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"An Amish Picnic" Book Review

Updated: Mar 16

About the Book

Book:  An Amish Picnic

Author: Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman

Genre: Amish; Christian Romance

Release Date: March 3, 2020

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four sweet stories

about picnics and romance.

Baskets of Sunshine by Amy Clipston

Kevin Weaver has lived with his brother’s family since his parents passed away when he was young, but he craves a home and family to call his own. Freeman Kurtz owns a successful brick mason business, and Kevin takes the job as Freeman’s apprentice to pursue his own financial freedom.Phoebe Kurtz is helping her sister with her booth at the marketplace when she notices Kevin, her father’s employee. Their friendship grows, but Kevin is convinced that the difference in their ages makes a relationship between them impossible. Amidst summer outings, Kevin and Phoebe must decide if taking a chance on love is worth the risk.

Candlelight Sweethearts by Kelly Irvin

Esther Marie Shrock loves her job at Valley Grocery Store where she’s worked for four years. Despite a stutter that has plagued her since childhood, she thrives filling orders from a steady stream of customers. Still, at 25, she and her family wonder if romance is in her future. Jasper Cotter isn’t good with people, but he’s found himself obligated to take over day-to-day operations of the family owned grocery store—a store he doesn’t have the first clue how to run. Thrown together, Esther Marie and Jasper don’t exactly see eye to eye. One night, the store loses power, and the candles aren’t the only things shooting off sparks. Esther Marie and Jasper are suddenly forced to discover common ground when it matters most, and they might be surprised with love along the way.

Reeling in Love by Kathleen Fuller

Nina Stoll and Ira Yoder are just friends. Just friends and fishing buddies. Every Saturday afternoon, they have a picnic at their favorite fishing hole and see who can out fish the other. Until Nina starts to wonder if there’s more.Her plans to share her feelings go awry, and circumstances seem destined to keep Nina and Ira apart. With both Nina and Ira confused and hurting, it’s going to take courage, some help from the community matchmakers, and a little bit of divine intervention for Nina and Ira to realize they’re each other’s perfect catch.

Picnics and Prospects by Vannetta Chapman

Faith Troyer is claustrophobic, and David Lapp builds tiny houses. They went on a date years ago with disastrous results. Now that they’re in their late twenties, their families and friends are beginning to wonder if either will ever find that special someone. When a picnic outing is diverted by the discovery of a package of letters dating back to the 1970s, they take it upon themselves to find answers to a mystery that causes them to rethink their past and consider their future.

Review by Lisa Renee, Women's Fiction Author

If you like sweet and clean, short romances, then you'll love these Amish novellas.

I haven't read an Amish book for a while, so reading these is similar to going back in time to another culture with good old-fashion morals and courting. Baskets of Sunshine, the first story, focuses on a young woman, Phoebe who becomes confused with the mixed messages from Kevin regarding his desire to become more than friends. As the reader sees Kevin's point of view in every second chapter, the struggle within him unfolds until he eventually works out his own feelings and communicates his intentions.

The second novella, Candlelight Sweethearts has additional themes than romance, showing the life challenges of the main character, Esther who has to endure prejudice with her major stutter. I like how this isn't a typical story of an attractive woman with several romance opportunities. This makes the relationship that forms between her and Jasper so precious and serves as a feel-good story.

Reeling in Love is a fun "friends to more" story. Again, the main characters aren't physically perfect, but they are attracted to each other. Nina is a little on the chubby side and Ira has a receding hair line and wears thick framed glasses. I love that! The writing is smooth and holds my interest.

Picnics and Prospects has a great premise. Faith and David are in their mid-twenties and still unmarried. The Amish community hold outings to encourage earlier courtship. Why haven't they found someone yet? Now, they have become the chaperones for the younger ones, which brings Faith and David together more often. You should enjoy this story too. Author, Vannetta Chapman writes engaging fiction.

All authors have done a fantastic job in using the right language terms, creating a realistic Amish setting.

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