This is the very first Amish Fiction book that I ever read. In 2009, I went to our local library to find some books to check out. My oldest daughter liked Amish romances so I thought I'd give them a try. The cover for An Amish Christmas was appealing to me so I grabbed it. The authors got me hooked on Amish Fiction!
That first edition didn't include Christmas Cradles by Kelly Long. I'm glad it's in the newer editions. It turned out to be my most favorite story of them all. They are all enjoyable to read. I would have to say One Child by Barbara Cameron was my least favorite. While I liked the Amish characters, I didn't really care for the Englishers in the story.
These sweet stories will touch your heart. Each novella has characters from the other stories woven into it. It's surprising how four stories can be written by different authors and still flow together. They are about God's love for us and how we are given second chances and need to give others second chances also.
I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze and Thomas Nelson Publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Booksneeze has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book-An Amish Christmas.
A time of hope, redemption, and new life.
A Choice To Forgive by Beth Wiseman.
After Daniel disappeared that long-ago Christmas Eve, Lydia built a life with his brother. But now she's a widow and Daniel has reappeared, asking for forgiveness. But can she go back to her normal life with her long-lost love as her neighbor?
A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller.
Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam's confidence and broke her heart. But can he convince "plain" Miriam that she is truly beautiful to him?
One Child by Barbara Cameron.
The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On a snowy Christmas night in Lancaster County, another child changes the world for two very different couples.
Christmas Candles by Kelly Long
When Anna takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three stangers' quilts and unexpected help from the handsome, brooking Asa Lapp.
This book has 4 short stories (Novellas)about the Amish. I love to read about the Amish and when this book was released I jumped on it. This book was released last year and they added another story to it and it was released again. I'm sure glad because it is GREAT.
I thoroughly loved it, it is a GREAT read for people who love the Amish stories as much as I do. It will bring you closer to knowing the true meaning of Christmas, I just thoroughly loved every story in the book. The stories all pertain to each other and that is very helpful also since some of the characters in the first book are in the second book and so on. You should really give this book a try, and especially since it is about Christmas in the Amish country in Pennsylvania. I love Christmas and this book just touched my heart. Thank you to Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron and Kelly Long for giving us all such a great book.
Four authors are brought together to tell four stories that tell of hope, faith, love, forgiveness and redemption. The first story, A Miracle For Miriam, tells the story of Miriam and Seth. Miriam is the plain girl, who is insecure. She is hurting and lonely, but doesn't really believe anyone could love someone as plain as her. After a terrible accident, Seth, left the Amish community. He was filled with pride and arrogance, always getting everything he desired. As Seth returns he falls for Miriam, but she has been hurt by his words as a child. Rejection has not left her without pain. The Lord has different plans. As Miriam is running away, Seth is running to her, not giving up so easy. We watch forgiveness touch Miriam as humility brings Seth to the man God created him to be. Second chances and changed lives. In the second story, A Miracle For Miriam, we find the story of Miriam and Daniel. Miriam is Lydia's sister. Daniel too has left the community to return eighteen years later. That is a long time for love to be rekindled. Miriam is a young widow, raising her children and here, in walks Daniel ready to take up where they left off. Miriam too must find forgiveness as Daniel is overcoming the shame of leaving so long ago. A story of grace and hope continues. In the third story, One Child, we are reunited with Sarah and David. They are ready for Christmas, but still yearning for a child. It has been so long now. But on this stormy night of Christmas, the Lord brings a family in need. A family lost and in need of shelter. Might a babe be coming on Christmas morn? This story takes us to the birth of Christ and brings hope of new life and rekindled faith. In the final story, Christmas Cradles, we watch God bring Anna and Asa together in a miracle that only He could do. Their lives meet and are forever changed by love. Again we see a past redeemed and we see total surrender unto the Lord. Each of these stories are heart warming and simply beautiful. You walk away from each story with a nugget of gold. I loved this book, these stories that bring such hope during a difficult time in our country, but remind us to stay focused on the Lord and all things will work according to His will for our lives. This is a great book for the season. One you will cherish and pass on.
This book was a gift from Thomas Nelson for its review.