Shelley Shepard GrayKensington Publishing / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$11.994.5 out of 5 stars for Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop. View reviews of this product. 6 Reviews
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Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Collection!October 11, 2021Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This novella collection was one I could hardly set down. These three stories really captured my attention and I connected with the characters in each story very quickly, wanting everything to work out well for all of them.
All three novellas have a connection to Rebecca's Porch, a bakery that is owned by the main character, Rebecca, in the first novella. The first two novellas take place at the bakery for much of their stories and I really liked seeing characters from the first novella appear in the second one, too. The third novella had a scene at the bakery and the main character, Tessa, loved to pick up cupcakes from Rebecca's Porch to share with her students for birthdays. Otherwise, there wasn't much of a connection to the bakery. However, the third novella was still a good and impactful story.
The first and second novellas were wonderful second chance love stories that tugged at my heart and the third novella touched on the topic of abuse in a careful and caring manner. All three stories were sweet and clean and had good faith messages woven into them. Another thing that binds these stories together is that each one has a heroine who cares deeply for others and tries to do things for others that will bless them.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
CD4 Stars Out Of 5Cute holiday collectionOctober 11, 2021CDQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a great collection of Christmas novellas. I love how Rebecca's Porch is used in all three stories, even though the novellas are written by three different authors. I appreciate the way that the authors collaborated to bring the stories together.
A Christmas Cake for Rebecca by Shelley Shepard Gray
A Christmas Cake for Rebecca is a sweet second chance story. Aden left Rebecca over twenty years ago and is back for the Christmas holiday. He is determined to help Rebecca and hopefully get to know her again. Rebecca has become a successful baker and does not hold a grudge toward Aden. This is a quick read and the story line comes full circle, just like a full-length novel would do.
Best Christmas Present Ever by Rachel J. Good
This is another second chance novella and I enjoyed the story line in this one as well. I liked Lizzie and Christian, and the unique story line with each of them taking care of their families. However, there were several glaring issues in this story. The biggest one is that in place of Christian's sister's name, there is an X as a placeholder. Another is that we are never told what Rebecca was sick with. Overall I enjoyed this one as well.
The Christmas Cupcake by Loree Lough
This story only mentioned Rebecca's Porch a few times, so it was not as connected as the others, and we don't encounter Rebecca at all, which was a bit of a disappointment. While I liked Asher and Tessa, I did not connect as much with this story. Things felt a bit forced and rushed at times.
Thank you to Net Galley and Kensington Publishers for the opportunity to read this book. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
sgreene015 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Holiday ReadSeptember 29, 2021sgreene01Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a sweet holiday read of three novellas centered around an Amish bakeshop. The novellas all connect with people who either work or shop at the bakeshop.
Second chance love, faith, and hope are intertwined in each story. Each book is a sweet, quick read that you will not want to put down until you have finished reading it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys clean, sweet Amish romances.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Kensington and NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Holiday ReadSeptember 29, 2021Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5f you enjoy Amish fiction, this is a great book for the busy holiday season. All three short stories follow on the same small town, two centered around the local bakery, and have cameo appearance by several characters across the entire book.
A Christmas Cake for Rebecca by Shelley Shepard Gray follows the story of Rebecca and Aiden, two old friends who let love slip through their hands when they were younger. Now in his forties, Aiden returns to town for a construction job and seems to keep crossing paths with Rebecca. Can he find a way to win her heart once more?
Best Christmas Present Every by Rachel J. Good features the story of Lizzie, a young woman forced to move home to take care of a relative. While trying to balance work, caretaking, and life, she meets Christian whose young daughter is going through cancer treatments. But is this not their first meeting?
The Christmas Cupcake by Loree Lough was my personal favorite. Tessa, the local school teacher, and her brother, Noah, share a family secret. Their father's explosive anger makes home life a challenge. So when a Asher starts to show interest in Tessa, she watches him carefully, determined not to live in an abusive relationship. Will Asher be able to convince her that he's trustworthy?
All three novellas work together beautifully, creating an encouraging book centered around the upcoming holiday season. They are joyful, sweet, and carry a common theme of second chances. This is my favorite type of book for busy seasons as each novella can be read alone or together, and the stories are so full of light and hope. If you enjoy Amish fiction, you'll enjoy this collection.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
DaliSB, INAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful CollectionSeptember 24, 2021DaliSB, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely loved this wonderful collection! There were shared connections in each story which included the location, some characters , and the Christmas season. They also dealt with love, faith, caring, and God's will. The three stories were connected in these ways, and yet each story stood out by its uniqueness. Although these are novellas, none of them felt rushed. The pacing of each one was just right for getting to know the characters and being completely drawn in to each of their stories. You definitely won't want to miss this wonderful collection.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All comments and opinions are my own.