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An Amish Garden
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Gardens are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal."Where Healing Blooms" by Vannetta ChapmanWhen Widow Emma Hochstetter discovers a run-away teenager in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a local woman and her two children she finds her quiet life ... Read More

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Gardens are a place to rest, to draw near, and to heal.

"Where Healing Blooms" by Vannetta Chapman

When Widow Emma Hochstetter discovers a run-away teenager in her barn, and the bishop asks her to provide a haven for a local woman and her two children she finds her quiet life has been interrupted. Then, her mother-in-law, Mary Ann, reveals one of her garden's hidden secrets, something very unexpected. Will she continue alone or will she accept the gifts God has given her?

"Flowers for Rachael" by Kathleen Fuller

Rachael Bontrager's flower garden is beautiful, but at twenty-four, she's lonely. Gideon Beiler fell in love with Rachael almost at first sight. After her grandfather has a stroke, her days are filled with caring for him, and one day Rachael finds her garden in shambles. However, she won't accept Gideon's offers of help. Will she realize she doesn't have to do everything on her own and that God is in control?

"Seeds of Love" by Tricia Goyer

Sadie Chupp finds her greatest joy in the greenhouses in her Montana community. A company is interested in buying her heirloom seeds, but they are the only thing she has left from her deceased parents. Eli Plank is a traveling bachelor who believes he can help Sadie, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Will she trust him again, and let the seeds of a new relationship take root?

"Rooted in Love" by Beth Wiseman

Rosemary Lantz is doing her best to run her family's household. She excels at all her tasks except one: gardening. Saul Petersheim has pursued Rosemary for years, but Rosemary keeps turning him down. What Saul doesn't know is that she has good reason--something no one can know--especially not him.

." . . "An Amish Garden"] is a perfect selection of stories that will lift your heart, inspire your faith, and encourage your green thumb." --"CBA Retailers + Resources"

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 18, 2014
  • UPC: 9781401689797
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 409
  • Publish Date: Mar 18, 2014
  • Language: English
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  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 1401689795

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4 authors, 4 stories of garden and 4 lessons by Jane on 6/17/14
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Written by four authors - four stories. I love and have read all four authors and reviewed books for all of them.
All stories involve gardens. Each has a different message. In Rooted in Love, I felt love was endured until it was time for God's plan. In Flowers for Rachel, Rachel had a hard time accepting help. Gideon had a hard time expressing himself as a lot of men do around women. In Seeds of Love, it is about giving to others even if different from you and the giving will return to you. In When Healing Blooms, there is lots of healing to be done. Grief, women and kids needing a safe place, runaway boy, and a ministry started.
Each book could have a special review but I'm trying to cover all. You can read one story. Take a break. Read another.

An Amish Garden by Nancee on 4/20/14
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Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman
Beth Wiseman has written a poignant Amish story of love and loss based on a conversation the main character overheard. Two people's lives are fraught with dismay that honesty, openness and trust would have assuaged. The author paints a realistic portrait of Amish life, creating characters with emotion and sensitivity. I enjoyed this short story of relationships and the developments that resulted despite a misunderstanding.

Flowers for Rachel by Kathleen Fuller
Kathleen Fuller has depicted Rachel and Gideon's friendship in a very tender and expressive perspective. The Amish lifestyle is well described, and Rachel's relationship with her "grossdaadi" is amusing and entertaining. The author used very touching quotations at the headings of each chapter, appropriate to the content and very thought provoking. I enjoyed that addition to the story. The development of Rachel and Gideon's relationship was very charming and endearing.

Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer
Considerable loss and loneliness are pivotal factors in the life of Tricia Goyer's protagonist. Life-changing events set the mood for this expressive narrative. Heirloom tomato seeds are all that remain from Sadie's past, and a misunderstanding affects her attitude toward immediate family members. The young man depicted in this story is presented with compassion and a depth of character. The events throughout this novella are heartrending and poignant, and misconceptions are emotive.

Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman
Spring has arrived in Shipshewana, and Mary Ann's garden is once again her haven. Her daughter-in-law, Emma, joins her in weeding and tending to the garden, more expansive and prolific with each passing year. The garden haven holds secrets that no one could suspect. Vannetta Chapman weaves a story with depth and perception that places her in a category all her own. Her characters are strong and the setting picturesque. There's no guessing the ensuing events in this well-written novella. Much diversity is revealed in this extraordinary short story and I craved more, but the author wrapped up all loose ends bringing closure to this impressive novella.

Faith, hope and love are strong elements in each of these novellas, and God's timing is always perfect, making for four well-written and very enjoyable novellas in this compilation. I highly recommend this collection of Amish garden stories, each containing very enjoyable story lines in their own right.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

An Amish Garden by tickmenot on 4/11/14
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This is a collection of four different Amish stories that have the common theme of gardening. As the reader is led down the garden path in this book, one will discover that each tale is unique. The stories are: “Rooted in Love” by Beth Wiseman, “Flowers for Rachael” by Kathleen Fuller, “Seeds of Love” by Tricia Goyer and “Where Healing Blooms” by Vannetta Chapman.

The story of Rosemary and Saul is of love at cross-purposes. The two had courted as teenagers, and seemed to be in love. Then one day, out-of-the blue, Rosemary said the relationship was over. Saul had given his heart to her, and no one else has ever been right for him. Saul stills pursues her to no avail. The big question is, why did Rosemary call it off? Years pass, and she still won’t tell him. Even if Rosemary never goes out with him again, Saul needs the answer for his own peace of mind. Will he ever get it?

Hard working Rachael has left her home to nurse her grandfather back to health. She also spends a good deal of her time gardening to supply them with food to eat, as well as, items to sell to supplement their meager income. She doesn’t spend any time on social activities. Despite that, Rachael has suddenly started receiving things from a mysterious person. Gideon admires Rachael from afar. The one and only time he attempted to ask a girl out, she laughed at him. That was years ago, and he has never tried again. Can shy Gideon get the courage to tell Rachael how he feels about her? What will her answer be if he does?

Heirloom tomato seeds are all that Sadie has left as a heritage after the death of her beloved mother and father. The seeds have been carefully saved after each harvest by her mother, and the generations before her. Now it was up to Sadie to plant them, and keep the tradition going. After moving across country, she attempts to grow them in soil and a climate she is not used to. Despite her unfamiliarity with the area, she throws caution to the wind and plants every single seed–saving none of them. Eli offers his extensive garden knowledge to help her. He is hoping working together will lessen Sadie’s grief, and bring the two of them closer. But will she reject him when Sadie finds out the truth about Eli’s heritage? Was Sadie mistaken to plant all of the seeds without holding some back as a “safety net?”

Emma is a 50-year-old widow, who is taking care of her elderly, widowed mother-in-law, Mary Ann. Emma feels empty with her children grown and her husband gone. She is also overwhelmed by the enormous work involved in caring for the huge garden Mary Ann insists they keep. Then Emma discovers a runaway teenage boy has been sleeping in her barn, Mary Ann gets hurt in the garden and a new love might be sprouting in Emma’s life. Will the garden be a place for both plants and people to be nurtured? Will Emma’s love and loneliness for her deceased husband hold her back from growing in new ways?

I thought all of these tales were very entertaining, and each one included faith in God. It was enjoyable to have a different “voice” in each work. This book has four stand-alone Amish stories and they all have a garden theme, but that is where the similarities stop. The authors have all gone their own direction with each one.

The first story has a bit of a mystery concerning why Rosemary ended the relationship despite still loving Saul and vice versa. The tale of Rachel and Gideon involves is a tender and sweet love story. Eli’s other job as a traveling writer added an unexpected twist and a lot of interest to “Seeds of Love,” along with some humor.

