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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review of An Amish Kitchen

The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.

Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.

Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance—until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction.

Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn—but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?

When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.

Three Amish stories—each celebrating love, family, and faith—all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.

Also Includes Reading Group Guide and 45 Old Order Amish Recipes.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a book three novellas by three great Amish Authors, Kelly Long, Amy Clipston, and Beth Wiseman.  I like all three stories, they didn’t really intertwine, but there was mention of characters from the other stories in each story. 

The first story is  A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long.  This is the story of Fern Zook.  She lives with her grandmother, who uses herbs to help people with ailments, and she taught Fern all she knew.  In this story, Fern has several run ins with her neighbor, Abram Fisher.  Fern thinks no man will ever love her, will Abram change her mind. 

The second story A Spoonful of Love  of Hannah King who runs her parents bed-and-breakfast since her father suffered a stroke.  An Amish man from Ohio, Stephen Esh, comes to stay and the bed-and-breakfast and Hannah’s brother hires him to be the handy man at the bed-and-breakfast.  Hannah’s mother is very critical of her and always fusses to her a lot about her and Stephen both staying at the bed-and-breakfast.  What is Stephen hiding and what are Hannah’s feelings for him.

The third story, A recipe for Hope and my favorite, was Eve Bender.  Her and her family’s home is partially destroyed by a falling tree, so they go and stay with Eve’s mother and father for a while.  Eve was never close to her mother, and her mother has medical issues that she is hiding from Eve.  Also, Eve’s twin 16 year old sons are having a drama of their own.  I liked this story because it had a lot of humor in it, too.

All three stories told the importance of trusting GOD, and that he always comes through, no matter what.  All three stories also mostly center around something to do with the kitchen.  I thought it was a charming read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.



  1. Nice review, Melina. I won a copy of this book in a contest, and look forward to reading it.