In Willow Ridge, Missouri, the Christmas season is a time when faith brings peace, family brings warmth and new romance brings sparkling joy. . .
Twins For Christmas
For spirited Martha Coblentz and her twin Mary, the snow has delivered the perfect holiday and birthday present to their doorhandsome brothers Nate and Bram Kanagy. But when unforeseen trouble interrupts their season's good cheer, it will take unexpected interventionand sudden understandingto give all four the blessing of a lifetime. . .
Kissing The Bishop
As the year's first snow settles, Nazareth Hooley and her sister are given a heaven-sent chance to help newly widowed Tom Hostetler tend his home. But when her hope that she and Tom can build on the caring between them seems a dream forever out of reach, Nazareth discovers that faith and love can make any miracle possible. . .
"A heartwarming new voice for fans of Beverly Lewis." Emma Miller
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"A heartwarming story, beautifully told."JoAnn Grote, author of "Image of Love"
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About the Author
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle. Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle—and the foundation of all her Amish romance series. She's a deacon, a dedicated church musician, and a choir member. When she's not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.
Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi King considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home. Like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew.
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An Amish Country Christmas
By Charlotte Hubbard, Naomi King
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"Easy, Clyde. Back up, fella." Nate Kanagy stood aside as his Clydesdale came backwards out of the horse trailer, sensing Clyde was every bit as excited as he was on this fine December twenty-third. The horse whickered and shook his massive head, then waited patiently beside his brother's bay gelding while Bram shut the trailer gates. Nate stepped up to pay the driver who had brought them here from Willow Ridge this morning. "Thanks again, Gregg. And a merry Christmas to you."
"Merry Christmas to you boys and your family, too," Gregg replied as he started his van. "Enjoy your new sleigh and courting buggy!"
"Jah, we intend to!" Nate's brother, Bram, piped up from behind them. "If you can't have fun drivin' a new rig, what's the point of gettin' one?"
The two of them waved as Gregg headed back onto the county blacktop, hauling their empty trailer behind him. Then Nate gazed around the little town of Cedar Creek, Missouri. From where they stood in the parking lot of Graber's Custom Carriages, the countryside rolled gently beneath a fresh blanket of snow, dotted with tall white homes, silos, and barns. Deep green cedar trees followed the creek at the bottom of the hill, where cardinals called to each other. Across the snow-packed blacktop, Treva's Greenhouse sported a sign that said CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS, but beside it the Cedar Creek Mercantile bustled with buggies and cars alike. "We'll get our fill of Aunt Beulah Mae's homemade goodies tonight—"
"Along with a hefty helping of her nosy questions and Uncle Abe's looooong stories," Bram added.
"—but a special occasion like this calls for some serious junk food."
"Jah, let's hit the merc." Bram hitched their two horses to the railing on the side of the carriage shop. "No tellin' what else we might find there. Looks to be a place that stocks everything under the sun, including stuff you never knew you needed."
To Nate, Cedar Creek seemed a lot like most Plain communities, in that the businesses were scattered along the roadside, on the farms where their owners lived. Back home in Willow Ridge they didn't have a carriage maker, so this trip was indeed a treat: their parents had given them their choice of new vehicles with the understanding that he and his younger brother wouldn't go running the roads in cars like a lot of Amish fellows did during their rumspringa years. At eighteen, Bram had chosen a buggy so he'd be ready for that day when a special girl tempted him to court and marry her.
Nate, however, had a hankering for a sleigh. Nothing else felt so grand on a winter's day as skimming across the snow-covered hills—and what could be more glorious than such a ride on a moonlit night? After they ate their snack, he couldn't wait to hitch Clyde to his new rig and take off. He'd been engaged to a special girl last Christmas, only to learn she'd been seeing other fellows, so at twenty, Nate wasn't out to impress anybody. These days, he was pleasing himself.
When they entered the mercantile, he felt right at home. The scent of bulk grass seed, stored in wooden bins along the wall, filled the warm air and a wide wooden staircase led to an open second level where work boots and clothing were sold. A banner on the railing said ABBY'S STITCH IN TIME, and a young woman—Abby, most likely—smiled down at him from her treadle sewing machine. Mesh bags of oranges and locally grown apples and potatoes were displayed by the check-out counter. Nate exchanged greetings with the gray-bearded fellow who was ringing up an order and then followed Bram toward the aisles of bulk snacks that had been bagged and labeled here in the store.
"Here's those chocolate coconut haystacks you like," Bram said, "not to mention trail mix and sweet potato chips and saltwater taffy and—"
But Nate wasn't listening. Down the aisle a ways, where they sold livestock supplies, a girl was hefting a mineral block into her pull cart. Her auburn hair glimmered beneath her white kapp, and as she straightened to her full height, she caught his gaze. Held it for a few moments. Then she leaned down again.
It seemed only polite to see if she needed help.
As Nate headed her way, he wasn't surprised to hear the tattoo of Bram's boots on the plank floor behind him.
"How about if I get that for you?" he asked as the redhead wrapped her arms around a fifty-pound sack of horse feed.
"Jah, how many of those do you need?" Bram chimed in. "No sense in strainin' yourself when we toss this stuff around all the time."
Nate had always heard that blue eyes could twinkle, but now he was seeing it for himself. The young woman looked from him to his brother as though she hid a secret behind her smile. "Not from around here, are you?"
He blinked. Had he sprouted a second head? Did he sound so very different from the Amish fellows here in Cedar Creek? Or was it Bram's lovestruck grin that made her say that? "Just got here from Willow Ridge, truth be told," Nate replied. "I'm fetching the sleigh James Graber's built for me—"
"And he's got a courtin' buggy with my name on it," his younger brother added.
"Well, you couldn't ask for a better rig, then," she remarked. "James has even built special carriages for Disney World and the likes of Miss America, you see."
Nate didn't know a thing about Miss America, but she surely couldn't hold a candle to this girl. Her ivory skin glowed, with just a few freckles on the bridge of her nose—tiny ones, that he had to lean closer to see. And then there was the way her eyes widened as she gazed back at him. He caught himself and grabbed the bag of feed she'd been lifting. "So how many of these bags do you need?"
"Four, please. And what'd you say your name was?"
Bram laughed as he, too, hefted a sack of the oats mixture. "Last name's Kanagy. I'm Bram—the cute one," he teased, "and Mr. Shy here is my brother Nate. He got burnt by a girl he was engaged to, so now he mostly keeps to his horses."
Nate closed his eyes against a wave of irritation as he placed a third sack of the rations in her wooden cart. "If you believe everything my kid brother says, well—but you look to be way ahead of him. And your name would be—?"
The redhead looked him over yet again. "Martha. Coblentz." She pointed to the shelf where the mineral blocks were. "A couple more of those and I've got to get on home. Denki ever so much for your help, fellas. Have a gut time with your new rigs."
It was on the tip of his tongue to invite her for a sleigh ride, yet Nate hesitated. After all, they were only spending the night with their aunt and uncle before returning to Willow Ridge tomorrow, in time to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with their family. As though she suddenly needed to be someplace else, Martha strode down the aisle toward the check-out counter, pulling her sturdy wagon behind her.
"Well, you blew that one," Bram muttered.
"And you, little brother, have a mouth bigger than your brain," Nate replied under his breath. "We'll have to work on that."
"Jah, Mary?" Martha murmured into her cell phone. She looked behind her as she walked down the road, with the wind whipping at her black coat and bonnet. "You've got to come see these two fellas who're heading over to James's carriage shop! I just now met them in the mercantile and, well-you can gawk at both of them all you want, but I've already decided to go for Nate."
"Puh! What makes you think you get first pick?" her twin retorted.
"First come, first served. Be there or be square," Martha quipped. She loved the way her breath came out in a frosty vapor on this brisk December morning. Truth be told, she was enjoying this day a lot more now that she'd met the two Kanagy boys in the mercantile. "Better get a move on, though, or you might miss them. They're here to fetch a sleigh and a courting buggy James built for them, and they might head right on home afterward-unless we give them a gut reason to hang around, you know."
"Well, I can't get there any too fast if I'm on the phone with you now, can I?" Click.
Martha tucked her cell into her coat pocket and continued down the snow-covered road as fast as her heavy pull cart would allow. What with her dat and her older brother Owen out working on a house today, the barn chores fell to her, as they often did. It was just as well, because she preferred working outdoors while Mary was happier helping their mamm get ready for today's meals as well as Christmas dinner. Martha was perfectly capable of placing those heavy sacks of feeds in their covered bins and then setting out the new mineral blocks for the horses, but wasn't it a fine thing that two gut-looking fellows had come to help her in the mercantile? The boys around Cedar Creek seemed to think she was part of the landscape ... always there, so mostly invisible. Apparently not worth a second look.
