Book Review: An Amish Market

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An Amish Market
Written by: Amy  Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Month, Year: February, 2016

A brief summary from Amy Clipston:

Love Birds by Amy Clipston
While Ellie Lapp (from The Forgotten Recipe) and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller
Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin
Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman
Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

 

My Thoughts:
A year ago I was living in York, Pennsylvania, the gateway to Amish country, as I so lovingly called it. York is a mid-sized city resting slightly to the right of the Blue Ridge Mountains and not quite as north as the Poconos.

dairy farm

Nestled throughout rolling hills of Amish markets and farmland as far as the eye can see, York boasts of being:

  • The birthplace of the Articles of the Confederation
  • The city where the first time the words “The United States of America” were ever uttered
  • The host of America’s first fair
  • The factory capital of the world
  • Created of the Waffldae, or what I like to call the delicious creation of a Belgian waffle topped with mounds of ice cream, berries, bananas, and whipped cream. Yea, it’s freaking amazing! See for yourself:

waffldae

Yum, right?! 🙂

This was my home for 16 months.

Being the adventurous, somewhat lonely, single that I was (and at times still am) I would drive around the state visiting and exploring the neighboring towns and taking in the sights. So, needless to say, when I opened up An Amish Market and the first novella, Love Birds, was set in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a city located a mere 40 minutes east of York, I pretty much jumped out of my chair in excitement. I spent many weekends driving to Bird-In-Hand and the neighboring towns to explore the cute shops, meander on the backroads viewing the local Amish farms, and buy delicious goodies from their side-of-the-road stands or at the local farmer’s markets. This novella was like re-living my time in Pennsylvania, and it was fun to reminisce!

All four novellas, Love Birds, A Bid for Love, Sweeter Than Honey, and Love in Store were absolutely adorable and I enjoyed reading this book immensely. One day, it would be interesting to travel to the other 3 locations listed in this book, if only to see the Amish in those settings and not just in PA.  But, I’m hesitant to think any other locations would provide a sight as beautiful as this Amish farm during sunset:

colours

Guess I’ll have to go on a road-trip one day and find out! 🙂

I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from BookLook Bloggers and a free e-reader copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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