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  1. A Simple Christmas Wish
    A Simple Christmas Wish
    Melody Carlson
    Revell / 2013 / Hardcover
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 21 Reviews
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  1. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Quick Amish Christmas Story
    November 26, 2013
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Melody Carlson's A Simple Christmas Wish is a quick Amish Christmas read with a twist. The story begins in a very modern English setting with characters who have no clue of any connection with the Amish world. Unexpected circumstances beyond their control send Rachel Milligan and her young niece to Holmes County, Ohio, and falling head-long into a world totally foreign to the life they knew in Chicago. Rachel struggles to accept the fact that she may lose the only family she has left -- and then some hidden truth comes out and love begins a process of healing in several hearts.

    This story contains elements that appear a little unlikely and some that have unrealistically quick resolutions. But that is to be expected in a short Christmas story. All in all, this is a very enjoyable read. Anyone who enjoys good Amish fiction or a heartwarming Christmas story should enjoy A Simple Christmas Wish.

    Thanks to Revell Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 25, 2013
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Rachel has agreed to look after her 6-year-old niece for her brother and his wife while they take a trip to the Caribbean to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary. Shortly thereafter, Rachel receives a phone call that will change their lives.

    Unbeknownst to Rachel, Holly's mom was raised Amish. Reluctantly, Rachel takes Holly to meet the Amish side of her family who live in Ohio. Holly is very excited to learn she has cousins and that they live on a farm with animals and ride around in a horse and buggy. Rachel stays longer than she intends due to bad weather and the holidays. Lydia, Holly's aunt, is not happy with Rachel having such a close relationship with Holly and urges her to leave. Holly thinks living like the Amish is fun at first, but when Rachel tells Holly that she will be leaving soon and not taking Holly with her, she doesn't really understand.

    Rachel is torn apart, having to leave Holly with her Amish relatives, but she has no choice. Benjamin Schrock, Holly's uncle, is a tremendous help to Rachel and a good listener. He grew up Amish, but left the community for several years. He has returned only to help his widowed mother out and will soon be returning to the outside world. Benjamin seems to understand the difficulties Holly will have adapting to the Amish way of life. He also wants to begin a relationship with Rachel, but can she feel for him true feelings or is she just feeling close to him because he is close to Holly?

    One of the things that I wish was different about this story is the length. It would be nice if the story were a little longer to give Rachel and Benjamin's story more of a chance to develop and deepen. Their relationship just seemed too rushed. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful look at Christmas from a different viewpoint. There were some scenes that will tug at your heart pretty hard and Holly is just a treasure of a little girl. Readers won't soon forget this author's take on what one of the important aspects of being obedient to God's command to love one another, putting what is best for another before what we want. I'm already looking forward to next year's holiday season to see what charming book Melody will write.
  3. North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A GREAT CHRISTMAS READ!!
    November 25, 2013
    My Book Addiction
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WISH by Melody Carlson is an interesting inspirational Christmas Fiction. I simple love this author's works and this was no different. With her usual finesse for life, love, Amish culture and holiday spirit, you can not go wrong with "A Simple Christmas Wish". An emotional tale of tragedy,Christmas spirit, faith,family secrets and the Amish community. When tragedy brings Rachel and Miri together only a Christmas miracle can make it all seem quite possible,life,forgiveness and love. A must read Christmas novella. A quick, but fulfilling story! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    "Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
  4. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Tragedy, Family At Christmas and Romance
    November 22, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Melody Carlson in her new book, "A Simple Christmas Wish" published by Revell lets us experience Christmas with Rachel Milligan and Holly.

    From the back cover: One girl in need of a home. One woman in search of a home for her heart. One Christmas where it all seems possible.

    Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. But with so many unexpected occurrences of late, perhaps she shouldn't have been surprised.

    With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio's Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

    Join bestselling author Melody Carlson on an emotional journey into the heart of what family truly means at Christmastime.

    There is a reason why there are so many stories about Christmas on the television about this time and that reason is everyone loves a good story where the spirit of Christmas changes a person by healing them of old hurts to free them to be themselves. That's why everyone wishes Christmas could last all year round. Melody Carlson knows how to write and she has delivered one of the finest Christmas stories yet. What makes a family? Obviously a mother and father. But what happens when they die and you are seven years old? What do you do for a family? Rachel, Holly's Aunt, has to answer these questions and more as she is forced to travel from Chicago to Ohio's Amish Country. "A Simple Christmas Wish" is all about Rachel and Holly coming to grips with the knowledge that there is another part of the family that is Amish and has custody of Holly. This is a wonderful story that begins with a tragedy, exposes old wounds and brings about healing in a family and on top of everything there is a romance. "A Simple Christmas Wish" is one sweet read that you might want to read twice and then keep it handy to read again next year.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    "Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
  5. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not The Usual Amish Story
    November 20, 2013
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A very quick Christmas read. Only 168 pages, and easy read for an evening. This is both an English and Amish story. We find fate bringing Rachael Milligan, a world traveling flight attendant, wearing Amish attire. Huh? There is a lot that leads up to her spending time living with the Amish. The main reason is her seven year old niece Holly. We find Holly quite infatuated with all the newness of Amish life, like most children, their love the animals. Dogs, cats, horses, cows....a dream place. Can you imagine being a child and ending up at an Amish 3 hour service in German? She had to be one sweet girl to endure what was so unfamiliar to her. She has all this family she has never known.

    This is not your typical Amish story, and the reality of everything that has happened to both Rachael and Holly. Will Rachael be able to return to her previous life after being with the Amish? Or will God have some other plans for her. How about Holly can she stay with this new family, Grandmother, Aunts and Uncles, and Cousins she has never know?

    Melody Carlson has woven a really refreshing Amish story, and you won't be disappointed.

    I received this book through Baker Publishing Group Publishing Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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