A complimentary copy of this book was provided by BookLook Bloggers, Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on October 7th 2014
Source: BookLook Bloggers, Netgalley
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Suggested Age: 13+
Note: Teen safe, light romance. In the first story a young couple seeks a place to be alone and the girl knows that they need to "slow down" but nothing is explicit or overly detailed in any way. As always, use your own judgement.
Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances.
“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman: Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid: Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller: 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.
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait.
I know, it isn’t December but I love Christmas books year around and I’ll often seek them out so I have a few favorites in mind to read (or recommend) during the month of December. This is one of my favorites. I love the books that are made up of novellas because it’s like a quick little fix. I can read a story, walk away between stories and then come back to it.
Each one of these novellas was a hit. The first story was very bittersweet. I’ll admit that I may have even shed a tear or two. The rest of the stories are your typical, sweet Christmas romances. They are quickly read and enjoyable. While some novellas leave you feeling dissatisfied, each of these authors did a fantastic job of introducing their characters and building the story in a way that didn’t leave me lacking.
I loved all of the characters and I can’t wait to read this book again during the holiday season. Really though, this story can be enjoyed any time of the year. While it is set during the Christmas holiday, it’s not the main focus of the story.