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A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.
Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.
Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?
A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When a fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.
This was such a sweet collection of stories to remind me that home really is where the heart is! Sometimes life can be overwhelming, but the thing to remember is that God still loves you and is still watching over you. This theme was evident in each and every story.
Cup Half Full
This story spoke directly to my heart. Although I’m not in a wheelchair, I can certainly understand Sarah’s stuggles with being content with the life God gave you. The way Beth protrayed her thoughts and reactions were very realistic. Yes we all go through trials, and no we don’t walways react the way we should. I would much rather read about a character like Sarah who is going to react in a realistic way then to read about one who is constantly optimistic. It isn’t always like that in real life! To be honest, reading about someone like that would probably bring me down. Thank you Beth for writing a character with raw emotions that I can easily relate to!
Home Sweet Home
Let me start by saying I loved that this story featured Englischers as main characters! I can see many young couples facing the same hardships as Chace and Mia and would recommend sharing this novella with them. Mis has similar struggles to all of us – accepting help from others. It can be a hard pill to swallow. But we all need to learn, much like Mia, that accepting help is okay and doesn’t make you any less of a person. The way the Allgyers offered to help Chace and Mia was so encouraging to me. What a great example of sharing God’s love with others!
A Flicker of Hope
The thing I loved most about this story was the way Ruth toggled between past and present. Each glimpse into Thomas and Noreen’s past had me questioning even more how their relationship reached its current state. I suppose many couples go through something similar, but just decide to ignore or run away from it. I enjoyed reading how Ruth borught these two characters together. Sometimes it takes a disaster for us to wake up and ask God to really help us and then for us to take that first step. This was a powerful story of the importance of commitment to a marriage!
I think I had a smile on my face for pretty much this entire novella. The banter and chemistry between Faith and Silas was so entertaining. I knew from their first interaction that I was in for a treat with this couple! I have to admit, there were a few moments that I did literally giggle out loud. This sweet, light-hearted novella was the perfect uplifting ending to a fantastic group of stories. I love ending on a high note – and this one certainly left me happy.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.