The Amish Christmas Kitchen
“A tasting menu of Christmas baking-themed Amish romance novellas, complete with companion recipes.” —Publishers Weekly
Something’s always baking in an Amish oven, and at Christmastime, all the ingredients for joy are at hand. Wrap yourself in the warmth of the Amish home—and the Plain peace of hearts joined by love. Each story includes a recipe from the author!
BAKING LOVE ON ICE MOUNTAIN by Kelly Long
Newly married, Clara Mast and Daniel Kauffman have little to give but love during their first Christmas season together. But generous hearts are always willing to be creative in this Gift of the Magi-inspired story.
THE CHRISTMAS BAKERY ON HUCKLEBERRY HILL by Jennifer Beckstrand
When shy Katie Rose Gingerich’s dat sends her to Huckleberry Hill to secure a marriage proposal, she never expects to long for carefree Titus Helmuth—or to hope that he might want to spend every Christmas with her . . .
THE SPECIAL CHRISTMAS COOKIE by Lisa Jones Baker
A charity auction, an unexpected friendship, and a stubborn spirit combine in an unusual courtship. But for Emma and Jonathan, overcoming obstacles is just one of the lessons to be learned about special blessings this holiday season.
Kensington offers a tasting menu of Christmas baking themed Amish romance novellas, complete with companion recipes, from two of their established series authors, plus their newest debut. Long's "Baking Love on Ice Mountain" blooms with cautious sweetness as a reclusive young widow slowly embraces the idea that God wants her to have joy again, even if her suitor is her late husband's best friend. Beckstrand's joyful, nearly slapstick "The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill" features wily grandparents and an overenthusiastic goat helping a clumsy but good-hearted poet win the heart of a young woman who thinks her only escape route out of spinsterhood is via an unpleasant, intimidating fellow who hates her cooking. But Baker's "The Special Christmas Cookie" falls deeply into saccharine territory with the story of a little boy who needs heart surgery, his doting tutor, and his older brother, whose pride in caring for his family makes it hard for him to accept the generosity of a charity cookie auction. Readers will be eager to pick up Long and Beckstrand's backlists; the other tale is less compelling.