11/23/2009

An Amish Christmas


December in Lancaster County                                                       
Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron
2009
Thomas Nelson
Fiction/Christmas/Amish

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

A Christmas Novella, containing three stories about three different Amish women in Paradise Pennsylvania.  All three stories connected with the other, and were very well written in the way they connected. 

Miriam, had a crush on Seth when they were fourteen years old, but being teased by other boys about it, Seth disdained her and called her a four eyed beanpole, harboring that hurt for years, Miriam had drawn herself away from any chance of romance, but then when she was nineteen years old Seth came back into her life.  She was afraid to open herself to romance, but could she truly be loved as she wanted?

Lydia's husband had died a couple of years ago, she had worked hard to make a living for her children and herself, when someone from the past showed up on her doorstep.  Wanting to drive Daniel away, she remembered how he had hurt her with his sudden departure years earlier, leaving her to be consoled by his brother Elam, now Elam is dead and Daniel is back, and there is a story to be told, can she find it in her heart to forgive and to love again?

Sarah and David Fisher, lost a baby during the Christmas season a few years ago, and now Sarah was sad that she didn't seem to be able to get pregnant again, but determined not to let her fears, hurt and pain show, she entertained her family and friends for First Christmas, carrying on a old family tradition, but the night would bring more than a winter storm to their door, it would bring a stranded Englisher and his wife, his very pregnant wife.  His very pregnant wife who seemed to be going into early labor.  How can Sarah do this, take care of a woman who is having a child when it is the very thing that Sarah desires most?  Would the baby be safe, would he survive?

Three stories that will have you reading as fast as you can to get to the next story, Beth, Kathleen and Barbara have brought us a lovely Christmas compilation of Amish stories. Discussion guide and recipes at the end of the book. 444 pages $16.99 US 4 stars. 
This book was provided for review purposes only, no cash or payment was received for this review.

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