By the time Martha was within sight of the house, here came Mary up the road. Oh, but she had a glint of mischief in her eyes, too! "So what's in that sack, Sister?"
Mary laughed. "That's my beeswax, ain't so?"
"Now don't go thinking you can have those fellas all to yourself," Martha protested, playfully blocking her sister's path. "I was nice enough to tell you about them—"
"And Mamma's already got her suspicions about me taking out of the house so sudden-like, too. This better be worth my time, Sister!" Mary declared. "After all, it was your dinner-your favorite oatmeal bread and goodies I was baking when you called."
"Puh! If you don't think the walk's worth your while, then I'll just have some fun with those fellas myself. Not a problem!"
"We'll see about that, won't we?"
Martha hurried on down the snowy lane to the barn with her cart, which was harder to pull on the clumpy gravel. No doubt her sister would know a fine opportunity when she saw one, so it was best to put these supplies away and feed the animals in short order. The Kanagy boys didn't know it yet, but as thanks for helping her, they were about to receive a Christmas gift they hadn't counted on.
Mary stopped at the main entry of the carriage shop to catch her breath. Had she ever hurried up that hill so quickly? One look through the frosted glass in the door, however, told her this spur-of-the-moment plan was the best one she could have concocted: James Graber stood in the front room where a new sleigh and courting buggy were parked, and he was chatting with two of the finest-looking fellows she'd seen in a long while. And if they were each buying a new rig, well, they had a little jingle in their pockets, didn't they? And what fun would they have going straight home, each in his own vehicle, by himself ?
Taking a deep breath, Mary stepped into the shop. As she paused by the door, she wished she had quizzed her sister more. One of the fellows James was chatting with wore the traditional Amish broadfall pants, suspenders, and black broad-brimmed hat while his brother sported a black leather jacket with a jaunty fedora that showed off an English-style haircut. His red plaid shirt looked anything but Amish. Which one was Nate? Had Martha learned both of their names, or anything more about them?
Mary's cheeks flushed when the boys noticed her standing there. She would have to keep a sharp ear and rely on her smile ...
James Graber spoke first. "Well, now. Is that warm chocolate I'm getting a whiff of ? Come to bring your brother Noah a treat for his morning break?"
Noah was apprenticed to James—and the carriage maker, bless him, had just offered her a conversational handle. "Too bad Noah's in the back room, ain't so?" she said as she removed the plastic container from her sack. "Wouldn't be polite to walk past you fellows without offering you some of these mocha brownies."
She lifted the lid and then handed the goodies to the younger, flashier brother. Mary couldn't miss the way his dark eyes lit up as she removed her black bonnet, and she hoped she didn't trip over her tongue when she talked to him.
"Martha!" he said. "What kind of a Christmas miracle is this, that we just saw you in the mercantile and now—"
"Don't think for a minute she brought these goodies to you, Bram," the other young man teased as he stepped over to grab one. He, too, gave her a dazzling smile and then gestured at the sleigh behind them. "What do you think of my new ride, Martha? I've got a horse hitched outside, just waiting for a pretty girl to join me on its maiden voyage."
"Oh, but you'd rather christen my new buggy, jah?" Bram chimed in. "I'm thinkin' you could show me where to buy a string of Christmas lights to give it some sparkle, Martha. And you'd look a lot prettier riding behind Felix, my trotter, because once you're sitting behind Nate's Clydesdale, nobody'll see you for his broad backside!"
Such talk! And all of it aimed to lure her into each brother's new rig while her sister was at home choring. This was more fun than she'd had in a long while, but she had to speak quickly before James spoiled her charade by revealing that she was a twin. As hot as her face felt, the carriage maker was bound to notice she was up to something.
"How's a girl to choose?" she mused. Stalling, she ambled over to admire the glossy black buggy with its upholstery of deep green velvet. Then she stood before the sleigh, a sleek two-seater fitted out in muted red leather that would withstand winter weather. "Either way, I'll look like the Queen of Christmas—"
Her cell phone dinged to signal she had a text message. No doubt in her mind where it was coming from, either. "Excuse me," she said demurely. "I'll let you fellows finish your business while I make up my mind."
Mary walked to the corner of the shop, taking the phone from her pocket. Her fingers quivered as she read Martha's message. What's going on? U won't leave me here, will u?
