Amish Front Porch Stories by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter and Richelle Brunstetter

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Amish Front Porch Stories, by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter, is a wonderful collection of 18 very short stories that focus on faith and seeking wisdom. The short stories have main characters that are struggling with something in their life. The stories cover themes such as peace, love, joy, faith, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, meekness, and temperance. A couple that I especially enjoyed are the faith a young girl has that her dog will return, a very talented quilter that learns to put aside her pride and neighbors showing love to those who do harm to them.

I enjoyed reading these stories, they are a nice length to just sit and read for a few minutes. The stories tell of the simple lives of the Amish and of the struggles that even they go through.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

348 pages

ISBN: 9781643521893

Wanda Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish genre. She does much research to accurately portray the Amish faith. You can connect with her at:www.wandabrunstetter.com

Jean Brunstetter is Wanda’s daughter-in-law. She became friends with many Amish after meeting her father-in-law in Pennsylvania. She tries to put some of their practices in her own life. You can connect with her at: www.jeanbrunstetter.com

Richelle Brunstetter is Wanda’s granddaughter. She developed a desire to write after taking a creative writing class in high school. She became a writer after taking college courses.

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A Christmas Haven by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

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A Christmas Haven, by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall, is an Amish Christian romance story that takes over where A Christmas Remedy left off. This is a wonderful story to read, it shows love, caring and compassion for others. This story is a blend of English and Amish cultures, showing a glimpse into the different restrictions the different Amish sects have. The story shows the struggles each of the members go through while make the decision to stay with their religion as well as the lack of knowledge they have to other cultures. This is brought out by Magda’s comment that her mother never told her how babies were made. I really enjoyed the message given with Arlan going against his family to save his younger sister, while struggling with how to repair the damage his actions bring. I appreciate his questioning some of the rules with wondering where the Bible says. As well has how he went back to his family to try to restore his relationship with them, telling his father he will always welcome contact even many years in the future, and secretly giving his younger siblings phone numbers to call if they need to reach out.

In this story we stay connected to the Zook family as well as meet the Keim family. The Zooks are Old Order Amish and the Keims are Swartzentruber Amish; which are ultra conservative. The Zook family lost their father years ago and the mother and two local daughters are left to care for their dairy farm alone while working with their normal jobs. Holly is planning to marry later this year and Ivy is planning to move away to the English world to enable her party-planning business to grow. Ivy loves to decorate and arrange parties but needs the technology not allowed to make her business grow.

Arlan Keim takes his unwed pregnant teen sister, Magda, away to get the medical attention she needs, but is being denied by her father. When his car has brake issues, they crash into Greene’s Pharmacy. sSe is taken to the local clinic and receives care but is released only if she goes to the Zook home to allow for follow up care. Arlan is eager to help around the farm, that needs so much care. With Arlan’s help, the farm is growing again.

I received an ARC of this story from WaterBook and Multnomah Publishing and the authors. This is my honest review.

Series: Sequel to A Christmas Remedy

197 pages

ISBN: 9780525653295

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com

Erin helps her mother-in-law edit, brainstorm and research for their stories. She is also a writer, musician, wife and mother.

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The Healing Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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The Prayer Jar is book three in the Healing Jars series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. This story focuses on Lenore Lapp. Lenore has moved in with her grandparents to help care for her ailing grandfather when she is not teaching. She is starting to feel she will never marry.

Jesse Smucker moves to the area after the death of his young wife. Needing someone to care for his young daughter while he works, he turns to Lenore. He desperately loves his wife but knows he should marry so his daughter has a mother.

I love this series. They are good clean stories with good messages written in them. The stories include jars that hold papers someone has written, that are prayers or scripture, to help them lean on God. And now the readers, the three young women, are helped by reading these papers. While each of the stories are good stand alone stories, they should be read in order to follow along. The girls from each of the previous stories appear in this story as well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Series: The Prayer Jars (Book 3)

ISBN: 9781624167492

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to:www.wandabrunstetter.com

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The Brides of the Big Valley by Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jean Brunstetter and Richelle Brunstetter

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The Brides of the Big Valley is a compilation of three Amish stories by Wanda, Jean and Richelle Brunstetter. Set in Pennsylvania, the stories cover three different Amish groups. The groups are identified by the colors of their buggies. The white-toppers had sparsely furnished homes, the black-top and yellow-top had more furniture that were cushioned and comfortable. There are slight differences between each group; as well as the English. This book shows just some of those differences and the affects they have on the members. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is easy to read and contains interesting information. The last story, by Richelle, has a different writing style than the others. It took a little while to get into for me. Once I was able to get into the story, is was very good.

