A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. But all of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.
Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.
A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is reignited.
Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?
The concept of "home," whether it be a place or a person, features prominently in this Amish romance anthology. Wiseman (Love Bears All Things) leads off the collection with the powerful "A Cup Half Full," the story of Sarah and Abram, a young Amish couple who must reconstruct their ideas of both a physical and metaphorical home after a buggy accident leaves Sarah without the use of her legs. In "Home Sweet Home," Clipston (The Courtship Basket) follows a young Englisch couple, Chace and Mia, who are given a new place to live by Chace's Amish boss, Isaac, after they and their infant daughter are evicted from their apartment. TIn "A Flicker of Hope," Reid (A Dream of Miracles) introduces Thomas and Noreen, an Amish couple who must find a way to recover after a fire destroys their home and their 15-year marriage. Finally, Fuller (A Love Made New) explores how Faith's nontraditional hobby of woodworking brings her to a deeper understanding of herself and those she loves including her former fianc in "Building Faith." Each story is crafted with an eye toward evoking warmth in readers. Of particular note is Fuller's story which not only beautifully addresses the theme, but also breaks away from the traditional Amish stereotypes for a deeper look into community.
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AN AMISH HOME
AN. AMISH HOME. Written by 4 authors, who are well known for their in depth look at the Amish. A CUP HALF FULL.by Beth Wiseman, we meet Sarah and Abram. Sarah wanted everything to be perfect, and now she is in a wheelchair. The perfect home all had to be refitted for her. The mishaps of trying to learn, and the money Abram owed. Was putting a heavy strain, on a couple who waited longer than usual to get married. Could love draw them together while adjustments are made.
HOME SWEET HOME by Amy Clipston. We meet Chace and Mia, and their 5 month baby. Down on their luck, a new boss for Chace offers them the daadihaus. That was just the beginning, they offered and shared what they had to the couple. A lesson to except the hand outs when needed, and someday for them to do, also
A FLICKER OF HOPEFUL by Ruth Reid. We meet Noreen and Thomas, a fire is destroying their home. Yet,Thomas rushes back in for a tin box, that held his letters. Noreen wonders, after 15 years, she wondered what has become of the Thomas she knew before. The story goes from present to fifteen years before, aa you figure out what happened.
BUILDING FAITH by Kathleen Fuller. We meet Faith, who loves carpentry, and her ex fiancé Silas. Cousin ask her to do the carpentry, the catch is working with Silas. As wood becomes something, can these two work together to make something new for their lives together.
A wealth of knowledge went into these stories, to look beyond the trials and tribulations to make a solid foundation for marriage,great reading.
Given ARC by Net Galley for my.voluntary review and my honest opinion.