Their True Home by Amy Clipston
When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey’s father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?
A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman
Ruth and Gideon Beiler experienced one of life’s most tragic events. Unable to get past their grief, the couple abandoned their Amish faith and went in different directions, though neither could bear to formally dissolve the marriage. When their loved ones reach out to them to come home for a family reunion, Ruth has reason to believe that Gideon won’t be there. Gideon also thinks that Ruth has declined the invitation. Family and friends are rooting for them to reunite, but will it all be enough for Ruth and Gideon to get past their grief and recapture a time when they were in love and had a bright future ahead of them?
A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller
Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek’s resident octogenarian matchmaker, is surprised when Richard, a man from her Englisch past, arrives in Birch Creek for a visit. While he and Cevilla take several walks down memory lane, they wonder what the future holds for them at this stage of life—friendship, or the possibility of something else?
Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin
At eighteen Hannah Kauffman made a terrible mistake. Her parents and members of her Jamesport Amish community say they’ve forgiven her. But she feels their eyes following her everywhere she goes with eighteen-month-old Evie. Thaddeus, Evie’s father, escaped this fate by running away from Jamesport. Now that Thaddeus is gone, Hannah’s old friend Phillip is stepping up to be by her side. He has waited patiently for Hannah to realize just how much he cares for her. But when Thaddeus returns after two years, Hannah can’t deny the love she feels for him. Does the fact that Phillip has waited patiently for her all this time mean that she owes him something? Can she trust either one of them? Can she trust herself? She has repented and been forgiven by the One who is most important—her heavenly Father. But is she willing to risk making more mistakes by opening herself up to love?
Four moving novellas in one beautiful collection. Favorite: A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman, but all four were wonderful. These women know how to weave a story with grace and compassion while plunging you deep within Amish culture.
Their True Home
Another winner by Amy Clipston. Marlene and Rudy are a bit gunshy on love. Both think they should avoid relationships for fear of losing the friendship they’ve found. God’s plans are greater than their plans and seeing their relationship bloom was beautiful.
A Reunion of Hearts
My favorite one of this set because of the power behind Ruth and Gideon’s love. They suffered tremendous heartache, abandoned their faith, and God still brought them back together again.
I can only imagine their heartache, but while they left the Amish, they didn’t leave their faith. There’s something powerful in seeing a couple reconnect after so many years.
A Chance to Remember
Cevilla is the grandmother everyone should have. She’s witty, independent, and always knows how to make you feel better. Her friendship with Richard is endearing and poignant. I see a book in the future for Richard’s granddaughter, Meghan.
I wish there was more history revealed about Cevilla and Richard. Otherwise, it was a very touching reunion of old friends who might someday become something more.
Finding love in later years is quickly becoming a new favorite. Love doesn’t know a time frame and God always knows what is best for us.
Hannah and Thaddeus made a mistake that cost them their innocence. Two years later, Thaddeus is back and Hannah will have to decide if he’s changed and if love is worth the risk. Phillip has been by her side these two years while Thaddeus abandoned her. Does she love Phillip or does her heart still belong to Thaddeus?
It’s hard to forgive. Both Hannah and Thaddeus have recognized their mistake and are willing to pay the price for forgiveness. I applaud Thaddeus for showing up even when I despised him for running away. He needed to grow up and learn how to face his mistakes. Now that he’s back, it was good to see appropriate repentance.
Love is a home where your heart can live forever. – Laura
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