I have been anticipating this book, and so when I finally got it in my mailbox today, I was really excited. An Amish Love contains 3 novellas written by 3 different authors.
There’s “Healing Hearts” by Beth Wiseman, “What the Heart Sees” by Kathleen Fuller and last but not least, “A Marriage of the Heart” by Kelly Long.
Three of the stories are all sweet and heartwarming, but my favourite got to be “A Marriage of the Heart” by Kelly Long. So I’m going to review that one.
Initially, I thought Amish stories would be rather…traditional and lacks cute romance, but I found that “A Marriage of The Heart” is very sweet, cute, romantic and quite cheeky.
I mean, what do you call a story where a girl did one of the most naughty thing in her life; cheated her father that a man had somehow tainted her honour by kissing her and touching while he clearly did not and made him marry her so that he can be free from her father’s clutches?
I found myself giggling when the plot unfolds for Abby and her new English husband Joseph. Abby may plan to marry Joseph for convenience… and so did he. They both wanted a marriage of convenience (well, at least Abby did), but as the story moves along, Joseph began to fall in love with his own wife and began to court her and flirt with her mercilessly, hoping that she would soon fall in love with him and be his wife in every sense of the word.
There are playful teasing in and out of their bedroom, and there’s pillow fight as well as stolen kisses bundled in this story too.
And because the couple did not consummate their marriage until one point of the story, there’s of course suggestive and playful words that could send the readers giggling at their not so innocent playfulness. There’s tenderness and sweet intimacy in this story. The author wove the story so delicately that even holding hands and brushing of hair before sleep is sensual.
I find it rather sexy too, especially when Joseph barge into the bathroom and went to tease his wife on returning her favour for taking care of him while he’s sick by helping her bathe and she gets all annoyed at him and demands him to get out.
I like this story very, very much. There’s a little sweet, loving hate in it. And at some point, both Abby and Joseph demonstrate that there’s a bigger meaning in marriage and when love is in the air, even the most mundane things like making breakfast can be sweet.
It is a playful and sweet story I must say, and I couldn’t really think of it as a Christian fiction til one point where Joseph mused that God must have had a hand in all this; that they’re both given happiness depite of their awful initial plan of just marrying for convenience.
Oh yea… there’s also Amish recipe at the end of this book as a bonus… and I think it’s a wonderful idea of including Amish recipe for the readers to try. It brings the readers closer to the life of the Amish.
Thumbs ups for the stories in this compilation.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5. I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publisher as a part of their review program. I was not required to give good reviews, and therefore, whatever I’ve written is 100% my own opinion.