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An Amish Summer: Four Novellas (edition 2017)

by Shelley Shepard Gray (Author)

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Title:An Amish Summer: Four Novellas
Authors:Shelley Shepard Gray (Author)
Info:Thomas Nelson (2017), 400 pages
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An Amish Summer: Four Novellas by Shelley Shepard Gray

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These stories are sweet and romantic, but also deal with some important issues the characters face as they deal with relationships and adulthood. Growing up is hard for anyone, but these stories focus on misunderstandings, trust, self-esteem, and responsibility, and how the characters manage to work through their issues to result in the happy endings we have all come to know and love from these fine authors.

These stories are the perfect length for a break from reality that doesn't leave you hanging. They are encouraging and faith-filled, guaranteed to uplift and hearten. ( )
  cecilywolfe | Jan 4, 2018 |
Title: An Amish Summer
Author: Shelley Shephard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelley Irvin
Pages: 400
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
An Amish Summer is a collection of four novellas written by some of my favorite authors. Each story is its own individual story. The titles of the novellas are A Reunion in Pinecraft, Summer Storms, Lakeside Love, and One Sweet Kiss.
The reunion is where four Amish young people go to Pinecraft on vacation after originally meeting at a wedding six months prior in Pinecraft. The neat twist in the story is that Sherry and Graham’s idea of a reunion might come with a huge surprise for the whole group! The second tale is about Arianna’s courting with Jesse, but her brother Tobias’ action may just cost her the future for which she has been preparing. In the third story, two sisters, Esther and Sarah, are in turmoil with each other over a young man who has been working for their father. In the last novella, Jacob and Martha have been best friends for ages, but because of Jacob’s recent choices their future happiness may now be no longer!
I enjoyed each novella by the authors. There are a couple of the stories I could understand the characters better having read the novels. The last novella written by Kelly Irvin was unfamiliar to me so it took me a little bit to get into what was occurring in the book. I love collections of novellas as they allow me time to read a story and then put the book down when having to attend to life. Then, I can easily pick up the book right where I left off and enjoy the next story. The four novellas are a great read while on vacation or at the beach! May you have fun reading them as much as I and share them with someone who loves to read!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ( )
  lcjohnson1988 | Jun 20, 2017 |
Sunday, June 18, 2017
An Amish Summer: Four Novellas by Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin, © 2017

These four stories are so fun! You will want to get a copy to read and you may discover new authors; definitely a new thread of adventure!

In the first story, what would you suggest to a young man who met two sisters at a gathering, but while addressing the name on the envelope and in the salutation ... he was envisioning the one he thought was receiving his letters, and instead was "pouring out his heart" to the other sister? Oh, my. Setting up a time and place to meet in person will be a surprise to reckon with!
Shelley Shepard Gray's ~ A Reunion in Pinecraft

Amy Clipston follows with her story, Summer Storms. How can the actions of one have such far reaching tentacles that close off and smother the plans held dear by others? You may discover that there might be a reason seen that hampers and smolders an undercurrent. Integrity opens the way to understanding, as Jesse Zook seeks to help his friend Tobias's family on their farm during his absence. Our actions do affect those around us ~ for good to reach hearts!

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller reveals one sister feeling she has lived in the shadow of her younger sister. Could her suspicion and hurt hide a personality wanting to come alive? To have a shadow there must be a light! The sisters find surprising outlooks when they finally speak their hearts to each other. I liked how their family was inclusive of others.

Welcome back to Bee County, Texas. Reading Kelly Irvin's previous series, you will want to catch up on the happenings in this small community. Who will be most surprised by One Sweet Kiss?

You are known by the company you keep. How far can you go to be believed? As Jacob King endeavors to help his friend, will his assistance continue to be misunderstood?

There is a glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch words in the front and Discussion Questions after each novella. Fun to read alone or sharing with your book club. I liked all of these stories and would be difficult to pick just one as a favorite! The theme is near with discovery of each other in a new way. Communication is key to the development of the stories. Words left to the imagination fester when not revealed and exposed to truth. These authors have strongly portrayed love in its greatest form ~ another before yourself will harvest rich J*O*Ys. For the seeker and the sought, love blossoms when a friend takes the risk to be truthful rather than sparing feelings that are only a cover up emotion. Blessings in disguise bring happiness to all when following in the Lord's path. Titles of other novels and novellas by the authors are listed so you can continue on reading their stories you are sure to enjoy.

