National bestselling author Marta Perry captures the spirit of Christmas in this first novel of her all new series set in the quaint Amish community of Promise Glen.
After ten years spent keeping house and raising her younger siblings, Sarah Yoder returns home to Promise Glen determined to make a fresh start. Her new job with neighbor Noah Raber's furniture business seems promising—until she and the woodworker clash over everything from the best way to reach new costumers to how to raise his mischievous six-year-old twin boys.
Though Sarah longs for a home of her own, she fights the appeal of this ready-made family, resolved to maintain a professional distance. But when she and Noah both agree to help with the school's annual Christmas program, Sarah finds her heart touched by the motherless boys and Noah's quiet strength. Thrown together at work and at the school, their feelings continue to grow, and Sarah struggles to keep Noah at arms' length.
Loving Noah may seem impossible, but with faith, love, and a little help from their close-knit community, there may yet be a Christmas home for them both.
Perry (Amish Outsiders) welcomes readers to the Amish community of Promise Glen, Pa., for this endearing story of a woman finding renewed faith after a complicated romantic entanglement. Twenty-eight-year-old Sarah Yoder is happy to be home after a decade of traveling alongside her father and caring for her younger siblings while he worked. Her Grossmammi (grandmother) finds her a job keeping the books for furniture-maker Noah Raber, neglecting to inform Sarah that Noah has young twin sons and that his wife separated from him soon after they were born. The last thing that Sarah wants to do is raise more children who aren't hers, but she soon finds herself caring for the young boys. Sarah has never been in love, but she feels herself starting to develop feelings for Noah despite the fact that he is married and they can never be together. Noah also struggles with his attraction for Sarah, who has quickly become an important part of both his and his sons' lives. After they kiss, they both agree they must resist temptation. Matters are complicated even more when Sarah discovers Noah's wife is living is community nearby. It doesn't seem possible that Sarah can find the happiness she is searching for, but her Grossmammi encourages her to believe in God's plan for her life. This Christmas romance, tinged with sadness and pain, is a moving tale of trusting God and finding love in unexpected places.
Debut of The Promise Glen Series
A Christmas Home by Marta Perry is the first book in The Promise Glen Series. I always enjoy reading books from Marta Perry who has a charming writing style and relatable characters. Sarah Yoder lost her mother when she was eighteen. She has three younger siblings which meant she had to take charge of the household and raise them as well as taking care of her father. Sarah’s three siblings are now happily married and settled so she can have a life for herself. She has chosen not to join her father on his latest move. Sarah has returned home to Promise Glen, Pennsylvania to live in the grossdaadi haus with her grandmother, Etta Miller. She obtains a bookkeeping position with Noah Raber and helps to promote his furniture business. Sarah tries to resist falling for Noah and his busy twin boys because Noah is married. His wife left when the kids were babies and divorce is not an option for Amish. Can you imagine being stuck in a marriage for the rest of your life after your spouse has deserted you? I liked the characters in A Christmas Home from the insightful Etta Miller to Noah’s active twin boys, Mark and Matthew. There is a wonderful community with thoughtful, caring people as well as those who gossip. The book is well-written with steady pacing. The author’s depictions allowed me to visualize the settings and the characters. I could feel the character’s emotions in this heartwarming Christmas story. I like Christmas stories because it is a time of year when people are in better spirits and it seems that anything can happen during this magical season. The phrase I wanted to share from A Christmas Home is “You can always trust God to take care of the details.” There are recipes at the end of the book along with Amish Christmas customs. A Christmas Home is a touching tale with busy boys, furniture making fundamentals, scheming friends, bookkeeping bedlam, and family Christmas traditions.