Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler


Naomi’s Hope, written by Jan Drexler, is book 3 in the Journey to Pleasant Prairies series. The year is 1846 and Naomi Schrock and her family have settled in an Amish community in Indiana. A few years earlier, Naomi and her family stopped at a home that had been damaged by a storm. Inside they found a little boy, Davey, who had hidden in the fireplace. He is the only one who survived. Naomi adopted Davey and is raising him with the help of her family. Every year they celebrate his birthday by allowing him to look through a box they took from the house. Inside the box are items that belonged to Davey’s family, including the title to their property.

Davey is an energetic little boy and spends time walking to their new neighbor’s place. Their new neighbor, Cap, is a single man who lost his wife and child years earlier. Davey and Cap develop a relationship and Davey wants to pretend Cap is his father. With Davey visiting Cap frequently, Naomi also spends time with Cap. Naomi doesn’t feel any one would want her and Cap is still mourning his family. They develop a friendship but Naomi does not approve of Cap’s suggestions and opinions of how she raises Davey.

A new preacher moves to the area. Shep and Cap knew each other when they were younger and Cap is not fond of Shep. Shep has left his wife with her family, saying her health was not good. She shows up at his door one day when a young girl is visiting him. When Shep does not get chosen to be a preacher for the area, he convinces the other Amish community to separate. Shep also breaks into the Schrock home, taking papers from Davey’s box. On one of his travels and he meets a family that looks like Davey. He talks them into going back with him and pretending to be Davey’s family. They will take Davey away and also get the papers for his family’s property.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a nice blend of historical fiction and Amish fiction. While this book could be a stand alone story, reading the books in order will help the reader know other characters and events. While things happen that test the people’s strength, the message of faith and hope are very evident in this story. The story gives us some incite into the Amish life and life in general at the time. While this is an Amish romance story, it is also a story of family and community coming together and helping each other out. I believe anyone who enjoys reading Amish stories will love this series.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Journey to Pleasant Prairie (Book 3)

384 pages

ISBN: 9780800726652

Publisher: Revell

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An Amish Summer


An Amish Summer is a compilation of four novellas written by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin.

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelly Shepard Gray is a story of two sisters with very similar names that go to a wedding in Shipshewana and meet the same man. Sharon is healing from a broken relationship, while Sherilyn loves to write letters to people. After meeting Graham at the wedding, she writes to him. They plan a vacation to Pinecraft with their friends. Graham realizes that he thought he was writing to Sharon instead of Sherilyn

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston is a story of Arianna and Jesse, who are engaged to be married. When Arianna’s brother, Tobias, gets drunk he tries to race Jesse. Jesse send Arianna home and stays to help Tobias. When Tobias and Jesse get to the home, Tobias and his father get into another argument. As a result his father decides Arianna and Jesse are not to see each other anymore and the wedding is called off.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller is a story of an Amish family who have a tourist home and shop. They also hire Judah to help on the farm. Esther has had a crush on Judah, but he only sees her younger sister Sarah. When the family takes in an Englisher, Sarah flirts with him and Judah is able to see her true side.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin is a story of Jacob and Martha. They both lost their mothers at a young age. Martha was left to take over caring for the family. While Jacob is reckless and likes to have fun in ways Martha does not approve. Both have feelings for each other but Martha does not approve of the things Jacob does with his friends.

The stories within this book are short, easy to read stories to lose yourself in. All of the stories are romance stories that have couple who need to move past obstacles. Summer Storms and One Sweet Kiss are stories of what one must do to show their love. Jesse goes out of his way to help Arianna’s father and Jacob gives up his recklessness to show Martha he can be dependable. While in A Reunion in Pinecraft and Lakeside Love the stories show how we have to look inside of ourselves and follow God’s direction in our lives. Graham had to made the decision to make a relationship with the gal he remembered from the wedding or the one he has been writing letters to. Judah has to move past his feeling for Sarah and see who she really is.

I enjoyed reading these stories. They are the perfect length to read in an evening. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories of the young Amish will really enjoy reading this book.

