A 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.
In Gray’s novella “A Reunion in Pinecraft,” miscommunication leads to romantic problems for Graham Holland when he visits the Kramer sisters and discovers that he has been writing to the wrong sibling. Can he appease one sister while winning the heart of the other? In Amy Clipston’s “Summer Storms,” Arianna’s dreams of a perfect wedding day dissipate when an alcohol-fueled buggy race involving her brother Tobias and fiancé Jesse lands both men in trouble. Unrequited love and sibling rivalry are at the heart of Kathleen Fuller’s “Lakeside Love.” Esther has always adored Judah, who only has eyes for her sister Sarah. But Esther’s affection for Judah creates problems for handsome Englisher Rhett, who is interested in her. Kelly Irvin rounds out this collection with “One Sweet Kiss.” Martha Byler, whose hands are full caring for her large family, refuses to see Jacob King as husband material, but a kiss may change everything. VERDICT Four popular authors of Amish fiction are at their very best with these novellas. Perfect for a short summer literary escape.
These sweet stories are a charming treat for those relaxing summer days. The young adult growing pains these couples share will be relatable to many readers, and the happy endings are an uplifting reinforcement of the power of love, patience and trust.
Four young couples find romance in the midst of sibling rivalry, insecurity and awkward misunderstandings. A Florida vacation gives Graham the chance to meet his pen pal, but when he discovers that he has mistaken Sherry for her sister, he must find a way to manage his error without hurting either of their feelings. Ariana finds her engagement to Jesse threatened when his behavior seems immature and dangerous, but her heart can’t resist him when he sets out to prove his love for her. With a beautiful older sister who attracts a lot of male attention, Esther is certain that Judah will never be interested in her; when her crush on him lessens as she finds more confidence in herself, Judah takes notice. Martha is used to being responsible after taking care of her six younger siblings for a decade, but will her inability to trust keep her from a future with Jacob, who understands her only as someone else who has lost a mother at a young age can? -Kerry Sutherland