An Amish Christmas Gift by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid & Kelly Irvin {Review & Giveaway}

Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid & Kelly Irvin
Contemporary Fiction / Amish / Christmas


Naomi has begun to believe that she isn't meant to find love, but she might receive more than she has ever hoped for this Christmas.

Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has all but give up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches, Naomi is certain that her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family's quilting busines and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.

An Unexpected Joy BY RUTH REID

Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?

Being a caregiver for Micah Zook's grandmother is the answer to Abigail's prayers. In fact, the elderly lady keeps finding ways to set Abigail up with her grandson. Despite Abigail's constant chatter, Micah realizes he's beginning to care for her--until he makes a decision that leaves her feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal the true feelings of his heart?

A Christmas Visitor BY KELLY IRVIN

Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.

Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt and her aunt's new husband Mordecai. After all, Frannie knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome Englisch farm boy back in Missouri. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?

My Thoughts

Novellas and Christmastime just seem to go together. An Amish Christmas Gift is filled with three heart-warming tales by very gifted Amish fiction writers. All three of the stories were great but if I had to pick my favorite it would be A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin. It was the most romantic by far of the three. 

The story of Frannie and Rocky was unusual for Amish fiction. Rocky is an Englischer that falls in love with Frannie. When Frannie's parents find out about it they send her off to her relatives in Texas. Much to the family's dismay Rocky follows her there. And while living among the Amish community he finds what his heart longs for even more than Frannie. This story is absolutely swoon worthy! 

My next favorite is An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid. While the previously mentioned story carried a serious storyline, this one is more upbeat and funny. Abigail claims that her gift of gab is from God Himself and it has given her the much deserved nickname of Gabby Abby by Micah Zook. 

Poor Micah tries to avoid Abigail but his spunky grandma has other plans. This story is sure to make you smile. Abigail has a personality that is just irresistible.

My least favorite of the three is Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston. A short time into the story I realized that this is a reprint of a previously published novella that I read several years ago. I liked it then and I still like it now. I was just disappointed that it was packaged as a new story. 

Naomi and Caleb's story is endearing but it has its frustrations at the same time. This is one of those stories that the two people involved would be so much better off if they would just talk to each other. Amy Clipston is a wonderful writer and these characters are from The Kauffman Amish Bakery series so it is a nice little glimpse into that community.

An Amish Christmas Gift would make the perfect gift for the book lover on your Christmas list. If they enjoy Contemporary Fiction with an Amish flare this would be a great choice.

Now . . . how about a GIVEAWAY?!! We loved An Amish Christmas Gift so much that we wanted to make a way for one of our readers to get their own copy. To do that we have partnered with Family Christian Stores to give one of our readers a copy of the book.

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through midnight on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. The winner will be contacted by email and will have forty-eight hours to claim the prize. If unclaimed, a new winner will be drawn. The winners’ entries will be verified. Please enter the contest using the Giveaway Tools form below. All entries are optional.

1 comment:

  1. My favorite Christmas-themed book is probably The Christmas Letters.


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