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.
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About the Author
With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com; Instagram: kfstoryteller; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller; Twitter: @TheKatJam.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been friends since childhood. They both stopped going to singings and every Sunday night was set aside for games at Anne Marie's. They loved that time together because they both cherished their friendship. Anne Marie's father passed and she lived at home with her mother and two brothers. She and her mother had a pretty good business. Lydia made cookbooks while Anne Marie made candles. Life was good…until it wasn't for Anne Marie. Thomas, a childhood friend of Lydia's and a widower who'd been living in Ohio, came back home to visit family. They ran into each other one day and the friendship picked up again. Thomas and Lydia exchanged letters for a while until they realized their friendship had turned into love. That's when Anne Marie's world fell apart. Lydia finally told her children about Thomas, his plan to spend Christmas with them, their January wedding and the move to Ohio. Anne Marie didn't want to move. Her life was in Paradise. Her friends were in Paradise. Nathaniel was in Paradise. She would miss him terribly. Ruth Troyer, one Anne Marie's friends, had her Kapp set on Nathaniel! She checked with Anne Marie first to make sure there was only friendship between the two of them before she set out to win his heart. Read a Gift for Anne Marie. What was the gift. Was it a beautiful clock that Nathaniel had resorted in the shop where he worked with his father? Was it peace God gave her about her situation? What happened to their friendship? Did Ruth get her man?
A Gift for Anne Marie was a great story. It is one of a collection of four novellas from An Amish Second Christmas. A Gift for Anne Marie was written by Kathleen Fuller. A story of Anne Marie and Nathaniel who have been best friends since childhood and who end up not realizing they were to become more than best friends. Anne Marie’s mother has been keeping a secret for months and when she finally finds out what the secret is, she becomes a little upset. Shortly, after this news Anne Marie and Nathaniel realized that their friendship will not be the same if Anne Marie were to move away when her mother remarries. I really enjoyed reading this novella and it was a page turner to get to the end hoping it was a very happy ending and it was!
I loved this sweet story of friends who become more when they realize they will be separated. There are other conflicts besides the move, including a friend of Anne Marie's who decides to pursue Nathaniel. The friendship they share is lovely, but when new feelings begin to develop confusion and hesitation enters in and disrupts the harmony they had enjoyed. I love when friends fall in love since they have a great foundation and know each other so well. It was funny to see just how well Nathaniel knew Anne Marie and her moods ;) A cozy novella for holiday reading! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
You know how I always, well OK sometimes, complain that a novella tries to be too much? I’ve been really lucky here lately with novellas understanding their amazing role in literature and stepping up to the plate in amazing ways. ‘A Gift for Anne Marie’ by Kathleen Fuller takes one for the team but almost, sorta, OK a little bit tilts to the opposite direction of my chief novella complaint. I feel like there was a tidbit too little history of some the characters in their given moment to fully grasp them. Not Anne Marie or Nathaniel but more her mother and the mysterious thing going on there. Like how long was she a widow? Who are her brother’s and how does her relationship with them play into her life? That kind of thing. My almost perfect snapshot of time had some blurry edges. Trust me, if I had to err on either side of that line I’d rather err this way than with a novella who thinks it’s a whole big book all on it’s own. I know a few people feel like Anne Marie was the girl who protested too much. I didn’t see it that way. She was the girl who didn’t make assumptions. She also hadn’t yet started to view her friendships and relationships, despite being an adult woman of 20, as adult instead of the youth she was leaving behind. She just wasn’t in touch with her own feelings. Nathaniel really wasn’t either. Therefore I don’t feel like they were purposely obtuse or even protesting their burgeoning feelings overly much as a lack of total self awareness. There’s so much more than just a couple of new adults actually figuring out they are adults. And lifelong best friends. And that sometimes that makes for perfect couples. There’s family and friendship and changing lives and well for a mere 89 pages it’s got a lot going on in it’s snapshot.
Can friendship turn into love?