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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
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Naomis Gift by Amy Clipston
Naomi has begun to believe that she isnt meant to find love, but she might receive more than she has ever hoped for this Christmas.
Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches, Naomi is certain that her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the familys quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid
Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?
Being a caregiver for Micah Zooks grandmother is the answer to Abigails prayers. In fact, the elderly lady keeps finding ways to set Abigail up with her grandson. Despite Abigails constant chatter, Micah realizes hes beginning to care for heruntil he makes a decision that leaves her feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal the true feelings of his heart?
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin
Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.
Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt and her aunts new husband Mordecai. After all, Frannie knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome Englisch farm boy back in Missouri. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery 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
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth series. Shes a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at ruthreid.com Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid Twitter: @authorruthreid
Kelly Irvin is the author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County series. Kelly is also the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has been married for twenty-seven years, and they have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Learn more at kellyirvin.com Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author
'This collection of reassuring romances offers a comforting escape from the busyness of the holidays. ' - 4 starred
Three Amish romance novelists confect variations on the theme of Christmas in a collection thats long on seasonal sweetness.
tammycookblogsbooks5 Stars Out Of 5An Amish Christmas GiftApril 19, 2016tammycookblogsbooksQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0An Amish Christmas Gift is a collection of three novellas by three different authors. Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin all have best-selling books. Amy Clipston is known for her beloved Kauffman Amish Bakery series. Many of Ruth Reids books deal with miracles. As a faithful believer in God, Ruth Reid says she has experienced miracles in her own life. Kelly Irvin writes about faith that can overcome anything.
These novellas take place around Christmas time. All three stories involve a young Amish woman who feels she will never be married for one reason or another. Then a handsome man enters the picture, and it seems even more impossible that romance will blossom. Naomi from Naomis Gift was a sweet girl that I could not help but like. Abigail in An Unexpected Joy and her ways brought a smile to my face. Frannie from A Christmas Visitor had me wondering how she would find the love she is longing for..
The authors did a good job of helping me get to know the characters and care for them. These novellas are short compared to full length novels. I always find it amazing that the authors can develop a plot and characters in so few pages. I enjoyed all three stories. I previously read Naomis Gift by Amy Clipston, as it was first released in 2011. An Unexpected Joy is the first I have read by Ruth Reid. I was excited to see that A Christmas Visitor was set in Bee County, Texas and had characters from Kelly Irvins The Amish of Bee County series. I just finished book two, The Bishops Son, and liked it. I was happy with the outcome of all three novellas, which were all very different. I think that fans of Amish Romance will enjoy these heart warming stories. I received a free copy of this book form Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.
Dawn Teresa (ReadLove)5 Stars Out Of 5As Comforting as a Hot Cup of Cocoa on a Winter's EveFebruary 7, 2016Dawn Teresa (ReadLove)Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christmas has come and gone, and I'm overdue with this review. Though, thanks to a blizzard named Jonas and some wintry weather, the last few weeks have felt more like Christmas than did our unseasonably warm December. So the Christmas spirit remains.
An Amish Christmas Gift is the first of Bethany House Publishers' Amish Fiction novella collections I had the pleasure to read. When I read this book in November, what a gift it was to usher in the season! I liked it so well that I became an instant fan of the format, and I'm eager for each new release.
I won't give a strict novella-by-novella review for this collection. Instead, I'll talk briefly about my impressions and the commonalities between the different stories.
An Amish Christmas Gift would be a welcome addition to anyone's Christmastime reading. The simplicity of an Amish Christmas celebration lies in stark contrast to the commercial headache that American consumerism has brought to our sacred time. As such, reading this book is a balm -- a beautiful escape from the holiday rush, as well as a gentle reminder of what Christmas really means.
As my reading progressed, I enjoyed each installment more than the one that came before. All three stories have a common thread of finding unexpected love. Each of the young women is unique in some way -- one is older and sure she's destined to be an old maid, another is super chatty and quirky (I love Abigail!), and another is sent away from home to "forget" her feelings for an English boy. Though all initially imagine their futures will be lonely, they learn to trust God's plan for them. God, who makes all things possible, shows each of these ladies that, with His help, she'll find her happy ending.
Verdict: 5 of 5 Hearts. As Comforting as a Hot Cup of Cocoa on a Winter's Eve.
An Amish Christmas Gift is a good introduction to Amish Fiction and a wonderful way to get your Christmas spirit on! Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin use their pens to point out that love sometimes works in mysterious ways, so we should trust that God, in His timing, has someone special for us. For even when we are convinced we'll never find it, love finds us.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Christmas talesJanuary 5, 2016MariIllinoisAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! If you enjoy inspirational, romance, Christmas and Amish genre books this book is a must read. Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin have written a great tale in An Amish Christmas Gift. I was drawn into each story.
Amy Clipston's tale Naomi's Gift will give readers an opportunity to see what is happening with Naomi currently. Will Naomi find love at Christmas time when she has reckoned with being single?
In An Unexpected Joy you'll meet "Gabby Abby", as Micah called Abigail that in this sweet tale. Abigail wants to purchase a horse since it appears she'll never have a husband. Are Micah and Abigail meant for each other as Micah's grandmother believes they are?
Kelly Irvin tale of A Christmas Visitor has Fannie Mast returning to Bee County in Texas. Her family insisted she return to Bee County since she is interested in an English man. Fannie's English friend goes to Bee County with Fannie's aunt not being happy about him arriving there. Will Fannie's uncle and the bishop in the district have a hand in what happens to the English visitor while in Bee County?
Read An Amish Christmas Gift to see how each tale brings a Christmas gift to the characters.
Britney Adams4 Stars Out Of 5An Amish Christmas GiftDecember 28, 2015Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I love Christmas stories and really enjoyed reading these three novellas. They include Naomis Gift by Amy Clipston, An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid, and A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin. Wonderfully talented authors, these ladies have each shared a sweet story that is sure to delight their fans. If youre a fan of Amish fiction, I think you will certainly enjoy the romances that blossom between Naomi and Caleb, Abigail and Micah, and Frannie and Rocky. An Amish Christmas Gift is a great collection!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Claudia5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet, warm-hearted stories!December 9, 2015ClaudiaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0An Amish Christmas Gift: Three Amish Novellas by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin has three warm, enjoyable Christmas stories that will transcend readers into three different Amish communities around the country.
Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston takes us to Lancaster County, PA to find young widower Caleb and his cheerful daughter Susie going home for Christmas. Caleb keeps running into Naomi a seemingly kind, unmarried young woman that Susie takes to right away, but his gossipy sister insists she is not a good match for him. Still, there is something about Naomi that he likes, especially the way she is with his beloved Susie.
Then we take a trip to Centreville, Michigan to meet Abigail Kemp. Having decided that she will never marry, Abigail works hard to raise money for her own horse to help her be more independent. On the way to her independence she meets local glassblower Micah Zook who is working hard to build his own business, but needs someone to care for his aging grandmother. Can the two work out an arrangement that will help them achieve their goals? Or does God have other plans for the pair?
Kelly Irvin's A Christmas Visitor takes us to the other side of the country to Bee County, Texas. Fannie Mast has been sent here from Missouri to her Aunt and Uncle's home with the hope that she will find a nice Plain man to marry and forget her Englisch friend Rocky. Fanny couldn't stay Plain and be with Rocky, she knew. She did not want to give up being Plain for anyone, but what would she do when Rocky showed up on the doorstep of her Aunt and Uncle's home?
An Amish Christmas Gift will take you on a wonderful journey around the country this Christmas. You will meet some warm and wonderful characters.
I did receive this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.