Title: An Amish Kitchen
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publication Date: December 17, 2012
Genre: Amish, Christian Fiction
The Amish Kitchen is the Heart of the Home – and the Ideal Setting for Stories of Love and Hope.
Fall in Paradise, Pennsylvania, always brings a brisk change in the weather. This season also ushers in unexpected visitors, new love, and renewed hope for three women.
Fern has a green thumb for growing healing herbs, but longs for love to bloom in her life. Then the next-door neighbor’s oldest son, Abram, comes running into Fern’s kitchen seeking help for his little sister. The crisis soon leads to a promise of romance–until mistrust threatens to end the growing attraction.
Nearby, Hannah runs her parents’ bed and breakfast, Paradise Inn–but her life feels nothing like Paradise. She longs for a man of integrity to enter her life, but never expected him to knock on the front door looking for a room. Will she be able trust Stephen with her future once she discovers his mysterious past?
When a storm blows a tree onto Eve’s farmhouse, she has little choice but to temporarily move her family into her parents’ home. Outside of cooking together in the kitchen, Eve and her mother can’t agree on anything. But this may be just the recipe for hope in healing old wounds.
“Three Amish stories–each celebrating love, family, and faith–all taking place in a tight-knit community where the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.”
I’ve been on a roll with Amish short story collections lately. I really love the ones that Beth Wiseman puts together because they all focus around a central theme which is gently incorporated into all of the stories. This one is obviously all about the kitchen being the heart of the home, so the kitchen is where the main characters connect and come together.
As with both of the other collections I’ve read, Beth Wiseman’s story (the last in the book) was by far my favorite of the three. Two big things set it apart: it was mainly about the relationship between a grown, married woman and her mother, and the romance included in the backdrop isn’t between two self-sure adults, it’s the first romantic experiences of the main character’s 16 year-old sons. I’ve been on a bit of a bender with these collections, so it was super refreshing to get a story about a mother and daughter repairing their relationship through shared time in the kitchen instead of a more traditional love story.
Out of all the stories I’ve read in these collections, Abram, the male MC in the first story, was by far my least favorite. He was surly and rude, and his feelings for Fern go from contempt to love for seemingly no reason at all. I liked Fern well enough, but something about Abram just rubbed me the wrong way, I guess. The plot was still fun and creative, though, and I did enjoy their relationship eventually. The second story was sweet and, in some ways, touched on the relationship between mother and daughter too, although the ending left me wanting a bit more closure. I guess that’s one of the hazards of a short story!