Book Review: The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman

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I’ve read several of Beth Wiseman’s Amish fiction novels, so I was happy to have the chance to read The House that Love Built which is NOT an Amish novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It tells the tale of a widow named Brooke and a divorcee named Owen. They meet at the hardware store that Brooke owns when Owen goes in to get supplies for his new house that he is fixing up. There are also two sub-stories, one about a young troubled teenager named Hunter and another one about Brooke’s mother and her “love interest.” To top it all off, there is a little mystery entwined.

One would think that will all these story lines the book would be hard to follow but Beth Wiseman is an expert story-teller who easily manipulates each story-line, eventually weaving them all together into one cohesive unit at the end. By the end of the second chapter I was hooked and didn’t want to put the book down!

If you enjoy books about love, forgiveness and healing, you will love The House that Love Built. I give this book four (4) stars.

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Book Review: An Amish Kitchen

An Amish Kitchen coverAn Amish Kitchen is actually a collection of three short stories: A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long, A Spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston and Recipe for Hope by Beth Wiseman. Although I’m not familiar with Kelly Long’s writings, I’m a fan of both Amy Clipston and Beth Wisemann so I was excited to have the opportunity to review this book.

From the book description:

“The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.

Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania always brings a brisk change in the weather. This time also provides unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for healing herbs and flowers, but longs for love to bloom in her life. The next-door neighbor’s oldest son Abram comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until an incident threatens to end their growing attraction.

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

Three Amish stories—each celebrating love, family, and faith—all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.”

My thoughts:

I enjoyed all three stories. They were charming and engaging with realistic characters I could relate to and appreciate. Was the plot/storyline predictable? Yes, in usual Amish fiction fashion, but it doesn’t take away from enjoying the story and it doesn’t keep you from getting involved with the character’s lives. And all three stories give the reader different glimpses into Amish daily life.

I have to say that of the three novellas, I think the first one, A Taste of Faith was my favorite. I so loved watching Fern and Abram’s relationship change and blossom. I will definitely be checking into more of Kelly Long’s books. 🙂

Besides the sweet stories, An Amish Kitchen has some extras at the end of the book. One is a study guide (which is typical in Amish fiction) and then a bunch of recipes. The one set of recipes are recipes for medicinal treatments and the second set are food recipes. I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, but they look good!

If you are a fan of Amish fiction you will enjoy these stories. I give An Amish Kitchen four (4) stars.

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I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com (http://www.booksneeze.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html) : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.