An Amish Kitchen is a collection of novellas set around Paradise, Pennsylvania. The first novella is A Taste of Faith by Kelly Long and is the story of Fern and her grandmother. Both are homeopathic doctors to their small Amish community. For major issues/illnesses they refer to a doctor in the nearby town. Fern treats a member of the Fisher family and seems to notice Abram Fisher as if for the first time. She knows he wouldn’t ever notice her but still her heart flips at the sound of his voice.
Will they fall in love? Will they both realize the mutual attraction? Will they be soft enough to move towards each other when life gets hard?
The second novella is A spoonful of Love by Amy Clipston. It is the story of Hannah King. Hannah operates a Bed and Breakfast in the town of Paradise, PA. What will happen when an Amish bachelor comes to stay? What will other people think when Hannah, an unwed woman, rents him a room indefinitely?
The final story is A Recipe For Hope by Beth Wiseman. It is the story of Eve Bender who is moving back in with her parents at the age of thirty-eight. Not because of her husband’s passing but due to damage to their house from a storm. What will happen during the 2 months they are living with Eve’s parents? What will happen when Elias sneaks out at night?
The best part of this book, and a large part of the “Why” I requested this book is the recipes in the back. I haven’t had a chance to try any yet. I’ve not even had much chance to skim through all of them so I’m hoping they are what I would consider “authentic Amish” recipes i.e. they don’t use prepackaged, processed food stuff.
I found each of the stories to be so predictable as to be boring. Why continue reading a book when you know from the first sentence how the plot will work out and how the whole thing ends? In talking with other friends, we commiserated about books about the Amish for this very reason. They are so predictable.
So if you like recipes and are looking for new ones, this might be a good book for you. I do think you should read the book to find out for yourself and make up your own mind.
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