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The two stories are pretty much what you'd expect from the title - Amish romances set around Christmas time. The first story is about an Amish couple who have stopped really trying in their relationship - they both come home from work, and they're so used to each other and their routine that their home life just kind of stagnates. Luckily, they figure out what went wrong in their relationship, and start doing small things to make the other happy.
And everything works out. The second story is more The two stories are pretty much what you'd expect from the title - Amish romances set around Christmas time. The second story is more of a generational look at romance - the story is told from the point of view of a mother watching her children find love. More than the stories, though, I was amused by the fact that these Amish short stories are only available as e-book downloads.
Dec 21, Nola Arganbright rated it really liked it. Two beautiful Amish stories that portray loving and deeply thankful joys of family. The first story is about couples that are trying to rekindle their love. The second story takes us through special events of a loving family. The characters are very much pictured in a predictable lifestyle. The stories are written to bring a feeling of peace and contentment to the reader. Jan 26, Marie rated it really liked it. Very nice short read. Perfect for a blizzardy, cold, inside kind of day.
Life decisions are always tough and it's good to see how other cultures approach them even fictionally. But to Elle it was a matter of not settling. Will she find more than she bargained for once she arrives? Will she also find love, or only a similar demise as her friend? Will unexpected responsibilities during the holiday season force her to reveal her secret?
Will a promise bring Andy home against his wishes? Each story brought a unique point of view and left me wanting much more. Could there be a sequel to this book, please? Some of the notes I took while reading this collection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
Oct 18, Brenda rated it it was amazing. I love finding books that include stories written by various authors, especially when those stories are tied together and with Amish Christmas at North Star the common denominator was the Amish midwife Rebecca that helped bring four babies into the world in North Star, PA. Each story, is different but also has similarities, and the one thing I enjoyed was the epilogue that provided insight at the end. I have to say I have always been a fan of Cindy Woodsmall, so her story was probably my favorit I love finding books that include stories written by various authors, especially when those stories are tied together and with Amish Christmas at North Star the common denominator was the Amish midwife Rebecca that helped bring four babies into the world in North Star, PA.
I have to say I have always been a fan of Cindy Woodsmall, so her story was probably my favorite. Kore Detweiler wonders if he will ever get over missing Savilla Beiler, the girl who held his heart. When he is ask to return to the town of North Star, a place he avoids because of Savilla one can't help but wonder what will happen. The idea of buying auction pieces, and traveling to various antique shops really piqued my interest and the story that unfolds is heartwarming. The Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark was another stand out for me because the setting was unique for an Amish story, and the message of forgiveness was well done.
Mystery, romance, along with an inspirational feel is what you will find within the pages of this collection. The fact that the stories take place during the holidays was an added bonus for me. If you are new to Amish fiction this book is a great way to sample the works of these authors, but if your like me and you love Amish fiction then this is a book you are certainly going to enjoy. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Dec 04, Mary rated it really liked it. I adore all things Katie Ganshert, so I fully intended to just read her novella, Guiding Star which ended up being my favorite of all four stories.
After reading her story I realized all 4 stories were intertwined. I loved the premise of the story - 4 Amish babies born on a snowy December night by 1 midwife and where they all are 25 years later. I also read this over the Christmas Season, so it seemed especially endearing. Mourning Star by Amanda Flower was a sweet story too.
Probably my 2nd favorite story in the book. It did seem to have a rushed ending though. Didn't know it was possible to have a murder mystery Amish fiction, but I enjoyed it immensely. I'm intrigued to read some of her other books too. In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall was neat story, but there were so many characters that I found myself getting confused. I had to keep re-reading things and trying to remember who was who.
I did like the story overall. Loved how adoption was a big focus of this story. It definitely wasn't your typical romance either. Like I mentioned before, I didn't intend to read the whole book initially, but it really drew me in. So glad I read it all. I have no idea if this is typical Amish Fiction, but if so - I could totally see myself reading more of it. Jan 01, Lindsay rated it really liked it Shelves: You get to hear about all four babies that were born near Christmas. Rebecca is an Amish midwife. In Guiding Star it about a year old disappearing from an Amish baby.
Will there be love for Elle McAllister? We get a quite a nice way to see what her life is like after being born on that snowy night with three other babies. Morning Star is about a girl named Eden Hochstetler. She wants to investigate her friends Isaac death. It has got her thinking about who could have done it and hurt Isaac.
Sh You get to hear about all four babies that were born near Christmas. She meets his great nephew Jesse. Does she start to fall for Jesse? Who in their community is the one to hurt Isaac and want him killed. Will Kole, and Savilla be able to do that and still find love for themselves, What can make to lives back together with other than a trouble of children? One that is expecting to get another member adopted and brought home.
