Wanda E. Brunstetter has won our hearts with another Amish story. In The Seekers, book 1 of the Amish Cooking Class series , we get to meet Heidi and Lyle Troyer. They have been married for eight years and have no children. With lots of spare time on her hands, Heidi decides to follow in her aunt Emma’s footsteps. Emma gave quilting lesson in her home and now Heidi has decided to give cooking lessons in her home. She has five students sign up for the classes.
Charlene is engaged to be married and cooking is not something she does very well. Loretta is a widow with 2 young children. Her grandparents were Amish and she is looking for a simpler life in which to raise her children. Kendra was kicked out of her parent’s home when her father found out she was pregnant. She is staying with a friend that encouraged her to sign up for this class. Eli is a widower. Lyle convinces him to take Heidi’s class so he can learn to cook for himself. And Ron is a Vietnam Veteran who faked RV troubles so be able to park his RV at the Troyer’s home.
Just like her Aunt Emma, Heidi has found that her students all bring with them individual situations they are faced with and just being at the cooking class helps them.
I love this book and cannot wait to read the rest of the series. This story is easy to read. It basically is several little stories that make up the whole story. We get a glimpses into the grief that Loretta and Eli have experienced with losing their spouse. We see the struggles of a young unwed mother who is forced out on her own with no way to support herself. As well as the decision she has to make regarding her child’s future. We see a soon to be wife who is trying to deal with issues with her soon to be mother in law. We see the change in a thief when he is taken car of by Heidi and Lyle who witness to him. And we see the hurt Heidi suffers with not having children and the changes that take pace within Lyle..
I especially like the part in the story that Heidi makes up informational lists and recipe cards for the students. She puts Bible verses on the back of each verse. Just one simple thing like this can help the students so much. And, I love that the author has included the recipes in the back of the story for us all to try.
I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and I have chosen to write this honest review.
Series: Amish Cooking Class (Book 1)
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
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