The Seekers by author Wanda Brunstetter is another great Amish offering from a gifted author. This 320 page paperback novel published by Barbour is absolutely a page turner. I didn't want to do anything except read it from cover to cover.
This book has everything that I enjoy in Christian fiction. Author Wanda has included plenty of scripture in her book. There are inspirational messages dealing with love, forgiveness, values, respect, and redemption. The present day issues of PTSD, unwanted pregnancy, bullying, and family relations are discussed. Cute children and dogs are included along with the adult characters. Recipes of six Amish dishes follow the story. After the recipes are 15 discussion questions for individual or group reflection and discussion. The last page is information about the author, Wanda.
Wanda has a nice way of writing. Her characters all have a wide variety of personalities and issues. Some main and secondary characters are so lovable while others are just terrible villains. Wanda knows how to write! In this book you will meet Heidi and Lyle, the Amish couple. Heidi teaches the cooking classes. Her students are Ron, Eli, Loretta, Charlotte, and Kendra. Each student has a unique story and issue. As Heidi teaches her class directions are given for an Amish dish in such vivid detail that I wanted to go to my kitchen and cook along side them. I wanted to smell the delicious aromas that were coming out of my book. Now I want to take a cooking class even though I have written a cookbook myself!
This is a lovely book. I became friends with the cooking members and became invested in their lives very early, Heidi's, too. The story is interesting immediately and takes no time to work into. I couldn't put it down from page one and am counting the days until the sequel.
I would definitely recommend this book. It is wonderful. It would be good for a church group, book club, cooking club, anyone that enjoys Amish fiction, Christian romance, contemporary, or fiction. I loved it. There are twists, humor, Amish recipes, Amish words, great descriptions of the Amish life and country, and mystery. I rated this 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Barbour and the author for my honest opinion.