Kole and Savilla you can find out more about them. Andy is schemed to bring back home. His little brother tries to fetch him home and this is a story of Grace. I really do enjoy the family and time together. Will Andy find love while he comes home and is forgiven? Feb 06, Ibjoy Hannabass rated it it was amazing. One snowy night in November was a night Rebekah Schlaback would never forget.
Four young ladies gave birth that night, and Rebekah's only help were the nervous father's to be. Each of these four stories are about these babies that were born, 25 years ago.
As you read these stories, you will find many twists and turns, secrets, disappointments and happiness in the lives of these four people and their parents. This is a great book, one that can be read around the Holiday's but can also be enjoyed at anytime during the year. My favorite time to read it was on a snowy night here where I live. It just made the story more interesting! I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. I expressed my own opinion in this review.
This book is my first experience reading an Amish story and I can happily say that I liked. These four novellas are sweet, but also have mystery, romance and capture the essence of Christmas in a unique way. While the stories are about different characters, the four stories are intertwined in an interesting way, so that it can said that they are the continuation of the other. Read a book written by several authors was fascinating for me because you have the opportunity to enjoy the different narrative voices and different points of view.
If you, like me, never read anything Amish and you want to, I think this is a good book to start. Oct 26, Britney rated it it was amazing.
I don't want to include anything that would spoil the book for re Three stories about couples who find happiness and love at Christmas make up the Amish Christmas Sleigh. You can read this review on my blog at: There was a lot of hurt and pain that had to be worked through in this one. This was pretty cheesy, though. In the end, picking up Amish Christmas at North Star was a smart decision.
Filled with inspiration, intrigue, and romance, Amish Christmas at North Star is a wonderful collection! What a marvelous addition she is! Her story, Guiding Star, was my favorite of the collection, and I hope she will bring us more Amish stories in the future. Although they share a common thread, the four novellas are unique, and I delighted in the charm of each one. These ladie Filled with inspiration, intrigue, and romance, Amish Christmas at North Star is a wonderful collection!
These ladies are gifted storytellers and their stories of discovery engaged and entertained! All thoughts expressed are my own.
Jan 20, Lori rated it liked it. I am not a fan of four in one stories. The reason is because they usually leave me hanging wanting more of the story itself. However; I do love some of their other books by theirselves. I was given a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 16, Yvonne rated it really liked it. A lovely collection of four stories with a common theme. Nov 14, Janice rated it it was amazing. Dec 03, MK rated it really liked it. If you told me a year ago I'd be reading Amish romance I would have looked at you funny. But after reading Amanda Flower 's Amish candy shop mystery series, I followed her here. I ended up loved the ways the stories intertwined love and faith. Very different from my usual reads but really enjoyable.
Amanda Flower couldn't resist making hers a mystery and I swear I know the main character from one of the mystery books, so I'll have to go check. Star of Grace is more about healing and forgiveness t If you told me a year ago I'd be reading Amish romance I would have looked at you funny. Star of Grace is more about healing and forgiveness than romance. But all four stories were a good read and I may have to check out more by those authors.
Sweet wonderful story - actually four "short" stories by different authors that are connected. Reminiscent of some of Maeve Binchy's works like The Lilac Bus where she looked at the lives of people who rode the same commuter bus. A reporter read an old newspaper article and decided to do some research and it began - including a romantic involvement for himself.
Certainly not a "great bo Sweet wonderful story - actually four "short" stories by different authors that are connected. Certainly not a "great book " but really a "great" book Jul 10, Judy rated it it was amazing. Amish Christmas at North Star is exactly what a collection of four stories should be. The stories have a connective thread woven throughout them that binds the individual stories into one cohesive, and very satisfying, read.
I felt sorry for the little boy suffering an injury early on in the book. The characters weren't really well developed, but it was an interesting story. A friend, not any of the authors nor the publisher, gave me a copy of her book. I was not required to leave a review. Oct 18, Debbie rated it liked it. I have to say right at the start of this review that I am not giving all praise for the first story in this book, but I enjoyed the stories because the stories were wonderful and full of blessings and surprises at Christmas and all three stories involve a sleigh ride which explains the title, we wouldn't expect anything else right.
The three stories are as followed: This story is about Sebastian Christner, a toy maker, and Katie Zook. Katie Zook is t I have to say right at the start of this review that I am not giving all praise for the first story in this book, but I enjoyed the stories because the stories were wonderful and full of blessings and surprises at Christmas and all three stories involve a sleigh ride which explains the title, we wouldn't expect anything else right. Katie Zook is taking care of her handicapped brother. He is handicapped from a buggy accident that killed her parents.
