Monday, December 9, 2013

Annie's Christmas Wish

Author: Barbara Cameron
Publisher: Abingdon Press
October 2013
ISBN: 978-1426733895
Genre: Amish / Christmas

Will New York City lure Annie away from her home…and the possibility of love?

Ever since her step-mom brought her a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has wanted to visit the beautiful, big city. Since it’s nearing the time of Annie’s rumschpringe—the time when Amish youth experience English life to make a decision whether to live in that world or become baptized into the Amish faith—the family decides a visit is a good idea. They watch the Macy’s Christmas parade, admire the decorated store windows, skate at the Rockefeller Center rink and— Annie’s favorite—get a glimpse of a writer’s life while visiting the New York Times building. But others aren’t as thrilled with Annie’s lure to the Big Apple.

Aaron has long been attracted to Annie and is sure he’s in love. As he watches her engage in big city life, he grows concerned that she won’t want to return to their quieter life. Will Annie follow Aaron back home? Or stay and pursue her dreams? Competing for her attention, Aaron sets out to show Annie that Christmas isn’t about the glitz and glamour, but about family, love, and the birth of Jesus.

ANNIE’S CHRISTMAS WISH is the fourth book in Ms. Cameron’s Quilts of Lancaster County series, but it easily stands alone. Still, readers will want to read the other books in the series, specifically, A Time to Love as it’s about Annie’s Mamm, Jenny. Books two and three are A Time to Heal and A Time for Peace.

I enjoyed getting to know Annie as a grown-up, and really liked how Aaron noticed everything about her. Most quiet bookworms like Annie seem to go unnoticed, but he took note of everything about her, even how she observed others, as if studying them. That was impressive that he cared for her so much.

If you like Amish fiction, then ANNIE’S CHRISTMAS WISH is one you’ll want to pick up. Recommended. $14.99. 304 pages. 4 stars.

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