Community And Love
Hannah’s Courage by Molly Jebber is a delightfully warm Amish historical novel that will leave you smiling. It is the third book in the Amish Charm Bakery series but can be read as a stand-alone. I enjoyed reconnecting with familiar faces.
There is a wonderful community feel to the book
as the Amish bond over food and company. Homes, hearts and businesses are
opened to those in need. Strangers receive warm welcomes.
Friendship is important. We all need friends
with whom we can talk and trust them to tell us the truth in love.
The characters are realistically drawn and likable. Their interactions are delightful. There are misunderstandings that create tensions in the reader as we long for them to be resolved.
Learning To Trust Again
Liza’s Second Chance by Molly Jebber is a wonderful historical Amish romance. There is a warm welcoming family atmosphere pervading the whole novel.
The Amish are a close knit group but even they have gossip and judgment within their midst at times. Both are quickly closed down. This helps to add a realistic feel to the novel because we know we are not always perfect. The Amish do pull together offering love and practical support in times of need.
There are the tough themes of abuse – both verbal and physical. Abuse can happen to anyone. It is nothing to be ashamed of. “She’d forced smiles and kept secret his mistreatment of her.” If abuse is happening, we do need to tell someone.
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.
Made With Love
Two Suitors For Anna by Molly Jebber is a delightful historical Amish romance. I loved it. It is part of the Keepsake Pocket Quilt series and I cannot wait to read more.
The novel shows how God is at the centre of the life of the Amish. “She prayed God’s will in her life… She trusted Him to guide her.” There is never any question of not obeying God or seeking His guidance.
The Amish are a kind, peace-loving people. Any misdemeanours are taken to the Bishop who sets the punishment.