Wednesday, December 17, 2014
An Amish Second Christmas - by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid & Tricia Goyer
About the book:
Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances.
“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid
Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.
This was a wonderful collection of Amish stories centered around their Second Christmas. Three of the stories were romances, the other about dealing with grief over the loss of a loved one and finding joy again. They all seemed more unique than typical Amish stories, from a strange man who seems familiar to pen pals to a surprise bachelor auction. I liked the focus on prayer, asking God for help and seeking to know what He wants for their futures. I liked that two of the stories had women really looking at the possible suitor with eyes wide open and not letting emotion sweep them away. They wanted to be sure they knew what they were getting into. There were some sweet romantic moments, a lot of baking along with some recipes supplied at the back of the book and a wonderful sense of community and family. This is one of the best Amish books I've read! I highly recommend it to lovers of Amish, romance or Christmas stories.
I received this book free from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
About the authors
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story.
Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including *A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield.
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.
USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. Tricia and her husband John live in Little Rock, Arkansas where John works for FamilyLife. They have six children.