been nice to read something different. Overall, What the Heart Sees is a collection of three light stories that will either cause you to admire the Amish values or cause you to shake your head at the strong do's and don'ts the Amish adhere to.
I was given the book, What the Heart Sees, from Book Sneeze to read and write an honest review. The book is a collection of Amish Romances from Kathleen Fuller. It contains three individual stories: "A Miracle for Miriam," "A Place of His Own," and "What the Heart Sees." Normally, I do not choose this type of book due to the nature of collections. The stories are, of course, short; the plot tends to develop quickly; and then the story ends, most times leaving me wanting more information or story line. This book holds true to that description. The stories were sweet, but short. The first story began slowly with a lot of "thought processes" going on by the two main characters, Miriam and Seth. About half way through, the actual "action" picked up and it became a pleasant read. I did find the overuse of the Pennsylvania Dutch language a bit awkward and distracting. The second story was my favorite. It started out quite mysterious and drew in my interest quickly. I liked the characters and events in this story. It would have been nice if this story had been developed into a full novel. The action had to happen quickly, and the plot was very predictable. And then the story ended, leaving me wishing for more. Could Ms. Fuller possibly write a sequel to this story? The third story was interesting to me because one of the main characters, Ellie, was left blind from a tragic accident. I truly enjoyed reading how Ellie managed to accomplish everyday activities and live a full life. Ms. Fuller gave good insight into some of the struggles, keen sensitivities, and creativity of someone who is blind. Although this story began slowly, it picked up and was quite enjoyable. Overall, I did enjoy the stories, and the themes of forgiveness, acceptance, and love were woven through all the stories. They also gave a nice picture into the lives of the Amish. However, I was a little confused about the handling of prayer in the second story. The characthers prayed out loud, and I have always been under the impression that all Amish pray silently. If you like stories about the Amish, and if you don't mind the shortness/quickness of the stories, this book would be great for you. I was not paid to review this book, only required to read it and give my honest opinion.
I really loved these stories because they show real people struggling with real problems. It doesn't try to set the characters up as perfect people so it's easy to identify with their problems and lives. I enjoyed seeing the problems through both the women's and men's viewpoints. It made the stories all the more interesting to me. I really appreciate the lessons that these stories teach. It's so common to be quite convinced that we know what God intends for us that we totally miss all the signs He's sending us to let us know what He really wants. Definitely a great addition to my bookshelf!
Here are three previously published Amish short stories from Kathleen Fuller. In A Miracle for Miriam, Seth is recovering from an injury that occurred when he was spending time with his English friends. As a teen he didn't stay around his Amish Community, but instead he drank, smoked and learned how to drive a car. After his accident, his priorities changed and he now wants to live the Amish life. He runs into Miriam, a girl he made of fun years ago. She is Amish, wears glasses and works part-time at a quilt store. Seth is determined to win her affections. In A Place of His Own, Josiah had left the Amish life when he was young, and later returned to the community. His childhood best friend, Amanda, is excited that he has returned, but Josiah gives her the cold shoulder. He is hiding a painful past. In the final story, What the Heart Sees, Ellie Chupp lost her sight in a terrible accident. Since then, she has adjusted to being blind and has convinced herself that she will never marry. Christopher Miller returns to the Amish Community after five long years. Sparks fly between Ellie and Christopher, but can they both heal their own wounds so they can be together. What a delight, three great Amish stories in one book! I had already read What the Heart Sees in the anthology Amish Love, but reading it the second time was just as good as the first. Each story has a similar theme of a young Amish man returning home and finding love. All three are cute and clean-cut. I recommend What the Heart Sees to any romance reader. *I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review.
