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*

Plain Faith

Eash, Irene and Ora Jay with Goyer, Tricia. Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss, and Leaving the Amish. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
plainLiving in an Amish community, Irene and Ora Jay live a traditional Amish farm life. When a buggy accident occurs which takes the lives of their two young daughters, Irene and Ora Jay struggle to move past it yet in the process realize perhaps their beliefs and way of life must change. Through hardships and blessings, the Eash family come to realize the grace of God and all it truly means in life.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Reading and reviewing many Amish books as well as having an interest in the Amish and their culture, I found Plain Faith to be honest, open, humbling and hopeful. Told from a first-person-point-of-view, the parents recount feelings, thoughts, traditions and beliefs. Well written, Tricia Goyer shares the Eash family’s story beautifully from devastation to grace. The tidbits of Amish life actually enhance other Amish fiction books with a deeper understanding now. Thank-you to the authors for allowing a glimpse into the Amish communities while following God’s lead.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Plain Faith from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*