An Amish Love is my most recent book for review from BookSneeze. A trio of novellas written by authors Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Long, An Amish Love loosely weaves together the lives of three couples from the same large Amish community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Each of the three stories focuses on a couple facing the challenges of true and abiding love. Joseph and Abigail Lambert are a newlywed couple forced into marriage by manipulation and deceit in A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long. Ellie Chupp and Christopher Miller both need to find forgiveness and healing even years after an accident ripped both of their lives to shreds in What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller.
But, my favorite story of the three is Healing Hearts by prominent Amish fiction author Beth Wiseman. Where most Christian romance novels center around young couples, Healing Hearts focuses on a middle-aged couple seeking to rediscover the love that brought them together long before children or grandchildren began to consume their lives.
Unlike other novellas I have read, the authors of An Amish Love have successfully woven their plots create to three interactive, yet completely independent, stories. These tales are not simply stretched short stories with little character development. Instead, plot and character background are laid out side by side, allowing the reader to truly get to know the characters well by the end of each book.
One thing to keep in mind with this trio is that it is typical Christian romance fiction and is therefore quite predictable. Even so, I found the stories to be thoroughly enjoyable. For the reader who enjoys Christian romance fiction and is interested in a glimpse into the writing styles of various Amish fiction authors, I would recommend An Amish Love.
This book was sent to me by BookSneeze of Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for an honest review.