Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson

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About the book: One girl in need of a home. One woman in search of a home for her heart. One Christmas where it all seems possible.

It felt strange to be out here in the middle of the night, still wearing the Amish dress--a dress that had belonged to Miri. Rachel's footsteps crunched in the snow, and halfway between the barn and the house, she paused to look up at the night sky, wondering if more snow was in store, but all she saw was velvety black and stars. Millions of twinkling stars. She had never seen stars like that before, so bright and so close, almost as if she could touch them with her hand.

Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. But with so many unexpected occurrences of late, perhaps she shouldn't have been surprised.

With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio's Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Join bestselling author Melody Carlson on an emotional journey into the heart of what family truly means at Christmastime.

My review:  I really enjoyed this bittersweet story.  While there is sadness at the beginning, it ends happily, which I like in a Christmas story!  Holly, the little girl, is very cute and really makes you get into the spirit of Christmas.  I liked Rachel a lot, too, especially for how much she loved her niece and was willing to sacrifice for her.  I liked the hint of romance and the English meets Amish lifestyle was fascinating to see as Rachel and Holly knew nothing of that life.  This is a story that will leave you smiling.  Check it out if you like Christmas, Amish, or just a sweet story.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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