Written in Love: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Written in Love – Please Forward!

Written in LoveAhh….It’s so lovely to get a new book written by Kathleen Fuller. It’s like a breath of fresh air! And so that is how I felt upon holding Fuller’s latest release, Written in Love, first in her Amish Letters series. Readers are in for a treat!

Written in Love tells the story of Jalon Chupp and Phoebe Bontrager. The two become pen pals due to a fluke. Each soon realizes that they need these letters – this life-line – in their lives. Yet both of them have secrets – secrets they are haunted by, secrets they fear to trust anyone with. When Jalon makes a surprise visit and shows up unannounced at Phoebe’s aunt’s door, their worlds collide. Will they be able to weather what heads their way next?

I was given Written in Love in exchange for my honest review. I thought it was fantastic. I loved the feeling that I was peeking in as notes were passed between friends! The storylines were gripping and compelling. I do wish the ending had flowed a bit better – either shorten it, or lengthen the novel as a whole – but overall I was mesmerized by Jalon, Phoebe, their friends, and family. Way to go, Kathleen Fuller!

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

An Amish Home: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

An Amish Home – Four Authors plus Four Novellas equals Literary Magic!

An Amish HomeOkay. So I’m just going to list the authors: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kathleen Fuller. If you are familiar with the Amish genre, this should be enough of a review for you to go ahead and get your copy of An Amish Home. For those readers that are not familiar with these authors – or need a little more cajoling – here is a brief synopsis, as well as my take, on each novella. Bottom line? Grab it!

A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman takes readers on a journey with Sarah Lantz and her new husband Abram. Sarah has been left unable to walk following a buggy accident and Abram is riddled with guilt over it. Abram remodels their home to aid Sarah. Sarah struggles to accept a life she never dreamed of. Can Sarah and Abram find their way home to one another?

My takeA Cup Half Full was well written. The storylines were very believable. The novella did seem to end abruptly. That being said, it may have seemed abrupt because I wanted to know what happened next!

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston tells the charming, yet heart-wrenching story of Englischers Chace and Mia O’Conner. Chace and Mia have had one hardship after another. When Chace’s Amish employer offers his daadihaus will it be a place of refuge or just more storm and stress and strife?

My takeHome Sweet Home was an enchanting read. I found myself pulling for Chace and Mia every step of the way. I could easily see this being a full-length novel, as there seemed so much more to explore. Well done, Amy Clipston – yet again!

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid shares the amazing story of Thomas and Noreen King. Fifteen years ago, they were inseparable love birds, finding their way as newlyweds. As the years went by, so did their pull towards one another. When a devastating fire takes away all of their earthly possessions, what is left? Can they find their way back to each other – to home?

My takeA Flicker of Hope was a riveting read. It takes readers seamlessly between the present-day angst of a seasoned couple and the courting/newlywed euphoria fifteen years prior. I found myself pulling for Thomas and Noreen through every travail.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller brings readers on an interesting journey. Faith Miller is a young Amish maedel – not so unusual. But? But she also has a love for carpentry – definitely not the norm in an Amish community! She is overjoyed to be asked to build cabinets for her cousin’s new home…until she finds out that she will have to work with Silas Graber – her ex-fiancé! Neither is thrilled, and both have personal reasons for doing the project, but might this be the olive branch that’s needed?

My takeBuilding Faith was a great novella to end the book. It has its light-hearted, funny moments as well as some scenes that really tugged at the heart. As with the other three novellas, I would have easily read another 100 pages about this couple’s journey!

I was given An Amish Home in exchange for my honest review. It was phenomenal. Often when there is a collection like this, there is a novella (or two) that falls short. That is not the case with An Amish Home. Each one was strongly written with intricate storylines and engaging characters. I didn’t want it to end. This quartet of authors has found literary magic and I hope they team up again for another collection. Now – if you still are reading this and haven’t snagged a copy: What are you waiting for? Geh!

Susan Ferrell and her husband make their home in the Atlanta Metro area. Although Susan struggles with chronic migraine headaches, she stays very busy as a stay-at-home mom to one very precocious little girl. While catching her breath, she feeds her Amishaholic tendencies by reading vast amounts of Amish literature!

Beauty from Ashes by Kathleen Fuller

A Love Made New CoverA Love Made New, the third book in my Amish of Birch Creek series, is set in the fictional town of Birch Creek, a small Amish community near Holmes County, OH. Over the years I’ve made several visits to Holmes and Middlefield (Geauga County) and I’ve enjoyed every visit. One of my favorite things to do is to drive the back roads and take pictures. The scenery is so beautiful in this part of Ohio. There are gently rolling hills, stunning fields and gardens, plenty of livestock grazing on acres of fertile pasture, and of course, the Amish themselves. If you get a chance to visit Holmes or Geauga county I highly recommend spending some time getting lost in the countryside.

While A Love Made New is set in a fictional Amish community, the setting and characters reflect real-life. Abigail Schrock lost her parents in a buggy accident, then lost the man she loved when he left her for another woman. These events have a devastating impact on her (of course!). Raw and hurting, she has trouble believing someone as kind and caring as Asa Bontrager would be interested in her.

Self-esteem and self-worth are things we all struggle with at one time or another. Through Abigail, I wanted to show two things: 1) finding our self-worth in people and things can only lead to disappointment and pain, because our worth is found in God and 2) God takes the deepest pain and turns it into something beautiful. Abigail, like many of us, had to go through pain and brokenness before she discovered her worth and identity in Christ. My hope is that through Abigail’s story, readers will see a little bit of themselves in the character, and a whole lot of God’s love in their lives.

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Kathleen Fuller

I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and currently live in Geneva, Ohio. I’ve been married to James for 22 wonderful years (really, they have been wonderful!) We have three terrific children, three dogs, and have raised cattle, pigs, and chickens at various times over the years. We would have gone into the goat business, but I had to draw the line somewhere. I started writing in 2000, and published my first short story a year later. Since then I have authored several short stories, novellas, novels, and have done a lot of freelance non-fiction work. I have also worked as an editor. I have a Masters degree in Special Education, emphasis on teaching the blind and visually impaired, and a Bachelors in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I have taught all age groups ranging from age 4 to age 21. A few of my favorite things: my relationship with Christ, chocolate (of course!), autumn, a satisfying book, good friends, a sense of humor, people who don’t take themselves seriously, haunting melodies, NFL football, and did I mention chocolate?