Naomi has begun to believe that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she has ever hoped for this Christmas.
Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches, Naomi is certain that her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family’s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid
Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?
Being a caregiver for Micah Zook’s grandmother is the answer to Abigail’s prayers. In fact, the elderly lady keeps finding ways to set Abigail up with her grandson. Despite Abigail’s constant chatter, Micah realizes he’s beginning to care for her—until he makes a decision that leaves her feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal the true feelings of his heart?
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin
Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.
Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt and her aunt’s new husband Mordecai. After all, Frannie knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome Englisch farm boy back in Missouri. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?
My take on this book;
I love Amish Christmas stories and with An Amish Christmas Gift there are three novellas packed into one book! I always enjoy reading novellas because they are short enough that you can read them in a sitting, but satisfying and detailed enough that you feel like you weren't cheated. With each of the stories in this book I felt like the details were rich, the characters easy to relate too, and more than that we get the distinct flavor of three different writers, all great in their own right, and each one has a unique way of telling a story! I started reading this book thinking that Kelly Irvin's would be my favorite short story but was actually drawn most to An Unexpected Joy written by Ruth Reid, this one just grabbed my attention because one of the characters was an elderly lady who was trying to set her grandson up with
her caregiver I couldn't help but wonder how it might turn out! Amy Clipston's story about 24 year old Naomi King wondering whether she would ever find love was OK, I enjoyed how the story paced itself. Fans of Amish fiction that takes place during the holiday season should enjoy this collection, if you have never read anything by these authors then this book is a great way to get a feel for their writing style.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.