As Comforting as a Hot Cup of Cocoa on a Winter’s Eve
An Amish Christmas Gift: Three Novellas
by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, Kelly Irvin
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Starred Review: Library Journal
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Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston
Naomi has started to think that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid
Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin
Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.
Christmas has come and gone, and I’m overdue with this review. Though, thanks to a blizzard named Jonas and some wintry weather, the last few weeks have felt more like Christmas than did our unseasonably warm December. So the Christmas spirit remains.
An Amish Christmas Gift is the first of Bethany House Publishers’ Amish Fiction novella collections I had the pleasure to read. When I read this book in November, what a gift it was to usher in the season! I liked it so well that I became an instant fan of the format, and I’m eager for each new release.
I won’t give a strict novella-by-novella review for this collection. Instead, I’ll talk briefly about my impressions and the commonalities between the different stories.
An Amish Christmas Gift would be a welcome addition to anyone’s Christmastime reading. The simplicity of an Amish Christmas celebration lies in stark contrast to the commercial headache that American consumerism has brought to our sacred time. As such, reading this book is a balm — a beautiful escape from the holiday rush, as well as a gentle reminder of what Christmas really means.
As my reading progressed, I enjoyed each installment more than the one that came before. All three stories have a common thread of finding unexpected love. Each of the young women is unique in some way — one is older and sure she’s destined to be an old maid, another is super chatty and quirky (I love Abigail!), and another is sent away from home to “forget” her feelings for an English boy. Though all initially imagine their futures will be lonely, they learn to trust God’s plan for them. God, who makes all things possible, shows each of these ladies that, with His help, she’ll find her happy ending.
— Dawn Teresa
5 of 5 Hearts. As Comforting as a Hot Cup of Cocoa on a Winter’s Eve.
An Amish Christmas Gift is a good introduction to Amish Fiction and a wonderful way to get your Christmas spirit on! Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin use their pens to point out that love sometimes works in mysterious ways, so we should trust that God, in His timing, has someone special for us. For even when we are convinced we’ll never find it, love finds us.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I would like to thank Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this title. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”