A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson is a cute but sad story about family during the Christmas season. Rachel Milligan is taking care of her young niece Holly while her parents are celebrating their anniversary overseas. She was not expecting the call that would change all of their lives forever: Holly's parents died in a plane crash. Rachel begins to make plans for taking care of Holly when her brother's will is discovered she finds out a distant Amish aunt is Holly's new guardian. Rachel and Holly soon find themselves in an Amish community. As Holly struggles to adapt to her new life, Rachel must also come to terms with not having Holly in her life every day. Along the way, they meet new people in the Amish community as they both find their lives changing.
This book was a very easy read, and the main characters were likeable and relatable. This would be a great Christmas gift for any friend who likes to read!
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I want to start out by saying, I love Melody's Christmas books, I eagerly await them each year. But this year's book, just wasn't up the level of her other books. I have thought and thought about why, and I think for me it lays in the fact, I felt rushed reading it. Not because there was a deadline to finish it, but because the story was rushed. The characters and the story line was more suited for a full length novel, than a novella. That being said, I loved little Holly and Aunt Rachel. Benjamin was a favorite also. He provided a friendly listening ear for Rachel as she dealt with the sudden changes in her's and Holly's lives. Over all I give this book 3.5 stars. It has the makings of a great story, just needs further exploration and deepened.
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Available November 2013 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing.
Melody Carlson writes the BEST of the BEST Christmas fiction!!! I haven't read one yet that disappointed me and this one, in particular, was a true winner!!! Her previous novels, "The Christmas Dog", "The Christmas Bus" and "The Christmas Pony", were all wonderful, heartwarming tales, but this one just outdid them all, in my opinion. First of all, I love Amish fiction and this book did have an Amish trend to it, secondly, I am always attracted to the subject of adoption, and this tale just happened to deal with both!!
Rachel Milligan was an independent woman, single with a good job. Never, in her greatest imagination, would she ever have dreamt that she and her seven year old niece would spend the week before Christmas on an Amish farm in Ohio, celebrating in a way very different from her usual style. Perhaps, she shouldn't have been so surprised, the way there have been so many unexpected occurences of late, but this indeed was a shocker!!
With her beloved, young niece in tow, Rachel, anxiously made her way from the busy city life in Chicago to Ohio's Amish Country- a whole different world! Family secrets begin to come to the surface , as love begins to blossom, old wounds are surprisingly healed. Rachel has to come to terms with the fact that she may no longer have her niece with her. Although this is a struggle, she comes to terms with the fact that she is willing to do whatever possible to ensure that Holly has a loving family to care for her.
Melody describes her characters realistically and in depth. You easily identify with the struggles and heartache that Rachel feels! Her fears become the reader's, in such a way, that you become part of story with her.
The plot is well developed . The quick pace of intertwining secondary plots keep you on the edge of your seat. There is not a dull moment in this story. It is full of action, producing all kinds of emotions in your innermost being.
This book is truly an emotional book of love, showing a family's journey into what a family's heart means at Christmastime. It truly makes you feel the importance and reason for the season, as the characters are willing to give up what they love dearly for the good of others.
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Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Do we believe in life changing situations that are out of our control? In this story that is just what happened. Life was going pretty good for Rachel Milligan when a terrible tragedy struck. Heart broken and left with a niece to care for Rachel set to work trying to create a good life for her young niece. Just when she thought everything was under control another life altering situation blind sighted her. How did she not know of this secret life of her sister-in-law? Why was she not told?
I read this book in one day because I had to find out what happened. I found myself getting a little antsy because things just didn't seem to be going the way I would hope this book would go.
This is a book you don't want to miss for this Christmas season. I found it to be frustrating on one hand and heart warming on another. One thing we do learn is God is in Control and it is all in His time, not ours.
I would love to see author Melody Carlson write a follow up book on the characters. Perhaps a Christmas sequel is in order for 2014? I do hope so!
Getting a new Melody Carlson Christmas book is becoming a tradition for me. I love the way she delivers holiday magic that never fails to touch my heart. A Simple Christmas Wish is just such a story. And it has all the earmarks of a another classic seasonal tale that you won't mind reading year after year. Of course I'm thrilled that we head into Amish country for this one.
Rachel and Holly make an endearing duo with a dilemma that left this gentle reader indignant and defensive. Emotions definitely engaged, I devoured the story in an afternoon because I just couldn't bear to stop without my happily ever after. It even brought me to tears. Sniffle. There is something to be said for a good sad/happy Christmas cry to start off the season.
An engaging tale that will lift your spirits (after you've been put through the wringer first.)
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".