Saturday, February 5, 2011

An Amish Love

An Amish Love is a compilation of three novellas written by three different authors; A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long, What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller and Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman.  The three novellas share the same location of Lancaster County, Paradise, Pennsylvania.  Each story also includes the restaurant named Yoder's Pantry.

I enjoyed each of these short stories.  They are a light read and take you to a simpler way of life...although each of the stories includes situations you don't imagine the Amish dealing with.  I think the stories were well-written, but I don't imagine the Amish would consider them highly accurate.  But they are sweet love stories.

A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long is a story about a young man who left the Amish community and comes back having been an addict.  He meets Abby Kauffman who tricks him into marriage.  But unwilling to risk his entrance back into the Amish community, he marries Abby who then helps him face his demons.

What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller is a story about Ellie Chupp, a girl who lost her sight in an accident.  A young man who has been shunned by the Amish community returns, hoping to come back and restore relationships.  But he had no idea what it would cost him.  Ellie becomes his reason to stay.  I did have a bone to pick with Kathleen Fuller.  I felt she abruptly ended her novella.  It's like she ran out of time or space and hurriedly concluded her story.

The last story, Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman is the story of empty nesters, Naaman & Nevina Lapp.  Naaman left his family for a year "to find himself" and returns hoping to restore the relationships with his family. Of course, Nevina has fears and questions about his return, but soon finds a renewed and restored relationship with her husband.  That is, until a sheriff comes from Ohio where Naaman had spent his year away.

I highly recommend this book if you want a light read of three short love stories.  I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson  for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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