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August 1, 2017

The Blessing: The Amish Cooking Class

Wanda Brunstetter's

The Blessing
The Amish Cooking Class

Book Two
Amish Cooking Class Series
Amish Cooking Class - The Blessing

Return to the Troyer farm where Heidi welcomes six new cooking class students who experience the healing hand of God.
Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home to  those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a  wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi's table.
During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students - though, this time Heidi's own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment.
Book One:  The Seekers 
Amish Cooking Class - The Seekers
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.
The Amish often care for the Englishers that live close just like they care for those in their community.   The Amish care and support each other and I believe that has a lot to do with their extremely strong sense of faith. I read the first book in the series, The Seekers and in it we are introduced to Heidi and her husband Lyle.  They live in Walnut Creek, Ohio.  The Amish usually have large families but it isn't meant to be for Heidi and Lyle.  But their faith brought them through it and Heidi decides to take some of her time and teach Amish cooking to help with their income.  She has already taught one class, so she has some different hopes with this second class. While doing this, Heidi is hoping that a young mother who was thrown out of her home by her parents will let the Troyer's adopt her baby.
This class has a varied group of people.   There is Lisa Brooks who has a catering business and is hoping for some new ideas. Then there is Todd Collins, who is secretly saying he wants to learn to cook, but the truth is, he is a food critic.  Bill Mason who cooks for his friends when they are hunting at his cabin.  His cooking is not good at all and he hopes to learn how to cook to impress his friends. Then we have a Nicole Smith who is trying to help her family out since her mother left them.  She has a lot on her plate with helping the family, two younger children in the family and trying to finish her education. Then there is a woman, Allie Garrett who was given the gift of these cooking classes from her husband.  She really doesn't want to be there. Lance is the sixth student, the Troyer's mailman.  None of these people have anything in common with each other, but they soon development relationships with everyone.
 Heidi not only is teaching a cooking class but as the days go by and everyone gets to know each other, faith and words of wisdom are passed to each other.  Each person has something in their lives that Heidi and the class will improve. The class not only gives them a chance to learn to cook Amish style but it is a place to let go of their troubles and worries.   It's all a part of a plan.  The plan that God has set in motion.
You not only get the stories of each of these people but included are some delicious Amish recipes that Heidi has taught in her classes.  You will want to try these recipes for yourself and add them to your recipe collection.
Ms. Brunstetter gives the reader a charming, lovely book that in some ways pull at your heart strings and in others warm your heart. You feel for some of the characters for what they are facing and dealing with in their lives.
Much like some of us.  Heidi is a caring and giving person but she has a heart that is troubled over not being able to have children.  She not only gives so much to her students but as you read, you will find, the students give a lot back to Heidi.    You get to follow the characters and watch as they go through changes and become better people.
You don't have to be religious to read these books.  They're for everyone who wants a good clean read that makes you feel good as you read them.  They have some things that we all can learn from.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Review Crew and the Ms. Brunstetter and voluntarily decided to review it. 

I would give this book 5 STARS. 


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