Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family

Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family

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Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower

One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania.

Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas.

Guiding Star
by Katie Ganshert

Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?

Mourning Star
by Amanda Flower

Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac.  Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else?

In the Stars
by Cindy Woodsmall

Heartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love.  But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.

Star of Grace
by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower’s life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601428141
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 439,583
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

CINDY WOODSMALL is a best-selling author of several works of Amish fiction and a non-fiction book. MINDY STARNS CLARK is a bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction, coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Her daughter EMILY CLARK is an MFA student. AMANDA FLOWERS authored the Amish Quilt Shop mysteries as Isabella Alan and received an Agatha Award nomination for Maid of Murder. Christy Award winner KATIE GANSHERT is the author of A Broken Kind of Beautiful, and several other novels and novellas.

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Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
First, the disclaimer. "I was bought this book. All opinions are my own." That done, I enjoyed this collection of four Amish stories centered around one birthing center and four babies born the same day, twenty-five years prior. I liked find out how all those babies turned out -- and the first story's strings that were left untied were neatly tied and trimmed by the end of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
VicG More than 1 year ago
Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower and Katie Ganshert in thier new book “Amish Christmas at North Star” published by Waterbrook Press gives us Four Stories of Love and Family. From the back cover: One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania. Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas. Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world? Mourning Star by Amanda Flower Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac. Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else? In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall Heartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love. But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together. Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower’s life. Whoever came up with the concept of this book was totally imaginative. I think if you were not in the Christmas spirit before reading this book each one of these stories, individually, will put you there. There is a town called North Star, Pennsylvania and one precious night Rebekah, a midwife, helps deliver four babies into the world. Fast forward until now and these four children, three girls and one boy, are each involved in a romance and some sort of healing. This is riveting stuff. Each one, by itself, is really a deep story that is full of tender drama. Each author gives us great characters that we can really identify with and care for and root for their respective romances to succeed. Don’t start this book late at night because you are going to want to finish it before you go to bed. I think everyone should read this book, not only for the fun of it, but for the healing that the various characters have to deal with. I think that this book would make an excellent gift to give to friends and family. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a book of 4 wonderful Christmas novellas. These are all Amish stories that are connected by a single night in December. The main characters of each story were born on December 1 in an Amush birthing clinic in the town of North Star. I loved every story and they were all wonderful. The four stories are Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert, Mourning Star by Amanda Flower, In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall and Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark. I did not want to put any of the stories down. This is such an uplifting set of Christmas novellas. I received this book from Bloggingforbooks for a fair and honest opinion.
Andrea_Renee_Cox More than 1 year ago
by Andrea Renee Cox “Josh said she was too picky. But to Elle it was a matter of not settling.” ~ Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert When Amish midwife Rebekah Schlabach delivers four babies on one blizzardy night, adventures are certain to follow. Each of the novellas in Amish Christmas at North Star tells the story of one of “Rebekah’s babies.” Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert Noelle “Elle” McAllister’s journey to find her birth mother takes her back to where her life began: the birthing center in North Star, Pennsylvania. Will she find more than she bargained for once she arrives? Mourning Star by Amanda Flower Eden Hochstetler attempts to uncover the truth about an elderly friend’s death. Will she also find love, or only a similar demise as her friend? In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall Savilla “Savvy” Beiler faces a grim future yet doesn’t tell the one person she loves the most. Will unexpected responsibilities during the holiday season force her to reveal her secret? Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark Andy Danner has no plans to return home after his fiancée jilted him, but his little brother believes the two should reconcile. Will a promise bring Andy home against his wishes? The only author I’d ever read before out of the five who contributed to this beautiful novella collection was Katie Ganshert. I’ve enjoyed her other books very much, so I decided to give Amish Christmas at North Star a try, even though it was a new genre for Katie. I’m so glad I did! Each story brought a unique point of view and left me wanting much more. Could there be a sequel to this book, please? I’ll be looking for more books by all of these authors. Some of the notes I took while reading this collection: “intrigued me right away” “wrapped itself around my heart as if it were a vine clinging to a tree” “characters that kept me laughing and glued to the page” “great twist” “forced the lead characters to work together when they weren’t on good terms, which makes for interesting drama” “delightful Christmas story” This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift for those booklovers on your list! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amish Christmas follows the separate life experiences of four young people born the same night 25 years before whose lives diverge and are brought together again through varying sets of circumstances*
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Amish Christmas at North Star was such a fun collection of novellas. I loved the way all four stories were tied together and introduced in the prologue. I really did enjoy each novella, however, Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert was my very favorite. This novella not only captured me but also felt like a full and complete story with no rushing through the ending. Mourning Star by Amanda Flower was also very good, however, the ending felt sudden. I wanted another chapter! I guess that proves I was really enjoying the story. This was the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed the light mystery. I thought that In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall was a very touching story. There was a lot of hurt and pain that had to be worked through in this one. I liked these characters a lot and wanted to see a little more of their happiness at the end than I got to witness. I was also enjoying this one a great deal to not want it to end where it did! Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark was a sweet story that focused mostly on the hard work of a young boy to bring his brother home and reunite him with the woman he loved. It was not a typical romance, however, it was satisfying and an enjoyable novella. This is definitely a Christmas collection I recommend to fans of Amish fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Fabulous Recipe One fabulous, delicious recipe: four authors, add an Amish genre, one snow storm, and mix in four babies. Put in Christmas tin. Bake for 25 years. Garnish with mystery, intrigue and love. This recipe is accomplished in Amish Christmas at North Star by authors Amanda Flower, Katie Ganshert, Mindy Starns Clark and Cindy Woodsmall. So if you like these authors as stand alones, then you will want to read this book with the combined talent of each of them in their own novellas. The four authors focus on one of the four babies born in 1990 during a snow storm in North Star and where life has taken them in the 25 years since then. I found each story captivating, making one believe in the magic of Christmas and love. I received this book for free to review for Blogging for Books.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Amish Christmas at North Star is a nicely woven Christmas story, whether you’re into Amish romances or just looking for a good relaxing read. It’s pleasantly, but not excessively, seasonal too, making it a great read for any time of year. The paths of its four protagonists, born the same day, are completely different of course, and told by different authors. But the town where they were born, the community that loves them, and the midwife, who oversaw their first breath, tie their tales together. The way that relational ties have stretched over time, almost to breaking, without destroying hope or killing the spirit, is what binds these stories as one and makes them such a perfect Christmas read. The stories are set around Christmas, of course, and start when a young reporter decides to follow up on an old newspaper story. Multiple characters, like the disparate parts of a reader's heart, take the stage--orphan, reject and runaway; believer, doubter and conformist; unforgiven and unable to forgive. Lessons are learned with unobtrusive faith and fascinating detail, bringing the Amish world to life within its surroundings of modern America. I learned details I’d never imagined about Amish family life and Amish Christmases in this book. I found wise lessons illustrated too, in trust and forgiveness. And I enjoyed a beautifully Christian read, with no oppressive lecturing; just gentle reminders, real characters, and a story arc that pleasingly binds up hearts and brings tales and people together. I love this book so much I promptly gave it to my mum to read, and she loves it too. Disclosure: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Snowy winter nights, the sound of a blazing fire crackling, laughter of family and the joy of Christmas. Amish Christmas at North Star is the perfect book to read during this Christmas season! On a cold winter night 25 years ago, four babies were brought into the world under the same roof, at the hands of the midwife Rebekah Schlabach. Life has taken the children in different directions, but God found a way to bring them together again. Follow their stories of love, loss, forgiveness and redemption. This is the first Amish Fiction that I have read. I believe that it was the perfect choice! I was introduced to various author's style and learned a lot about the Amish community. My interest is very much piqued and I can not wait to read more now! I love books that put you in a festive, Christmas mood. The stories in this book remind us that Christ should be at the center of Christmas. It is not about how much "stuff" we want, or will receive, but about family and love and cherishing the moments we have with each other. All the while knowing that Christ's birth is the reason we celebrate. If you are looking for a lighthearted Christmas read, pick up a copy of Amish Christmas at North Star. The stories are a little less than 100 pages each. So it makes an easy quick read, God bless you and your family this holiday season! Merry Christmas! I received a free copy of Amish Christmas at North Star from Waterbrook Press through Blogging for Books, in exchange for my honest review.
