A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance Collection Historical Couples from Amish, Mennonite, Quaker, and Amana SettlementsLauralee Bliss, Ramona K. Cecil, Dianne ChristnerBarbour Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback$3.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Jan4 Stars Out Of 5Christmas NovellasDecember 26, 2019JanEnjoyed all these stories but the first one!! Easy & fast read.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A heartwarming collection of 9 Christmas novellas all tucked into one beautiful cover!January 25, 2018Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4If you're new to Amish fiction, and love the idea of a Christmas setting with some great story lines, then you might want to pick up A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance collection. In it you will find 9 different Christmas Romances of Amish, Mennonite, Quaker and Amana settlements, which vary in some of the dress styles, their religious beliefs, and manner of speech. They hold fast to the belief that what happens stays in their communities to handle and marrying outside of the church, can often result in a shunning from the community especially if they have been baptized into their churches.
Yet the one thing that remains clear in all of them, is their sense of support within the community. Help is always offered from within regarding medical issue, issues dealing with breaking the law and tragedies. They are always there for one another. The best part also of this series, is it gives you a brief insight into the style of writing each of the nine authors. This will help you decide if you want to pick up full length novels of other books in that genre as well. It is well worth it too, if time is an issue. Reading them one at a time, as you have time available, keeps you from feeling overwhelmed about not being able to get through a larger novel, than these nine stories provide.
The nine authors that have contributed to this collection are: Jerry Eicher, Olivia Newport, Lauralee Bliss, Ramona K.Cecil, Dianne Christner, Melanie Dobson, Rachael O. Phillips, Claire Sanders, and Anna Schmidt. I have read quite a few of the novels of most of these authors, so it was a nice change of pace to meet some I had never heard of before. This collection is comparable to the length of a full size novel and in it, you get 9 short stories that feel like so much more than a simple novella. There is also a wonderful treat included at the conclusion of each one, a recipe that you can make at home from the story! Just the cover of this collection invites the reader to curl up by the fire on a cold wintery night.
I received A Plain and Sweet Christmas Romance Collection by various authors compliments of Barbour Publishing and NetGalley. This is such a beautiful collection of wonderful heartwarming stories of faith, hope and love set among the Christmas season. This is a must have for lovers of Amish Romance, and even for those who want a great sampling of the various communities mentioned in this review. For me, this really introduced me to some authors I had never heard of before, as well as bring back some favorites from best selling authors as well. For me, this collection would rate a 4 out of 5 stars. There are some stories that really didn't connect with me as a reader, and wanted to get through them to something else, especially the Quaker stories with their 'thee's and thou's in how they speak to one another. Kind of like trying to understand Shakespeare in high school, yet overall a great collection.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Delightful novella collectionJanuary 18, 2018Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christmas traditions are so important and while the various plain religious sects celebrate in a different way, they are equally interesting. This novella collection explores the Christmas traditions of the Amana, Quakers, Amish and Mennonites. Add a bit of romance, a cup of tea, a warm blanket and comfy chair, and you have the makings of a few wonderful moments. I love reading novellas as they can be read quickly and you can read a different one each day if you like. Nine authors combine their unique writing styles to tantalize your need for romance and history. The novellas span from 1800 to 1941. I am an avid reader of Plain fiction so the various sects were not overly unusual to me, but I always learn new things as I read. Recipes from each novella are an added bonus!
Novellas in the collection:
A Crossroad to Love by Lauralee Bliss--1846, Waynesville, Ohio
Simple Gifts by Ramona K. Cecil--1880, Serenity, Indiana
A Christmas Prayer by Dianne Christner--1881, Mountain Lake, Minnesota
Treasure of the Heart by Melanie Dobson--1907, Amana, Iowa
Love is Forever by Jerry Eicher--1941, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Love's Pure Light by Olivia Newport--1910, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Pirate of My Heart by Rachael O. Phillips--1825, Rock & Cave, Illinois
Equally Yoked by Claire Sanders--1838, Southern Ohio
Abigail's Christmas Candles by Anna Schmidt--Hope, Wisconsin
I highly recommend this novella collection of Christmas romances. Happy reading! I am giving this book a rating of 5 stars.
I received an ebook of this selection from netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I did not receive any compensation for my review.
joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5JESUS is not plainNovember 14, 2017joyful334209FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This novel definitely deserves your attention. It is a heart tugger. In the beginning there was some foretelling what this book was going to be all about - what the book was going to be all about - it set the tone within the first page right away. You feel awful for the bad horse, but as we all know all things happen for a reason. GOD uses every situation for HIS good. There is one thing I was very disappointed in was within the first three pages we have the character wanting to "deaden" the pain of his past, which of course we find out what that is, as a Christian we know that CHRIST never said - "hey guys lets go and get some drinks and deaden the pain of what I know is going to happen tomorrow." The book would have been a hit - it didn't need that there - why would that need to be there - Christians know that inebriation is not Biblical. Other than that the book is amazing. That was just one book - the others are incredible - don't let one novella ruin it for the others - one is better than the others - better on top of better - Go and BUY I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
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