Book Description: Three Stories That Share the Adventures of First Love and Second Chances.
A Perfect Secret—Rose Bender’s betrothed, Luke Lantz, is safe and dependable, maybe a little too much so. Or so she thinks until she sees him in the woods one night and discovers a secret he’s been keeping. Now his secret haunts her. She wasn’t sure about marrying a man she knew too well. But should she marry a man she doesn’t understand at all?
Christmas Cradles—When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers’ quilts, and unexpected help from the handsome and brooding Asa Lapp.
A Marriage of the Heart—Since her mother’s death, Abigail Kauffman has lived alone with her father. She longs to escape the emptiness of the farmhouse that has never felt like home. Joseph Lambert is a newcomer in their close-knit community. Only after suddenly marrying do they begin to understand the tender truths of life-long love.
My Thoughts: I tend not to read novellas simply because they can be so short and there seems to be no extent of a story line. But once in a great while, I like a short story that can be read while waiting at the doctor's office or while waiting in that never ending school pick up line.
Kelly Long has written some great Amish novels and these three short stories are fun, light reads!
A Perfect Secret was a little "weird"; in the fact, that an Amish man runs off to be an Englischer. It was rather difficult to follow the story line on this novella. I was glad this was a short story.
Next, A Christmas Cradle, was a sweet, loving story. Anna and Asa have that "perfect" love story that creates a sweet Christmas love story.
Then lastly, A Marriage of the Heart, is a "somewhat" Amish Jane Eyre type short story. Two hearts that aren't sure but both longing for acceptance and love!
Then at the very back of the book on pages 333-336 are some mouth watering Amish cookie recipes to make and share at your Christmas cookie exchange!
This is a great book for those who love a short story with a good love feeling!
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze/Thomas Nelson Publishing*
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (November 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401687563
- ISBN-13: 978-1401687564