An Amish Christmas Love: Four Novellas

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An Amish Christmas Love: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman

Three generations of Stoltzfus women are all living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, have recently been widowed. Each nursing broken or lonely hearts, they also each have potential suitors. When a storm on Christmas Eve forces the three couples to take shelter in the basement of the Stotlzfus homestead, secrets are revealed, hearts are opened, and all three potential grooms drop to their knees for very different reasons—a proposal, a prayer, and an epiphany.

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston

Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don’t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma’s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry’s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn’t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin

As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn’t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He’s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discovery: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly’s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid

When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780529118707
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 785,597
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Beth Wiseman is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Daughters of the Promise, Land of Canaan, and Amish Secrets series, as well as novellas that have been included in many bestselling collections such as An Amish Year and An Amish Garden. Visit her online at BethWiseman.com; Facebook: AuthorBethWiseman; Twitter: @BethWiseman.


Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston.


Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth, the Amish Wonders, and the Amish Mercies series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life. Visit Ruth online at RuthReid.com; Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid; Twitter: @AuthorRuthReid.


Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper's Son received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, who called it a "beautifully woven masterpiece." The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors.

Visit her online at KellyIrvin.com; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.

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CHAPTER 1

Naomi Stoltzfus carried an arrangement of red roses as she crossed the living room. "Mammi, Mr. Cotter will be by later today to pick these up. I'm going to put them on the kitchen counter." The older Englisch man ordered flowers for his wife, Ann, on the first Monday of each month. The gesture was romantic, even by Amish standards, but such extravagance wasn't in Naomi's future. She'd seen what an emotional attachment could do to a person.

"Ya, ya. Okay." Naomi's grandmother didn't lower her binoculars as she peered out the window toward the daadi haus.

Naomi slowed her stride, stopped in the middle of the room, and studied the older woman. Ruth Stoltzfus was barely five feet tall, walked with a cane, and wore thick black-rimmed glasses. Pride and vanity were frowned upon, but both Naomi and her mother had tried numerous times to convince Ruth to get more delicate gold-rimmed frames that didn't take over her face. "Mammi, what are you looking at?"

"The renters moving into the daadi haus for the month of December. There are three men carting suitcases inside."

Naomi edged closer to the window until she was looking over her grandmother's shoulder across the snow-blanketed yard. A layer of white topped the silo like a winter cap, and the pond in between the main house and the daadi haus was partially frozen. "I thought only two people rented the haus," she said as she squinted to see the men.

"Ya. That's what your mudder said. But three men got out of the taxicab and are carrying suitcases up the porch steps." Mammi's binoculars clinked against the lenses of her glasses. "Ouch," she whispered as she lowered the binoculars, but her scowl was quickly replaced with a twinkle in her eyes. "One man looks to be about seventy, another maybe fortyish, and there's even a young lad that looks about your age."

Naomi shook her head but grinned as she walked across the wood floor to the kitchen. "That's not appropriate talk, Mammi," she said as she heard her grandmother's steps behind her.

"You sound like your mudder." Mammi slid into a chair at the kitchen table and reached for a biscuit left over from breakfast. "It fears me that the both of you will end up lonely old maids if you don't make an effort to find a husband."

Naomi was definitely of marrying age at twenty, but every time she saw the pain in her mother's eyes, it solidified her decision not to marry. "We are not in a hurry to find spouses."

"Ach, well, you should be. Almost every single fellow your age is promised for marriage, or you've already kicked the poor suitor to the curb." Mammi chewed on the biscuit. "And your mudder isn't getting any younger either. Your daed died three years ago, and that's more than enough time to grieve and remarry."

"Everyone's different, Mammi."

Naomi's grandmother began the hunt for a husband the day after they'd buried Naomi's grandfather ten years ago, even checking the obituaries in other districts so she'd know when a man lost his wife. It was a process that irritated and embarrassed Naomi's mother since Mammi didn't try to hide her ambitious courting attempts, often sharing her intentions and the results of her efforts with members of the community.

Mammi pushed her chair away from the table and walked to the rack by the kitchen door. She put on her black cape and bonnet and reached for a black scarf and her gloves. "I'm going to go welcome our guests."

Naomi's mother walked into the kitchen with an armful of folded kitchen towels. "You'll do no such thing." Mamm set the stack of towels on the table and put her hands to her hips. Naomi braced herself for the argument that was sure to come.

*
Barbara reminded herself that Ruth was her elder, even though most days her mother-in-law had the maturity of a teenager. "Let our guests get settled. Then we can take them a basket of baked goods and some fresh fruit." She glanced out the kitchen window. "Assuming we can make the trek to the daadi haus without sinking in snow or slipping on ice."

"It seems even colder than usual for December," Naomi said as she began putting the kitchen towels in the drawer.

Barbara didn't respond to her daughter as she kept her eyes on Ruth, who had tied her bonnet and was now putting on her gloves. "Are you still planning to go over there right now? Can't you wait?"

Ruth lifted her chin, a sour expression filling her features, exaggerating the spidery lines that connected across her face. "You might have been the boss of my sohn, but you are not the boss of me."

