February 11, 2013

"An Amish Kitchen"- Book Review

"An Amish Kitchen" is a collection of three charming novellas written by Beth Wiseman, Kelly Long, and Amy Clipston. The book also includes a reading group guide and a collection of 45 (very tasty looking) Old Order Amish recipes.  Each story's main character is an Amish woman living in Paradise Pennsylvania. Even though the stories are not intertwined, there are references to the women in each novella which serve to tie the whole book together.  Here is a synopsis of each of the three stories as written by the publisher:

Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction.
 Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?
 When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the novellas and found myself picking up the book at every spare moment I could find.  The characters quickly etch themselves into your heart and even though the way each story plays out can be a tad bit predictable, the book did a great job of keeping my interest the entire time.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Amish fiction and enjoys a good page turner.

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