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Made with Love, by Sherry Gore and Tricia Goyer is a wonderful partnership that produced a cute Amish story. This is the first book in the Pinecraft Pie Shop series. This story is told in alternating points of view to tell the story of Lovina and her dream of opening a pie shop. The book also includes a collection of recipes that can be found at the end of most chapters.
Pinecraft, Florida is an Amish community where many of the northern Amish families vacation and where some Amish call home year round. Lovina, her four sisters, and her parents now call Pinecraft home due to her Dat’s (father’s) health. The family is adjusting to their new life in Pinecraft, and Lovina starts thinking it is time to follow her dream of opening a pie shop, much to her Mem’s (mother’s) dismay. Mem is far more concerned about Lovina and her sister’s finding upstanding Amish men to marry.
Noah is an Amish man who is known as a troublemaker by the older Amish community after a serious incident that occurred during his rumspringa. Although he is infamous for his mistake, he has devoted his life to God and the Amish way and has vowed to help other young men who find themselves in the same position he was as a youth. But will anyone ever trust him, or these boys again?
As Lovina begins the journey toward her dream, she realizes she will need much more help than she thought. Unknowing of his past, she begins to know Noah and finds herself intrigued by him. Could Noah and the boys be the answer in her life’s dream? Could Noah be the answer in more ways than one? Or will everything end in heartbreak?
Made with Love was a well written and well executed story. It is mostly light-hearted and an easy book that is full of faith. The characters are very well developed and deep. The reader is able to identify with their hopes, dreams, and emotions. There is no violence, profanity, or sexual situations. This is a Christian story concerning the Amish community. A basic understanding of Amish culture would be helpful before reading this book, but is not absolutely necessary. I found the book a little slow at times, but it was still engaging. I would give this book four out of five stars.