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The Little Amish Matchmaker: A Christmas Romance [Kindle Edition]

Linda Byler
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Simon can’t stop thinking about the pretty Amish teacher at the local one-room school. But he’s ignored the sparks between them because he’s so shy.

So Simon’s little brother, Isaac, takes matters into his own hands. He’s determined to give his brother the best Christmas present ever—a date with his favorite teacher.

Amish novelist Linda Byler brings her tender humor and skillful observation of family relationships to this holiday story. “I love Isaac’s self-confidence and scheming as he prods his reluctant older brother,” she says knowingly about her characters.

Byler takes her reader straight into the Amish world as Isaac is both charmed and annoyed by his too talkative, but quite bright, Mam. He can barely tolerate his little nieces and nephews, who substantially outnumber the grown-ups when the whole family gets together. And he loves his humble, circumspect Dat, although his father isn’t always pleased by how well Isaac sweeps the forebay in the barn.

As anticipation for the Christmas program at the schoolhouse builds, Isaac cares for troubled Ruthie who stutters miserably when she practices her poem. And he wonders how much he’ll have to help his brother Sim act on his growing affection for Teacher Catherine! 

Editorial Reviews

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Renowned Amish romance-novelist Byler has deviated from her traditional trilogies to provide readers with a morsel of holiday goodness. Narrator Isaac Stoltzfus is a seventh-grader at the schoolhouse in his Amish community. Like most adolescents, Isaac thinks adults make the world too complicated. This especially applies to his older brother, Simon, who can’t muster up the courage to ask Isaac’s pretty teacher, Catherine, on a date. Despite preoccupation with chores and helping a friend overcome her anxiety about the impending school Christmas program, Isaac finds time to plot an encounter between Simon and Catherine. As Christmas draws closer and Simon still hasn’t acted, Isaac finds himself hoping for a miracle. The true charm of the novel lies in the tension an adult reader can detect between Isaac’s self-assured narration and the reality of the world around him, which is often different than he assumes. Byler’s tactile evocation of Amish life, and Isaac’s innocent yet revealing ponderings about tradition versus modernity, will satisfy any reader interested in the nuances of Amish culture and emotionally rich love stories. --Amber Peckham

About the Author

 Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish Church today. She is the author of the bestselling Amish romance novel series, Lizzie Searches for Love. Linda is also well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,853 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Linda Byler! October 12, 2012
The Little Amish Matchmaker was a cute light-hearted spin on your traditional Amish romance/fiction. It is told through the eyes of eighth grader Isaac. Isaac sees that his brother Sim, likes his teacher Catherine, and tries many different ways to get his brother to ask her for a date. Isaac is in his last year of school and he is learning many of lifes lessons such as humilty, and not having pride, he looks out for his fellow classmates. At first I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the book told from Isaac's perspective, but it was an enjoyable Christmas tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Isaac's story October 7, 2012
By rhonda
Format:Kindle Edition
The Little Amish Matchmaker by Linda Byler

