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Bright Christmas: an Amish love story (Redeeming Romance Series) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Rohrer
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Book Description

If home is where the heart is, where do you go if your heart is torn in two,
between Amish and English loves?

When Charity Bright intercepts a Christmas card, she is astonished to discover a long-hidden secret: she is not the sole surviving woman in her Old Order Amish family. Once, her father had a sister--a shunned aunt Charity never knew she had.

Bright Christmas: an Amish love story follows Charity and her friend, Daniel Yoder, as they venture to New York City on a purposed Rumspringa, determined to bring Charity's Aunt Hope back to the family fold by Christmas Eve. Charity and Daniel grew up as neighbors in Amish Country, but Charity nurses a private dream, that their relationship could grow to much more than the friends they've always been. Time traveling together will surely tell if she will come to be his bride.

One thing is certain: Charity and Daniel will be fish out of water beyond Amish Country borders. Neither knows how the other will respond to what modern life has to offer, whether it will draw them together in love, or tear them apart. As it happens, they'll have just three weeks in New York City with Hope...and Leanne, a pregnant runaway they find under Hope's wing. The English world has its allures, but none proves more powerful than the bonds of love that develop between Charity and her Aunt Hope, threatening Charity's blossoming romance with Daniel, and compelling both women to decide which place to call home.

From the author of Amazon bestselling novel 'Merry's Christmas: a love story' comes this pure, redeeming romance. Whether you're an Amish Fiction & Romance lover or completely new to the Amish drama genre, Charity's multicultural journey crosses over to all people of faith, resonating with questions, every step of the way:
  • How will Charity choose between those she loves?
  • What will become of her dream of marrying Daniel as an Amish bride?
  • Can Charity come to terms with her faith when it threatens her romance?
  • Will she return home for Christmas, or will she embark upon an entirely new life?
That is the road Charity travels in this heartrending coming of age Rumspringa adventure, across the Advent season, leading up to a Christmas she will never forget.

REDEEMING ROMANCE is an anthology series, a variety of clean, stand alone, inspirational romantic novels adapted from Susan Rohrer's original movie scripts. Available in Kindle and Paperback Editions, this series is recommended for you if you love: Clean Amish Fiction, Faith based Holiday Romance, Pure Love Stories, and/or Christian Christmas Gift Ideas.

Amish Fiction & Romance Lovers: Click above to start reading 'Bright Christmas: An Amish Love Story' today!

Editorial Reviews


"From the gentle glow of Amish Country to the neon lights of New York City, Charity shines in this timeless journey of faith, hope, and love."

Cheryl McKay - Co-author & Screenwriter Never the Bride

"Amish fans are going to love this story. Bright Christmas is much more than typical Amish fiction. It's a story where the characters' hearts are divided, making them question what they truly believe in and why. Several plot twists and a totally unpredictable, but satisfying ending made Bright Christmas  a real page turner. The story takes place during the holiday season but is a fantastic read any time of the year. A story that totally took a different direction which was wonderful."

Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite - Five Stars

From the Author

About the History of this Book
Long before publishing this first foray into Amish Fiction, I originally wrote this story as a screenplay for a motion picture. A beloved friend who grew up near Amish Country read the first draft of that script way back when. Inspired by the script, she stopped at an Amish yard sale during a visit to her childhood home. There, she purchased an Amish dress, a Sunday apron, a black bonnet, and a white kapp. As a colleague in the entertainment industry, she knew that films can often take many years to get made. Still it was her hope that one day, these tokens of affection for this story would somehow be used in the telling of it.

Years passed. My friend lovingly stored what she had purchased.

