An Amish Christmas Kitchen: Three Novellas Celebrating the Warmth of the Season

An Amish Christmas Kitchen: Three Novellas Celebrating the Warmth of the Season

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As the weather grows cold and the nights grow long, the cheer and warmth of the Christmas season is one thing all readers can find comfort in. This collection from bestselling Amish fiction novelists Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd finds the beating heart at the center of the holiday and offers three novellas that celebrate family, faith, and especially the sights and smells of a bustling holiday kitchen.

Leslie Gould tells the story of how, in the wake of a heartbreaking loss, a young Amish woman finds unexpected comfort and hope in a yearly baking tradition surrounding the local Lancaster Christmas market. Jan Drexler offers a sweet tale of a shy Amish woman who decides to use her gift for sweets to woo a local Amish boy with her beloved Christmas cookies. And Kate Lloyd offers a heartwarming tale of a woman's unexpected discovery about the truth of her past, and the warm and welcoming Amish family table she finds herself invited to on Christmas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493421732
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 301
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Leslie Gould is a #1 bestselling author of numerous Amish novels, including The Sisters of Lancaster County series. She resides with her family in Oregon. Learn more at www.lesliegould.com.

Jan Drexler
brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions to her writing. She is the author of several novels including Hannah's Choice. Jan lives in South Dakota with her husband. Visit her at www.jandrexler.com.

Kate Lloyd
is the bestselling novelist of the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy and the Lancaster Discoveries series. A native of Baltimore, she lives in Seattle, Washington. Learn more at www.katelloyd.com.
Leslie Gould is the coauthor, with Mindy Starns Clark, of the #1 bestselling The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny. She is also the author of numerous novels including two Lancaster Amish series. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University and has taught fiction writing at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor. She resides with her husband and four children in Oregon. Learn more at www.lesliegould.com.
Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband, where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. She is the author The Sound of Distant Thunder, Hannah's Choice, Mattie's Pledge (a 2017 Holt Medallion finalist), and Naomi's Hope, as well as several Love Inspired historical novels.
Kate Lloyd is the bestselling novelist of the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy and the Lancaster Discoveries series. A native of Baltimore, she lives in Seattle, Washington. Learn more at www.katelloyd.com.

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An Amish Christmas Kitchen: Three Novellas Celebrating the Warmth of the Season 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Ellen-oceanside 5 months ago
Amish families and friends, the core of their lives is in the kitchen.This brings three easy, enjoyable reads for us. From heartbreak, or bringing comfort, these are brought out, especially at Christmas. These three are well known at giving us great stories, and with the holidays to read. Given Arc by Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Librarycataloger 6 months ago
Fans of Amish fiction are in for a treat because three great authors have contributed to this new Christmas anthology. An Amish Christmas Kitchen features three novellas centered around the heart of most homes--the family kitchen--and the extra treats that are often created in those kitchens during the Christmas season. An Amish Country Christmas by Leslie Gould focuses on Noelle's determination to have all of her family together for their traditional family Christmas and still supply the increased amount of baked goods needed for the special six-week Christmas Market. Noelle's grief over her Mamm's recent death is overwhelming and she misses their joint baking efforts but there is another reason why she feels so stressed. After three years of being gone, Jesse King is now back and Noelle finds herself with many unanswered questions about the man that she once loved. Jan Drexler spins the tale of Ada Weaver and her efforts to get the attention of Amos Hertzler by tempting him with cookies made from her grandmother's special recipes. As Ada continues The Great Cookie Campaign to attract Amos, she also shares her cookies with Matthias Yoder, a former classmate who has always liked her. Before long, Ada begins to question if what she thought she wanted is truly what she needs! An Unexpected Christmas Gift by Kate Lloyd touches on adoption and the need to uncover your past and find your roots. Maria's discovery that she was adopted by an English couple shortly after her birth sends her searching a trail that leads her to an Amish community and perhaps, her biological mother. This is a touching tale that should have a disclaimer about having plenty of tissues on hand! I found all three of these stories to be heartwarming and uniquely different but they all share the common themes of the importance of family and the need to remember just why we celebrate the Christmas season. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to experience the joys of Christmas in early October and it is definitely for anyone who likes Amish fiction, holiday stories, and happily ever after. As an added bonus, there are three delicious recipes to try. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Jan Drexler and Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required and I am voluntarily sharing my honest opinions.
