Monday, December 7, 2015

An Amish Christmas Gift by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin

Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston
Naomi has begun to believe that she isn’t meant to find love, but she might receive more than she has ever hoped for this Christmas.
Twenty-four-year-old Naomi King has all but given up on marriage and children. As Christmas approaches, Naomi is certain that her life will be spent as an old maid, helping with the family’s quilting business and taking care of her eight siblings. Then she meets Caleb, a young widower with a 7-year-old daughter, and her world is once again turned upside-down.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid
Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares?
Being a caregiver for Micah Zook’s grandmother is the answer to Abigail’s prayers. In fact, the elderly lady keeps finding ways to set Abigail up with her grandson. Despite Abigail’s constant chatter, Micah realizes he’s beginning to care for her—until he makes a decision that leaves her feeling betrayed. With Christmas in their midst, can Micah find a way to reconcile with Abigail and to reveal the true feelings of his heart?
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin
Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy.
Frannie knows her parents have the best of intentions when they send her back to Bee County, Texas, to live with her aunt and her aunt’s new husband Mordecai. After all, Frannie knows nothing can come of a relationship with Rocky, the handsome Englisch farm boy back in Missouri. But all bets are off when Rocky follows Frannie to Texas to plead his case. Could he be the Christmas gift to end all gifts?

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About this author
 (From her Goodreads Bio)
Hi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with Zondervan Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories. I enjoy spending time with my family, including my hubby, my two wonderful sons, my mom, and my four spoiled-rotten cats. I love reading.

I'm an advocate for organ and blood donation. I donated a kidney on June 14, 2011, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Through my donation, my husband received a second kidney transplant. My husband and I matched another couple and we swapped kidneys with them. I gave a kidney to my husband's donor's wife. Feel free to email me and ask me what it was like to be a kidney donor. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life. If you're healthy, please donate blood! Also, become an organ donor.

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Ruth Reid Biography
Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.

About the Author
Kelly Irvin is the author of The Beekeeper’s Son, the critically acclaimed first novel of the Amish of Bee County series. Kelly is also the author of several Amish series including the Bliss Creek Amish series, the New Hope Amish series, and the Amish of Bee County series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-seven years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Website:, Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin, Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author.

My Thoughts
Naomi's Gift-- Such a sweet story about second chances. Naomi is what those in the Amish community would call an old maid. She is also known as the girl who chases after the boys, which is a no-no in the Amish community. She meets sweet little Sadie at the farmer's market where she is selling her handmade quilts and she is immediately drawn to the young girl. After finding out that Sadie and her father are visiting for Christmas, they become friends and a wonderful story develops. This was my first read by Amy. I enjoyed it very much. The storyline is sweet with good romance. Nothing overly mushy, and for a novella, a full story that moved just fast enough without seaming too rushed. I most definitely will be reading more from Amy. This one was my favorite of the three novellas in the book.

An Unexpected Joy-- This story was a little different, than the Amish books I am used to. For starters Abigail is a very talkative woman which I'm not sure is common is Amish communities. This was overall a great story. I was very much interested the whole time and couldn't wait to finish so I would know what happens. I have come to enjoy the Amish stories I have read recently where the woman is above what is considered to be a marrying age. This one was no different. Abigail has made peace with the fact that she probably won't get married (probably because she can't seem to stop talking).  When circumstances make it difficult for her to buy the horse she has been saving for, she jumps at the chance to sit with Micah Zook's Grandmother to finish earning the money she needs. Needless to say this story has all sorts of little hiccups in it for both characters. This was a great read and I could see myself possibly reading something else by Ruth.

A Christmas Visitor--  Another good story by Kelly Irvin. This is my second read by Kelly and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Kelly has such a unique style when it comes to Amish fiction. They speak about things I have never thought about in an Amish book before. This book deals with the struggles of loving an Englischer and knowing that you can never leave your faith. Kelly does a great job with this story. Rocky and Frannie were great characters. I also enjoyed that she took me back to Bee County, where I previously visited in the Bishop's Son. This is a stand alone novella, but I enjoyed reading about some of the characters I read about in that book as well.
A great finish to a great set of novellas. I was blessed with this book for review, through the Fiction Guild. A positive review was not required.

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