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Publication Date: 2010
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston.
Just as its title would suggest, the story is written in a plain and simple style. Yet, it does not in any way lack appeal. In her simple way, the author describes the intensity between a disappointed father and a well-meaning daughter in a way that one can feel their true emotions. The anxiety builds inside Anna Mae until the moment she sees her father again. Silent desires are clearly felt by both characters and readers, as readers wonder if this family conflict can ever be resolved.
In spite of how she is feeling about her father, Anna Mae is determined to have her little one know her family. With the help of her husband Kellan, she contacts her sister-in-law, Katheryn, to see if a Christmas visit would ever be possible. Both Katheryn and Anna Mae are determined to get the family together again, and after receiving signs from God that this visit must happen, they go against all that they have ever been taught to ensure that it does. But as the day of the reunion draws near, these women of faith must suffer the wrath of the men in their lives.
Through every unpleasantness that the human beings of the story hurl at her, Anna Maes faith remains firm. Her only support is her husband and her sister-in-law, but still she will not be discouraged. It is the story of a shy but strong woman who will not let mans bitterness stand in the way of what God has called her to do.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but one of power, love, and discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). In the end, one commends these women for resisting prejudice and holding firm to what they know is Gods calling. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who believes in everyday miracles, the importance of family, and how God can speak even to the least of us. This plain and simple story turns out be extraordinary in rekindling faith in everyone. Lexie Owen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Plain and Simple Christmas by Amy ClipstonMarch 11, 2017MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Plain and Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston
How do you go about reconciling with your Amish family when you have been shunned and your daed--father is the Bishop of your community? That is what Anna Mae McDonough, raised Amish, now married to an Englisher--non Amish, longs for. With her sister-in-law Kathryn's help Anna and her husband, Kellan plan to surprise her family at Christmas time...just weeks before their first child is born, praying and hoping for a miracle. With that hope in her heart, they leave their Baltimore home and travel to Lancaster County, PA days before Christmas. Things don't go as hoped, mostly due to Henry, Anna's stubborn father. What will it take to soften his heart? Emotions run high as family members meet for the first time in years, but the tension in the air may destroy any joy in their reunion.
I am sure the upcoming birth of Anna's first child has something to do with the longing to see her family as well as it being so close to Christmas. Her heartbreak could be felt as her own father turned from her as if she was not even there, I could have shaken him myself. It took a lot of love for Anna for Kellan to confront Henry and speak his heart the way he did and I think others were glad he did as well...I know I was. It was sad to see Anna and Kellan leaving without reconciling with her father in the midst of a snowstorm and suspense in what followed--which I won't share, don't want to spoil anything. Enjoyed the ending. The importance of family, forgiveness, love, hope, faith and God's grace are all aspects of this heartwarming story.
~I won a copy of the book from the author via Goodreads, (no monetary gain were exchanged), I was not required to give a review, this is my honest review~
DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amy Clipston has a talent for knowing what her readers want.September 16, 2014DonnasBookshelfTennesseeAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What do you do when you leave your family behind I mean, how do you just go on with life, never having any contact with them?
This special novella introduces us to Anna Mae and her English husband Kellan McDonough.
Anna Mae knew when she left her community and the Amish faith and her vows that she was leaving her family behind forever. But she was in love! And she was convinced if she stayed in Lancaster County that shed be an old maid, never marrying and having a family of her own.
Now that Anna is expecting her first child, she is missing her family even more but if she returns home, she will be shunned.
If youre like me, you expect this story to have a happy ending after all, its about Christmas!
I wont spoil it for you, but there are a few twists and turns!
Amy does a great job showing how am Amish wife might help a friend who has left the faith, even though it means going against her husbands wishes.
This heart-warming novella shows the faith of one and the forgiveness and acceptance she earnestly desires. If you havent read it, dont wait another year until Christmas read it anytime!
Amy Clipston has a talent for knowing what her readers want if you dont have them, be sure this series is on your Christmas list!
Jet WWestern PennsylvaniaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Nice BooksDecember 19, 2013Jet WWestern PennsylvaniaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought this book in a set along with Naomi's Gift as a gift for a friend for Christmas. For the price the books are very nice and I am very happy. We usually share books so I have not read them yet. Sure we will be pleased as with anything we get at Christianbook.com.
BluebellTilton,ILAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good bookDecember 2, 2013BluebellTilton,ILAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I liked this book better than Hannah's Hope even though it sort of followed the same theme of people either being in accidents or getting injured.All in all it was a very good book.
CinvicBeaverton MIAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5this book was a good read.November 13, 2013CinvicBeaverton MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I enjoy reading book of the Amish, this book was very enjoyable.