"Ach, gut grief, Ruth. You sound like a child. It was just a suggestion that we wait until —"

Ruth walked out the door, slamming it behind her.

Barbara shook her head. "That woman is intolerable."

Naomi walked to the kitchen window. Barbara sighed as she walked toward her daughter, stopping next to Naomi at the window. Barbara would watch Ruth all the way to the daadi haus and wouldn't feel settled until her mother-in-law safely returned.

"Mammi took off her glasses and set them on the rocking chair on the porch." Naomi leaned close to the windowpane. "She left her cane too."

"Stubborn old woman. She's blindly teetering across ice and snow to see if one of our guests would be a suitable husband for her."

Naomi giggled. "Oh, she's not just seeking a husband for herself. She's already said that there's an age-appropriate man for each of us too."

Barbara rolled her eyes before she walked to the stove to stir a pot of chicken tortilla soup she was warming for lunch. "Only two men rented the daadi haus." She shook her head as she clicked her tongue. "I'm grateful those two fellows don't live nearby in case your mammi embarrasses us. Again." She scratched her chin. "I wonder who the third man is and if he lives in this area. The two renters came from a district near Pittsburgh. A man named Wayne said they would be here for at least a month working on a construction project that they'd won the bid on."

Naomi gasped loudly. "She fell! Mammi fell!"

Barbara rushed back to the window. Naomi was already putting on her heavy coat and winter hat. Barbara didn't even take the time to do that. She burst out the door, hurried down the porch steps, and began trudging through the snow.

Ruth was on her side in the snow and not moving. Oh, dear Lord, please let her be all right.

Barbara was making slow progress and sinking in snow to her ankles. She slowed her pace when Naomi yelled at her. "Stop, Mamm! I have your boots and cape."

She did as her daughter instructed and slipped on the warmer clothes, though she couldn't take her eyes off her mother-in-1 aw. Barbara felt sillier than Ruth for darting out the door without her cape and boots, but it had been an instinctive dash from the house.

I don't know what I'd do if anything happened to that crazy old woman.

CHAPTER 2

A woman fell down in the snow." Eli pointed out the window before he looked over his shoulder at the two men he would be working with for the next month. Or longer. The thought caused his stomach to lurch. Eli didn't mind hard work, but he didn't like the cold, and they would be outside at least eight hours a day building a large metal shop for an Englisch family. "Now there are two other ladies hurrying to the one who fell."

The elder of the two men, Jethro, rushed to the front door. The other fellow, Wayne, was right at Jethro's heels. Eli let out a heavy sigh, not eager to go back out in the weather, but he followed them anyway. He picked up his pace when the other two men did, even though the deep snow made walking a challenge. He was grateful he was still wearing his winter clothes.

By the time Eli, Jethro, and Wayne got to the woman, she was standing up, her black cape and bonnet caked with snow. She was a tiny lady with a lot of wrinkles, and long gray strands of hair hung loose from beneath her kapp. Jethro hurried out of his black coat and draped it around her.

The woman blinked her eyes several times, then smiled. "Danki. I'm so careless." Her voice rattled and cracked as her lips trembled.

"Ruth, are you all right?" One of the women following the eldest of the trio stepped up to her and put an arm around her shoulder.

"Ya, ya," Ruth said. "I must have lost my footing." She stared at Jethro, blinking her eyes and smiling even more. Eli wondered if she had a tic like Jacob Lapp, his friend from high school. Jacob blinked his left eye all the time, and his mother called it a tic. But Ruth blinked both eyes, so Eli wasn't sure if she suffered from the same ailment.

But everyone else faded into the white space around Eli when he laid eyes on the third woman in the group. She was tall, like Eli, with huge brown eyes and olive skin. Long eyelashes swept down onto high cheekbones, and when she smiled at Eli, he felt like a snowman melting into the white slush beneath his feet.

"Maybe we should move introductions inside," Jethro said as he motioned to the cottage. Eli breathed a frosty cloud of relief. He didn't feel very manly with his teeth chattering and his entire body shivering.

Eli waited as the women moved ahead of the men, but when the older lady — Ruth, the other woman called her — slipped, Jethro quickly reached for her and latched onto her elbow. "Careful, now."

Jethro had a deep voice and one of the longest beards Eli had ever seen, almost to the top of his pants. It was completely gray. Jethro reminded Eli of Santa Claus, even though his people didn't celebrate the icon the way the Englisch folks did. Jethro had a large belly, too, and the same rosy cheeks Eli had seen in pictures of Santa.

"I must have sprained my ankle when I fell." Ruth shook her head as she struggled to take steps in the snow.

"May I?" Jethro held out his arms in a position to scoop Ruth into them.

Eli turned his attention to the beautiful young woman a few feet away from him, guilt nipping at him as he sort of wished she'd trip, too, so he could take her into his arms.

"Oh my. Danki." Ruth began to bat her eyes again before Jethro cradled her in his arms. Definitely a tic.

