About the book:
Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students.
But Heidi’s cooking lessons soon turn to life lessons as they each share the challenges they are facing. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes?
My review (5-stars):
What a terrific start to the latest series by Wanda Brunstetter. The Seekers introduces us to Heidi Troyer who has decided to teach Amish Cooking classes in her Ohio home. Her husband, Lyle is a busy auctioneer and he encourages her to share her skills with others.
Yes, it does remind one of The Half Stitched Quilting Club and the fact that Emma Yoder is Heidi’s aunt was perfect and I think nudged Heidi just a bit in her decision.
A mixture of excitement and nervousness lends an air of authenticity as to how she felt as she planned and got ready for her cooking classes.
The people who sign up for her class are a diverse group but we soon learn they have some commonalities. They each have something to overcome besides their obvious need to learn cooking skills. The author tells each of their stories in a unique way as we learn more about their lives and what some are running from and others are running towards.
I had a fondness for Eli, the only Amish person taking the class. He was so sweet and boy did I want him to learn to cook since he was a widower with no skills in the kitchen. The only character that I didn’t immediately like was Ron, but I started to warm up to him after a while and felt sorry for him. At first I considered him a recipe for disaster.
I find I always learn something when I read Wanda’s books. This time I learned the age requirement and steps to take to become an auctioneer!
I can’t wait for the next installment to find out what’s cooking with the Troyer family and their friends.
I received a complimentary copy of The Seekers from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.