An Amish Christmas
I must admit that Amish romances are not my favorite. But, in the Christmas spirit, I thought this one looked like a good one to review for BookSneeze.
This is a compilation of four stories by different authors. All of the stories take place around the time of Christmas and feature some of the same Amish families. Each story focuses on the love and relationship of a different couple. The stories are sweet and short and easy to read and feature the characters living a plain and simple Amish lifestyle.
In "A Miracle for Miriam" Miriam meets someone from her past that hurt her deeply. Seth Fisher is a changed man after time spent in the English world and a bad accident. He wants to develop a relationship with Miriam, but it will take time for her to accept that he has truly changed.
"A Choice to Forgive" features Miriam's sister Lydia. Lydia has been widowed for several years. Her husband Elam died young and unexpectedly. Before her marriage to Elam, Lydia was engaged to his brother Daniel who left her unexpectedly on one Christmas Eve. Now Daniel returns to the Amish life and has something to tell Lydia about the night he left. What he says will be hard for Lydia to forgive, but for them to move forward, she must.
Sarah and David Fisher, mentioned several times in the other stories, lost a child on the previous Christmas. In "One Child" they are visited on Christmas Eve by a young English couple stranded in a storm. When the young wife goes in to labor at their house, Sarah, David, and the other couple have lots to learn about each other and love and God.
"Christmas Cradles" is a bonus novella. A few of the same families are mentioned, but the main couple in this novella is new. Anna is a midwife taking over for her aunt on Christmas Eve. She has three deliveries to make, and while she stays busy all evening, she gets to know Asa Mast, the silent and brooding man who is acting as her driver for the evening.
This was a very light read. I enjoyed the fact that the stories tied in together and featured the same characters. I felt like I got to know the people in each story well even though the stories were short. The story lines were rather predictable and by the end I was checking to see how much longer the book was. But, for someone who enjoys the Amish romance genre, this was a good, light read for the Christmas holidays.
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