As the six of them made their way to the daadi haus, Eli's eyes locked with those of the youngest of the women. He held her gaze until she smiled a little, then looked away.

Maybe this project, a penance forced upon him by his father, wouldn't be so bad after all.

*
Naomi was having a hard time not looking at the young man walking to her left. He was tall and straight like a towering spruce, skinny enough to still be growing into his body, but with broad and confident shoulders. His beardless face told Naomi he wasn't married, and his hair was the color of field oats. A defined, square jaw furthered his air of confidence, along with blue eyes that lent a softness to his overall appearance. The flirty glint in his eyes could surely break a girl's heart.

She'd seen that look before from suitors in her district, although those men hadn't come calling in such a perfectly put-together package. Just his looks were enough to give Naomi pause. She had spent her teenage and young adult life fending off the affections of young men who wanted to make a home with her, fearful of the emotions that went along with a relationship. But as she watched this man stroll up the porch steps, she wondered if maybe she just hadn't met anyone worth the risk.

She jumped away from her thoughts when her mother elbowed her, then whispered, "You do realize your mammi is faking this, ya?"

"Of course." Naomi grinned at her mother before letting her eyes drift to her grandmother. Her mammi had laid her head against the large man's shoulder. "I think it's sweet."

"How can you say that? It isn't sweet. It's embarrassing." Mamm rolled her eyes, something she did a lot when she referred to Naomi's grandmother. Barbara Stoltzfus was a proper woman, someone who always followed the rules and practiced perfect etiquette in everything she did. Naomi's grandmother was the exact opposite, a fun-loving bundle of energy who felt rules were in place to be broken. Naomi's father had been a glorious mix of the two personalities. I miss you so much, Daed.

Naomi snuck another look at the youngest man as they all moved inside the daadi haus. The men hadn't been there long enough to start a fire, and as all of them blew clouds of cold air, the living room reminded Naomi of the smoke-filled dance hall she'd visited once at the beginning of her rumschpringe, long before she'd chosen baptism. But the breaths of cold air here didn't have the horrible stench that went along with cigarettes. If there was one thing about her father Naomi would have changed, it was that he enjoyed an occasional smoke out in the barn. Sometimes it was a cigarette and sometimes it was a cigar. Naomi could recall her mother lambasting him each time, but her father would wink at Naomi and tell her, "She's the most beautiful when she's feisty. That's the only reason I smoke." Then Naomi's father would look at her mother in a way that Naomi had never seen another man look at a woman. Her parents' marriage was everything Naomi had ever longed for. Until her father died and she watched a part of her mother pass along with him. Mamm didn't smile anymore. Naomi missed her father, but she also missed the part of her mother that left when he did.

*
Barbara fought not to shake her head when Jethro set Ruth down on the couch. After he'd asked Ruth if she was okay, the older man hustled to start a fire. The youngest of the three men left the room, but not before he snuck a peek at Naomi. The young man's obvious interest in her daughter might have made Barbara hopeful, except that Naomi had turned away any boy who had come to call. She doubted this fellow would be any different. Barbara chided herself for being so cynical.

As a scowl settled into Barbara's expression, she felt eyes on her and instinctively turned to the far corner of the living room. The third man had his arms folded across his chest as he leaned against the wall gazing at Barbara. She took in his appearance the same way he seemed to be doing with her. The man was bearded, his facial hair a mix of salt and pepper, contrasting with the dark locks that framed his face beneath a black felt hat. His cropped bangs were too long and his mouth turned up slightly from one corner. Barbara raised her chin, then looked away.

When her eyes drifted back to his, he narrowed his eyebrows, squinting at her. The lines around his eyes hinted that he was older than Barbara might have thought at first glance. He was so serious-looking and solemn with deep worry lines above the bridge of his nose that he might have frightened her if she'd met up with him alone somewhere. Moreover, she was acutely aware of his height. He towered several inches over the other two men, his shoulders straining against a dark blue shirt. He'd braved the cold outside without any winter attire, and even now, in a room cold enough for human breath to cloud the space around them, he didn't so much as tremble.

Barbara quivered as her heart beat too fast for her liking. Drawing in a slow breath, she forced herself to remain calm, uncomfortable with the effect this stranger was having on her. She'd loved John with all of her heart and soul, and no man would ever take away those feelings. Not even someone who could send a shiver up her spine with barely a glance. Silly as it was, she could see why Ruth had paired them all up in her mind. Barbara's mother-in-law had used the Internet at the library to research the two men who would be staying with them — much to Barbara's disapproval — and had learned that both men were widowers. Barbara wasn't sure how the boy fit into things.

She cleared her throat as she clasped her hands together in front of her. "I'm Barbara Stoltzfus." She smiled as she addressed the men, determined not to look at the man in the corner. She motioned with her hand toward Naomi. "This is mei dochder, Naomi." Dropping her hands to her sides with more force than necessary, she nodded at the older woman, although she couldn't hold on to the forced smile. "And this is my mother-in-law, Ruth."

