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Fans of Amish and Christian fiction will love these novellas December 15, 2013
The format of this book was new to me. There are three novellas from three authors, but they are intertwined as one story from 3 different points of view. I found that I really enjoyed the different authors 'speaking' for the three different characters that who's stories are told in each of the Novellas. I enjoyed being able to see the characters from their own perspective and then from the perspective of others. I recommend this book to fans of Amish fiction and/or Christian fiction.
The first novella is "Always in My Heart" by Mary Ellis and it tells the story of Hope Bowman and her struggles with her children.
The second novella is "Always His Provision" by Ruth Reid which tells the story of Hope's widowed friend Rosa who is struggling since the loss of her husband, both in her heart and financially.
The last novella is "Always Beautiful" by Beth Wiseman which tells the story of Becky, who babysits for Hope and is a friend to Rosa, but has her own struggles with her weight and her relationship with herself.
I enjoyed this format and think others may want to give it a try too. My only wish was that the book was longer!
Review by Melanie
“Always in My Heart” by Mary Ellis
Hope Bowman believes God is punishing her for giving up her firstborn son when she was a teenager. She’s hidden this past from her husband, who is thankful for their daughters but longs for a son. Hope prays desperately, but the son God sends isn’t a new pregnancy. It's the fifteen-year-old boy she gave away years ago.
“Always His Providence” by Ruth Reid
Widow Rosa Hostetler has one month to pay her delinquent taxes before the county auctions her farm. She’s prepared to sell whatever is necessary to pay the lien, but she isn’t willing to request money from the community's widow fund. She’s embarrassed and refuses to admit she needs help. Rosa depends on income from selling eggs, but when that income is threatened, only a miracle can help Rosa accept the kindness of a neighbor.
“Always Beautiful” by Beth Wiseman
Becky Byler is eighteen and obese. As she continues to grow, so does her despair. Having lost all hope, she considers taking her life, even though it goes against her beliefs. Standing before rushing water, unable to swim, Becky begs God for a miracle. Two months pass and Becky has miraculously lost over a hundred pounds. But does Becky like the person she has become? Could it be this weight loss isn’t at all the miracle she thinks it is?
|Publication Date||December 3, 2013|