An Amish Year: Four Amish Novellas by Beth Wiseman (review by Kristi)

An Amish Year

From Goodreads: 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.

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 Englischerappears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.

My review: Let me start by saying that I don’t really care for novellas. I much prefer a “full-length” book that I can really sink my teeth into and get to know the characters and become immersed in their lives. As a reviewer, I have read a lot of novellas this year and this collection from Beth Wiseman is at the top of the list. I really enjoyed these four stories.

Each story is well-written. There are great character development and a great plot in each. Nothing felt rushed in these stories as is often the case in novellas. I felt like I got to know the characters and become a part of their lives. Each story is special in its own way making it impossible to pick a favorite. These stories are quick and easy reads and thoroughly enjoyable.

Any fan of Amish fiction will enjoy these stories. This would also be a nice introduction into the genre. A perfect collection of stories to delight a reader’s heart!

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.

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