Friday, February 3, 2017

The Amish Cooking Class: The Seekers

Happy Friday!  I hope all of you have had a good day.  I have been experiencing computer issues this week, and I spent my day trying to correct the problem.  I sometimes miss the old computers (from when I was in high school) that ran on DOS (it was easier writing my own code).  

The Amish Cooking Class:  The Seekers is the first book in a new series by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  Heidi Troyer has been married to Lyle for eight years, and they have yet to be blessed with children. Heidi has always enjoyed cooking.  After reading a letter from her Aunt Emma, who holds quilting classes in her home, Heidi decides to host a cooking class.  Heidi posts an ad advertising her classes and waits to see who God brings her way.  Charlene Higgins is a kindergarten teacher and newly engaged.  Charlene is unable to cook and hopes these lessons will help.  Loretta Donnelly is a widow with two children.  Loretta has always been fascinated with all things Amish and this is a way for her to learn some new dishes (and have adult company).  Eli Miller lives next to the Troyer’s and is a widower (he misses his wife, Mavis very much).  Eli needs to learn some cooking skills.  He is tired of eating sandwiches.  Kendra Perkins is eighteen and pregnant.  Kendra is living with her friend, Dorie since her parents insisted she leave their home.  Dorie believes that the cooking classes will be good for Kendra.  Ron Hensley sees the ad for the cooking classes and believes the Troyer farm will be a good place to park his RV.  Ron travels from Amish town to Amish town relying on the hospitality of others.  Ron’s intentions are not good, but maybe spending time with the Troyer’s will change his outlook on life.  These individuals all come together to learn how to cook, but end up with so much more. 

The Amish Cooking Class:  The Seekers is well-written and engaging.  I enjoyed the characters and the setting (in Ohio).  Each person comes away from the cooking class with a new perspective.  I appreciated the life lessons presented in the story.  I give The Amish Cooking Class:  The Seekers 4.5 out of 5 stars.  When I finished this book, I was left with a good feeling.  The book is a little expected (which is why I took off .5), but I took pleasure in reading it.  The Seekers is a nice change of pace (good break from reality).  It is a sweet and gratifying novel.  There are recipes from the story included at the end of the book.  I look forward to the next book in this series - The Blessing (August 1, 2017).  The Amish Cooking Class:  The Seekers will be out on Tuesday, February 7.

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The Avid Reader

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