This month I’ll be sharing reviews of mostly Amish fiction books!
About: 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?
My thoughts on Spring Is In The Air: I loved this story, though it felt a tad bit immature and a little selfish. I liked the glimpse into the caring community of Bird-in-Hand, and this story was nice, I felt like Katie Ann’s emotions were all over the place, and her anger grew so much but felt like it was forced and it was over something that is supposed to happen anyway since that’s how God created men. (Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.) The ending was super sweet though. And I’m on to the next story!
My thoughts on Home by Summer: This story was great! I enjoyed getting to read about an Amish character who had left the Amish district for a time. I did think that it is unrealistic and slightly unbelievable though. I like how the characters from the story before it were in this one somewhat. As with the first, it was like the author built up to something (this time a change of belief.) and that it concluded a little quickly but it was still very enjoyable. My dad used to move sheds for the Amish, and from what he said about them, the story is almost accurate except for the fact that Jerry left and came back so easily.
My Thoughts on The Fruits Of Fall: I do believe this is my favorite of each of the previous stories! I liked the difference in Tena’s background from the other heroines of this story collection though I do wish that it had been slightly longer. I am not a hundred percent sure that the Amish would help an Englisher like Wayne and the others did, but it was a nice twist from most Amish books. I do also wish that the families of both would have been in the story more too. So on to the last of these stories!
My Thoughts on Winter Blessings: Ahh, that feeling of joy and yet sadness when a series ends. A lovely ending to an enjoyable series of stories! This story was so cool, and I loved that this story was almost reverse of the others and yet had a happy ending! I adored the characters and how each couple made a cameo appearance. This was a wonderful ending to a sweet collection of stories. As the pages turned, I thought that maybe there wouldn’t be a happy ending since it was so close to an end, but Clipston gave a cute though unexpected ending!
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