Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: An Amish Garden

An Amish Garden, Beth Wiseman

An Amish Garden is a collection of four novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, and Vannetta Chapman.  I enjoyed all of the stories, but I think my favorite one was Flowers for Rachael. It was a fun, sweet read, but the other three novellas were a close second! It's unusual to enjoy all the stories so much, but I did. Each story pulled me in from the beginning and reluctantly let me go at the end.

Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman is about Rosemary Lantz who has the responsibility of her three younger brothers and her dad's household ever since her mother died four years ago. She is just barely making it all work and wishes she didn't have to break up with the only man she ever loved, Saul Petersheim. When Saul starts helping her put her garden in, she begins to question her resolve to give him up.

Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller centers around Rachael Bontrager. Rachael has been helping her grandfather for the past year and ever since she met her next door neighbor, Gideon, she has been attracted to him. But for some reason, he is always aloof with her. Why does he help her when he won't even talk to her?

Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer is set in a Montana Amish community. Eli Plank has been traveling around the country visiting different Amish communities and writing about it all for the Budget, an Amish newspaper. When he meets Sadie, he helps her plant her special heirloom tomatoes in the harsher, colder climate. Those tomatoes are all Sadie has left that was her mother's, and she is determined to make them grow. Then disaster strikes, and Sadie immediately runs to Eli for help. Will he be able to help the tomatoes rebound?

Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman centers around widowed Emma Hochstetter and her mother-in-law, Mary Ann. Emma's children are all grown with homes and children of their own leaving her in a big house with a big garden and lots of memories of what used to be. But when she discovers a runaway in her barn, things begin to change for the better.

I loved that these stories revolved around gardening, and I read it at the perfect time, too - when I was starting my garden! Can't get better than that. :-) Everything is beginning to bloom around here making it the perfect time to read this collection. Go grab a copy and rejoice that spring is finally here!

I was given this book free form BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

An Amish Garden


Vannetta Chapman said...

Thank you for your post! So glad you enjoyed the stories!

Maria said...

Your welcome. :-) They were all fun to read.