Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book Review-An Amish Second Christmas

An Amish Second Christmas
By:  Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, Tricia Goyer
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman:
Katherine Zook and her children will face the holidays for the first time this year without her husband and their father, Elias.  She knows it will not be easy and has no idea how to lessen the hurt for her family.  However a mysterious Englischer comes to town with photographs of her late husband and she has no idea how he came to have them, since the Amish don’t like to have their pictures taken.  She befriends him by having coffee with him and finds there may be blessing in store for her and her family this Christmas in spite of their loss.

This story shows that losing a loved one during the holidays is exceptionally hard, but if you put your trust and faith in God there will be something good come out of the sorrow.  I found this to be a beautifully written story about family, love and faith.

“Her Christmas Pen-Pal”  By Ruth Reid
Joy Stolzfus expects Henry to propose to her, but instead he turns his affections to another woman because he feels Joy is ignoring him since she is single-handedly trying to keep her family’s bakery business from going under. It seems she has no time for him.  In her despair she writes a ten-page letter to her cousin, only to have it mistakenly delivered to the wrong person….a cabinet maker, Noah Esh.  He decides to respond to her letter, giving her advice about Henry and her baking.  They continue to correspond back and forth which causes them to begin to have feelings for each other, but since they have never met…or have they, will they have a chance to explore their feelings and will Joy keep her family business from going under? 

This is a lovely story about trust, love and finding friendship in the most unusual way.  It also shows that God has a way of providing what we need even if we don’t know we need it.

“A Gift for Anne Marie”  By:  Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie Smucker feels life in general is pretty good, except she is confused about the changes in her relationship with Nathaniel.  On top of that, she discovers her widowed mother has been keeping a secret…she has re-established a friendship with a widower that he knew a long time ago and they are getting married…. And…they will all be moving.  Anne Marie has a difficult time adjusting to her mother’s upcoming wedding and to move.

This is a sweet story about friends who could possibly become more.  Anne Marie always tried to be happy for others even when she was hurting.  This is a beautiful story of friendship, love, compromise and compassion.

“Christmas Aprons”  By Tricia Goyer
Esther Glick is single and afraid of what people will think of her, which causes her to feel like she does not fit in or belong.  She loves to bake and bakes her signature Vanilla Crumb Pie for a bachelor auction to raise money for the local fire department.  Little does she realize that the winning bidder also wins a date with the baker.  Ammon Schwartz wins her pie and her.  They become good friends. Will their friendship blossom into something more??  Where do the aprons fit into all of this?  Those will be answered as you read the story of Esther and Ammon.

This is a beautiful Christmas story of love and acceptance.

This book is a compilation of several short novellas  about the Amish written by four acclaimed authors.  If you love reading about the life of the Amish this is a book you want to miss.  It is a great book for the upcoming holidays.  It is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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