Wednesday, October 30, 2013

An Amish Christmas Story Not to Be Missed!!!

"Annie's Christmas Wish"           

      By Barbara Cameron

This is the fourth in  Barbara's "Quilts of Lancaster Series' and it was certainly no surprise or disappointment! This book is another winner! The author takes the Amish out of the secure, peaceful community in which they live, travelling to... of all places!!  New York City!! Totally different setting from most of the Amish genre.  If you enjoy reading Amish books but like a change from the norm, try this one!

Every since her stepmother, Jenny purchased a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has had the greatest desire to visit this busy, hustling, bustling place. Annie dreams of being a writer, just like Jenny, knowing that it will not happen in her own community!  She wants to see the New York Times building and see how she would feel to live in this exciting town.

Jenny's purpose in visiting her former place of employment, is to receive an award for her writing. As unlikely as it seems for an Amish family, set in its ways, they decide to go with her on a vacation. Along with Annie's friend, Aaron, they proceed to do the typical tourist sightseeing, the store windows, and skate at Rockefeller Center rink. This is so totally foreign to this conservative people. The many feelings they experience, fear, nervousness, threats, as well as excitement is so well developed in each unique character that you feel, with them. Your heart breaks for some of the disappointments and fears of the individuals.  Each becomes a close friend, near to your heart. The character development is what always makes for a good read for me. I must be able to identify with at least one of the characters and certainly had no difficulty in doing this in this book!

Aaron watches Annie's excitement and enthusiasm, with concern and fear. What if Annie won't return to the quieter life?? His love for her could be the breaking point!!  If she stays to work in New York City, all of his plans for their future will dissolve.  An unexpected offer that Annie receives threatens to change ALL of their lives forever!! 

Will Annie be able to accept God's plan for her life?? Will the thrill and excitement destroy a romance??

Definitely a book to put on your Christmas reading list!!

I enjoyed every minute and regretted the moment when the story came to an end.

This book was supplied by the author and Abingdon Press Fiction, in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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