Heidi is back as a cooking teacher, giving much more than just cooking lessons. Six students from all walks of life take her class and learn more about themselves than they might about actually cooking. Heidi and her husband are barren and the cooking class allows her an outlet for her talents as she waits on God for direction. Her faith is demonstrated to the class members as she shares wisdom and Scripture each session.
Characters from book 1 are mentioned in the story. Other than Heidi’s storyline, it is possible for a new reader to start the series with this book.
Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
A group of Englishers and one Amish man come together for an Amish cooking class. Instructor Heidi Troyer suffers from infertility and is taking on the class to help others and distract herself. Like any small group, this one works together to help each other overcome issues. Heidi and her husband Lyle also look on this class as an opportunity to witness to the class. A war veteran, Ron, seems to need the most patience of all.
Brunstetter weaves an interest and almost believable story of the power of friendship and listening. Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
This book is part of a series by Ms. Clipston that is set in modern times but within the Amish culture in Lancaster, PA area. Reeling from the death of her fiance, Englisher Madeleine moves into the modest home her Amish grandparents left to her. Madeleine hopes to regain her footing after losing her fiance and also after returning from service in the war as a nurse. A modern woman, Madeleine finds that she enjoys the peacefulness of the Amish community. Widower Saul and his preteen daughter Emma live next door. Saul is reluctant to allow his daughter to get too close to Madeleine as he does not want English influences on his daughter. He wants to raise her properly and keep Emma in the community. He is cautious yet drawn to Madeleine. Saul and Madeleine both have topsy-turvy past love experiences that make them wary of one another.
Since Madeleine spent summers with her Amish grandparents, she is familiar with the Amish customs and some of the dialect spoken. That helps her integrate into the community more smoothly. Madeleine needs to determine where her to find her home and her heart.
Thanks to Zondervan for providing me an advance copy for a review in my own words.
Although I thought the book started rather slowly, I was completely engaged in the main character, Hannah, about 30% through the book. Hannah is Amish and she struggles to find her way when she meets a man, Trey, who is an Englisher. Both are widowed and take solace in their friendship with someone who understands their situation. It makes the reader wonder how often this happens in the Amish culture. I find it hard to believe that Hannah and Trey can have 2-3 “dates” and then consider marriage. Although, Hannah is not free to pursue the relationship due to her Amish responsibilities. I guess it is all in (or all out) for her. This is the first book in a new series by Clipston called Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel.