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
I must say that if I had to choose a favorite genre of book it would definitely be romance! And after reading this book, I think Amish romance novels will be at the top of my list! Reading any other romance novel I often find myself skipping over certain parts, especially overly-intimate ones! I was raised to believe that what goes on in that area is between the two people involved and often feel embarrassed reading books that include them - but this book was different! The descriptions of the characters falling for each other included noticing eyes, lips, and at the most kisses. Which was so refreshing!
But that's not all I loved about this wonderful collection of heartwarming stories!
The book also includes some amazing Amish recipes at the back - really good, really simple home cooking! I am going to try out a few this week - like soft pretzels (yummy!) moist banana bread! On my future list is definitely Whoopie Pies! (they are surprisingly simple!)
In the first story, my favorite one!, Fern Zook lives with her Grandmother who is a community 'healer' - she uses natural remedies for people who wish to use them (although I learned that most Amish communities now allow use of modern medicine). In the back of this book with all the recipes are many of these herbal remedies - really great to have on hand - and I'm going to try a few - like for under-eye circles (something I get much of lately!!) and dry skin (we've had a coooold winter!). - also a great migraine remedy - my husband gets these often and if one comes up I will definitely try this out!
The book also has a great guide at the beginning with all kinds of Amish words (ex: danki = thank you) and a great guide for book groups. I learned so much about the Amish culture and got rid of a lot of my stereotypes about them too.
I honestly *loved* these stories and can see myself reading them time and time again, as well as sharing them with my daughter one day.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review - all opinions, however, are my own!