Saturday, February 12, 2011
I am a huge fan of Amish literature. Whether it is romance, historical fiction, non-fiction, or cookbooks, I devour every bit of writing I can if it has to do with the Amish. My family has roots in Amish country, and I have always been taken with the simple and sustainable way that they live. I enjoy the glimpses into their world, even if it is through fictionalized accounts.
These stories are wonderful. They engage you and carry you away to the Amish world, one that is so far away, yet so very close. The characters are true and endearing. The descriptions are vivid and captivating. I loved that the stories were short, but not lacking in character development or plot. They capture your attention and cart you off into the world of the Amish, but not for too long.
My particular favorite story was the first in the book, "A Marriage of the Heart". It was definitely a romance story with a twist. I enjoyed the way that Abigail and Joseph manipulated each other, until they both began "to understand the tender truths of life-long love." They are each looking for a way out of the lives that they lead, and wind up falling ~ in love and into the Amish ways. This was a captivating story that I read in one sitting.
All of the stories in this book have similar qualities. Each of the characters is looking for "a way out" when what they ultimately find is "a way in". The stories intertwine, but also hold up well on their own, so you are able to just read one, or skip around them without losing any context.
I also loved that there are Old Order Amish recipes included. There is nothing better than a fresh batch of Amish cookies to go with your Amish romance novella! I definitely recommend this book, for any fan of Amish romance, or for someone who wishes to read a love story that isn't buried in sex scenes.
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