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The Celebration- Five Star Review
by: Wanda Brunstetter
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?
This is the third book in The Amish Cooking Class series.
Book #1: The Amish Cooking Class – The Seekers
Book #2: The Amish Cooking Class – The Blessing
This is the first Wanda Brunstetter book I have read in many years. I used to love Amish fiction, but got away from it because I felt like all the storylines were the same. I recently decided to give Amish fiction another chance and I’m so glad I did. The Celebration was a sweet, light-hearted story filled with faith, hope, and love. This novel is the third book in the Amish Cooking Class series but works well as a stand- alone. There are some characters from the earlier novels, but they are explained enough to not leave you out of the loop.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though a word of warning—the story does jump back and forth between multiple point-of-view characters and situations. The setting of a cooking class is such a unique backdrop to the story, but that does mean a lot more characters and life struggles to keep straight. The scenes for each point-of-view are short–that could be a good thing or a bad thing. It means more jumping around, but I felt it was done well and I had no trouble keeping the everything straight in my head.
I loved the adoption thread through the story in the lives of Lyle and Heidi Troyer. You’ll root for them as they try to win the hearts of two precious orphans. This story also deals with the lives of several other families, as the kids attend the cooking class, the grown-ups have some personal issues to work through. In the end, will each family find cause for celebration?
This books shows us how easy it is to take for granted those closest to us. How easy it is to get caught up with what we don’t have, forgetting to cherish what we do have, and remember what is most important—family.
Fun Bonus: Create Heidi’s recipes for yourself with the recipes in the back!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own, a positive review was not required.
A positive review does not guarantee that I endorse or recommend all publications by the author/ and or publisher.
About the Author
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 almost 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, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD.
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.
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: http://www.WandaBrunstetter.com
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