From Goodreads: 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.
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?
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?”
My review: Christmas and romance go hand in hand in this collection of Amish novellas by three well-known Amish fiction authors. While familiar with the works of Amy Clipston, the other two authors were new to me.
Namoni’s Gift–I always enjoy Amy’s stories and this novella was no different. Good storyline and realistic characters made this story easy to read. I enjoyed the way that even though this was a novella the story progressed naturally and nothing seemed rushed.
An Unexpected Joy–Having never read anything by this author I wasn’t sure what to expect. The story held my interest from beginning to end and I must admit I think I may have swooned just a tad at the ending. This was a sweet romance that left me smiling at the end of the story. I really enjoyed Abagail and Micah and would like to read more about them.
A Christmas Visitor–I had a hard time staying interested in this story. It didn’t have the same Christmas-y feel as the other two stories in the collection. It could have been the Texas setting; I’m not sure. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and never really felt like I was a part of the story. This was the shortest of the stories and I just really would have liked to have seen this as a full-length novel with more conflict and buildup to the ending. The author’s writing style was nice though and the story was easy to read.
If you are a fan of Amish fiction, romance, or Christmas you will enjoy these three stories of love, second chances, and starting over.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.