Monday, October 21, 2013

An Amish Country Christmas by Charlotte Hubbard~ Naomi King

  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420131885
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (October 1, 2013)

In Willow Ridge, Missouri, the Christmas season is a time when faith brings peace, family brings warmth and new romance brings sparkling joy. . .
Twins For Christmas
For spirited Martha Coblentz and her twin Mary, the snow has delivered the perfect holiday and birthday present to their door—handsome brothers Nate and Bram Kanagy. But when unforeseen trouble interrupts their season's good cheer, it will take unexpected intervention—and sudden understanding—to give all four the blessing of a lifetime. . .
Kissing The Bishop
As the year's first snow settles, Nazareth Hooley and her sister are given a heaven-sent chance to help newly widowed Tom Hostetler tend his home. But when her hope that she and Tom can build on the caring between them seems a dream forever out of reach, Nazareth discovers that faith and love can make any miracle possible. . .

My take on this book:
"Amish Country Christmas" by Charlotte Hubbard/Naomi King contains to Amish inspirational romances  that is sure to put the reader in the holiday mood. The first story is "Christmas Visitors." Martha and Mary Coblentz are identical twins who are turning eighteen on Christmas. When Martha meets Nate and Bram Kanagy who are in town purchasing a new buggy and sled she can't wait to call her sister Mary. The two girls catch the Kanagy boys eye but when the girls play a trick on the Kanagy's things take a rocky turn. Can they work their problems out?  "Kissing The Bishop" moves from young love to a more mature love story. Nazareth Hooley and her sister Jerusalem are a couple of spinster sisters who have been quite content to live differently than most Plain Women, but when they move to Willow Ridge from Lancaster they find that perhaps God has different plans for them after all. Tom Hostetler is the newly appointed bishop and Nazareth and Jerusalem have been helping him with his housework, thing is Tom is drawn to Nazareth, but he is unable to act upon those feelings. When Vernon Gingerich, a widowed bishop from a neighboring county comes to visit he and Jerusalem hits it off immediately  Is there a chance that these two sisters will get a chance at love after all?
Both of these stories are perfect holiday reading. I found the characters engaging, and it was interesting to see how the Coblentz sisters matured so much as their story progressed! The story really reminded me of love at first sight. A fun story where the characters personalities really shine thru, I could easily understand Nate, after all he had been recently dumped and was trying to guard his heart, while his brother Bram was just gung ho wanting to have a fun time! While I enjoyed this story I have to say that my favorite had to be "Kissing The Bishop" I really liked the characters, while they were more mature they were still young at heart! The Hooley sisters were a real blast! There were some real life issues with this story and one that really jumped out at me was divorce, something that I don't think I have seen before in an Amish novel. Another character that caught my attention was Enos Mullett who was taking chemo treatments. Anyone who enjoys Amish fiction will find this a book that they won't want to miss. The author even provides several yummy recipes that are a fantastic added bonus. Interesting storylines, with well written characters and a few plot twists makes "An Amish Country Christmas" a must read for anyone who enjoys an inspirational romance that takes place during the holiday season!
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