I liked that the last story featured senior citizens as the main characters. That is a different age group than fiction normally centers on, and it added a refreshing addition to that tale. It also dealt with issues one rarely hears about occurring in Amish communities. Although this is fiction, it shows that the Amish, like everyone else, must deal with living in a fallen world–and the unhappy situations that can sometimes result. However, the solution this story gives has a distinctive Amish flavor.

This collection of stories involving gardens can be enjoyed anytime of the year, however, it is especially apropos to read it now, in the spring-time, when gardens are beginning to grow. I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Thomas Nelson Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

Delightful! by Judy on 4/6/14
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An Amish Garden is a collection of four novellas written by four outstanding authors.

Rooted in Love by Beth Wiseman:

This is a story about loss and love. I enjoyed the characters in this book because they were so realistic. Rosemary is a very lovable person but I wanted to tell her to open your eyes! Open your heart!

God’s timing is always perfect as you will see in this story.

Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller:

When a family member becomes ill the natural thing is to take care of a loved one the best way you know how. Rachael does just that in this story.

Also, a lesson well learned is, it is o.k. to let someone help you when disaster strikes. Will Rachael’s stubbornness ruin her chances for friendship and love?

Seeds of love by Tricia Goyer:

Sadie saddened by her parents death and her sibling’s treating her like a child moves to Montana to get away from it all. Was the move the right decision?

Grief, starting over, and not having the trust of others weighs heavily on Sadie’s shoulders. So, is there room in her heart for love?

Where Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman:

I fell in love with Emma and this storyline. Healing, don’t we all need some kind of healing in our lives? Love and acceptance, aren’t these pretty important to us too? As the story unfolds and God’s will for Emma’s life is made known, the reader can feel the beginning of the healing process.

I enjoyed living with Emma and Mary Ann. Well, I didn’t actually live there physically but I did mentally. I could feel everything they felt. I loved these characters. I didn’t want this story to end. It was that good!

I hope those who read this review will pick up a copy of An Amish Garden. You will be Blessed and perhaps your healing process will begin too.


Wonderfully inspiring collection of Amish stories by Carole on 3/22/14
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An Amish Garden is a collection of stories from four talented and popular authors: Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller, and Tricia Goyer. Uplifting and encouraging, these stories emphasize aspects of faith and simple living.

I started reading this book in the middle of an extremely busy time in my life, and found it so relaxing and enjoyable, peaceful and inspiring. Each story is well written, with characters and plot that left me wanting more. This is one of the best collections I've read in a long time.

Vannetta writes: "Gardens are a place of comfort for many of us. For Amish families, they are also a source of nourishment, a family gathering place, and sometimes a place where healing can be found." And she is exactly right, because when I reflect on the word garden, this is what comes to mind: beauty, sustenance, new life, God's provision, sanctuary.

Let me first confess that I am not a gardener in any sense of the word, yet I love to gaze on the beauty of a simple daffodil that my husband picked for me. And vegetable gardens remind me of the years when my Dad came home from a long day's work and delayed his supper until he had spent several hours tilling and planting our family garden. Or working beside my mother and grandmother in the canning/freezing process. So while An Amish Garden entertained and inspired, it also brought back treasured memories with loved ones I look forward to seeing in heaven someday.

Rooted in Love Beth Wiseman - I was drawn to Saul and Rosemary, loved the chemistry between them. Many readers will identify with Rosemary's spiritual growth as she comes to realize that she can't have it all, but that's okay. Contentment only comes from a close relationship with God and finding that what He provides is more fulfilling than anything we could desire.

Flowers for Rachael Kathleen Fuller - This sweet story has a delightful twist toward the end. I also loved the way Kathleen began each chapter with a quote. This one by Martin Luther was a favorite: "God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars."

Seeds of Love Tricia Goyer - An enchanting bachelor scribe character, heirloom tomato seeds passed down through generations, Amish proverbs - there's so much to learn and enjoy in Tricia's story! How true this proverb is: "A garden is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow." This story also has a surprising twist at the end, and a lesson that we often find difficult to accept in Sadie's words: "What I tried to hold on to, I lost. What was given up - shared - is the only thing that was saved."

