Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Let's Get Into the Christmas Spirit!!!

"An Amish Christmas Love"


Four Novellas By  :  Beth Wiseman
                                 Amy Clipston
                                 Ruth Reid
                                Kelly Irvin

Synopsis:

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman
Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.
The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston
Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don’t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma’s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry’s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn’t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.
Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin
As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?
Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid
When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?


My Thoughts:

What could be better to get into the Christmas spirit than by reading stories by some of my favourite authors of the Amish genre???  All of these novellas have a  clear message for us, one of true love during such a meaningful season, as well as being easy to read and relaxing. 

"Winter Kisses" by Beth Wiseman is the story that I will address. This was such an enjoyable read, as it included faith and love, at the same time, using humor to touch the funny bone. The characters are quirky, well described and so realistic. I easily pictured each in my mind as I read. Ruth was one feisty, full of energy character who gets in her share of trouble with her confrontational nature. But love for her family is apparent and still present in all situations. A variety of emotions went through me as I read this sweet story as secrets are revealed . Love prevails!!!

A great novella that was much too short !! I just wanted it to go on and on!!!

Great reading for the Christmas season which will soon be upon us. 

This book was received as a gift. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.


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