Review: The Seekers by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Seekers by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Series: Amish Cooking Class (# 1)
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Pages: 320
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Will Heidi’s cooking lessons turn into life lessons for five unlikely students? Heidi Troyer cooks up the idea of teaching classes in the art of Amish cuisine in her Holmes County, Ohio, home. But is it a recipe for drama when five very different men and women answer the advertisement?

Join a class of unlikely Ohioans who take cooking lessons at Lyle and Heidi Troyer’s Amish farm. A woman engaged to marry, an expectant mother estranged from her family, a widowed mom seeking to simplify, a Vietnam vet who camps on the Troyer’s farm, and an Amish widower make up the mismatched lot of students.

Class members share details of their disappointing lives, work to solve a mystery, and stir some romance into the pot. Soon Heidi’s cooking lessons turn into life lessons as they each share their challenges. . .and their souls are healed one meal at a time. Is this what God had in mind when Heidi got the idea for cooking classes?


Review:  The Seekers is book one of the Amish Cooking Class series by Wanda Brunstetter. Having read one of the books in Wanda’s Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club Series I can see a similarity in the two sets of trilogies. Her books are always simple, delightful reads that offer an Inspirational message. There is an element of predictability in The Seekers. But that is okay with me because the story is not a mystery and I always enjoy happy endings.

In The Seekers, Heidi was sure the cooking class idea was inspired by God but she didn’t know how greatly each students’ life would be affected when the class came to an end. She had a mix of Amish and English students, which made it a little different. All the characters were facing realistic problems that could not be fixed in a day. But they did discover that there was help in facing those problems. My favorite character was Amish widower Eli.

I enjoyed this novel. It is a light, enjoyable read. Depending on how you look at it, you may or may not be satisfied with the ending. This is a trilogy after all so some story lines are going to carry over into the next book. I recommend checking out The Seekers. I think you will want to get a second helping and read The Blessing when it is released in August 2017.

RTB tammy sig