Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review: An Amish Garden by:Wiseman/Fuller/Goyer/Chapman

An Amish Garden
About the Book:
“A Place of Healing” Vannetta Chapman
Emma discovers a run-away teen in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a woman and her two children. Then her mother-in-law reveals a secret about her garden. Will Emma choose loneliness or learn to accept God’s gifts?
“Flowers for Rachael” Kathleen Fuller
Rachael’s garden is beautiful, but she is lonely. Gideon is in love with Rachael, but when Rachael finds her garden in shambles after a crisis, she rejects his help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own?
“Seeds of Love” Tricia Goyer
When a corporation shows interest in buying Sadie’s heirloom seeds, she panics. They are all she has left of her Dat and Mem. Eli believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and will the seeds of a new relationship take root?
“Planting a Future” Beth Wiseman
Rosemary is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul has been interested in her for years, but Rosemary has turned him down repeatedly. Saul begins helping with her family’s garden, but someone is sabotaging his efforts—and keeping a secret that could change their lives.


About the Authors:

Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporaries set in small Texas towns. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise, is inspired by a true story. Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman


Kathleen Fuller is the author of several best-selling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield. Twitter: @TheKatJam


USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children. Twitter: @triciagoyer Facebook: authortriciagoyer


Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Twitter: @VannettaChapman Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks

My Review:
 In this stirring novella, we get to read four pieces of great writing from some of the best in the business. Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, & Vannetta Chapman--these ladies are great at their craft and they have come together in the writing of An Amish Garden, to share it with all of us. See my thoughts on each story below.

Rooted In Love by:Beth Wiseman
 Rosemary Lantz and Saul Petersheim courted for a very short and abrupt three month period before Rosemary's mothers death. No one really understands why and sweet Saul has waited on Rosemary's heart to once again invite him in, but it has been a slow go as of late. That is until he runs into Walter and injures him by accident and Saul wants to repay him by working on his land. Will Rosemary and Saul come together after all these years? It's what their hearts both long for, since its within their reach again, how will it all play out?

Flowers for Rachael by:Kathleen Fuller
 Moving along to the next garden adventure we are taken to the garden of Rachael Bontrager has an amazing flower garden that she pours her blood, sweat, and tears into. But even the most happiest people seem to be the loneliest and it is no different in this story. When Gideon Beiler enters her sights it is hard for her to control her emotions. She was convinced that she was the only one with these types of feelings, but that she will soon see is anything but the truth. Gideon Beiler is completely in awe of her but Rachael has a very difficult time separating what she believes she is responsible for verses what God has chosen for her.

Seeds of Love by:Tricia Goyer
 Eli Plank is a bachelor that travels for his job as scribe of an Amish newspaper and this trip places him in Montana amongst the town of West Kootenai. He hadn't been in town long before it seemed this Amish community was unlike any he had visited. The intermingled with the English, quite freely. The weather there was also a mystery to him because it was still cool in May. The community children loved him it seems and had a lot to tell him about the area. But really he seen something, or should I say some that interested him even more and that was Sadie Chupp. She hadn't had it easy in her young life and Eli wants to know why.

Where Healing Blooms by:Vannetta Chapman
  Emma, recently widowed,  lives with her mother in law Mary Ann. Mary Ann's pride and joy is her garden. Mary Ann uses her garden as a place of teaching for Emma and for the healing that Emma seems to desperately need. Both ladies, not spring chickens anymore, have been living together and relying on one another for some time now. One day Danny, a very longtime family friend, that has always been sweet on Emma drops in. And for a few minutes everything is fine and going along nicely until Emma spots a young boy sneaking out of her barn. Soon the mystery is solved, but what Emma doesn't realize is, is that she will still have a hand in helping this young boy and his family. So whatever this is about, is not over by a long shot.

Soon spring will have sprung and in typical Amish fashion these lovely ladies have come together and provided something for us to enjoy while we tend to our own spring gardens. Each story is woven with simplicity and enraptured with romance. All four of the stories included in this novella will have you longing for the gentle breeze blowing across your face and the sweet smell of fresh, green grass between your toes.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.