Published by Thomas Nelson on February 7th 2017
Genres: Amish Fiction
Also by this author: An Amish Christmas Love, An Amish Heirloom: A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife's Dream, An Amish Reunion, The Beloved Hope Chest, An Amish Summer, A Seat by the Hearth, Written in Love, The Promise of a Letter (Amish Letter #2), Words from the Heart
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A Cup Half Full
by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.
Home Sweet Home
by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.
by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?
A Flicker of Hope
by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.
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I enjoy Amish novellas. They provide a nice variety to my reading by giving me shorter stories, while letting me connect with a variety of characters. An Amish Home features a story from Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Ruth Reid.
The first book in this collection is A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman. In this story Sarah Lantz always dreamed of perfect. An accident causes all of her dreams of perfect to disappear when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair.
This story was a hard one for me. I enjoyed the storyline and how it took a different spin from many other Amish Fiction titles. Being wheelchair bound I was able to feel Sarah’s struggles and her disappointment in her dreams.
What I wasn’t expecting from this book was the continued references to intercourse. While I’m not against a romance book, this was very unexpected for me from this genre.
While I enjoyed parts of the story I felt the over use of intercourse detracted from my full enjoyment of this book.
Next is Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston. I really enjoyed this story. What I liked about this story is that it was about an English couple who end up renting the daadihaus on an Amish couples property.
I loved this unique spin to the Amish Home concept. Chace and Mia O’Conner are down on their luck and were evicted from their apartment. Mia’s family has money, but wants nothing to do with her and Chace.
While the daadihaus is more of a rustic cabin than what either of them were used to, they aren’t sure it will ever feel like home because it lacks all modern conveniences.
As you can imagine this causes friction for the couple, which propels the story forward. With the exception of the female pastor, which was surprising for this book, I enjoyed this story of true love and home.
The next book is A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid. This was an interesting story as well because it jumped between present day to fifteen years ago when Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds.
As is typical with many marriages, trials and tribulations rock their marriage, and shatter them emotionally. When a fire destroys their home they are forced to sift through the rubble. When they are doing this, they uncover items which spark memories from their past.
The final book we come to is Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller. This story introduces us to Faith Miller who is a carpenter. While this is an uncommon hobby for a young Amish woman she has a personal tie to it.
Faith’s cousin asks her to build cabinets for a new home. This will be the most ambitious project she has ever taken on and to add to the pressure, she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas.
I found this story to be enjoyable. I loved the uniqueness of Faith’s “career” path. The addition of Silas complicated the story, in a good way, and made this an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the banter between the two as they tried to work together.
I enjoyed the variety in this collection of novellas. I found it interesting to read the different takes on “home” and how the different character’s lives revolved around that. While there were some elements I didn’t care for, each reader will need to determine if this book is right for them as it pushed the boundaries of what a “typical Amish Fiction” book is.