Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Food, Family and Love -- An Amish Kitchen

The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.

Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

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.

Three Amish stories—each celebrating love, family, and faith—all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.

Also Includes Reading Group Guide and 45 Old Order Amish Recipes

My Thoughts

This trio of novellas by Kelly Long, Amy Clipston, and Beth Wiseman is an enjoyable quick read for fans of Amish fiction.  A Taste of Faith, A Spoonful of Love, and A Recipe for Hope are all set in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and share an overlapping cast of characters.  Each story focuses on one Amish lady and her love and family relationships.  The authors do a great job of weaving their stories and styles into a nice collection that flows together very well.  These short stories lack the depth and plot development that each of these authors does so well in her full-length novels, but readers can still get involved in the characters' lives and loves.

An extra bonus is the large collection of recipes at the end of the book.  I'm looking forward to trying shoofly cupcakes, Rosemary's apple crumb pie, sour cream pancakes, and . . .

Thanks to the BookSneeze blogging program for providing this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

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