PinkGranny 6 months ago
Three Beloved Amish Fiction authors have joined to bring heartwarming novellas that will get you into the Christmas spirit early. Leslie Gould's story An Amish Family Christmas is about a family coping with grief and loss. Shy Noelle, the youngest daughter in a large family is tasked with manning the family stall at the market where all of her baked goods are sold. She is more comfortable behind the rolling pin than greeting customers. It is a case of when what works for someone else doesn't work for you, she rises to the occasion. I enjoyed seeing a young woman with potential emerge along with a new lease on life for her entire family as she sets about bringing the family together. A chance meeting with a fellow vendor mixes things up for her in ways she will always be grateful. Jan Drexler's An Amish Christmas Recipe Box is a wonderful story of unrequited love. A delightful young woman bakes up a flurry of goods to sell in the family furniture store. Two young men working for her father play a pivotal role in this season of her life. As this story unfolded it warmed my heart. The cliche "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach" plays a role in how she seeks to woo the man she believes to be the one she is to marry. Kate Lloyd's "An Unexpected Christmas Gift has just the hint of mystery you expect from Kate's books when a lone visitor arrives on Christmas Eve. A blizzard, a sleigh and a bit of confusion keeps the pages turning as you try to get to the bottom of this well written story of a family that comes together under circumstances nobody could have ever planned. I enjoyed all three of these novellas and I can't pick a favorite. Each author has unique strengths that keep me coming back to their books. Rather than watch 25 days of Christmas movies, why not settle down instead with one of these novellas. You will be happy you did. I plan to read them again with a cup of tea and a cookie or two.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Christmas came early this year with the release of a brand-new Amish novella collection! Three sweet love stories, based on the holidays and Amish traditions, will warm your heart and delight your senses. All three are delightful reads, though the second story, An Amish Christmas Recipe Box by Jan Drexler was my favorite. As an over-weight woman myself, I related best to the main character. Each story had a bit of sadness and melancholy as well as lots of love, laughter, and holiday cheer. Kate Lloyd’s story, An Unexpected Christmas Gift is different from the others in that it is in first person and from the perspective of an “Englisher,” an outsider, which gives it a more contemporary feel than the others. I loved the plots involving the DNA test, as well as the Christmas market. Each novella concludes with a recipe straight from the story. I recommend these stories for lovers of Amish fiction and Christmas novellas. They are a wonderful addition to your holiday TBR.
Mar-J 8 months ago
Any time of the year is perfect for a Christmas tale. Jan Drexler, Leslie Gould and Kate Lloyd created an enjoyable collection found in An Amish Christmas Kitchen. Each story is centered on baking during the Christmas season with one favorite recipe shared at the end of each novella. The novellas also bring out the beauty and reason for Christmas. An Amish Family Christmas by Leslie Gould story found shy Noelle being required to fill in for her sister at their family’s market. She was not the outgoing sales person like Salome, her oldest sister. However, when she met Holly, an Englischer at the market, a friendship formed. Noelle and Holly interactions and kindness to one another could just be the answer for Noelle and her father to ensure their family would have their annual Family Christmas dinner. An Amish Christmas Recipe Box by Jan Drexler explored the life of Ada Weaver who worked in her father’s furniture store and sold her baked good there. She hadn’t been courted by anyone with one employee making fun of her. A Christmas Cookie Campaign suggestion by her older sister might be the answer with Ada digging into her grandmother’s recipe box. There were some twists and turns with some unexpected events that brought out the true characters of the men in the workshop. Mothers realizing how they were hindering their young adult children brought a beautiful ending to this tale just in time for Christmas. An Unexpected Christmas Gift by Kate Lloyd found Maria Romano in Lancaster County in the middle of a snow storm. She was on a quest to find answers to who she truly was after receiving the shock of her life. There’s a suspense element in this tale along with romance among several of the young people as they interacted together. Christmas is a time for family and with buried secrets being shared, forgiveness found it just might be the most memorable Christmas by discovering the pureness of the season. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and one of the authors. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my own sincere thoughts.
