Posts Tagged With: Amish stories

Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson


This was a very sweet story. I didn’t realize it was Teen Fiction, but I still enjoyed it.

Micah has been writing her Amish penpal since 5th grade. However, he thinks Micah is a boy. Naturally. Now they are almost adults, and the secret has been kept all this time! The two had become very close, and had confided in each other through many years and many difficulties of their lives.

But now the time has come. The two are going to meet! How will Zack react when he finds out he has been writing to a girl all these years? What will his family say? As Micah gets to the Miller home, she pretends to be the boy they all thought Zack was writing. But of course, that can’t last long. Will they accept her? Can she continue her friendship with Zack?

As the story progresses, Zack tells Micah a secret of his own. The two cling to their friendship as life takes a huge turn!

This was a very cute book, and if I were a teenager, I would have liked it even more. Very good, moral, clean read.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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A Big Year for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher



This is Book 3 in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series for girls ages 8-12. It is the second in the series I have read. I have enjoyed the simple fun the children have in both volumes I have read.

Lily is the oldest of four children in an Amish family. She has all brothers and life seems so unfair in her young life. I have to laugh at her distress over things that seem so silly. But then I think back to her age, and realize that most “small” problems were larger than life to me, as well!

Lily is growing up and changing. She is upset when her teacher announces she will be getting married, and will no longer be teaching. She has a misunderstanding with her cousin, her best friend, and the two are constantly disagreeing on the character of Aaron Yoder. The schoolhouse burns down, and Lily mourns her very own box of 64 crayons that perished in the fire.

These chapters are short and cute. It would make great reading aloud with families. Lily learns so many lessons about obedience, jumping to conclusions, and simple kindness. This volume is filled with morals we all want our children to learn.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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A Simple Song by Melody Carlson


Amish stories are so intriguing. Every one I have ever read makes me wonder how much is true. I always admire the simple ways of life, and the closeness of family. Yet I always feel sorry for those who feel trapped. This book was no different.

Katrina is a young Amish girl, only a few years from marrying age. Her father is a typical Amish farmer, but he has a terrible accident that leaves him almost crippled. Needing an expensive back surgery, the entire family is unsure of their future.

Katrina has a beautiful singing voice. But all her life she has been told that to enjoy it or to sing too loudly, is vainglory and should never be done. However, when her friend Bekka hears about how bad her father is, she tells Katrina about a TV show she has been secretly watching. It is about singers who compete, and the top winners come home with more than double the money Katrina’s father would need for his surgery. After a long period of wondering what is the right thing to do, Katrina decides to go for it!

As she heads to Hollywood, you can imagine what a simple Amish girl can get herself into. I loved reading about her wild adventures there.

Some parts of the ending are a surprise and some are predictable. I felt it kind of ended abruptly and would have liked one extra chapter to let the ending sink in. But all in all, a great read!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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A New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher


This book is a charming read for girls ages 8-12. It follows the adventures of a young Amish girl named Lily. In this book, her family has moved from New York to Pennsylvania, and everything seems to be wrong. Lily is unhappy with most of her circumstances and is constantly declaring it wouldn’t be this way if they’d stayed in New York.

Lily is a worrier. She worries about dying when a schoolmate tells her, “If you look into a mirror when a clock strikes midnight, you will see what you look like in your coffin.” When Lily sees her own reflection, she tells her mother the next morning that she will not live long.

She worries about what her friends will think of her when her mother wants her to take a pumpkin pie to share with her friends at school. She tells her younger brother, “Joseph, don’t you realize how embarrassing it is to take a big pumpkin pie to school?” So they decide to eat it and leave the pan in the woods before they get to school.

On one occass

ion, they hire an “Englisher” to work their land with his tractor. Lily and Joseph play on it and succeed in rolling it down the hill, almost to the road. Another time, the children beg their parents to let them sleep in the barn. So, when they are allowed, Lily isn’t happy with the all the noises and critters, and hardly sleeps a wink!

Through all the adventure, and the awkwardness of growing up, Lily learns that she can feel “at home” in Pennsylvania after all. She makes friends and learns lessons. This is a wonderful book, and I would love for my daughter to read it. It’s also a great opportunity to teach them about tradition, and how some traditions are good, but we must live by God’s Word instead of tradition.

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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