Jonas Sutter, along with his eight year old daughter
Emma, has come to Pinecraft, an Amish/Mennonite community
in Sarasota, Florida, to finish out the year as a teacher
at the Amish school. His older sister Ruth Ann, who
normally teaches there, needs to take time off to help
her daughter who is expecting twins. Jonas is a farmer in
Kentucky, not a teacher, and he has doubts about his
abilities to teach the children, but Ruth Ann has faith
in him. She also believes Jonas needs a change of
scenery since his wife died two years ago. He is not
moving on with his life.
Hope Miller came to Pinecraft about a year ago with her
family. Her father's health brought them here. Her older
sister Lovina found her niche opening a pie shop in
Pinecraft and is doing very well. Lovina has found love
here too. Hope isn't sure where she fits in. She likes
quiet and solitude, something she has not found here. She
liked her garden in Ohio where she could be alone and
enjoy watching her plants survive and flourish.
Jonas and Hope meet when Hope rescues Emma from Philipi
Creek. A canoe capsizes on Emma, and Hope
drags her from the murky water. A friendship begins to
bud between Jonas and Hope. That friendship is nudged
along by "conspirators" who plan a garden behind Lovina's
pie shop and ask Hope to develop and tend it. These same
conspirators talk Jonas into having his class of children
come and help with the garden. Hope loves the idea of the
garden but not the children. Where will she find her
quiet and solitude? Will there be more growing here than
just flowers and vegetables?
PLANTED WITH HOPE is an inspirational romance with many
extras added in for a renewing of your soul. Tricia
Goyer and Sherry Gore bring us a delightful
Amish tale filled with Amish Proverbs, delicious recipes,
and helpful gardening tips between chapters. This is the
second book in their Pinecraft Pie Shop series. I
the first one, but will definitely have to read it.
PLANTED WITH HOPE is a story about finding hope no
matter what is happening in our lives. It's a story about
God giving us what we need...not necessarily what we want.
There are so many lessons to be learned from this
inspirational story: lessons about love, about faith and
about pulling the weeds from our own lives. The
characters are endearing and the storyline weaves a
plethora of subplots that will keep you wanting to know
more. I've visited Pinecraft several times, not only in
books by Ms. Goyer, but with other writers of Amish
stories set in this charming community. If this is your
genre, or you just need a lift in your spirit, I highly
recommend PLANTED WITH HOPE.
In the second installment of the Pinecraft Pie
you'll return to a town and a family you've already grown to
When Hope Miller is offered the plot of land behind the Me,
Myself, and Pie
shop to start a garden, she jumps at the chance.
Finally--some space away
from her four sisters! But everyone in town seems to have an
what she should grow and how she should grow it. When the
schoolteacher, Jonas Sutter, asks if his students at the
Amish school can
help turn the plot into a community garden, Hope only
wondering if she will ever get the peace and quiet she
craves. And will she
get anything to grow?
The stories of friendship, community, and unexpected love
pages will plant real seeds of hope within your heart.