An Amish Christmas Love

Featured

Wiseman, Beth. Clipston, Amy. Reid, Ruth. Irvin, Kelly. An Amish Christmas Love: Four Novellas. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing. 2017.

SUMMARY:
Containing four Christmas novellas (Winter Kisses, The Christmas Cat, Snow Angels, and Home for Christmas), the new collection in An Amish Christmas Love is written by several successful Amish authors. Filled with stories surrounding Christmas, each well- developed short story is similar yet unique. Heart-warming, faith-filled and Christmas-themed, these Amish genre novellas are sure to help celebrate the Christmas season.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Already enjoying the four authors’ writing in this new Christmas compilation, I knew it would be a perfect addition to my Christmas seasonal books. Liking to read these special stories around the Christmas time, I truly enjoyed this collection. Though all were good, I especially connected with The Christmas Cat due to the subject and author. Quick to read yet filled with the Christmas message, An Amish Christmas Love is meant to be shared. Perfect for a library or personal collection, you cannot help but be warmed.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of An Amish Christmas Love from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

Advertisements

An Endless Christmas

Ruchti, Cynthia. An Endless Christmas. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
anendlesschristmas“She said NO!” Finding herself staying with her not-so-possible fiance for the Christmas week, Katie Vale doesn’t accept the marriage proposal from Micah Binder. Surrounded by his huge, loving family, Katie soon realizes there is more to this family than she originally thought. Forgiveness, heartache, faith, love, compassion, hope and the miracles of Christmas, all contribute to a deeper understanding of herself, family, mercy and Jesus…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Perfect for the Christmas season, I adore seasonal novels and novellas this time of year. A new author for me, Cynthia Ruchti will no longer be a stranger. Reminding me of Debbie Macomber, an author I read quite often, An Endless Christmas was full of many characters experiencing real-life, everyday situations. Though the responses to the situations were usually ideal, there was a life-like quality to the events and characters which warmed my heart. Complete with an adorably modern retelling of the Christmas story, this novella is suitable for hot chocolate, warm slippers, a cozy blanket, soft Christmas hymns, and perhaps even a few snowflakes!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of An Endless Christmas from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

A September Bride

Springer, Kathryn. A September Bride: A Year of Weddings Novella. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
septemberFinally finding home in Red Leaf, Wisconsin, Annie Price hopes to become a respected member of the community. Working as the manager of Second Story Books bookstore, Annie finds herself paired with Jesse Kent, son of the bookstore’s owner, in a reenactment of a wedding at the historical society. Though their pasts may make a relationship hard, does it necessarily make it impossible?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As another installment in the A Year of Weddings series, this novella fit perfectly. Sweet yet filled with humor, the underlying storyline contains a message of people trying to trust while finding themselves. A new author for me, I enjoyed her writing enough to search for her other books. What a wonderful, pleasant yet diverse set of novellas included in this series…I have truly enjoyed meeting the different authors, finding some new favorite characters and relishing in the weddings. As a side note, I thought this particular novella had a beautiful cover to match the story.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A September Bride from BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my honest review*

A May Bride

maybrideMoseley, Meg. A May Bride. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
Caught pulling weeds in a church garden during a “guerrilla” wedding, Ellie finds herself face-to-face with Gray, a handsome cowboy attending his friend’s wedding. Through a quick romance, Ellie finds herself falling in love with Gray while planning her sister’s wedding and trying to convince her mom of his worth, which proves to be harder than it seems. A May Bride is part of A Year of Wedding Novellas.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Short, quick, sweet, funny…this novella was wonderful for a busy time in life. Though predictable, considering the brevity of the story, it was well written and enjoyable. I loved the humor with which Ellie thought to herself. The generation differences between mother and her daughters were also quite amusing albeit viable. Meg Moseley is a favorite author of mine (A Stillness of Chimes) and this novella was a nice installment to add to my wedding novella collection.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of A May Bride from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

An April Bride

april brideWorth, Lenora. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
Planning a wedding can be difficult but even more so when the fiance is deployed to the Middle East for the past year. Stella Carson and Marshall Henderson find themselves in just such a predicament; however, with an injury sustained during his tour, Stella and Marshall have much more to deal with and live through. Will the wedding take place? Should they still get married? Will the marriage even survive?

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Reading and reviewing the novellas in A Year of Weddings, this story was a perfect addition to my collection. Rather relevant in the world today, this novel was sweet but may actually be considered difficult by many struggling with these situations. Through memory loss caused by a brain injury, the retainment of faith was still evident which was appreciated. Though a bit scattered at points, overall, the story was well written with developed characters. A new author for me, I would definitely consider reading other novels written by her now.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of An April Bride from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*