Book Review: Amish Cooking Class - The Seekers by Wanda E. Brunstetter
By Jenny Blake
Amish Cooking Class - The Seekers
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Shiloh Run Press (February 1, 2017)
Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students. But Heidi’s cooking lessons soon turn to life lessons as they each share the challenges they are facing. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes?
Firstly thanks to netgalley for my review copy.
I have read several books by Wanda and have enjoyed them all. This one is different (although I have since found out she did a series with Heidi's Aunt teaching Quilting) but to me this was different. In this book we have Heidi who after 8 years of marriage still doesn't have any children so often has time on her hands. She loves to cook and knows how much joy her Aunt gets from teaching quilting so decides to run 6 cooking lessons. The participants are varied, Charlene who is newly engaged, Kendra who is an expectant mother estranged from her family, Lorretta who wants to learn some Amish cooking, Eli an Amish widower who struggles to boil an egg and Ron who has turned up at the Troyer's farm asking if he can camp there for a short while.
The book introduces us to each of the participants as well as Heidi and her husband Lyle and we get to know them and more about there situations. Lorretta has 2 adorable children who I must say are scene stealers at times. A couple of the participants have no idea how to cook but Heidi is patient. What starts out as just lessons becomes more as they get to know one another. I enjoyed the way the book unfolded and was sad to see it end. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. What I loved most was the interaction between the various people and also the individual stories within the main story.
If you like Amish stories I am sure you will enjoy this one and if you are not a big fan of Amish books you will find this book doesn't focus mainly on their lifestyle because of having both English and Amish involved. A good read.