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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Review - A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson

About The Book:

One girl in need of a home. One woman in search of a home for her heart. One Christmas where it all seems possible.
It felt strange to be out here in the middle of the night, still wearing the Amish dress--a dress that had belonged to Miri. Rachel's footsteps crunched in the snow, and halfway between the barn and the house, she paused to look up at the night sky, wondering if more snow was in store, but all she saw was velvety black and stars. Millions of twinkling stars. She had never seen stars like that before, so bright and so close, almost as if she could touch them with her hand.

Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. But with so many unexpected occurrences of late, perhaps she shouldn't have been surprised.

With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio's Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Join bestselling author Melody Carlson on an emotional journey into the heart of what family truly means at Christmastime.

My Thoughts:

Readers can always depend on a sweet, inspirational story from author Melody Carlson, and with her latest holiday book, "A Simple Christmas Wish," she once again delivers a charming tale that captures the spirit of Christmas so beautifully.

I loved how Melody brings the modern world into the world of the Amish, and shows that the two cultures can live together with a little love and a lot of faith. Her characters in this book are just fascinating.  There is a the "mother/daughter" relationship between Rachel and niece Holly, and then there is a sweet romance blossoming between Rachel and Benjamin, Holly's Amish uncle. (I would love to see more stories about these two down the road!) This is a fast read - one that can be savored on a cold afternoon by the fire!

Fans of inspirational fiction and wonderful holiday stories will absolutely adore this novel. I highly recommend it!

About The Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington's, and The Christmas Pony. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon. For more information about Melody visit her website at www.melodycarlson.com.

Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

My thanks to Revell Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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