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These standalone novellas will take readers though the seasons of the year Because they are novellas, the plots aren’t as fully involved and the characters not as fully developed as they might have been had each of them been a fullsized novel Readers will undoubtedly like some storiesthan the rest, and will wish those tales had been longer And while some storylines seem quite plausible, the last tale included stretched too far into the unbelievable category Still, it was a quick and enjoyable collection. It was hard deciding what to rate this I felt bad since my dad bought me this book and two of the stories I've read before which was disappointing The stories aren't bad I just felt excited to read them and was surprised that the author would repeat herself! I always have loved these little short story books but her repeating that same story about the couple that coordinates with a book series of hers just felt like she's just trying to advertise her series as much as she can in as many books instead of actually writing new short stories The one story I did enjoy was the quilt one One of the main characters is the same age as me and felt really relatable For once the Amish people feltrealistic as indown to earth so I really enjoyed that story It's what prompted me to give it the rating. An Amish Year By Beth WisemanSynopsis:Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances.Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.A Love for Irma RoseThe year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer? Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice Patchwork PerfectEli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever Will Eli be able to change her mind?When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.My Thoughts:I must admit that when I hear that a new Beth Wiseman book is going to be released, I feel great anticipation and have the expectation that this book will be the best yet!! I am NEVER disappointed! This collection of novellas was certainly no exception It met every one of my criteria for a well written book! Although, novellas are not my favorites, as they seem too short and don't satisfy my yearning for a complete story, Beth managed to create one that was so full of hope, love and faith that the stories engaged me from beginning to end The Amish recipes that are added, are just the icing on the cake!The characters are so realistically described that you easily identify with them and live their trials, challenges and joys right along side them Beth uses her unique talent of inserting little quirky, humorous qualities into these folks that make them appealing to all readers When you start to give them advice, you realize that the story must be exceptionally well written!! The plots are full of unexpected twists and turns that keep a reader intrigued until the last page is read I must admit that I still wanted each story to keep going! That is evidence that this is ONE GREAT READ! As the novellas moved through the seasons, each one flowed smoothly into the next My favorite one, if I had to choose , would be A Love For Irma Rose, as she was a character in a previous Beth Wiseman book She had become a near and dear friend to me and I had wanted to knowabout her This short story met my need to find out.Beth Wiseman is a talented author who continues to surprise us with very different, unique books in the Amish fiction genre Magnificent books exemplifying her talent in leaving within us , feelings of love, hope and peace.This book was supplied by the author, in exchange for a fair and honest review. Rooted in LoveRosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family's household She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down What Saul doesn't know is that she has good reasonsomething no one can knowespecially not him.Good story Rosemary and Saul had dated when they were teens, until Rosemary abruptly broke things off Now she takes care of her widowed father and her three brothers, and dreams of what might have been Saul has never given up on the love he felt for her and keeps asking her out When Rosemary's dad and Sauk are injured in an accident, Saul insists on helping out, in spite of his own injuries, hoping for another chance.I loved Saul He's true in his love for Rosemary and doesn't give up, even when it seems hopeless His sense of honor insists on him helping out because he was the one who caused her father's injuries It was a bit amusing to see that he didn't handle his own injury too well.I had a bittrouble with Rosemary She doesn't treat Katherine very well because she's jealous of what appears to be the other woman's perfect life I admired the way that she has taken care of her family since her mother's death, especially since she is often overwhelmed by it all But she is also a little bitter about having missed out on the husband and children she wants She is still in love with Saul, but doesn't treat him very well The reason she broke things off haunts her, and she wonders if it was worth the loss of the man she loves.I got pretty frustrated with her because she was so inconsistent with her treatment of Saul I was glad to see her talk to her friend about what happened and that it gave her the motivation