This is a collection of three novellas by three different authors set in the same Amish community: Always Beautiful, Always His Providence, and Always in My Heart. In Always Beautiful, Becky Byler struggles with her weight and the difference of inner and outer beauty and whether outward appearances matter in the question of true love. In Always His Providence, widow Rosa Hostetler faces losing her farm to taxes and refuses assistance from her neighbor. In her struggles, she learns to rely on God to provide and to wait on his will, but will it take her away from her home before she is able to open her heart to love? In Always in My Heart, Hope Bowman faces her grief after giving up her firstborn son, especially after she and her husband have four daughters. Will God grant the desire of her heart for a son?
When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure if all the stories were inter-related and was thrilled when I got to visit with the same characters in each of the books. My happiness is a testament to the likability of the characters. Each of them are well-written, and you want everything to work out for them. Typically in romance books, there are not a lot of surprises, but these offered a few unexpected twists, which is always nice.
I enjoyed everything about these novellas, the characters, the plot, the description of the life of the Amish and how it merges and intertwines with our culture, yet remains separate. I also enjoyed reading the recipes in the back, which I have not tried yet, but hope to soon.
If you are a fan of Christian romance, or like to read about the Amish culture, you will enjoy this book. Very nicely written, and a very fast read as well. I look forward to reading more books by these authors.
I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.