What the Heart Sees: A Collection of Amish Romances

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Nov 30, Melissa mckim rated it it was amazing. I loved every story in this book. I really thought it was cute the character of the little girl named the horse biscuit and gravy and they called it gravy for short. I couldn't put the book down. Feb 27, Abbie rated it really liked it Shelves: I with we could give have star ratings. I give this 4. I enjoyed all three of these stories. In the first one A Miracle for Miriam I found it interesting to read of a Amish young lady dealing with body image. Reading as these two young people fell in love was heart warming and a good reminder to be proud of who we are.

Seth was learning to see everything different after an accident scared him for life and Miriam learned to love herself as she is. A Place of His own was a littl I with we could give have star ratings. A Place of His own was a little slower for me I did not feel like the characters got fully developed but it still was a fun read. Josiah had to forgive his father for the way he was treated after his mother dies and it also touched on tempers and control which is another subject one would not expect to read about in an Amish book.

Amanda was a sweet girl but to me her character was kind flat.

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But I did enjoy the story over all. I loved is story. Ellie was blind and feared she would never marry. Christopher is still getting over the death of his girlfriend. Together they both come to better understand who they are and learn to put the past behind them and move ahead together. Over all a great book. I enjoyed all three stories and if you enjoy Amish Romances then you should grab this book! This author is one of my favorites and I look forward to reading more of her books.

View all 3 comments. Apr 01, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Looking forward to reading this win from first reads giveaways. I really enjoyed it as it was my first "Amish romance". Couldn't believe how much the German I took in high school paid off all these years later. Kept me from having to refer back to the glossary in the front of the book. I really liked all three of the stories in this book. A Place of His Own, the second was a great story about a young man Looking forward to reading this win from first reads giveaways.

A Place of His Own, the second was a great story about a young man that had to overcome a lot of pain in his young life. He finally overcomes his hurt and finds what he has been missing. The third story, What the Heart Sees, is about a car accident and it's impact on the small community. I was thankful for winning the book, thanks goodreads!

I really enjoyed the Amish stories. I will look for more from Kathleen Fuller, she is a great storyteller!

What the Heart Sees: A Collection of Amish Romances

Feb 16, Rachel Brand rated it really liked it Shelves: Fans of Kathleen Fuller will be delighted to discover that three of her novellas have been repackaged into one volume. The stories, which previously appeared in An Amish Christmas, An Amish Gathering and An Amish Love respectively, are romantic tales of young Amish men and women discovering and rekindling love and healing past hurts. In A Miracle for Miriam, Miriam must reconcile her memories of Seth, the boy who teased her as a teenager, with the young man he has become.

Seth is in for a cultur Fans of Kathleen Fuller will be delighted to discover that three of her novellas have been repackaged into one volume. Seth is in for a culture shock, returning to his Amish family after he was seriously injured in a car accident. But his near-death experience has made him to rethink his life, causing him see everything in a different light — including Miriam.

In order to pursue a relationship with her reformed would-be-suitor, Miriam has to learn to forgive and let go of past grudges, or miss out on the chance of falling in love. It made me rethink my expectation that all Amish are able to focus purely on inner beauty. After all, everyone strives not to be vain and to focus on what cannot be seen, but our human flaws cause us to be concerned with the physical. Those who think that the Amish are romanticised will be pleased to find such a realistic and character-driven story. Amanda is surprised to discover that her childhood best friend, Josiah, has returned from Indiana to fix up his old family home in A Place of His Own.

Slowly, Amanda begins to draw Josiah out of his shell and make him face the long-buried wounds that are still causing him pain. Can this healing process rekindle their friendship, and maybe even spark embers of love? There was so much potential and a lot of unexplored areas in this novella, so I think Kathleen was just restricted by her word count. And while I warmed up to Josiah after a while, I really struggled with the character of Amanda, who no matter what she said or did, still seemed very two-dimensional and shallow.

The last novella also shares its name with the collection, What the Heart Sees. I was fortunate enough to read this story earlier in the year, so please check out my review of An Amish Love to read my thoughts on it. Although I enjoyed each of the stories in this collection, I think their weakness is that they share very common themes. Review title sent courtesy of Thomas Nelson. Feb 04, Camille rated it really liked it Shelves: I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

A Miracle for Miriam 2. A Place of His Own 3. What The Heart Sees A Miracle for Miriam is the first story, about Miriam, a young Amish woman who was previously in love with Seth Fisher and has since given up on finding love after he made fun of her during their school years. However, Seth Fisher has been through a lot since that time, including his rumpsringa and a terrible car accident leaving him still limping and in pain.

