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An Amish Second Christmas Paperback – October 14, 2014
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“Four stories, four authors, one common thread: Christmas-themed plots. Characters in each story are sweet, kind and caring. They are looking forward to spending time with family and friends as they celebrate the holiday season. Each author brings a separate writing style, creating a cozy holiday collection.” – RT Book Reviews, 4 stars (RT Book Reviews)
'This lively collection by four authors brings contrasts and changes to the reader as we learn about the simple life . . . An Amish Second Christmas will keep you smiling and baking at any time of the year. Enjoy this engaging read.' (FreshFiction.com)
About the Author
Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series, as well as novellas that have been included in many bestselling collections such as An Amish Year and An Amish Garden. Visit her online at BethWiseman.com, Facebook: AuthorBethWiseman, Twitter: @BethWiseman.
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When Christmas Comes Again is beautifully written. Faith, courage, and hope are strong themes within this story. I was immediately swept up by the humor, sadness, and love. Beth Wiseman's writing is superb. Readers will never want to leave the fictional world in which she created. Highly entertaining, sweet, and full of Christianity. Overall, I highly recommend the story to all.
Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid is another heart-melting tale. A young woman lost her parents in a night due to a cat knocking over the oil lamp that was left lit for her return home. Since then, she has felt nothing but sorrow. Then her love suddenly stops talking to her. He soon gives her a choice. To marry him and give up the baking or continue baking without him. In a world of hurt, anger, and sadness...Joy writes to her cousin about her troubles and includes a book of her peppermint cookies. Except fate has more plans for the sweet Amish lady. Her box of cookies and letter to her cousin arrive, to a stranger instead. The address was blurry to read due to the wet weather. From there, a pen pal relationship begins between a young Amish man and a young Amish woman. Both have been previously hurt by those they loved. Maybe they will finally find their happiness and love in the end...
Ruth Reid has created a warm and vibrant Christian read. Her Christmas Pen Pal is sad, sweet, and beautiful. The characters melt your heart in so many ways. The story swept me off me feet. I liked how both main characters were portrayed so realistically. The Amish world once again has been well-told. I enjoyed reading this book full of life, loss, and love. Overall, I highly recommend this to all.
A Gift for Annie Marie by Kathleen Fuller is the third Amish tale inside this exciting book. I am amazed at how well-written the story was. Told in a way that leaves readers feeling all kinds of emotions. From happy to anger, to sad and eventually loved. A young Amish man and woman grew up as best friends. Nathaniel was and has been in love with his best friend for years. Just didn't realize it until she was about to leave him for good. Anne Marie loves being with Nathaniel. Always looks forward to their game nights on a Sunday. However, fate has plans in store for them both. But to complicate things, Anne Marie's pushy friend, Ruth, wants Anne Marie to get Nathaniel to go out with her. Only Nathaniel already has his heart, soul, and mind only on one woman. Anne Marie. It's obvious to everyone around them that the two best friends were meant to be...except neither one knows it until much later on...a sweet romance that lifts readers' spirits and takes them on an unforgettable journey.
Kathleen Fuller in indeed a talented writer. Her words cause the deepest of emotions, to play across her readers' hearts and minds. I found myself completely lost within her tale. It's addictive. I fell in love with the characters and their journey of growth both as friends and as lovers. Overall, I highly recommend this story to all. A Gift for Anne Marie is a must read.
Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer is the last and final Amish romance Christmas story inside this wonderful book. I loved the tale about delicious baking, hard work, friendship and most of all love. Tricia Goyer's characters leave readers blushing and laughing alone. There's plenty of fun and hope to fill readers' minds. I loved following both Ammon and Esther as they found what they were looking for in life. Their trust and faith in the Lord were inspiring. When things go wrong, they pray and hope for guidance, courage, and help. I couldn't help falling in love with the characters and their dilemmas. Super romantic, sweet, and heart melting.
Christian Aprons is a tale about an Amish man being there to help his mom. A mother who recently had a stroke. While helping his mom, he goes to a fundraiser. There he ends up meeting a super shy, smart, and loving woman. Esther. Esther was told to not share her mother's recipe to anyone. In just a short time, she has a met a good Amish man who gives her hope for the future. Both soon grow closer with each passing day. But only the Lord will show them where their paths lay. Can love conquer all? Tricia Goyer's writing is addictive and will keep readers hooked. Overall, I highly recommend it to all.
“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman is a story of reconciliation within a family. The events within the story enable to reader to enter into a mystery while all parties within the family work out their own thoughts regarding an estranged relative. Honestly, this was my least favorite of the four, as I felt there was a lot going on and the storyline got confusing & didn’t make much sense. However I also realize that I have family in law enforcement/government agencies and know they wouldn’t speak like how the author has them explaining things within the novella. It was slightly entertaining but only surface level so (for me), I almost put the book down after reading it but I’m so glad I kept on.
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid was a fascinating story of a mix-up with the mail. The story of unexpected correspondence that develops into friendship & revelation of what love really means was a funny & delightful read! I really enjoyed the flow of the storyline and that, as the reader, I could identify with the tension between the characters. This story redeemed my disappointment with the first one.
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller communicates how the closeness of friendship between Anne Marie & Nathaniel can mask & confuse love. It’s not until the threat of separation due to a family move that they realize what their feelings for one another mean & how navigating those is both frustrating and exciting.
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer was my favorite novella in the whole book. Perhaps that’s because I am a twin and the dynamics of the twins in the story are so very similar to the dynamics with my twin and me, but for whatever reason, this story resonated with me the most. Esther, the main character, unknowingly creates a place of her own by being herself. It’s a story of accepting who you are created to be, regardless of how you think the world accepts you or your perspective on what is valuable to others.
In all, this was a wonderful & light-hearted read that swept me up into the intrigue of the Amish and the traditions that they hold dear. I’m excited to expand my library with similar reads.