About the Book
Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But is it a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement?
Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students.
Class members share details of their disappointing lives, work to solve a mystery, and stir some romance into the pot. Soon Heidi’s cooking lessons turn into life lessons as they each share their challenges. . .and their souls are healed one meal at a time. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes?
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When I heard that Wanda was starting a new series I was so excited. Then I heard the plot (Amish woman teaching cooking classes) and I became elated. Immediately I wish that I could be in the story due to my love of the Amish culture and cooking! But even though I could not attend the classes, I did hope to learn something and stuff benefit from this book. And benefit I did!
First, Wanda provided recipes in the back of all the food that was made in the cooking classes. So even though we only read about them, we can still try to make them ourselves. Need to shout out a word of thanks to Wanda’s friends who much have shared these recipes with her. They sound delicious!
As for the storyline, it was wonderful. The mix on Amish and Englischers was very entertaining. Each student had a different story to tell and I loved how we got to see part of their lives outside of the classes. It enabled you to connect with them more and understand their dialogue and actions during the class. My favorite character was Heidi by far. She was a ball of nerves, but just took a deep breath and carried on. What struck me most about Heidi was her faithfulness to her husband. Although internally she disagreed with him about a major topic in the story, she resisted to urge to fight about it and refused to go against his word. Sometimes women like this are written to look weak and scared, but not so with Heidi. Wanda was able to portray her as a strong, obedient and faithful woman who could be an example to us all.
Any Amish fiction fan is surely going to love this book. I cannot wait to see what kind of people Heidi is going to teach next! 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.
About the Author
Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.
All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit: www.WandaBrunstetter.com