Published by Thomas Nelson on September 12th 2017
Genres: Amish Fiction
Also by this author: An Amish Home, The Beloved Hope Chest, An Amish Summer, A Seat by the Hearth, An Amish Heirloom: A Legacy of Love, The Cedar Chest, The Treasured Book, A Midwife's Dream, An Amish Reunion
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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 his rumspringa, 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?
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Whether it is reading about three generations of Stoltzfus women living under the same roof, a cat and a group of Christmas visitors that help a recently widowed Amish woman, the return of an Englisch love, or a misdirected GPS An Amish Christmas Love offers a nice variety of stories by bestselling authors (Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin).
I always look forward to these novella collections as they allow me to take a different pace in my reading through shorter stories. I get to experience a variety of settings in one book, which is something I enjoy. I also like reading stories from some authors I haven’t read before.
This novella installment was another great addition to my collection. One of the stories I was really excited to read was my friend Amy Clipston’s. I know Amy loves cats and I thought the concept of The Christmas Cat was really neat.
While this story was sad, it was also uplifting as a group of young people went to spend time with a recent widow. I was reminded to think of others around Christmas and try to bring joy to them.
The stories were all unique in this collection, which made for a nice variety as I was reading. I enjoyed all of the stories, each for different reasons.