Sunday, April 6, 2014

An Amish Garden: Four Amish Novellas by Bestselling Authors

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a complimentary copy of An Amish Garden for review. I love Amish romance stories, and this particular book consists of four novellas by bestselling authors Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, and Beth Wiseman. All have a common theme in addition to romance … gardening! Following are brief descriptions of each story:

Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman
Emma discovers a runaway teen in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a woman and her two children. Then her mother-in-law reveals a secret about her garden. Will Emma choose loneliness or learn to accept God's gifts?

Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller
Rachael's garden is beautiful, but she is lonely. Gideon is in love with Rachael, but when Rachael finds her garden in shambles after a crisis, she rejects his help. Will she realize she doesn't have to do everything on her own?

Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer
When a corporation shows interest in buying Sadie's heirloom seeds, she panics. They are all she has left of her Dat and Mem. Eli believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and will the seeds of a new relationship take root?

Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman
Rosemary is doing her best to run her family's household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul has been interested in her for years, but Rosemary has turned him down repeatedly. Saul begins helping with her family's garden, but someone is sabotaging his efforts -- and keeping a secret that could change their lives.

My review:
I thought I would be able to select a favorite story from this book, but I can’t! Even though all the stories share common themes of gardening, Amish characters, and romance, they are all very different. As a woman in mid-life, I probably relate best to Emma in “Where Healing Blooms” as she struggles to rebuild her life after becoming a widow and empty nester. But the young ladies in the other three novellas all have difficulties in their lives to overcome, which made me think of my own journey through young adulthood. All four ladies had to learn to trust in others and open their hearts -- a lesson we all can learn. These are all strong stories from bestselling authors of Amish fiction. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of An Amish Garden!



I received a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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