Saturday, January 16, 2016

Amish Christmas at North Star~


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



I was eager to dive into this Amish Christmas novella set, anticipating some relaxing and lighthearted reading. I got what I'd been looking for, that's for sure.

I appreciated the first selection, by Katie Ganshert, because she found a very unique way of associating her heroine with Amish country. Elle McAllister never imagined that she could have lived an Amish life, but when an investigative reporter calls her and tells her he might be able to find her birth mother, will she go along with his plans? This story is sweet and quick-paced. It was neat to see what Katie would do with a novella, after having read several of her full novels.

The next story up is by Amanda Flower. She injects a wee dose of mystery, set around a death at an Amish stable. The best part, in my opinion, was the friendship between Amish Eden and English Gina. Everything wraps up tidily at the end.

The third selection is by Cindy Woodsmall, a beloved author of Amish fiction. She tells her story mostly from the male point of view. Kore Detweiler is convinced that his girlfriend deceived him and betrayed him when she called off the wedding. Savilla had helped him find his faith to begin with- why would she abandon his love for her? Of course, there's more to the story than meets Kore's eye....

The last story, by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, was my favorite. It's a story of love lost and found again between two young people who needed to figure out who they were and what mattered most. And it's a sibling story, spending equal time on Sam and Andy, two brothers who will be best friends for life.

I thank Waterbrook publishers for providing me with a review copy for my honest opinion.




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