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Publisher Description

New York Times Bestselling Author Wanda E. Brunstetter and Daughter-in-Law, Jean, Weave a Lighthearted Romance from Indiana’s Amish Country
Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma’s time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.
Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill—50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won’t work for her.  Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.
Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?

How did Thelma meet her husband?  Find out in The Lopsided Christmas Cake.


Fiction & Literature
June 1
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Debora Wilder ,

A delightful Amish romance!

I thoroughly enjoyed looking in on Elma and Thelma again. They are very well developed and presented. It was fun seeing how Thelma and her husband Joseph have moved on with their lives since the end of the first book in the series. The bond that the twins have is a little strained because of the natural distance with this change. Yet their love for each other is the same.

I found the differences in the men that come into Elma’s life very clear and easy to pick up. It was fun to see how her relationship with each of them progressed. I knew from early in the book who I wanted her to end up with.

I received a free eBook copy of this story through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

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Kris Anderson, The Avid Reader ,

Sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake!

The Farmers’ Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is the sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake. Elma Hochstetler is thirty-four years old and has been living alone since her twin sister, Thelma married Joseph Beechy. Elma has a busy life with taking care of their general store, home, garden and chores in the barn. But it does get lonely and Elma wonders if she will end up an old maid. Thelma is worried about her sister and keeps pushing her towards Delbert Gingerich. Delbert and Elma used to court, but they were not suited (Elma found him set in his ways and disliked his various quirks). Thelma hopes that her sister will change her mind (she wants her to stay close by). Thelma and Joseph are excited about their first child. It means, though, that Thelma cannot work as many hours in the store, and Elma must take on more responsibility. Ben Wagler lives in Grabill with his widowed mother, Dorothy. Dorothy has taken a booth at the Shipshewana farmer’s market to sell some of her excess produce and her lovely flowers. Ben decides to look around before the market opens and encounters Elma at her stand where he proceeds to knock over some of her produce. Elma and Ben are attracted to each other, but they live about fifty miles apart. Elma tried a long-distance relationship in the past and it did not work out. Plus, she has responsibilities and would never consider moving away from her sister especially now that she is becoming an aunt. Is there a chance for a happily ever after for Ben and Elma?

The Farmers’ Market Mishap is a light-hearted Amish romance that I enjoyed reading. It is well-written and has engaging characters. The Farmers’ Market Mishap has a good pace, it is just the right length, and it has a satisfying ending. I especially liked the addition of Hunter/Freckles. He is a smart and loving dog that accomplishes what the humans could not. The Farmers’ Market Mishap is a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake, but it can be read alone. I give The Farmers’ Market Mishap 4 out of 5 stars. The story has an expected ending, but I was still pleased with the story. The Farmers’ Market Mishap is the perfect book to read on a hot afternoon.

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