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.
My thoughts: This was a cute story. Amy Clipston isn't one of my favorite writers, but I enjoyed getting to know Naomi and Caleb. I didn't like his sister, Sadie, much, or the way the Kauffman family as a whole treats outsiders, especially since they are a "big" Amish family in Ms. Clipston's series. I give this story 4 stars.
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?
My thoughts: Ms. Reid is my daughter's favorite Amish author, and with good reason. Her characters are real, reaching into the reader's heart and emerging with the heartstrings tied up in knots. I enjoyed getting to know Micah and Abigail, and loved Micah's occupation. A first for this Amish reader. I also loved Abigail's relationship with Micah's grandmother. Great story. 5 stars.
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?
My thoughts: I haven't read many books by Ms. Irvin, but I do have The Beekeeper's Son and The Bishop's Son in my to-be-read pile. i assume that part of this story was introduced in The Beekeeper's Son. I'm anxious to get into that book and read it. I enjoyed getting to know Rocky and Frannie and their struggles. This is a different sort of Amish romance, but it was good. 4.5 stars.