Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on October 21st 2014
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.
Christian or Secular: Christian.
Trigger Warnings: See above
I’ve read this novella once before in a collection called An Amish Second Christmas. You can read that review here but you have to promise not to laugh. I was still trying to figure out the whole book blogger thing.
A Gift for Anne Marie was a quick read that oozed of sweet Christmas romance. I loved that Anne Marie and Nathaniel had a background with one another. I often feel that novellas are forced to employ insta-love and that always makes me groan.
I was mildly frustrated by Anne Marie’s insistance on the “just friends” spiel when everyone knew that these two were destined to be together.
What really made this story for me was Anne Marie’s brothers. Jonah was especially endearing. I thought it was super sweet how he was rooting for his sister to admit to her feelings.
Rereading this novella really makes me want to go back and read the entire collection!
So, what do you think reader friends? Should I reread An Amish Second Christmas and give an updated review or move forward and let my pitiful excuse of a review stay as it is?