Spunky elderly matchmaker Cevilla gets a boyfriend – that’s what had me most wanting to read this collection of Amish sub-genre novellas centered around a theme of reunions. While unifying themes of homecomings and happily-ever-afters can be found as well, each story captures the readers interest in their own unique way.
While each novella can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story, it is likely that enjoyment will be increased if a reader has read (or is reading) an author’s related series. That was certainly the case for me with Kathleen Fuller’s A Chance to Remember, which is unsurprising as subtle-as-a-brick matchmaker Cevilla Schlabach quickly became my favorite character in her Amish Letters series.
Written by four of the best, these are novellas that are sure to please those who enjoy Amish fiction.
This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.
An Amish Reunion by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin | Zondervan, April 2019 | paperback, 400 pages
About the Book
From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four stories about reuniting with those you love.
Their True Home by Amy Clipston
When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey’s father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?
A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman
Ruth and Gideon Beiler experienced one of life’s most tragic events. Unable to get past their grief, the couple abandoned their Amish faith and went in different directions, though neither could bear to formally dissolve the marriage. When their loved ones reach out to them to come home for a family reunion, Ruth has reason to believe that Gideon won’t be there. Gideon also thinks that Ruth has declined the invitation. Family and friends are rooting for them to reunite, but will it all be enough for Ruth and Gideon to get past their grief and recapture a time when they were in love and had a bright future ahead of them?
A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller
Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek’s resident octogenarian matchmaker, is surprised when Richard, a man from her Englisch past, arrives in Birch Creek for a visit. While he and Cevilla take several walks down memory lane, they wonder what the future holds for them at this stage of life—friendship, or the possibility of something else?
Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin
At eighteen Hannah Kauffman made a terrible mistake. Her parents and members of her Jamesport Amish community say they’ve forgiven her. But she feels their eyes following her everywhere she goes with eighteen-month-old Evie. Thaddeus, Evie’s father, escaped this fate by running away from Jamesport. Now that Thaddeus is gone, Hannah’s old friend Phillip is stepping up to be by her side. He has waited patiently for Hannah to realize just how much he cares for her. But when Thaddeus returns after two years, Hannah can’t deny the love she feels for him. Does the fact that Phillip has waited patiently for her all this time mean that she owes him something? Can she trust either one of them? Can she trust herself? She has repented and been forgiven by the One who is most important—her heavenly Father. But is she willing to risk making more mistakes by opening herself up to love?