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Friday, February 11, 2011

review: an Amish love - three Amish novellas by Kelly Long, Kathleen Fuller & Beth Wiseman

Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they can never be broken. - Albert Camus

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. town of Paradise. the lives of three Amish couples and the people around them will never be the same again: 
An Amish Love
  • A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long - Abigail Kauffman lost her mother when she was five years old. she grows up under her father's stern supervision. she wants out of the farmhouse and live a new life. when Joseph Lambert comes to their community, she devises a plan that might make her desire to finally leave her father come true.
  • What The Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller - a car accident damaged Ellie Chupp's eyes. it also killed her best friend Caroline. not only did she lose her vision and friend but also her boyfriend to another woman. after five years of living with the Englisch  (non-Amish) and adopting their ways, Christopher Miller returns home. his heart, though, is still heavy with grief over the death of his girlfriend Caroline. when he meets Ellie again, things start to change.  
  • Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman- Naaman Lapp leaves his family to find himself. his wife Levina and their children feel so abandoned and are uncertain how to treat Naaman when he comes back a year later. Naaman knows he must make amends or he could lose them all forever.
once again, i had the opportunity to read about the Amish and their way of life. it is a glimpse into a different world far from my own and what i am used to. one thing though stands clear to me that deep inside the human genetic makeup, people everywhere are the same regardless of race, creed or color. we all have the same capacity to laugh, to love, to be angry, to be afraid and to conquer our fears.
the stories speak about human frailty and its consequences. they talk about ordinary people doing the best they can to cope with the circumstances they deal with everyday. they show how faith in one another and in God can make a huge difference when faced with adversities or setbacks.
though the novellas can stand alone, each one is linked in some way with the other. some characters in the other novellas are mentioned and are even part of the story. i strongly suggest that each story be read in the order that it comes if only to avoid spoilers.
it is also noteworthy that the authors have included a glossary of Amish terms at the beginning of the book. two other plus factors are the Reading Group Guide and the Amish recipes found at the end.
An Amish Love - Three Amish Novellas is an excellent collaboration by three brilliant writers . the characters are well drawn and thought of. it is a perfect read not only for this month of love but also for the rest of the year. if you wish to be inspired, to laugh or have a good cry, take this book with you. be prepared to fall in love as well.

*An Amish Love - Three Amish Novellas is available at Thomas Nelson, Amazon and Christianbook.com

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