These four novellas have one thing in common: The storyline is centered on gardens the Amish rely on to feed their families and oftentimes to earn extra money. The stories don’t need to be read in order to enjoy each one to its fullest. Each author brings her uniqueness to her novella, and they blend well into a great read.

Emma finds a teen and her child in her barn in Chapman’s “Where Healing Blooms.” Her bishop begs her to take them in. Is she up to the task? Fuller’s “Flowers for Rachael” finds Rachael working so hard on keeping her garden in order that she doesn’t have many friends. Gideon, who is in love with Rachael, offers his help, but she’s hesitant to accept. In Goyer’s “Seeds of Love” a company wants to buy Sadie’s parents’ heirloom seeds, but they’re all she has left of them. Will she let Eli help? Rosemary’s brown thumb is hindering her garden in Wiseman’s “Rooted in Love.” Saul, who’s had a secret crush on Rosemary for years, helps her with the gardening, but someone keeps digging up their hard work … and that someone has a secret. (THOMAS NELSON, Mar., 416 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed by: 
Patsy Glans