An Amish Home: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kathleen Fuller

An Amish Home

Publisher’s Summary

A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So, when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiancé, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.

My Review

Sarah Lantz is unable to walk due to an accident. Her husband, Abram, blames himself for her disability. They each struggle with their feelings, and as the reader, you get caught up in the feelings and reactions they both have.  Beth Wiseman addresses the situation in a convincing and true-to-life way in A Cup Half Full. 

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston is about Chace and Mia O’Conner, who are one step from being homeless when Chace’s boss offers to let them rent his daadihaus (grandparent’s house). My heart breaks for this young couple’s hopelessness as they struggle their way through a new marriage and baby, having to accept someone’s charity and adjusting to living in an Amish home even though they aren’t Amish.

In A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid, Thomas and Noreen King’s marriage is hanging on by a thread. Circumstances have overwhelmed them, seemingly beyond repair. Any married couple will be able to relate to how not addressing a situation can cause one day to slip into another until it devastates a relationship beyond repair.

Faith Miller is an unconventional young Amish woman, she loves carpentry work and is good at it, too. However, her skills create a problem for her when she’s forced to work with her ex-boyfriend. Even though Building Faith, by Kathleen Fuller, has some unexpected surprises, I think it is my favorite of the four because I can understand Faith’s love for and desire to be a carpenter.

An Amish Home is a compilation of four novellas written by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston and Kathleen Fuller.  Each of the authors did an excellent job of incorporating the importance of family, home and faith in God into their stories. I have read other books or novellas by these four authors and have never been disappointed. I wasn’t with this collection either.

I received this book free through the Fiction Guild program in exchange for an honest review.

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An Amish Christmas Gift: Three Amish Novellas by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin

About the Book

Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston

Naomi has begun to believe that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she has ever hoped for this Christmas.

Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches, Naomi is certain that her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family’s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.

An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid

Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?

Being a caregiver for Micah Zook’s grandmother is the answer to Abigail’s prayers. In fact, the elderly lady keeps finding ways to set Abigail up with her grandson. Despite Abigail’s constant chatter, Micah realizes he’s beginning to care for her—until he makes a decision that leaves her feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal the true feelings of his heart?

A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin

Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.

Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt and her aunt’s new husband Mordecai. After all, Frannie knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome Englisch farm boy back in Missouri. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?

My Thoughts

Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston introduces Naomi King. Naomi, at age 24, believes she is to be single for the rest of her life. She has “run” after boys and each time the situation ended disastrously, what more evidence does she need?  Her mother feels she shamelessly chased the boys and needs to settle down and help run the family business.

Naomi is working one day when precocious 7-year-old Susie Schmucker strikes up a conversation with her. Unbeknownst to Naomi, Susie had wandered away from her father’s side. Susie’s father begins to frantically search for her.

Susie’s father, Caleb, finds her and swoops away with her before Naomi can even react. However, not before Susie has tugged Naomi’s heartstrings with the story about her deceased mother. Since Naomi has never seen Susie and Caleb before she figures they aren’t from the area and she’ll never see them again.

Amy Clipston has written a sweet, magical Christmas story. Naomi’s Gift is sure to tug your heartstrings and leave you with a smile.

An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid, the second story, focuses on Abigail “Abby” Kemp. Abby has never had more than one “date” with the young Amish men she knows. Her constant chatter scares them off, according to her family. In fact, her mother has started buzzing at her whenever she talks, hoping to draw her attentions and get her to stop talking. Poor Abby feels it is her gift from God and doesn’t want to change.

Micah Zook needs someone to care for his grandmother and Gabby Abby (his nickname for Abby) seems like a perfect fit. Abby’s constant chatter will help fill his grandmother’s lonely hours while he is away at work.

One day, close to Christmas, Micah hurts Abby’s feelings. Will Micah be able to explain to Abby? Will she accept his explanation?

An Unexpected Joy illustrates how snap decisions and a judgmental attitude can poison a friendship, but with forgiveness, not all is lost.

A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin, the final story in the trilogy, is about Frannie Mast. Frannie makes a trip to Bee County, Texas, to stay with her relatives. She left her home in Missouri because she had fallen in love with an Englisch boy, Richard “Rocky” Sanders.

Frannie settles into life with her relatives only to be shocked by a visit from Rocky. He followed her to Texas to profess his love. However, Frannie can’t be around him, regardless of how much he implores her because she’s Amish and he’s Englisch.

Kelly Irvin has written a heartwarming story of love and faithfulness. A Christmas Visitor is an uplifting and touching story.

If you enjoy Amish stories, especially one with a Christmas theme, be sure to read An Amish Christmas Gift. You’ll also appreciate the dictionary of Amish words at the beginning of the stories and the recipes at the end of the book.

I received this book from The Fiction Guild sponsored Thomas Nelson and Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.