Category Archives: Novella

An Amish Homecoming | Clipston, Wiseman, Gray, Fuller

 

 

 

Today I am reviewing An Amish Homecoming, by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, and Kathleen Fuller.

Here is the synopsis:

Four brand new Amish stories of coming home.

No Place Like Home  by Amy Clipston

Estranged daughter Eva Dienner has been staying with her in-laws, the Riehls, since her husband was killed in a fire, but now she wants her son to meet his maternal grandparents. Upon her return, Eva finds that the man her parents always intended for her is living in their daadihaus and running the dairy farm for them for free, despite her suspicions of him taking advantage of her family. Eva knows she should put the past behind her, but is she ready to move into the future?

When Love Returns  by Beth Wiseman

Hurricane Harvey forces Sarah Zook to return to the home she fled six years ago when she couldn’t face her stern parents’ reaction to her unplanned pregnancy. Upon her return, Abram King can think of nothing but the pain she caused him—until he meets Sarah’s daughter and realizes that he never really stopped loving Sarah. Sarah and Abram must find a way to face the truth of their past so they can rekindle their first love.

The Courage to Love  by Shelley Shepard Gray

After the death of her Englisch husband, Irene Keim seeks a fresh start by staying with her new friends Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd in exchange for helping them around the house. But when Mary Ruth and Henry’s son Marcus comes around, he isn’t pleased with the woman they’ve taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren’t always what they seem.

What Love Built  by Kathleen Fuller

Independent and headstrong, Carolyn is determined to forge ahead with the opening of her bakery, a lifelong dream, in the Birch Creek home she left ten years ago. But she’s in over her head and needs help with the cleaning, shopping, and deliveries. Carpenter Atlee Shetler is visiting Birch Creek to escape the memories of his late wife. He takes a job renovating the new bakery and finds the project—and its owner—to be much more than he bargained for. Both Carolyn and Atlee must face pains of the past if they want to have the bright future God has planned for them.

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

 

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A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, the fourth book of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Christmas has come to Pinecraft in bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s final Amish Brides of Pinecraft novel, an uplifting story that proves anything is possible when you follow your heart

When manager Beverly Overholt’s beloved Orange Blossom Inn is broken into, she’s shaken to the core. The inn has been her whole life since arriving in the quaint Amish vacation town of Pinecraft, Florida. Hoping to repair what’s been lost, Beverly calls Eric Wagler, the inn’s handsome owner. To her surprise, he promises to be on the next flight out of Philadelphia.

Ever since her fiancé jilted her, Beverly’s been closed off to love. However, with Eric things feel different. She can’t help but be hopeful that their work relationship will turn into something more—even though they are from different worlds. She grew up Amish and is now Mennonite. Eric, on the other hand, grew up on the city streets of Philadelphia. How could they ever find common ground?

But as Beverly and Eric put the inn back together, prepare for Christmas, and even witness romance blossoming for another couple, the trust—and love—between them grows. Will Christmas bring a second chance for Beverly? And if it does, will she be brave enough to take it?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I love this final story. . . and how Shelley completes the series in such a productive, satisfying way. Oh yeah, I was over-the-top by the end!

Thank you, Shelley!

In The Promise of Palm Grove, you met Beverly Overholt, who runs the inn, and receives some disturbing news from Eric Wagler.  In the sequel, The Proposal at Siesta Key, Beverly hears from Eric again, as well as several other unexpected guests. In this final story, A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft, Beverly has trouble adjusting to being at the inn after a break-in. Will Eric be able to convince her to stay? I think Shelley handled everything perfectly, bringing everyone together at the end.

Don’t miss this amazing series!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft

 

A Wish on Gardenia Street | Shelley Shepard Gray

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Wish on Gardenia Street, a novella to be read after The Proposal at Siesta Key and before A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn, also part of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series with a special addition—a tale of wishing and wanting…and what the heart really needs

Good things may come to those who wait, but Mattie Miller is confident that great things come to those who go after what they want…and Mattie wants Danny Brenneman. Danny is the reason she’s returned to the sunny Amish community of Pinecraft, Florida—well, that and to see her best friend Leona get married.