Deanna’s Determination, by Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a story of Deanna, a young widow from the plain, white-top community. After the death of her husband, his best friend, Elmer was there to help her when she needed him. Following the death of her mother, Deanna and her son moved in with her father. Deanna and Elmer’s relationship reached the point they are considering marriage when he has an accident while preforming ferrier duties.

Rose Mary’s Resolve, by Jean Brunstetter, is a story of Rose Mary, from the conservative black-top community. She has been dating a young man that is considering leaving the Amish community. She breaks it off when he goes to help his uncle. Shortly after a plane lands in their field and the family befriends the English pilot, Kevin, who is dealing with family issues and is looking for more meaning in his life.

Leila’s Longing, by Richelle Brunstetter, is a story of Leila from the yellow top community. With the illness and then death of her mother, Leila has been left to tend to her mother’s card shop and raise the family. When she hires help for the shop, she hires someone from another community. While at a get-to-gather, she meets Aden from the black-top community. As their friendship builds and she wonders if she will ever have a family of her own, Aden’s father comments he could not handle his children marrying outside of their community.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

448 pages

ISBN: 9781683228868

Wanda Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish genre. She does much research to accurately portray the Amish faith. You can connect with her at: www.wandabrunstetter.com

Jean Brunstetter is Wanda’s daughter-in-law. She became friends with many Amish after meeting her father-in-law in Pennsylvania. She tries to put some of their practices in her own life. You can connect with her at: www.jeanbrunstetter.com

Richelle Brunstetter is Wanda’s granddaughter. Developed a desire to write after taking a creative writing class in high school. She became a writer after taking college courses.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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https://www.barbourbooks.com/the-brides-of-the-big-valley/

An Amish Reunion by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin

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An Amish Reunion is a book of four stories. The stories are easy to read and a good length to read in an evening. Each centers around reunions of sorts from large family reunions to just the reunion of old friends. These stories focus on relying on God and helping others.

Their True Home, by Amy Clipston – Marlene and her family has moved back to Bird-in-Hand after being gone for 10 years. Marlene has taken a job at Rudy’s father’s hardware store to help her father provide for the family, to allow them to stay. Marlene and Rudy grew up together and after all these years they are able to build a friendship. Some of the characters mentioned in this story are from the author’s An Amish Homestead novel series.

A Reunion of Hearts, by Beth Wiseman – Ruth and Gideon lost their ten year old daughter and his mother to an accident. Unable to move forward they each moved on without each other. Now they are back with plans to go through their home and belongings.

A Chance to Remember, by Kathleen Fuller – Cevilla is unexpectedly visited by an old friend, Richard. The two lost contact when Cevilla became Amish and moved to Birch Creek. Now they have started rebuilding their friendship in their elderly age. Some of the characters mentioned in this story are from the author’s story “The Farmer’s Bride.”

Mended Hearts, by Kelly Irvin, is a continuation of her An Amish Season series. Hannah is a young unwed mother who’s boyfriend left her and the Amish community two years earlier. He is now back. Hannah has been living with elderly family members who are now needing help.

I enjoyed reading this book. I like how the authors have gently touched on tough topics such as death, separation, aging and unplanned pregnancies. I enjoy reading stories by these authors, they are so well written and have good messages in them.

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan Publishing through BookLook Blogger program. This is my honest review.

372 pages

ISBN: 9780310352716

To read more about the authors and other books they have written go to:

http://amyclipston.com/

http://bethwiseman.com/

http://www.kathleenfuller.com/

http://www.kellyirvin.com/

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Hearts in Harmony by Beth Wiseman

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Hearts in Harmony, by Beth Wiseman, is the first book in An Amish Journey Novel series. Percy Collins was a caring person who was friends with everyone, including the Amish from surrounding communities. Years after his death: his widow, Adeline, has fallen on hard times and is having to sell the majority of her belongings. Amish friends travel many miles to attend the sale to buy things they do not need to help her out. While there Mary Herschberger realizes she can help Adeline out by visiting her on Saturdays when she is not working. Levi Shetler’s mother notices the disrepair of Adeline’s home and has Levi go to work on her home on Saturdays.

Mary and Levi met years earlier after Percy’s funeral. Mary was looking for bathroom when she heard a piano and upon investigating, found Levi playing the piano. This is strictly forbidden for the Amish faith. Being around that piano again, brings out the strong desire to play. Mary and Levi share their desire to make music, but they wonder if this is what they are meant to do, or has God given them this gift for a season to help comfort Adeline.

I totally enjoyed this book. I especially enjoyed the story of young people coming together to help out an elderly person in their time of need. I enjoyed reading of the differences between different Amish communities and the length they would go to help others . I enjoyed reading of how Levi felt he had no talents and did not contribute like his brother’s did. Yet through his helping Adeline, he found something her enjoyed and was good at, that helped him make a living. I enjoyed how Mary and Levi both responded when they found out little secrets each other was hiding.