In What the Heart Sees, a Collection of Amish Romances, by Kathleen Fuller, simple stories are brought to life and the message that God wants us to know and understand are evident in the message of each story. Each story in this collection, A Miracle for Miriam, A Place of His Own, and What the Heart Sees are beautifully written stories that allow the reader to reflect on the simplicity of life as the Amish do. Growing up in Indiana I often came in contact with the Amish and was able to witness their basic lives, but without observing their humility and their dedication to the Lord and their work. Therefore, reading these stories, I was able to picture the characters in my mind as Kathleen Fuller did a great job bringing each of them to life. I enjoyed reading all three stories, however, as a collection the stories began to reflect a similarity with the previous ones. While I enjoyed them, I would have enjoyed a little more complexity with each of the characters and the plots of the stories. Even so, I truly enjoyed the collection of stories and would read more books written by Kathleen Fuller if given the chance.
What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller is a compilation of three separate short stories. These include A Miracle for Miriam, A Place of His Own, and What the Heart Sees. I enjoyed reading about these different Amish people and looking at the difficulties they face. A Miracle for Miriam from An Amish Christmas focuses on Miriam and the difficulties she faced when she was younger which causes her to have little self confidence. Seth, on the other hand, moved away from his Amish upbringing and lived among the "Englisch" people. He returns home and a romance ensues between him and Miriam. A Place of His Own from An Amish Gathering follows Josiah and his leaving the Amish community of Paradise because of the death of his mother earlier in life. When Josiah was wisked away by his father, he didn't even have the opportunity to say goodbye to his best friend Mandy. When Josiah returns Mandy and Josiah begin to rekindle their friendship. What the Heart Sees from An Amish Love looks at the life of Ellie Chupp and the difficulties she faces in her life after becoming blind. Christopher Miller, who left the Amish community, returns and begins to find forgiveness for his past. I really enjoyed this book, and liked the format of having three different short stories with different characters who were all facing difficulties in their lives. I will definitely read more books by Kathleen Fuller in the future! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
As the book begins the first story is "A Miracle for Miriam" where we find her working in a store run by an "Englisch" woman and they sold fabric and notions for the ladies. She had been hurt so bad when she was in grammer school by a boy and his friends as they called her names and told her she was ugly and a bean pole. This made such an impack in her life that she always thought of herself that way. I know how this fills as I was made fun of a school also as I didn't have the things other children had and it has made me the same way, I feel really bad about myself. But when the boy, man now came back into her life and he saw her as a beautiful woman, she just could not believe him. Seth had left the Amish community five years earlier and lived the English life until he got drunk and wrapped his car around a tree. God was really with him or he could have lost his life. 2nd story is "A Place of His Own" where Josiah left Paradise ten years before after his mother died and his father just go worse. His father decided they were leaving and Josiah didn't even get to say goodby to his best friend Mandy. When his father died he came back to Paradise just to fix up their old house and sell it. But he was not thinking about Mandy and that she too had grown up. Mandy heard a horse one night as it was the first night that Josiah had come home and she went to search for it, and found the horse in the old barn, that is when Josiah came out and found her. He did not want anyone to bother him, nor help him, but he had forgot the way Mandy is. After Mandy and some of her siblings just forced their way into his life to help him get his home and bard back to order, he tried to tell her he didn't want and help but she would not listen. After his barn burned and all the Amish in the community came to have a barn raising did he realize what he had been missing all the time he was gone. He had forgotten their ways, but this made him realize he was worth something after all. 3rd story is "What The Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller" and it finds Ellie Chupp at her father's house when she lives alone with him since her mama passed away, She wakes up in the very early morning from another one of her night mares, she prays that God will take those away after five years. Then in comes Christopher Miller who had left the Amish community and had a good job, a nice apartment but something was missing in his life, he decided that he needed to go back home and pray that the people would take him back. A lot of these stories takes place in and around "Yoder's Pantry" a place where everyone comes for a good meal. Ellie is blind from an accident but she has been taught how to do things even with her blindness, she cooks and makes Ellie's Jellies to see at Yoder's Pantry. Will Christopher be taken back into the Amish community? This book was sent to me by BookSneeze for my honest review.
Such a joy to read