About the Book:
Gardens are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal.
“Where Healing Blooms” by Vannetta Chapman
When Widow Emma Hochstetter discovers a run-away teenager in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a local woman and her two children she finds her quiet life has been interrupted. Then, her mother-in-law, Mary Ann, reveals one of her garden’s hidden secrets, something very unexpected. Will she continue alone or will she accept the gifts God has given her?
“Flowers for Rachael” by Kathleen Fuller
Rachael Bontrager’s flower garden is beautiful, but at twenty-four, she’s lonely. Gideon Beiler fell in love with Rachael almost at first sight. After her grandfather has a stroke, her days are filled with caring for him, and one day Rachael finds her garden in shambles. However, she won’t accept Gideon’s offers of help. Will she realize she doesn’t have to do everything on her own and that God is in control?
“Seeds of Love” by Tricia Goyer
Sadie Chupp finds her greatest joy in the greenhouses in her Montana community. A company is interested in buying her heirloom seeds, but they are the only thing she has left from her deceased parents. Eli Plank is a traveling bachelor who believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and let the seeds of a new relationship take root?
“Rooted in Love” by Beth Wiseman
Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family’s household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn’t know is that she has good reason—something no one can know—especially not him.
Four of my favorite authors in one book? Yes, please! Each author has their own style of writing within this set of four novellas and while each are unique the novellas flow into one another to create four wonderful stories with different characters in each one. Sometimes when I read books like this I tend to get lost between one book and the other but maybe since I’m used to each author’s own style of writing that wasn’t the case and I was able to separate each novella from the one before or after it. The common thread in this set of novellas is gardening – either those that are blessed gardeners, those that aren’t or those that are learning – each story centers around the garden as it’s main theme and even if you’re not a gardener this book is a delight to read.
As the title says all are Amish non-fiction and so with Amish fiction one sort of expects a typical theme but as each of the ladies who wrote it, these weren’t your typical same ‘ol, same ‘ol Amish fiction and for that I was happy. They each have a touch of an endearing romance and more than once I found myself wanting to yell at the female characters to give up their stubbornness and just go out with the bachelor who is pursuing them. I really enjoyed Tricia Goyer’s novella as we travel back to the Montana community where some of her other novels are set and it was neat to visit again in this short way. If you desire a short read then this book will go fast – especially the last one, Where Healing Blooms, which touches on the subject of spousal abuse.
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