The Celebration by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Release Date: February 18, 2018
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Genre: Fiction / Amish
Series: Amish Cooking Class, Book One
About the Book:
Return to Holmes County, Ohio, for Amish style cooking class.
Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult—and that is where the trouble arises.
Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.
Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.
Darren Keller, single dad, and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom, and nurse find a few things in common.
Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?
“The Celebration” by Wanda E. Brunstetter is the third and final novel in The Amish Cooking Class series. This was the first book I read by this author so I didn’t read the previous books. This can easily be read as a stand-alone or as part of the series.
I’m not usually a fan of Amish fiction, but I’ve always been fascinated with their culture so I decided that this year I’m going to give this genre a try. This was the first book I’ve read and I enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a cute, light, and fluffy read then this is for you.
I enjoyed the characters, especially the children, and all of the baking classes. Each character comes from a different background and story so it’s neat how they all come together. There is even a super adorable romance happening. All of the characters deal with real issues, but it seemed like the kind of book that everything magically fixed in the next chapter. That’s the only thing I didn’t enjoy.
There were spiritual themes about salvation, trusting God, forgiveness, obedience, and so much more.
Overall, I enjoyed this and I think you would too.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Wanda Brunstetter:
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of nearly 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, and Country Woman. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.
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 sisters-in-law 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.
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.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.