An Amish Market by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Vannetta Chapman (review by Kristi)

An Amish Market

From Goodreads: All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!
Love Birds by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?
A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.

 Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.

My review: Looking for stories to put a smile to your face and a warm feeling in your heart? Look no further than this collection of novellas from some of the leading names in Amish fiction. This collection is one of the best I’ve ever read.

Amy Clipston sets the tone of this collection with the lead-off novella, Love Birds. What a wonderful story this is!!! Amy knows how to capture the reader’s attention and captivate them with a perfectly written story. I immediately fell in love with the two main characters and felt every emotion they did. Amy made me laugh, cry, and forget to breathe during these characters’ journey to love. (Note: it’s been a few days since I read this story and I still can’t get Ellie and Lloyd out of my mind. I hope Amy continues writing about this couple.)

Kathleen Fuller is up next with an equally wonderful story. I love her writing style in her novels and wasn’t disappointed in this novella. Kathleen injects humor into her stories that make her characters feel real and genuine. I loved the way the two main characters in this book were awkward around each other. It made me like them even more.

Kelly Irvin is up next with a story set in Texas. While I haven’t had the chance to read any of Kelly’s novels I enjoy reading the novellas she writes. I enjoyed reading about the folks that make up the Texas Amish community. Her characters are authentic and her descriptions make the reader feel as if they are there and part of the story.

Vannetta Chapman’s novella wraps up the collection. Her story is unique with older Amish falling in love and the story also contains a mystery to be solved. I love the fact this story is set in Indiana. Vannetta’s books are always fun to read and this novella is no different. Vannetta has a down-to-earth writing style that makes her stories easy and fun to read.

As in real markets, this book has a little bit of everything and can be enjoyed by fans of Amish fiction or just fans of love stories in general. Don’t wait to pick up this collection of novellas.

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


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