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Thursday, December 9, 2010

An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller

I have always been fascinated by the Amish and their way of life, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Cynthia Keller's "An Amish Christmas."

I expected to read a sweet story of celebrating Christmas the Amish way, but I was delighted to find this is a novel that includes so much more!

About The Book:
Meg Hobart has everything: a happy marriage to a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and three wonderful children. But it all comes crashing down around her the day she learns that her husband, James, has been living a lie—and has brought the family to financial ruin. Penniless and homeless, the Hobarts pack up what little they still possess and leave behind their golden life for good. But it’s not the material things Meg finds herself mourning. Instead, she misses the certainty that she should remain married to James, who has betrayed her trust so thoughtlessly. Worse, she is suddenly very aware of just how spoiled her children have become. Meg wonders what her family has really sacrificed in their pursuit of the American dream.
A frightening twist of fate forces the Hobarts to take refuge with a kind Amish family in Pennsylvania, where they find themselves in a home with no computers, no cell phones, nothing the children consider fashionable or fun. Her uncooperative brood confined to the Amish world of hard work and tradition, their futures entirely uncertain, Meg fears she can never make her family whole again.

Celebrating life’s simplest but most essential values, packed with laughter and tears, this is a story of forgiveness and the power of love. You will never forget the special moment in time that is An Amish Christmas.

My Thoughts:

When I first began reading this story, I truly didn't care for Meg Hobart or any of her family! They were whiney, over-indulged petulant people, in my opinion, and deserved what happened to them. But the more I read, the more I came to identify with Meg and her frustrations at the situation her husband had landed the family in, her shock over how her children acted around the Amish, and how in the end ... well, I won't spoil the ending, but I was delighted with the ending!  I would love to see a sequel to find out how Meg and her family carry on afterwards and how their new Amish friends figure into their lives.

"An Amish Christmas" is a quick and charming holiday story that is a joy to read!

My thanks to Lisa Barnes at Random House for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


....Petty Witter said...

On my wish list, I saw this on so many blogs and knew it was the one seasonal read I had to invest in. Unfortunatly because of the weather conditions I'm unlikely to actually receive it until well into the new year.

Book Bird Dog said...

Less is more ....sounds like a good book for the holidays.