Mattie’s met Danny only once before but she knows the spark between them is sure to lead to something special. Despite a missing cat, wedding day chaos, and Danny himself, she’s confident this vacation can only end one way: in an engagement of her very own!

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved reading about Mattie Miller, who we met in The Promise of Palm Grove. In this sequel, Mattie returns to Pinecraft for her friend’s wedding. But Mattie is also hoping to re-connect with Danny Brenneman, the young man she’s been corresponding with since her first visit.

Does Mattie find love in Pinecraft? Well, I could tell you… and ruin the story for you, but I’m not about to do that. So I’m not going to tell you. Instead, I encourage you to get a copy of this ebook and read it for yourself. If you’re reading this series, you won’t want to miss this exciting story!

Happy Reading…

 

God bless you!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

  1. The Promise of Palm Grove
  2. The Proposal at Siesta Key
  3. A Wish on Gardenia Street (novella)
  4. A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn
  5. A Christmas Bride in Pinecraft

 

The Amish Shop Girl | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Amish Shop Girl, a new Barnville Story by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

To the English, she’s “that Amish girl”.

To the Amish, she’s that girl who went chasing her “dream man”.

Now unable to leave the city, what chance does she have to find her perfect match?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I enjoyed reading The Amish Shop Girl. . .

Hannah Hershberger follows her boyfriend, John Miller, to the city, where she discovers that he has bad intentions. But since she signed a lease on her apartment, she’s stuck there for six months. This story is very intriguing, with more than a few surprises along the way.

Does John get Hannah in trouble? Does he take advantage of her? Will she stay the six months? Is there a happy ending? Grab a copy of this book and read it for yourself.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Building a Future | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Building a Future, the fifth and final story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

After wedding season excitement, the couples settle down to the challenges of newly married life.

While the households are being set up, Ruby has concerns, and Naomi feels some growing pains of her own.

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Caleb and Ruby are happily married, as well as his sisters, Emma, who is wed to Peter Miller, and Lizzie, who is wed to John Beiler.

Married life can be wonderful; however, couples are not without their difficulties. While Caleb and Ruby discover a problem of their own, Naomi lies to protect the reputation of a young man, but it turns around on her and could prove difficult to overcome.

Don’t miss this great story about family, friends, and life in Burnsville, PA.

If you enjoy reading Amish fiction, you’ll love the stories about The Fishers. . .

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

Forging Friendships | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing Forging Friendships, the fourth story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Sometimes the best way to see where we’re headed is to consider where we have been.

This is the story of Otto Lapp and how God uses imperfect men in His perfect plan.

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh cool!

This is the story of Amos Lapp, who lived near the Fishers before Samuel King bought the place.

I was always a bit curious about how it happened — and now I know.

This was a great story and it was nice reading about Otto Lapp, as well as catching up on the Fisher’s past and learning a bit more about the King family, too!

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

A Harvest of Brides | Amos Wyse & Laura J. Marshall

 

 

Today I am reviewing A Harvest of Brides, the third story in The Fishers:  An Amish Life series by Amos Wyse and Laura J. Marshall.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Caleb and Ruby’s big day is approaching quickly.

However, this courting season, his sisters’ find that their path towards marriage is not so smooth.

Along with usual wedding preparations, Caleb is distracted. What is the secret his father is keeping?

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The Fishers: An Amish Life includes five stories:
Book 1  Planting Seeds
Book 2  Pulling Weeds
Book 3  A Harvest of Brides
Book 4  Forging Friendships
Book 5  Building a Future

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Somebody is getting married!!!

In book one, Planting Seeds, Caleb Fisher meets, and eventually woos, Ruby Stolzfus. In book two, Pulling Weeds, Caleb’s twin sisters find their own gentleman callers.

Now the Fishers are planning not one, but three weddings! Isn’t that exciting!

This calls for lots and lots of celery, which is used for cooking as well as for decoration. And more food to be prepared than many of us see in an entire month. Because Amish weddings are big.

BIG.

HUGE.

Don’t miss this great story about family, friends, and weddings in Burnsville, PA.

Happy Reading!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2018 DJ Mynatt

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