Wednesday, January 13, 2016

"An Amish Year"

I love Beth Wiseman's Amish novels, they are so well-written and fresh, sweet stories.  I was excited to receive "An Amish Year" which is a novella collection written by Beth.  My problem is that sometimes I want to read a little bit before bed and I get so wrapped up in the story that I read much longer than I was planning to just because I cannot stop reading and with this book I can easily read one of the novellas in one sitting. 

Book Description from the publisher:

Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.
Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.
A Love for Irma Rose
The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer? Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice.
Patchwork Perfect
Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever. Will Eli be able to change her mind?
When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
About the Author
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story.

This is such a nice mix of stories and characters and time periods.  Each of the novellas was a sweet story with characters whom came alive.  If I had to choose a favorite novella "A Love for Irma Rose" would be it.  It was fun being set in a different time period as I have not read many stories set during this decade.  Irma Rose is a great character and I felt a connection with her and rooting for her as she tries to find the right path for her. I highly recommend this for fans of Amish fiction. 

*Thanks to the BookLook Bloggers Program for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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