An Amish Christmas: A Novel

An Amish Christmas: A Novel

by Cynthia Keller
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An Amish Christmas 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
CBH More than 1 year ago
A delightful and interesting story of a well-to-do family that suddenly, due to the husband's unwise decisions, became completely insolvent and lost everything they had except for one old automobile that had been paid off years earlier. What to do? How do you exist as a family and where do you turn? Meg and James Hobart, along with their three children, Lizzie, Will, and Sam had to face this reality shortly before Thanksgiving when a very irritated James turned on all of his family with a distinct attitude problem noticed by all. The family had always had a huge Thanksgiving dinner attended by many friends and Meg was busily preparing her plans for what, who, and exactly when the dinner would be served. For some time James had been bitterly complaining about any purchases the family made telling them the family could not afford all those unnecessary things they purchased. Just before the big dinner he broke down and told Meg that he had been "fired" in August and had not been able to tell her. He had invested all their money after his firing in some dismal investment company without telling Meg and they had lost everything. Everything was gone including the house, the savings, the investments, and their leased cars. The dinner went on but with a far different feeling by Meg and James. Corners were cut everywhere possible. The next few weeks they disposed of everything, cancelled all insurance policies, as well as anything due in the present or future. They packed and shipped all personal items to Meg's parents where they would travel to as soon as possible and live with them until they became able to go on their own once again. They squeezed into the old car and took off carrying only very personal items that they each wanted to still be in their lives. While traveling through Pennsylvania they had an accident with an Amish horse-drawn buggy forcing the car into a pole. As a result an Amish family involved in the accident came and helped all involved and made sure they were not hurt and took them to their home to get warmed up and relax from the accident. The car was towed to a garage in a nearby small city and the Amish family invited the Hobart's to stay with them until the car could be repaired and then get on their way once again. Needless to say, the Amish life was far different from the life that the Hobart's had been used to all their lives-until the loss of all their possessions and finances. You never heard such belly aching from the kids. Lizzie, Will, and Sam couldn't put up with these people or the way they lived. No computers, no television, no-anything they were used to. The stay was extended because it was taking the repair shop a long time to get the parts and get that old car ready. This story is a good old-fashioned story that fits in with Christmas time perfect and gives all of us that are spoiled having all the modern communication and living devices in our lives a lot of reflection. You will meet the Amish families and live with them and adjust to their style of living-or not! The Amish live a very simple family oriented life and are not afraid of manual labor. An excellent read for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story. Found myself emotionally drawn into the characters. Not your predictable Amish love story. This is on the list of my favorite 10 books of all time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for a relative. It arrived in perfect condition. I read this last winter as a library book, and enjoyed the story so much, I decided to buy it new for my relative. It helps you see the real meaning of Christmas, family & holidays, and to get a different perspective on life!
Anonymous 7 months ago
This was a good book and very informative
MerryWifeofWindsor More than 1 year ago
The motherly and domestically minded Meg Hobart has it all: the big house, the BMW, a strapping but handsome husband with a high-powered job, three beautiful children, and time to dedicate to whatever pleases her. While her husband James is the breadwinner, Meg is the homemaker who keeps both the home and the family's schedule running on a consistent basis. While she has three children, Lizzie and Will, the two eldest are exceedingly spoiled and selfish. Her youngest son, Sam is the only one in the family treating her with great affection and respect. On Halloween night, James comes home in what seems to be some sort of melancholy frenzy. As time passes, she observes him and notices immediately how he is acting strangely but can't quite put her finger on it. Her husband has become abrasive and unapproachable. James finally comes out with it. He frantically explains to Meg that they are ruined financially. Back in August he lost his job and ever since then, he has been going along with the charade of hastening off to work everyday. To make matters worse, James states that there is more to his infractions than he has revealed thus far. He goes into detail about how he entered into some sort of business venture only to discover that the person he was dealing with was a crook who stole all of their money. In following days, the Hobarts arrange to live with Meg's parents, pack up James's 1969 Mustang with what it can hold, and leave their large house in Charlotte. While on the way up to Meg's parents' house, they travel through Pennsylvania and glimpse the Amish. As they are traveling on a cold night, James's car almost hits a black buggy but manages to veer off the road just in time to save the driver's life. The family soon meets a cheery Amish man by the name of David Lutz who introduces himself and immediately offers to help them. It is clear that some of the Hobarts have sustained damage in the accident. The Hobart family is then rushed into the Lutz household where they are met by a warm and kindhearted Catherine, wife of David who takes care of them. They are offered assistance with any wounds they may have and a doctor is called immediately to come help them. From the beginning, Lizzie and Will seem to poke fun at their kindly saviors who treat them only with the utmost kindness. Given that James’s Mustang is temporarily out of commission and that it is in the shop for repairs, the Lutz family kindly invites the Hobarts to stay with them for as long as it takes. Meg and James at first don’t want to importune the family but they make it clear that it is no inconvenience at all. At first, Meg and her family feel awkward living with the Amish family. Her children, Lizzie and Will continue to make barbs against the Lutz family, referring to them as odd and outdated. However, as the time passes, the Hobarts happen to grow closer to the Lutzes. All in all, “An Amish Christmas” was a very heartwarming tale. It is about the coming together of a family, the redemption of a marriage, and the bonds that transcend different cultures. It was the absolute perfect Christmas tale with believable characters who all have their flaws. The reason why I gave it 4.5 stars is because while the story was heartwarming and interesting, it completely lacked a plot point. Some conflict would have made it rather more interesting. * Reviewed by the Merry Wife of Windsor * www.MerryWifeofWindsor.com
JP65 More than 1 year ago
This was a lovely read. So enjoyed this story about a family reconnecting. I learned a lot about the Amish and really have come to respect their ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first checked this out at the public library and rechecked it out so often, I felt guilty that I might be wearing out the disc. So I bought my own copy and will listen to it again around or after Christmas. I really liked the heroine and found the story to be believable and well-written. It was not sugar-coated; well maybe it was, but you'll have to listen to it to see how real sugar plays a part. Without giving too much away, a family is sidetracked enroute to grandma's and it was a blessing in disguise.
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Short Read, Good story. Would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Christmas story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only on page nine. Just got back from band so i can't read much tonight. I will keep on reading and keep up on up dates. Later this was posted at 9:16 on 12-10-12
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This was a sweet Chrustmas
maxlacy More than 1 year ago
Slow to start, but then couldn't put it down. Loved it.
K-Frog More than 1 year ago
This little story reminds us of the things in life that are impotant. We often judge people by their "things". The Amish family clarifies the truely important aspects of life; family, friends, and kindness to others. I would definitely recommend this book for others.
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MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Meg and James have lost everything they thought they valued. They along with their 3 children Lizzie, Will, and Sam, have left North Carolina and are headed to Homer NY to live with Meg's parents. At the beginning of the story it does not seem possible that this family is going to be able to stay together. Fate brings them to visit the Amish community in Pennsylvania, and a near fatal mishap ends up changing their lives. While traveling down a Country Road in their packed to the gills Mustang, James swerves and misses an Amish buggy. David Lutz is so thankful to be alive and no one is hurt. He opens his Amish home to the family. Lizzie and Will are aghast that there is no electricity! Where Sam seems to settle in nicely. What ends up being over 2 week stay changes all of the Hobart's lives. I really enjoyed the interaction between the English and the Amish. This is the story of forgiveness and acceptance. I loved the story!
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