Published by Zondervan on January 8, 2019
Genres: Amish Fiction
Also by this author: An Amish Home, The Beloved Hope Chest, An Amish Summer, An Amish Christmas Love
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Enjoy a year of beautiful seasons in this new story collection, as young Amish couples manage a community garden and harvest friendships and love along the way.
Spring Is in the Air
As the young people of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, plant a garden in memory of their friend, Katie Ann begins to worry that her older brother, Ephraim, is dating her best friend. What if she somehow loses them both? But Christian, a new boy in the community, also works in the garden—and falling for him may be exactly the distraction, and lesson, that Katie Ann needs.
Home by Summer
Clara Hertzler is surprised when Jerry Petersheim, her old friend, comes to the garden to drop off his younger sister—especially because Jerry has been gone for years, and now seems to be living as an Englisher. As the friends get to know each other again, Clara pushes Jerry to examine why he abandoned his Amish beliefs. Will Clara help Jerry renew his faith in God, and will they find love beneath the summer sun?
The Fruits of Fall
Tena Speicher has come to live in Bird-in-Hand after her fiancé left her for an English woman. When a homeless veteran comes to the fruit stand one day and asks for food, Tena is not sure how to respond—but Wayne intervenes and offers to let him stay in the barn. Afraid to trust Englishers, Tena must learn, with Wayne’s help, that everyone is a child of God and deserving of kindness.
Ephraim and Mandy have dated for some time and now have plans to marry. But after a series of unexpected events and misunderstandings, they wonder if they should go their separate ways. What will happen when their friends at the Amish garden conspire to bring them back together?
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Get ready to be hooked on Seasons of An Amish Garden by Amy Clipston! This novella collection, all by Amy, takes readers through creative stories as we follow a group of Amish young people through the four different seasons and the community garden they manage and harvest.
I think Amy Clipston is the reason I enjoy novellas so much. She has such a way of writing a novella that, although it is shorter than a full-length novel, she doesn't hold back on details that are critical to the story.
What I particularly loved about Seasons of an Amish Garden was the way each of the stories were connected. While different characters were the focus of each story, it was fun getting to see the same characters throughout this book, something you don't usually see with novellas.
Amy did a fantastic job, as she always does, of drawing me into the story. I enjoyed traveling through each of the seasons with these characters. It was fun getting to watch the characters grow and see their friendships develop. This was a very creative way to assemble a novella collection and it was one I enjoyed very much!