Two people make a marriage, and the only way it will work is if those two people listen to each other and compromise. Together they can find a solution. Just like the garden, it needs both sun and water, and together you need to work together to nourish and grow your relationship.
An Amish Garden brings 4 Amish couples together. It is the analogy of a Garden that brings each of these love stories to life. The caring, the weeding, the cultivating all that makes a garden glorious is the same for any relationship. Each of these couples must overcome obstacles of fear, insecurities, control to freely love the other and to be in God’s will. All while helping a widow of the community to leave legacy of love that her late husband desired. Let me introduce you.
Katie is fed up with her brother and her best friend as they have completely forget about her as they have become engaged. In dealing with her hurt feelings, Chris a visitor to the community softens the blow of loss of her brother Ephraim and her best friend Mandy. But God is showing Katie a side of her that she must deal with. How to deal with change in relationships. In dealing with these changes, she lashes out to the ones who care the most for her. A heartfelt story of emotions gone awry.
Clara a good friend of Katie that is working alongside the care of the Garden hopes to find love like the rest of her good friends. She sees the goodness of marriage and trusts that God will give her the desires of her heart in a family of her own. She takes time to enjoy what God has for her now in her friends and purpose. When her old school friend Jerry comes to visit the garden, she considers his choice to become an Englisher. She wonders why he didn’t become baptized and join the church and community. Jerry see’s his old school friend Clara differently. How she has changed and the peace she seems to have. He never felt that God called him to the community and with the pressure of family, he becomes more confused about where he belongs. Clara longs for him to see how he belongs in the community without pressuring him and isolating him further. This was my favorite of the couples.
Tene s visiting her great aunt Emma whose garden is bringing love together. Tene is not looking for love as she has come to heal from the tragedy of a broken heart and tragedy that left her brother in the hospital. She is fearful of all Englisher and when one without any food to his name, comes to their vegetable stand, all she wants him to do his leave. When he asks for food, she tries to send him away only Wayne a good friend of Emma’s comes to homeless mans rescue. Wayne tries to calm Tene’s fears but Tene cannot see past her fears. Wayne is falling for Tene but cannot understand the hardness of her heart. Just as garden cannot grow in a hard ground, our love cannot grow with hardened heart. These two learn to breakdown the barriers to trust and love. Love casts out all fear.
The last couple is the first to become a couple. Ephraim and Mandy are now engaged and getting ready for the marriage. With the all the pressures of getting ready, Mandy is fretting over getting everything done in time. Another set back of Ephraim’s sister coming back to live with the family puts Ephraim’s plan to set up his own household in chaos. When Mandy suggests to wait to get married at later date, Ephraim loses all control and calls off the wedding. Not able to listen and understand the other, will they throw away the love that they share on misunderstandings and insecurities. A lesson on what is marriage and home.
Each of these love stories bring home how commitment and trust build a strong marriage. Enjoyed getting to know these couples as they worked on their struggles to find love and ultimately home.
A Special Thank you to Zondervan Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.