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January 31, 2017

THE SEEKERS - Amish Cooking Class



THE SEEKERS
Amish Cooking Class
Book One
by
Wanda E. Brunstetter


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UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS ARE FORMED
IN AN AMISH COOKING CLASS

Married for eight years with no children to help her fill her days,  Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes int he art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But it is a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement.
Charlene Higgins is engaged, but to the despair of her fiance's family, she can't cook. Kendra Perkins, a teen estranged from her family, is facing an unwanted pregnancy alone. Loretta Donnelly, widowed with two children, would like to simplify h er life. Ron Hensley, a Vietnam Vet, parks his RV on the Troyer farm. And Eli Miller, an Amish widower, needs to learn how to cook for himself.
Class members share details of their disappointing lives, work to solve a mystery, and stir some romance into the pot. Suddenly cooking classes at Heidi's house become life lessons, and their souls are healed one meal at a time. 

THE AUTHOR
Wanda E. BrunstetterWebsite

Genre

A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts. New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter and her husband live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit friends in Amish settlements throughout the states.

MY THOUGHTS
A group of very different Ohioans gather at Lyle and Heidi Troyer's Amish farm.    We have a bit of everyone, an engaged woman, a mother who has no contact with her family, and is pregnant, a mom who is widowed, a vet from the Vietnam War who camps at the Troyer's farm and an Amish widower.  What a crew!  But they're all taking cooking lessons from Heidi.   These cooking lessons may end up to be more than just lessons on food.  Heidi had time on her hands with no children so the cooking classes filled in some of her time and at the same time she was learning some things too. 
I was immediately interested in this book as the author gives the reader these mismatched characters that come together for a cooking class.   They must have something in common or maybe they find things they have in common.  I thought how it might be to learn how to make all those delicious foods that the Amish make.    I'm not a good cook but would sure give it a try.   Ms. Brunstetter gives the reader a look into each of the cooks to be, lives.   Very interesting.  One particular person that comes to the lessons isn't liked by Heidi but he begins the classes also and soon I'm not sure if I liked him or not.  The author puts a lot of fun and entertainment into the read.  As each of the cooking students have their issues and of course, they come up in class, Heidi tries to help each of them with their problems.  As Heidi teaches cooking she also shares her faith.  At first I thought, here comes the preaching, but I was wrong.  It didn't come out that way at all.   Soon the students cooking lessons were to become life lessons.  Not only the students' lives were changed but maybe Lyle and Heidi's lives were changed also.  How will this change things between Lyle and Heidi?  Is it possible that this cooking class is a blessing in disguise?

 Ms. Brunstetter warms the heart with this lovely book that holds life lessons for anyone.  The characters are so "real" that you can relate to them as if you know them.  They have the everyday hurts and heartaches that people in the real world have.  Each character is different with different problems so perhaps the reader can relate to one or more of them. I also enjoyed that Ms. Brunstetter brought together Amish and Engli I also enjoyed the Amish recipes at the back of the book.  Even if you're not a good cook, they are fun to try.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Barbour Publishing and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 

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