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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Healing Hearts (Three Amish Novellas) by Beth Wiseman

Beth Wiseman's books are now together in one collection called Healing Hearts.  The three stories within this collection are:

A Choice to Forgive--Lydia was in love with one man, Daniel and was promised to marry him when life took an unexpected turn.  Daniel disappeared on Christmas Eve leaving Lydia to wonder what happened.  Lydia then marries Daniel's brother, Elam, and has 15 wonderful years with him when a tragedy takes his young life.  After the death of Elam, Daniel returns hoping for reconciliation from the community but especially from Lydia.

A Change of Heart--Leah is consumed by her stories that she writes at night while everyone else in the house is sleeping.  Her community frowns on such activity seeing it as childish and unproductive.  Leah's parents wonder if she'll ever learn how to be a good Amish fraa (wife) since she can't cook, sew, garden or clean the house.  One young man, Adam is taken with her, but will he overlook her lacking qualities?

Healing Hearts--Levina's husband, Naaman,  told her he was going to visit his cousin in Ohio.  He was gone for a whole year. Now that he's back Levina isn't sure if she can trust this man that she married many years ago.  What would make him leave for so long?

Beth did a good job telling each of the three stories.  I found myself wanting the story to go on a little longer.  They seemed to end too soon.  With it being a collection, I wanted the stories to intertwine somehow, but they are 3 separate stories.  These three stories were previously published as An Amish Love, An Amish Gathering, and An Amish Christmas.  Each story was an easy read and did not take me long to finish this whole collection.  Reading the books has helped me to learn a little more about the Amish.  There is a lot that I really didn't know about them.  I would recommend this collection.

**I received this book free from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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