The concept of “home,” whether it be a place or a person, features prominently in this Amish romance anthology. Wiseman (Love Bears All Things) leads off the collection with the powerful “A Cup Half Full,” the story of Sarah and Abram, a young Amish couple who must reconstruct their ideas of both a physical and metaphorical home after a buggy accident leaves Sarah without the use of her legs. In “Home Sweet Home,” Clipston (The Courtship Basket) follows a young Englisch couple, Chace and Mia, who are given a new place to live by Chace’s Amish boss, Isaac, after they and their infant daughter are evicted from their apartment. TIn “A Flicker of Hope,” Reid (A Dream of Miracles) introduces Thomas and Noreen, an Amish couple who must find a way to recover after a fire destroys their home and their 15-year marriage. Finally, Fuller (A Love Made New) explores how Faith’s nontraditional hobby of woodworking brings her to a deeper understanding of herself and those she loves—including her former fiancé—in “Building Faith.” Each story is crafted with an eye toward evoking warmth in readers. Of particular note is Fuller’s story which not only beautifully addresses the theme, but also breaks away from the traditional Amish stereotypes for a deeper look into community. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 03/06/2017 Release date: 02/01/2017 Genre: Fiction
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