An Amish Cradle is a four in one book of novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Vannetta Chapman.
In the Father’s Arms by Beth Wiseman is the first in the series. Ruth Anne Zook and her best friend Bethany are pregnant and due at almost at the same time. Things go well for Bethany, but not so well for Ruth Anne.
Ruth Anne and Levi are stunned when their baby is born with Down’s Syndrome. They both are convinced that God will be with them in raising their son, but they still have a hard time adjusting. In addition, Bethany has disappeared from Ruth Anne’s life with no explanation.
As they begin to adjust to little Joshua’s diagnosis, they are hit with more sad news-Joshua has multiple other physical conditions. How can they manage financially and emotionally?
Beth Wiseman does a remarkable job of relating all the joy, angst and wonder of finding out that a much anticipated and wanted child is not exactly as one expected, but is exactly the one the Lord planned.
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston, the second in the series, focuses on Carolyn and Joshua Glick, a newly married couple expecting their first child together.
Carolyn had become pregnant with her first child, Ben, when she was a teenager. She learned to be self-reliant and to care for Ben on her own and has a hard time letting go of feeling she has to care for Ben alone.
As Carolyn’s pregnancy continues and then she gives birth, Joshua has a hard time understanding why she doesn’t want to quit her job. Doesn’t she trust that he can care for her and their family, Ben included?
Amy Clipston writes as one who has experienced single motherhood and remarriage before, exploring and relating a woman’s love for her children.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller is the third in the series.
Ellie Miller and her husband, Christopher, are expecting their first child.
Ellie is blind because of a car accident several years prior to her marriage to Christopher. She has overcome the hardship, and she and Christopher have adapted well. They have arranged their home and her garden in a way that makes it easy for her to carry on her daily life and chores. Try telling her mother, Edna, that though. She doesn’t trust Ellie and meddles to the point of interference when she finds out Ellie is pregnant.
Edna decides, after the twins are born, that the only way the little family will be safe and Ellie can function, is if she moves in with her and Christopher.
As Edna takes over more and more, leaving Ellie extremely frustrated, Christopher decides to step in and asks his mother-in-law to leave. Can hurt feelings be overcome and Ellie allowed to be a mother to her twins?
Kathleen Fuller does a skillful job of helping you envision life as a blind person trying to function independently in a seeing world.
Vannetta Chapman is the author of the fourth story, An Unexpected Blessing.
Etta and Mose Bontrager are enjoying a little more freedom since their children are almost grown, when Etta discovers she’s expecting a change of life baby.
Etta goes into labor during a blizzard, and were it not for the help of some neighbors, she would never have made it to the Birthing Center in time. Obstacles arise during the delivery, leaving Etta and Mose to lean heavily on the Lord.
As the family settles into their new life with the baby, Etta frets about one of her older children, who left home several years before. She hasn’t heard from him in a couple of years. Is he safe? What is he doing? Will she ever see him again? Will he ever see his baby sister?
Vannetta Chapman captures the fear and anxiety of a mother with a mid-life baby, while alternately portraying her worry over her absent son.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.