Monday, December 10, 2012

This Book Room: An Amish Kitchen

Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania always brings a brisk change in the weather. This time also provides unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for healing herbs and flowers, but longs for love to bloom in her life. The next-door neighbor's oldest son Abram comes running into Fern's kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance--until an incident threatens to end their growing attraction.

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents' bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn--but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

When a storm blows a tree onto Eve's farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents' home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can't agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

My thoughts: These authors, Kelly Long, Amy Clipston and Beth Wiseman, have released several anthologies over the years, and I adore reading them all! I love that these stories are based around the kitchen - the true heart of the home. While I've read other books by all three authors and sincerely enjoyed them, my absolute favorite story {and the real standout in this particular anthology} was Beth's. This is likely because it wasn't so much centered on boy-meets-girl as it was centered on a mother-daughter relationship. And the subplot between Eve's twins - funny, but sad all at the same time!

The stories are quick and fun to read. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you'll definitely want to read this book. And if you haven't read Amish fiction but are curious, an anthology like this is a great place to start. The three authors are some of the best Amish fiction writers in the market, so you'll get a good taste of what is available and what you may like.

The recipes at the back of the book are truly wonderful. I copied three out of the book to test in the future myself!

Thanks to booksneeze.com for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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