The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter (review by Kristi)

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About the book Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class.

Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.

Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.

Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.

Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.

Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?

Publication Date:  February 1, 2018

Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press


My review: I have really enjoyed this series and was anxious to get my hands on the third installment. When I read the blurb I was a bit concerned about how much I would like the story. The newest cooking class participants are kids and I wasn’t sure how this aspect would stay within the recipe Wanda has created for the series. No worries though because the story is just as well written and entertaining as the rest. And maybe, just maybe, this is my favorite of the series.

I love how Wanda takes everyday happenings and goings-on and puts them into her books. It makes the stories seem so real and authentic. Wanda has a way of drawing me into the story and keeping the pace just right to hold my interest. With so many characters in this book, there is a lot going on and that kept the story fresh and interesting.

As to the characters in the book, there are a lot. At first, I had a bit of trouble keeping track of which kids belonged to which parents. That is for all except Kassidy and her mom. Kassidy was such a brat that I had absolutely no trouble remembering her mom was Denise because I felt so sorry for her. While Kassidy was a character on the low end of the like spectrum I really enjoyed Velma. Nothing goes right for this poor woman and in a way she was the easiest to relate to. I liked the natural way a friendship formed between Velma and Heidi.

This was a really enjoyable read. If it were a dish I would classify it as a comfort food. It’s just a nice read about everyday people and their lives as they are all brought together by a cooking class. It is a nice conclusion to the series (I hope it’s not the end of the series but it sounds like it from the epilogue). This book can be read as a standalone though so even if you haven’t read the other two grab a drink, find a cozy spot, and enjoy this book!

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


About the authorNew York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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