Friday, June 23, 2017

An Amish Summer (Four Novellas) Review

An Amish Summer is a collection of four novellas by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin. I love books like this because you get a lot out of it. Each book is different yet fits together in this collection.

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray

Honestly, I was very confused in this book. There are two sister named Sharon and Sherry. I couldn't remember which one was which. I also couldn't imagine Amish folks taking vacations but maybe they do. So, after I figured out who was who and accepted the fact that Amish folks go to the beach for vacation, I liked this novella. It was sweet.

Falling in love by writing letters back and forth is so romantic. In this book, the sisters and some friends meet up with one of the sisters pen pal in Pinecraft, Florida. They decide to have a two week vacation to get to know one another and friends come along as well. They go through some trying times but try to enjoy the vacation as much as possible while trying to figure out feelings and each other.

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston

Arianna and Jesse are counting down to their wedding day. They have been waiting so long for this day and can't wait to be husband and wife. Their love is such a sweet love. Arianna's brother, Tobias, reveals secrets and gets them into trouble. Although they have made mistakes along the way, they only want to be together.

Arianna's quick tempered father calls off the wedding and crushes their hopes of being together. They are forbidden from every seeing one another again. They have to decide if they are worth fighting for or if they will go their separate ways.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller

Esther has always thought very low of herself and puts her sister on a pedestal. Everyone else does including the boy she has loved her whole life, Judah. He only has eyes for Esther's sister Sarah. She tries hard to win the affections of Judah but he can't see past Sarah.

An Englischer comes to stay with the family for the summer and stirs things inside Esther. She has resigned herself to be happy with or without the man she loves. This new boy just may steal her heart before Judah wakes up to his newfound feelings for Esther.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin

Martha Byler has been taking care of her large family every since her mother died when she was younger. She has entirely too many responsibilities and to Jacob King just adds to it. He loves Martha but she is too busy to see it or feel it. One sweet, summer kiss could change everything for both of them.

I felt that the book was missing something. Maybe there was a prequel and I missed it. The characters couldn't really develop in such a short novella. Although I enjoyed it very much it felt lacking. The history of the characters was lost somehow. But in the end, you got the point of the story.

*Many thanks to BookLookBloggers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinion expressed here are solely my own.*


Southern Gal said...

You mentioned not knowing that Amish take vacations. Pinecraft is a community where lots of Amish go, especially in the winter to enjoy the warmer weather. I personally know some Amish people who have gone and spent several weeks, even getting a part-time job while there.

Kristy Jensen said...

Thank you for telling me. The book made it out like the Amish did this all the time. I had never heard of it.