***Thank you authors and to BookLook Bloggers for supplying a copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** ( )
  lanehillhouse | Jun 19, 2017 |
An Amish Summer is a collection of four novellas by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin and Shelley Shepard Gray. A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray takes readers to Pinecraft, Florida where Graham Holland and Sherry Kramer have agreed to meet. The two have been corresponding for six months after meeting at a wedding in Shipshewana. Sherry is joined by her sister, Sharon and their friends, Vera and Carla. Upon arrival Graham realizes he has made a mistake. Graham has been writing to the wrong sister. He met both sisters at the wedding very briefly, but one made a bigger impression (he just got their names mixed up). How does Graham tell Sherry about his error? He decides to keep it a secret for the time being (not a good idea). During the vacation, Graham spends time with both sisters, and he ends up more confused. When Graham finally figures out his feelings, Sherry discovers his secret (about the mix-up). How will this story end?

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston is set in Maryland at Cascade Lake. Arianna Smucker is looking forward to her wedding to Jesse Zook in November. But then Jesse tries to help Tobias, his best friend and Arianna’s brother. Jesse and Tobias have a buggy accident that lands Jesse in trouble with Marvin Smucker, Arianna’s father. He calls of Jesse and Arianna’s engagement. Can Jesse repair the damage and get back in Marvin and Arianna’s good graces? Will there be a wedding for this couple in November?

Kathleen Fuller contributed Lakeside Love. Esther Coblentz lives on Coblentz Farm with her parents, brother and sister. Esther has liked Judah King for years, but Judah only has eyes for her pretty sister, Sarah. Rhett Davidson, an Englischer and college student, is staying with the family for a month. Esther makes friends with Rhett as she introduces him to Amish life. Judah starts to notice Esther in a different light and it confuses him. Is there a chance for Esther and Judah?

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin takes readers back to Bee County, Texas. Martha Byler is attracted to Jacob King, but he has yet to put his rumspringa behind him. One night Jacob is taking Martha home when they are stopped by a very drunk Dwayne. Dwayne wishes to go alligator hunting in the dark and out of season. Jacob cannot leave Dwayne to his own devices and assists him much to Martha’s dismay. Martha helped raise her younger siblings for the last ten years, and she wants a responsible person for her partner. Over the summer, Martha spends more time with Jacob and starts noticing a change within him. There just might be a future for Jacob and Martha.

An Amish Summer contains four well-written and engaging stories. I liked the characters and the different settings. All the stories have the familiar theme of love and enjoying the summer months. Each story has a different moral or life lesson which include forgiveness, faith, power of prayer, trust, commitment, confidence in yourself, and responsibility. I thought each novella was just the right length. I found the stories to be uplifting, and I was left with a good feeling when I finished this book. I give An Amish Summer 5 out of 5 stars. My favorite story was A Reunion in Pinecraft. It had a lighter feeling to it and it was nice to revisit the Orange Blossom Inn in Pinecraft (The Pinecraft Brides series). One Sweet Kiss had a slower pace than the other novellas, but it was nice to catch up with characters from The Amish of Bee County series. The stories can be purchased separately or in one volume. An Amish Summer contains charming, tender stories that will appeal to your romantic side. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Jun 6, 2017 |
A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray
This short story brings to mind a mistake, which it was, and what to do about it. The letters from the individual you fell in love with does not match the person you thought they were from. What a great concept, and all through the read you wonder who will end up with whom or will anyone?
Loved being back in Pinecraft Florida and our favorite Inn, and how I’ve missed being here. I loved that we are brought back and updated on life here.

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston
I could see both parties of this couple making mistakes that are about to come back to haunt them. Arianna has loved Jesse almost her whole life, and now they are not even allowed to be together.
Quick judgment on the part of all, and a relationship is thrown away, fictional yes, but the author has shown us that this can really happen.
Will this couple be able to over come all that has happened to them, or will they each have to travel down a different road?

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller
Esther seems to think of herself as the ugly duckling in the family, her sister Sarah seems to be the star and makes men’s heads turn, and she is the reserved quiet sister, always taking the back seat.
I loved how the author has presented a blooming flower in the name of Esther, she wears her heart on her shoulder, but the one she wears it for doesn’t seem to be able to see beyond Sarah.
Will the two you feel should be together overcome all and end up as one, or will the new comer in the form of an Englisher end up with one of these sisters. I loved this story.
One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin
We are back with our friends in Bee Country, and the author has made these families feel so real, they could be living next door.
Jacob and Martha are meant to be together, but insecurities it seems are keeping them apart. I loved the heart of Jacob, he is a man who seems to live his faith, but Martha sees it differently.
Will these two be able to find happiness, or will others succeed in tearing them apart?
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | Jun 6, 2017 |
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A reunion in Pincecraft: When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham's arrival, however, he realizes he's been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful? Summer storms: Ariana is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna's brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse's best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna's father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair. Lakeside love: Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known-and loved-her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change. One sweet kiss: Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and share one sweet kiss.… (more)

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