"Naomi was named after me, my middle name. And Barbara used to be married to mei sohn, but he passed three years ago." Ruth sat taller as she spoke. "So Barbara got stuck with me by default. I was raised on this farm."

Barbara could feel her face reddening as she took a deep breath. "I don't feel stuck, Ruth." She glanced at Naomi, hoping for some backup, but her daughter just grinned.

The older man added another log to the fire, and as orange sparks shimmied upward, Ruth stood and sidled up to him, reaching her palms toward the warmth. "What a lovely fire you built for us."

Barbara's face burned from embarrassment, but the older man's cheeks dimpled above his beard before he stoked the fire with one of the fireplace tools nearby.

"I see your ankle must be better," Barbara said to Ruth.

"Uh ... ya." Ruth looked down and bounced up on her toes. "All gut now. Much better."

Barbara wondered if Ruth realized how much she was squinting. The woman surely couldn't see much past the tip of her nose without her thick glasses. On the other hand, she sure seemed spry without her cane in her hand. Barbara had always known Ruth carried the cane for other uses than merely keeping herself stable on her feet. Ruth found more uses for a cane than its maker ever could have imagined. Barbara had seen her use it to hammer in a nail, to reach things high on a shelf, and, most recently, to stave off a wild dog.

(Continues…)



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Table of Contents

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman, 1,
The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston, 87,
Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin, 169,
Home For Christmas by Ruth Reid, 253,

