An Amish Cradle is another fantastic anthology of stories from some of the best authors of Amish fiction. This collection provides an excellent opportunity to get a taste of the writing of multiple authors -- whether you're trying them out for the first time or wanting to enjoy more from those you know well.
As the title makes clear, each of these four stories is about the birth of a baby (or maybe more) into an Amish family, each family with its own unique make-up and challenges. The authors individually deal gracefully and sensitively with some sort of difficult situation surrounding the birth and how the families rely on their faith in God to deal with their struggles.
I highly recommend this collection to fans of great Amish fiction. Thanks to the BookLook blogger program for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
In the Father's Arms
by Beth Wiseman --
Ruth Anne Zook is excited that she and her best friend are due with
their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne's baby is born with
Down Syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God's plan.
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston --
Carolyn and her husband Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their
first child. A teenager when she had her son Benjamin, Carolyn still
feels obligated to work to secure Ben's future, even though Josh adopted
Ben. She struggles to realize that Josh will love and protect both of
their children equally.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller --
Ellie's mother loves to meddle in her personal life-especially now that
Ellie's pregnant. Since Ellie is blind, her mother worries that she
won't be able to handle the baby. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her
mother insists on moving in. Just as everyone reaches the breaking
point, a miracle draws them closer to each other and to God.
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman --
At 42, Etta thought her time of having children was over, but she's
pregnant again. She goes into labor during a blizzard, and complications
with the delivery raise fear. Etta struggles to accept Gotte's wille
for the baby and her son, David, who moved away two years earlier in
search of what he would do with his life.
About the Authors:
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.
Amy Clipston is the best-selling author of the Kauffman
Amish Bakery series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists
including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. She and her family live in North Carolina.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield.
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas.
She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family
magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of
America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while
researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.