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400 pages

ISBN: 9780718078843

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter


The Farmer’s Market Mishap, written by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter, is a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake. This is also a very good stand alone story.

Elma Hochstetler and her sister Thelma inherited their grandparents home and store. Thelma has recently married and is expecting her first child. Elma is now left in charge of the store and is living in her grandparent’s home alone. Thelma is only able to help at the store a little bit and their employee is moving. Elma has hired a new employee, but she is not much help as she spends a lot of time visiting. Elma is also left to deal with having to care for the home as well. There are many things that need repair. She calls in Delbert, a friend of Thelma’s husband to do the work. Thelma has decided that Elma and Delbert should get together and has many get together inviting both of them.

Elma, Thelma and her husband take part in the farmer’s market. While Thelma and her husband are looking around, Ben visits their table and visits with Elma. This is the start of a relationship between the two. But since they live 50 miles apart, visiting each other is hard. If they were to have a future together Ben would have to leave his mother and her farm or Elma would have to leave her twin sister and the store.

This is a wonderful little story. The story is so well written that it is easy to see Elma and Delbert are not meant to be together and I kept waiting to see if Elma and Ben could figure out how to move forward. Elma is kept so busy with the story, her animals, the house and her sister. I got tired just reading all that she accomplished.

This story will be greatly enjoyed by those who enjoy reading Amish stories. It is a good clean romance with a little mystery and suspense written in it.

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Series: Lopsided Christmas Cake (Book 2)

208 pages

ISBN: 9781634099325

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

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English River by Thomas Nye

English River

English River is book three in Amish Horses Series by Thomas Nye.

Lenny has moved in with his aunt and uncle to help them through the harvest. Lenny’s Uncle Noey has a horse farm and they have no children to help them with it. Aunt Ruth has hinted to Lenny that Uncle Noey needs help. Lenny likes being on the farm, but there is a lot of work. If he were to return to his English life in the city, he would not be working so hard.

Lenny has met Leah and they have developed a friendship. When Lenny goes back to the city to visit his parents, Leah and her sister follow. They say they are turning English to be with Lenny and his friend who went to the city earlier. When Lenny announces that he is going back to Noey and Ruth’s farm and that he is becoming Amish, the three go back with him

Having not read the first two stories in this series, I found the beginning moving rather slow until I caught up. The story is one of a close knit community of people who care about each other. The part in the story that stands out for me is the struggle that Lenny goes through deciding if he wants to become Amish, with all the hard work and the rules. The part in the story that surprises me is when Lenny visits with the English minister. I was really surprised by the thoughts the minister has about the Amish.

I enjoyed reading this story and plan to read this series in order. This book is such a good book about caring for others and helping them. I think anyone that enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this story.

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Series: Amish Horses Series (Book 3)

274 pages

ISBN: 9781633570641

Publisher: CrossLink Publishing

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Upon a Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin


Upon a Spring Breeze, written by Kelly Irvin, is book 1 in An Every Amish Season series.

Bess and Caleb Weaver are a young Amish couple who have only been married a year. At just 20 years of age, they are expecting their first baby. Caleb has been building their home while they live with his family. One day Caleb does not come home. He was working for his friend Aidan and was sent into town when he was in an accident.

Bess’s parents want her to move to their home. But she cannot take Caleb’s only child away from his parents. When the baby arrives, he looks so much like Caleb that Bess struggles with caring for the baby and missing Caleb. Caleb’s mother is suffering from memory issues, and attempts to take over the care of the baby, thinking he is Caleb.

Aidan blames himself for his friends death. Before Caleb died, he asked Aidan to look after his wife and child. Aidan takes this request seriously. He has cared for Bess since they were young and stepped away when Caleb wanted to take her as his wife. Aidan has not been able to move forward with starting his own family.

This is a very good book. This is a very well written, powerful story of loss and going on with life. Bess is struggling with this and finds support through a few other widows in her community. Though they are older than her, they offer her the support and help she needs. The men in her life think she should be strong and just get over it and move on. The men feel doing housework, gardening and caring for her son should be enough. Being Amish, she should have received permission from the men to go to work at an English B and B. While working at the B and B, she helps the owners son do the gardening and planting. They develop a friendship that he would like to build on, but if Bess allowed this, she will be turning her back on her family, friends and church.