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An Amish Christmas Love: Four Novellas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Sunday, October 15, 2017 An Amish Christmas Love ~ Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Ruth Reid, © 2017 Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman ~*~ You are going to love these characters! Feisty mammi who goes to the library to check out people on the Internet; her widowed daughter-in-law who finds love again; and her granddaughter who discovers first love. All wrapped up in Christmas and our Love born among men. How grateful I am. Wayne was easily my favorite character. He went beyond himself to care for another and have Truth exposed. And this is only Novella number one! A treasure to behold. This story alone shouts, "Christmas gift." The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston ~*~ Come and meet a golden-orange cat with a golden heart. Nudged anew, Emma finds love in an unsuspected place with a Christmas Eve visit. I especially like her "now and then" inspired memories refreshed by the gathering of young friends; so important to mingle together to restore life and hope. Each generation is warmed by the value of each other in experiencing and remembrance! Katie Ann became my favorite character with her gentle caring ways and regard for her brother. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. --Romans 15:13 A Christmastime to remember of new beginnings. Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin ~*~ Bee County, South Texas Forget the former things; Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? --Isaiah 43:18-19 Back to Bee County! Have you met these families from Kelly's previous writings? I have enJ*O*Yed "watching" the children grow up. My husband talks to the TV quiet and low on football play determinations, whether it was in or out; I am talking out loud to a character warning him. Referee decision? lol A beautiful story of redemption and being rescued by Truth. My favorite character was Molly, determining to be still and leave the decision with the Lord to lead. Releasing another to Him became more important than words that muddle and confuse with no substance. I hope there is a continuance to this story in the future. Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid ~*~ An unfamiliar area, walking into the wrong house, Ellie and her prized dog, Lulu, are met by the neighbor and his young daughter ~ with awe, at least by Allison, and uncertainty in the eye of her father, Ezra. Directed to her original destination, Ellie has a few mishaps that eventually get straightened out. She finds that she isn't as self-reliant as she would like to think. While Ellie has labeled Ezra as decidedly a "cat person," Lulu has chosen Allison as the perfect playmate. A beautiful story of coming home; home to family values, and a love left to find exactly where you left it. Over the years that Ellie and her mom had been gone, her Aenti Bonnie kept a Prayer Journal that included Ellie; a heritage left just for her. The warmth of love brings more than security, but a lifetime to discover. I really enjoyed this story and it rounds up these Novellas very satisfactory! I liked the communication and openness exposing the heart's intent. To be known as you are. So in this Novella ~ I would point to all of the characters. Favorites each one! ***Thank you to author Kelly Irvin for sending me a copy of this wonderful selection of novellas! This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
bsnksmom 13 days ago
Four stories by four great Amish fiction storytellers. I especially enjoyed Ruth Reid's Home for Christmas and Amy Clipston's The Christmas Cat. Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman had plenty of humor to start things off as the first story in the book. Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin brought a conflict of worlds as David Byler had to choose between his Amish sweetheart, and the Englisch girl who won his heart years ago, left and has returned to reclaim it. In Home for Christmas, Ellie Whetstone inherits her aunt's home in northern Michigan. A showdog handler, she has a short break between dog shows to travel to check out her property and get it ready to sell. Her time there is a comedy of errors - at first. Born Amish, she's searching for her roots as much as anything. When she discovers a community that she feels she can fit with, will she give up the only world she's known for the chance at a love she never imagined? I loved this particular story so much, and actually found myself wishing it was a full-length novel. I definitely would recommend this book as part of your Christmas book reading, especially if you love Amish fiction!
StephieJ 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this collection of 4 Amish fiction novellas. The stories are a quick read but very good stories. Each story kept my interest from the first few pages. The characters are realistic and likable. *I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. No positive review was required. My opinion is my own and is honest.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
I love Christmas stories, even if read at a time other than Christmas. Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin, Amy Clipston, and Beth Wiseman are some of my absolute favorite authors. Romance is alive and well in these four novellas. Readers will be delighted to follow along in the lives of many special characters. I am giving this novella collection a 5 *****star rating and highly recommend it to readers. I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to post a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A 4-in-1 novella. A good light read. Read about 3 generations of Stolzfus women living under the same roof. Will they all find love when 3 men rent the daadi haus for a month? Then read about Emma who lost her husband. How will she survive her first Christmas without him? In Snow Angels David Byler has chosen his faith and family over an English girl. He is ready to propose to Molly when his ex-girlfriend, Bobbie, comes back home. Is he over Bobbie? Will he stay Amish and propose to Molly or will he choose Bobbie and be shunned? In the final book Home for Christmas Ellie, an English girl, finds out her Amish Aunt has died and left her the farm. Ellie with her dog Lulu go to see the house and put it on the market to sell. Thru various mishaps she ends up at the wrong house. Will she finally sell the house? or will she decide to stay in Amish country for a while? What is going on with the neighbor's daughter? will Lulu be a help to her?
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
I love reading Christmas novels during anytime throughout the year and happened upon An Amish Christmas Love, by four extremely talented authors, Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin. In this delightful collection of four novella's each of the authors shares a wonderfully sweet Amish romance all tucked inside this book. This is perfect for busy readers, who can just sit down and read one at a time, and still feel like they've read a full length novel. In Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman, three generations of Amish women find love with the wonderful men who they rent out their rooms for a construction job nearby. All of them have various reasons for wanting to find the right man but will they all be successful in their endeavors as Christmas is coming. The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston finds a lonely widow as Christmas Eve approaches with no one to share the day with as she fondly remembers her husband Henry, until a wayward cat finds her home during a winter storm. With it comes changes she never expected in her life, when she realizes she is never really alone. Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin pairs an Amish couple up with the past one of them wishes would never come back to town. Now that she is here, will those old familiar feelings from the past threaten a relationship already on rocky ground? And finally in Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid, a young English woman returns to her Aunts home she has inherited as a winter storm approaches and finds her GPS directions have led her to enter a home she thought was her Aunts, but turns out to be a Amish father and her young daughter. But did she really take a wrong turn after all? I received An Amish Christmas Love by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin and Ruth Reid compliments of NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers. Each of these wonderful stories generate a wonderful sense of love, family, faith and hope and truly feel like you've gotten 4 novels in one. I have to say my favorite one might just be the Christmas Cat, because it reminds us that while we might missing a loved one's presence here, their memories are never gone! At the conclusion of each, you will find some discussion guide questions that are wonderful for book clubs. For me, this collection really is worth all 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
