In “The Seekers” by Wanda E. Brunstetter, we see how the Amish lifestyle can provide good experiences for those in the community. Heidi Troyer has been married for a few years to Lyle. They have no children, much to her dismay and Lyle is away quite a lot for his business. Heidi tries to fill her days with housework and gardening, but you can only clean so much and hoe the weeds until the garden is well tended. Then what is she to do? Heidi is a wonderful cook and she hears from her aunt who has started a quilting class for any and all who sign up. She decides to start a cooking class and advertises in the community. Not thinking she will have too many takers, she is quite surprised when she finds that five people are interested. Charlene is engaged, but can’t boil water. Kendra is pregnant and alone because her parents ordered her out of their house. Loretta is a widow with two children and wants her kids to grow up in a simple lifestyle. Eli is a widower who is very lonely after the death of his wife and always hungry because he can’t cook a lick. Ron is a Vietnam Vet whose reasons for being on the Troyer farm are nefarious and we see how being with these others transforms him. This is an interesting group of people and we find that all have shortcomings, but under the tutelage of Heidi, not only do they learn to cook, but they find acceptance and solutions to the problems that beset them.
I always enjoy books by Mrs. Brunstetter. She is a favorite voice of Amish novels and stories. I received a print copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.