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BOOK REVIEW: A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller

Posted October 28, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Kathleen Fuller / 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen FullerA Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller
Published by Thomas Nelson on October 21st 2014
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 89

Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.

You know how I always, well OK sometimes, complain that a novella tries to be too much?  I’ve been really lucky here lately with novellas understanding their amazing role in literature and stepping up to the plate in amazing ways.  ‘A Gift for Anne Marie’ by Kathleen Fuller takes one for the team but almost, sorta, OK a little bit tilts to the opposite direction of my chief novella complaint.  I feel like there was a tidbit too little history of some the characters in their given moment to fully grasp them.  Not Anne Marie or Nathaniel but more her mother and the mysterious thing going on there.  Like how long was she a widow?  Who are her brother’s and how does her relationship with them play into her life?  That kind of thing.  My almost perfect snapshot of time had some blurry edges.  Trust me, if I had to err on either side of that line I’d rather err this way than with a novella who thinks it’s a whole big book all on it’s own.

I know a few people feel like Anne Marie was the girl who protested too much.  I didn’t see it that way.  She was the girl who didn’t make assumptions.  She also hadn’t yet started to view her friendships and relationships, despite being an adult woman of 20, as adult instead of the youth she was leaving behind.  She just wasn’t in touch with her own feelings.  Nathaniel really wasn’t either.  Therefore I don’t feel like they were purposely obtuse or even protesting their burgeoning feelings overly much as a lack of total self awareness.  There’s so much more than just a couple of new adults actually figuring out they are adults.  And lifelong best friends.  And that sometimes that makes for perfect couples.  There’s family and friendship and changing lives and well for a mere 89 pages it’s got a lot going on in it’s snapshot.

A Gift for Anne Marie (An Amish Second Christmas)


About Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller is the best-selling author of over thirty books, including the Hearts of Middlefield series.

1. I started writing January 1, 2000. New year, new millenium, new career.
2. I’m a former special education teacher, specializing in teaching the blind and visually impaired.
3. I was born in New Orleans, LA, raised in Little Rock, AR, and call Geneva, OH my home.
4. On June 12, 2013, my husband and I will celebrate twenty years of marriage.
5. We have three awesome kids.
6. I love chocolate. ‘Nuff said.
7. I’ve written and published over twenty-five novels and novellas.
8. I also write nonfiction–interviews, devotionals, Bible studies, essays, blog posts…
9. We have three dogs–Biscuit, Mollie, and Chief. And one cat, creatively named Kitty.
10. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Ireland.

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Books of Autumn

Books of Autumn

It has to be said, this is my favorite time of year.  Minus the coming cold of course, and allergies.  But fall, autumn, whatever you call it is just as much a time of new beginnings as any other season.  New beginning for the plants and trees as they prepare for the coming cold.  New beginnings for kids as they return for another year of school.  When I think about what I would recommend reading for fall I come back to beginnings.  Back to some favorite authors and some of their first books.  Maybe not the first but the beginning.  I went scouring the internet with a specific theme in mind and came up with a few Autumn reads for you to reflect back to the beginning, all based on the colors of the cover.  Cheesy much? 😀  I have to tell you, narrowing it down like this was HARD.  […]

BOOK REVIEW: A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: A Man of His Word by Kathleen Fuller

Posted September 23, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Hearts of Middlefield, Kathleen Fuller / 1 Comment

This is my 99th review for this year.  Approaching a milestone or something.  I have to say it doesn’t get any easier despite the number you many put there.  Sometimes reviews almost literally write themselves.  Not often and when they do I cherish the moment.  Most of them, it’s HARD.  How do I get the point across of how amazing something is or how much I liked it without giving the good stuff away.  Rarely however, it’s more like how do I put a positive spin on a book that just didn’t do it for me.  I don’t mean rosy, happy, positive but more a realizing that what doesn’t work for me will always find it’s intended audience.  Thankfully this book falls in category 2 up there.  I LOVED it but for the love of tomatoes the review is a struggle.  This book is more then just the synopsis.  Moriah, […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: The Promise of a Letter by Kathleen Fuller

Roman is on the verge of leaving the Amish ways. Feeling confined by the strict rules, he longs to do something more with his life. But when things don’t go as planned, Roman’s prospects outside of the community dwindle. Upon learning that his beloved grandmother has died and left a letter urging him to reconcile with his brother in Birch Creek, Roman decides to return home. But he doesn’t plan to stay for long. Leanna Chupp has always made her own way in her small community of Birch Creek. Though some may call her unconventional—strange, even—Leanna is happy. Her unique outlook on life has meant she’s never had many suitors pursuing courtship, which Leanna doesn’t mind. She is content being single. But when Roman and Leanna find themselves working together again, everything changes. Though neither fit squarely within the strictures of the Amish faith, their differences could be the very thing […]

BOOK REVIEW: Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: Written in Love by Kathleen Fuller

When a postal error creates pen pals of two young Amish people, can they put behind their past mistakes to see the bright future God has written for them? Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person. Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. But when Jalon suggests they meet, she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about […]