When you need the break... between shopping, decorating, cooking, and all things on your list... this collection is a perfect retreat for your Holiday! It is our Booked to Dine January choice! Each tale brings a different type of "seasoned" joy. In Winter Kisses, you will enjoy how a blustery winter night can bring changes into the hearts of unsuspecting strangers. There is such a sweet reminiscent holiday spirit in the Christmas Cat. I enjoyed the chattering of the young visitors. The "take over" attitude of the cat is quite charming. Yet, the memories that Emma shares with her visitors reminded me of all those women who have touched my life. It truly felt as if I, once more, had arrived home for the holidays. Snow Angels, is an inspiring tale about walking in faith. Some times letting go, means allowing your hope to become their freedom to grow. While Molly entrusts David into God's hands, she discovers that she can help bring joy into the lives of others, even if that means being creative and making it snow for two very special children. Home for Christmas, is a high-spirited, rollicking series of events. What is endearing about this tale is penned with in the weaving of the romance. Neither Ellie or Ezra want to fall in love, yet, falling in love is not always something we plan. A little nudge here, a push there, and a giant leap can be the ingredients for a love that becomes foundational. Perfect retreat for Holiday cheer... MrsK
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I have read a few books about the Amish or Plain people, but most have been mysteries. This book is made up of four heart warming novellas. They all take place at Christmas time and have various themes such as Lost Love, Grief and love remembered, forgiveness, friendship etc. Each story can be read in one sitting. I am not going to go into detail about each story, you can read that in the book description, but suffice it to say that they are heart warming stories that show us God's grace and love. There is love in all four stories and show what the meaning of Christmas really is. I have not read any books by these authors, but suspect that some of the characters and their back stories may be told in their other books. Because these are novella, there is not a detailed plot in the stories, but they are a refreshing read for this time of the year. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a sweet, romantic, clean story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is a very enjoyable set of four Christmas novellas. These are all sweet and make you cry. The first book is Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman. This is a story of romance between neighbors. Will the three generations of women fall in love with the three men who rent the David Haus from them. The second book is The Christmas Cat byAmy Clipston. Emma learns to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas again. The third book is Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid. Ellie is a wonderful character. She has to decide what she will do with her life. The fourth book is Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin. I liked Molly. I don’t know if I would have been quite so patient. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is okay but just one thing about it is that one off the pages has a really bad word on it so kids should not read it.
ConR More than 1 year ago
This collection demands to be read by a crackling fire, under a quilt, with a cup of warm beverage keeping you company. Four sweet, sweet stories of love of all kinds will warm your heart as well. This is a clean, simple book that will bring you back to less complicated times and rest a weary heart and mind. I loved it! I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I am most happy to provide.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Amish Christmas love is one special book – and yes you did see me use the S word – special – I honestly don't remember describing a book with this word . I was laughing, my heart was beating fast , I felt feeling like the characters did , that is how dog gone good this book is – each story totally different from the other, each pull at your heartstrings and the corners of your mouth awesome – no – phenomenal , yes I definitely reread this again and how GOD is relied on is so very special to me . This is worth your view – your hearts view . Even if it had to do with Christmas – it wasn't shoved down your throat you could read it year-round . I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Four short stories in one book! I loved all of these wonderful stories. Beth Wiseman writes about Winter Kisses. A sweet story about the three generations of Stoltzfus women - Ruth, Barbara, and Naomi. Amy Clipston writes about the Christmas Cat. This story is about a widow who has loved her Henry for 45 years but this Christmas she is all alone . . . until the cat comes along. Lovable Emma and the cat! A Home for Christmas authored by Ruth Reid is a not.so.serious story about Ellie and her poodle, Lulu. Will Ellie stay in the home her aunt has given her? And then Kelly Irvin writes about Snow Angels is a fun story about David and Molly. They both like each other but when someone comes from David's past will their relationship survive? Four great short stories about the wonderful Christmas season and LOVE! *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Four short stories in one book! I loved all of these wonderful stories. Beth Wiseman writes about Winter Kisses. A sweet story about the three generations of Stoltzfus women - Ruth, Barbara, and Naomi. Amy Clipston writes about the Christmas Cat. This story is about a widow who has loved her Henry for 45 years but this Christmas she is all alone . . . until the cat comes along. Lovable Emma and the cat! A Home for Christmas authored by Ruth Reid is a not.so.serious story about Ellie and her poodle, Lulu. Will Ellie stay in the home her aunt has given her? And then Kelly Irvin writes about Snow Angels is a fun story about David and Molly. They both like each other but when someone comes from David's past will their relationship survive? Four great short stories about the wonderful Christmas season and LOVE! *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet collection of novellas that will help readers usher in the Christmas season. The stories were short enough to make for a quick read, but long enough to help me connect to the characters. Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman – I enjoyed the humor of this lighthearted story. The grandmother provided quite a few fun moments and the romances were sweet, too. This was an uplifting story. The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston – Although I really enjoy this author’s writing, I was afraid that I might not like this story simply because I knew that the main character was freshly grieving. But, the author pulled off a beautiful and heartfelt story. I loved the flashbacks! Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin – This novella is set in Bee County, Texas and can stand alone even though it is part of a series. Since I have read the series, I was thrilled to return to this community. I thought the author did an excellent job of conveying David’s confusion and Molly’s heartache, making for an extremely interesting story. Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid – I enjoyed the interactions between Ellie and Ezra in this fish out of water story. These two people from different worlds seemingly shouldn’t find themselves drawn together, or should they? I liked how this novella highlighted the power of prayer. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
