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    An Amish Christmas Bakery
    Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller
    Zondervan / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Chaptico, MD
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Holiday Stories!
    October 9, 2019
    Susan
    Chaptico, MD
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a wonderful prelude to the holiday season--four heartwarming stories by four bestselling authors of Amish fiction!

    You will want to weep and rejoice while reading Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin. Baker Martha Ropp works hard to carry on the work at her mother's bakery, all the while mourning the loss of that special woman. Big, gentle Ambrose Hershberger makes deliveries to the bakery and offers Martha kindness and friendship. Together they work to provide the cakes for the Christmas wedding of special English friends and discover their feelings for one another are much stronger and deeper than mere friendship. But how will they find the courage to confess those feelings to each other?

    In Amy Clipston's Cookies and Cheer, Alyssa Byler loves decorating the bakery's display window for each season. For her cookie nativity scene, she needs the right cookie cutters. She decides to ask blacksmith Kyle Smoker for help. Can sugar cookies sweeten their working relationship--and lead to something more?

    Katie Swartzentruber, in Beth Wiseman's Loaves of Love, is in a dilemma. Holiday orders at her family's bakery are piling up. Should she succumb to more modern methods of production? Henry Hershberger has a dilemma of his own. He has been sweet on Katie for ages but has been unable to tell her. Will they both make the right decision, and could that decision lead them to love?

    Mattie Shetler, Kathleen Fuller's heroine in Melting Hearts, gladly rushes to help at her aunt's bakery during the busy holiday season. She arrives to find that her uncle has asked for bakery help as well. Mattie comes face-to-face with Peter Kauffman--one of her least favorite people in all the world. Can the season work its magic and turn enemies into friends--or maybe even more?

    The characters in all four stories will touch your heart, making it tingle with hope, warmth, and love. The stories, as sweet and delectable as the gooiest holiday treat you can imagine, are perfect for getting you into the holiday spirit.
  2. WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Christmas Collection
    October 7, 2019
    Lucy
    WV
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What's not to love about Christmas, bakeries, romance, and four top notch authors in a great Amish Collection. Each story is well done and complete without seeming rushed.

    Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston....I loved that Alyssa was creative in her window display and how she recruited Kyle to help. A great example of how we can lose sight of what's important in the busyness of the season.

    Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman ...... Impressive storyline and teaches us that honesty can prevent a lot of unnecessary struggles within and without. This story spins into a tangled ball of yarn and takes some finagling to straighten out. The characters are easy to identify with and you wish it didn't have to end.

    Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller...This one keeps you on your toes as Mattie and Peter continue to bump heads over lies and misconceptions until forgiveness and truth prevail.

    Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin...This is so heartwarming and I was impressed with the character of Ambrose and his gentle ways especially when faced by bullying. I loved how Martha saw beyond his disability and reached out in friendship to help him.

    I feel this entire book is a must read, as it has life lessons and makes you do a self examination of your faith and how to be more like Jesus would want us to be. This will go on my keeper shelf, as I found it excellent.

    I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Amish Christmas Bakery
    October 3, 2019
    Deana
    4.5 Stars!

    Merry Christmas, everyone! Okay, I might be a little early, but I guarantee if you read these stories, you will feel like celebrating early!

    This book contains four stories: Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston, Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman, Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller and Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin.

    In Cookies and Cheer, Alyssa is looking forward to Christmas. Working in a bakery with her sister is very enjoyable for Alyssa and she's excited to be planning another festive window display for the bake shop. Everyone else is looking forward to Alyssa's Christmas display. She did such a good job on the Thanksgiving one so people are excited to see what design she comes up with.

    Meanwhile, the very handsome Kyle Smoker is showing interest in Alyssa and she couldn't be happier. She can't believe her good fortune and is looking forward to the Christmas season. With Kyle's help, a beautiful window for the bakery is designed. However, will it bring more that Alyssa can handle? Will the holiday be ruined? Find out in Cookies and Cheer.

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    In Loaves of Love, Katie and Henry have been friends all their lives. They have a special bond and even share the same birthday. Katie has hoped for years that Henry will ask her out and take their friendship to the next level. But, Henry has been too nervous to ever ask her out. When he finally gets up the nerve, will he be too late? Katie seems to be getting involved with David. David lives in a more modern Amish community and attempts to get Katie to see that his way of life is easier.

    Katie IS busy running her family's bakery during the holiday and has more on her plate than usual, so maybe David's ways DO make things simpler. Is David right for her? Henry's sister seems to think Henry be able to find love with the lovely Clara. Will this help him push his feelings for Katie away? Read Loaves of Love to cheer for your favorite couples!

