REVIEWThis special novella is a collection of three sweet, holiday romances that are sure to delight and are perfect for getting us in the mood for Christmas. I'll share about each book separately:
Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston
This story takes place in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania where Naomi had faced two different recent heartbreaks. Thinking that she isn’t meant to find love, Naomi had given up on children and marriage. As Christmas was soon arriving, Naomi believed that her old-maid life will be spent helping the family's quilting business and taking care of her siblings during this special time of family, faith, and hope. Through a chance meeting with Susie Schmucker, Naomi met Caleb, a widower with a 7-year old daughter, and she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas. Could this be Naomi’s "Christmas Miracle"? (No spoilers here.)
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid
Talkative Abigail Kemp (aka Gabby Abby) was sure she would be an old maid and was saving money to buy a horse so she can have happiness in her life and gain some independence. Abigail's “gift of gab” has driven most of the men in the district who were future prospects away from Abigail.
Abigail led by example of sharing her money, food, clothing, showing kindness, and her belief that God loves everyone no matter their circumstances.
Micah Zook needed a caretaker for his grandmother and Gabby Abby needed a new job because the store would no longer sell her baked goods. Micah and Gabby Abby seemed to be butting heads right from the beginning, but Micah’s mother liked Abigail and found ways to put them together. In this story, the author had readers wondering if Micah could get past Abby’s "gift of gab" and see her for who she really was. (Again, no spoilers.)
As an aside, this was my favorite of the three stories contained in this book. This is a well told story about Amish love and their traditions of celebrating Christmas Day at home by reading the birth of Jesus from the Bible, sharing a special meal, and exchanging small gifts mostly handmade and heartfelt. On “Second Christmas," which is December 26th, the Amish travel and spend the day visiting family and friends.
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin
Fannie Mast's parents sent her to Bee County, Texas to live with her aunt, Abigail, and her new husband, Mordecai, in an attempt to get her away from an English man’s influence. A visitor from her past, Richard “Rocky” Sanders, shows up one night unexpectedly having followed Fannie all the way from Missouri.
Fannie and Rocky are in love. He was not part of the Amish community, but Rocky intended to be part of Fannie’s life despite being "English”. Rocky then decided that he loved Fannie and would do anything to show his commitment to Fannie - even giving up the convenience of being "English". In this story, the author had readers wondering if Rocky could prove himself Bishop and Uncle Mordecai and the Amish community and show them he had changed? ( no spoiler here.)