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Deanna Love Gottreu
on April 21, 2013 :
Amish Romance Boxed Set by Becca Fisher contains four separate novels titled, Heavenly Blessing, Heavenly Temptation, Heaven Sent, and Heavenly Desire.
Heavenly Blessing is the story of Abigail who is the oldest daughter in the family and is the favorite of her father Samuel. Her father has plans for her to work in the family quilt shop and to marry Nathan Jones, a local Amish man, but Abigail wants more than Nathan is able to give her. She leaves home and goes to Philadelphia where she meets Isaac who is a pastor’s son. He loves Abigail and offers to become Amish. Isaac is just what Abigail wants for he brings a smile to her face every time she looks at him. Will she decide to leave the Amish life and become an Englisher or will Isaac become Amish?
Heavenly Temptation introduces us to Allison the middle child who has always felt as if she were second best. Allison is in love with Jacob, an Amish man, but he only cares for her as a friend for he is still in love with Abigail. Allison is working at the family quilt shop one day when Lucas, a handsome Englisher, comes into the shop to buy quilts for his aunt’s hotel guest rooms. He has come to live with his aunt to destress from his life in the English world. He and Allison fall in love more or less at first sight. Allison is very devout in her Amish faith and now she has to make the most important decision in her life. Lucas has offered to become Amish so the question is will he become Amish or will she become an Englisher?
Heaven Sent is the story of Miriam the youngest daughter in the family who lives a life that is true to her Amish upbringing. Miriam has always planned to marry Jed, the only man she has ever loved, but he wants to experience things outside the Amish community. When Daniel, a handsome Amish man, moves to the community from a neighboring town, Miriam falls for him. Daniel is a widower and quickly falls for Miriam and now she must make the hardest decision of her life. Does she marry Jed or Daniel?
Heavenly Desire deals mainly with the upcoming fortieth anniversary of Samuel and Emma the parents of Abigail, Allison, and Miriam. Miriam is somewhat surprised that she is finally married and her life is an Amish dream come true. However when she looks at the marriage of Allison, she sees that Allison is unhappy. Miriam decides that she will find out what keeps a marriage happy and loving. The anniversary party for Samuel and Emma brings Abigail home from Philadelphia and during her visit Samuel finally apologizes to Abigail for his words and actions when she left home and married Isaac.
All the stories were interesting but somehow they just did not seem Amish. There were no Amish/Deutsch words and the dialogue seemed more Englisher than Amish. I have done a lot of reading about the Amish and also read a great number of Amish novels and since the Amish do not even kiss until they are married, the sexual banter between the couples just did not seem right. Of course I know that some Amish may talk and act that way but for me it takes away from the story. I was also disturbed by the use of God’s name in an unchristian way. Another thing that really jumped out at me was that the women never seemed to work. In other Amish novels the women are always cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning, feeding chickens, gathering eggs, and any other chore that needs to be done around the home. The two things they did do was to sit down as a family at mealtime and run the family quilt shop.
I could recommend this book if you do not care if the Amish speak like Englishers and that there is a lot of sexual talk. In spite of this, they are good stories with good lessons that can be applied to daily life. It bothers me to give a negative review but I have to be honest.
I was given a complimentary copy of the book by the author, Becca Fisher, in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)