MJK108 More than 1 year ago
4.5 A collection of heartwarming Christmas tales centered on a group of four young people called Rebekah’s Babies unfolds around the holidays as each young person’s special story comes to light. Katie Ganshert does a great job of introducing the main storyline and tying it all together at the end. Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert Chase Wellington, a young man who writes for the North Star Tribune in his spare time and manages a construction business, comes across a newspaper story from 25 years ago about Rebekah’s babies and decides to check out a follow up article. His first visit to Rebekah’s birthing center uncovers the mystery of baby Anna and her mother, Ruth. Chase’s investigation leads him to a young woman named Elle, who was adopted as a baby. The story opens the reader’s heart to the conflict involved in deciding to pursue birth parents. I enjoyed the blending of Englisch life and Amish family. Katie Ganshert does a wonderful job of exploring these deeply emotional conflicts at a special time of the year. Morning Star by Amanda Flower An Amish mystery surrounds this tale of the second of Rebekah’s babies, Eden Hochstetler. Eden spends her days reading Jane Eyre and making fudge for her father’s candy shop. When her best friend, an Englischer named Gina, talks her into sneaking around and investigating the death of her friend, Isaac Yoder. Isaac was like the grandfather that Eden did not have and she had treasured their daily visits. While exploring the farm where Isaac died, the girls meet Jesse Yoder, the young Amish man who inherited his uncle’s property. The more they explore; the deeper the mystery becomes. Read this quick little mystery and find out who murdered Isaac! In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall Two young Amish people are torn apart by a lack of faith and trust in each other. Kore Detweiler and Savilla Beiler are in love and headed towards marriage when Savilla unexpectedly pulls away. Kore leaves North Star for Virginia and a new life. However, as much as he would like to forget Savilla and North Star, Kore is pulled back into life in North Star as a result of a family emergency. Can Kore find out why Savilla left him? Can Savilla keep her secret? Read this story to find what happens when faith and trust open your heart. Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark This delightful story touched my heart with its tale of a younger brother’s love for his older brother. Sam, an enterprising young Amish boy of twelve, challenges his older brother, Andy, to come home for Christmas. The challenge involves a girl, a train ticket, and a job. Sam has a great sense of family and an innocent trust. In his quest to bring his brother home, Sam takes a job with a crusty old English man in town who fires him on his first day for being Amish. Crushed, Sam steps back and revises his plans. A wonderful tale of forgiveness and faith! This ARC copy was received from BloggingforBooks.org and Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own. Check the following websites: Author Biographies at Waterbrook Multnomah Check the ladies out on Facebook and Twitter as well!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Four short stories, less than 100 pages each, by four amazing authors that will keep you page turning and wanting more, and soon you are moving to the next story in the book. The stories are based on a terrible snowy night twenty-five years ago, when Rebekah Schlabach the local midwife opens her door for one busy night, and in the end four babies are born, three girls and a boy. The stories that follow are an update about the lives of these babies now known as “Rebekah’s Babies”. These stories are heart warming, and loved the finding and updating each of these individual children, now all grown up. A different author, Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark (and Emily Clark), Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert updates each story, but they all come back to Rebekah. A timely treat for this time of the year and with little time, these a quick individual reads. I received this book from Blogging For Books and was not required to give a positive review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Amish Christmas at North Star contains four Amish Christmas stories set in North Star, Pennsylvania. The stories are written by Cindy Woodsmall, Amanda Flower, Katie Ganshert, and Emily Clark and Mindy Starns Clark. On November 30, 1990 a blizzard is coming through the area and midwife, Rebekah Schlabach delivers four babies. Twenty-five years later Chase Wellington discovers an article in his mother’s attic on what were called Rebekah’s Babies. Chase believes a follow-up story would make a good article for the North Star Tribune where he is a part-time reporter. Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert takes Chase on a search for the child that disappeared after its birth. It will take Chase and Noelle “Elle” McAllister on a journey to find out what happened twenty-five years ago. Mourning Star by Amanda Flower is an Amish Mystery. Eden Hochstetler is living Sugarcreek, Ohio with her parents. They moved there from North Star, PA. A friend of Eden’s, Isaac Yoder passed away at Yoder Stables. Eden wants to find out what happened to Isaac. She does not believe his death was an accident. Eden with the help of Jesse Yoder, Isaac’s nephew, sets out to find out what happened to her friend. Cindy Woodsmall’s In the Stars is about lost love. Savilla Beiler rejected Kore Detweiler. So Kore moved away to Virginia. He works with Esther and Jacob King on their salvage and decorating business. Business takes him back to North Star and a family emergency keeps him there. Mammi D is injured and she needs someone to watch the Adler kids while she is laid up (their parents are in Uganda adopting a child). Savilla and Kore end up working together to take care of the kids. Will Kore be able to find out why Savilla turned him away? Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark is the last story in the book. Andy Danner left North Star after Nellie Umble broke up with him. Andy has been working in construction in Mississippi. Andy’s little brother, Sam misses Andy and works out a way to bring him home for Christmas. Nellie is very sorry that she broke up with Andy and wants him back. Can Sam get Andy back to town in time for Christmas and keep him there? There is an enjoyable epilogue that ties up all the storylines in the book. All four stories are just wonderful. I loved this book. It will help put you in the mood for Christmas. Amanda Flower’s Mourning Star had a good mystery, enjoyable characters, and some delicious descriptions of fudge. Amish Christmas at North Star is a heartwarming and well-written book. You will not go wrong in reading Amish Christmas at North Star. I give Amish Christmas at North Star 5 out of 5 stars. I liked how all these stories were written by different authors by you would never know it. They all tied together beautifully. I received a complimentary copy of Amish Christmas at North Star from Blogging for Books (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I normally am not a fan of the Amish genre of books. However, I love Katie Ganshert's books. This book is a collection of novellas centering around 4 children born in an Amish birthing center many years ago. The babies are tracked down to present day to see what had happened to all of them. I haven't read every story in the book yet, but wanted to give my review of Katie's contribution. Englischer Chase Wellington investigates the 25 year old disappearance of an Amish baby and finds Elle McAlister in Iowa. Is she the one he's looking for? Elle was adopted at Christmas time and named Noelle by her adoptive parents. Katie Ganshert always manages to make a novella seem longer, which is a good thing. She is a terrific writer, creating characters that seem real and scenarios that plop the reader into them immediately. I thoroughly enjoyed her contribution to this collection of novellas. I can't wait for her next book. *I was given a copy of this book by one of the authors in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family is written by 5 fabulous authors. These authors include: Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starnes Clark, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert. I loved all of these stories, especially Katie Ganshert's debut as an Amish author. Anyone who love Amish and Christmas stories will enjoy this book. Highly Recommended. 5 plus stars.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I usually skip over novellas but at Christmastime I devour them. Some people love Christmas movies, I love Christmas novellas. It's such a treat to snuggle up in the evening with a quick read. Amish Christmas at North Star is an even bigger bonus because it includes four novellas in one book. Katie Ganshert sets the stage with the backstory of a cold and snowy night when four babies were born by the hands of an Amish midwife named Rebekah Schlabach. The circumstances were so unusual that the new little ones were forever dubbed "Rebekah's Babies". The novellas then take up the individual stories of the babies twenty-five years later. What I really enjoyed about each story was that the author's personal style shined through. For instance Amanda Flower writes some really great cozy mysteries and her story in the book includes a bit of mystery along with the theme. All of the authors are some of my personal favorites so I don't think that I could really choose a favorite story among them. While each of the stories relates to the opening they are also very stand alone. In fact other than the main characters being born on the same night and the central story revolving somewhat around North Star I didn't really find much that connected them until the ending that tied it all together nicely. This book would make the perfect stocking stuffer for the book lover on your list. You could also pair it with a box of hot chocolate and fuzzy socks and it would become a full fledged present. Whatever you decide you can't go wrong with this group of writers. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Filled with inspiration, intrigue, and romance, Amish Christmas at North Star is a wonderful collection! While Woodsmall, Clark, and Flower are beloved authors of Amish fiction, this is Ganshert’s first foray into the genre. What a marvelous addition she is! Her story, Guiding Star, was my favorite of the collection, and I hope she will bring us more Amish stories in the future. Although they share a common thread, the four novellas are unique, and I delighted in the charm of each one. These ladies are gifted storytellers and their stories of discovery engaged and entertained! I loved Amish Christmas at North Star and can’t wait to share this treasure with family and friends this holiday season! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own.