A Home for Hannah

A Home for Hannah

Ms Lillard tells the story of a young Amish girl who left her family and community to see what the English world was like.  She also left the boy she thought she’d marry.  Leaving was not easy for Hannah but, neither was the idea of returning.

After fifteen years in a less than ideal marriage she finds herself a widow with a teenage son to care for.  Not only was a she a widow but she had very little money to live on due to her husband’s spending habits and secrets.  Hannah had made so many wrong choices she thought for sure God had stopped listening to her.  She stopped praying.  She didn’t attend church.

I loved Hannah’s story.  I’m sure we all can relate with her.  We’ve all made bad choices at one time or another.  Maybe, like Hannah, we got off track and had to find our way back.

Pick up a copy of A Home for Hannah and read her story!  Can she go back to her family and community?  What about her English son?

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Trusting God’s Plan

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Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been friends since childhood.  They both stopped going to singings and every Sunday night was set aside for games at Anne Marie’s.  They loved that time together because they both cherished their friendship.

Anne Marie’s father passed and she lived at home with her mother and two brothers.  She and her mother had a pretty good business.  Lydia made cookbooks while Anne Marie made candles.  Life was good…until it wasn’t for Anne Marie.

Thomas, a childhood friend of Lydia’s and a widower who’d been living in Ohio, came back home to visit family.  They ran into each other one day and the friendship picked up again.  Thomas and Lydia exchanged letters for a while until they realized their friendship had turned into love.

That’s when Anne Marie’s world fell apart.  Lydia finally told her children about Thomas, his plan to spend Christmas with them, their January wedding and the move to Ohio.  Anne Marie didn’t want to move.  Her life was in Paradise.  Her friends were in Paradise.  Nathaniel was in Paradise.  She would miss him terribly.

Ruth Troyer, one Anne Marie’s friends, had her Kapp set on Nathaniel!  She checked with Anne Marie first to make sure there was only friendship between the two of them before she set out to win his heart.

Read a Gift for Anne Marie.  What was the gift.  Was it a beautiful clock that Nathaniel had resorted in the shop where he worked with his father?  Was it peace God gave her about her situation?  What happened to their friendship?  Did Ruth get her man?

A Must Read

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Elam Zook was very much in love with Julianna Yoder and he thought she had the same feelings for him.  When she went home after a singing with someone else it hurt him really bad but, when she did it again the next time, it crushed his heart.  Elam couldn’t stand by and watch the woman he loved court someone else.  Elam left his family, his community and his beloved Julie…his nickname for her.

His cousin Zachariah was already living in the English world with his wife, Rosanna & their children.  Elam joined them.  Some things he enjoyed in his new life…. electricity, driving a truck and motorcycle.  Other parts were hard.  He missed his family and, although he tried not to think of her, he missed his Julie very much.

I don’t want to give away too much of Elam and Julianna’s story but I will say that I enjoyed it very much and everyone needs to read it!  It’s a beautiful story of a young Amish man finding God when he left his Amish life behind.  Because he was sure Julie had moved on and maybe even married, he started dating a young woman from the church.  Elam followed God’s direction in every aspect of his life and God healed his broken heart.  There is hurt and sadness in this story too but life isn’t lacking of those emotions for any of us at times.  Elam truly discovered that with God all things are possible!!

 

Another great who-done-it!

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There’s a competition going on in Harvest, Ohio and that’s not the only thing!  There are fifteen Amish candy makers in town for the annual Amish Confectionery Competition.  Bailey King, the English granddaughter of Jebidiah and Clara King, is taking her grandfather’s place in the competition due to his death.

Josephine Weaver, a candy maker from Berlin, is angry that an Englischer is allowed in the Amish competition.  Josephine isn’t what you think of when you think of an Amish woman.  She’s mean spirited and demanded that Bailey be disqualified.  It had already been agreed upon that Bailey could take Jebidiah’s place so there was nothing Josephine could do.

With the ACC going on, the town is super crowded and now Jethro, Juliet Brody’s beloved pot belly pig has gone missing.  Amish and English alike search for the little pig.  Search parties go out in the evening after the competition ends for the day.

Before the first round of judging, the licorice round, Josephine disappeared.  She had stomped away when she was unable to get Bailey disqualified and never came back.  The title of best candy maker was so important to her, where in the world had she gone off to?

Juliet is beside herself with worry over Jethro.  Josephine is dead.  Bailey meets a cousin she didn’t know she had and, again, gets involved in the murder case.  All this and the ACC?  It’s a lot for the small town of Harvest, Ohio!

Who murdered Josephine and how?  Who found her and where?  Is Jethro found or gone for good?  Read this page turning who-done-it and find out!

