Want some Christmas cheer in September? If so, check out Susanna's Christmas Wish by Jerry Eicher. This is a short and sweet book that should take the Bah Humbug right out of you! Susanna and Herman are adjusting to married life when up pops Susanna's old flame Matthew. He broke her heart when he left the community to become English. Matthew causes a stir and sends this couple's marriage into a tailspin. Throw in a controlling mother-in-law, Herman's refusal to allow any kind of Christmas celebrations, and you have yourself quite the little drama all wrapped up in one hundred and forty-one pages!
My only complaint about this book is that our main character is just a little too sweet. To me sugar and a little spice make everything nice. I wish the author would have given her more bite. Mix some sass in with all the sweetness. There are parts that had me shaking my head because I could never have bit my tongue like Susanna does! Her mother-in-law is a bit cantankerous and that's putting it mildly. Overall Susanna's Christmas Wish is sure to please fans of Christmas stories and will leave you ready for the holiday season. Let the countdown begin___
This book was provided to me from Harvest House Publishers for review purposes.
Susanna Wagler is trying hard to move forward and hoping to leave her past behind. But when your heart has been badly broken, it's hard to find ways to mend it again. She gave her heart many years ago to Matthew Yoder, who loved her and brought out all the goodness and love she had to offer. She believed after so many years of getting to really know him, that they would be married. In fact, when he asked, she was more than willing and ready to say yes. But little did she know that that simple answer would cause Matthew to realize he didn't really love her as much as she loved him. He left Susanna behind and went to live among the English. Now Matthew's been banned and Susanna has wondered if she could ever learn to love again.
Herman Wagler had waited most of his life for opportunity to present itself with Susanna. However, this was not the opportunity he had in mind, when he would spend months trying to find ways to heal her broken heart and restore the love she had inside. She did agree to marry him, but her heart just wasn't there. He hoped in time, she could come to love her as much as she loved him. But they were both raised to accept certain family traditions. For Susanna, her family celebrated Christmas as the English did on December 25th, while his family held on to the beliefs that it should be celebrated on January 6th. When Susanna asked him about spending time with her family on Christmas, Herman reminded Susanna that now that they were married, they would be establishing their own traditions and he would follow in the way he was raised and forbid Susanna to spend time with her family.
In the novel by Jerry Eicher, Susanna's Christmas Wish, invites the reader into a difficult time for newlyweds, Herman and Susanna Wagler. While this is just one of the many situations causing them conflict, Susanna is trying to fight her feelings of love and realizes, she loves Herman differently than she did Matthew. She knows she has to push back her past and try to find ways to really love Herman like she should and life suddenly becomes more complicated when Matthew comes to visit his family and is hoping Susanna's feelings for him, haven't changed.
I received Susanna's Christmas Wish compliments of Harvest House Publishers and Net Galley for my honest review. I am a huge fan of Christmas books and especially Amish romance novels, so when the opportunity presented itself to review this one, I knew I would enjoy it. I was not disappointed and truly admire Susanna's character. The choices she makes are admirable even despite not getting her way with trying to please her new husband, Herman. It shows that not all of our life choices are easy, but with grace and doing the right thing, great blessings can come from them. I rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
A wunderbar book !!! Jerry Eicher has once again stolen my sleep as I have not been able to put Susanna's Christmas Wish down to close my eyes to get some sleep! I am a big Jerry Eicher fan, to begin with, and I love love love Christmas books. Poor Susanna is faced with a dilemma though: her new husband, Herman, does not celebrate Christmas as his family of origin felt it was an English custom and should only be celebrated in January on
Old Christmas and in a VERY simple manner. Then her old boyfriend, Matthew, who left the Amish and is under the bann, returns and starts talking and causing trouble. Susanna is trying so hard to be a good frau to Herman. I will not disclose more as I do not wish to spoil the book for other readers, but it is wunderbar! It is worth the time to indulge in reading. You will not be disappointed. This is a sweet, sweet book!!
Jerry's Christmas novels are always a joy to read and this new one is no exception. The theme throughout the book is, "Do Christmas wishes still come true?" And you can easily guess the answer!!! This book was a light, easy to read book, filled with the joy of the season. However, it cannot be without the challenges and problems of the Amish families and community. Life is full of those, regardless of where and how we live and Jerry brings them to life in his Christmas novel.
The main character, Susanna, has married Herman who is strict and firm to his family Amish upbringing. Susanna is a sweet young lady, who we immediately , to whom we immediately become attached. I felt , many times throughout the story , that I wanted to reach out and give her a hug. She cherishes family traditions of Christmas, as I do, however Herman has no use for the family get togethers that has always been an important part of Susanna's celebration. Must she follow the godly ways of her faith and obey her husband, in spite of her unhappiness?
Meanwhile, who should appear on the scene but an old flame, Matthew. He is an interesting character who is extremely well described. He had left the Amish life to go Englisha, Now, his confessions about his past threaten Susanna and Herman's hope for a successful and happy marriage. Herman begins to question himself and wonders if his love is good enough for his lovely bride. Is he worthy of her ????
The Christmas season is one in which we all feel the love of God and Jerry expresses this throughout his book. Will Susanna and Herman settle their differences and make a Christmas wish come true??
The plot of the story is one which is simple but compelling and one which makes one think of the meaning of the season. We are one with the Amish in this book. We all have traditions and wishes , but often must compromise with a spouse to make each other happy.
Thank you , Jerry , for this meaningful story . Another five star book!!!
This book was supplied by Harvest House and the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This was a quick enjoyable read. I picked it up as often as I could. I just had to find out what was happening with Susanna and Herman.
Susanna and Herman had not been married long when they had their first disagreement. Herman was adamant about keeping his family's tradition when it came to Christmas. Susanna was upset that she wouldn't be able to spend Christmas at her Mom and Dad's this year. She was determined to be a good wife to Herman and go along with his family's tradition.
Matthew turns up at Susanna's sister's house a week before Thanksgiving. Matthew was engaged to be married to Susanna at one time but left her for the Englisha world leaving Susanna heart broken. What was Matthew doing back in the community? Did he hope to get back with Susanna? Was he here to stay? Susanna was a married woman now. What was she to do?
This story shows how insecure two people can be when a marriage is threatened by outside forces.
I really loved this emotional read. Well, my emotions took over anyway. I will admit that I did shed some tears while reading this story. I found it to be a touching one.
I am looking forward to more great reads by this author!
I wish to thank Harvest House Publishers and Jerry Eicher for sending me this book to read and review. The opinions are mine alone.