Sunday, October 18, 2015

Amish Christmas at North Star~ Four Stories of Love and Family

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (October 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601428146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601428141

One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania. 
Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas.

Guiding Star
 by Katie Ganshert

Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world? 

Mourning Star
 by Amanda Flower

Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac.  Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else?

In the Stars
 by Cindy Woodsmall

Heartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love.  But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.

Star of Grace
 by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower’s life

My take on this book:
I love finding books that include stories written by various authors, especially when those stories are tied together and with Amish Christmas at North Star the common denominator was the Amish midwife Rebecca that helped bring four babies into the world in North Star, PA. Each story, is different but also has similarities, and the one thing I enjoyed was the epilogue that provided insight at the end. I have to say I have always been a fan of Cindy Woodsmall, so her story was probably my favorite. Kore Detweiler wonders if he will ever get over missing Savilla Beiler, the girl who held his heart. When he is ask to return to the town of North Star, a place he avoids because of Savilla one can't help but wonder what will happen. The idea of buying auction pieces, and traveling to various antique shops really piqued my interest and the story that unfolds is heartwarming. 

The Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark was another stand out for me because the setting was unique for an Amish story, and the message of forgiveness was well done. Mystery, romance, along with an inspirational feel is what you will find within the pages of this collection. The fact that the stories take place during the holidays was an added bonus for me. If you are new to Amish fiction this book is a great way to sample the works of these authors, but if your like me and you love Amish fiction then this is a book you are certainly going to enjoy. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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