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An Amish Christmas collection
January 12, 2010, 4:00 pm
Filed under: Fiction review, Thomas Nelson Reviews

Follow the lives of three Amish families through the Christmas season.

A Miracle for Miriam: Miriam fell for Seth, but he broke her heart. Years later, after he’s nearly killed in an accident, Miriam sees him at a Christmas party and notices something is different about him—not just how he looks, but how he acts. When Seth pursues her, she must decide whether to guard her heart or accept his love.

A Choice to Forgive: Lydia has loved two men in her life. Daniel disappeared one Christmas Eve long ago, leaving only a note saying he wanted to live in the Englisch world. And Elam, Daniel’s brother, to whom she has been happily married for 15 years. When Elam dies, Lydia gives up on ever loving again. But she is shocked when Daniel wants to return to the Order and her life.

One Child: The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On this snowy Lancaster Christmas Eve, another child will change the world of two couples.

My Review
Amish Christmas is a collection of 3 Novellas by some of the most prolific Amish writers in the industry; Beth Wiseman, Barbara Cameron, and Kathleen Fuller.

It’s a good story collection, a very good one. Now having said that, i can state that it was not my favorite Christmas book i read during that season. It’s good, just not great. It is hard for a short story collection to strike a chord in reader’s hearts as there is only a small amount of space to write a solid story.  The one novella I felt was the standout from some of the others’ “just good” stories is Barbara Cameron’s “One Child”. It was sweet and heartfelt, if a little rushed. The others were funny, sweet and entertaining but seem didn’t have quite the same amount of power to me. I’d definitely recommend this book to people i knew already enjoyed reading Amish Fiction. But, on the other hand I don’t think it’s a great introduction for those who don’t like Amish fiction.


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