Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Amish Christmas Letters by Jennifer Beckstrand, Sarah Price and Patricia Davids

Welcome!  Slay Bells by T.C. Wescott will be out November 23.  It is a quirky new cozy mystery set in Christmas Village and I will feature it as part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour on its release day.  Murder at the Mill by Andrew Grant Shaw will be published on December 4.  

The Amish Christmas Letters by Patricia Davids, Sarah Price and Jennifer Beckstrand contains three intertwined Amish stories.  Marybeth’s Circle Letter by Patricia Davids takes us to Sugarcreek, Ohio in late November.  Marybeth Martin and her cousin, Wilma Martin have a matchmaking contest every year for the last ten years.  The loser of the contest must host Great Aunt Ingrid for her annual two week Christmas visit.  Marybeth has until Christmas Eve to make a match and win the contest.  She has decided to find a wife for newcomer, Josiah Weaver, a widower with a four year old daughter, Simone.  Unfortunately, Josiah is only interested in a caregiver for his daughter and not a wife.  Will Marybeth win her contest or get a great gift for Christmas?

Love Delivered by Sarah Price which takes readers to Shipshewana, Indiana.  Katie Mae Kauffman has been caring for her ill father for the last eighteen months, but she cannot handle the farm as well.  Nathanial Miller is a widower with four children and is losing his farm to the bank.  Bishop Brenneman has come up with the perfect solution.  Katie Mae and her father will occupy the Dawdi Haus while Nathanial and his brood move into the farmhouse and work the farm.  Katie Mae’s peaceful life is soon full of noise and disruptions, but she notices that her father loves seeing the farm full of life and spending time with Nathanial’s daughter, Becky.  The seeds have been sown, but will they blossom into love? 

Sealed with a Kiss by Jennifer Beckstrand sends readers to Greenwood, Wisconsin.  Carolyn Yutzy is currently caring for Abraham and Mary’s large brood of seven children while they manage their popular cookie shop.  Amid chaos, Abraham’s brother, Aaron arrives who is quick to criticize Carolyn. The pair need to find a way to work together and help the children who desperately miss their parents.  Anna Helmuth is hoping her latest matchmaking efforts will results in a marriage between this unlikely pair.  Christmas is a time for miracles.

The Amish Christmas Letters contains three heartwarming and entertaining stories.  I found them to be well-written and engaging.  My favorite story is Sealed with a Kiss by Jennifer Beckstrand.  This humorous tale will have you giggling, and Anna’s famous potholders make an appearance.  All three stories start out with a circle letter as each cousin updates the others on what is happening in their lives.  It is a unique form of communication in this digital age, but a wonderful way to write one letter to multiple people.  I am giving The Amish Christmas Letters 4 out of 5 stars.  All three stories have romance, humor and holiday charm.  Cuddle up in a chair with a warm blanket and read the three uplifting stories The Amish Christmas Letters.

Jennifer Beckstrand's Sealed with a Kiss ties into her The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series.  I just love this humorous Amish series and look forward to each new tale.  Anna and Felty are a hoot.  Thank you for visiting today.  If you find my reviews helpful, please consider following my blog (via email, Twitter, Google+--upper right).  See you on Friday, November 23 when I share my review of Slay Bells by T.C. Wescott.  I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving. My mother and I are having an unusual meal (neither of us like turkey).  I am having brown sugar ham (yum) and my mother will enjoy roast chicken with potatoes and carrots.  There will also be Parker House Rolls and apple pie.  Enjoy your day with your family and friends.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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