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Katherine Zook and her four children are facing their first Christmas without a loved one, and the future seems dim. But when a mysterious Englisch man begins to show up in the most unlikely of places, Katherine can't help but be suspicious . . . and a bit curious.
When Joy Stolzfus's boyfriend tells her he wants to court other women, she's shocked. She pours her heart out in a letter, but it mistakenly reaches Noah Esh. The two begin writing letters back and forth, but a misunderstanding threatens to topple the relationship they're building.
Anne Marie Smucker's life is pretty perfect. Until she discovers her widowed mother is getting married and they're all moving. On top of that, Anne Marie's relationship with her friend Nathaniel has changed, and she's more confused than ever about her feelings for him.
Esther Glick bakes a Christmas pie for a fundraiser, and she soon finds herself sitting across from bachelor Ammon Schwartz. Esther receives many orders for pies, but when she breaks her wrist, she discovers what community-and love-are all about.
A Gift for Anne MarieAnne Marie Smucker's life is pretty perfect. Until she discovers her widowed mother is getting married and they're all moving. On top of that, Anne Marie's relationship with her friend Nathaniel has changed, and she's more confused than ever about her feelings for him.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances.
When Christmas Comes Again by Beth Wiseman
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid
Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.
A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Maries new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.
The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esthers mems calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . its bachelor bait.
"Characters in each story are sweet, kind and caring. . . . Each author brings a separate writing style, creating a cozy holiday collection." RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's 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.
USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer is the author of more than 40 books, including the novelization for Moms Night Out. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband, John, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where Tricia coordinates a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. They have six children.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 54 touching Christmas stories by 4 great authorsJanuary 13, 2015wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Each one of these stories was touching in their own way. Beth's story brought tears to my eyes, Ruth's had me chuckling, Kathleen's was stirring and Tricia's was heart warming. These were some wonderful Christmas stories from four amazing authors. You will not be disappointed if you choose to read this book.
Tina W5 Stars Out Of 5My favorite!!January 1, 2015Tina WQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Amish Second Christmas is a delightful fast read of four novellas written by four different authors. All four novellas are about different themes and topics but the characters are to lean on their faith to open their heart to what the Lord is trying to tell them. They see that when we lean on him our lives go better, even unplanned events.
An Amish Second Christmas is by far my favorite novella collection book to read. It is a MUST read for the Christmas season.
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. No money was exchanged. This is my honest review in my own words
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Sure to get you in the Christmas Spirit!December 18, 2014ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4When Christmas Comes Again by Beth Wiseman - Understanding that the author's intentions for this novella were to show the blessings of family, this story is wonderful. It also does a wonderful job of showing that everyone grieves differently. Each member in Katherine's family is struggling with the loss of their loved one, but God's grace and love flow over them in the form of the "mysterious Englischer" that shows up in their lives.
Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid - What a beautiful story! I absolutely LOVED the letters between Joy and her pen pal. That element added a special touch to the overall story. It also helped develop the relationship between Joy and Noah, before either character realized it.The message of the story, in my opinion, was about learning to trust the Lord with our future. Both characters had to learn to trust the Lord to overcome their fears.
A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller - I love this kind of story (I won't say what kind it is because it might be considered a spoiler!). The relationship between Nathaniel and Anne Marie evolves and changes in ways neither one of them understand, so it was fun to watch them trying to figure it out. The message of the story is learning to trust in God's plan for your life, even when you don't think things are going the way they should. God knows what He's doing, and learning to "let go" and "let God" is sometimes hard.
The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer - This was a fantastic story. The character development was well thought out and presented. The story line was sweet and swift moving. My favorite part, though, was the message. Esther has to learn to overcome her self-doubt, her fear of what others might think, in order to embrace the plans that God has for her. How many of us are doing the same thing??
Overall, this collection of Christmas novellas was sweet and the messages were well written and thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed them.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 52nd christmasDecember 15, 2014beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female"An Amish Second Christmas" by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer is a collection of four novellas all centering around Second Christmas. Three of these stories are romance, the first one is sorta, but not really. Second Christmas is December 26th; a day when Amish celebrate with friends, neighbors, and extended family. The 25th is more of a reflective, close family day centered on remembering Christ's birth. The 26th is more of a party. Kind of like the "English"'s Christmas eve and Christmas Day. I'll give a review of the first novella, "When Christmas comes Again" by Beth Wiseman.
Wiseman tells of a modern Amish family, whose husband/father has recently died. The mother (and later the daughter) both stumble across the husband's estranged father. He seems to be mentally ill and likes to tell tall tales. He is a hoot and a half! I kind of wish this story had been a full sized novel so that I could have gotten to know him better. Wiseman tells the story with both humor and heart break. The family comes to know their grandfather and begins to heal from their loss. I really liked these authors. This book is written like a showcase of their best work. Definitely worth the money to buy. I received this book for www.booklookbloggers.com.
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The BEST Christmas story I've read yet this season!November 11, 2014JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This one is going to be hard for me
Im not sure I can really do justice to how truly amazing these authors are!
WOW! Just WOW!
Beth Wiseman writes a very different kind of story in this book. Even reading the synopsis, I was not prepared. It was intriguing and interesting and a story worth reading.
Kathleen Fuller has written a wonderful story about love and how it deals with boundaries.
Tricia Goyer has told us another wonderful story of the Kootenai Amish. Its always fun to read about those wily bachelors and the women they woo even more so when theres pie involved!
Each story in this book is an amazing story and a wonderful look at how the Amish celebrate Christmas or more specifically, Second Christmas.
But I have to say that my absolute favorite has to be
Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid!
I was in so much trouble with my daughter AND my mother because I WOULD NOT put the book down until I had finished reading!
I laughed, I felt like crying, I gasped in shock and I cheered!
I have read Ruth Reids writing before but I have to say that this is by far the best thing she has ever written! And I really really really hope everyone loves it so much and she writes a whole series on it!
Because Im just DYING to know more about the characters!
And that is the mark of a GREAT book in my opinion. I was actually sad when I turned the last page! Of course I had two more stories to read so it was a tiny bit of a consolation but I WANTED MORE OF THAT ONE!
And now Im chomping at the bit for Ruths next book to come out!