to actually talk to him about it When she finally got up the courage to do so, it was to find that it had been a misunderstanding of what she heard If she had only taken the time to talk to him about it, so much time wouldn't have been lost However, I liked Saul's philosophical look on the lost years.There was also a secondary story involving Rosemary's dad, Wayne, and Katherine Rosemary's treatment of Katherine nearly ruined the blossoming of their romance I ached for both Wayne and Katherine and their unhappiness I was happy to see Rosemary see her mistakes and try to fix things.A Love for Irma RoseThe year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make Marry the man who loves her? Or go after Jonas, the highspirited, yet noncommittal man her heart loves?Good story Irma Rose is sixteen and finally old enough to date She has two young men who are pursuing her Jake, an upright, serious and handsome fellow And Jonas, a rascal of a guy with a taste for speed and cigars She feels that she's being led toward Jake, otherwise why would her hands be clammy and her stomach churn around Jonas? But Jonas won't give up, even when she chooses to date Jake instead She thinks she has her life all planned, but something happens that has her rethinking.I really liked Jonas Yes, he's a bit reckless and wild at times, but he's also steady and loving He had first seen Irma Rose three years earlier and knew right then that she was the girl for him He just had to be patient I enjoyed his confidence that things would eventually work out His father died three years ago, leaving Jonas to take care of his mother and four sisters He works hard and sometimes makes poor choices when he gets a chance to take a break In this story he ends up with some Englischers who are arrested for drag racing and drinking Because he can't pay the fine, he ends up in jail for two weeks, just after his mother is hospitalized.I liked Irma Jean too, though she seemed to be a bit hard on Jonas She was so intent on dating Jake that I had to laugh a little over the date itself It didn't go quite as she expected She is a kind person at heart, and when Jonas's mother is in the hospital, she's one of the people that brings food to help the family When she goes back later and discovers the girls there alone, she steps right in to help It was fun to see the things she learned about Jonas from his sister (always a good source).Both Irma Jean and Jonas learn something about themselves and their choices during this story I liked seeing Jonas realize that he's in control of his own life and his choices affectthan just himself Irma Jean discovered that perhaps she likes a littleadventure in her life than she thought I also liked that she realized she was still pretty young and didn't need to decide her whole life right away I loved the segment at the end showing she and Jonas as grandparents.There was also an interesting bit between Jonas and his cellmate, when Theo was talking about his life Jonas tried to help him It turned out that there was an unexpected connection between the two of them I liked knowing what happened to Theo after he got out of jail too.Patchwork PerfectEli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania Eli's children are determined to keep their family the way it is, but they aren't in Paradise long before the available ladies begin to show an interest in Eli As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisherthe most unconventional Amish woman he's ever met She doesn't fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn't long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants But with two children constantly trying to sabotage his efforts, will he ever be happy again?This was a good story Eli has moved to Paradise with his two children two years after his wife's death He wants to marry again, but his district is small with few available women Two widows, Ruth and Elizabeth, notice him right away and make their interest plain He also meets another woman, Miriam, who is nothing like he expects She has made it plain to everyone that she doesn't intend to marry He is fascinated by her, even though she doesn't cook, garden, or do the other things expected of an Amish woman.It was fun to see Eli trying to find his way through the dating world Both widows are appealing to him at first look But a meal with each of them shows him that perhaps they aren't quite what he's looking for It doesn't help anything that neither of his children is exactly enthusiastic about the prospect of a new mother.Eli's daughter Grace is having her own problems At almost sixteen, she's caught the eye of Wayne, a seventeen year old with a reputation as a heartbreaker She's happy about his attention, until he starts to wantthan she's willing to give Several times they are interrupted by Miriam, who knows Wayne's reputation Grace soon realizes that Miriam is someone she can go to for help if she needs it, and she soon does.I loved Miriam's understanding and compassion when she talks to Grace She opens up a little to Grace, sharing some things about herself that helps the girl I liked how she talks to Eli for Grace, and his own understanding about Miriam comes out of that talk I loved how Eli showed Miriam that she too deserves a chance to be happy.When