Wednesday, March 19, 2014

An Amish Garden by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, Vannetta Chapman

Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman: Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued her for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has a good reason, but it's something no one can know — especially him.

Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller: Rachael Bontrager’s flower garden is beautiful, but she’s lonely. Gideon Beiler fell in love with her almost at first sight. One day Rachael finds her garden in shambles, but she won’t accept Gideon’s offers of help. She must learn that she doesn’t have to do everything on her own — God is in control.

Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer: Sadie Chupp finds her greatest joy in the greenhouses of her Montana community. A company is interested in buying her heirloom seeds, but they are the only things she has left from her deceased parents. Eli Plank is a traveling bachelor who believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leavers her heartbroken. Will she trust him again and let the seeds of a new relationship take root?

Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman: When widow Emma Hochstetter discovers a runaway teenager in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a local woman and her two children, she finds her quiet life interrupted. Then her mother-in-law reveals one of her garden’s hidden secrets — something very unexpected.

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.

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.

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 and Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children.

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.

My Review:

Four of my favorite authors have gotten together to write a book of four individual stories. Each story has a different setting, in Amish Communities. One theme is prevalent in each of the stories, and that is gardening.
I read my book on my kindle and each story was just about 25%, so you could read a little while and actually have time to finish and know the ending quickly. Of course, having read most all the books by these authors, I am familiar with the communities they reside in. Loved being back in each of the places I have loved reading about previously.
First novella is by Beth Wiseman, Rooted In Love, and a garden plays a big part in this love story. We also find that we should not be listening to conversations that we have no part in! The second story by Kathleen Fuller, Flowers for Rachael, we meet a young but very independent Amish woman, learns a big lesson. This one is so very sweet, but not everything is the idea of the person doing the deed. Oh my, I love these! Then we have Tricia Goyer, Seeds of Love. We are back in beautiful Montana with the bachelors, and this time we have one who travels around writing for the Amish paper The Budget. In this rather cold climate, where we have Rachael and her mother’s heirloom tomato seeds, while trying to accept the tragic death of her parents. The last, but equally good, is Vanetta Chapman’s , Where Healing Blooms. Here we have a few generations of strong Amish woman, and a neighbor Amish man who has spent his life traveling among communities. I adored the interaction and the caring these people showed for each other. Some good lessons here of respecting your elders, and showing compassion to others. This story can bring you to tears, so have some tissues handy.
I really recommend this book as a great read, and a wonderful way to read and a great way to travel around to different Amish communities.

I received this book from the Publisher Thomas Nelson through Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.

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