Book Review: An Amish Heirloom

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An Amish Heriloom is a book that contains 4 novellas: A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston, The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman, The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller, and The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin.

I decided to read this book because where I live there are a lot of Amish families.  Although the book contains 4 novellas which are all nonfiction, I hoped to still gain a bit of insight through them as to how the Amish live as I am interested in how they live.

The first novella in the book: A Legacy of Love, surprised me a bit.  It is a love story between Leon King and Susie Bontrager.  What surprised me was that Leon King, described as an Amish person in the story, works for the local fire department driving fire trucks.  I guess there are different branches of Amish who are allowed to do different things but I didn’t expect that the Amish did any work outside of their farming.  The story also had a lot of references of them going to restaurants to eat and drinking soda and eating fast food.  This story confused me as I didn’t expect the Amish to live this way.  I felt the first book left out a lot of information and when it ended I would have liked to have read more about the story.  I felt like the ending was a bit too abrupt.

The second and third novellas: The Cedar Chest and The Treasured Book referred to the Amish more how I would expect the Amish to live.  It didn’t make any references to them going to restaurants etc like the first book did.

I have yet to read the fourth novella.

I received this book from Book Look Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  I give the book a 4 out of 5.  Mostly because I feel the stories in it are way too short and wish they were extended upon.

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