Tuesday, January 26, 2016

An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman

Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.
Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.
A Love for Irma Rose
The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer? Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice.
An Amish Year
Images provided by Thomas Nelson
Patchwork Perfect
Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever. Will Eli be able to change her mind?
When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
About the Author
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story.

My Review
If you've never read a book by Beth Wiseman, you are missing out. Don't take my opinion, or do because she is a fantastic author and you will find yourself staying up way too late to finish her beautiful books! However, no complaints from me as that is what a great author and excellent book should do.  An Amish Year is composed of four novella's, which were previously written, but I had not read them except one; When Christmas Comes Again and put together all in one book. Honestly, I can appreciate the compilation of each of these stories one book because it saves room on the shelf and it has all of Beth's stories in one book, which is a very nice set. 
Overall, these were short stories that could be read within an hour and would make you think long about the characters after you had finished. My personal favorite was "When Christmas Comes Again", but I did also enjoy "A Love for Irma Rose."  I related to Irma in so many ways because we can all think about times where we've had to face situations where we can do the think that is logical or the thinG that our heart is saying to do. I also enjoyed reading When Christmas Comes Again because it reminded me of how painful a Christmas can be without someone you love, but the hope for something new. Each one of these stories is sweet and enjoyable. Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me a complimentary copy for review, which I have provided. 

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