Monday, December 7, 2009

Book Review - "An Amish Christmas - December in Lancaster County"

A new must-read for Christmas if you love Amish Fiction and/or Christmas stories! I was very excited to receive this collection of 3 novellas from Thomas Nelson to read and review. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading "An Amish Christmas - December in Lancaster County" as the 3 novellas are all written by different authors (Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Barbara Cameron), but the stories are intertwined.
In the first novella "A Miracle for Miriam" the story focuses on a young woman Miriam whom is struggling with low self-esteem and is confused by the attention that she is receiving from Seth, who previously made fun of Miriam and broke her heart with the teasing. Miriam must trust God and Seth and learn that he has changed since the teasing days in the schoolyard. Although, the focus is on Miriam, Lydia and Sarah are both introduced in this story. Lydia's character is revisited and focused upon in the 2nd novella "A Choice to Forgive." Lydia has suffered much heartache - first her true first love left suddenly leaving only a note behind. Just as suddenly he returns to Lancaster County and is finding his way back into Lydia's life and heart, however during the 18 years he has been gone, Lydia married his brother, yet the brother has passed away. Will Lydia allow herself to listen to her heart and her first love?
The third novella focuses on Sarah whom is struggling with not being able to conceive a child. During a snowy Christmas an English couple is brought into their lives, the wife who is very pregnant. Will Sarah be able to put aside her own fears and longings to be able to help this couple? Sarah soon learns that both couples will learn a great deal from each other.
I loved this collection of stories and the journeys that these women and couples experienced throughout the Christmas season.

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