AshM-85 8 months ago
An Amish Christmas Kitchen consist of three novellas by three different authors Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd. I loved each and every novella. I couldn't pick a favorite and I didn't want the book to end. Once you start this book it will pull you in from the start. You won't want to put it down. If you like Christmas books you will definitely love this book. Go grab your copy.
Diana0 8 months ago
It's that time of year again. Christmas stories. I just read 3 books in one called An Amish Christmas Kitchen. Wonderful book with 3 great authors together each telling their own story. An Amish Family Christmas by Leslie Gould An Amish Christmas Recipe Box by Jan Drexler They say way to a man's heart is through his stomach so Ada tries winning the heart of one she thinks she loves with cookies. Hmm but there are two. Which will be her true love? An Unexpected Christmas Gift by Kate Lloyd. Maria been told she was adopted after all these years. Does a DNA test to try to find out who she is and where are her real parents. Maria is on search but she finds much more then she bargains for. These stories will warm your heart. all the stories are well written characters you will fall in love with. A wonderful Christmas collection
KatKohler 8 months ago
A trio of delicious stories wrapped in Amish hospitality. From the depth of their characters and the real struggles they face, three talented authors dish up heartwarming tales to lift your spirit this Christmas season. This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. While Amish novels are not my typical reading choice, this book makes the grade for a good cozy read. Grab a steaming cup of cocoa and enjoy!
Becky6 8 months ago
“An Amish Christmas Kitchen” is a lovely collection of novellas from authors Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd. Each story is relatively short which can easily be read in one sitting. Kate Lloyd’s was probably my favorite because this one is a little different from the others. In “An Unexpected Gift” is a tale about a young woman, Maria Romano, who travels to Lancaster County looking for her biological mother. Just a few days before Christmas during a terrible snowstorm, she learns that she is in for a surprise. I immediately fell in love with the cast: Naomi, Silas, Nancy, Anna, Linda, Bart, Troy, Issac, and the rest of the Amish who have become like family. Each person plays a special role which adds to this beautiful and even somewhat emotional Christmas holiday. I’m so glad that each author included a recipe for a dish they included in their stories at the end of each. I totally want to try that Christmas Caramel Cake mentioned in Kate Lloyd’s story! Overall, I thought this was a cute set of stories perfect for when you need something light and relaxing during the holidays. If you enjoy Amish fiction, this would definitely be a collection that you won’t want to miss. Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
annelr 8 months ago
An Amish Christmas Kitchen is a collection of novellas by three of my favorite authors of Amish fiction--Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd. Each story is a sweet romance centered around family and the wonderful season of Christmas. The characters are loveable and relatable, although, sometimes you want to give some of them a little smack upside the head! A young woman trying to find a way to embrace hope. A young woman looking for romance. A young woman searching for family. In their quests, they discover unexpected friendships, the courage to make the first move towards love, and that sometimes the future holds a lot of promise--despite the past. In each of the stories, the characters find that God truly does bring hope and healing to His hurting children. Being novellas, they are quick reads, whether you read them one at a time or all at once. And a lovely surprise--a recipe or two is included with each story. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski 8 months ago
The Amish celebration of Christmas is focused on the birth of Christ, with family and togetherness of greatest importance. Unlike other American cultures the Amish center their celebration around their faith, without the addition of material items. Baking and family activities are the family traditions that bind them together at this special time of year. The three novellas in this book reveal the traditions listed above, and the opening of their hearts to others outside their community. Amish life and beliefs are described for the reader to see the inside of the Anabaptist home and family unit. Each of the three authors chose a different approach centered in the hub of the Amish home, the kitchen. Recipes are included, and the camaraderie of the family unit is expressed through the telling of these stories. If you love Amish fiction with a bit of romance, and are looking forward to Christmas and all the trimmings, this is an excellent addition for your reading time. The novellas are light and easy reading, and will leave a warm spot in your heart! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All expressed opinions are honest and my own.
theskett 8 months ago
Not only for the holidays I devoured these three Christmas novellas as quickly as the main characters in the stories baked and ate Christmas treats. The authors expertly developed the main characters and their stories within these novellas for a completely satisfying reading experience. Two of the novellas include strong Englisch characters alongside the Amish with a realistic interaction between cultures. And fans of Amish fiction also will not be disappointed. I love to cook, I love Christmas stories, and a novella is just the right length during the busy holiday season. I received this book from the publisher but all opinions are my own.
