The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter Review
The Celebration (Amish Cooking Class #3) by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Published by Shiloh Run Press on February 1st 2018
Genres: Amish Fiction
Pages: 319
Also by this author: The Seekers, The Farmers' Market Mishap, The Blessing, The Beloved Christmas Quilt: Three Stories of Family, Romance, and Amish Faith
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About this Book

Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class.

Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.

Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.

Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.

Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.

Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?

Get ready to travel back to Hedi Troyer's home as she prepares for another Amish cooking class, this time with a group of reluctant children. From being the location of the cooking class and having doggie doo-doo wiped on her porch to real-life situations and struggles faced by the families, this story took me on a journey more profound than a cooking class.

One of the unique aspects of this series is the number of characters readers get to meet in one story. In this book, we have the children and their parents, along with Lyle and Heidi Troyer, and a couple of characters from past books. I imagine this could have been challenging to keep straight for Brunstetter, but as a reader, I felt she did a fantastic job with the characters!

Through the cooking classes, we were able to see how Heidi relies on her faith and trust in God to help others, even in ways she doesn’t know. Heidi continues writing scripture verses on the recipe cards she gives to her students, and we see how these verses impact the lives of her students.

I enjoyed this story, particularly the concept of Heidi teaching a group of children how to cook. Many of the children didn’t want to attend the classes, which presented a challenge for their parents and Heidi. Wanda did an excellent job of bringing the story to life by creating real-life situations from a complaining child to family issues, which made the story believable.

I loved the way Wanda took me on a journey with the characters. I felt like I was in the story and getting to know each of the characters. When there are so many characters in a book, I think it can become easy to get lost, but I didn’t feel that way with this book. Each of the characters became real and had unique challenges to overcome.

I enjoyed this series. When the first book came out, I remember wondering if I would like this series, but Brunstetter proved her talent for writing engaging stories with relatable characters.

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