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A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WISH
Genre: Inspirational, Mainstream
Carlson’s story of loss and acceptance in this Amish and contemporary mix will add to readers’ Christmas nostalgia. Heartwarming and heart-stirring, this easy read will warm one up for the holidays with all forms of delight. It is also an opportunity to reflect on simpler times.
Rachel Milligan’s 7-year-old niece, Holly, is devastated by the death of her parents. Holly is sent to live with Aunt Lydia, her mother’s Amish sister. The girl’s needs and the ways of the Amish begin to collide, and all Rachel wants is for Holly to be in a loving and accepting home. The tug of war for Holly begins and this Christmas could be a life-changing event for more people than the lonely orphan. Rachel sees that falling for her sister-in-law’s brother is only causing a deeper rift in the family as Aunt Lydia weighs the child’s best interests. (REVELL, Sep., 176 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed By: Lindy J. Swanson
Published: September 2013