A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.
Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the d located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.
Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So, when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiancé, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?
A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.
An Amish Home is a collection of novellas written by the following writers: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kathleen Fuller. I loved how the stories brought themes of love, hope, and faith. Each piece was beautifully told. Captured my heart and soul as the characters and plots felt so real.
The first tale, A Cup Half Full, shows that perfection is overrated. We can dream of everything being perfect or may have the perfect life until tragedy knocks us down…just like that of Sarah Lantz. Her life was on the route of perfection when disaster strikes. She’s left unable to walk. Sarah goes through a lot of emotions and soon finds her way back to healing.
The second story, Home Sweet Home, is one that really wowed me. Especially, today, when we have so many things that occupy our time. When those things are gone, we turn to our hurtful emotions. Relationships break easily…yet somehow, the couple in this story manage. Not well at first, but soon, their eyes are opened and their situation changes to a positive one. Life can go on and love can last forever.
The third tale, Building Faith, is a sweet romance. Ambition and rekindled love. What was once broken, can maybe now be mended. But first, both will have to risk their hearts and minds to it. Faith guides these characters as their broken relationship goes through healing and discovery. Love doesn’t fade away after all. I also enjoyed the unconventional setting of a woman breaking out in a man’s line of work and succeeding at it.
Last but not least, the fourth novella, A Flicker of Hope, is just that. When all goes wrong, one couple will find memories that send their love back on track. Marriage is hard. Not all marriages work. But when a tragedy strikes and destroys a couples’ home, traces of what they shared in life is remembered. This story was the most inspiring one of all. When we’re young choices are made and then as we age…those choices can tear us apart or keep what we started…
Overall, An Amish Home is about couples building a home and future together. Whether they are just starting out or rebuilding what they had. I fell in love instantly with each of the characters. Their personalities are easy to like as well as their emotions easy to understand. Heartwarming reads all bundled into one brilliant book. I highly recommend this to all.