Oh, but she was tempted to make these brothers draw straws to decide who would drive her around Cedar Creek first. Wasn't it a fine, fun feeling to be the object of their compliments while they believed she had somehow baked fresh brownies for them in the past fifteen minutes? But after a lifetime of doing everything, sharing everything with Martha, Mary couldn't leave her twin out in the cold—or out in the barn working, either. Martha was more athletic and outspoken while Mary preferred to spend her time baking or embroidering, yet most folks couldn't tell them apart ... and she suspected any fellow who might want to ask one of them out hesitated, wondering if he would ever have time alone with the sister of his choice.
But the Kanagy boys each had a vehicle ... a perfect way to provide some privacy while they all had a good time.
Get ready to ride! Mary tapped out with her thumbs. Then she dropped her phone into her coat pocket and turned toward the front counter, where the brothers were collecting their receipts from James. Her heart played hopscotch when Bram turned to flash her a wink as he took another mocha brownie from the plate. She had to admit Martha was right: traditional Nate was more her sister's type, while Mary had taken an instant shine to wavy-haired Bram in his rakish fedora and black leather jacket. Here was a fellow still enjoying his rumspringa, who wanted to help her make the most of her runningaround years, as well. Seemed the least she could do was to show him a good time before he had to head for home.
"Why don't both of you hitch up?" Mary suggested. "I know where to find those lights you want, Bram. All of us can have a real gut time while you're here in Willow Ridge."
"Glad I took your suggestion and got the harness with the sleigh bells, James," Nate remarked as he grinned at her. "Clyde's going to step lively for sure and for certain, with that extra jingle and a girl riding along."
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Table of Contents
The Christmas Visitors by Naomi King.................... 1
Kissing the Bishop by Charlotte Hubbard.................... 149
Sugar and Spice!.................... 303
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Lighthearted "Clean" Holiday Romance I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. Reminding us of a simpler way of life and the true meaning of the holidays, Charlotte Hubbard’s An Amish Country Christmas was a joy to read. Two light hearted romances, well developed characters and good dialogue kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen to the four couples involved. While a part of the Seasons of the Heart series (due to being set in Willow Ridge and Cedar Creek, Missouri), this book can easily be enjoyed on its own. In The Christmas Visitors we are introduced to two sets of siblings, twins Mary and Martha Coblentz and brothers Nathan and Bram Kanagy. While from different “Plain” communities, these are young people enjoying their youth and preparing for their futures. Meeting by chance, due to an encounter at the local mercantile in Cedar Creek, these young couples strike an immediate attraction, pair up, have a difference of opinion and falling out and then reunite, all while spending their Christmas/New Year’s holidays together. Fun and lighthearted, Ms. Hubbard’s story reminds us of the importance that faith in God, love for their families, and a willingness to live a life without all of the “modern” or “English” contraptions many of us have somehow come to depend on. I really enjoyed how she developed all of the characters and how she introduced a sweet romance into their lives. In Kissing the Bishop the author takes us out of Cedar Creek and takes us to Willow Ridge, a neighboring “Plain” community three hours away. Here we meet middle aged sisters Jerusalem and Nazareth Hooley, and two widowed bishops, Tom Hostetler, the newly appointed bishop of Willow Creek, and Vernon Gingerich, the bishop of Cedar Creek. While the bishops have gotten together to discuss church matters, the maiden sisters have agreed to cook and tend house during their meeting. While this is a romance focused on “older” characters, it is no less sweet, and focuses a bit more on the actual relationships between a husband and a wife. While both Jerusalem and Nazareth Hooley thought that marriage was an experience in life they would never experience, both Tom Hostetler and Vernon Gingerich remind us that we can fall in love, and be willing to make life changes, at any time. Ms. Hubbard did an excellent job developing these four characters and I was really sorry to reach the end of this story. Overall An Amish Country Christmas is a clean, excellent romance, which I am happy to recommend to anyone who wants to read a sweet Holiday romance! I know I’ll be getting the rest of Ms. Hubbard’s Seasons of the Heart books to read over the holidays myself.