thall5 More than 1 year ago
A must read this holiday season! This set of four Christmas Amish novellas, written by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Ruth Reid, will warm your heart, make you tear up, and even laugh out loud. All had a great set of characters and storylines. My absolute favorite was The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston. It dealt with the difficult part of Christmas and just the holiday season in general for many people, the first Christmas without a loved one. I don't know what moved me more, her memories and love for her late husband and the fact that she was kind of lost without him, or the impact the young people from her community had on her, just by taking time to remember her all alone on Christmas Eve. I received a copy of this book from the author and Netgalley, but was not required to give a positive review.
Bibliophile-Reviews More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t be more excited to read this collection of heart warming, holiday inspired stories. I have enjoyed reading many books by each of the authors and was pleasantly surprised how each of their novellas in this collection turned out. Hands down my personal favorite came in the form of a story with a furry companion. A sweet little cat in need of a home. How does this animal lover and book lover not love such a combination? Amy Clipston has never failed me as an author with how her stories touch my heart and this one was by far the dearest to me. It touched a memory in me that I had forgotten but it is amazing what a shelter seeking critter can do. If you are wanting a Holiday collection that we’ll have you ready for the real meaning of the season and ready to share your heart, this collection is just right for you. If you need a gentle reminder about love and kindness, and are will to look in a collection that may be new to you. I highly suggest reading this collection.
hplady More than 1 year ago
An Amish Christmas Love Four Amish stories by well known authors come together in this collection to bring you love, family, and Christmas (three of my favorite subjects!). Each story has a special message and will bring smiles and happiness. The first story, Winter Kisses, by Beth Wiseman, is about three generations of women living together. Ruth, the oldest, is lonely and trying to land a husband, while her daughter in law Barbara, also widowed, tries to keep a handle on her antics. Naomi is the youngest of the trio and she is afraid to love, lest she be hurt like her mom was when her father died. She doesn’t want to experience that kind of pain so she keeps herself set apart. When three men (who just so happen to coincide nicely with all of their ages) come to stay at the Daadi Haus, they just might find the answers they have been looking for. Ruth certainly tries her best to capture the attention of Jethro, the eldest male, while sparks fly between Barbara and Wayne. Naomi thinks she may have found someone to trust with her heart with Eli, but when he is called home without even saying goodbye, she remembers why she was protecting herself from love. Can they find a way to be together for Christmas? In the second story, The Christmas Cat, by Amy Clipston, Emma is sad and heartbroken when she has to spend her first Christmas in forty five years without her beloved Henry. On Christmas Eve a cat finds his way to her door demanding her attention and affection. She brings him in and calls him Hank because she doesn’t want him to be outside in the stormy winter weather. She is also supposed to have dinner with her neighbors, but due to the weather she misses it. Their youngsters decide to ride over and check on her with some friends. What started as a cold and lonely night for Emma becomes a happy time full of memories and making new friends. Between hot coffee, sweet brownies, Christmas carols, and cherry bars, the young people and Emma find contentment with each other and in the Christmas season. Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin is another fun story. I think this one was my favorite of the three. In it, Molly Shrock has loved David Byler and waited patiently for him to propose. He thinks he is ready to make her his fraa, but a chance encounter at an auction with his former English girlfriend turns his thoughts and heart upside down. Will he give up his faith, family, and Molly for this girl who once set his heart to spinning? Or will he finally figure out that love means so much more? Add in some sweet foster children, a traffic accident, and snow angels and you have the perfect mix of fun and love. The last story is Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid. In this story, Ellie inherits her Amish aunt’s home and intends to sell it so she can travel and do dog shows, since she is a trainer. When she meets her new neighbor and his daughter however, she finds that her plans may change. Although Ezra and she seem to butt heads every time they are together, there is something between them, a spark that can’t be denied, though they both try. When her dog and his daughter hit it off as friends, they may just be pulled together for Christmas. If you enjoy heartwarming Amish stories, you will love this book. It is fun and lighthearted and good for the soul. I received a copy of this book for my honest review from NetGalley .
Louisianagirl711 More than 1 year ago
Once again I was honored to be part of Ruth Reid's street team for An Amish Christmas Love. Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin do an outstanding joy of sharing a collection of wonderful, Christmas, wholesome, romances in a collection of four Novellas, Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman, The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston, Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin, and Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid. Beth brings us a story of strength and love by showing God's love thru our sadness. Amy shows us how God can use a cat and other people to remind us of a love shared. Kelly shares a story of a Christmas prayer and shows how our past can show up at the most unexpected times. Ruth does an outstanding job of sharing a story about how God can use a misguided GPS to show you a true love. Love how Ruth wove a story of love around a neighbor, an inherited house, and a sickly child. Ellie Whetstone thinks she is just going to fix up the house her aunt has left her, sell it and return to her life on the dog show circuit. Boy, was she mistaken! The GPS lands her at the wrong house. that of her neighbor, Ezra Mast and his precious daughter, Allison. We are shown how a slow, lasting friendship is developed because God wanted it that way and how a prayer can be answered even long after the one who prays it is gone. As usual, Ruth's love shows through her story. You will not be disappointed when you read An Amish Christmas Love. Read it now and read it again for Christmas.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful set of four Amish Christmas novellas by four of my fave authors. They were not connected to one another, but each independent stories of love, trust and an abiding trust in God. I loved reading each and every one of them. I did have a fave, however, and that was the final story in the book by author Ruth Reid.It was entitled "Home for Christmas". I loved the warm, wonderful feelings that it left me with. If you want a truly inspirational set of stories to read this holiday season, this is the set! I know you will love it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
