About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

An Amish Barn Raising: Three Stories by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, & Kathleen Fuller

An Amish Barn Raising: Three StoriesABOUT THE BOOK

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come three sweet stories centered around Amish traditions and the possibility of romance. 

Building a Dream by Amy Clipston

Though they’ve known each other a long time, Kathryn and Anthony have finally decided to try becoming more than friends—but they are devastated when Kathryn’s father won’t allow them to date. He wants his daughter to m

arry a man with a more respectable job than building gazebos for Englishers. But when Kathryn’s father’s dairy barn burns down during a thunderstorm, Anthony is the one to arrange a barn raising. Will Kathryn’s father realize he has misjudged Anthony?

To Raise a Home by Kelly Irvin

A year after the wildfires, life has returned to normal for the West Kootenai Amish community. Evan Eicher, son of Deacon Tobias Eicher, has done his best to move on too. Helping his neighbors and friends rebuild has helped soothe a heart broken when Delilah Mast—the woman he loves but never had the courage to approach—moved with her family back to Kansas. At his father’s urging he courts Anna Burkholder, a sweet woman who adores him. But when Delilah moves back to teach school, Evan must wrestle with feelings he’s tried so hard to put in the past. And an accident at a barn raising will force Anna, Delilah, and Evan to face the truth about their hearts.

Love’s Solid Foundation by Kathleen Fuller

Devon Bontrager only returned to his old hometown to make good on a past misdeed. He hadn’t counted on reconnecting with Nettie Yoder, especially since she strung along his younger twin brothers some years ago. Nettie knows she’s made some mistakes in the past, but she’s determined to be an asset to her community from now on. But just as she’s making headway, her family’s barn burns to the ground. Why does it seem like God is punishing her family when she’s finally starting to turn her life around? Can she convince Devon that she has changed? Can Devon trust the woman who broke his brothers’ hearts? 


The three novellas in this collection are written by different authors but they all share the common themes of barn raisings, Amish living, and of course, romance! Authors Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Kathleen Fuller share sweet stories of love in various stages, and each novella leaves a lasting impression. You will laugh, you may cry, but you'll certainly sigh over the strong romantic feelings that they create. There are also thought-provoking incidents that remind us of the deep faith that is prevalent in the Amish culture.

"I will find a way to be with you, even though I make gazebos. I promise you, Kathryn, that we will be together. I won't stop trying."

"We will find a way. And God will help us."

Anthony (Building a Dream by Amy Clipston)

"Gott, what do I do? Please help me. Either take this love from my heart or show me the way to my heart's desire. Please.

Evan (To Raise a Home by Kelly Irvin)

"Life is hard, Nettie. Sometimes it's easy, but most of the time it's not. If we're not fighting outside forces---like fires, for example---we're fighting a battle in our hearts. There's only one reason we can win that battle. Because God is on our side---always. How can a God on our side be punishing us?

Devon (Love's Solid Foundation by Kathleen Fuller)

Reading a story by any of these authors is a treat in itself, but having all three in the same collection is fantastic! I recommend An Amish Barn Raising to fans of Amish fiction and Christian fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author but there was no obligation to post a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

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