An Amish Summer: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

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An Amish Summer – Bring it On!

When you happen upon a novel that contains the stories of four well-known Amish-genre authors, your heart skips a beat. Well, at least mine does – especially when I have the opportunity to read Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin! So when An Amish Summer arrived, I said, “Bring it on!”

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray follows sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer, who have made the trek to Florida for vacation…and perhaps something more. Sherry has been exchanging letters with an Amish man named Graham. Sherry and Graham have decided to rendezvous in Pinecraft. But Graham is shocked to find that he’s been writing to the wrong sister! Now he must choose who he really likes – but it’s not that easy. Who will get a match? Read and find out!

My Take: A Reunion in Pinecraft was a good, quick read. The characters were winsome, and Shelley Shepard Gray kept this reader guessing ‘til the end. Definitely a good start with this first novella of the collection.

Summer Storm by Amy Clipston tells the story of Arianna and her lifetime friend and fiancée, Jesse. All is going according to plan until one eventful night that involves Arianna’s brother (and Jesse’s best friend), Tobias. When Arianna’s dad forbids their union as a result, all plans come to a halt…and maybe that is God’s will after all?

My Take: Summer Storm was a page-turner. The story was believable and agonizing. I couldn’t put it down until I knew just what would happen! Now I want the story to continue!

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller takes you an a journey with Esther Coblentz. Esther has always struggled with comparing herself to her gorgeous younger sister, Sarah. She can’t even catch the attention of her secret love, Judah (whose smitten for Sarah.) When a handsome Yankee named Rhett comes to live with the Coblentzes, everything is turned on end.

My Take: Lakeside Love is a beautiful, charming story of summer romance. Sarah is a hoot – and the other characters are downright loveable. I’d love to go to their lake and just stay for a while. Outstanding novella.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin brings you to Bee County, Texas, Jacob King, and Martha Byler. Jacob only has eyes for Martha, and it seems almost everyone can see that but Martha. Martha is afraid to trust again – especially since her mother’s death. Her place is with her father, raising her siblings. Besides, Jacob is a poster child for rumspringas. Martha doesn’t need yet more responsibility. What will happen?

My Take: One Sweet Kiss was an amusing, captivating read. At one point my life had to stop so that I could finish this novella! The subplots were well-executed – I think we all know a Dwayne – and I adored the Simon/Amanda story and the way it was handled.

I was given An Amish Summer in exchange for my honest review. It was fabulous! Each novella held its own (not always the case with a collection of novellas.) This is the perfect book to take with you to the beach. Even if you’re not headed to the beach, don’t waste any time snagging your copy of An Amish Summer – it’s worth the read!


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!

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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!