WANDA E. BRUNSTETTER
Barbour Review Crew
THE FARMERS' MARKET MISHAP
a sequel to THE LOPSIDED CHRISTMAS CAKE
Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister, Thelma, recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma's time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.
Though a mishap at the farmers' market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill- 50 miles away! The store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.
Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?
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.
Jean Brunstetter enjoys writing about her Amish friends' simple way of life, and takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities.
This is a lighthearted romance that is set in Indiana's Amish Country. Two twin sisters are being pulled apart by life. That happens. As they struggle to stay close, many things begin to happen that are slowly putting some distance between them. As Thelma moves on with her life with a husband and a baby on the way, Elma is alone. Sure she dates some but no one seems to be right for her until... She is at the Farmer's Market when a little mishap is the start of a possible romance. A basket of fruit being toppled over started it all.
Thelma lives right across the street with her husband and she is expecting a baby soon. She had always lived with her twin, Elma after their parents moved away. They run a General Store and Elma is overwhelmed with everything there is to do. The house needs many repairs, she has animals and gardening to attend to. Then she has t he store and right now Thelma can't help much with her pregnancy being far along. Thelma wants the happiness she has for her sister, but it doesn't seem to be working out that way. That is, until, the mishap at the Farmers' Market. Then Ben Wagler starts to become a part of Elma's life. There is an attraction between the two but there is a problem. They live 50 miles apart.
I began to think I knew Elma and Thelma very well. Elma tugged at my heart strings. You wanted Elma to find true happiness with a man who would love and cherish her. You not only get to be a part of Elma's life but a part of Ben's too. He is torn. one minute he feels that Elma is in love with him as much as he is with her. Then the next, she is avoiding him. Why? It is such a clean, sweet read with characters you can grow to love as you turn the pages.
I did feel that Thelma and Ben's mother were interested in how they would feel if Elma and Ben were to marry and perhaps move away from them. They cared about themselves a little more than Elma.
I always find when I read an Amish book, my stresses and worries of the day seem to lighten. You get to escape to a different world when you enter the Amish life. The authors give the readers, friendships, romance, courting, family and how true love prevails.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I would give this book 5 STARS.