Where Healing Blooms Vannetta Chapman - I can't put my finger on how she does it, but Vannetta has a unique way of writing that makes me care about the characters on the page and feel their emotions. And she injects a subtle humor that kept me smiling as I turned each page.

I love it when an author uses an older couple as leading characters, and I don't see how anyone can help but be drawn to Emma and Danny. The relationship between Emma and her mom, Mary Ann, is touching, almost hitting a little close to home for me at times - but in a good way.

Of all the things that spoke to me in this story, I think it's the idea that no matter our age, God isn't through with us. If we can just be completely open, we might be shocked at how God blesses and uses our surrendered lives!

An Amish Garden is a thoroughly enjoyable read, one that I highly recommend.

Thank you to Vannetta Chapman and Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Visiting Four Amish Communities by Maureen on 3/19/14
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Four of my favorite authors have gotten together to write a book of four individual stories. Each story has a different setting, in Amish Communities. One theme is prevalent in each of the stories, and that is gardening.
I read my book on my kindle and each story was just about 25%, so you could read a little while and actually have time to finish and know the ending quickly. Of course, having read most all the books by these authors, I am familiar with the communities they reside in. Loved being back in each of the places I have loved reading about previously.
First novella is by Beth Wiseman, Rooted In Love, and a garden plays a big part in this love story. We also find that we should not be listening to conversations that we have no part in! The second story by Kathleen Fuller, Flowers for Rachael, we meet a young but very independent Amish woman, learns a big lesson. This one is so very sweet, but not everything is the idea of the person doing the deed. Oh my, I love these! Then we have Tricia Goyer, Seeds of Love. We are back in beautiful Montana with the bachelors, and this time we have one who travels around writing for the Amish paper The Budget. In this rather cold climate, where we have Rachael and her mother’s heirloom tomato seeds, while trying to accept the tragic death of her parents. The last, but equally good, is Vanetta Chapman’s , Where Healing Blooms. Here we have a few generations of strong Amish woman, and a neighbor Amish man who has spent his life traveling among communities. I adored the interaction and the caring these people showed for each other. Some good lessons here of respecting your elders, and showing compassion to others. This story can bring you to tears, so have some tissues handy.
I really recommend this book as a great read, and a wonderful way to read and a great way to travel around to different Amish communities.

I received this book from the Publisher Thomas Nelson through Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.

An Amish Garden by Elizabeth on 3/18/14
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An Amish Garden
By: Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, and Vannetta Chapman

We have four Amish Novellas from four great authors. Each can be read alone . I think these authors have done some excellent writing on these novellas . You will read about love , hope, and trusting God through these novellas.

Rooted in Love
By: Beth Wiseman
After Rosemary Lentz mother died she takes over running the household for her father and siblings. She is good at everything except gardening . Rosemary was sixteen when she walked away from Saul , the man she loved and thought she would marry. Five years later Saul still has feeling for Rosemary and has no idea why she stopped seeing him. What did Rosemary learn that caused her to stop seeing the man she loved? You will love this story and I felt so sorry for Saul.

Flowers For Rachael
By: Kathleen Fuller
Rachael Bontrager moved to Middlefield to take care of her grandfather after he had a stroke. Now Rachael has a beautiful flower garden, but she is lonely. Gideon Beiler is Rachael's neighbor and once he see's Rachael he falls in love with her. He cannot tell Rachael his feelings. Do you like matching ? Well you will read about some in Flowers for Rachael. I loved this story and it is romantic with the matchmaking that goes on.
Seeds of Love

By: Tricia Goyer
Sadie Camp has inherited her mom's heirloom seeds. She has a beautiful garden until something happened to it one night. Eli Plank has become her friend, but can she trust this traveling bachelor again with her heirloom seeds? Eli tells her he can help her. Will she listen to him and trust him with her heirloom and her life? This was a wonderful story to read and I loved it .

