In this Amish Christmas romance, Lizzy Ryder discovers that this holiday season could be her best friend’s last. Will she find the comfort and love she desperately needs?
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About the Author
Beth Shriver is the author of over a dozen books, including Annie’s Truth and Grace Given. She received a degree in social work from the University of Nebraska and was a caseworker before starting a family. She followed her passion and now writes full-time.
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Clara's Wish: An Amish Christmas Romance based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I've mentioned before that I've not read much Amish Fiction, not being sure if the sudden proliferation of the subgenre was just a fad or if it would prove to truly be a substantive staple in Christian Fiction. Still, I reasoned that an Amish story might lend itself well to Christmas as a theme, and Clara's Wish does just that. It's a warm, simple, nostalgic, uplifting novel dealing with both loving and painful family dynamics, the clash and reconciliation of cultures, the discovery of romance, and the comfort of Christmas. I sometimes felt as if I was missing something while reading. Certain details were given out of order, some ideas and issues broached but left underdeveloped, and the way the characters kept evading on some topics didn't enhance or further the plot. I thought there would be more to introduce Clara as a person, given the book's title, but perhaps the point was in Lizzy and Zack's mutual love for Clara and not so much for the reader to really get to know her. Also, the dialogue was somewhat difficult to follow at times, either with paragraph breaks that made it unclear who was speaking or with different characters' words running into each other in the same paragraph (some of which I presume must've been a typesetting/formatting issue.) Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed this novel for its portrayal of faith, hope, and redemption, and I consider it to be a worthy Christmastime read. _________________ The Booketeria provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Lizzy Ryder has written to Zack, he has jumped the fence, or after being Baptized Amish, left. He returns just in time to help save his sister Clara’s life; he did just that, by putting her in his car and driving her to the hospital. Clara’s illness is very serious, and Lizzy and her Amish Community are rather frantic, everyone loves and cares for Clara. Zack has to face his past and his future by being around his People, but he is shunned. I so enjoyed the interaction between Lizzy and Zack; they have grown up together, and acted like family their whole lives. Then the unthinkable happens, and they have to depend on one another for survival, and there appears to be danger lurking, and very strange things happening. I found this part of the book to be very interesting, and you never know what is going to happen next. Strange things are happening here, and you wonder just how bad the danger is and if the old fear Lizzy has is connected. From the beginning to the end I had to wonder if Zack would return, and if his family, other than Clara, will accept him. Also the rest of the community, some seem willing to turn their backs on him, and most seem to avoid him. What could have happened to make him leave where it seems he really wants to be. The answer will astound you and make you very sad, will he be able to return and accept the peace that seems to have followed him home? Will Lizzy and Zack become more than friends? How about Clara, will she survive? Most of the answers are here, and when you get to the end you are going to want more. Yes we there is a preview of the next book, can’t wait! I received this book through Booketeria Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
There seems to be quite a bit of disagreement about this book… most people love it but at least two reviews I’ve read were clearly not impressed. I think a good part of the problem with some judgments might be similar to what we see from fans of historical fiction – readers who are familiar with one specific community expect every book to be the same and that’s just not how it works. Personally, I think the book is written as well as the last book of Beth Shriver’s I read. No, every Amish fiction story is not the same. Life would be awfully boring if that were the case – but Beth Shriver writes an interesting story about Clara and the community she is a part of. Clara’s Wish is a heartwarming Christmas read and a sweet story about friends coming together to give a wonderful gift to a dear friend. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.