The Christmas Visitor    -     By: Linda Byler
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The Christmas Visitor

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Drowning in grief, young Amish widow Ruth can barely make ends meet---let alone buy Christmas presents for her six kids. But then boxes of food, treats, and money begin to appear on her porch. Who is leaving her these generous gifts? Could it be John, the newcomer who keeps appearing exactly when she needs help? 192 pages, hardcover from Good Books.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Good Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 5.50 X 7.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1561488054
ISBN-13: 9781561488056
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     Young Amish widow, Ruth, and her six children are still grieving the sudden loss of her husband, Ben, as Christmas arrives in Amish author, Linda Byler's, holiday novel. Ruth can barely put food on the table, let alone buy toys for her children. But then gifts begin to appear at her door. Could they be from that kind man who just joined their community?

     
     One moment, Ben Miller was high up in the rafters at his neighbor's barn raising. The next, his foot slipped and he plunged to his death, leaving behind a young wife and six children—the youngest born four months after his death. Ruth Miller is not alone. Her Amish neighbors help her to make the difficult transition from wife to widow.  
     
     But while the community has been generous, raising six growing children, each grieving their father's death, is overwhelming. Devastated by her loss, Ruth isn't sure how she'll make ends meet or restore order to a house full of rambunctious kids. With help from her mother and her energetic, but untidy neighbor, Mamie, Ruth finds a way to start over. Preoccupied with the effort to create a new life and manage her shrinking bank account, Ruth barely notices John King, the handsome newcomer to her community. Besides, how could she—if she had a chance—replace Ben? Does one ever replace a husband?  
     
     As Christmas approaches, Ruth knows that she can't afford gifts for her children this year. It's hard enough to find money for groceries each week. But then banana boxes full of food, treats for the children, and even money begin to appear on her front porch. Who is leaving her these generous gifts? Is it a neighbor or a friend? Or, Ruth wonders, could it be John, who keeps unexpectedly appearing when Ruth most needs help?

Author Bio

     
     Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. Growing up, Linda loved to read and write. In fact, she still does. She is the author of Running Around (and Such), the first novel in the “Lizzie Searches for Love” series. 
     
     She is well-known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper. Linda and her husband, their children, and grandchildren live in central Pennsylvania.

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  1. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Amish Style Romance
    November 4, 2013
    MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    The premise of this story is very good, but was a bit rushed to make it happen at Christmas.

    A poor young widow with six little children, the youngest born after her husband died tragically. A 35 year old Amish bachelor, who just bought a big mansion in town. He is dating a Amish Teacher, and then??

    The whole idea of this story is heartwarming, and loved the friendship that Ruth had with Mamie...who certainly was not the stereotype Amish. She will make you laugh, but is really a good friend, just a bit lazy.

    This is one quick read, and can be read in an afternoon. Get ready for Christmas with a little love and romance....Amish style.

    I received this book through Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.
  2. Big Mom
    Ingleside, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Nice Christmas story
    November 1, 2013
    Big Mom
    Ingleside, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is the first Amish story I have read over the past several years where Linda Byler has differed from other Amish fiction writers. I have never read where the Amish celebrate Christmas with giving English toys to their children. I have to question the idea of the Old Order Amish allowing the gifts described in this story. Other than this part of story it was enjoyable.
  3. Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    lovely Christmas story
    October 9, 2013
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ruth is a widower with young children who only wants to provide for them and have a simple but happy Amish Christmas. How will she manage? She is doing all she can to work things out when mysterious boxes begin to appear. The boxes contain exactly what the family needs at the time. Who is sending the boxes?

    The Amish encourage remarriage among widows and widowers but Ruth feels she can never find a love like she had with her dear husband. Will she find love among the snow, the boxes, the fun, the spirit of Christmas or will she let it slip through her grasp?

    I always desire to have a simple Christmas and have sought to teach my own children the true meaning of the season...Jesus and his birth, NOT GIFTS, GIFTS, and more GIFTS. I think the Amish certainly have the right idea when it comes to the holidays. The cover of this book is enchanting and just the cover alone made me want to read it. I am a snow lover and it reminds me of times in the past with my own grandparents.

    Thank you to Linda Byler and netgalley for the chance to read this delightful book and review it with all honesty.
  4. Dawn
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Read..............
    September 24, 2013
    Dawn
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I couldn't put this one down, Linda grabs you from the first word and you can stop reading this one! Excellent Story, just loved it! A Must Read for anyone that love Amish Fiction! Five Star Book!
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