Friday, January 11, 2013

Amish Book Review

An Amish Christmas is a set of four novellas by Beth Wiseman, Katheleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron, and Kelly Long. I liked all the stories, but my favorite was "A Miracle for Miriam". It was different from the usual story, and it had a lot of good truths about beauty and forgiveness.

"A Miracle for Miriam" by Kathleen Fuller is about shy Miriam Herschberger. Miriam had a crush on Seth Fisher when they were in school, but when he embarrassed her in front of his friends by calling her a "four-eyed beanpole" she retreated inside herself. Ever since that day, she felt ugly and unlovable and didn't go to singings very much, and when she did she stayed away from teh group and observed everybody else. Meanwhile, Seth was in the English world for the past four years. When he got in a bad car wreck, he knew he needed to come back to his faith and his roots. Seth realized how selfish and arrogant he had been, but can he convince Miriam that he really is different? Will love come into Miriam's life after all?

"A Choice to Forgive" by Beth Wiseman is about widowed Lydia Smucker. Her husband died 2 years ago leaving her with three children to take care of. The past came to haunt her when her husband's brother, Daniel, decided to come back home after being gone for eighteen years. Lydia was supposed to marry him, but then he left abruptly eighteen years ago. Elam was the one who was there for her, and they fell in love. She thought she had forgiven Daniel, but now she isn't sure. Why did Daniel leave her for the English world? Didn't he say that he would love her forever?

"One Choice" by Barbara Cameron is about David and Sarah. Sarah miscarried their first child last Christmas and is having a very hard time with it. She hardly sleeps anymore. On Christmas night, an English couple stay in their house and help Sarah deal with her sorrow.

"Christmas Cradles" by Kelly Long is about Anna Stolis, a midwife. She is taking over for her aunt for a day and night on Second Christmas. Her aunt gives her the notes about the three possible births and goes on her little trip. Asa Mast's father is sick with the flu so he has to take over his dad's responsibility of driving the midwife around. He arrives and sleeps in the barn where the phone is. Sure enough they get a call and rush out in the swirling snow and cold to help the first time mother. As the night progresses, and they rush to help deliver babies Anna finds Asa to be the man she always dreamed of marrying. But will his secret past crush her dream before it even has a chance to blossom?

My least favorite story was "One Choice". It just didn't seem to flow as well. But other than that, all the stories were pretty good, and I loved how the first three interconnected. :-)

I was given this book free as long as I review it.

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