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An Amish Gathering Paperback – Dec 21 2009
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Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman
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In the first story Leah is a little lost as an amish woman. Will she follow her calling to be a writer or will she succome to her father's wishes to be a "gut" amish wife and learn to cook, clean, sew and garden? She does not see getting married in her life, all she wants to do is write and inspire people and help them to see God's way. Will she find someone who accepts her the way she is and will she fulfill her dreams along the way?
The second story will touch everyone. We have all lost someone in our lives. Who, but God determines how we heal, and how long it takes. But God does allow us to heal and to move forward.
The third story shows that God does allow us to find our way, with some gentle guidence. If we just stop and listen we will hear God telling us the way.
All three show that there is someone out there for everyone, no matter what their shortcomings are.
This book will make wonderful gifts.
The book follows the typical storyline of romance, and the difficulties of getting the boy or girl, all three authors write well written short stories telling about how romance finally bloomed for their characters.
Interweaving the short stories is the mention of the main characters throughout each short story which allows the book to blend as one.
Overall, this is a pleasant read and one that is enjoyable. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon when the mind does not want to be over taxed by a complicated book.
Recommended reading for those who like stories about Amish life.
The book was written by three authors with very similar styles, and is comprised of three short stories that build off one another. I have ranked them in order of my preference:
A Change of Heart - Beth Wiseman (4.5 stars)
This story centers around two young people who aren't certain of their feelings for each other or their paths in life. The heroine, Leah, is headstrong and fiercely independent to the point of convincing her parents she will never be fit to recommend herself as a proper Amish wife to any respectable Amish man. Much to Leah's dismay, however, she captures the attention of the handsome Aaron Lantz. Leah and stud-muffin Lantz find common ground in sharing Leah's stories and a relationship blossoms as the two discover Leah's talent as an author is more than enough to keep a man's interest. Will it be Mr. Stud-Muffin who captures her heart?
When Winter Comes - Barbara Cameron (3.5 stars)
This story centers around two young people who appear doomed to bad timing and prevailing cross-purposes. The heroine, Rebecca, carries a heavy burden of grief over lossing her twin sister and is haunted by the belief she might have prevented it. It was his intent five years earlier, before losing her sister, that Ben Weaver would make Rebecca his wife, having loved her all his life. When the timing becomes conducive for Ben to pop the question and for the couple to begin their happily-ever-after life together, a series of events unfold that play out an emotional tug-a-war that makes for an interesting, light read.
A Place of His Own - Kathleen Fuller (3 stars)
This story centers around two young people learning to heal old wounds and support each other. The story has two equally strong characters; Josiah, who returns just as suddenly as he left the Amish village more than a decade ago without even a good-bye to his best friend and neighbor, Amanda, has no intention of mending fences with Amanda or sticking around long enough to care. Amanda, still hurt and confused by her best friend's behavior a decade earlier, is determined to pick up where they left off and, if she's really daring, take their friendship to the next level. While Josiah works at a fevered pace to fix his dilapidated childhood home in order to sell it and move on with is life forever away from his Amish roots and distracting neighbor, Amanda insinuates herself in his life (by way of his kitchen) and challenges him in more ways than she's aware. Will Josiah continue running from his past or will he take a chance on love with Amanda?
The first-person perspective of both the male and female lead characters as well as other key characters throughout the stories.
The easy way all three authors incorporate the Amish dialect into every-day conversations between characters. I did not need to refer to the glossary while reading since the meaning of many words and phrases was understood from context.
The contrived and predictable story lines that pretended to be otherwise, particularly with the last two stories, which tended to draw out, longer than was necessary in my opinion, the tension and climax of the story. The last two stories read overly dramatic and unrealistic "big secret" or misunderstanding scenarios, which lead to so much heartache between characters, when revealed proved untrue to character and tended to dilute the plot and moral of the story.
Feminists be warned. As one might expect, Amish values are traditional,including those about women's roles; while women are respected in Amish society they typically earn that respect through their contribution in the kitchen (boy is there a lot of eating and cooking in this book) and house-keeping. In a small, fleeting way this book taught me to value the simpler, more traditional ways I contribute to the happiness of others, like cooking a meal or fixing a hem, as opposed to the more familiar ways in which I tend to feel the greatest sense of contribution to others...work. An overall refreshing read, I would recommend this book.
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