Women’s fiction, poetry to engage

Popular Amish author Amy Clipston serves up a collection of novellas in “Seasons of an Amish Garden.”

All of the stories in this collection revolve around a community garden and the young people who are working on it. In “Spring is in the Air,” Katie Ann must deal with the fact that her brother and her best friend are dating. In “Home by Summer” Clara is thrilled to run into old friend and former crush Jerry. In “The Fruits of Fall” Tena is frightened by the appearance of a stranger in their midst, but friend Wayne is ready to help. And in “Winter Blessings,” Mandy and Ephraim must decide if they want to continue their relationship or go their separate ways.

This is a great collection of short stories for fans of Clipston, or anyone who would want to check out the genre.

“Seasons of an Amish Garden” is published by Zondervan. It is $15.99 and 388 pages long.

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Beth Kendrick returns to Black Dog Bay, the breakup capital of the world, and its cast of quirky characters in “In Dog We Trust.”

Jocelyn met handsome Chris on accident, really, when he almost hits a dog in front of her, one that she ends up saving. The dog owner, a wealthy curmudgeon named Mr. Allardyce, is grateful and offers her a job, and Chris romances her. Seven months later, everything falls about — Chris suddenly cools off after offering to take her to Paris with him and Mr. Allardyce dies leaving his wealth to his dogs — and Jocelyn as custodian of them. His estranged son, Liam, thinks he should get the money and feud seems to be brewing — but that’s not all between them. Will Jocelyn find romance again?

Kendrick’s characters are always lovable and funny, and these two are no exceptions.

“In Dog We Trust” is published by Berkley. It is $15 and 320 pages long.

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For all of those who want a laugh and a look at married life, Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney’s collection of poems will do the trick in “Love Poems (for Married People.)”

Whether its forgetting its Valentine’s Day to unspoken signals to not living up to your dating profile, these are all relatable and funny poems that you may show to your partner or your friends. “Love Poems (For Married People)” is published by Putnam. It is $15.

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Contact Amy Phelps at aphelps@newsandsentinel.com

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