An Amish Christmas Love is a collection of four beautifully written novellas. The authors include Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin and Ruth Reid. This book would make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who enjoys reading Amish fiction. The first novella in An Amish Christmas Love is Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman. Naomi lives with both her widowed mother and grandmother. She is very hesitant to take a chance on love since her father passed away so early in life and she sees her mother's broken heart. Three men right around the ages of Naomi, her mother and grandmother rent the daddi haus...will love be found in time for Christmas? You will definitely enjoy this lovely novella filled with wonderful surprises! The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston is the second novella in the collection. This beautiful novella is one of the sweetest stories I have ever read. Emma Bontrager is getting ready to celebrate her first Christmas without her beloved husband, Henry. Emma and Henry were married 45 years before he passed away. They did not have any children but had a remarkable marriage together. Even though Emma is trying, she just cannot seem to get into the Christmas spirit, until four young people and a curious cat show up on Christmas Eve. They change everything. You won't want to miss this lovely Christmas story! Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin is the third novella in An Amish Christmas Love. This fast-paced novella will capture your heart from the very beginning. David Byler is just about ready to ask Molly Shrock to marry him, but that all changes one day when he sees Englisher Bobbie McGregor at a horse auction. David was in love with Bobbie during his rumspringa, but can he put those feelings to rest and move on with his life? Where is his heart leading him? You won't be able to put this novella down once you start reading it! The author brings the character to life; you will feel like you are right there with them in beautiful Bee County, Texas at Christmastime! A must-read! The final novella in this collection is Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid. Ellie Whetstone and Lulu, a standard poodle, finished up at the National Dog Show and are on their way to Ellie's Aunt Bonnie's house in Migichain. Ellie's Aunt passed away and gave her home to Ellie. Aunt Bonnie was Amish; Ellie can recall a bit about her early childhood growing up Amish, but after her father passed away, her mother went back to her English lifestyle. After finally arriving in Michigan, Ellie is welcomed by the Amish community. She feels a peace here but her life isn't in Michigan...or is it? Can her neighbor and his special little girl change Ellie's future? This heartwarming story is one that you will greatly enjoy! I thoroughly enjoyed reading An Amish Christmas Love and recommend checking it out! You won't be disappointed! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and author and have given my honest opinion.
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
What better way to start the season than with four heartwarming stories by four beloved Amish fiction authors--all in one book? Each story will draw you in immediately and keep you turning pages until the end. Kelly Irvin's "Snow Angels" takes you to Bee County where David Byler is caught between a rock and a hard place. Previously he had fallen for an Englisch girl but couldn't bring himself to leave his family or his faith. Now he is almost ready to propose to Molly Schrock, who has been waiting for him to make a commitment forever, when the Englisch girl returns. David must make a decision. Which girl will he choose? In Ruth Reid's "Home for Christmas" you'll find yourself traveling to Posen, Michigan with Ellie Whetstone. She began life as an Amish girl, but when her father died, her mother left the community and raised her Englisch. Now she has inherited her Amish aunt's home and returns to arrange for the sale of the property. She didn't plan on meeting Ezra Mast and his small daughter, Allison. She didn't plan to be drawn back to her roots. Can she leave her Englisch ways behind and embrace a life with Ezra? Christmas can be a lonely time, especially the first one without a loved one. In Amy Clipston's "The Christmas Cat", Emma Bontrager is alone after 45 years of marriage. Is the orange cat that keeps sneaking into Emma's house an answer to prayer? Sometimes a furry friend is the perfect friend, but can this cat and young visitors brighten Emma's holiday and lift her spirits? In "Winter Kisses" by Beth Wiseman, three Stoltzfus women share a home--a widowed grandmother who has been actively seeking a husband, a widowed mother who is afraid to love again, and a never-married daughter who wonders if she'll ever find love. All are lonely despite having each other. What will happen when three men move into the daadi haus? Could love be in the air for one of them? All four novellas are expertly crafted with colorful, memorable characters and plots to entertain and inspire. They are sure to brighten the holiday or any day. Must reads!! Susan Simpson
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
This collection of four novellas by writers of Amish fiction is a Christmas winner. All four novellas are filled with sweet love stories sprinkled with elements of family and the Amish community. I enjoyed all the stories. My favorite is Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin. I was also happy to finally read about a bit of passion between an adult Amish man and woman in Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Four wonderful authors that never fail to deliver a great Amish story. Each story is individual but they tie together in their Christmas theme. A cozy book to hunker down with and get in the holiday mood. Beth Wiseman pens a story that keeps you engaged until the end. I love Ruth's spunkiness. This book shows we are never to old for love. Amy Clipston has you grabbing a tissue as Emma reminisces about her life with her late husband and you fall in love with the dear cat that shows up unexpectedly. Kelly Irvin writes of a heart that has to choose between first love and being shunned or what is there steady and sure. A sweet story that you wish was longer. Ruth Reid wins you heart with Lulu the dog. Ellie is searching for home and maybe can find it. Enjoyable read. Each story shares Faith, importance of family, and love. I enjoyed the uniqueness of each individual story and that you can finish each quickly. Great book to start your Christmas reads with. I received a complimentary copy from the authors/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
A great collection of enjoyable Christmas stories that enthusiasts of Amish fiction will thoroughly love! Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman Such a sweet, fun story of romance for three generations of women! With some cute comedy thrown in for enjoyment, this entertaining Christmas story about healing and love after heart break is worth the read. As always, Beth Wiseman does a great job writing wonderful characters that you’ll love! The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston Amy Clipston can always be depended on to give us a great story, and this one is no different. The endearing characters in this book will give you that warm Christmas feeling, as Emma deals with her loss and discovers that friendship comes in all shapes and forms. Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin We can’t always run from our past, and author Kelly Irvin does a wonderful job of showing us that, as well as showing us that the past can be forgiven and we can move on. You’ll find yourself rooting for Molly and shaking your head at David. But hang in there. The ending is worth it! Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid This incredible story has a lot of substance and includes the tough subject of a child prone to seizures. Author Ruth Reid doesn’t try to “hide” that subject but faces it squarely. A series of mix ups as well as twists and turns gives this story a “what next” quality that made it hard to put down. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.