He finds new beauty in Miriam that he had previously not noticed, and she is not eager to accept his attention assuming it is for the wrong reason. As the title implies there is a miracle for Miriam, but what will that be? Now, he is forced to return to Paradise, having gone through a lot and changed in many ways since he left 10 years before without even saying goodbye.

Amanda, his former best friend, discovers that he is back and is very excited to see Josiah again. However, when she goes to talk to him she finds out that Josiah is not the same boy she knew 10 years earlier. She desires to find the old Josiah who she thinks must be buried within the bitter shell of the man she used to know, but he makes it extremely difficult.


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Will Josiah find his old self with the help of Amanda, or is he so lost that she finally has to let him go? The last story is What The Heart Sees. This story is about Ellie Chupp who went blind in a terrible car accident. He comes back some years later to find Isiah engaged to his own sister, and the betrayal washes over him again, but at the same time he finds his heart falling for Ellie, feelings he thought he would never have again.

Will Christopher be able to let go of his pain and anger? Or will his chances at a happy life be ruined when he cannot forgive Isiah for he events that happened and changed his life forever? I really enjoyed all 3 stories.

What the Heart Sees A Collection of Amish Romances

I had read A Miracle for Miriam several months before in another collection of novellas. The other two were really unique and beautiful. I thought A Place of His Own really showed a man struggling to find himself again after going through terrible events and discovering that running from one's problems will not solve them.

What The Heart Sees is a beautiful story demonstrating that no one is perfect and one's flaws can actually endear you to another, rather than making you "unworthy" of finding happiness.

What the Heart Sees: A Collection of Amish Romances by Kathleen Fuller

It's a good lesson to remember when we are down on our own selves for our flaws. Perfection is daunting, and impossible to achieve and flaws are not deal breakers: I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Good read, but no the most memorable. Apr 25, Sabrina rated it liked it Shelves: What the Heart Sees is a collection of 3 short romance stories. Each different and written with its' own unique challenges. A Miracle for Miriam - is the first story.

Miriam is a nineteen year old girl who is re-introduced to her first "crush" after he has been gone for 5 years. Having not liked her previously, he quickly discovers that there is more to Miriam than he ever thought. He falls for her and tries to get her to like him back. He has a bit of a struggle as years earlier he made a nasty What the Heart Sees is a collection of 3 short romance stories.

He has a bit of a struggle as years earlier he made a nasty comment to Miriam that scarred her. In the end Seth triumphs and both fall in love. It was a sweet story, but my least favorite of the three. I thought Miriam was too hard on Seth. I understand he hurt her with his comment, but it was made when both were 14 years old.

How many have said something in haste that have come back to bite them?! A Place of His Own - is the second story. Josiah comes back to his deceased parents home after being gone for 10 years with the intention of fixing it up and selling it.


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His best friend Amanda , whom he hasn't spoken to in those 10 yrs is estatic to see him. She pretty much forces him to accept her and her family's help in repairing the house. Always in love with Amanda, Josiah is hesitant because he doesn't want to feed those feelings and hurt Amanda. Amanda, in turn, is surprised by her friends distant behavior and his "grown-up" goods looks. She is falling for him and knows it. What she can't understand is why he is pushing her away. Determined to find out she works on him for answers.

Being a short story it moved fast. I would have loved to read the development of the characters more and wish for a full-lenth novel. What the Heart Sees - is the third story. Another one where I would have loved a full-length novel to delve into the characters more. Christopher is returning home determined to put the past behind him and return to his family. Old issues haunt him and he finds it's hard to let go. It seems nobody understands him besides maybe Ellie.

As days go by, Ellie seems to be the only one who can get through to Christopher and the fact that she is personally involved helps them to discuss the events that continue to haunt him. I think Christopher was treated a little too harshly by his family and community. It was clear he was grieving and needed someone to talk to. Shunning him is not the best way to get someone who is that angry to open up and ask for forgiveness. I'm glad he was able to find and fall in love with Ellie.

Ellie's father had the best line. YES, yes he did!! Good going Dad ;-. In the end everything worked out for the couple and Christopher's peace of mind. All three stories had tramatic experiences happen that forced one or more of the characters to have a change of heart and see things differently. I'd like to think these changes of heart would have evenutally come regardless of these events, but being short stories they had to move along quickly and this was the way to do it. I received this book free from Goodreads First-Read.