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    Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller is all about Mattie who travels to another town to help her Aunt Carolyn with her bakery during the Christmas rush. However, her uncle is building an extension onto the bakery and asks Peter to help. Mattie harbors bad feelings to Peter because he used to date her friend Lizzy and "broke her heart." Maybe the whole truth hasn't been told and Mattie and Peter can uncover a way to work side by side by side.

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    Cakes and Kisses is by Kelly Irvin and features a man named Ambrose who has some difficulties. But Martha doesn't see him that way. She sees a kind, loving, helpful man and despises the way some treat him. Ambrose is actually more loved than he realizes, by Martha and his close friends and family. He needs to find a way to overcome his insecurities and look around before he misses out. On top of that, a cousin comes to take over half the farm where Ambrose lives and works with his aunt. Will Ambrose overcome his challenges and find Christmas joy? Take a relaxing break with Cakes and Kisses and discover for yourself.

    I thoroughly enjoyed these four short stories in this collection. All the authors really make their characters become real and pop off the page. The only thing for was that all four stories involved bakeries and a LOT of talk of Christmas treats and that just made me hungry! I am just joking but I think they did such a wonderful job with describing the bakeries, the treats, the Christmas season and the real reason for the holiday. If you love Christmas like me, you'll love diving into these stories early to get ready for Christmas!

  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Collection!
    October 1, 2019
    Christa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    An Amish Christmas Bakery is a lovely collection of four novellas written by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin.

    The first novella is Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston. This beautiful story will capture you heart from the very beginning. Alyssa Byler is creative and decides a sugar cookie nativity scene would be perfect in the display widow at the bakery where she works. The owner of the store agrees, so Alyssa decides to set off asking Kyle Smoker, a blacksmith if he can help. Alyssa and Kyle's friendship blossom as the story unfolds. This sweet story is a true delight!

    Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman is the second story in this book. Katie Swartzentruber is now in charge of her family owned bakery since her mother is recovering from surgery. She and Henry Hershberger have always been friends, but can their friendship develop into anything more? Can Katie handle the holiday rush at the bakery and decide if her heart truly belongs to David, her current boyfriend, or Henry, her childhood friend?

    The third novella in the collection is Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller. Mattie Shelter is excited to travel and help her aunt out at her bakery right in time for Christmas. However, Mattie does not realize that Peter Kaufman is also arriving to help her uncle with the bakery's expansion. Can Mattie look beyond the past and call a truce with Peter? A fast-paced beautiful novella!

    The final novella, Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin is a sweet story. Martha Ropp works in her family bakery and is a friend to Ambrose Hershberger. Many see Ambrose as slow, but Martha thinks he is indeed very special and she treasures their friendship. Could their friendship turn into anything more beautiful?

    An Amish Christmas Bakery makes the perfect Christmas gift for Amish fiction fans! This delightful collection of stories is a real treat!

    I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brand new for the holidays
    October 1, 2019
    pattiagal
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This has to be the finest grouping of authors for a Christmas novella that I can remember. Each story had me forgetting the 95 July temperature of today and had me focusing and imagining the sights and smells of the holiday. Each story brings hope, forgiveness, and love...perfect sentiments of the season. This would make a great holiday gift. I know I am purchasing it for our library!

    Amy Clipston Cookies and Cheer

    Amish bakery employee Alyssa Byler designs and creates a gorgeous Christmas window display. It producers wonderful business for the bakery but problems for Alyssa.

    Beth Wiseman Loaves of Love

    Katie Swartzentruber is known for her tasty old fashioned bread. She bakes it in a wood filled oven but production is slow and limited. Katie is offered a free modern oven which is against her Amish communities belief...what will she do?

    Kathleen Fuller Melting Hearts

    Mattie Shetler leaves her community to help her aunt during the holiday rush. As she enjoys time with her aunt and new uncle, her uncle unknowingly hires a young man from her hometown that seemingly has a reputation for breaking Mattie's best friend's heart. Can Mattie learn to work with Peter and control her tongue and judgement?

    Kelly Irvin Cakes and Kisses

    Martha Ropp considers herself as a regular ordinary girl, overlooked by some. She has a heart of gold especially when it comes to Ambrose Hershberger. Ambrose is considered a "special" person due to his learning disabilities and slow manner. He is often the recipient of prank jokes and taunts. Martha wants to help Ambrose and be a friend or maybe something more.
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