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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

An Amish Market by A. Clipston, K. Fuller, K. Irvin, V Chapman

An Amish Market
ISBN: 9780529118684
Publisher's Synopsis:
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.

MrsK's Review:
 Love Birds by Amy Clipston
"I was hoping that someday you'd figure out how I felt about you
and then decide to love me too."
After the death of her big brother, Ellie must find a way to make ends meet for her, their land, and her mother. Yes, there are so many that are willing to help. Yet, somehow Ellie must find a way to provide and working at the Bird-in-Hand store is the answer. Lloyd was Seth's closest friend, he promised to help at the Lapp farm even though his father's dairy farm required every minute of day light. Burdened with the grief of Seth's death, frustrated by lack of time, and amused by Ellie's attempts at farming there had to be a way to balance the needs of both farms.

 A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller
 "Did it matter that the man of her dreams barely knew she existed?"
Hannah Lynne has a butter stand at the Middlefield Market. She has such a hard time being tongue tied whenever Ezra stops by to purchase her butter, she gets so flustered by his unpretentious ways. She knows that Ezra is a confirmed bachelor, who just happens to like butter, somehow she must find a way to overturn his bachelorhood. Even though Ezra can't resist a good deal, he was running out of room for his butter purchases. For Ezra, bringing a smile to Hannah's face was all he wanted... even if he must buy a quilt or create an agreement for Hannah Lynne to help him with curtains and cleaning in the house he was renovating. What ever it will take to get Hannah Lynne into his life, Ezra will find a way.
 Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin
 "I'm not one to run off with folks I hardly know."
Isabella was so excited about their first canning season in Bee County, Texas. Leaving behind Tennessee promised a new beginning. She just knew that she could fit in here and her family would be happy. At eighteen she was hoping that her transformation into a woman who could "reserve comments" would finally bring her the man God has chosen for her. Will works in Bishop Leroy's store. He is a hard worker who has no intention of experiencing the painfulness of love any time soon. And yet, Isabella's spunk wavers on the edge of  being endearing to the point of distraction. Can he open his heart, letting go of the bitterness that has threatened to close the door on life and love? When Will is given the store and a new vocation, it is apparent that following God's calling is also leading him toward the one woman who might provide support, strength and contentment.

 Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman
 "Why can't he stay at his assigned post?"
David is known as a man that is "quick thinking and calm in a crisis," a valued employee at the Old Amish Mill. Stella has the same instincts as David, yet she has never married and is known for having a "sour disposition." David will do more than just ponder what Stella's story is, he won't forget how she responded to the grandmother and the little girl that was choking. Either it will prove to be foolish or wise, David has to find out if there is more to Stella's "sharp tongue and bitter spirit." After all, he had been raised by parent's who were an "example of faith in daily life." His marriage still resonated comfort and love. Could Stella prove to be compassionate and tender?

When Stella discovers the story about David's son in law, she begins noticing that David is a man that goes "against human nature." Or at least what she has deemed natural. If only that man wouldn't bother her with his constant presence! 
Delightful novella's, Great moments that inspire goodness, love, friendship, family, and faith.
Take a moment to enjoy these women, these men, and their stories. 
Life is meant to be lived, comforted like a quilt made out of love...
 Amy Clipston  Hi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories. Learn more about Amy's books...

Kathleen Fuller  Kathleen is the best-selling author of over thirty books, including the Hearts of Middlefield Series and the A Middlefield Family Series. She lives with her husband and three children in Northeast Ohio. Kathleen loves to hear from readers. Learn more about Kathleen's books...

Kelly Irvin  Kelly Irvin's latest book in the Amish of Bee County series, The Bishop's Son, released in October. It is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed bestseller, The Beekeeper's Son, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The reviewer called it "a beautifully woven masterpiece." The Beekeeper's Son was also an ECPA bestseller. She has novellas in The Amish Christmas Gift and The Amish Marketplace, both of which were also ECPA bestsellers. She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Amish Amish series. Learn more about Kelly's books...

 Vannetta Chapman Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of many novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country.  Learn more about Vannetta's books...

"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
Thomas Nelson

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