Title: An Amish Christmas Gift
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Author: Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Oct. 6, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 0
Christmasy Feeling: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
This opening story was very predictable. Even when there was a crisis I didn’t for a moment feel anxiety for the protagonist. Caleb’s daughter, Susan, was so over the top manic most of the time that if this wasn’t an Amish story I would think the girl was getting into the family liquor cabinet. The dialog was rather stilted and the writing not very professional. Have you guessed that I was not happy with this novella? This is my first “Amish Romance” and I was hoping for so much more. Perhaps in the other novellas in this book?
Deet’s rating:2 Sexy Rating: 0 (it’s an Amish story)
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?
This novella was more to my liking. The characters were well drawn. Abigail was talkative to the point of being annoying but she truly had a warm, generous heart. Micah had reasons to be stressed and annoyed with Abigail but he too had a kind generous nature. This was a very sweet love story as well as a lesson in Christmas good will. Deet’s Rating: 4, Sexy Rating:0
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?
Again a well written story with a look at a different problem that might arise in the Amish Community. I had to admire Rocky’s persistence and dedication to winning Frannie. Deet’s Rating: 4, Sexy Rating:0
Deet’s overall impression:
This is my first foray into this genre of the Amish Romance for that reason it is hard for me to say if these stories are typical of the genre. As in all genres there are good writers and those who don’t speak to the reader. In this book I found both. All the stories were very predictable and each practically beat the reader over the head with the moral of the story. For those reasons I never offered more than a rating of “4”. I’m not saying I will never read this genre again but I am saying I will definitely do a bit more research before I give it another try.