The Little Amish Matchmaker is charming. Isaac is still in school and he notices that his older brother Simon likes his teacher Catherine but he is too shy to asks Teacher Catherine for a date. So he tries to help him.
Isaac is a smart teen he notices a lot of things around him and tries to help in a lot of ways. Isaac also notices what he should not be saying him and teaches alot inside his head about Pride, worldly things and what he should do.
I really like Isaac and how he goes to his friends to reach out and help a girl Ruthie who stutters all of a sudden. They give up thier recesses to help her for the Christmas
program. He finds out why all of a sudden she is stuttering and let her know that
she was okay and not worry about people judgeing her because her mom had problems.
It makes me want to be better at seeing a need and reach out to help and not judge others because they were different or family member different.
Isaac sees his teacher at different places and lets his brother know where she is. Simon then heads over and talks to Teacher catherine. But Simon still won't ask her out.
Another thing I liked about the story it showed a lot about the different foods they serve. I want to go and look up some of the reciepes.
This story also tells a bit about the different Amish families some are stricter and others are more lax but they don't stop being friends. They respect what their families rules.
Also tells a lot about the different ways they cope without electricity. You can see
a difference that Linda Byler being and living as a Amish writer brings to her books.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review from Netgalley. I have enjoyed reading Linda Byler's books.
Publisher: Good Books (September 4, 2012) Open Road Media 195 pages
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Christmas read September 12, 2012
I just LOVE this time of year all of the wonderful Christmas books coming out.
I got a copy of The Little Amish Matchmaker as a gift, I had read one of Linda's books in the past and did not care for it.So as I opened up the book to start reading I did not expect to much. WoW was I so surprised by this book, it is a very fun, easy, fast read. It is a book you can read in one sitting. I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-warming book November 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the very begtinning it kept my interest. I liked the way the kids at school got along even though they were from different backgrounds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cute Amish Christmas story October 31, 2012
Linda Byler has written a very cute story about the younger brother matchmaking his brother, Sim, with his teacher, Catherine. Sim and Catherine seem quite stubborn and uncooperative. Will Isaac finally give up on them ever getting together or will he remain persistent to the end?
I enjoyed seeing the one-room Amish school children preparing for their annual Christmas play and program for their families. It was very touching for Isaac to be so concerned about Ruthie and her stuttering problem. He shows a very compassionate heart...not something you always see in children that age. It was refreshing to witness the assistance he and his friends gave her.
This is a very quick read at only 88 pages. It can easily be finished in one sitting. One thing of interest that I noticed was the women wearing a kerchief to bed at night instead of their kapp. This was done so that if the woman felt the need to pray all during the night, her head would be properly covered. Many books show the females brushing their hair out at night for their husbands and leaving it uncovered. I wonder if that differs for the various Amish districts.
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The idea that this book? should be in the adult section of any library is an insult - but first a word from our sponsors. Rubbermaid, Tupperware, Mt Dew, Elmer's School Glue, Nestle's Quick.Numotizine Ointment, Ritz Crackers, Crest Toothpaste, Dentyne Gum, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey's Kisses, Rice Krispy Treats, Chex Mix, M&M's, Pine Sol, and Cream of Wheat were all mentioned and all properly capitalized, IN 187 LARGE PRINT PAGES. What is that all about? . This book is not cute, it is not sweet, it is not charming, it is not a good read. It IS deadly dull and boring and absolutely nothing happens; it would bore a middle schooler. To show that I am not a total curmudgeon, there was one bright spot. That was when the scholars banded together to help Ruthie with her recitation and to deal with her problems. Other than that, don't waste your time. And to be absolutely accurate, Issac had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with promoting his brother's romance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patience March 3, 2014
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this book was a lesson in patience. for Isaac thought it was hopeless. but SIM did ask Catherine in his own time. it taught Isaac patience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book.
Published 2 months ago by Debra Bearden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Peter E. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very cute book
Published 3 months ago by Jenny Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars For my mom
My mom is in a home, she looks forward to me sending her these books! She LOVES them. I like them to . They make there rounds.
Published 9 months ago by rhonda berst
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Very well written I could not put it down,Linda Byler is by far one of my favorite authors and the fact that she is truly Amish makes it more authentic .
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars The little Amish matchmaker.
The book did not keep my attention. I thought the book was very boring. I could not even finish it. I wish I had not wasted my money on this book.
Published 11 months ago by CHARLES JUDD
5.0 out of 5 stars Amish Matchmaker
Not only does Linda Byler give an authentic feel to her Amish stories, but she makes you fall in love with these Amish characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by robyn wenal
4.0 out of 5 stars The Little Amish Matchmaker
Isaac thinks his pretty Amish teacher, Catherine, and his big brother, Simon, would be a perfect fit. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lollipops
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
This was a good read. Slow in some places but a overall good read. I have read many of her books and I really enjoy her writing.
Published 21 months ago by erica
3.0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Great
I enjoyed this book, but the story was a little bland and predictable. But it was a nice, relaxing read while enjoying my Christmas tree and other decorations. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Terri B. Klingman
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Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish Church today. She is the author of the bestselling Amish romance novel series, Lizzie Searches for Love. Linda is also well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper.

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