Feb 27, Brenda rated it it was amazing. While I had read one of the stories in another collection it was nice to have this group of stories together in one book. Miriam was picked on in school by a boy and his friends who told her she was ugly, which affected how she viewed herself. She had longed for a husband, but her self esteem issues followed her in "What The Heart Sees" is a compilation of three short stories that have been previously published in other books.

She had longed for a husband, but her self esteem issues followed her into adulthood, making her wonder if she would ever find a mate. When Seth, the bully who taunted her in school shows up in town, and starts paying attention to her, will Miriam be able to forgive him? When Josiah Botranger left Paradise ten years ago he didn't even get to say goodbye to his best friend Mandy, but now he has returned to fix up their old house sell it and then leave, but perhaps he will instead find what he has been longing for in Paradise.

I had already read this story but reread it anyway and found that I liked it just as well as I did the first time. In this story everything seemed to change for Ellie Chupp five years ago in an accident where she lost her sight. Chris Miller left five years ago after loosing his fiancee in the same accident that cost Ellie her sight. Ellie wants to be Chris' friend but can he let go of the past? Each of these stories give the reader a great glimpse as to what a fantastic storyteller Ms. She pulls you into each story with well developed characters and plots that move at a brisk pace.

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Each story has the reoccurring theme of men returning home to find forgiveness and love. There is a glossary for the Amish words that are peppered through out the stories. In addition there is a reading group guide and a few Amish recipes for readers to try. Fans of good clean romance with a nice inspirational thread woven in should pick up this book, its a great way to sample the work of one of todays leading Amish authors. Apr 15, Cynthia rated it really liked it. What the Heart Sees is a collection of three novellas by Kathleen Fuller. A Miracle for Miriam is about a young lady who was once very hurt.

She carries that pain with her every day of her life, but masks it under being busy. Seth is recovering from a horrible car accident which has made him see what his priorities in life should be. Can both of them find the healing they need? Josiah has returned to Paradise with intentions to leave as quickly as he can.

Can he avoid the demons from his past or What the Heart Sees is a collection of three novellas by Kathleen Fuller. Can he avoid the demons from his past or will he ultimately confront them and put them to rest? He believes he is fighting alone, but he has forgotten the tenacity of his youthful best friend, Amanda. She is excited to see her friend back, but cannot understand why he has changed so much.

In A Place of His Own, we find out that friendship and faith can overcome that which seems impossible alone. What the Heart Sees is the final novella in this book. The Amish community is recovering from a deadly car accident. The survivors are moving forward with their lives, all but one who has fled to get as far as he can from the pain. Christopher must decide if he can come to terms with what happened and truly live again. Ellie must share her pain and accept her disability. Will their friendship help them overcome the tragedy? I enjoyed reading these three stories.

The issues confronting the characters are issues that many people face and these tales can help us to grapple with forgiveness, love, faithfulness, and hope. I found parts of Miriam's tale to go a bit slowly, be somewhat repetitious, so I can't say that was my favorite of the three. I do believe the middle book about Amanda and Josiah is my favorite because of the faithfulness of her friendship.

The final story is the most complex of the three, but not to its detriment. This book offers many hours of entertaining reading and I award it 4 out of 5 pieces of bacon. Kathleen Fuller is a wife and mother as well as an author of novels, novellas, and short stories. She has degrees in early childhood and special education. Aug 25, Tammy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Along with remembering how much she was in love with Seth she remembered how he crushed her heart in front of everyone when they were younger. Now that they are adults in the community and have came in contact with each other again she has to fight to keep those feelings for Seth down inside her because she is afraid that he will once again crush her heart.

This is a great short story but I found myself wanting the story to continue so I could find out how their lives turned out. Then, one day he comes back into her life for her only to find out that he is leaving again. When they were growing up he was her best friend and she thought that she knew everything about him but boy was she surprised.

But Seth is intent on convincing her that he's worth a second chance. Now he's back, ten years later, and he's changed. Why is he so distant and bitter? Where is the boy who used to be Amanda's best friend? Amanda is learning that there are things even a capable Amish girl can't fix.

But will she just stand there and let him disappear again? Christopher Miller has returned home, five years after a tragedy took the life of his fiancee. When Ellie and Chris meet again, their attraction is undeniable. But the possibility of loving another person again is terrifying.

By letting go of the past and their fears of the future, old friends remind each other that what matters most is invisible to the eye. I love this book, always kept me coming back to read more. The writer makes you feel like you are part of the story. Thank you for sharing. They were all previously published in other Amish