Wednesday, February 15, 2017

An Amish Home, a review

This book continues the series of books which contain four novellas surrounding a subject.  In this book, the subject of a house or home is the thread between the stories.  Although the short nature of each story prevents going into depth on the storyline, it does provide a nice and quick read when that is what you want.

The four novellas are:

A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman
A buggy accident leaves newlywed Sarah unable to walk.  This story is about her coming to accept her limitations as well as learning to get around the house that her husband has made wheelchair friendly.  The story also leads us through the way such an accident affects a marriage as we see Sarah and her husband learn to deal with both bitterness and guilt.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston
I loved this story about a young non-Amish couple who are in a financial mess brought about by the birth of their baby when they had no insurance.  The husband's Amish boss invites them to stay in the daadihaus on his family's property.  This is a story of how the influence of love and compassion can change lives.

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid
This is the story of an Amish couple who have been married fifteen years whose house burns down in the beginning of the book.  An event that happened early in their marriage left them bitter toward each other and this story is how God uses tragedy for a better purpose as the reader learns of the original tragedy and the redemption of a marriage brought about by losing everything.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller
This is the story of Faith Miller, who loves to work with wood and the affect her grandfather's death had on her life.  Through the story, we learn of her broken engagement two years earlier and lessons learned as she must work with  her former fiance to build cabinets for a friend's new house.  The couple only then learn the truth behind what both of them were going through that led to the broken engagement.

One of the things I appreciate about these books is how each story highlights a difficulty an Amish person is going through and how there are not always easy answers.  Except that their faith, when challenged, will grow if they allow it to and not become bitter.  Very good!

An Amish Home was provided by the publisher for the sake of review but the opinions are my own.

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Vee said...

The entire Amish genre is always so appealing to me. Not sure why that is. I do love short stories or very compelling longer ones.

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Some books about the Amish romanticize their lives, which like the rest of us, is not the way life is. We know Amish families, their lives are not perfect, they have issues with their marriages, kids, neighbors, health. Real life stuff.

This book with the novellas sounds like they are talking about realistic life. I think I'd enjoy those stories.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

I bought this yesterday and have now read three of the novellas. They are very good indeed. Thanks for the review, Brenda.

Anonymous said...

Dear Brenda,

I love your blog and am so glad that I have discovered it-- it's a joy to read.

Would you please check on reviewing Amish books by Vanetta Chapman? She is an excellent author and, in my opinion,far excels the other Amish authors I have read.

Keep up the good work -- I hope that you are feeling better.