Category Archives: Amish Fiction

The Abbott Creek Cookbook | Naomi Miller

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Abbott Creek Cookbook by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Katie and her friends in Abbott Creek enjoy cooking . . . and baking, and they would like to share some of their favorite recipes with you.

They have gathered the best and most delicious recipes to be found in Abbott Creek, and added in some fun extras to go along with them. That way, you can enjoy reading about your favorite characters while you enjoy their favorite treats.

If you have read the stories that follow Katie and her friends, you will recognize many of the recipes within. However, we have also added a few you haven’t seen in the books. With any luck, you will find some new favorites to go along with the ones you already have–and love.

Either way . . . whether or not you have read the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series or not, we sincerely hope you enjoy the recipes within this book.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction stories, you’ll enjoy reading The Abbott Creek Cookbook. And if you enjoy baking Amish treats, you’re gonna LOVE The Abbott Creek Cookbook!

Not only does this book share a little of each book from the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, but it shares each of the recipes included in the sox books, plus a whole lot more. And the author does a great job of including bits and pieces of the characters in the books to make her cookbook more interesting.

The Abbott Creek Cookbook has released just in time to make a great Christmas gift… so order a copy for yourself — and a friend (or two… or more) and prepare a few of the recipes to share with family and friends during the next few weeks. Check out the links below to purchase this book.

Happy Reading!

and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

 

Amazon link… https://www.amazon.com/Abbott-Creek-Cookbook-Naomi-Miller/dp/1948733080/

Barns & Noble… https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-abbott-creek-cookbook-naomi-miller/1134308906

An Amish Wedding Feast on Ice Mountain | Kelly Long

 

 

Today I am reviewing An Amish Feast on Ice Mountain by Kelly Long.

Here is a brief synopsis:

An Amish celebration . . .

Since the moment her father died, Beth Mast has devoted body and soul to the care of her stepmother and stepsister—cooking, cleaning, and caring for their animals. So her friend Lucy’s wedding to the eldest King brother offers a welcome respite.

Shy and unaware of her beauty, Beth harbors a secret sadness she hopes no one can see. But at this gathering she’s on display: her assigned escort happens to be the handsomest bachelor in their Amish community.

Newly returned to Ice Mountain, Ransom King has no interest in the maedels pursuing him. Haunted by events during his five-year apprenticeship in Ohio, he’s startled to find a kindred spirit in Beth, whose dutiful ways can’t mask her inner glow.

Ransom longs to show her how much she deserves happiness, though his own troubled history holds him back. It will take Ransom’s feisty Aenti Ruth and her ragtag menagerie to entice these two guarded hearts to open to love . . .

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Kelly Long, I loved your story!

Beth Mast has no idea that she’s being treated more like a servant than a daughter. But that’s the kind of person she is… loving, giving, loyal, dependable, and hard-working. Attributes we should all exhibit.

Such interesting characters, an unexpected twist to the story, and a surprising end, kept me reading long past midnight. I honestly could not put this book down until I reached the end. I can’t wait to ready other books by the author.

Thank you, Ms. Long, for a wonderful story!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

An Amish Christmas Kitchen | Gould, Drexler, Lloyd

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Abbott Creek Cookbook by Naomi Miller.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Katie and her friends in Abbott Creek enjoy cooking . . . and baking, and they would like to share some of their favorite recipes with you.

They have gathered the best and most delicious recipes to be found in Abbott Creek, and added in some fun extras to go along with them. That way, you can enjoy reading about your favorite characters while you enjoy their favorite treats.

If you have read the stories that follow Katie and her friends, you will recognize many of the recipes within. However, we have also added a few you haven’t seen in the books. With any luck, you will find some new favorites to go along with the ones you already have–and love.

Either way . . . whether or not you have read the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series or not, we sincerely hope you enjoy the recipes within this book.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction stories, you’ll like The Abbott Creek Cookbook. And if you enjoy baking Amish treats, you’re gonna LOVE The Abbott Creek Cookbook!

Not only does this book share a little of each book from the Amish Sweet Shop Mystery series, but it shares each of the recipes included in the sox books, plus a whole lot more. And the author does a great job of including bits and pieces of the characters in the books to make her cookbook more interesting.

The Abbott Creek Cookbook has released just in time to make a great Christmas gift… so order a copy for yourself — and a friend (or two… or more) and prepare a few of the recipes to share with family and friends during the next few weeks.

