An Amish Holiday Courtship
An Amish Holiday Courtship by Emma Miller has Ginger Stutzman is smitten with newcomer to Hickory Grove, Delaware Joe Verkler. Ginger feels the time has come to marry, and she believes Joe is her future husband. The Stutzman’s kindly neighbor, Eli Kutz is a widower with four children. He has been commissioned to make panels for an Englishers fireplace and needs someone to watch the children while he completes the job. Ginger offers to take care of the children which soon expands into her cooking dinner and doing other household chores. Joe agrees to take her home each evening, but he tends to be late. Ginger begins eating dinner with Eli and the children which leads to them playing games afterward. As time passes, Ginger begins to wonder if Joe is the right man for her or is the man she seeks right in front of her?
An Amish Holiday Courtship by Emma Miller is a charming Amish novel. I thought it was well-written with realistic, endearing characters. Eli was a kindly man with a big heart while Ginger was full of life with a loving heart. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Hickory Grove, Delaware. Kent County sounds like a beautiful area. The story moves along at a steady pace which is helped by the humor. I found myself laughing often while reading An Amish Holiday Courtship. Eli has some mischievous boys and it was funny that Eli somehow ended up with holey socks when it mattered most (at his sister’s house where a guest would see his toe sticking see through the hole). There are good life lessons in this story. I like the advice and help that Mrs. Stutzman provided Ginger. Just like in real life, the path to true love is not a smooth one. Ginger learns some valuable lessons along the way and so does Eli. It will make them both stronger and better able to handle situations in the future. There was just the right amount of Christmas in the story. We get to learn about Amish traditions and how families keep to them while adding new ones. I enjoyed reading this sweet Amish tale. It is a story that took my mind off what is happening in our world. An Amish Holiday Courtship is a heartwarming story with busy boys, a cornucopia of cookies, unstitched socks, a meddlesome mama, and an arrogant lothario.
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