Wonderful And Warm
Amish Brides is a trio of stories that will warm the reader’s heart. All three are similar but different, having themes in common. They are light hearted and highly amusing reads. Matchmaking can happen whether you are eight or eighty! I really enjoyed this trio of feel-good reads.
The Reluctant Groom by Jennifer Beckstrand is a delightful tale to begin this collection. It is full of humour, laughter and love. Matchmaking by an elderly grandparent certainly warms the heart. “All young men should be married before they make nuisances of themselves.” Reminiscent of the opening of Pride And Prejudice. It is also a study in grief. Grief that threatens to overwhelm. Grief that causes more guilt than happy memories. “I feel guilty even enjoying this cheese because Mary can’t.” We need to be happy because the person lived and not sad because they died. The Reluctant Groom was a wonderful, warm read that made the reader feel good.
License Plates And Baby Blankets
Return To Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand is a delightful Amish romance which I loved. The tale grabbed my interest from the start as I warmed to both the setting and characters.
With comprehensive descriptions, Jennifer Beckstrand ‘walked’ me through the novel. I ‘saw’ the countryside and could almost ‘smell’ the cooking. The atmosphere was warm and jovial.
The characters were realistically drawn and there were some wonderfully humorous moments. I ‘felt’ like I was hearing the tale of friends rather than reading a novel.
Warm, Feel Good Tales
The Amish Christmas Kitchen is a delightful collection of three tales and just perfect for Christmas or any time of year. All are feel good reads and I can highly recommend them.
Baking Love On Ice Mountain by Kelly Long is a delightful Amish romance with the theme of second chances. With God all things can be made new. We need to trust Him and submit to His plan for our lives. “Sometimes everything looks like a mess but He’s still around.”
There is also the theme of loss and guilt. When a loved one dies, we may feel guilty if we start to feel happy. We feel that we are not honouring their memory but our loved ones would not want us to wear a sack cloth and ashes forever.
All Is Revealed
Like A Bee To Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand is the third and final book in the Honeybee Sisters series. It has been a fabulous trilogy and I am sad to see the end of it. Once again it can be read as a stand-alone but it is far better to read the books in order.
The exploits of the Honeybee sisters, their unconventional Aunt B and the cats – Farrah Fawcett, Billy Idol and Leonard Nimoy – delight the readers once more.
This novel focuses on Rose, the youngest and quietest sister. Rose is carrying a heavy burden. It’s a burden that she refuses to share and it’s root is in the past but it is affecting her present and has the potential to ruin her future. “No amount of wishing or even praying would change the past.” Rose needs to hand her burden over to God and remember that Jesus has already gone to the cross for all our sins.