"An Amish Home"
By : Beth Wiseman
By : Beth Wiseman
A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.
Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.
Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?
A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.
All I had to do was look at the cover of this book to know that it was going to be a marvellous read!! How would I know that ?? The novellas are written by four talented authors who always write in their own unique style using a wealth of knowledge background of the Amish. As I am reviewing Beth Wiseman's contribution, I will address her story.
Beth portrays the characters in such realistic detail that I immediately found myself deeply involved in their lives. I quickly identified with Sarah, the main character. Although the Amish life is often portrayed as one full of peace, faith and an intense belief in God, these individual DO experience hardship and trials, just as you and I do. At times, their faith is under fire! Sarah is an example of a fine Christian woman who thinks that she is beginning to experience her marriage of dreams .... when tragedy strikes! I was drawn deeply into the story as Sarah's hardships and challenges are described in such a way that it made me stop and think. What would I do in this time of deep sorrow??? Sarah's husband became very dear to me as he made his best attempts to cope and encourage her to look at life in a positive way. Our lives are continually changing but now always in the way we planned!
The plot moves quickly with surprising twists and turns, keeping the reader thoroughly engaged from beginning to end. I have to admit that I read this story in one sitting, simply because I could not put the book down!! My attention was quickly captured and I just had to find out how Sarah coped with her new way of life.
The four novellas easily lead into one another, although they are also stand alone stories. I highly recommend this book! It is a FANTASTIC collection. Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in the Amish lifestyle , even if it is a short while.
This book was received as a gift. The opinions expressed are honest and my own.