Christmas Comes AgainKatherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.Good story, though not a romantic one Katherine and her children are all having a hard time dealing with their grief after Elias's death Katherine is a little disturbed when a strange man starts following her around Then he delivers a box of photographs of her husband and she and the children, with an invitation to meet for coffee so he can explain Who he is comes as a surprise to her, and she continues to meet with him.Mary Carol and her boyfriend Abe meet the same man at an abandoned farmhouse There is something about him that Mary Carol finds interesting, and the two befriend the man.I liked how James had such insight into the grief they felt and an amazing sense of how each would deal with it best I also enjoyed his stories and wondered, along with the others, how much of it was true His actions were occasionally bizarre and I had a feeling there was a story behind them I loved the ending, with the way that the family embraced him. Most of the time, we simply don't have the time to read a full length novel but wish we had the time The perfect solution for those situations is to get a hold of a collection of your favorite genres all combined in one book in the form of novellas or simply short novels For me, Beth Wiseman is definite a favorite author and whenever I see her name, I know I am in for a great novel or in this case a great collection of novellas in particular to the Amish Romance genre in An Amish Year This is a collection of four novellas that bring about the changing seasons in the life of the Amish people we read about in each of the short novellas to bring us full circle in a calendar year You'll find Rooted in Love, about Rosemary Lantz who like most Amish excels in everything, except gardening and it will take the hard work of Saul Petersheim to try and win her heart but helping her out with learning to garden In A Love for Irma Rose, this one takes us back to 1957 when Irma Rose needs to decide which man is the right choice for her Does she take a chance on the one who she believes is right for her or the one who seems a bit on the wild side? Patchwork Perfect chances places from the previous story and puts Eli Byler at the heart of picking which woman would be best suited for him as a widower, Miriam Fisher who is unconventional when it comes to an Amish woman who makes him second guess all his choices for what he believes he wants in a wife Finally in When Christmas Comes Again, Katherine has to learn how to navigate recent waters of being a single parent when she faces the loss of her husband and must find a way to bring joy back into Christmas for her children, but will it be an English man that turns her head and heart? I received An Amish Year by Beth Wiseman compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and personal evaluation For me, what I loved the most is at the conclusion of these novellas, there is a note from Beth telling you where you can findof the fulllength novels dealing with the families you meet in these novellas This makes that need to finish learningabout what happens next easier to navigate and gives the reader a true sample of the stories you are likely to find For me, it simply means I need to work on updating my 'must read' list with the ones I found and fell in love with in this collection Well worth all 5 out of 5 stars in this book lover's heart. Rooted in Love (previously published in An Amish Garden)Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.My thoughts: I read Rooted in Love in An Amish Garden, but I didn't remember it, so I reread it Saul is stubborn, proud, and just like a man, ignores his injurieshe's also somewhat of a wimp and can't handle seeing his arm all torn up from an accident Rosemary is opinionated and holds the power of hurting several people in her hands When she discovers long held beliefs are not true is she strong enough to change her opinion? Apologize? I loved Saul's tenacity and how he is so willing to serve Rosie and her family despite his physical and emotional pain A good novella with a garden theme 4 stars A Love for Irma RoseThe year is 1957, and young Irma Rose has a choice to make Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer? Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice My thoughts: This was a cute story More telling than showing at first, but it picked up about midway through Jonas was a lovable rascal and Irma Rose is the love of his lifebut she doesn't know it Instead she's dating someone else When Jonas's mother ends up in the hospital with a bad ulcer things change and not for the better I enjoyed these two characters and it is the prequel to Ms Wiseman's best selling family saga series, Daughters of the Promise 4.5 stars Patchwork PerfectEli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever Will Eli be able to change her mind?My thoughts: This story was fairly predictable, but good I enjoyed getting to know Miriam and glad Eli knows his own mind and isn't willing to settle for just anyone The way it ended was sweet, but as someone who is also allergic to cats I wondered how they would work out that hurdle The side story about Grace and her boyfriend included a good message teenage girls need to hear 4 stars When