Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Farmers' Market Mishap: Sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake

Hello and thank you for joining me today.  Wanda E. Brunstetter is the author that got me hooked on Amish novels.  She is a prolific author who has written some wonderful novels.  You can follow her on Facebook and Amazon.  There is also a book club on Facebook for readers who enjoy her novels.

The Farmers’ Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is the sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake.  Elma Hochstetler is thirty-four years old and has been living alone since her twin sister, Thelma married Joseph Beechy.  Elma has a busy life with taking care of their general store, home, garden and chores in the barn.  But it does get lonely and Elma wonders if she will end up an old maid.  Thelma is worried about her sister and keeps pushing her towards Delbert Gingerich.  Delbert and Elma used to court, but they were not suited (Elma found him set in his ways and disliked his various quirks).  Thelma hopes that her sister will change her mind (she wants her to stay close by).  Thelma and Joseph are excited about their first child.  It means, though, that Thelma cannot work as many hours in the store, and Elma must take on more responsibility.  Ben Wagler lives in Grabill with his widowed mother, Dorothy.  Dorothy has taken a booth at the Shipshewana farmer’s market to sell some of her excess produce and her lovely flowers.  Ben decides to look around before the market opens and encounters Elma at her stand where he proceeds to knock over some of her produce.  Elma and Ben are attracted to each other, but they live about fifty miles apart.  Elma tried a long-distance relationship in the past and it did not work out.  Plus, she has responsibilities and would never consider moving away from her sister especially now that she is becoming an aunt.  Is there a chance for a happily ever after for Ben and Elma?

The Farmers’ Market Mishap is a light-hearted Amish romance that I enjoyed reading.  It is well-written and has engaging characters.  The Farmers’ Market Mishap has a good pace, it is just the right length, and it has a satisfying ending.  I especially liked the addition of Hunter/Freckles.  He is a smart and loving dog that accomplishes what the humans could not. The Farmers’ Market Mishap is a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake, but it can be read alone. I give The Farmers’ Market Mishap 4 out of 5 stars.  The story has an expected ending, but I was still pleased with the story.  The Farmers’ Market Mishap is the perfect book to read on a hot afternoon.  You can get an extended preview of The Farmers' Market Mishap for free (Amazon and Barnes and Noble).

I am off to do some work around the house.  I am presently going through the kitchen cabinets (getting rid of old items and cleaning the shelves).  May you have a very pleasing day.  My current novel is Marriage is Pure Murder by Staci McLaughlin.  I will see you tomorrow when I return with another book evaluation.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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