Friendship, love, forgiveness and seeking God’s will

The Quilting Circle

Amy Lillard compiles three stories of friendship, love, doubt, forgiveness, and seeking God’s will into one book.

More Than Friendship is the story of young Clara Rose Yutzy.  Clara Rose is part of a quilting circle in her community of Wells Landing.  She is just weeks away from marrying Thomas Lapp but did she really love Thomas or did she love the idea of being married?  When questioned about marrying Thomas, her answer was always “he’s the one God sent me”.  Thomas was a good man and very understanding of her friendship with Obadiah Brenneman.  Clara Rose and Obie had known each other all their lives and were best friends.

More Than a Promise is the story of Mariana Miller, another of the quilting circle ladies.  Mariana and her husband of 15 years never had any children despite her constant prayers.  Leroy had a brain tumor which eventually caused his death.  Shortly before his death, Marianna discovered she was pregnant.  After all these years and now that she was widowed!  Not just with one baby either but with twins!  Thankfully she had her friends from the circle and Leroy’s business partner and best friend Reuben Weisel to call upon.

More Than a Marriage is the story of another of the quilters, Tess Smiley.  Tess is the newest member of the group having moved to Wells Landing after her marriage to Jacob not quite three years ago.  They moved from Clarita where her parents live to Wells Landing where his parents live.  Not being able to afford a farm, Jacob got a job as a roofer until he can save up enough money.  He therefore is allowed a cellphone for work. Tess is not only lonely for her parents but she’s also lonely for her husband.  If only he could pay as much attention to her as he does his cellphone.

You’ll want to read Clara Rose, Mariana and Tess’s stories.  These are really three great stories that capture and keep your attention!

Does Clara Rose marry Thomas?  What of her best friend Obie?

How does Mariana manage twins by herself? Is she by herself?

Does Tess leave Jacob to return to her family in Clarita?  Does Jacob ever put the cellphone down long enough to pay attention to his wife?  Do they work out their differences and save their marriage?

I was given this book by the author and this is my honest review.

 

Which world will Jessica choose?

A Plain Leaving

Jessica Bachman left her family, friends, community, and Silas Kemp, the man she loved and made a life for herself in the English world.  She was happy in her new life.  She had a good job, friends, Tom, who she’s in love with, and, even though she was under the Bann, her father visited when he could.

Three years later, Jessica found out just how much she missed her Amish life.  Her father passed away and she went back home for his funeral.  She had also been given an assignment that involved an Amish family in the area.  His well was contaminated and his wife was sick.  Jessica was afraid the same thing would happen to her family farm if her older brother Arden got his way.

Upon her return, Jessica was treated coldly by her mother, Arden and his wife, and her sister Marie.  She was shunned after all!  Her younger sister Leisel, her Aunt Suz, and Silas were the only ones that didn’t treat her as though she didn’t exist.

Leslie Gould has a way with storytelling and I love how she joins two worlds together.  While back on the farm, Jessica’s aunt tells her of the history of the farm.  Of her ancestors that lived there hundreds of years before.  Jessica is very interested in Ruby Bachman’s story and looks forward to hearing part of it whenever her aunt has time to share it.

Does Jessica go back to her English life and Tom or does being home with her family and Silas again make her change her mind and return to the community?  Is she still in love with Silas?  Does he still love her?  What of Tom?

Pick up a copy of this very well-written book and read Jessica’s story!  I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

A mystery with a touch of humor

Kappy

Ruth Peachey and her son Jimmy bred Beagles and had chickens, rabbits and gerbils.  Jimmy had Down syndrome and he loved caring for the animals.  He had been to Kappy’s (Kathryn) to do something nice for her (in his mind anyway).

Upon arriving home with the material she needed to make Kapp’s for the women of the district, Kappy saw the “surprise”.  She knew right away it had been Jimmy and, even though they lived close enough to walk, she had not unhitched her horse so she drove the buggy over to have a talk with him.  That’s when she found them.  Ruth lying dead on the barn floor and Jimmy standing over her repeatedly saying he was sorry.

Jimmy’s sister, Edie, had left the Amish and was under the Bann.  That didn’t matter to Kappy at the present, someone had to take care of Jimmy and the animals.

Amy Lilliard writes another story that you don’t want to put down.  While this is a mystery, Ms Lilliard also adds humor to the story.  Read about the police putting Jimmy in jail and Kappy teaming up with Edie to prove his innocence.  Read about the clues they thought they found.   Detective Jack Jones was assigned to the case and Edie sure gave him a hard time.  I can’t wait to catch up with these characters again in Kappy King and the Pickle Kaper!!