While writing the novel based on that original screenplay, I began to think about the cover, and that bonnet and kapp my friend had set aside for me years before. It communicated the simplicity and purity of this story so well. And so it was that my friend came to photograph the bonnet and kapp, along with fresh holly sprigs from her yard. Another dear friend who is a graphic designer helped fashion those photos into what you now see on this book's cover. So, it is with the generosity and love of my friends, and an enduring respect for the Amish, that I present Bright Christmas: An Amish Love Story to you. May it remind us all of the pure gift that is Christmas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1676 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services in association with Infinite Arts Media; 1 edition (July 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt education and journey of love September 8, 2013
By Debbie
I preface this review by including the word education because once I understood the language of the Amish and was beginning to identify with Charity's feelings and longing - it was so heartfelt I found myself not being able to put the book down. Rarely do I sit and read a book that quickly! While I love the large city for its opportunity for anonymity I now want to experience the life of a much smaller community where people really know one another and feel like everyone is family. The story touched my heart because I am that loner, that aunt in the Big Apple (NYC) and it would be very touching, as this story was, to have someone find me for the purpose of reestablishing a relationship. The title of this book, Bright Christmas, and it's timing are perfect because love, forgiveness and family are essential at any time but especially at Christmas. GREAT STORY!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A redeeming love story September 8, 2013
By Kim
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I really enjoyed this book! The author does a great job of taking the reader on a walking tour of the Amish culture through the eyes of a young woman who has only lived in an 'Amish culture.' When she has the opportunity to visit NYC to reconnect with a shunned relative and try to persuade her to return to her home, she unexpectedly discovers new love . This story promises to satisfy anyone who loves stories of forgiveness that require one to examine their worldview.
Another excellent book by Susan Rohrer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Use for Counseling September 7, 2013
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Nuances! Surprises! Love of the sweetest kind! Beautifully written. Besides being a plain great story, Bright Christmas needs be used for counseling and book groups to bring about understanding in our communities, rural or city. I plan to read ALL of Susan Rohrer's books!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susan's books are always a delight! September 7, 2013
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I've read three of Susan's novels and loved each one but this one might be my favorite. The details about the Amish way of life were especially interesting and were presented in such a way to make the later action of the book understandable. The characters are real - at once conflicted and charming - and easy to root for. The story is fun but it's safe and appropriate for all ages. This book would make a wonderful gift for a young woman - or frankly, one of any age! I look forward to giving it to my 16 year-old niece for Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! September 21, 2013
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What did I love best about this book? That there were realistic challenges for the characters! People actually had to wrestle with what was the right thing to do, and there weren't any easy solutions. The author didn't go for an unrealistic happy ending, although she leaves you with hope that things will work out for the characters. All in all, a fun read, and I was left wanting to read more by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bright Christmas Indeed September 22, 2013
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I found this to be an interesting look at the coming of age story of a young Amish couple;the hard decisions they had to make about living in the Amish world or joining the English.I'd love to read the sequel to this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God's Love Manifests Through Relationships! September 27, 2013
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Loved the way God's plan for us to love each other unconditionaly, no fear in love, when we love one another the way God loves us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Story November 14, 2013
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Great book. I loved the story, I couldnt put it down. I love Amish fiction and the Christmas stories are just great!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
It's not what we believe but who we believe in. Amish or not, there's only one Gott who loves us unconditionally.
Published 2 days ago by Janice
5.0 out of 5 stars Restoration
I see the theme of this book as being restoration of family relationships through love. Families can become separated even when they are not Amish. Read more
Published 14 days ago by S. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book very much.
Published 1 month ago by summergirl
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Good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a wonderful book. I could not put it down
This was a wonderful book. I could not put it down. I became so engrossed with the people in this story that I didn't want it too end. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Changes in the Amish ways and a long lost relative
This a sweet story about an Amish family. A 20 year old daughter is given a chance to go see her Aunt as long a her beau goes with her. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
Loved this story. it was refreshing not to read a typical Amish story. This story revealed the struggles of young people not just Amish as they strive to figure out what they... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wilani Wahl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Enjoyed this story. If you want to learn more about the Amish ways, this was very enjoyable and helped understanding of the Amish and their ways.
Published 8 months ago by grammy
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet read
This was a very sweet story of the Amish belief when it is challenged because of the tradition of shunning. Read more
Published 9 months ago by susan crubel
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written but predictable
This was a well-written book with well-defined characters, but predictable because in these types of novels, the young Amish always seem to go home. Read more
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More About the Author

Susan Rohrer is a graduate of James Madison University where she studied Art and Communications, and thereafter married in her native state of Virginia. A professional writer, producer, and director specializing in family-friendly entertainment, Rohrer's credits in one or more of these capacities include: an adaptation of 'God's Trombones'; 100 episodes of drama series 'Another Life'; Humanitas Prize finalist & Emmy winner 'Never Say Goodbye'; Emmy nominees 'Terrible Things My Mother Told Me' and 'The Emancipation of Lizzie Stern'; anthology 'No Earthly Reason'; NAACP Image Award nominee 'Mother's Day'; AWRT Public Service Award winner (for addressing the problem of teen sexual harassment) 'Sexual Considerations'; comedy series 'Sweet Valley High'; telefilms 'Book of Days' and 'Another Pretty Face'; Emmy nominee & Humanitas Prize finalist 'If I Die Before I Wake'; as well as Film Advisory Board & Christopher Award winner 'About Sarah'. In addition to authoring three inspirational nonfiction books, Rohrer is also the author of several novels in the Redeeming Romance Series, an anthology of inspirational romances: Merry's Christmas, Virtually Mine, Bright Christmas: An Amish Love Story, What Laurel Sees, and Bridle My Heart: Second Chance Cowboys.

(Author Photo by Jean-Louis Darville)

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