This is the story that has parts that I consider somewhat too worldly for a Christian novel it had a few sensual parts that I was really surprised and shocked to read in a book that I believed to be considered Christian. I don't mind kissing in a novel but when an author writes about a dream and describes it like this author did, I admit I am not happy, yes I know Amish are human and therefore have the same emotions and desires as the rest of us, but I really don't want to read about it! Okay now that I have shared the negative, I want to share the positive. The story line is really fantastic.
I love how in the end forgiveness wins. Yes, this story makes the reader believe that what's wrong can be made right if given the chance! I really like this quote from this story "You see, I always think of kaleidoscopes as being a little bit like life and faith-you can take what's broken and meld it together to bring about something new and whole,an ever-changing picture but an unchanging love of yourself and others. This story has Jess Schmucker trying to be both mother and father to his three girls because his wife has died. The teacher tries to intervene with some help but it backfires.
I think you will be surprised to learn how and why! I really loved this story and really was hoping the girls would get their mamm for Christmas and I knew right from the start who I wanted that Mamm to be! Now I know you want to know if these girls get their mama and if they get the right one, I know the answers because I read the book and I hope you want to know the answer also so get this book and read it and then we will both know the answers, well what are you waiting for, Read the story!
Charity is a widower with two children who lives next door to newcomer Luke and they want a new daed. Luke has a past and I wanted Luke and Charity to get together but once again like in all stories , a past and another suitor have to enter the story to give a twist to the storyline and keep the reader guessing to what the outcome is going to be.
Will it end the way it is suppose to or go another way? But since this is one book I am giving it 3 stars. I will continue to read novels and novella by Amy Lillard and Molly Jebber. Aug 20, Tina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sebastian has a secret from his past that holds him captive and alone. I could almost feel his despair whenever his thoughts took him back to that tragic day so long ago. Kate Zook is a good caregiver to her younger brother. Despite Ben having to use crutches and not being able to play as other children do, he is a happy child.
I really liked his attitude, he captured my heart. Kate has sad memories from the past too. I liked how she gave all to care for her brother and was hoping she would find a special someone to love her—and Ben—and help carry her load. Will Sebastian and Kate allow God to heal the past? With Sebastian's past is there really any hope for someone like Kate to love him?
This is a heartwarming, sweet story of forgiveness, hope, faith and love. I could feel his struggles in trying to balance everything all on his own. I loved when his daughters school teacher, Bernice Yoder shows up at his door to talk to him about his daughters. Sparks flew between them—both Jess and Bernice had the wrong impression of what really was going on.
Each character had a different way of dealing with their grief and hopes for the future. I like the strong faith woven throughout the story. This is a fun story filled with hope, grief, joy, funny antics, faith and love. There is one man who seems to be interested in her, but is he the right one for her and her family? Luke Fisher recently moved to the house next door to Charity and loves playing with Beth and Josiah. He enjoys the time spent with Charity but because of past hurts has decided to guard his heart.
I really enjoyed Beth and Josiah's zest for life and soon fell in love with them. Josiah suffers a serious injury and I loved his attitude throughout his healing. Of the two men interested in Charity, I had my choice and hoped Charity would agree. I enjoyed the interaction between Charity and Luke—which wasn't always pleasant. Then Luke gets a surprise visit from his painful past, which had me holding my breath for the outcome. I like the way a strong faith is so much a part of their lives in all things.
This is a fun story showing God's love and care, unexpected blessings, faith, joy, heartaches, grief, and love. Oct 26, Rhonda rated it it was amazing. This is a precious story of hope and love involving Kate Zook and Sebastian Christner and Kate's crippled little brother, Ben. Will love find its way to Kate and Sebastian's hearts? Readers will delight in finding the answers to these questions as they read this Christmas novella by Kelly Long.
I rate this novella 5 stars. What can three little bitty girls possibly do to help their dadd find a new mamm for them? Constance has plenty of ideas when she sees the pretty young teacher, Bernice Yoder. So she enlists her two younger sisters, Hope and Ruth, in her plan and they set a deadline. Christmas is a time for magical wishes coming true for children, even among the Amish, and these three dolls want one thing: What a delightful story Amy Lillard has created. I could not help smiling and laughing at the things these little ones do to convince their dadd that Bernice is the new mamm for them.
Will he agree though? Readers will laugh along with these girls as they work their magic on their dadd and their unsuspecting school teacher.
