Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Book Review: An Amish Picnic, a collection of Amish novellas by a great group of authors

An Amish Picnic by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller, Vanetta Chapman

Publisher & Release: Zondervan, March 3, 2020

Time and setting:  Present Day, Amish Country

Genre: Amish Fiction

Length: 400 Pages

Heat Level: 1 Sweetheart

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four sweet stories about picnics and romance.
Baskets of Sunshine by Amy Clipston
Kevin Weaver has lived with his brother’s family since his parents passed away when he was young, but he craves a home and family to call his own. Freeman Kurtz owns a successful brick mason business, and Kevin takes the job as Freeman’s apprentice to pursue his own financial freedom. 
Phoebe Kurtz is helping her sister with her booth at the marketplace when she notices Kevin, her father’s employee. Their friendship grows, but Kevin is convinced that the difference in their ages makes a relationship between them impossible. Amidst summer outings, Kevin and Phoebe must decide if taking a chance on love is worth the risk.
Candlelight Sweethearts by Kelly Irvin
Esther Marie Shrock loves her job at Valley Grocery Store where she’s worked for four years. Despite a stutter that has plagued her since childhood, she thrives filling orders from a steady stream of customers. Still, at 25, she and her family wonder if romance is in her future.
Jasper Cotter isn’t good with people, but he’s found himself obligated to take over day-to-day operations of the family owned grocery store—a store he doesn’t have the first clue how to run. Thrown together, Esther Marie and Jasper don’t exactly see eye to eye. One night, the store loses power, and the candles aren’t the only things shooting off sparks. Esther Marie and Jasper are suddenly forced to discover common ground when it matters most, and they might be surprised with love along the way.
Reeling in Love by Kathleen Fuller
Nina Stoll and Ira Yoder are just friends. Just friends and fishing buddies. Every Saturday afternoon, they have a picnic at their favorite fishing hole and see who can out fish the other. Until Nina starts to wonder if there’s more.
Her plans to share her feelings go awry, and circumstances seem destined to keep Nina and Ira apart. With both Nina and Ira confused and hurting, it’s going to take courage, some help from the community matchmakers, and a little bit of divine intervention for Nina and Ira to realize they’re each other's perfect catch.
Picnics and Prospects by Vannetta Chapman
Faith Troyer is claustrophobic, and David Lapp builds tiny houses. They went on a date years ago with disastrous results. Now that they’re in their late twenties, their families and friends are beginning to wonder if either will ever find that special someone. When a picnic outing is diverted by the discovery of a package of letters dating back to the 1970s, they take it upon themselves to find answers to a mystery that causes them to rethink their past and consider their future.  

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Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary copy of An Amish Picnic by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller, and Ranetta Chapman and for the opportunity to read and review these delightful novellas. My opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

An Amish Picnic is an enchanting collection of Amish stories with endearing characters and heartwarming plots. While I enjoyed each novella a great deal, Reeling in Love by Kathleen Fuller is by far my favorite. I fell in love with Nina and Ira. They are such an endearing couple. I’m a big fan of friends to lovers romances, and this one is an excellent example of that troupe.

If you enjoy Amish fiction with characters that will touch your heart, when you will love An Amish Picnic as much as I did. I have come to love this genre, and I’ve read quite a few books by each of these authors, and they are talented. Happy reading!

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