Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bright Christmas ~ An Amish Love Story by Susan Rohrer

  • Series: Redeeming Romance Series
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484972651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484972656

This book is also available as an e-book.

If home is where the heart is, where do you go when your heart is torn in two?

When Charity Bright intercepts a Christmas card, she’s astonished to discover a secret: she is not the sole surviving woman in her Old Order Amish family. Once, her father had a sister—a shunned aunt Charity never knew she had. 
Charity and her friend, Daniel, venture out to Manhattan on a purposed Rumspringa, in an effort to bring Charity’s Aunt Hope back to the fold by Christmas Eve. They’ll have just three weeks in New York City with Hope, and Leanne, a pregnant runaway they find under Hope’s wing. 
The English world has its allures, but none proves more powerful than the developing bonds of love between Charity and her Aunt Hope, threatening Charity’s blossoming romance with Daniel, and compelling both women to decide which place to call home.

From the author of bestselling novel ‘Merry's Christmas: a love story’ comes this pure, redeeming romance. Have you ever had to choose between those you love? How do you come to terms with your faith when loved ones differ in ways that tear them apart? Will she be able to continue shunning her Aunt Hope or risk being shunned herself? That is the road Charity travels in this heartrending coming of age adventure across the Advent season, leading up to Christmas. 

Will Charity make peace with a choice that could jeopardize all she holds dear, including her heart’s desire of becoming an Amish bride? Will she return home for Christmas or will she embark upon an entirely new life? 

'Redeeming Romance' is an anthology series, a variety of clean, inspirational novels adapted from Susan Rohrer's original movie scripts.

My take on this book:
Charity Bright is on the cusp of change, she has never really taken time to court because she always felt like her dad needed her at home to help with her brothers and take care of the home. She had made a promise to herself that when she turned twenty that it then would be her time. Well she has just turned twenty and it seems that fate has a plan for her. When she finds an envelope in her dads pocket from Hope Bright she learns that she has an aunt living in New York that was shunned seventeen years ago,and her dad has been returning those cards for all those years. When she asks her dad if she can go see her aunt he agrees with two conditions, one that she comes back on Christmas Eve and two that she not go alone, that Daniel Yoder someone she grew up with go with her. What will Charity find in New York? Will she be able to convince Hope to return home, or will Charity decide to stay, and what about Daniel, could it be that he might have feelings for her? Will the Bright family be together again at Christmas?

I really felt like "Bright Christmas" was going to be another predictable "Amish" romance, but boy was I wrong! Instead the author hooked me with the idea of Hope being shunned, making me think she would automatically come home when Charity goes to New York. Well what I thought isn't what happened at all. Instead we see that Hope has made a life for herself in New York,which totally had me wondering if she even wanted to return to Amish living.  There is also more than one love story going on as well, while the story between Charity and Daniel was ok for me, it was the story between Hope and Ivan that stole my breath, not only because of Ivan's persistence but because he was willing to give up his dreams just to spend time with Hope!  I can't say enough good things about Ivan, he was such a noble character, the kind of guy girls dream of! The story revolving around Leanne and the choice she had to make was very realistic. Overall, Amish fans are going to love this story, but honestly "Bright Christmas" is much more than typical Amish fiction, it's a story where the characters hearts are divided making them question what they truly believe in and why. Several plot twists and a totally unpredictable, but satisfying ending made "Bright Christmas" a real page turner. A story that takes place during the holiday season but is a fantastic read any time of the year!

Reviewed for Readersfavorite.com

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