Creative2xmom 8 months ago
A collection of three novellas, An Amish Christmas Kitchen showcases the work of three well known Amish fiction writers: Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd. The first novella, An Amish Family Christmas, tells the story of a young Noelle who struggles to find her place in the family business. Always behind the series, a busy Christmas season pushes her into the forefront as she must take her sister's place selling pies at the Christmas market. While there, she encounters new friends and an old flame. And when her sister begins acting strangely about the family Christmas plans, Noelle must decide for herself how she sees her future. The second novella, An Amish Christmas Recipe, follows Ada as she seeks to win a young man's affections ... through baking him Christmas cookies, of course. But when the young man's character proves to be questionable, a new beau emerges. A wonderful story that proves looks can sometimes be deceiving. The final novella, Unexpected Christmas Gift, introduces Maria, who through a strange turn of events, finds herself in Amish country looking for her birth family. Stranded by the side of the road in a snow storm, Maria bring her heart ache, and her English ways, into the lives of the Miller family as she looks for answers. Each novella highlights new characters and can be read as a stand alone story. Centered around the Amish/Mennonite communities, the stories are lighthearted and draw on the theme of hospitality in the kitchen. My favorite of the three novellas was the first by Leslie Gould. An Amish Family Christmas has the most in-depth storyline within the confines of a smaller space. These shorter, themed collections are perfect for relaxing in the midst of a busy holiday season. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR 8 months ago
An Amish Christmas Kitchen by Kate Lloyd, Jan Drexler and Leslie Gould contains three heartwarming holiday stories. I thought all three novellas were well-written and engaging. I started reading An Amish Family Christmas one evening and just kept reading until I finished all three (it was a late night). The novellas contain great characters and lovely settings. We see how the Amish focus on family and the true reason for the holiday season. I like the life lessons featured in each story with my favorite being a person’s heart is more important than their appearance. The romance plays out softly in each story which I appreciated. The stories are realistic with feel good endings. One of my favorite phrases is, “Life is only as short and hard as we make it.” It is important to remember the true meaning of Christmas and that only He can bring us the peace and joy we desire. There is a recipe for one of the mouthwatering baked goods featured in the story at the end of each novella. An Amish Christmas Kitchen will have you wanting to drag out your Christmas decorations and start baking your favorite Christmas cookies.
Barb00 8 months ago
An Amish Christmas Kitchen is comprised of three different novellas: "An Amish Family Christmas" by Author Leslie Gould; " An Amish Christmas Recipe Box" by Author Jan Drexler and "An Unexpected Christmas Gift" by Author Kate Lloyd. You can read each one as a stand alone book, but I encourage you to read all three. All three have different storylines, but each one is so very interesting and I was sitting on the edge of my seat. Each one has its own unique characters with fabulous writing from each author. I love and enjoyed each novella from this book and I highly recommend to read "An Amish Christmas Kitchen". Not only a great book to read, but also to bring you into the special spirit of the holiday. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
GailHollingsworth 8 months ago
From three of the best Amish writers come a collection of three novellas that will get you in a mindset for celebrating Christmas a little early this year. All the characters in all three quickly won my heart, well maybe except for one...or maybe two... All held family values and traditions close to their hearts. From selling baked goods at the local Christmas Market to supplement family finances to trying to win the heart of a secret crush with cookies, and trying to learn of the beginnings of a life, they all held me captive. They also made me hungry and scrambling for a snack while reading. Can you gain weight while reading a book? My answer is yes! But to add to that, each novella has a recipe at the end of their story that was featured in the reading. Can we say added bonus.... Yum! