Due to an unforeseen event, Aunt Rachel Milligan and her niece, Holly, are about to spend their birthdays and Christmas in a very unexpected manner. Finding themselves in an Amish Ohio homestead, Rachel must deal with her own selfishness as well as the stirrings of her own heart. Through family secrets, regret, heart-break and jealousy, Rachel and Holly learn the true meaning of Christmas.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Another short Christmas story from Melody Carlson_true to the style and deeper meanings I have come to anticipate at Christmas time from her. Short and sweet yet moving at the same time, it has become almost a tradition for me to read a Christmas story from this author. I enjoyed the Amish customs, a family's forgiveness and even a brief romance all in one read. I am already looking forward to next year's new Christmas novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Even though it was short, it had a lot of suspense in it, and I wanted it to turn out a certain way. It had a wonderful ending to it. I know the readers will enjoy reading it even when it is out of season.
Melody Carlson's Novella's never disappoint! Give me a wonderful, warm Christmas story, and I'm a happy girl; also include an Amish aspect, a child, and a budding romance? You'll probably be able to hear me sigh! This story will pull on your heartstrings, making you cry on one page and smile on the next.
I am always amazed when an author can convey such a depth of emotion in such a limited amount of pages, but my heart broke for Holly and for Rachel a couple of times over the course of this read. That being said, this story was written so beautifully that I couldn't bear to put it down and leave these characters for a second, I had to know how it turned out.
It was very easy for me to identify with Rachel, and not see the situation from Lydia's point of view, but Miss Carlson even remedied that with a conversation between Rachel and Lydia's mother asking Rachel (and readers), to think about what is truly best for the child. The romance aspect of this book is incredibly subtle so as not to take away from the central storyline of the "fight" for Holly, but entirely refreshing, sweet and sincere.
Please pick up a copy of this book, it will make you feel real emotions for characters that you will quickly love, and leave you feeling satisfied and happy.
This was a pleasant Christmas read even if I had to grab a few tissues!
From the very beginning I really liked Holly! A sweet little girl with such a big heart that shines through in her love for Rachael and others! It absolutely crushed my heart to see her go through the pain that she endured! However it paved the way for her to meet other family members that she probably never even dreamed of such as Benjamin who was another favorite character for me! He was such an interesting Amish character that brought a uniqueness to this story! I also liked Rachael as well and could easily relate to her!
I really appreciated that Melody explained some of the beliefs of the Amish in a nutshell! It was extremely interesting to hear Benjamen's story! I could tell their was a good amount of research put into this novel with a focus on family. However not just at Christmas time, but year round!
Overall, I liked this novel! A good short Christmas read to remind the importance of family, but I wish Melody would have included more of a Biblical message!
I give "A Simple Christmas Wish" a 3.5 out of 5 stars!
Each year I look forward to reading Melody Carlson's Christmas novella. This year's offering is A Simple Christmas Wish. It is a beautifully moving love story. It is about the love of an aunt for her niece, the love of a man for a woman and most importantly the love of a Father for His children.
As I said before it is a novella so it is easily finished in an afternoon. Just grab your favorite warm beverage and curl up for a delightful couple of hours. The nice thing about this story is that it felt complete. I want to know what happened next, as in I'd love to see a sequel, but all the particular threads of this tale were neatly tied up. The story didn't feel rushed especially at the end but flowed to a natural conclusion.
I found that Melody's introduction to the Amish lifestyle was honest in its portrayal of the strictness but not derogatory. While the story-line does deal with death it also celebrates life. I liked the characters and felt that they came across as genuine.
I highly recommend this book as a great getaway in the midst of all the holiday craziness!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.