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An Amish Summer

24105713A new novella collection of sweet, summer romances from some of our favorite Amish authors!

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray

When sisters Sharon and Sherilyn Kramer attend a wedding in Shipshewana, one of them returns with a new penpal while the other returns to her job at the bakery. After sending weekly letters back and forth, Sherry and Graham Holland arrange a reunion in Pinecraft. Upon Graham’s arrival, however, he realizes he’s been writing to the wrong sister. He decides to use the reunion as a way to get to know both sisters, but can he sort through the confusion in time to turn the worst vacation ever into something truly wonderful?

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston

Ariana is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna’s brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse’s best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna’s father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller

Esther has always lived in the shadow of her beautiful younger sister Sarah. Even the boy she has known—and loved—her entire life, Judah, only has eyes for Sarah. But when a handsome young Englischer comes to live with the family for a summer, everything begins to change.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin

Everybody in little Bee County, Texas, can see the obvious: Jacob King and Martha Byler are meant to be together. Everyone, that is, but Martha. Ever since her mother died when Martha was a young girl, she has taken over the role of caregiver to her large family. And reckless Jacob, who has had a little too much fun on his rumspringa, only seems to add to the list of people to manage. But one summer changes everything, and these two may just find a way to meet in the middle and share one sweet kiss.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

5 StarAn Amish Summer was a wonderful collection of stories. Each one was well written, had developed characters as well as an engaging plot. A couple of them left me wishing for more time with the characters because I enjoyed the story so well. Amish fiction is a bit of a newer category of books for me, but I’m glad I had a chance to read this collection.

A Reunion in Pinecraft by Shelley Shepard Gray
With this story in the beginning, I had a feeling I would end up loving this entire collection. This one did a wonderful job of setting the tone of stories that would all take place on vacations or other summer-y settings. The only issue I had with this story was that it was a bit too short. I loved the mistaken identity story-line in this one that just felt fresh and unexpected.

Summer Storms by Amy Clipston
I enjoyed this story of misunderstandings and forgiveness. For a novella, this story sure packed in a lot in the way of good and solid themes. The characters were wonderful and the story kept me interested.

Lakeside Love by Kathleen Fuller
Lakeside Love was certainly one of my favorite stories in this collection. The characters were all endearing in the own ways and the plot was interesting. For me, this one ended up being one of the more memorable stories overall.

One Sweet Kiss by Kelly Irvin
I had probably the most difficult time staying interested in this story. It was well written, but many of the characters are people that exist in other novels and stories by Kelly Irvin. I do not recall having read any of them and I kept getting the sense that I should be familiar with the characters when I wasn’t. For me, it just hindered my reading of it a bit.

Overall, if you are like me and do not indulge in many Amish fiction books, a novella collection like this may be a great way to gauge if you would be interested in more. Or, if you really enjoyed Amish fiction already, you should certainly consider picking this book up.

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