by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer
This was a fun set of novellas to read, perfect for Amish fiction fans. These are sweet stories full of love, faith, and happy endings. They are quick reads, since the stories are novellas. However, each story was fully developed with interesting characters and plots. All four stories were good and it is hard to pick a favorite.
There is light romance and a compelling, mysterious stranger in Beth Wiseman’s When Christmas Comes Again. This was a very unique and interesting story to start the collection.
I really enjoyed Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid. My heart ached for Joy as she tried to understand why her boyfriend was no longer interested in her. But God can use all things for good and that is definitely evident in this sweet story that is full of miscommunications and misunderstandings!
Kathleen Fuller’s novella, A Gift for Anne Marie, is probably my favorite of the four. What a heartwarming story about two friends who could be more. I really liked both of these main characters. I admired the way Anne Marie tried her hardest to be happy for others, even when her own heart was breaking.
The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer rounds out this novella collection beautifully. Esther has a lot of growing to do in her understanding of love and community. Ammon is just the man to teach her. This is a sweet and uplifting story.
All four novellas are able to stand alone. The stories are not connected together except for the fact that they all do involve the celebration of Second Christmas. This is a very nice collection. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
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When Christmas Comes Again by Beth Wiseman
Katherine Zook and her four children are facing their first Christmas without a loved one, and the future seems dim.But when a mysterious “Englisch” man begins to show up in the most unlikely of places, Katherine can t help but be suspicious . . . and a bit curious.
Her Christmas Pen Pal by Ruth Reid
WhenJoy Stolzfus s boyfriend tells her he wants to court other women, she s shocked.She pours her heart out in a letter, butit mistakenly reaches Noah Esh. The two begin writing letters back and forth, but a misunderstanding threatens to topple the relationship they re building.
A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie Smucker s life is pretty perfect. Until she discovers her widowed mother is getting married and they re all moving. On top of that, Anne Marie s relationship with her friend Nathaniel has changed, and she s more confused than ever about her feelings for him.
The Christmas Aprons by Tricia Goyer
Esther Glick bakes a Christmas pie for a fundraiser, and she soon finds herself sitting across from bachelor Ammon Schwartz. Esther receives many orders for pies, but when she breaks her wrist, she discovers what community and love are all about.
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