Amish Fiction Book Review: Seasons of an Amish Garden
Publisher's Description"Enjoy a year of beautiful seasons in this new story collection, as young Amish couples manage a community garden and harvest friendships and love along the way.
Spring Is in the Air
As the young people of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, plant a garden in memory of their friend, Katie Ann begins to worry that her older brother, Ephraim, is dating her best friend. What if she somehow loses them both? But Christian, a new boy in the community, also works in the garden—and falling for him may be exactly the distraction, and lesson, that Katie Ann needs.
Home by Summer
Clara Hertzler is surprised when Jerry Petersheim, her old friend, comes to the garden to drop off his younger sister—especially because Jerry has been gone for years, and now seems to be living as an Englisher. As the friends get to know each other again, Clara pushes Jerry to examine why he abandoned his Amish beliefs. Will Clara help Jerry renew his faith in God, and will they find love beneath the summer sun?
The Fruits of Fall
Tena Speicher has come to live in Bird-in-Hand after her fiancé left her for an English woman. When a homeless veteran comes to the fruit stand one day and asks for food, Tena is not sure how to respond—but Wayne intervenes and offers to let him stay in the barn. Afraid to trust Englishers, Tena must learn, with Wayne’s help, that everyone is a child of God and deserving of kindness.
Ephraim and Mandy have dated for some time and now have plans to marry. But after a series of unexpected events and misunderstandings, they wonder if they should go their separate ways. What will happen when their friends at the Amish garden conspire to bring them back together?
My ReviewSeasons of an Amish Garden, by Amy Clipston, is a charming collection of four novellas featuring sweet romances that bloom in each season of the year. As friends gather around a community garden, relationships are nurtured, friendships are strengthened, and love takes root and begins to grow.
One by one, the stories unfold in spring, summer, fall, and winter, offering a likable cast of characters who work together to bless their community and their neighbors. The author has creatively connected these novellas in ways that are clever, meaningful, and entertaining. There is an easy flow from one novella to the next as the four special stories are linked together through the passage of time, the power of faith, and the bonds of community.
From the first sentence to the last, I truly enjoyed being in the delightful world the author created. I was quickly invested in the plot of each novella, and I also had a swift emotional connection to the characters within each story. Their struggles, successes, motivations, fears, and perseverance kept me interested and inspired page after page.
Seasons of an Amish Garden is an endearing book to read and to savor. With plenty of warmth and a lot of heart, this book is uplifting and engaging. I eagerly recommend it to all readers.
*I was given a copy of this book by the author. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.