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REVIEW: The Beloved Christmas Quilt by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter, Richelle Brunstetter

This story has three parts and each part is written by a different generation of the Brunstetter family.  First we meet Luella who is a housekeeper for a father and son who have recently lost the wife of the family.  The wife of the family gave Luella a treasured quilt before the wife died.  That quilt shows up again in the story of Karen, Luella’s daughter.  And, it appears again in the story of Roseanna, the granddaughter.  I did not think the quilt itself was all that important to the story, though it gave a way for the family connection to be reinforced.

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Each story is a love story with some real life challenges tossed in.  One of my favorites was the Nancy Anne side story where Karen’s family must learn how to handle communicating with their deaf daughter.

Thanks to Shiloh Run Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Amish Cooking Class – The Blessing by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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.

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REVIEW: The Amish Cooking Class – The Seekers by Wanda Brunstetter

The Seekers (Amish Cooking Class #1)

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.

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REVIEW: A Dream of Home by Amy Clipston

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.

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REVIEW: Fearless Hope by Serena Miller

Hope Yoder and Logan Parker come from worlds which are poles apart.  She is a widowed Amish woman in Holmes Country, Ohio.  He is a crime writer from New York City.  When Logan faces burnout from his work, his manager encourages him to take some time and time to regain his focus.  Logan feels drawn to Holmes County and quickly finds and buys an old Amish homestead.  Hope enters his life when he needs a housekeeper for this large home.  Image  Each of them is facing personal obstacles.  Luckily the friendship that ensues helps them both move past some hurdles. Their attraction to one another, though, becomes an even greater obstacle as the story progresses. This contemporary novel does a good job of highlighting Hope’s concerns and also Logan’s change of heart. 

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REVIEW: A Hopeful Heart by Amy Clipston

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. 

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