Enjoy a year of beautiful seasons in this new story collection, as young Amish couples manage a community garden and harvest friendships and love along the way.
Spring Is in the Air
As the young people of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, plant a garden in memory of their friend, Katie Ann begins to worry that her older brother, Ephraim, is dating her best friend. What if she somehow loses them both? But Christian, a new boy in the community, also works in the garden—and falling for him may be exactly the distraction, and lesson, that Katie Ann needs.
Home by Summer
Clara Hertzler is surprised when Jerry Petersheim, her old friend, comes to the garden to drop off his younger sister—especially because Jerry has been gone for years, and now seems to be living as an Englisher. As the friends get to know each other again, Clara pushes Jerry to examine why he abandoned his Amish beliefs. Will Clara help Jerry renew his faith in God, and will they find love beneath the summer sun?
The Fruits of Fall
Tena Speicher has come to live in Bird-in-Hand after her fiancé left her for an English woman. When a homeless veteran comes to the fruit stand one day and asks for food, Tena is not sure how to respond—but Wayne intervenes and offers to let him stay in the barn. Afraid to trust Englishers, Tena must learn, with Wayne’s help, that everyone is a child of God and deserving of kindness.
Ephraim and Mandy have dated for some time and now have plans to marry. But after a series of unexpected events and misunderstandings, they wonder if they should go their separate ways. What will happen when their friends at the Amish garden conspire to bring them back together?
Seasons of an Amish Garden is a collection of stories about a group of young Amish friends. Each story connects with a different young couple as they make their way through past troubles, misunderstandings, and young love to find the path God would have them take.
I enjoyed each story individually and together as a group. It’s always a pleasure to follow a group of friends as each one walks their own journey. You get to see beyond the initial flare of romance and dig deep into God’s love and the power of friendship. Each story is filled with hope, love, and the power of forgiveness.
We must all be able to look past our own feelings and take into consideration the feelings of others. That was a strong plot point that I found in each story here. Despite the circumstances that led each couple, and a strong theme of forgiveness, they each had to stop thinking about what they thought was best and look to the needs of the one they loved. They had to search out God’s will instead of their own.
Seasons of an Amish Garden challenged me to remember that life isn’t always just about what I want and what I think is best. I have to remember to seek God’s will every day and remember to think about the feelings of others. We are all God’s children and we all deserve the same amount of love and respect.
I would recommend this book for everyone. The stories are sweet and clean as you would expect from Amish fiction. The line of faith is strong and the lessons to be learned apply to everyone.
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