Book Review: An Amish Love by Wiseman, Fuller, & Long


An Amish Love is a collection of 3 novellas, by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long. Each love story takes place in the quiet, Amish town of Paradise.

In the first story, "A Marriage of the Heart," Abigail Kauffman lost her mother when she was a small girl and lives with her father. She dreams of escaping the lonely life she leads and devises a plan to do so. Joseph Lambert has just been accepted into this Amish community after years of being away. He feels blessed to be welcomed back. These two hastily find themselves united in matrimony. . .will they learn the key to love?

The second novella, "What the Heart Sees," gives us Ellie Chupp, a very determined young woman, who also happens to be blind. After losing her sight in an accident, she fears that her disability will prevent her from ever marrying. Her good friend's brother, Christopher Miller, comes back to Paradise after a tragedy causes him to stay away for 5 years. Ellie helps Chris on his way to healing and Chris begins to see Ellie in a whole new way. . .

In the last story, "Healing Hearts," Naaman and Levina Lapp have been married for 35 years. Once all their children have grown up and "left the nest," Naaman leaves too, on a journey to "find himself." After being away for almost a year, Naaman humbly returns home. Levina is forced to deal with learning to trust her husband. Will they find love all over again?
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Let me begin by saying that although I do enjoy Christian fiction, I've never read any Amish romance before--or any other Amish literature for that matter. The reading overall was pleasant enough and did pique my interest in finding out what would happen to each of the couples. I learned many things about the Amish way of life, as the authors are careful to explain certain attitudes and behaviors through out the book. Also included was a glossary of Amish words and phrases, along with study guide, in case the book is used for a small group or book club. As an extra bonus (at least it was to me!), there were a few recipes in the back of the book that were mentioned in the stories. (I'll be trying a few of the recipes and if they're good, I'll let you know!)

Because each of the novellas had the same setting, the authors took great pangs to let the reader know that each character knew each other or were connected in some way. It almost seemed forced and unnatural, distracting from the story. The other thing that I wasn't too fond of was the predictability of each story. Each tale told of someone who'd left the community, only to return at some point, for one reason or the other.

Overall, it was a pleasant set of stories, very modest in tone. If Amish romances are included in your repertoire of books, then I think you will enjoy this one.


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2 comments:

  1. I've never read any Amish books like this either. This was a good review.I know what I'm getting into if I ever decide to try one.

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  2. Hey Debbie.
    It was interesting to say the least. But, I probably have had my fill for now.

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