Friday, March 6, 2020

An Amish Picnic by Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman, Kelly Irvin, and Kathleen Fuller: Review and Excerpt

About the Book

Book:  An Amish Picnic

Author: Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta Chapman

Genre: Amish; Christian Romance

Release Date: March 3, 2020

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four sweet stories about picnics and romance.

Baskets of Sunshine by Amy Clipston

Kevin Weaver has lived with his brother’s family since his parents passed away when he was young, but he craves a home and family to call his own. Freeman Kurtz owns a successful brick mason business, and Kevin takes the job as Freeman’s apprentice to pursue his own financial freedom.

Phoebe Kurtz is helping her sister with her booth at the marketplace when she notices Kevin, her father’s employee. Their friendship grows, but Kevin is convinced that the difference in their ages makes a relationship between them impossible. Amidst summer outings, Kevin and Phoebe must decide if taking a chance on love is worth the risk.
Beth- Since teaching me to ride a horse was probably not your idea of fun. (Especially on a date) I packed a picnic basket full of food and set off through the woods to pick a perfect spot for a picnic. I thought we could take a walk and I could surprise you with food at the end of it. We could maybe even go swimming in the creek? Once I spread it out, I head back to the castle and i'm just about to knock when you open...
Candlelight Sweethearts by Kelly Irvin

Esther Marie Shrock loves her job at Valley Grocery Store where she’s worked for four years. Despite a stutter that has plagued her since childhood, she thrives filling orders from a steady stream of customers. Still, at 25, she and her family wonder if romance is in her future.

Jasper Cotter isn’t good with people, but he’s found himself obligated to take over day-to-day operations of the family owned grocery store—a store he doesn’t have the first clue how to run. Thrown together, Esther Marie and Jasper don’t exactly see eye to eye. One night, the store loses power, and the candles aren’t the only things shooting off sparks. Esther Marie and Jasper are suddenly forced to discover common ground when it matters most, and they might be surprised with love along the way.
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Reeling in Love by Kathleen Fuller

Nina Stoll and Ira Yoder are just friends. Just friends and fishing buddies. Every Saturday afternoon, they have a picnic at their favorite fishing hole and see who can out fish the other. Until Nina starts to wonder if there’s more.

Her plans to share her feelings go awry, and circumstances seem destined to keep Nina and Ira apart. With both Nina and Ira confused and hurting, it’s going to take courage, some help from the community matchmakers, and a little bit of divine intervention for Nina and Ira to realize they’re each other’s perfect catch.
Picnics and Prospects by Vannetta Chapman

Faith Troyer is claustrophobic, and David Lapp builds tiny houses. They went on a date years ago with disastrous results. Now that they’re in their late twenties, their families and friends are beginning to wonder if either will ever find that special someone. When a picnic outing is diverted by the discovery of a package of letters dating back to the 1970s, they take it upon themselves to find answers to a mystery that causes them to rethink their past and consider their future.

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Nat Geo 1965 Amish Girls with picnic baskets and a wagon

About the Authors
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, Amish Homestead, and Amish Marketplace series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.
Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.
With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at; Instagram: kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller; Twitter: @TheKatJam.
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of sixteen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and has also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for fifteen years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. Visit Vannetta online:, Twitter: @VannettaChapman, Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks.
love it!--i agree. the kids look so cute together. Never visited amish, but spent time with some old order mennonites. They have a great work ethic and begin at a very early age. we could learn alot from them.-I know this would not be for everyone, but I would love to go; and experience their way of life!!!! I'm one girl, whose not afraid of a little work!!
My Thoughts

An Amish Picnic by Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman, Kelly Irvin and Kathleen Fuller contains four heartwarming tales.  The four stories are Baskets of Sunshine by Amy Clipston, Candlelight Sweethearts by Kelly Irvin, Reeling in Love by Kathleen Fuller, and Picnics and Prospects by Vannetta Chapman.  The picnic theme is carried out through each sweet story. I like how the author’s tied romance and picnics together.  We get to see a man and woman who are attracted to each other, but there is something standing in the way of them getting together.  Fears, misconceptions and miscommunication abound in each delightful Amish tale.  I enjoyed reading novella collections because it is an opportunity to sample each author’s work and a story from each of their series.  While the novellas may be part of a series, each can be read on their own.  I liked that Christiana’s sister, Phoebe from The Bake Shop by Amy Clipston got her own story.  We get to catch up with Christiana and the rest of the Kurtz family as well.  Baskets of Sunshine was a cute story that shows you that it takes time to truly get to know a person.  In Picnics and Prospects there is an Amish tiny home builder which I thought was unique.  Faith and David find a packet of letters from the 1970s along with a puppy.  They set out to solve the mystery of the letters.  I like it when Amish stories have mysteries in them.  It adds another level of depth to this romantic novella.  Candlelight Sweethearts features Esther Marie who suffers from a severe stutter.  We get to see how people treat her and the comments they make.  There is one person, though, to whom it does not matter.  Reeling in Love shows that friendship can develop into something more.  It is an appealing, humorous story.   An Amish Picnic has four Amish love stories that share a common theme but reflect each author’s writing style.  An Amish Picnic contains four charming novellas that feature sunshine, warm weather, good food, fun and couples falling in love.  
Scenes From An Amish Picnic - Amish 365: Amish Recipes - Amish Cooking

Read an Excerpt

You can read an excerpt from An Amish Picnic by clicking here.
picnic One of my best memories is of our family picnics down by the creek at Uncle Carl's on Sunday afternoons
An Amish Picnic is available through Amazon* as well as other major booksellers.  Check out the author's upcoming releases.  The Farm Stand by Amy Clipston releases on May 5, 2020. It is the second An Amish Marketplace NovelAmish Generations by Kathleen Fuller will be out on June 2, 2020.  Peace in the Valley by Kelly Irvin comes out on August 4, 2020. It is the third novel in Amish of Big Sky Country seriesAmish Beginnings by Vannetta Chapman and JoAnn Brown releases on July 28, 2020.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I will return tomorrow with Killer Harvest by Tanya Stowe.  I hope you have an inspiring day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


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