An Amish Summer, a 4-novella collection including one by author Kelly Irvin

Disclaimer: I don’t normally read Amish fiction. But, a while back, I discovered the writing of Kelly Irvin. I enjoy her books, not because they about the Amish, but they are well-written, and interesting. Irvin does not write about the Amish as if she wears rose-colored glasses. She brings it, warts and all. Also, she […]

Upon a Spring Breeze, new by Kelly Irvin

When you want to read a piece of “Amish fiction”, you can’t go wrong by picking up a novel by Kelly Irvin. Swiftly gaining the pinnacle of this popular genre, Irvin consistently delivers an excellent, page-turning, can’t put it down read. Upon a Spring Breeze is no exception. How conflicted one would be if our […]

The Saddle Maker’s Son, by Kelly Irvin

Susan here, with another review of the latest book from Kelly Irvin. She’s, in my opinion, the best writer of Amish fiction that I have come across. From her unusual plots, to her sensitive and realistic portrayals of the Amish life, Kelly Irvin hits many high notes with her plots, characters, and setting. This time […]

“An Amish Market” book review

Four novellas together between two covers. I have to say that even though I am often leery of Amish fiction, this collection was a pleasant read. Four quite different tales, all by some of the better authors working in the genre (IMO). First novella: Involves lovelorn Amish girl drawing a scorned man out of his […]

Book Review: “The Bishop’s Son”, by Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is my favorite author in the Amish genre. She brings a needed touch of realism to her tales of Amish life. Not idolizing the Amish, as if they were more holy than mainstream Christians, she yet brings interesting tales off their unusual beliefs and lifestyle. In this offering, a young lady battles her […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “The Beekeeper’s Son” by Kelly Irvin

Irvin’s latest continues to place her in the top ranks of those authors writing Amish fiction. No rose-colored glasses here. The story was light-hearted in a way, even while dealing with some serious issues such as grief, loneliness, community upheaval, unmet needs, and physical disfigurement. Irvin takes chances, too, with her story here. At least […]

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: “A Plain Love Song” by Kelly Irvin

This is the fourth book I have read by Kelly Irvin, and this is one of her best among many good ones. She really kept me guessing with the outcome and the interplay between heroine Adah and her two beaus stayed quite realistic, IMO. The plot elements of song-writing, music, performance anxiety, and Adah’s struggle […]