Where Healing Blooms
By: Vannetta Chapman
Both Emma and her mother-in-law Mary Ann have lost their husbands. They share a home together in Shipshewana.
They have a beautiful garden that they spend lots of time in. One day Emma finds a runaway teen in her barn. The Bishop
ask Emma to take in a woman and her children. Now her mother-in -law Mary Ann has a secret about her garden that she has been keeping to herself for years. The two of them was contented with their lives , but now everything has changed. Will Emma ever find her place where healing blooms?

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and the author for my honest review.

An Amish Garden 4-in-1 book by Tina on 3/13/14
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An Amish Garden by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer and Vannetta Chapman*****

This is an Amish novella, four-in-one book: Rooted in Love, Flowers for Rachael, Seeds of Love and Where Healing Blooms. A garden theme is sewn throughout each story. Hope, healing, challenges and trusting in God are woven throughout the stories.

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Rooted for Love by Beth Wiseman:
Rosemary Lantz had dated Saul Petersheim when she was 16 but broke off their courtship without giving him the real reason why. Now five years later she finds that Saul is still interested in her and she is not sure what to do about it. Her heart longs for him but the secret she carries keeps her from following her heart. Anyway she has much to do caring for her dad and siblings since her mother's death years ago. And then there is the vegetable garden that she just can't seem to master. Their neighbor, Katherine, comes over each week with produce from her vegetable garden to share with them. However, Rosemary wonders what the real reason is for her frequent visits.
Saul doesn't plan to give up on Rosemary, she is the only one for him. It seems her father, Wayne, is agreeable to the match. But how to get Rosemary to talk to him and work things out? What secret does Rosemary keep?
Secrets are revealed, misjudgments, eavesdropping can lead to wrong conclusions and heartache; but healing, forgiveness, faith and trust is possible. Lovely story.

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Flowers for Rachael by Kathleen Fuller:
A year ago Rachael Bontrager moved from Indiana to Middlefield to care for her grandfather after his stroke. Each day she works lovingly in her flower garden producing a beautiful garden.
Gideon Beiler is a neighbor who is very much interested in Rachael from the first day he met her. He wants to court her but is not sure how to go about asking her. What if she says no to his courtship? His sister, Hannah decides to help him in his pursuit of Rachael, but things don't go well.
A little matchmaking, secret admirer, faith and love all produce a beautiful story.

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Seeds of Love by Tricia Goyer:
Eli Plank is a bachelor scribe for the Budget, an Amish paper. He travels around the Amish community and writes articles for the paper. He comes to West Kootena, Montana for his next stop and meets Sadie Chupp. He finds her interesting and may plan on staying awhile in Montana.
Sadie has only been in Montana for five months. She has heirloom tomato seeds from her mother that have been passed down for generations and needs to learn the weather and soil conditions in her new home before planting them. She starts them out in a neighbors greenhouse in preparation for planting.
As in life, the characters must work through misunderstandings, challenges, trust, love and faith. A beautiful story.

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When Healing Blooms by Vannetta Chapman:
Emma Hochestter and her mother-in-law, Mary Ann share a home in Shipshewana, Indiana.
Both of their husbands have died, but Emma's grown children live close by. They spend a lot of time in the large garden, a place of healing in many ways for the two women.
One day Emma notices a young teenage Amish boy running from behind her barn. She discovers he has been sleeping there. Where has he come from and what should she do about him?
The bishop asks Emma to take in a woman and her two children and provide a safe haven for them for a time. Mary Ann has a secret hidden in the garden and finally shares it with Emma. Emma is shocked at the discovery and ponders what to do. What does God have in store for these two women and their garden?
What a delightful story. I love the relationship between Emma and Mary Ann and the way the characters lives are impacted by each other. Even though this is a short story there is so much packed into it: hope, healing and learning to trust God in their lives is sewn throughout making this an enjoyable read. Would like to see a follow up story of the characters.

~~Received a copy of the book from Vannetta Chapman for my review~~

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