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
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.