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Treasuring Emma (Middlefield Family #1)

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Emma always put the needs of others ahead of her own. When will it be her turn to be treasured?

Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?

Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from h
Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published August 2011)
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It's no secret that I love a good Amish story and Treasuring Emma is definitely that. If you love Amish fiction like I do, you will love this book. But, if you aren't a fan of the Amish, I bet you'll love this book too. Why? Because there's nothing typecast in Fuller's characters. Many people think that Amish stories are sweet little ditties about forgiving characters who love the Lord and want nothing more in life than to be obedient.


Not in Treasuring Emma. Let's see, we have a heroine w
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

This book fell flat for me in many different aspects. Firstly, the synopsis on the back of the book is inaccurate on two counts:

1) It points out Emma's dream of opening a rescue shelter for stray animals in the community, yet this is never explored in the book aside from mentioning Emma's compassion for animals. The dream that is explored is Emma's sister's desire to open a fabric store in their late-grandfather's shed against Emma's w
Treasuring Emma had me from page one. When I had to put the book down I couldn't wait to pick it back up.

Emma Shetler's story begins with the death of her Mother. Emma feels completely dead inside. It was Emma and her Grandmother Leona now. Of course there was Clara, her Sister, but they had never gotten along. Clara, her husband Peter and their three children lived in their own little house not too far from Emma and her Grandmother's.

Emma's first love and best friend Adam left the Amish commun
Emma Shetler has suffered a lot of heartbreak in her life - first her father and then her mother died, leaving her struggling to find a way to support herself and her grandmother. She has her sister Clara but they don't get along all that well and Clara has her own problems with her husband Peter. At one point Emma hoped to marry Adam Otto, but he left the Amish community. Now he is back for a brief visit and Emma finds her old feelings for him resurfacing. Adam has no intention of staying but f ...more
I have enjoyed Kathleen Fuller's books now for a year and again I am not disappointed. This series is going to just as good as the other series of Middlefield. In "Treasuring Emma", Kathy keeps you on your toes to know what happens next in the book and who is going to win Emma's heart.

Emma's heart was broken two years ago when the love of her heart, Adam, left to live in the 'Englisch' world. But her heart has been waiting for the day Adam would return. Emma has been taking care of her family wh
While I normally don’t read a whole lot of Amish fiction, Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller captured my attention from the beginning and held it to the end. Although the Amish hold to many rules, God's love and forgiveness is about the heart and a person's desire to follow God's will.
The book begins at the funeral of Emma Shetler's and her sister Clara's mother. Emma is internally bitter at God for taking her mother and at Clara for not being there during the illness, though she tries to put
I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It is not a genre I would normally read but I was pleasantly surprised. The story starts with a girl in her mid 20's named Emma. She has lost her father and most recently her mother. Emma has always put everyone else first. She dedicated herself to caring for her mother who was dying of cancer and is now all alone. She has lost everything she cares about including her love interest Adam, who has left the church and broken Emma's heart. She does still ha ...more
4.5 stars. There's not too often that when I put a book I'm reading down, that I can't wait to pick it back up and start reading it again. Though, that's exactly what happened everytime I put "Treasuring Emma" down. I had some apprehension picking out another Amish story, as the last few I have read were the run of the mill "goodie two shoes" Amish characters who were written perfect in nearly everyway. That is definitely not the case with this book and the anything but, stereotypical characters ...more
Author: Kathleen Fuller
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
August 2011
ISBN: 978-1-59554-775-0
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Emma Shetler has just lost her mamm to a long battle with cancer. The funeral is happening, and yet Emma has been kicked out of everywhere, and left with nothing to do but mourn while her sister Clara King ran the funeral. Emma is bitter, Clara had nothing to do with their mamm when she was sick and dying, but now she acted like the devoted daughter.

Adam Otto left his
Maureen Timerman
This is a book that you want to get to the end to find out what happens, but you never want it to end! It is Emma's and Adam's story, along with a lot of family! The book opens at the home of Emma and her Grandmother, just after burying Emma's Mom Mary.
Adam has left being Amish and was embracing the English life, or was he? When Leona, Emma's Grandmother, writes him to tell of Mary's passing and that his Mom Carol has not been well, he decides to come home for a visit.
Emma is trying to figure
As Amish fiction goes, this had interesting characters and a somewhat (though not very) different plotline. Yes, there was the romance between Adam and Emma, and yes, you can probably guess the outcome, but we were also made privy to the marital difficulties of two couples--one a couple with grown children and the other a couple with young ones. There is much hurt caused by disaffection from the Amish faith on the part of one character--and another is brought back through love.

