Treasuring Emma by Kathleen Fuller
In this first book of the series, Emma Shelter and her grossmammi are struggling living in the family home after Emma’s mamm dies of cancer. Emma’s sister Clara’s husband Peter doesn’t have a job, so Clara is trying to talk Emma into opening up a fabric and yarn shop in their grossvadder’s workshop.
Emma’s once love Adam left the Amish community years ago to live as an Englischer, but returns home for a visit. But the love they had for each other doesn’t seem to rekindle. Then a cousin of Peter’s decides to visit a while, and claims to have feelings for Emma. What will happen in this seemingly dysfunctional Amish family? Will Emma and Adam finally find the love they once had for each other, or will Peter swoon Emma away from her feelings for Adam?
Though I enjoyed this story, sometimes I felt lost as to where it was going. Clara’s character couldn’t figure out what she really wanted, and was clearly not following her husband as most Amish women do. In the end, the story all comes together and with the twists and turns, I was captured with the story and wanted to see what happened to who. I like the grossmammi! She was a very bright and wise woman, and had Peter figured out from the beginning, because she just didn’t trust him.
If you like Amish fiction, or if you want to give Amish books a try, this book is worth your read. I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see what happens next!
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