This is a very sad story to read. No only does Bess lose her husband and Aidan his best friend, Aidan also lost his whole flock of chickens he has been building to diversify his farming. We also see how the Weaver family is affected by the mother’s memory loss. But this is a story of faith and strength. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

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Series: An Every Amish Series (Book 1)

336 pages

ISBN: 9780310348054

Publisher: Zondervan

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The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis


The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis is a story of a young Amish lady that has always been curious of far away places. Sallie Riehl has been working at the Old Barn Restaurant for some time to save up the money to take a trip. She has decided to fly to Australia for two weeks and then return home to the life as an Amish woman. She has put off going through classes to joint he church until she returns from her trip.

Sallie’s nephew needs a very expensive medical procedure done, she sacrifices her trip to help pay for this. And Sallie’s father has decided it is time to turn the farm over to his son. Sallie’s parents will be moving from the farm house into the Dawdi Haus. It is a smaller home. Sallie’s younger sister will be getting married and at Sallie’s aunt’s suggestion, Sallie will be moving in with her.

One evening when Sallie is working, a young family come to the restaurant and request her to wait on them. The parents ask her to become their nanny for the summer. She will be living near the ocean in Cape May. And the classes to joint the church will need to be put off another year. Her parents agree to allow her to go since she gave up her trip to Australia.

While working for the family, she spends a lot of time at the beach. One day she meets a young Mennonite man, Kevin. She tries to tell herself he is just a friend, that she has someone waiting for her at home. But once she gets home she just cannot forget about Kevin. Now she is faced with making very hard choices.

This is a wonderful story. It is very well written and easy to read. I really like the parts in the book that show how generous Sallie is. As well as how loving her parents are to her, allowing her to do things that are not normal for an Amish to do. I like how important family is and how they help each other out. I thought it was very nice how Sallie’s mother gave Sallie suggestions for working with the issues Autumn has regarding her new baby brother. I especially appreciate the theme of seeking God’s guidance that follows through in this story.

I really enjoyed reading this story and I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary Christian fiction and Amish stories will enjoy reading this book.

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325 pages

ISBN: 9780764212505

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

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An Amish Home – Four Novellas


An Amish Home is a book containing four novellas.

In A Cup Half Full, written by Beth Wiseman, Abram and Sarah Lantz were in an accident. While Sarah was in the hospital, Abram remodeled their home to make it wheelchair friendly. To do this he worked less hours, maxed out their credit card and borrowed money. Shortly after Sarah goes home, Abram loses his job and the lender is calling to get his money back. Sarah is also struggling with adjusting to her new life.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston, is a story of an English couple that are evicted from their home and have no where to go. Chase’s Amish boss offered them to life in the daadihouse on his property. But when their daughter gets sick, Mia goes home to ask her parents for help. Once again they turn their backs on her.

A Flicker of Hope, written by Ruth Reid, introduces us to Thomas and Noreen King. They have been married for fifteen years and their marriage is struggling. Their house burns down, taking almost all their belongs. Their neighbors come together to help them out. They move into the bishop’s daadihaus. While there someone goes to their farms and steals what little they have left.

Building Faith, by Kathleen Fuller, is a story of a young couple who are engaged to be married. They are building their home and each of them talks to someone about building their cabinets, without the others knowledge. Faith enjoys working with her grandfather’s tools doing woodworking. Silas, has taken on his father’s woodworking business to allow his father time to spend with his mother. Faith and Silas were at one time engaged. Now they are thrown together to build their friends’ kitchen.

If you like Amish stories, you will love this book. Each of the stories are around 100 pages long. They start with a glossary of the meaning of the Amish words and contain discussion questions at the end. They are stories that can easily be read in one evening. The end of the book also included Amish recipes. These stories give us a look into what the Amish life is. As well as the traditions they follow. With A Cup Half Full and A Flicker of Hope, we see how family and neighbors come together to help out in times of crisis. My favorite story is Home Sweet Home. In this story we see a blending of the Amish and English lives and see the love of others despite their religious background. I enjoyed reading all these stories as they show us the strength each couple has and how they rely on God during their struggles.