Much is made of t
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"Emma has put everyone else first in her life. Now at nearly 25, has she missed her chance at marriage?

Emma was Adam's first love but circumstances made them both choose different paths in life. Emma's heart breaks all over again when Adam returns to the Amish community of Middlefield, Ohio, years later.

For the past ten years, Emma has been raising her siblings after their parents' untimely death. She's put their needs above her own and now, with them grown, she can
Loraine Alcorn
Treasuring Emma By Kathleen Fuller
I was so happy I was able to read this book that I received from book sneeze for review (ebook copy). I mostly read christian fiction/romance and this one did not disappoint. I loved all the characters and the way the author has the ability to create the atmosphere of the culture.

This is the Story of Emma an Amish girl who has just lost her mother to cancer. Emma lives with her Grandmother and is starting to worry that bills are piling up.

Emma is faces with man
Virginia Campbell
"Treasuring Emma", by Kathleen Fuller, is the first book in the "Middlefield Family" series. Emma Shelter has been a lifelong care-giver and nurturer. Her selfless life has been touched by grief--first, her father passed away, and now, her mother has lost her battle with cancer. Adding to Emma's pain is the ever-present heartache caused when her beloved, Adam Otto, chose to leave Emma and the Amish world behind and live among the Englisch. Left with the care of her increasingly frail grandmother ...more
Oh, that precious first love. The kind that doesn’t go away, even when the person you love has. That’s what we get to experience with Emma in “Treasuring Emma” by Kathleen Fuller. This is book #1 in The Middlefield Family Series. Adam, in search of peace, even after joining the church, leaves his Amish home, his Amish community, and Emma. Emma is the lifelong best friend that surprisingly expresses her love for Adam. Does Adam find that peace out in the Yankee world? We’ll walk with him in this ...more
Emma has just lost her mother to cancer. Now, it's just her and her grandmother. With no real income for the house, Emma's sister Clara comes up with a plan to help Emma and help herself. But, Emma is not so ready to go along with Clara's plan especially when it means letting go of treasured memories. Clara's husband, Peter, has been unemployed for a while and they are really struggling financially. Clara is determined that going into this joint venture with her sister will solve all of their pr ...more
3.5 Stars

Summery: The book opens with Emma grieving her mother who just died of cancer. She has been taking care of her and now must worry about paying the bills and putting food on the table for her and her Grandma. She does not have the best relationship with her sister which adds to the tension. Her sister Clara is married and has kids of her own but her husband has been out of work and money is tight for them as well. Carla comes up with the idea to start a fabric store in her grandpa’s old
Reena Jacobs
Expect my full review November 4, 2011 at Ramblings of an Amateur Writer:

I know the book was supposed to be about Emma, but my first major thoughts about the book were, what in the world is going on with Emma’s sister, Clara? She lived in an Amish community where I thought materialism was frowned upon. Yet here was a woman who seemed obsessed with finances. I loved how human she was.

I completely sympathized with Clara and her husband, Peter. I’ve been were Clara was, fret
Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller is not your average Amish romance book. The characters don't communicate like characters in other Amish books, and they definitely seem more real than how they are portrayed in other books. The women in the book struggled with trusting God (faith) and submission. Another difference was how Emma was described as fat and plain.

