An Amish Summer is an enjoyable collection of sweet Amish stories, great for quick reading in the summer -- or any time of year.
The good thing about novellas is that they are quick to read. The bad thing about novellas . . . is that they are quick to read; the stories are sometimes over too soon, before you want them to end.
Seriously, I find the quick reads to be good for a few reasons. First, they can be a nice break from the longer novels and series that I enjoy so much. Second, they sometimes add more to stories I've already read by the author. Third, they give me a chance to read a sample by an author whose books I have never tried.
This collection was a mixture of those things for me. I've read and enjoyed Shelley Shepard Gray's Pinecraft series and enjoyed her story related to that. Amy Clipston and Kathleen Fuller are also authors whose novels I have enjoyed, and as expected I found these new stories by them delightful to read. This was the first story I had read by Kelly Irvin. I had a little trouble following the flow of her story; I don't know whether it was her style or whether having not read her other books contributed to that.
I would recommend An Amish Summer to anyone who is a fan of good Amish reads. Thanks to Booklook Bloggers for providing a copy of the book. I was happy to provide my personal thoughts in this review.
About the Book:
A new novella collection of sweet, summer romances from some of our favorite Amish authors!
A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray
When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in
Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other
returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and
forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon
Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong
sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both
sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst
vacation ever into something truly wonderful?
Summer Storms by Amy Clipston
Ariana is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They
have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship
turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna’s
brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse’s best friend, gets them both
into trouble, Arianna’s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse.
Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from
this one may be too much to repair.
Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller
Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister
Sarah. Even the boy she has known—and loved—her entire life, Judah,
only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to
live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change.
One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin
Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob
King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but
Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has
taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless
Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems
to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes
everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and
share one sweet kiss.