About the book: Love and Buggy Rides (previously published in An Amish Harvest)
Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret—and lead them to a life together?
A Home for Lindsay
From Amy Clipston’s beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series comes Lindsay Bedford’s story. Lindsay is happily looking forward to the day she becomes Matthew Glick’s wife and is excited for the plans he has for the house he will build her. So, when Matthew suddenly calls off the wedding, she is blindsided. She knows there is more to the story than what he is telling her, but will he open up and let her in on his own heartbreak?
Where the Heart Is
Tobias Smucker is back home, and it’s no secret he and his father are still not on the best of terms. But what is surprising is that his little sister’s best friend, Mariella, has been harboring her own secret feelings for Tobias. With her help, he begins to unravel a family mystery and learns that everyone has their own hidden depths, including his father.
Love Birds (previously published in An Amish Market)
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?
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
My review: I think that with every novella or novella collection I review I state that I’m not a novella fan. And that’s still pretty true after reading so many. I just prefer a full-length novel where I can really get to know the characters and their stories. I like the detail provided in full-length novels, too. This being said though I truly enjoy Amy’s novellas. She is able to pack all the qualities I love about full-length novels into a novella and leave me completely satisfied. Amish Sweethearts is no different.
I don’t have a favorite among these four stories as each one is unique in its own way. The collection is about Amish people finding love and Amy does it in a way that is so genuine and real. The characters and their stories are well-developed and the stories are perfectly paced. There are no feelings of things being rushed or skipped over to meet a word count or to meet all of the requirements of a novella. Each of these four stories is a complete story from beginning to end and I loved that I could really get to know the characters throughout their stories.
Amish Sweethearts is Amy Clipston doing what she does best. She has created characters that we will soon think of as real and stories that we will treasure and talk about long after reading. Fans of Amy are sure to enjoy this collection and this would also be a fantastic way to introduce someone to Amy and the genre. This book is definitely one for the keeper shelf.
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: Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series and Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and three spoiled rotten cats.