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Tuesday, October 6

Fall Reads: An Amish Christmas Gift


An Amish Christmas Gift
by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid & Kelly Irvin
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: October 6, 2015
ISBN: 978-0718039653
Pages: 416
Buy Link: Amazon

Review:

I'm normally not in the mood to read holiday theme novels until after Thanksgiving, but I'm a big fan of Amish fiction, so I jumped right into reading An Amish Christmas Gift when I received it last week. There are three different novellas in this title - Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston, An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid and A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin.


Naomi’s Gift centers on Caleb, a widower that is traveling with his young daughter, Susie, to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to visit his sister's family for Christmas. Along the way, Susie spots a farmer's market. She begs Caleb to stop there and find a gift for Aeti Sadie, which he eventually agrees to. Being a kid, Susie gets distracted and walks away fro Caleb's sight at the market, but luckily she comes across a quilt booth where Naomi King happens to be. Naomi is a 24-year-old woman, who is lost all hope of finding love, well, that is until she meets Caleb and sparks fly between the two. Unfortunately, Caleb still isn't ready to let someone near his heart as he lost his wife on Christmas Eve two years ago.

An Unexpected Gift is set in St. Joseph County, Michigan and centers on Abigail Kemp, a 22-year-old woman who decided just a year ago that she would never find love. With no future husband in sight, Abigail has been saving every cent that she earns from selling baked goods and quilted potholders, all so she can one day buy a horse. Despite being busy making sweets for the holiday season, Abigail agrees to help look after Micah Zook's grandmother, which the elderly woman makes it her mission to set the two up before Christmas comes around.

A Christmas Visitor centers on Frannie Mast, a young woman that had fell in love an Englisch farm boy, Rocky, in Missouri, but her life is turned upside down when her parents sends her back to her hometown of Bee County, Texas to live with her aunt and her aunt's new husband. This is a Christmas story, so the unthinkable happens - Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to convince her family that he is the right man for her.

There are gobs of authors that write Amish fiction now a days and I can't keep up with all the new names, but I did recognize authors Amy Clipston and Ruth Reid as I've read a few of their other titles. However, this is the first time I've read anything by Kelly Irvin and I'm an instant fan of her writing as A Christmas Visitor is a cute romantic story. The other two stories, Naomi's Gift and An Unexpected Joy, are both adorable romantic reads as well. Overall, it might not be December yet, but I enjoyed reading the three heartfelt novellas in An Amish Christmas Gift.



*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


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