This is a heartwarming story to brighten the Christmas season all year long. Charity Lantz has been a widow for over a year and she is lonely and longs to give her precious children a new dadd. When handsome and kind new neighbor, Luke Fisher, moves in next door, Josiah and Beth are quite taken with him and don't hesitate to invite him to dinner before even asking their mamm. Abe Beachy is an Amish widower with six young children to care for and he wants Charity to be their new mamm.
But she doesn't love the man even though she feels sorry for him and he would be a good dadd to her children. Josiah and Beth have decided that Luke Fisher is the dadd they want but will their mamm and neighbor agree or will sparks fly between the two? Luke has a past that caused pain and trauma but can he overcome it and give it to the desires of his heart?
This is an irrestible story and I was rooting for a love match between Charity adn Jess right along with little Josiah and Beth. I received an ebook of this collection from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All three novellas are about Amish characters; the characters feel like they are not good enough to have a relationship with anyone for one reason or another. Or maybe they have too much going on in their lives to even think about courtship. Fate has it's own way of intervening in one's life. It " The Amish Christmas Sleigh " is made up of three novellas, each of those novellas were written by a different Amish genre author.
It has a way of saying that the time is right, regardless of what we think and or going through at the time. Each novella has a common item in it. That common item was a Christmas sleigh. Each one different, but Amish hand-made and or passed down through the Amish family. I enjoyed each novella that made up " The Amish Christmas Sleigh '. Each novella had it's own way of presenting an Amish Christmas Sleigh.
I highly recommend this book to be read this Christmas season. I look forward to reading more books by each of these authors in the future. I received a free kindle copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. No money was exchanged. This is my honest review in my own words. Mar 11, Brittany rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this collection of three Amish novellas. Each story has a sleigh incorporated into it somehow and all three stories are independent of each other. I have included a short review of each novella. I enjoyed the story line of this novella.
Kate and Sebastian were interesting characters who each had burdens to bear. Seeing Kate finally get a chance for happiness was a good focus in this story. A Mamm for Christmas by Amy Lillard: This was my favorite novella of the collection. The children in this story are fabulous! And the story line was very sweet. But that did build up a great anticipation for a very enjoyable ending. This was also a sweet and enjoyable story in the collection.
I really liked the way Charity, Luke, and the two children connected. There are also some good moments of tension in this novella. I wondered a bit at the view that the bishop had about divorce. It seemed opposite of what I have read is the norm in Amish communities, but worked well for this novella.
An overall enjoyable collection with a snowy, Christmas setting throughout all of the novellas. I received a complimentary copy, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. You can read this review on my blog at: Dec 08, Just Commonly rated it really liked it. What magic will a Christmas sleigh bring? You won't be disappointed. However, I will note that I was a little surprised by the sensual elements in this story. Don't worry, it doesn't get to the point of sexual, and it is minor. Sometimes it just takes the sweet, innocent minds of 3 little girls, their tender hearts What magic will a Christmas sleigh bring?
Sometimes it just takes the sweet, innocent minds of 3 little girls, their tender hearts and big faith in God to bring them what they want most, a new mamm, and just in time for Christmas! Warmth invades your senses as you read these three wonderfully written stories of family, faith of little ones and the joy of riding together on a journey of new familial bliss.
I received a complimentary copy through CelebrateLit Blog Tour for an honest review. Sep 22, Edel rated it it was amazing. This book contains three novellas , one from each author that remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. Love, family, forgiveness , faith and hope are all found in this book reminding us that we all have our own problems and that Christmas is the time we all hope the festive spirit will find us. This is a feel good story that would be perfect to pick up and read with a cup of something warm and get cozy.
I loved all three stories but I had a special fondness for the second book which containe This book contains three novellas , one from each author that remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. I loved all three stories but I had a special fondness for the second book which contained some very mischievous children making it a comical read. Children's loveable innocence at its best! In the book you have grumpy men , prospective husbands and as I said some very mischievous children , what's not to love about that! A very enjoyable read. I received this book through Netgalley.
I have been on an Amish streak lately, I read one several months ago and then as I started seeing more I quickly grabbed them up. I enjoy reading about different beliefs, cultures, and religions, and I think the Amish culture is a very peaceful and hard-working one. I didn't realize that this was three stories in one, but it was a good book. I enjoyed all three stories equally even though they are somewhat similar in the telling.
But, all three also have a Christmas sleigh as a focal point in th I have been on an Amish streak lately, I read one several months ago and then as I started seeing more I quickly grabbed them up. But, all three also have a Christmas sleigh as a focal point in the story, and I enjoyed the tying together of these stories. I think if the others had collaborated and each wrote about a couple in the same Amish community I might have enjoyed it more. It was different communities, and one was even a different timeline The story set in really didn't need to to be set in a different time period, it didn't add anything to the story.