Christmas Comes Again (previously published in An Amish Second Christmas)Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.My thoughts: When Christmas Comes Again wasn't technically a romance, though Katherine's oldest daughter has a beau It was women's fiction I enjoyed getting to know Katherine and hearing some of the details of her deceased husband's lifethat he didn't even know I enjoyed reading this story Ms Wiseman's writing talents shine with women's fiction 4.5 stars.I enjoy these collections of four Amish novellas that Thomas Nelson has begun putting out And I was so excited when this collection came up for review with Booklook I was glad when it arrived as I was anxious to read it. |Free ♠ An Amish Year: Four Amish Novellas ☲ Spend a year in Amish country with four sweet romances Rooted in Love previously published in An Amish Garden Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him A Love for Irma Rose The year is , and young Irma Rose has a choice to make Date the man who is “right” for her? Or give Jonas a chance, the wild and reckless suitor who refuses to take no for an answer?  Irma Rose steps onto the path she believes God has planned for her, but when she loses her footing, she is forced to rethink her choice    Patchwork Perfect Eli Byler has been a widower for two years when he chooses to make a fresh start in Paradise, Pennsylvania As Eli juggles the admiration of two women, he meets Miriam Fisher—the most unconventional Amish woman he’s ever met She doesn’t fit the mold for what Eli is looking for, but it isn’t long before Eli realizes that Miriam is everything he wants But Miriam has no plans to get married—ever  Will Eli be able to change her mind? When Christmas Comes Again previously published in An Amish Second Christmas Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store Four short Amish stories to stir your faith and breath hope into your soul I loved all 4 Rooted in Love Miscommunication along with misunderstanding keep Saul and Rosemary at arms length when they are so attracted to each other Rosemary with much on her plate due to her mother's passing also misses an opportunity for her father to know love again A lesson on the value of communication and what we miss because of misunderstanding It is in these misunderstanding, we can see how God works out the good for those that love him and seek his will A Love for Irma Rose Jonas has always known he would marry Irma Rose Unfortunately, Irma does not know the same information Jonas pursues her with respect and kindness and Irma is sure that they are not meant to be However, when circumstances lead for Irma to serve Jonas family, she finds herself falling for him.Patchwork Perfect Eli's has moved his family to another Amish community after his wife passing With two children, he hopes to find championship and love again His daughter Grace has found a friend that wantsthan she wants to give him The community old maid Merriam comes to the rescue of Grace however, will she find happiness for herself with Eli Merriam's lesson is for us all as she comes to forgive herself to allow herself to love again When Christmas Comes Again Katherine is overcoming the sudden death of her husband and helping her three children cope with the loss of their father When a stranger leaves a note that answers questions from her late husbands past, she meets the stranger at the local coffee shop The stranger is her long lost fathernlaw that abandoned her husband's family many years ago What does he want? And can he bring healing to his son's broken family I loved how this all came together It was a redeeming story that reminds us all things can be redeemed A Special Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review. Let me start by saying that I don't really care for novellas I much prefer a fulllength book that I can really sink my teeth into and get to know the characters and become immersed in their lives As a reviewer, I have read a lot of novellas this year and this collection from Beth Wiseman is at the top of the list I really enjoyed these four stories.Each story is wellwritten There are great character development and a great plot in each Nothing felt rushed in these stories as is often the case in novellas I felt like I got to know the characters and become a part of their lives Each story is special in its own way making it impossible to pick a favorite These stories are quick and easy reads and thoroughly enjoyable.Any fan of Amish fiction will enjoy these stories This would also be a nice introduction into the genre A perfect collection of stories to delight a reader's heart!I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given. Bestselling author Beth Wiseman puts four stories of loss and love into one book These stories grab your attention from the first page.You’ll enjoy reading how Saul Petersheim tries to win back the heart of Rosemary Lantz Jonas Miller competes for the affection of Irma Rose Kauffman Widower Eli Byler moves to a larger district to find a wife Widow Katherine Zook’s strange reunion with James Zook He left his Amish life, his wife and son (Katherine’s husband) over thirty years ago What was he doing back now? Pick up a copy of this well written book and read about these people and their lives You’ll be glad you did!