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 fiancĂ© 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.
Winter Blessings
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?

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My Review

Seasons 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.
 


My Reflection

As the characters in Seasons of an Amish Garden struggle with disappointments, fear, and uncertainty, they choose to turn to God for wisdom, guidance, and peace. It is encouraging to be reminded that though the future is unknown, it is held in the hands of an all-knowing God whose plans for us are good. Though trials may test our faith, and anxious thoughts may fill our hearts with worry, we need never doubt that our compassionate God is always there to sustain us when we are weak, comfort us when we are discouraged, and guide us safely through heartaches and hardships. This book offers a gentle reminder that God is near to all who look to him.

About the Author: Amy Clipston

"Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing "career" began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series with Zondervan, which is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. An advocate for organ and blood donation, Amy donated a kidney in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through her donation, her husband received a second kidney transplant. Amy and her husband matched another couple and swapped kidneys with them. Amy's memoir, A Gift of Love, will be available in early 2014. She hopes her story inspires others to become organ and blood donors. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats. You can find her on the web at www.AmyClipston.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmyClipstonBooks” –Biography from Amy Clipston’s author page on Amazon.com







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