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Annie's Christmas Wish (Quilts of Lancaster County Series #4)

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

    Annie's Christmas Wish, by Barbara Cameron, is the story of Anni

    Annie's Christmas Wish, by Barbara Cameron, is the story of Annie, who lives in the Old Order Amish community of Paradise Pennsylvania. Annie's mother died when she was young, and she and her siblings have been raised by their father and step-mother. Jenny, Annie's stepmother, used to lead an 'Englisch' life as a writer in New York City. Annie also loves to write, and has dreamed of visiting this exciting city.

    Annie is thrilled when the family is invited to New York so her step-mother can receive an award. Her friend Aaron goes along with the family, concerned that Annie will want to stay in New York. Annie isn't sure herself if she will fall in love with the Big City and want to live a life like her step-mother did.

    Annie's Christmas Wish is part of the Quilts of Lancaster County series by Barbara Cameron. I read this book without reading any of the others, and I think it did well as a stand-alone story. I did enjoy this sweet romance, and would like to read more of the books in this series.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

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    Enjoyable  I had thought that A Time for Peace was going to be


     I had thought that A Time for Peace was going to be the last book in this series but I was wrong. In this book we see Annie as a young woman who wants to follow in Jenny’s footsteps and be a writer. She has wanted to go to New York City ever since her stepmom bought her a snow globe from there. Now with Jenny getting an award her dream is about to come true. But could her love for the big apple pull her away from her community?

         I have really liked this series so far and was excited to see another book had been written.

    What I liked: It was neat to see Matt and Jenny as older parents now. I also liked Annie. She does not quite fit the Amish mold with her love for writing and adventure yet she loves her family and community enough to stay rooted which made for a fun story. Aaron was an okay love interest. He was worried that Annie was going to want to stay in New York and not return home. Annie was not sure what she felt for Aaron so it was interesting to see how that part of the story played out.

    What I did not like: As interesting as the love story was it was not that great. Aaron and Annie just did not seem to have a good spark between them and it just felt kind of lukewarm. I also found it a little unbelievable that they watched Christmas movies at the hotel. Vacation or not I would think that would have been heavily frowned upon no matter that Jenny had not always been Amish.

         Over all this was an enjoyable book and more about Annie fulfilling a dream then it was about her finding love which is fine just a little disappointing.  I strongly recommend this series. To better understand this book you really need to read the three books before it. Add them to your reading list today!

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    This is a slightly unusual Amish story. It is published just in

    This is a slightly unusual Amish story. It is published just in time to welcome the upcoming Holiday Season.

    Unlike most Amish girls, Annie's main goal was not to be a wife and mother - although she would not discount that entirely - but her heart was set on becoming a writer. Now at age twenty-one, her goals were still the same. Would anything change them? She felt sure nothing would quell her desires - obsession- for writing. Luckily, her parents weren't a traditional Amish couple, so allowed, and even encouraged, her to develop this talent.

    Her mother had been raised "Englisch" but had come to stay awhile with her Amish grandmother, years ago, and had grasped the Amish life whole-heartedly. Annie and her mother fit together so completely. This was a strange thing, due to circumstances.

    Just before Christmas, her mother was to be honored for a very noble deed she initiated before she left New York City to live with her grandmother. To Annie, the thought of going wasn't to see the things most would want to see, but to visit the New York Times building and the television studio where her mother once worked. After giving it much thought, the mother and father decided to go, taking the whole family and turning it into a vacation - something that was extremely rare.

    There were several unexpected and disappointing turn of events before their vacation could begin. There were even greater surprising events after the time their vacation was to begin!

    Annie, along with other family members and a dear friend, experiences many new insights and increased awareness. This was a true season of celebration and change. Would Annie go to New York City and want to stay? If so, would she ever want to return to "plain" life? How else could Annie fulfill her dreams?,

    The cover design is pleasant an immediately puts into one the feeling of the Holiday Season. I do like the effect of Annie's eyes above the title. It offers the added effect of joy and wonder. The colors are soft and pleasant. The cover has a very eye-catching effect.

    There were a few typos and grammatical errors. The sentence structure was faulty in a few places throughout the story. The story, however, although slightly drawn out, was unique and brought out some very good points for thought and discussion. The characters involved were very solid and fun. It brought out the "human" side of some of the Amish yet still centered on their unique cultural ways.

    Highlights: Romance, solid family relationships, acceptance, love, self-sacrifice, compromise, choices, adventure. It is written very chaste.

    With my review of this book, I extend a Four Stars rating.
    I was sent this book by a publisher for an honest review, of which I have given.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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    Annie was dreaming of New York since the time her step mother br

    Annie was dreaming of New York since the time her step mother brought her a NY snow globe. She was thrilled to find out Jenny her step mother was being honored for her work helping children. That meant the family would travel to New York. Jenny came into Annie’s life when Annie’s mother passed away. Jenny was like a true mother to her. They also both enjoy writing and have many things in common. Aaron was always a friend to Annie, but as they got older feelings started to arise and they both felt like there could be more to their friendship.

    I was looking for a nice Christmas story to read, and I found one. The book was based in the Amish community. It had words used by the Amish, but they are very close to English and not hard to understand. It was also helpful that the author added a glossary at the end of the book. I enjoyed learning about the Amish community. The author tells us that the Amish young adults court (date) and then when they are about to be married then they notify the parents. Very different from how it is done in our society. A nice read about friendship and understanding, and ultimately love. I started with book 4 with no trouble. I would love to go back now and read the whole series.

    Rating: 4

    Heat Rating:Sweet

    Reviewed By: Rae

    Courtesy Of My Book Addiction And More

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