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ISBN: 9780529118691

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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The Seekers by Wanda E. Brunstetter


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.

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Series: Amish Cooking Class (Book 1)

320 pages

ISBN: 9781624167447

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

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Mattie’s Pledge by Jan Drexler

9780800726577Mattie’s Pledge is book 2 in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series written by Jan Drexler. The author uses her ancestor’s experiences in writing this story. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite and Brethren immigrants to settle in Pennsylvania in the 1700’s.

Mattie Schrock’s parents have decided to leave Sommerset County and move to a new Amish community in Indiana. Mattie has inherited the wanderlust of her father and is looking forward to the move. Years earlier Mattie’s family moved to Sommerset from Conestoga Valley and some of the people they knew there, including the Yoder family, are traveling with them.

As the time comes very near, Mattie’s sister and brother in law announce they are not moving with the family. The Schrock family is disappointed but they have made the decision to move.

When the families from Conestoga Valley get to the Schrock farm, they camp out with their wagons and animals. One night three English brothers come to the farm. Several of the men become suspicious of the brothers and take turns staying up to keep watch. During Jacob Yoder’s turn he catches one of the men trying to steal horses.

Once the families leave the Schrock farm they travel by covered wagon to the new settlement. Jacob follows at the end of the wagons with the sheep. He invites Mattie to walk with him and they renew their friendship. Several times on the journey the come in contact with the English brothers. One of the brothers has his eye’s set on Mattie and Mattie finds him handsome.

Mattie dreams of traveling West to see more country but Jacob wants to establish a farm to stay and raise his family. But the English brother travels around a lot. Mattie struggles with what she wants in her life.

This is a very good story. I have not read the first book in the series, but was able to follow along with this story very easily. It is a historical romance set in the 1840s, but the romance is not overwhelming. This book is more about family and doing what is needed for the family. It is also about faith. I especially liked when Mattie’s sister tells her that making the right decision will give her peace. She told Mattie to pray about her decision, that God would help her know what to do. The story also gives us a look into the early Amish lives.

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Series: Journey to Pleasant Prairie (Book 2)

384 pages

ISBN-10: 080072657X

ISBN-13: 978-0800726577

Publisher: Revell

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The Angel of Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall


The Angel of Forest Hill is An Amish Christmas Romance written by Cindy Woodsmall. With 200 pages that include two cake recipes, this is the perfect book to get you thinking towards Christmas. Florence Dienner develops complications after giving birth and passes away. Her husband is left with 3 small children to raise by himself. The Dienner’s live in a very small Amish community that has no one that can step in to help them, so another Amish community helps out by sending one of their young ladies to help. For Rose Kurtz to stay and help Joel with his children after his wife passes, Joel and Rose must marry. Their marriage is a marriage of friendship and partnership built on the needs of Joel’s family. When the church becomes away that it is not a real marriage Joel is confronted with their recommendation to annul the marriage. But over the fours years Rose has lovingly cared for the family and their feelings have moved past those of friendship.

Rose was not raised in a loving family situation and she carries those issues inside her, but she is very loving toward Joel and his family. Rose is a very hard worker and puts the needs of others above her needs to the point she only takes a few hours a month to do what she enjoys. She also spends time talking with Joel about his canoe building business and gives him suggestions that help his business.

This is a cute story. I really enjoyed reading of Rose’s dedication to the family. This is a shorter story that can easily be read in a day, the perfect story to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire place. The story takes you to a simpler life without all the business of the English life. But it also shows the hard work the characters do to provide for their families. I enjoyed how Rose likes some of the English traditions and finds a way to have them in her life, even though they are not allowed by the Amish. I also enjoyed how she spoke English to the children when Amish tradition was not to do that. Even though Rose was raised feeling she was not good enough, the story shows she is a very strong, loving person.

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208 pages

ISBN-10: 1601427050

ISBN-13: 978-1601427052

Publisher: WaterBrook

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