An Amish Summer (Four Novellas) by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin (review by Cathy)

An Amish Summer

 

About the book:
A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray

When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham s arrival, however, he realizes he s been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?

Summer Storm by Amy Clipston

Arianna is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller

Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known and loved her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin

Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and share one sweet kiss.

 

My review (4-stars)

An Amish Summer is a collection of novellas from four of today’s leading Amish fiction authors.
All four novellas are just as good as I expected them to be considering they were penned by some of my favorite authors.
My favorite in this collection is  Summer Storm by Amy Clipston.
I found her characters to be more developed and mature and the story was much more in-depth with Arianna and Jesse having a history together. I found her fathers concern for her to be realistic and heart warming.   I could totally relate to having a protective dad!

I liked the fact that Arianna and Jesse are respectful of her fathers wishes and yet they remain committed to each other.   Jesse is kind, gentle but, most of all I admired him for his inner strength and his love for Arianna and his willingness to wait out the storm.

The entire collection novellas are fast and pleasant to read. I definitely consider this to be a perfect summer, lazy day guilty pleasure.

I received a copy of this book from publisher and have given my honest opinion.

 

 

 

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