An Amish Christmas Love by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Ruth Reid (review by Kristi)

An Amish Christmas Love

About the book:  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 hisrumspringa, 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 discover: 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?

Published September 12, 2017, by Thomas Nelson

 

My review:  There’s a reason I’m a reluctant fan of novellas. Not all stories are meant to be told quickly. I felt like some of the stories in this collection were too rushed and not complete. Two stories were well done and two needed a bit more work. Here’s my take on each story:

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman

This story sounded interesting with three generations of women possibly finding love with the renters of their daadihaus. For me, there were too many characters in the book and each couple’s story seemed rush. While the story was nice enough it may have been better told as a novel with more time spent on each couple.

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston

This is one of the novellas that was done right. I loved how the story was told in present day with flashbacks to Emma and Henry’s life together. There were enough happy moments mixed in with Emma’s grief over the loss of her husband that the story wasn’t overly depressing. And Hank the cat was probably my favorite character.

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin

I felt like I was missing something in this story. It was like I should have known the backstory of the characters but had missed out on it. The premise of the story was good and there was enough conflict to keep me guessing what would happen. While not one of my favorites of the collection the story was ok.

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid

There is just something about Ruth Reid’s writing that pulls me into the story and holds my interest until the end. The more I read from this author the more I like her. This novella (the longest in the collection, I believe) reads more like a novel. It was nice seeing the characters grow and change over the course of the story. The storyline was different which is something I’ve come to expect from this author and quite enjoy. The story and the author’s writing style made this one of my favorites of the collection.

Fans of Amish fiction are sure to enjoy these stories by four of the genre’s leading authors. This collection would also make a nice gift for the reader in your family.

I received a free copy from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

 

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