Monday, December 14, 2015

An Amish Christmas Gift {Three Amish Novellas}

Amish Christmas fiction is one of my favorite genres of books to read. The stories are so sweet and have a good moral compass. I was chosen (by Family Christian) to review a new book called An Amish Christmas Gift (Three Amish Novellas) written by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin.

Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston:
Naomi is a sweet Amish girl who doesn't think love is in her future. Caleb is a widower with a daughter who is eager to learn the Amish ways of life. Caleb's daughter, Susie, meets Naomi at a farmer's market and the two become instant friends. Once Caleb meets Naomi he becomes very intrigued by her. He wants to know more about her. A true Christmas love story is in store for both of them as they discover how much they have in common and how much they both care for Susie. Caleb has a decision to make about his own future that could lead him away from Naomi.
I loved this story because it was easy to read and had an easy flow to it. I am a sucker for love stories that end well and this one is a winner.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid:
Abigail has a problem that has led her husbandless for many years. She loves talking. She gabs about anything and everything. After realizing her problem she decides she will just be single and save her money to purchase a horse so that she can sell pies in town. Her neighbor Micah's elderly grandmother needs looking after and she steps in to help. Micah notices that she just never stops talking...ever. It hits him one day that he actually cares a lot for Abigail. Instead of revealing his feelings he leaves her devastated right before Christmas. It is then that he truly reveals his feelings toward her.
The twist in this Amish story is that the girl never stops talking. Typically, Amish women are quiet and reverent but Abigail is opposite. That is the reason I liked this story so much. It was different that any other Amish fiction I have ever read.
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin:
Frannie is sent to live with her Aunt and Uncle in Bee County, Texas because of her love for an Englisch farmer named Rocky. Her parents send her away so that she can forget about him. Her Aunt and Uncle have good intentions when they begin inviting Joseph, an Amish boy, over for meals. They believe Frannie will forget about her love for Rocky and go for an Amish marriage. As Christmas gets closer Rocky shows up to see Frannie and plead his case.
This was a predictable story but very sweet nonetheless. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Through this story Frannie and Rocky learn about patience and love and God's timing.
There are discussion questions included at the back of the book for a book club. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish fiction and Christmas stories.

*I was given this book by in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

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