In her second Amish Cooking Class novel, “The Blessing”, Wanda Brunstetter continues the story of Heidi and her cooking classes. After a disappointment, Heidi’s husband Lyle convinces her to begin another class to help keep her from dwelling on her letdown. Readers will meet a new group of students as well as catch up with some familiar characters from “The Seekers”.

The steady plot is filled with day-to-day scenes that set the background for life as experienced by Heidi and her students. A bit of humor is scattered throughout although the tone is predominately serious. The students are a mixed group – readers can expect to like some and to dislike others. But as in “The Seekers”, Heidi’s gentle spirit and quiet wisdom as well as sharing Bible verses at each lesson unexpectedly impacts each student and changes their lives.

“The Blessing” (and the rest of this series) is a must read for all lovers of Amish fiction.

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Six new cooking class students.  New friendships form, a romance blossoms, and hearts receive healing nourishment. Will Heidi’s own hurting heart also be healed?

Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi’s table.

During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students—though, this time Heidi’s own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment.


Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of nearly 70 books with more than 9 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, and Country Woman. Wanda’s books have been translated into four foreign languages.