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An Amish Home: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kathleen Fuller ; Thomas Nelson

 

An Amish Home consists of four novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kathleen Fuller.

A Cup Half Full, by Beth Wiseman, is  the story of a young Amish couple struggling to adjust to a new set of difficult circumstances. Sarah has lost the use of her legs due to an accident and now has to use a wheel chair. Abram, her husband, has incurred major debt because of medical bills and the cost of making their home accessible for Sarah. They face adjustment and communication problems. Help comes from the most unlikely sources.

Home Sweet Home, by Amy Clipston, centers around a couple who isn’t Amish. Chace, Mia and their infant daughter have been evicted. Chace’s Amish employer generously rents the young family a small cabin, thereby saving them from homelessness.   The Amish family shows them kindness and unconditional generosity. The cabin is a far cry from the lavish home Mia was raised in. But, her parents have disowned her and will not help her unless it is on their own terms. Terms she cannot agree to. Chace feels he is a failure because he can’t provide for his family and the tension between he and Mia grows. A crisis strikes and challenges their relationship even further. Is their love enough?

A Flicker of Hope, by Ruth Reid, opens with a fire which destroys Noreen and Thomas’s house. There has been tension between them for many years and they have grown apart. They have not realized their dreams of having children and are disappointed.   Can they rebuild their home and their marriage? This is a story of second chances and the meaning of commitment.

Building Faith, by Kathleen Fuller, is the story of two young people who were once engaged to each other. Faith had broken off her engagement to Silas with just a note. She has since avoided contact with him, but suddenly finds they have both been asked to work on the same house. She is sure Silas will never agree to work with her and Silas thinks Faith will never agree to work with him. They are both wrong and a truce, of sorts, is struck. However, something more serious gives the couple reason to reevaluate what went wrong between them. Could it be that they have matured enough to try again?

All four novellas are well written and engaging. They are heartwarming and filled with hope, love, grace and compassion.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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