Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman
Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.
The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston
Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don’t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma’s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry’s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn’t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.
Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin
As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?
Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid
When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?
Wiseman (An Amish Year), Clipston (The Beloved Hope Chest), Irvin (Upon a Spring Breeze), and Reid (A Dream of Miracles) lend their considerable talents to this enjoyable Christmas collection. In "Winter Kisses," Wiseman provides a multigenerational romance. When three men of similar ages rent out their Daadi Haus (guest house), a grandmother and mother (both widowed) and an unmarried daughter are all smitten, but a one-to-one pairing is not without its complications. Clipston's "The Christmas Cat" is a tale of remembered love as well as love of neighbor. Emma Bontrager is lonely on her first Christmas without her husband of 45 years. After a rotund orange tabby arrives and makes himself at home during a snowstorm and four local youth come to check on her, she shares the memories of her long-ago courtship and early married life. Irvin's "Snow Angels" features David Byler who must choose between a faith-filled future with his Amish sweetheart or leaving the community to pursue a woman he had romanced during his rumspringa. In Reid's "Home for Christmas," Ella Whetstone and her canine companion Lulu inherit her aunt's farm, forcing her to return to the Amish community she left at six years old. The four novellas vary in style and substance, but all are feel-good stories perfect to indulge in during the busy holiday season.
An Amish Christmas Love
A wonderful collection of stories that will warm the heart and touch the soul at Christmas time.
AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE
AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE. by Thomas Nelson Publishers
WINTER KISSES by Beth Wiseman a delightful look at three women in a family, living together now. Taking shelter from a storm, time to really get to know one another. There is love after being a widow and for one to finally find love. A heart warming story, for all to enjoy.
THE CHRISTMAS CAT by Amy Clipton Emma alone,for her first Christmas, after husband has passed. The spirit comes in the form of an orange cat that refuses to stay outside, and wants the master chair. An unexpected visitors bring holiday cheer.
STORM ANGELS by Kelly Irwin. Young love is what David had with an English girl, faith and Amish ways , meant more to him. At home, Molly has been waiting for him to join the church and marry her. Then the young love reappears, will David chose the young or the true love for him.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. by Ruth Reid. Ellie was left her aunt's house and wanting to sell. Misdirections and she meets Ezra and his daughter.Could plans change with this one meeting.
Delightful stories, by three good authors who always brings us stories that warm the heart. Enjoyable for all ages to read and enjoy. Given ARC. By Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Publishers. Have given my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Four Amish Novellas centered around Christmas!
An Amish Christmas Love contains four novellas centered around Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin. Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman is set in December in a snowy Lancaster County. Naomi Stoltz lives with her mother, Barbara and grandmother, Ruth in the main house on their farm. They have just rented out the daadi haus to Amish construction workers who will be in the area for a month. When Ruth notices that the three gentlemen are in similar age to the three women, she is hoping cupid’s arrow will strike. Barbara has been a widow for three years and it is time for her to move on (at least in Ruth’s opinion). Ruth has been looking for the right man since she lost her husband and it is past time for Naomi to marry (according to Ruth). Will these three women get their happily ever after this Christmas?
The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston takes us to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. Emma Bontrager is a sad this Christmas as it is the first one she has experienced alone in forty-five years. Her husband, Henry passed away during the summer. Emma was invited to the Blank house for dinner, but, with the heavy snow, she feels it would not be safe to venture out. Emma is heading inside when she notices an orange tabby cat on her porch. She tries to shoo the fellow away, but instead he ends up inside and resting comfortably in Henry’s chair. Katie Ann Blank is worried when Emma does not arrive for dinner and did not leave a message. Ephraim, Katie Ann’s brother, and Katie Ann (along with two friends) decide to visit Emma and bring her some Christmas cheer.
Kelly Irvin’s Snow Angels returns readers to her Bee County Amish series. David Byler has been courting Molly Shrock for the last year. Molly is hoping that David will soon become baptized and then propose to her. David and Molly are at a local auction when David sees his old Englisch girlfriend, Bobbie McGregor. Bobbie’s father has become ill and she is needed to help run their ranch. David has been in love with Bobbie, but he could not leave his community and his faith. Seeing her now brings back his feeling for Bobbie. She has not stopped loving him. David needs to make a choice about his future. Will David jump the fence or become baptized and propose to Molly this Christmas?
Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid takes us to Posen, Michigan. Ellie Whetstone is a dog handler who travels the country visiting dog shows in her RV. She is visiting Posen to visit the house she inherited from her aunt, Bonnie Whetstone and get it ready to sell. Ellie follow the directions from the GPS and finds a small farmhouse. She soon discovers that she is at the wrong property when Ezra Mast returns home with his daughter, Allison. Allison instantly falls in love with Lulu, a three-year-old Standard Poodle, much to her father’s consternation. A series of unfortunate events keep putting Ellie and Ezra in each other’s path. When an accident takes Ellie away, Ezra fears he has seen the last of her. Is there a chance for love between the Englischer and the Amish gentleman?
An Amish Christmas Love contains four lovely, heartwarming stories. They are about love, faith, hope, trust, power of prayer, friendship, trusting in God’s path for our lives, and the magic of Christmas. My favorite story is The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston. It is such a sweet story and I enjoyed the antics of the orange tabby that Emma names Hank. I like how the author reveals Emma’s history with her husband and how much they loved each other. Winter Kisses is humorous thanks to Ruth (she is a lively character). Snow Angels had a slower pace than the others and it ties into Kelly Irvin’s existing Bee County Amish series (can be standalone). I am rating An Amish Christmas Love 4 out of 5 stars. The four stories are well-written and enjoyable to read. I liked the life lessons presented in each story. An Amish Christmas Love is the perfect escape novel.