Stranded in the Snow
Stranded in the Snow by Vannetta Chapman has Elijah King helping Faith Yoder and her daughter, Hannah when they arrive in town during a snowstorm. Elijah has finally decided he is ready to settle down and has been looking for the right woman. Elijah at first thought Faith might be “the One”, but, when he learns her profession, decides she is not the woman God has promised him. Faith is not interested in getting married. She wants to provide for herself and Hannah using her business planning skills. God, though, has other plans for these two stubborn individuals.
Caring for the Amish Baby
Caring for the Amish Baby by Carrie Lighte has Leah Zehr looking forward to her month-long vacation in Pinecraft, Florida. She will not have to endure her sister-in-law, take care of any children, nor clean or cook for anyone other than herself. Leah’s cousin, Betty gifted the vacation to Leah who cannot wait to lounge in the sunshine with one of the books she is taking with her. She plans to stop in Fawn Crossing to spend three days with her close childhood friend, Esther Rocke who moved there after marriage. Leah arrives at Esther’s to find illness has struck down Esther and her husband. The only person to care for them and baby Rebekah is Esther’s brother-in-law, Jonathan. Leah doubts Jonathan’s ability to care for the family after noting his sluggish movements. She ends up postponing her departure to help out. When God closes a door, He opens a window.
An Amish Winter contains two heartwarming Amish stories. I enjoyed reading Stranded in the Snow and Caring for the Amish Baby. I thought both novellas were well-written with good characters and steady pacing. Vannetta Chapman gave us two stubborn individuals with Faith Yoder and Elijah King. I thought the author provided us with developed characters for such a short tale. I liked seeing how people in the community helped Faith. There is humor and good life lessons in Stranded in the Snow. Caring for the Amish Baby is the first book I have read by Carrie Lighte, and it will not be my last. I thought it was an amusing tale (I chuckled frequently while reading this story). It was such a lighthearted, charming tale that brightened my day. It is wonderful how Leah gave her something so important to her to help her friend. I also appreciated the author delving into seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It is important for people to realize that it is an illness that affects around 3 million people each year. I could understand why Leah wanted to visit Siesta Key. It is a great beach. I like how Caring for the Amish Baby ended. An Amish Winter has two uplifting tales that are perfect to read on a cold afternoon (while snuggled under a warm blanket).
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