I can honestly say that this collection of novellas went far beyond my expectations.
Though the stories are short, these talented ladies managed to tell their stories without making them seem rushed and each was a delight to read.
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?
Amy has created wonderful characters that stayed in my mind long after I finished reading Love Birds. I’ll say that Ellie and Lloyd are two of my favorite characters out of all of the books that I’ve recently read. The dialog had a natural flow and didn’t seem contrived in the least.
Their story has all of the elements that made reading this book a joy. I’ll want to read this one again.
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?
This was an easy read. I liked Hannah and Ezra. There were times when I found Ezra to be a bit comical with turning up at the market where Hannah sells her home churned butter. There was a gentleness that Ezra possessed that I really liked.
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.
I have become a huge fan of Kelly’s writing. I find her characters have so such depth to them and it’s a joy for me to read her books. I loved returning to Bee County. Will Glick and Isabelle Shrock first meet in an unusual way and the story progresses beautifully. The interaction between all of the characters certainly made this one stand out to me.
I will definitely read this again.
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 seems 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.
This is the last story in the book and was a bit different than the others. Stella Schrock and David Stoltzfus are as opposite as two people can be. She’s a bit prickly and he’s an affable person. There is a bit of mystery and oddly enough Stella and David team up to find out who is responsible for the things that have been happening at the Old Mill.
There is something for every reader of Amish fiction to appreciate in this book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.