Wednesday, March 2, 2016

An Amish Year Book Review

I have a very special book to share with all of you that is actually 4 different Amish stories all in one easy book called An Amish Year written by Beth Wiseman!

Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.
Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden) 
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him. 
A Love for Irma Rose 
The year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make. Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer?  Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice. 

Patchwork Perfect 
Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania. As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met. She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants. But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever.  Will Eli be able to change her mind? 
When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas) 
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store. 
My Thoughts:

If you love reading about the Amish, then this book is perfect for you!

It has 4 completely different romance stories that span a wide range of seasons within a year so that you get to experience how they live and cope with all the different weather and/or climate changes.
As for me, I am a sucker for Christmas time and everything that is associated with that holiday, so I was really into When Christmas Comes Again. I would imagine that most people have their favorite season also, which makes this collection of stories so awesome.

It's always fascinating to read about the Amish and how they deal with adversity and change in their lives but still they never lose track of their faith and way of life. Which is something we regular people seem to get wrong when faced with challenges we didn't see coming, or at least I am. So, reading about how to deal with them in a different way, is helpful to me to try and picture my response in a more positive light and learn something from it.

Reading Amish stories is for me a way to try to understand how to see things in a more positive way instead of reacting negatively and hopefully changing the worst outcome and making it a positive and sometimes a more exciting change.

Happy Reading! 
About the Author:

Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of the Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Bestseller List and the CBA (Christian Book Association) Bestseller List. She was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and an INSPY Award winner. In 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion. Her first book in the Land of Canaan series--Seek Me With All Your Heart--was selected as the 2011 Women of Faith Book of the Year. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2018, and she has published thirteen novels and thirteen novellas to date.

As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She has been a humor columnist for The 1960 Sun in Houston and published articles in various publications. However, writing novels is where her heart is. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels fulltime.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary--Need You Now--released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary--The House that Love Built--which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed. Beth continued to spread her wings when she released The Promise in October 2014. Inspired by actual events, The Promise follows Beth's characters all the way to Pakistan. Beth was involved in the real-life rescue when her friend was held captive in Pakistan. Beth is currently working on book #2 in her new Amish Secrets series, tentatively titled Jacob's Ladder. Book #1--Her Brother's Keeper--recently released and was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Reviews Magazine.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she's not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family.

Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Stacy said...

I live where I can see Amish every day especially as they have bought two farms from my family when an uncle and grandfather died. I do not have a favorite author.

Darlene said...

I do not have a favorite author, but I do have Amish friends and would love to learn more about them.

Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said...

My favorite author is Amy Clipston and I enjoy reading books by many other authors. I would love to add this book to my collection. Thank you.

Trixi said...

The first author who introduced me to Amish fiction was Beverly Lewis. Since then, I've discovered many more! I can't pick a favorite as they've all been good.

Someday,I'd love to visit an Amish community, eat at a resturaunt and visit some markets! It would probably feel like I'm in a different world :-)

Jeanna Massman said...

I have always liked reading books written by Beverly Lewis but I am anxious to read Amish fiction by other authors.

Jan Hall said...

I love reading about the Amish. I have many favorite authors. If I have to choose I would have to say Beverly Lewis.