I normally enjoy inspirational and Amish romances. They are a step away from what I generally read, and the sweet aspect of it all is just a lot of fun. These two however, fell very flat. They were so sweet that it gave me a stomachache and much of the time I felt like I was reading a parody of their behavior and way of speaking. It was just way too over the top for me. In Twins for Christmas two brothers fall in love (at first sight) with twin sisters. This seemed a bit fast and a little ridiculous. The antics the girls pull while trying to figure out which brother they want were childish and I can't imagine grown women doing them, or grown men still wanting to "date" the girls that did it. Kissing the Bishop took a step in the right direction though. Again we have two romances, but they have a bit more time to develop. I also liked the fact that our couples were older than what you traditionally see in romance novels. It added a very different conflict aspect to the story that was a lot of fun. This was by far the better of the two stories.
First story is all rambling fluff and no depth of characterizatiom. It read like a book for adolescents. I have not read the second story for fear it will be more of the same.
“An Amish Country Christmas” by Charlotte Hubbard and Naomi Kind is book that contains two novellas. I was surprised to see that both stories combine two great series. The two series are 'Home to Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family' series by Naomi King and 'Seasons of the Heart' by Charlotte Hubbard. I didn't realize this came out when it did, otherwise I would have been starting on the 'Seasons of the Heart' series a whole lot sooner I am sure, for I would have gotten it to read the Naomi King story. “The Christmas Visitors” by Naomi King is a sweet story that takes place fairly quickly with the Coblentz twins (from 'Home to Cedar Creek' and 'One Big Happy Family' series) and the Kanagy brothers (from 'Seasons of the Heart' series'). I kind of enjoyed the spontaneity that both siblings displayed and how easy and laid back they could be, yet when things backfire, and they do at one point, the ones in the wrong were able to apologize and realize where they went wrong. I don't know if it was intentional on Ms. King's part to make it hard to know who was who when it came to the twins, or if it was just me having a hard time following along, but while reading the story I found it annoying. As I am sitting thinking about while typing up the review I am chuckling for if the reader can't always tell the twins apart, I can only imagine how Bram and Nate felt while in the situation at first. Now I have to wonder how hard or easy it was to write those conversations with the twins for Ms. King. I would have to say that though I have greatly enjoyed both series that these characters are a part of, all have a minor part in their respective series so that we don't really get a great depth of their characters. In this story with so many, Martha, Mary, Bram and Nate, I still didn't feel as if we got a whole deeper than before, but we do learn a few things about them that we didn't know before. The twins are still up to mischief and the Kanagy brothers are still hard workers, we just learn a tad more of what makes them tick. Over all this was a cute and sweet story that was perfect to read when I didn't have a lot of time to read a full book. “Kissing the Bishop” by Charlotte Hubbard is an interesting story with two romances happening. One couple is one that frankly is not a surprise to those who have been reading and enjoying 'Seasons of the Heart' series, and the other couple well that just took me by surprise. With that said I wont go into the other surprise couple for I would really hate to ruin that surprise for anyone. I have to say that the male half of the surprise couple is one I was always interested in learning more about for he just seems to be the type of a man who is honorable and so wise. I have to say that this character also surprised me beyond anything that I could fully explain for he was so up front and candid. I never thought that this was a guy who would be that candid but wow it really made him a little more special. Things are not easy for there are hurdles that both of these couples must work over and find a way to forge a new path for a future together. I enjoyed how things all worked out even though I really just wished that things would for once work out a lot smoother than in the last few weeks for Willow Ridge. Really it seems as if nothing runs smoothly in this little town, but I so enjoy how above all else love conquers it all.
I love these books and their authors.
A good story . Good book to put you in the holiday mood.
Charlotte Hubbard/Naomi King Does It Again! I thoroughly enjoyed the two Novella’s in this book. The characters were entertaining and just delightful. The Christmas Visitors brought many smiles to my face with the antics of twin sisters Martha and Mary Coblentz. They sure turned the heads of brothers Nate and Bram Kanagy! But, did Martha and Mary go too far with one of their pranks? What did they do to make Nate leave in a huff? Kissing The Bishop returns us to Willow Ridge where we pick up on the lives of sisters Nazareth and Jerusalem Hooley who are helping preacher Tom Hostetler with housekeeping duties now that he is living alone. Entering the picture is Bishop Vernon Gingerich, now this story gets really interesting! I am a huge fan of this author. Her books are full of emotions. You might be laughing during one scene and crying during another. One thing they are not and that is boring! At the end of this book you will find an extra bonus; many delicious dessert recipes. I plan on trying some of them out!
I hope Charolotte Hubbard writes more books in this series. I'd lovd to.know what happens to the Hooley sisters after they marry their bishops!
