Welcome! A Legacy of Murder by Connie Berry, A Christmas Home by Marta Perry and Child's Play by Danielle Steel are out today. Pretty Little Fliers by Erin Johnson releases October 25. It is the first book in her new Magic Market Mysteries. Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey comes out October 29. It is the debut of A Cider Shop Mystery series.
A Christmas Home by Marta Perry has Sarah Yoder returning home to Promise Glen, Pennsylvania. Sarah has spent the last ten years raising her three siblings with her father who moved when the mood struck him. This is Sarah’s chance for a fresh start. She does not wish to be an old maid, but to have a husband and children of her own. However, Sarah does not want a widower to marry her, so he has a caregiver for his children. Sarah’s grossmammi, Etta has acquired Sarah an interview with Noah Raber, a local furniture maker, to be his bookkeeper. Noah has twin six year old boys to raise on his own since his wife, Janie disappeared when the twins were babies. Noah gets assistance from his mother, but she is currently out of town visiting her daughter who just had a baby. Sarah gets the position and quickly sets out to organize Noah’s accounting books (done by hand). She is a take charge type of person and has ideas to help improve Noah’s fledgling business which leads to a few clashes. Sarah becomes close to the Noah’s twins who look forward to seeing her each day. The more time she spends with Noah, she realizes what a kind strong man that he is and she begins to fall in love with Noah. Sarah works to keep her feelings hidden since Noah is married and divorce is not allowed for Amish. It does not help that Noah and Sarah are working with local schoolteacher, Dorcas Beiler on the school’s Christmas program. Christmas is a time when wondrous things can happen. Will Sarah get the man and home she desires?
A Christmas Home by Marta Perry is the first book in The Promise Glen Series. I always enjoy reading books from Marta Perry who has a charming writing style and relatable characters. Sarah Yoder lost her mother when she was eighteen. She has three younger siblings which meant she had to take charge of the household and raise them as well as taking care of her father. Sarah’s three siblings are now happily married and settled so she can have a life for herself. She has chosen not to join her father on his latest move. Sarah has returned home to Promise Glen, Pennsylvania to live in the grossdaadi haus with her grandmother, Etta Miller. She obtains a bookkeeping position with Noah Raber and helps to promote his furniture business. Sarah tries to resist falling for Noah and his busy twin boys because Noah is married. His wife left when the kids were babies and divorce is not an option for Amish. Can you imagine being stuck in a marriage for the rest of your life after your spouse has deserted you? I liked the characters in A Christmas Home from the insightful Etta Miller to Noah’s active twin boys, Mark and Matthew. There is a wonderful community with thoughtful, caring people as well as those who gossip. The book is well-written with steady pacing. The author’s depictions allowed me to visualize the settings and the characters. I could feel the character’s emotions in this heartwarming Christmas story. I like Christmas stories because it is a time of year when people are in better spirits and it seems that anything can happen during this magical season. The phrase I wanted to share from A Christmas Home is “You can always trust God to take care of the details.” There are recipes at the end of the book along with Amish Christmas customs. A Christmas Home is a touching tale with busy boys, furniture making fundamentals, scheming friends, bookkeeping bedlam, and family Christmas traditions.
A Christmas Home is available at Amazon and other major booksellers. Would you like to win a copy of A Christmas Home? Please leave a comment with your email address (so I can contact you if you win) by October 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. It is open to U.S. mailing addresses only. The next novel in The Promise Glen Series is A Springtime Heart which comes out July 7, 2020. Marta Perry will have Amish Protector out on March 24, 2020. It is the second installment in the River Haven series. Thank you for joining me today. I am sharing my review of Child's Play by Danielle Steel next time. I have been reading Danielle Steel's novels since I was twelve years old when I went looking for a book to read and found Full Circle on the shelves in our hallway. I then proceeded to read each of her books and have continued to do so. I hope that you have a delightful day. Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader