My Life As An Amish Wife

Yoder, Lena. My Life As An Amish Wife: A Diary. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2015.

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SUMMARY:
Sharing her personal life through her diary, author Lena Yoder was born and raised Amish. Hoping to debunk and demystify the socially portrayed and believed way of Amish life, she relates through her own journaling what to truly expect. Working on the family farm, raising several children, enduring hardships while creating memories, My Life As An Amish Wife shows straight-forwardly how¬†many of the Amish actually live their lives. Through the many seasons, joys and sorrows, losses and gains, Amish life is simple yet full…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With an interest in the Amish way of life as well as brief experiences visiting an Amish area, this book seemed like a good match. Chronicling several years, the author told of many parts of her life, some happy, others sad, many just recounts. Well written yet perhaps a bit repetitious, it was easy to see the simpler way of life, the strong faith, the hard days of work, and the love for her family. Definitely a good choice for anyone interested in the true Amish.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of My Life As An Amish Wife from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

Made With Love

Goyer, Tricia. Gore, Sherry. Made With Love: The Pinecraft Pie Shop. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. 2015.

SUMMARY:
madewithloveWanting nothing more than to own her own pie shop, Lovina Miller enjoys Pinecraft, Florida, where her family now resides. Positive she will never marry but instead be a young entrepreneur, Lovina’s mother has other plans for Lovina and her sisters. When Noah Yoder arrives in town to work as a carpenter, he hopes to help Lovina make her dream come true; however, there are several obstacles in the way, including his past. Full of delicious recipes, Amish Proverbs, faith, grace and forgiveness, Made With Love delivers more than fresh-baked pies…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Liking the previous books of both authors, I couldn’t pass up this combined effort. With a sweet yet involved story-line, the characters were deeper than just surface level, including possible everyday situations. Honestly reading the book originally for the recipes, the touching story was an added bonus. Trying some of recipes already (Key Lime Pie and Red-Skin Mashed Potatoes), this book will most likely find a spot on my kitchen shelf. Hopefully, the next books in the Pinecraft Pie Shop series will be written in the same style. Yum!

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Made With Love from Harvest House Publishers for my honest review*

Murder Freshly Baked

Chapman, Vannetta. Murder Freshly Baked: The Amish Village Mystery Series, Book 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2015.

SUMMARY:
murderTaking place in the Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, Murder Freshly Baked provides poetic clues in the freshly-baked pies and an alarming murder at the finish-line. With both English and Amish neighbors working together to strengthen the community, the mysteries must be solved before another friend is lost. With suspense, faith, romance, and blended societies, Vannetta Chapman shares the best of the Amish in this cozy mystery…

PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read and enjoyed the first book in the series, Murder Simply Brewed, I knew I had to read this newest addition. I found though a stand-alone, this story follows and incorporates several of the same characters I came to know in the first book. Not sure if I missed anything of relevance in the second book, Murder Tightly Knit, but I do plan on reading that one as well. Full of Amish customs fused with English customs makes for an interesting and entertaining read. Humor, romance, mystery and faith all combine for a worth-while novel.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Murder Freshly Baked from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

A Faith of Her Own

Fuller, Kathleen. A Faith of Her Own: A Middlefield Amish Novel. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2015.

SUMMARY:
faithofherownLiving in her Amish community, Anna Mae Shetler is confused by some very important, complex decisions she must make regarding her future. Anna’s childhood friend, Jeremiah Mullet, has made some difficult decisions already but must re-evaluate those decisions as he goes forward. When the two friends meet again as adults, each must forgive, renew, examine and follow God’s ultimate decision for them…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Not having read any previous Middlefield novels, I am not sure if I am missing any important character information but this novel read fine as a stand-alone. As a sweet yet poignant Amish story, I enjoyed the deeper situations, involved relationships, difficult decisions as well as the included Amish community. With strong main characters and compelling secondary characters, I was engrossed in the story completely. Written in an interesting yet heart-gripping manner, Kathleen Fuller will now be a target for Amish stories in the future.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A Faith of Her Own from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*