I'm glad the author portrayed the Amish as sinners who need God's grace and forgiveness. Everyone must make their own decision to follow
Treasuring Emma A Middlefield Family Novel by Kathleen Fuller
Emma struggles with her faith as she is dealing with a strained relationship with her overbearing sister and must face with the man who broke her heart after leaving the Amish faith. She is also faced with the challenge of caring for her frail grandmother with no means to support either of them and to further complicate matters a new man in town has taken interest in Emma for less than honorable reasons. As you read Treasuring Emma you
Emma Shetler doesn't know if she'll ever get used to losing those she loves, first her father three years ago, now her mother to cancer and in between, two years ago, the love of her life Adam Otto walked away to go live among the Englishers. She did still have her beloved grandmother, her father's mom, and her sister Clara, who she didn't get along with very often, and her family. Leona, her grandmother, and Emma have piles of medical bills to pay along with the expense of keeping the farm up, ...more
I liked this one. It was interesting that it focuses on the Amish from the Ashtabula area of Ohio. Most people think of "Amish Country" in Ohio as being in the area around Wayne and Holmes Counties much further south. The one thing that bothered me in this book was the use of the word "Yankee" for fancy folk like you or I. The Schwartzentruber Amish in the area of Ohio where I live call us Englishers. I've never heard of the Amish calling us Yankees so that felt off to me but I don't know much a ...more
Debolina Raja Gupta
I have never read any book about the Amish way of life, so when I got a chance to read and review the book Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller, I was really excited. Book Sneeze had the book up for review, and I had heard a little about the Amish community, so this seemed like the perfect way to acquaint myself with this ‘new’ and interesting lifestyle.

What first got me interested was the cover of the book, at once cosy and inviting. I could immediately sense this to be one of those books that wo
Henk-Jan van der Klis
This is not the first Amish-novel I read. I read a lot of novels about Amish families by Wanda E. Brunstetter. From the very start, Treasuring Emma, a Middlefield Family Novel by Kathleen Fuller reads the same way. I was very amused to find a “glossary” with a translation of the Amish words used. Because I’m Dutch and speak German as well, most Dietsch words from the Amish language are not that strange to me. The story is about Emma. She has a sister, Clara who married Peter and has 3 children. ...more
Diane U
Emma has had a rough life. Her father passed away, then she had to care for her mother who eventually died of cancer, she takes care of her grandmother and has never married. Emma had her heart broken two years ago when her childhood love, Adam, decided to leave the Amish faith and move to Michigan. Emma's granmother, Leona, wrote to Adam after Emma's mother passed to have him come back for a visit. Upon returning, all of Emma feelings returned for Adam at the wrong time in her life. She had a h ...more
Rachel Brand

PROS: Storylines provide an interesting contrast; easy, compelling read

CONS: Villain seemed slightly caricatured and had unconvincing motives; found it hard to sympathise with one of the central characters; romance is relatively predictable

Several years ago, Adam Otto left his family and Amish community, breaking Emma Shetler’s heart in the process. Emma never stopped grieving for Adam, and no
I am not typically a Christian Romance reader, but when I was given the chance to review this book, I decided to give it a try. Set in Amish country Ohio, Emma is struggling to handle the recent loss of her mother, whom she tried her best to nurse through cancer. Additionally, Emma still hasn’t healed from a broken heart her child-hood friend Adam left her with when he decided to leave the Amish community, even after she confessed her love for him and begged him to stay. Financial pressures forc ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: e-library, audiobooks
I loved this first book in what I know is going to be an amazing series. There was many ups and downs throughout the story mixed in with a lot of deceit! Yes this book shows that there's a dark side in everyone, some more than others. Trust me it will keep you gripped to the pages! You won't want to put it down and if your anything like me there will be a lot of lost sleep but all for a great reason. I've already started on the second book so I thoroughly recommend this to all.
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Great book!

The first Amish fiction I read where there is a character that came back to the Amish way of life and you get a glimpse of what his life in the Yankee world was like.

Emma has lost both of her parents in the last three years. She lives with her Grandmother and is desperately trying to take care of the farm. She has regaled herself to the life of a spinster at 24. She has been in love, she loved Adam - but he left the Amish life after their first kiss.

As Emma is trying to find a life f
Kim Schultz
Aug 10, 2013 Kim Schultz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
Clara and Peter's marriage is on the rocks. Emma is living with her Grandmother. Clara and Emma are sisters that have recently lost their mother. Adam is Emma's old flame that has returned from living in "the world" and was shunned. While all this is happening Peter's cousin, Mark, comes for a visit. The minute Mark shows up there is trouble. Mark is dangerous to all. He is out to ruin the lives of his kinfolk. From Tennessee to Ohio he wrecks lives. He is also very dangerous. He tries to get be ...more
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Kathleen is the best-selling author of over twenty-five books, including the Hearts of Middlefield Series and the A Middlefield Family Series. She lives with her husband and three children in Northeast Ohio. Kathleen loves to hear from readers.
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