Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Amish Christmas Gift Review

A  Amish Christmas GiftThree Amish Novellas

By Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin
Published by Thomas Nelson

4.37 Stars

Book Description

Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston
Naomi has started to think that she isn't meant to find love, but she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas.
Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love, has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches-a time of family, faith, and hope for many others-Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family's quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid
Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?
Abigail Kemp has managed to frighten off every bu who's ever driven her home from a singing. Sure she will live to be an old maid, Abigail starts saving her money to buy a horse so she can at least have some independence.
Micah Zook is looking for a caregiver for his grandmother, and Abigail needs a new job. He never expected that Abigail would talk so much . . . or that his grandmother would keep finding ways to set the two of them up.
Despite Abigail's constant chatter, she and Micah become friends-until Micah makes a decision that leaves Abigail feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal what's on his heart?
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin
Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.
Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt Abigail and her husband Mordecai. After all, she knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome but Englisch farmer boy back in Missouri. It's best to put those feelings aside, no matter how hard it is. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?

This 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.)

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