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Earlier I had reported that Netgalley copy was messed up and it is! So I waited on my print copy. Some pretty fabulous authors and stories in here for certain sure. There's a little something for everyone and I know I spent a wonderful afternoon reading with no one to bother me. If you're an early Christmas reader then this will get you into the Christmas mood. Me I'm a procrastinator. I don't like celebrating Christmas too early. It has a tendency to ruin it for me. I think that my favorite story will be the one by Leslie Could. There are great characters in here and a love and friendship like no other. This story will also make you drool but then every Amish does because of their famous cooking and as always with any Amish book there are some wonderful recipes at the end of each chapter like for example An Amish family Christmas has Baked Creamsticks. Never heard of them but they sure sound good!! The 2nd one An Amish Christmas Recipe Box certainly will make you grin as we watch this young woman Ada try woo an Amish man named Amos. I like that name. It was my uncle's name. They always did say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Some cases this is true even for Englishers. Although how Amos acts I want to pop him one. His attitude stinks. Will he and Ada get together or does God have something or someone else in mind for Ada? You'll just have to read the story to find out! I loved this one too.! Jan is an awesome writer. She sweeps you away in the 1st chapter of the novella My favorite cookie is the sugar cookies. My mom's specialty. She'd yell at me if I touched the dough. There's another neat recipe at the end of this novella. Sounds yummy! Kate Lloyd story An Unexpected Christmas gift is good too. The recipe Carmel Christmas Cake sounds yummy too. I think I'd like to try this this year. Each story is a delight! For Amish fans a like will enjoy these sweet stories and get excited about Christmas My thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book. NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own. I will reread this book as it gets closer to Christmas.
Calliegh0 8 months ago
Let's go visit the Amish communities during Christmas time. Bundle up and take a winter ride in the Amish sleigh. What a fun trip this has been. I didn't want to leave. These three stories embraced the heart of the Amish in their warmth and family connections. They bring the forgiveness, acceptance, and love that the Christmas season embraces. I could have stayed so much longer in these homes to celebrate the season. Leslie Gould gives us the tale of a young Amish woman who through her heartbreak finds a new direction and a new path to an old love. Jan Drexler brings us the story of two Amish young people who those around them refuse to allow to grow. Will their love for each other help their families realize they need to grow together? And last but certainly not least, Kate Lloyd offers us the tale of one lost woman who finally finds home despite the secrets that were kept. I love these stories and will definitely be looking at other books by these authors. I recieved a copy from the publisher. A positive review was not required. If you love Christmas and winter time, you will love these stories.
MaureenST 8 months ago
This book contains three different, but the same in that the time period is around Christmas, and contains yummy Amish food [some awesome recipes included], and each offers a little sweet romance. Now I found myself quickly into each story, and like the “you can’t eat just one”, well I couldn’t read just one, and if life didn’t get in the way I would have finished this in one sitting! Loved how the minds of these author worked, and each story pulled me in and kept my attention, only complaint, I didn’t want to leave them! You don’t want to miss this one! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
AMGiacomasso 8 months ago
Three sweet novellas, well written and engrossing. I liked them, they're well written and a perfect depiction of the Christmas spirit. Recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
armcgraw 9 months ago
An Amish Christmas Kitchen is a book of 3 delightful novellas that are set during the Christmas season. In the 1st, by Leslie Gould, Noelle has been emotionally crippled by a seeming rejection by a young man she had hoped to marry. She has long taken refuge away from people by baking in her kitchen to supply the family's market store. When circumstances force her to work at the store, she is faced with several challenges, including the young man she had loved. A new friend gifts her with an Advent Calendar, which helps point her toward hope and a future. The 2nd novella, by Jan Drexler, introduces us to a young Amish woman named Ada. She and her sister scheme of using her baking skills to catch the attention of a young man who works for their father. She learns through her mistakes and misdirected attentions that God's plans are far greater than the ones she can dream of. In the 3rd novella, by Kate Lloyd, Maria goes on personal search into Amish country to find her roots. A DNA test has led her to the discovery that she is adopted and that she is kin to an Amish family. While she makes inquiries, a snow storm forces her to stay with the family. Although the answers to her questions are not what she thought they would be, she discovers things not only about her past, but also a way forward into her future.