This is a great, feel good book. I received a copy of this book from Zondervana publishing through BookLook Blogging program. This is my honest review.

Series: An Amish Jounry Nove (Book 1)
295 pages

ISBN: 9780529105400

To learn more about the author and other great books she has written go to: https://bethwiseman.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Mending Fences is book one in The Deacon’s Family series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Luke has returned to Stoney Ridge after a third time in rehab. Just as he is returning home his parents leave town to help out a family member. With no place to live, he moves into the barn at Windmill Farm owned by Fern and Amos Lapp. The Bishop has given him instructions to ask forgiveness from everyone he has hurt in the past. While doing this he goes even further and helps those who were affected by his actions when he is not busy on the Lapp’s farm.

Also living with the Lapps is Izzy. She has taken over the farm stand and helps Fern as well as works with the sheep. Lizzy was taken from her mother at a very young age and grew up in foster homes and on the street. She is not receptive to Luke’s friendship, yet he goes out of his way to help her with her chores.

This is such an enjoyable book to read. I especially liked that the author has brought together people from her past series. It is not necessary to read the earlier series to follow this story. The author gives background to the story. This book is written so well it is easy to imagine being there, to imagine Luke sleeping in the barn when the weather turns cold. And to feel the loneliness Izzy feels.

While this is considered a romance story, it is so much more. This is a great story of forgiveness and taking responsibility for you actions. I would highly recommend this story to those who enjoy Amish stories.

I received a copy of this book from Revell publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: The Deacon’s Family (Book 1)

316 pages

ISBN: 9780800727512

To learn more about the author go to: https://suzannewoodsfisher.com/

 

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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The Forgiving Jar by Wanda Brunstetter is book 2 in the Prayer Jar series. This book takes over where book one ends, so it is best to read them in order. This story focuses on the theme of forgiveness. Sara never knew her grandparents. After her mother’s death, she travels to meet them and finds out Michelle has been pretending to be her. Sara struggles with how her grandparents and Michelle continue to get along after how Michelle mislead and stole from them. When Michelle was visiting the first time, she met a young man who is going to school to be a pastor. He is now returning home during Christmas break and meets the real Sara and finds out Michelle is planning to become Amish.

This is a very good story with a great message. I especially like that the characters from the first story are back in this story. This is a great book to read for anyone who enjoys Amish stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Series: The Forgiving Jar (Book 2)

320 pages

ISBN: 9781624167485

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: https://wandabrunstetter.com/

The book trailer can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TampCijMUqs

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With Winter’s First Frost by Kelly Irvin

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With Winter’s First Frost is the fourth book in An Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin. The stories in this series focus on women of different ages. While this is a series, each of the stories also make a good stand alone story. This story focuses on seventy three year old widow, Laura Kauffman. When Rosalie is taken to the hospital, Laura stays to watch the children. Ben’s great-grandfather Zechariah also lives with the family. Together these elderly people care for the young children, while trying to manage their health conditions.

This is a wonderful story that shows the difficulties the elderly deal with when their health is affected. Zechariah feels his family is taking away his independence as they make decisions for him. This story also shows the struggles the younger people deal with as they make decisions about their future. With humor, the author writes an inspirational story that shows the faith the members have as well and the care they give to others in their community. I especially enjoy how the author writes in some of the Amish traditions, such as how they select their church leaders. I feel anyone who enjoys reading stories of the Amish will enjoy this series.

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan publishing through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: An Every Amish Season (Book 4)

336 pages

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.kellyirvin.com/

This book can be purchased at:

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Seasons of an Amish Garden by Amy Clipston

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Seasons of an Amish Garden is a compilation of four short stories by Amy Clipston that starts in the spring and goes into winter. After the death of her husband, Henry, Emma, works with the young people from her Amish community to plant and tend a garden in which they raise produce to sell. The young people also bake items to sell at the stand. The proceeds go to help the Bird-in-Hand shelter in memory of Henry.

This is a very inspirational book with the young people working with an elderly lady to give to others less fortunate. As the stories unfold, friendships are formed and renewed to bring about loving relationships. The stories focus on four couple who go through trials and find their way through them. We see the similarities between caring for a garden and caring for friendships.

I really enjoyed reading these stories. They are so easy to read, with similar characters in each story. The theme through each of these stories is that of caring for others, helping others, working together and having faith. I really enjoyed seeing how the characters handled dealing with the changes in their friendships as they changed and found loving partners.

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan Publishing through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

365 pages

ISBN: 9780310354307

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: https://amyclipston.com/

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