I was also not a fan of the over usage of the Dutch-Pennsylvania words I have nothing against them, but I think they should have been used in dialogue only and not in the regular text of the stories. I feel like the others used them just because they could and not because it added to the story. That being said, they were used in such a way that it was understandable what each word meant. I enjoyed the three stories, and it was a nice Christmas read post-holidays. But, it is not one that I am keeping and will not read again. Dec 01, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: This is my first time I think reading a novella or three.
I enjoyed it because the stories were short and quick to read. They kind of flew by, and it didn't take long to get into the story. The characters were relatable in-spite of the fact they were Amish. For the most part, the stories were predictable, but I would guess that to be common in a novella, since there is really not much time to build the plot to a conclusion. It does include the use of quite a few "Amish" words in it, which ca This is my first time I think reading a novella or three.
It does include the use of quite a few "Amish" words in it, which can be understood relatively well even if they are not English. Charity is a widow and having a hard time getting over her late husband. She has two young children who are polite and lovable kids, although a little outspoken at times, but what kids aren't.
A single man, Luke, moves in next door and begins helping her with some needed handiwork as well as entertaining the children. Although he is kind, he is not very open, and seems to be hiding something from his past. Charity needs a husband and her children need a father, but she may have to settle for someone else who is interested in her, even if she has feelings for Luke. Will he open up and let her in? Or will he lose her forever? It is a fun story of three girls whose mother passed away. They are in desperate need of a woman in their lives and they think their father is in need of a wife.
So they set about to find him one concocting their own devious way of doing it. The plan somewhat backfires but not before interest is sparked and their father recognized he must move on to take care of his family. Hence Jess' process of looking for a wife begins. And although his daughters would like him to take interest in their school teacher Bernice, his interests seem to lie elsewhere.
I think the readers will enjoy this sweet story and these conspiring little girls. Although I really liked the plot in the story, there were several things which I was not particularly pleased with. The plot consisted of a single toy maker with a secret past and his involvement in helping better the life of a young single woman who is taking care of her crippled brother.
Her parents had been killed in an accident - the same one in which her brother was injured. Kate is doing her best to make ends meet, when Sebastian comes along and sweeps her off her feet. But when his secret comes out, will Kate still be able to love him? As I mentioned before, I enjoyed the story itself. Sebastian's kindness, the way he tried to help make her life better without making her a charity case, and how he took her younger brother under his wing. But I was a little bothered by all the sexual intimacy going on.
Several times throughout the story there was some heated sensual scenes. It's not usually my preference to read that particular type of content in a book. I sort of got the impression this man had one thing on his mind. Of course, he was in love with Kate This content may not bother everyone, but I wouldn't recommend this book for a younger audience.
Had the author been a little more discreet, I think I would have enjoyed her book more. All in all, I am giving this book four stars, because the other stories really were good clean stories. I would love to read another book by Molly Jebber, or ever Amy Lillard. I felt like their stories were true to the Amish traditions I recognize and associate with.
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review. Aug 22, Deana Dick rated it it was amazing. I do enjoy books that several authors contribute to so you get a variety of writing style. This is a great collection of stories that will warm your heart during the holidays and year round. She tries to make ends meet as best she can, but it is a struggle at times.
When she runs into Sebastian Christner she is offered a job as his housekeeper. She accepts it knowing the money will I do enjoy books that several authors contribute to so you get a variety of writing style. She accepts it knowing the money will be a much needed relief and help. Sebastian is a toy maker and does amazing work that everyone likes. There seemed to be a big rush to get Sebastian and Katie together and I was somewhat surprised at the sexual implications in the story.
The characters are well written and you can't help but love them. Katie uncovers a secret about Sebastian that could pull her away from him. What secret does she find out? Will they find a way to make a lasting relationship? There is a great line in the book that Sebastian says that I thought the author wrote brilliantly.
He saud, "I always think of kaleidoscopes as being a little bit like life and faith- you can take what's broken and meld it together to bring about something new and who,e, an ever-changing picture but an unchanging love of yourself and others. Jess Schmucker has three young daughters. Their names are Constance, Hope and Lilly Ruth. They are all hurting from losing their Mamm a year ago. The girls decide it is time to find a new Mamm and they scheme to help their daed find one.
I laughed at their shenanigans and their playfulness. Those girls meant business and they have picked out who they want their daed to marry. There is one problem though.