This is a bonus book with two in one. The first story is called The Christmas Visitors, and involves a set of twin Amish woman, Martha and Mary Coblentz, and a set of brothers Nate and Bram Kanagy. The couples have a chance meeting when the boys arrive in Cedar Creek to pick up their buggy and sleigh. This is a tale, that will make you smile, with the antics that only twins can produce. Will there be budding romance here, but between whom? These young people belong to strong Amish families, who stand behind them. Enjoy immersing yourself in these young folks lives, a different kind of Christmas. The second book, with a really cute title, Kissing The Bishop, is just that. This is a continuation of the lives of the Hooley family. We first met Jerusalem and Nazareth when they arrived in Willow Ridge with their nephews. Now one or both of the sisters appear to have new loves. Is it possible at their age. Tom Hosteler has an eye for Jerusalem, but his wife left him, and divorce is not allowed for the Amish. When several area Bishops arrive at Tom's place, they want him to become the new Bishop of his district. The Hooley sister's are there to help and cook for these gentlemen. One of the Bishops, Vernon Gingerich, a widower, likes what he sees in Nazareth. We find these older folks out playing like children, so cute. You will love the sparking that goes on between these couples. Their paths also cross with the Kanagy and Coblentz couples. This is a refreshing, enjoyable Holiday read. I really enjoyed it, and can't wait for the next book. Also included is a plethora of wonderful recipes. Enjoy!! I received this book through Pump Your Book Virtual Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
I prefer her full length books. These were fun, easy stories but i felt much was skipped.
Have I mentioned that Charlotte Hubbard/Naomi King is my favorite Amish author? If you haven't heard me say it before, this book just clinched it! While I do prefer her full-length books, this was such a clever idea to combine characters from her two series, and what could be better than a Christmas setting? I was enchanted, enraptured, and I found myself saying, "If only it worked like that in real life" (and I guess it sometimes does). These two stories will make you believe in the spirit of romance, and I even found myself wishing I was Amish (at least momentarily). I'm going to be honest--I preferred the second of the stories. Mainly because one of my favorite characters was featured and had a second chance. Tom has been one of the most endearing characters, and I have always been impressed with him. His tragic story gets a second chance, and God's love and mercy are seen especially in his life. I have to say that Charlotte is one who won't shy away from atypical things in Amish books. When I think of Amish, I don't automatically think of strong, opinionated women, and I certainly don't think of prospective spouses discussing the delights of the connubial bed. But Charlotte's books always feature themes that are not readily associated with the Amish. And the faith of these amazing people is always highlighted in a remarkable way. Judgment is never passed on the belief system, and it is often painted in a positive light. While these books may involve less tragedy than the other books of hers I have read, isn't that fitting for Chrismtastime? After all, Christmas and happy endings should go hand in hand. Oh, and she does include her signature Amish recipes at the end of the book. Also, as a side note, I was reading this at school today, and one of my students showed keen interest in it. I was able to tell her all about these books and the amazing lady who writes them! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite Amish Country Christmas by Charlotte Hubbard/Naomi King is an Amish inspirational romance collection that is sure to put readers in the holiday mood. In Christmas Visitors, Martha and Mary Coblentz are identical twins who are turning eighteen on Christmas Day. When Martha meets Nate and Bram Kanagy, who are in town purchasing a new buggy and sled, she can't wait to tell Mary. The two girls catch the Kanagy boys' eyes but when the girls play a trick on them, things take a rocky turn. Can they work their problems out? Kissing The Bishop moves from young love to a more mature love story. Nazareth Hooley and her sister Jerusalem are a couple of spinster sisters who have been quite content to live differently than most Plain women, but when they move to Willow Ridge from Lancaster they find that perhaps God has different plans for them after all. Is there a chance that these sisters will get a chance at love after all? Both of these stories are perfect holiday reading. I found the characters engaging, and it was interesting to see how the Coblentz sisters matured so much as their story progressed. The story really reminded me of love at first sight. A fun story where the characters' personalities really shine through. While I enjoyed this story, I have to say that my favorite had to be Kissing The Bishop. I really liked the characters; while they were more mature they were still young at heart. There were some real life issues with this story and one that really jumped out at me was divorce, something that I don't think I have seen before in an Amish novel. Anyone who enjoys Amish fiction won't want to miss this book. The authors even provide several yummy recipes that are a fantastic bonus. Interesting story lines, with well written characters and a few plot twists, makes An Amish Country Christmas a must-read for anyone who enjoys an inspirational romance set during the holiday season.
