Christmastime brings changes to Pleasant Valley. Naomi Esch, who works part-time at the bakery, is content remaining a spinster and caring for her father and sisters after her mother's death. She looks forward to expanding her beekeeping business, the one thing she can call her own. But when her father announces his plans to remarry and declares that he and his new wife will want the house to themselves, Naomi's expectations are turned upside down.
Glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch Terms and phrases
Moravian Star craft with cut and fold instructions
When a new life beckons, a dutiful Amish woman must decide what she owes her family...and what she owes herself...
Since her mother's death, Naomi Esch has been devoted to caring for her father and siblings, sacrificing any hope of finding love or having a home of her own. Still, working at the local bakery and expanding her beekeeping business gives Naomi a satisfying sense of purpose. Then, in the weeks before Christmas, her father announces his plans to immediately remarry. He and his new wife need the house for themselves, and suddenly Naomis life is turned upside down.
But new opportunities soon come her way. A friend provides Naomi with a place to stay, and widower Nathan King offers his sprawling farmland to Naomi to continue her businesson the condition that she helps take care of his children. The setup is so perfect that the community assumes a wedding will inevitably follow. But Naomi has vowed never to marry without love. And to Nathan shes merely convenient help. Now, for those in Pleasant Valley, uniting these two stubborn souls may take a Christmas miracle.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than thirty-five inspirational romance novels and lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.
Praise for the Pleasant Valley novels
"Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis."--Library Journal
"Such relationships and losses are the stuff of any novel--indeed, any life. But a large part of the pleasure of this book is in watching Rachel be Amish..."--The Philadelphia Inquirer