Wednesday, March 16, 2016

An Amish Market (4 Novellas) by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts: This is a charming collection of novellas. A novella is a bit longer than a short story and about 1/3 the length of a full novel. A collection is great to have on hand to pick up for quick, easy reading. The plots are not usually as intricate as a full novel, but lots more satisfying than a short story.

I was already familiar with a couple of these authors, especially Vannetta Chapman. I have reviewed several of her delightful books. This is a publication of Thomas Nelson Publishing and you can count on their books as being good.

Each of the stories was satisfying to read. I especially enjoyed some of the characters a bit more than the others. I like Seth in "Love Birds," Ezra in "A Bid for Love," Will in "Sweeter than Honey," and David in "Love in  Store." I found that each of these men were strong and sensitive.

The ladies in the stories each had their merit. The four stories dealt with Amish customs, the process and pitfalls of love, and in Vannetta Chapman's a touch of mystery.

I enjoyed this collection and can highly recommend it to anyone who wants a gentle read.

Love Birds by Amy Clipston

While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller

Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin

Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman

Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible.
Begins March 17
ENDS April 4 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. 
 Open to USA addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own.


  1. I like learning more about the Amish way of life.I like learning how they do things and the differences in the way they live

  2. I always enjoy reading and learning about simpler way of life .

  3. I like learning about the Amish too and also the focus on morals.

  4. I like reading about the work on the farm. My mom was raised on a farm with 9 siblings. I have heard a lot of stories from family members although I don't remember anything about "the old home place". Also I enjoy reading about all of the baking and cooking. I love to bake!

  5. It gives a little look into Amish life

  6. The Amish are such good teachers in so many ways they have taught me to listen and trust in God more then I ever have. I love reading an always making reviews to share with others what I have been taught an the best thing is the books are clean an mostly happy not all the nasty words an sexy pictures. so I will continue with the clean and learning from the Amish.

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  8. Oh I have been wanting to read this! I have always enjoyed learning/reading about the way other people live. Thank you for hosting a giveaway!

  9. Reading Amish fiction is like my Calgon. CALGON, take me away! It takes me away from the everyday problems of life.

  10. I enjoy reading Amish fiction because I like learning about the Amish way of life. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I have recently discovered an unexpected love for novellas! These look great! Thanks so much for linking up at Booknificent Thursday this week on!

  12. I like Amish fiction because it shows a love of family, strong faith and a simple life.
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  13. I always love reading Amish fiction because it is relaxing to read about a simpler way of life.

  14. I enjoy the low key way of living.

  15. I enjoy reading about their simple life and faith.

  16. I love reading about the Amish way of life.

  17. I enjoy reading about Amish culture.


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