Christmastime brings changes to Pleasant Valley. Naomi Esch, who works part-time at the bakery, is content remaining a spinster and caring for her father and sisters after her mother's death. She looks forward to expanding her beekeeping business, the one thing she can call her own. But when her father announces his plans to remarry and declares that he and his new wife will want the house to themselves, Naomi's expectations are turned upside down.Amish recipes Glossary of Pennsylvania Dutch Terms and phrases Moravian Star craft with cut and fold instructions Amish Christmas Customs
Christmas is a time for new beginnings. But when a dutiful Amish womans life is turned upside down, she may have to risk her heart to get everything shes always wanted in this charming Pleasant Valley novel.
Since her mothers death, Naomi Esch has been devoted to caring for her father and siblings, sacrificing any hope of finding love or having a home of her own. Still, working at the local bakery and expanding her beekeeping business give Naomi a satisfying sense of purpose. Then, in the weeks before Christmas, her father announces his plans to remarry. He and his new wife need the house for themselves, leaving Naomi in need of a plan.
But opportunities soon come her way. A friend finds Naomi a place to stay, and widower Nathan King offers his sprawling farmland to Naomi to continue her businesson the condition that she helps take care of his children. The setup is so perfect that the community assumes a wedding will inevitably follow. But Naomi has vowed never to marry without love. And to Nathan shes merely convenient help. Now, for those in Pleasant Valley, uniting these two stubborn souls may take a Christmas miracle.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Pleasant Valley series and the Keepers of the Promise trilogy. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.
Praise for the novels of Marta Perry
"What a joy it is to read Marta Perry's novels!...Everything a reader could wantstrong, well-defined characters; beautiful, realistic settings; and a thought-provoking plot. Readers of Amish fiction will surely be waiting anxiously for her next book."Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Heart series
"A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in a heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness."Susan Meissner, author of As Bright as Heaven
"Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis."Library Journal
"Perry carefully balances the traditional life of the Amish with the contemporary world in an accessible, intriguing fashion."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Perry crafts characters with compassion, yet with insecurities that make them relatable."RT Book Reviews
"[Perry] has once again captured my heart with the gentle wisdom and heartfelt faith of the Amish community."Fresh Fiction