If you have read any of my reviews you know I am an Amy Clipston fan. Love Birds showed us the story of Seth's death from the point of view of his sister and mother. We read the story from his girlfriend's point of view in The Forgotten Recipe, so it was interesting to see it from the family's side. I enjoyed this story greatly and was rooting for Lloyd and Ellie but was afraid of what I could see coming. Their relationship does become rocky when she betrays his trust, to save her job. Will they be able to patch it up? A great story from a favorite author 5 stars.
A Bid for Love was a pleasant surprise for me. It was the most enjoyable story I have read from Kathleen Fuller in a while. Ezra and Hannah's relationship puzzles even them. With a quilt at the center of the story, you know I will be enjoying that.So what will happen when truth is revealed? Is this a happily ever after story? 4.5 stars
Sweeter Than Honey
Kelly Irvin has us back in Bee County Texas. I have enjoyed reading the series that this story's setting came from. It is an interesting view of a unique Amish community, struggling in South Texas. Will is a favorite of mine, and Isabella was a breath of fresh air and delightful to read. The faith message rang out in this story and for that, I say kudos to Kelly Irvin. 4.5 stars
Love in Store
Vannetta Chapman has the most interesting detectives in her stories. Two people, you would totally not expect to be investigating anything, but these middle-aged sleuths will keep you turning the pages to find out who the bad guy is. Will you be able to figure out who done it? Silly pranks that have the potential to turn deadly, will the mild-mannered Amish detectives stop all these occurrences.
You must read this story to discover how it will end. Vannetta never disappoints me. 5 stars
So from me two 5 stars and two 4.5 stars, I say that is close enough to round up to an overall 5-star review. This book includes discussion questions at the end of each story, making it a perfect book for a book club discussion. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
About the book:
All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!
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.