"An Amish Country Christmas by best selling author Charlotte Hubbard who also goes by the pen name, Naomi King was asked to write a novel based on the characters from both of her Amish series where they get to mix and mingle, this is the result of that collaboration. The reader is bound to get a true gift when they can enjoy their favorite characters from both Willow Ridge and Cedar Creek together for the Christmas Season. With the fact that Charlotte (Naomi) have a book in each of her series all releasing just in time for Christmas, here is the chronological order for these stories: Amanda Weds a Good Man: One Big Happy Family by Naomi King; Winter of Wishes by Charlotte Hubbard; and then An Amish Country Christmas. This order will make sense, especially for Preacher Tom and Vernon Gingerich as they court the Hooley sisters and prepare to get married. This novel, An Amish Country Christmas is divided into three sections, two of them, fantastic and charming additions to the bigger novels in the series based on Christmas and then the third section entitled, Sugar and Spice gives readers some amazing recipes that they have only read about not only in this book but in other books in the series, just in time for some Christmas baking. In the first part of the book, The Christmas Visitors by Naomi King, shares the delight of what happens when Nate and Bram Kanagy head to Cedar Creek to pick up a courting buggy and a sleigh from Graber's Custom Carriages. While doing some shopping at the Cedar Creek Mercantile, the brothers have the opportunity to help a girl in need, Martha Coblentz who is struggling with some heavy mineral blocks she needs for her farm. Each seeing an opportunity to take a young girl out for a holiday trip, they both compete for her attentions. What they don't realize however is Martha already has plans for both very handsome young men and that would be to take them back home to meet her sister Mary, an identical twin in every way. What happens along the way is truly unforgettable and a delightful Christmas romance story between families. In the second half of the book, The Bishop's Kiss by Charlotte Hubbard takes the readers back to Willow Ridge as the community decides what will happen now that the town's previous bishop Hiram was excommunicated for some under handed dealings within the community and now he has moved away to start his own community called Higher Ground, leaving the town searching for who their next bishop will be. Preacher Tom and Vernon Gingerich are about to encounter the Hooley sisters, Nazareth and Jerusalem who each have their sights set on a prospective man. What soon follows is bound to keep even the old at heart in awe as love comes to Willow Ridge in new and unexpected ways. I received An Amish Country Christmas by Naomi King and Charlotte Hubbard compliments of Kensington Publishing Group and Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own. I have LOVED every single novel that Charlotte and Naomi have written in the Cedar Creek and Willow Ridge series and this was such a delightful and charming way to take a trip back to these towns to see just how some of my favorite characters are spending Christmas this year. The best part are the amazing recipes I can't wait to try and add some new flavors to my Christmas baking this year. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars and it truly does give you a Christmas treat you can enjoy in front of a warm fire on a cold night.
AN AMISH COUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Charlotte Hubbard and Naomi King is a gripping Inspirational Amish Romance set in modern day Willow Ridge, Missouri. Two gripping stories of love,peace and faith written by two wonderful authors, both of whom are great storytellers. Oh yeah, it has recipes at the end of the book. Wonderful, mouthing watering recipes,I might add! Now back to the stories. In "The Christmas Visitors" by Naomi King, twins Mary and Martha Coblentz have unexpected visitors, brothers, Nate and Bram Kanagy. All four may just find the blessing of a lifetime in Willow Ridge. Then you have Charlotte Hubbard's "Kissing the Bishop",which centers around Nazareth Hooley, her sister, and Tom Hostetler. Which learn dreams can come true if you have faith and love. Both stories are filled with Christmas cheer, magic, faith,and love. Both are well written with engaging characters and interesting as well as intriguing storylines. Heartwarming stories that are well told. A perfect Christmas season book to curl up to on a cold winter's day! If you enjoy Amish, the Christmas season, and the magic of peace,love and Christmas you will enjoy "An Amish Country Christmas". A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or Pump Up Your Book. RATING 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
What a better book to read this time of the year than an Amish book with a Christmas theme. This is a great book to get you in the mood for the season and there are some great recipes in the back of the book to enjoy as well. These two stories are part of the Seasons of the Heart and Home at Cedar Creek series but you can read them as stand alone stories and still enjoy them just as well. I love that the stories are set in Missouri as well since I am also from the Midwest. This book was a quick read that you don't want to put down and will have done in one weekend. I suggest picking this book up right away.