Friday, December 17, 2010

Book Review: An Amish Love

For some reason I have always avoided not just Amish-themed, but Christian fiction all together.  Seems odd, right?  I mean, I love to read and I am a Christian with very old-fashioned values.  I guess I just thought they would not be able to hold my interest.  I don’t know.
Anyway, when BookSneeze made An Amish Love available for review, I bypassed my usual Christian-help/encouragement nonfiction and chose outside my usual genre.  I am so glad I did!
An Amish Love is a compilation of three novellas, written by three different authors.  It is compiled of “A Marriage of the Heart” by Kelly Long, “What the Heart Sees” by Kathleen Fuller and “Healing Hearts” by Beth Wiseman. Although there are three stories and three authors, the stories are connected.  Each is set in the same Amish community and a few of the characters are mentioned in each story.
“A Marriage of the Heart” is a charming love story about falling in love with your spouse AFTER marriage.  Hoping to get out from under her father’s thumb, Abigail conspires to have a marriage of convenience by accusing a local boy of inappropriate behavior at a community picnic.  Much to her surprise, the boy goes along with it and preserves her honor by not revealing her lies to the community.  I had a lot of fun after that, reading as their relationship developed after marriage and they slowly fell in love.  Very sweet and innocent story.
What the Heart Sees” is about a young woman named Ellie.  We learn that she went blind as the result of car accident which occurred several years before.  Ellie’s best friend died in the accident and her friend’s fiancé never got over it.  This story deals heavily with forgiveness and honesty.
This brings me to “Healing Hearts”.  It opens with the return of Levina’s estranged husband Naaman.  Naaman went to visit his cousin in Ohio and did not return for nearly a year.  Thus, Levina and Naaman must try and find their way back to each other emotionally.  Additionally, Naaman’s adult children must find a way to forgive their father for abandoning the family. Just when the couple begins to mend their relationship, an out-of-town sheriff shows up and threatens to take it all away.

An Amish Love, and its charming novellas, has introduced me to an all new genre of reading.  I found each story charming and relatable.  The authors write with a fluidity that makes each novella an enjoyable read, leaving me wanting more.

This book was provided for review, free of charge, by  I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are 100% mine.


Jules said...

I avoid it too! Totally inexplicable! Have you read any Karen Kingsbury? People have reccommended her books to me, but I just keep putting it off! Maybe I'll start with An Amish Love...

Marcia said...

LOL-no I have not. I am considering it now though!