Happy Reading!

and Merry Christmas!

 

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

October AmishCrate Book Box

 

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Stitches in Time

by Susanne Woods Fisher

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Stitches in Time | Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

 

Today I am reviewing Stitches in Time, the second book in The Deacon’s Family series, by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Detachment had worked well as a life strategy for horse trainer Sam Schrock. Until he met Mollie Graber . . .

New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. Aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, she wants to live it boldly and bravely. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she’s the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child’s heart and knit them back together.

Mollie envisions sleepovers and pillow fights. What the 11-year-old twins bring to her home is anything but. Visits from the sheriff at midnight. Phone calls from the school truancy officer. And then the most humiliating moment of all: the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction.

There’s only one thing that breaks through the girls’ hard shell–an interest in horses. Reluctantly and skeptically, Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie’s chaotic life. What he didn’t expect was for love to knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart . . . just in time.

Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the little Amish church of Stoney Ridge for a touching story of the power of love.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

After getting to know Luke and Izzy in the first book in this series, Mending Fences, I enjoyed how Suzanne continued their story, while adding the story of Luke’s brother Sam, and his attempts to court Mollie Graber, the new schoolteacher in Stoney Ridge.

I absolutely LOVE the characters in this series. I almost wish I lived in this community. Everyone–well, most everyone–is encouraging, supportive, and lovable. These books are going on the TOP SHELF of my favorite bookcase!

I. LOVE. THIS. SERIES.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

The Amish Teacher’s Gift | Rachel J. Good

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Amish Teacher’s Gift, a Love & Promises novel by Rachel J. Good.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Widower Josiah Yoder wants to be a good father. But it’s not easy with a deaf young son who doesn’t understand why his mamm isn’t coming home. At a loss, Josiah enrolls Nathan in a special-needs school and is relieved to see his son immediately comforted by his new teacher, a woman whose sweet charm and gentle smile just might be the balm they both need.

With seven siblings to care for, Ada Rupp wasn’t sure she wanted to take on teaching, too. But the moment she holds Nathan in her arms, she realizes she’ll do all she can to help this lost little boy. Plus, it gives her a chance to spend more time with Josiah. Falling for a man in mourning may be against the rules, but his quiet strength is the support Ada never knew she needed. And, together, they could have the loving family she’d always hoped for.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh my goodness! Josiah Yoder is such a wonderful father, but I really felt his sorrow and anguish as he tried to care for his young son. Thankfully, Nathan loved his new teacher and going to his special needs school. It also helped that he found David, the young brother of his teacher, who quickly became his best friend. Ada Rupp, the special needs teacher, does all she can to help Nathan, yet she continues to get into trouble with the bishop’s wife. Will she be able to keep her teaching position? Only time will tell.

This is such a wonderful story, full of laughter and tears. It will be impossible to put down once you begin reading it. I know I stayed up far too late, but it’s worth every minute. If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you’ll love reading The Amish Teacher’s Gift.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Secrets of Willow Springs | Tracy Fredrychowski

 

 

Today I am reviewing Secrets of Willow Springs by Tracy Fredrychowski.

Here is a brief synopsis:

When an English family’s dark secrets collide with the Amish, sweet and innocent Emma Byler is caught in the middle of two worlds.

For sixteen years, Jacob Byler kept his daughter Emma sheltered and protected in their Amish community. When a secret becomes too much for him to bear, it drives a wedge in their relationship and threatens to change Emma’s life forever.

When an unexpected relationship with Daniel Miller comes to light, will he be able to remind Emma of her faith and help her deal with the lies that surround her birth?

Will the secret change her life forever, and will she be able to forgive as God instructs her to do?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh my goodness!

I honestly couldn’t put this story down until I reached the end. The author has truly done her research in a big way — and it shows. If you’re a Amish fiction reader and you’ve always wondered about Lob Lieb… you know, the second song the Amish sing at every Sunday church meeting… well, the author has generously included the English translation of the song so you can enjoy and appreciate it, too.

There are so many twists and turns, but the author does a fantastic job of bringing each one to a complete and satisfying close… and in a wonderful way. Even so, I can’t wait until the next book in this series is released so I can visit Willow Springs again.

Grab a copy of this amazing story today!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

Samson & Amish Delilah | Thomas Nye

 

 

Today I am reviewing Samson & Amish Delilah by Thomas Nye.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Entertaining. Endearing. Unexpected.

