AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE
When a collection combines these four leading authors in the Amish genre with sweet Christmas-y novellas, readers know right from the start that this belongs at the top of their TBR lists! The romances crafted here span generations as well as cultures to offer a diverse mix of characters and their stories. Touches of humor (Mammi Ruth surfing the internet!) share space with tender memories, crises of faith and finding home. Each novella is well written and layered, giving readers the depth of a full-length novel with fewer words.
In “Winter Kisses” by Wiseman, unmarried Naomi Stoltzfus and her widowed mother and grandmother find themselves snowed in on Christmas Eve with their prospective suitors and some intriguing secrets. In Clipston’s “The Christmas Cat,” unexpected visitors ensure that Emma Bontrager’s first Christmas without her husband is not as lonely as she anticipated. Irvin returns to Bee County in “Snow Angels” as David Byler finds himself caught between the Englisch girl he once loved and the Amish girl he plans to marry. Reid’s “Home for Christmas” tells about Ellie Whetstone’s return to her roots and the GPS mixup that could change everything. (THOMAS NELSON, Sep., 400 pp., $15.99)