What a different kind of book from Wanda E. Brunstetter! 🙂 This is the first book in the series and I can’t wait to read more of what happens next. The story is about a childless Amish Family, Heidi and Lyle Troyer. Heidi is somewhat sad with her life, because she can’t have a boppli (Pennslyvania Dutch for baby) and feels she needs to have some interaction and a reason for being. So Heidi starts and cooking class after hearing how well her aunt did with a quilting class.
To her surprise she ends up with 5 students all with different issues and situations. Each hold their own secrets, especially Ron,who is a Vietnam War Veteran and has a bad outlook on life. To top that off Ron has a bad case of PTSD. Then there’s Charlene. She feels like a failure with her mother-in-law-to-be and doesn’t know the first on how to cook. All she wants to do is make her future in-law happy and build a good relationship with them. Next is Lorretta, who is a widow, and she is looking into understanding the Amish way of life. Eli, a friend of the Troyer’s, and is a widower himself. Did I mention he can’t cook at all? 🙂 The saddest part for Eli is that he painfully misses his wife and doesn’t know if there will be anyone else out there to fill his empty hole. Lastly, there’s Kendra. Kendra is a young unwed pregnant girl, who has been kicked out of her house and not allowed to see her family. She has struggled to find a job and lives with her friend Dorie temporarily until she can figure out a way to support herself and her baby. With a such a selection of individuals Heidi learns to give advice from scripture and guidance from God. Best part? friendships are made between everyone with every cooking class and everyone becomes very close.
I love the ending, and I really can’t wait for more on Heidi’s Cooking class. It ends happily and there’s some cliff hangers. So I’m excited about that. I loved the fact that each recipe was located in the back of the book. My favorite recipe, which I’ve actually had before with some friends, is Amish Haystack. It is very yummie! 🙂 A must try and is very easy. The other part I liked in the back of the book is the discussion area questions. Book two comes out in August 2017. Yippee!!! Lastly, I can’t forget to mention that I received this book as a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Here are a few places you can get this book:
First check out your local and digital libraries to see if they have a copy available otherwise check out these find retailers.
Family Christian: $15.99
Barnes and Noble: $11.03
See you later for my next book!!! It’s going to be a Christian mystery novel.. OH BOY!!! It’s my first mystery book.. 🙂