A story of clashing cultures, hearts laid bare, and the power of forgiveness.

Delilah steps out of the pages of a bestselling Amish novel and into the real world. When media giants discover that she’s alive and well, the race to find her is on. A young man named Dave sets out with inside information, hoping to get to her first and cash in. He’s as surprised as everybody that there’s more than one Amish Delilah—how can he be sure that he’s found the right girl?

Dave searches the pages of the novel to be certain he has the right Delilah. Real life begins to merge with fiction and Dave suddenly realizes that he has fallen into the story and become Samson. Worse yet, he fears he is on a collision course with the novel’s wild ending.

Cultures collide as big media comes face-to-face with Amish family values. Dave and Delilah are caught in a vice between the two worlds. Will they sell out for the almighty dollar?

People from all walks of life will find themselves connecting with Samson and Delilah’s heartwarming, page-turning, story of friendship, redemption, and hope.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

When Dave sets out to find the Amish girl who was the inspiration for a best-selling novel, he expects to find that she’s a local celebrity. Instead, he finds a sweet, young girl who wants nothing to do with the English world. But when media crews show up, it seems obvious that his search for her has been noticed by others.

Fearing the worst, he chooses to help Delilah escape from the media rather than collect the hefty fee he’s been offered by a media mogul, so he agrees to drive Delilah and her young brother Earl to Iowa to stay with their relatives.

Now, I could say a lot about the very colorful characters in this story… and the interesting conversations Dave, Delilah, and Earl have… and the ending… but I really think you should read this for yourself. There’s just too much to try to put it in a nutshell — not to mention, I hate giving away spoilers — and you’ll truly enjoy it more if you read it.

So grab a copy, sit back, and enjoy!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

The Timepiece | Beverly Lewis

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Timepiece …by Beverly Lewis.

Here is a brief synopsis:

As the only daughter, Sylvia Miller of The Tinderbox has always held a special place in her Old Order family, one Adeline Pelham jeopardizes when she shows up at the Millers’ Hickory Hollow farm. It isn’t that Adeline means to be a threat, but her very existence is a reminder of the painful secret that has so recently upended the Miller household. And with Sylvia and her mother still struggling to come to terms with that news, this is a challenging time to welcome an Englisher–especially thisEnglisher–into their midst.

Despite the Millers’ unexpected hospitality, Adeline is well aware that she’s treading on Sylvia’s turf, and she feels guilty about doing so when Sylvia is grappling with issues of her own. Not only is Sylvia trying to rebuild her trust in her father, but she’s uncertain what to make of her once-promising engagement to Titus Kauffman, who hasn’t pursued her since she confronted him. Adeline wishes she could help Sylvia, but she’s not sure that either she or Sylvia is ready for that level of closeness in their relationship.

Can God make something good come out of the mistakes of the past? Or does Adeline’s arrival mark one too many surprises for the Millers and their Amish community?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

What a wonderful story of love and forgiveness!

When Adeline Pelham shows up looking for her father, who happens to be Amish, he and his family welcome her into their home — and their lives, even though it brings many challenges for them. I can certainly understand this… an English girl, her Amish father, who obviously had a girlfriend or wife before he joined an Amish community, married his current wife and had a family.

Beverly Lewis does an amazing job showing the problems that occurred after Adeline met her father and was invited to stay with them. I think the whole idea is amazing — and this is truly one story you won’t want to put down until the very end!

If you can, make time to read The Tinderbox first, then dive right into The Timepiece

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

The Tinderbox | Beverly Lewis

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Tinderbox …by Beverly Lewis.

Here is a brief synopsis:

With her Amish parents’ twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise–the old brass tinderbox her clockmaker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life.

Sylvia’s bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide.

Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda’s relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia’s recent engagement to the preacher’s grandson.

Can the Millers find a way forward through the turmoil to a place of forgiveness and acceptance?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

WOW! I did not see that coming!!!

Sylvia Miller is much more stubborn than anyone would expect–and she is determined to discover the secrets in her dat’s tinderbox. But when she finally discovers his secrets, she’s more than a bit upset at herself. . . for causing more problems–and hurt–than she would ever have dreamed.

Beverly Lewis has created a wonderful community of characters that will entertain and hold your attention to the very end… which has another little surprise.

If you don’t already have a copy, pick one up. Then sit back and enjoy…

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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