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.
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Good collection of stories!
An Amish Market (Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman, and Kathleen Fuller) has four sweet, Amish romance stories by four great authors. Ellie Lapp is still dealing with the loss of her brother, Seth in Love Birds by Amy Clipston. Ellie’s mother, Margaret and Ellie no longer have Seth’s income to provide groceries and pay the bills. Ellie gets a part-time job at Bird-in-Hand Gifts and Treasures. The shop needs more unique Amish-made items to sell. Ellie believes she has found the right item when she sees Lloyd Blank’s hand carved birds. They are beautiful with exquisite details. Lloyd, though, will not sell them because his father believes it is prideful. Will this hinder the budding romance between Lloyd and Ellie? This is a sweet story that is well-written and easy to read. A good story about forgiveness and helping others.
Hannah Lynne Beiler is twenty-two years old and has a stand at the Middlefield Market in Middlefield, Pennsylvania in A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller. Hannah Lynne sells her butter and her mother’s homemade pies. Ezra Yutzy comes by every week to pick up butter (that he does not need). Ezra fancies Hannah Lynne but has not worked up the courage to ask her out. At the annual benefit for the DDC Clinic Ezra notices Hannah Lynne admiring a quilt that was donated by his family (at least Ezra believes he gave them the right quilt). Hannah Lynne bids on it and, unfortunately, does not win it. Ezra convinces the buyer to let him purchase it. Ezra gives the quilt to Hannah Lynne. This leads to a problem with both Hannah Lynne and Ezra’s mother. Hannah Lynne wants to pay Ezra back for the quilt (she does not have enough money to repay him). Ezra’s mother believes he purchased the quilt to return it to the family (only quilt his grandmother ever made). Now Ezra has a dilemma. Everything works out through God’s timing! This is a cute story, but not my favorite. It was a little awkward (uncomfortable) especially with the lack of communication between Ezra and Hannah (it was frustrating).
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin takes place in Bee County, Texas. Isabella Shrock and her family have just moved to the area from Tennessee. Isabella wants to fit in and make friends. This is a new start for her and her family. But can she find the right friends? Will Glick works at the Combination Store (owned by Bishop Leroy). He has burned too many times (by women). Can Isabella help Will?
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman is set in Nappannee, Indiana and is a mystery. Stella Schwartz never married because she could not have children. It has made her bitter. Stella is a tour guide at Old Amish Mill complex. David Stolzfus is a widower who just moved to the area to assist his daughter, Rebecca (widow with three kids). David got a job at the Old Amish Mill. When pranks (dangerous ones) start happening around the complex, David is asked to investigate. Stella assists David is finding the culprit before gets seriously hurt. What else will these two find during the investigation?
All four stories were enjoyable to read. I especially liked Love in Store (fourth story). They are all well-written and have good messages in them. If you enjoy Amish fiction, then you will like reading An Amish Market. I give An Amish Market 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of An Amish Market from NetGally and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.