The Seekers by Wanda E Brunstetter (review by Kristi)

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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?

Paperback, 320 pages       Published February 1, 2017, by Shiloh Run Press

 

My review:  Wanda E Brunstetter returns with the first book in her new series, Amish Cooking Class. The Seekers takes us to the home of Heidi Troyer who wants to fill some of her extra time by teaching people how to cook. With her husband’s support, she embarks on a journey where she not only teaches cooking but changes the lives of her students.

The Seekers started out good and I really liked the premise of the story. It didn’t bother me at all that this series was going to mimic The Half-Stitched Quilting Club because quilting and cooking are two things that the Amish are well-known for and who wouldn’t want lessons from them in these two areas? However, I never really felt a strong connection with any of the characters other than Heidi. She was really likable and genuine. As for the students, I liked all of them but Ron. He just rubbed me the wrong way and I was pretty sure he was up to no good.

This story is classic Wanda E. Brunstetter. She has found a recipe for success when it comes to writing and thankfully hasn’t strayed away from what she knows works. The story flows easily from chapter to chapter and focuses equally on each of the students and Heidi. There’s never a chance to be bored with all that’s going on in the lives of these characters. Even though these characters problems may be resolved by the end of the book there is always the chance we will get to see them again in future installments of the series.

This book proves why Wanda is still at the top of her game. Her writing is never stale and she is always coming up with characters and stories her fans can care about and want more of. I can’t wait for the next book in this series to see what is happening in Heidi’s life and also to see what her next class of students will be like.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

About the author:  A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.

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