Thursday, October 22, 2015

An Amish Christmas Gift by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, & Kelly Irvin

Book Description:
Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston
Naomi has started to think that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas.
Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King, who has been burned twice by love, has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches—a time of family, faith, and hope for many others—Naomi is more certain than ever her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family’s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid
Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?
Abigail Kemp has managed to frighten off every bu who’s ever driven her home from a singing. Sure she will live to be an old maid, Abigail starts saving her money to buy a horse so she can at least have some independence.
Micah Zook is looking for a caregiver for his grandmother, and Abigail needs a new job. He never expected that Abigail would talk so much . . . or that his grandmother would keep finding ways to set the two of them up.
Despite Abigail’s constant chatter, she and Micah become friends—until Micah makes a decision that leaves Abigail feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal what’s on his heart?
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin
Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.
Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt Abigail and her husband Mordecai. After all, she knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome but Englisch farmer boy back in Missouri. It’s best to put those feelings aside, no matter how hard it is. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?

My Thoughts:  Yay!  It's that time of the year again when the Christmas reads begin making their appearance.
Not only is this book about the Amish it's three books, well novellas, in one book.  
Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston is about Naomi King.  At 24 years of age she is already considered an old maid.  Naomi has given up on ever marrying or having a family.  But then, as life would have it, she meets Caleb, a widower with a young daughter.  This is a sweet just right for getting in the Christmas spirit story.
The next story is An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid. Abigail is quite an independent Amish young lady.  In fact, she's so intimidating that she's turned off more suitors.  She doesn't seem to want romance or marriage.  She seems to only want a horse of her own.  In order to get that horse she needs money so she takes a job taking care of Micah's grandmother.  Micah can't believe one young woman can talk so much.  Soon he and Abigail become friends.  But as Christmas approaches it seems that Micah has betrayed Abigail.  Will Micah be able to salvage their friendship?
Loved this story!
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin is the third and last novella in this book.  This story is about Texas!  Amish in Texas!  Frannie is sent to Bee County, Texas because her parents think she is more interested in an English young man.  Frannie is sent off to Texas and Rocky is still in Missouri.  But unknowing to Frannie Rocky misses her and follows her to Texas.  oops!  This is a cute romance.
These are all fun, short Christmas stories for the Amish book lover!

*This book was provided for review as part of the Thomas Nelson
Fiction Guild Team Challenge*

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718039653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718039653

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