Friday, August 19, 2016

An Amish Harvest







An Amish Harvest:
Four Amish Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller & Vannetta Chapman
Published by Thomas Nelson, 16th August 2016


Another installment in a perenially popular Amish novella collection of books, this one dealing with stories relating to harvest-time.

Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman deals with some difficult themes.
 Naomi Dienner is newly widowed and pregnant with another child her late husband never knew she was carrying. Stephen was often loving but sometimes both physically and verbally abusive to her, though never to their children. She is anxious about the success of this pregnancy, having already lost one baby, and when an older lady turns up at her house seeming to have all sorts of knowledge about things she should not have known, and claiming to be able to provide protective herbs and charms to help Naomi carry her baby safely to full term, Naomi falls prey, much to the dismay of her father's Englisch friend Brock, who has come to help Naomi harvest the crops on her farm.
Can Brock persuade Naomi to abandon her trust in such charms and have faith in God's goodness and will for her, and indeed for them both? And can Naomi learn to trust a man again after her bad experience with Stephen?


Love & Buggy Rides by Amy Clipston

When Janie Lantz witnesses an accident between a car and a buggy giving tours to tourists being driven by Jonathan Stoltzfus, she feels compelled to help those injured and to protect Jonathan's job by witnessing to the truth of what she saw. A quiet friendship springs up between the two, to the dismay of her father, who feels that  the age gap between his daughter and Jonathan is too great to make a successful relationship - and also the fact that Jonathan is only a temporary visitor to the area. Janie is torn between respect for her father's wishes and the desire to see justice being done and a good man's name being cleared. Is there any way she can reconcile the two?


A Quiet Love by Kathleen Fuller

 Dinah Keim is initially upset when her mother arranges for her to go and stay with her Aunt Judith for a few weeks. She is self-conscious about her stammer and prefers to stay out of the public eye. She is catapulted into the midst of a family catastrophe when Judith's husband David is injured during an accident on the farm and Dinah lays an important role in saving her step-uncle's life. She is thrown into the company of the handsome Amos Mullet, David's son, whose unusual ways and demeanour help to bring her out of her shell and forget about her stammer. She in turn supports and encourages this young man whose family have done their level best to protect him from harm and help him come to terms with his being on the autistic spectrum, but she feels they have in some ways over-protected him. Their friendship blossoms into love, and some surprising secrets are revealed as time goes by.


Mischief In The Autumn Air by Vannetta Chapman

Martha Beiler is widowed, lives with her sometimes cantankerous aunt and she works for Eli Wittmer in his auction house. The unusual behaviour of a young couple inspecting some furniture at the pre-auction viewing raises her suspicions;  her suspicions convince her boss and their combined sleuthing uncovers a detective story involving  a treasure map, furniture and the history of her adoptive Amish community, as well as paving the way for a new romance....





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