Title: An Amish Cradle
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Genre: Christian Fiction, Amish
In His Father’s Arms by Beth Wiseman
Ruth Anne has been dreaming about motherhood her entire life. Now she is doubly excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan.
A Son for Always by Amy Clipston
Carolyn and Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child together. Carolyn was just a teenager when she had her son, Benjamin, and she still feels solely responsible to secure his future. As Joshua watches Carolyn struggle to accept his support, he knows he has to find some way to convince her that she–and Ben–will always be taken care of.
A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller
Ellie’s mother hasn’t stopped meddling in her personal life since Ellie lost her sight–and she’s taken it up a notch now that Ellie’s pregnant. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in to care for them. But when her mother’s behavior becomes unbearable, Ellie is forced to take a stand . . . and finally find out why Mamm can’t let go.
An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman
At 42, Etta discovers she’s pregnant again. After a frightening labor, Etta births a baby girl. That joyful moment is followed by months of worry. Will their estranged son, David, return home? Can Mose save the farm or will they be forced to move? Etta must hold tightly to the promise that God will watch over each of her children–and that He does have a plan for their future.
I came across An Amish Cradle when I was scrolling through my library app for a new audiobook. I wanted something short, sweet, and easy to listen to – I didn’t want to have to keep backing up because I’d missed a single sentence or zoned out for 30 seconds.
An Amish Cradle was the perfect pick. This book is actually a set of four novellas by top Amish fiction authors. Obviously, each one tackles the issues that come along with having a child (either pre- or post-delivery) and the road that the parents have to walk to prepare themselves for the new addition.
As much as I love a fleshed out story, I’m also a big fan of the novella format. I’ve been wanting to expand into Amish fiction because I have quite a few on my shelf already and this was a great way to peak my interest. All four stories were well-written and entertaining but the first – In His Father’s Arms – was my favorite of the collection. Children with down syndrome and other disabilities present at birth aren’t often discussed in fiction, let alone Amish fiction. It was interesting to see how the mother and the father each processed the unexpected news differently, especially given that they were SUPER young. Of the four, In His Father’s Arms is the only one I thought jeez, I wish that was a full length novel.
The other three were a little slower to me but not slow enough that I didn’t stay interested and tuned in. I was thrilled to see that there are quite a few more collections like this and I’m already listening to the next one!