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An Amish Love by Kelly Long
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bookshelves: library-books, christian, romance, books-with-recipes
Read from July 28 to 29, 2011

Bit confusing that the three stories in this anthology aren't in the order they're listed on the back cover. A little annoying that the authors of each story aren't listed on the contents page either. Or that in one of the story descriptions, they got a characters name wrong. That's why it took me quite a while to realize just which story the book actually started with!

A note before you start reading. The Amish speak Pennsylvania Deitsch. It's not strictly German, as it's changed over the years while they've been in America. Think of it as a mix between German and English. There is a 3 page Glossary/dictionary at the front of the book of the Pennsylvania Deitsch words used throughout all three stories. Also all three stories take place in the same Amish community and several characters from different stories occassionally cross paths like in town at Yoder's Pantry.

A Marriage of the Heart by Kelly Long
"A Marriage of the Heart" by Kelly Long: Rachel Yoder is tired of her Amish lifestyle and her domineering father's ways. When handsome Joseph Lambert comes back from the Englisch, she lies to force a marriage of convenience, providing the perfect means to escape her father's rule. But Rachel never imagined she'd fall in love with Joseph so quickly or irrevocably.

I liked this story although hated that the marriage started with deception. Felt really strange that a young Amish woman wouldn't know how to do anything around the kitchen or house. They explain why, but it still doesn't make sense. Think about it... for 15 years they ate burnt meals and inadequate food? Liked the romance story though. Bone to pick here though, in the book description quoted above... the amish woman who is the main character in this story is named Abigail (Abby) Kauffman, NOT Rachel Yoder. 4 stars

What the Heart Sees by Kathleen Fuller
"What the Heart Sees" by Kathleen Fuller: A tragic accident rocks a peaceful Amish community, leaving Ellie Chupp blinded and Christopher Bender's future shattered. But they find love and forgiveness in a place they least expect.

This was a very lovely story. It does have a romance in it, but it's mostly a story about forgiveness. However, I have a problem with the story, in how the author got it wrong. This book is about an amish family and how someone who is shunned is finding his way back home. My understanding of how the amish treat the shunned person, the meiding, even if they are family is that they are to turn their back to them, and are not allowed to touch them, or even talk to them. They also are not allowed to sit at the same table with them. This would make helping the shunned person come back to god and forgiveness difficult, to say the least, so I can understand why she ignored the Ordnung rules for her story. However, by doing so, she misrepresents the correct Amish way of life. For that reason, I have to downgrade this to 3 stars. She could easily have set the story somewhere else, without violating the Ordnung rules, pehaps even a Mennonite story.

Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman
"Healing Hearts" by Beth Wiseman: Levina Lapp and her husband Naaman are alone for the first time in 30 years. When Naaman left to visit cousins in Ohio, Levina wasn't expecting him to be gone a year. Now that he's back, will they be able to move beyond this estrangement and fall in love again?

Something bugs me about this story. Amish are plain people. They don't even use buttons, but hooks and eyes instead. They don't drive cars but use buggy's. The one big difference between Amish and the Mennonites is that the Mennonites embrace electricity whereas the Amish refuse to use it. They use oil lamps instead, for instance. So how can Levina Lapp have a refrigerator and a freezer if the Amish don't use electricity? Just saying. Now, in Chapter Ten, Freda is sewing buttons on a shirt she made for Jake. *shakes head* This just isn't correct unless this group of Amish lives different. Buttons is a stretch, but electricity is a big no-no for Amish. All these mistakes ruin the story, at least to me, because they are such obvious errors. Different Amish groups in different areas of the country have differing traditions, so perhaps some now use buttons. I know some have phones in the barn, etc. but I've never heard of any Amish group allowing electricity for the refrigerator. The story itself wasn't bad, but I just found it odd that after 30 years a man would up and leave his family for no apparant reason and that when he did come home, his wife forgave him so easily. 3 stars
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Melissa Cuevas I've heard of more liberal Amish who use generators or gas powered electrical appliances, as long as they're not hooked to the grid. It really does vary depending on which group.


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