An Amish Christmas Gift: Three Amish Novellas
Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston
Naomi has started to think that she isn t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas.
Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love, has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches a time of family, faith, and hope for many others Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.
My personal favorite in this collection.
The characters were engaging and I quickly admired Naomi for her inner strength and her selflessness.
Her feelings for Caleb and his precious daughter were so heartwarming. I get very annoyed when a storyline feels too contrived and I never got that feeling while reading Amy’s story.
The characters were believable and were not at all sugar coated to make us believe that the Amish are perfect people with perfect lives.
An abolute delight to read.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid
Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?
Abigail Kemp has managed to frighten off every bu who s ever driven her home from a singing. Sure she will live to be an old maid, Abigail starts saving her money to buy a horse so she can at least have some independence.
Micah Zook is looking for a caregiver for his grandmother, and Abigail needs a new job. He never expected that Abigail would talk so much . . . or that his grandmother would keep finding ways to set the two of them up.
Despite Abigail s constant chatter, she and Micah become friends until Micah makes a decision that leaves Abigail feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal what s on his heart?
I liked Micah very much and I fell in love with his grandmother.
At first I founnd Abigail to be a bit childish with her contant talking, but once I read more of this novella, I found her rather charming.
She’s definitely one to go after her hearts desire, and that made me feel admiration for her.
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin
Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.
Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt Abigail and her husband Mordecai. After all, she knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome but Englisch farmer boy back in Missouri. It s best to put those feelings aside, no matter how hard it is. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?”
I really enjoyed this novella.
I liked Frannie and Rocky and their relationship. There were some moments when I felt sad but I fell in love with them and wanted the best for them. Her story is well written and I found myself rooting for this couple. This is something that I will read again.
Kelly Irvin is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.
I give this collecttion 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and the Fiction guild in exchange for an honest review.