Friday, June 30, 2017

An enjoyable Amish collection -- An Amish Summer

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.

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