Saturday, April 05, 2014
An Amish Garden
An Amish Garden
Four Amish Novellas
By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer & Vannetta Chapman.
All four of the novellas in this collection are connected by gardens and gardening, and this tried and tested format succeeds once more.
Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman tells the story of Rosemary and Saul, who had been a courting couple for a brief period when Rosemary was sixteen. She is now 21 and like her, Saul is still single, although he shows his continuing interest in her as well as his regard, by his regular requests that she would consider going out with him again.
When Saul and her father have an unfortunate accident which leaves her father unable to work for a while, Saul decides to make amends by overhauling the family's long neglected vegetable garden. As the story unfolds and her widowed father seems to be developing a love interest of his own, we gradually find out exactly why Rosie broke off her courtship with Saul. Can she overcome her anxieties and give her relationship with Saul another chance, and can she come to terms with her father developing a new life for himself?
Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller introduces us to Rachael Bontrager, currently helping her grandfather and lovingly tending her garden. Her neighbour Gideon is handsome, shy and eager to court her, but unsure of how to start, until he takes advice from his sister, Hannah Lynn. Soon, Rachael is intrigued and baffled by the mysterious admirer who leaves beautiful flowers and attached short messages of regard at various places on her grandfather's land, but will these tokens of esteem be enough to make their friendship develop into something more?
Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer
Eli Plank is an adventurer at heart. As a young lad living in Florida, he loved to read the stories in the Amish newspaper, The Budget, about those brave souls who set out to build an Amish community at West Kootenai in Montana and at long last, he was there, working and also writing the stories of his newly adopted community for The Budget for others to read and enjoy. Excited children and a bear cub lead him to meet Sadie Chupp, who has recently moved to the area after a family tragedy and she is determined to successfully raise tomatoes from her late mother's precious heirloom seeds. She has to decide if she should accept Eli's help and advice, or may there be an ulterior motive behind his kindness...
Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman
This was an interesting one to read. Emma Hochstetter is widowed, and lives with her beloved but frail mother-in-law. Her neighbour Danny is someone she has known since her childhood and it once looked as if they might one day get married, but Danny had left to travel and explore, only to return not too long before the death of Emma's husband. Their friendship endured, and when it turns out that a young runaway Amish lad is living secretly in Emma's barn, she and Danny confront him together. Other problems occur in the community and when secrets from her mother-in-law's past come to light, it seems that there is a definite direction developing for the rest of Emma's life which will involve both gardening and healing, and maybe also love.