An Amish Home is comprised of four novellas that I enjoyed reading very much. In each story you don’t want to put the book down because you want to see what happens in the lives of the characters.
They are stories of hardships, guilt, strained relationships, healing and love. An Amish Home was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A CUP HALF FULL by BETH WISEMAN
Abram and Sarah were newlyweds looking forward to raising a family and growing old together. When a car hits their buggy and leaves Sarah unable to walk, it throws a wrench in their plans as far as she is concerned. How in the world can she raise children confined to a wheelchair?
While Sarah was in the hospital, Abram and Sarah’s brother Johnny were redoing the inside of the house. Abram loved Sarah very much and wanted her to have as normal a life as possible. Abram and Johnny made everything wheelchair accessible. Abram cut his hours at work in order to have time to spend with Sarah and work on the house. He also borrowed money and, for the first time in his life, he had a credit card debt.
Sarah was thankful for all the hard work and tried not to let Abram see her little pity parties. I’m sure it’s hard to suddenly not be able to walk. I’d probably have some pity parties too.
Read Abram and Sarah’s story…..the love they shared for each other, the trials they went through, and how they made it to the other side.
HOME SWEET HOME by AMY CLIPSTON
Mia grew up with everything….a fine home, money, anything you could ask for. What she didn’t have was understanding, supportive parents. When Mia announced that she was pregnant, dropping out of school, and marrying Chace, her mother went ballistic…how could Mia ruin the family name like that? She wanted Mia to move away to a relative’s so no one would know, give the baby up for adoption, and marry someone of their choosing.
Life was a challenge for Mia after she married Chace and moved into a small house that his Amish boss offered to rent them. It was the grandparent’s house that sat empty since their deaths. Not only was it only one bedroom but, being an Amish home, had no electricity or any of the other conveniences Mia was used to.
Read about Mia and Chace’s life in the little Amish home. Their love for each other and little Kaitlyn. The struggles they endured. The generosity of their landlords. The daughters adored Kaitlyn!
BUILDING FAITH by KATHLEEN FULLER
Faith Miller loved working with wood. She helped her grandfather with his woodworking projects from the time she was old enough until he died. Amish women weren’t carpenters! Her grandfather understood her love for the wood. He too would have preferred to work full time with wood than be a farmer. Everyone else called it her hobby. Something she did when she was finished working at the store.
Silas Graber was a carpenter and Faith’s ex fiancée. Of course, being in the same district, they saw each other on Sundays but kept their distance. Their paths crossed again when Faith’s cousin and Silas’ best friend were planning their wedding. Martha asked Faith to build the kitchen cabinets not knowing that Melvin had already hired Silas. What to do now?
Can they work this problem out? Can they work together or is one of them going to have to back away from the job? For Silas it was a paying job and, due to his mother’s illness and subsequent medical bills, his family needed the money. For Faith it was going to be a wedding present for her cousin. Does working together stir up old feelings?
A FLICKER OF HOPE by RUTH REID
The house was on fire! Noreen had only gone down to the cellar for a minute to grab a jar of peach preserves. How could the house be on fire? She tried to put the fire out but only made it worse. She had to get out of there!
Thomas, Noreen’s husband, his brother, teenage nephews and others from the community worked to put the fire out. Finally, the fire department arrived. The house was lost. The fire had reached a stand of nearby trees, dried corn stalks and went across the field.
As Amish do, they pooled together to help Thomas and Noreen, giving them food, material for clothes and anything they could spare. The Bishop gave them the loan of the grandparent’s house since it sat empty.
Thomas had saved enough money he could rebuild but, the money and other things were stolen from the barn while they were living on the Bishop’s property.
Read Thomas and Noreen’s story. How did they overcome losing everything, the guilt Noreen felt about the fire, the tension in their relationship?