Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An Amish Christmas(Expanded Edition) - A General Review

The Review:

My Ranking: 8 out of 10
Ages 12 & up

An Amish Christmas, Expanded Edition: A Choice to Forgive / A Miracle for Miriam / One Child / Christmas CradlesAn Amish Christmas(Expanded Edition) is a very interesting, four-in-one novel; including A Miracle For Miriam, A Choice To Forgive, One Child, and Christmas Cradles.

A Miracle For Miriam is a heart warming story that speaks truth about where true beauty really comes from. Miriam has lived life with the hurting remarks spoken to her in the sixth grade by her secret crush, Seth. Leaving a lasting mark on Miriam’s self confidence, Seth’s teasing resulted in a lack of belief that a man could ever love her because of her lack of beauty.
Seth has returned from his rumspringe after an accident that scarred him for life. No longer having full use of his leg as it heals, Seth realizes that outward beauty means little. His attraction toward Miriam begins to grow, but can Miriam ever forgive him and realize that he loves her for her; not the way she looks?

A Choice To Forgive follows Miriam’s story but takes place with her sister, Lydia. When her childhood sweetheart, Daniel, disappeared suddenly leaving nothing but a note behind as explanation, Lydia built a life with his brother, Elam. Now widowed after her husband’s unexpected death, Lydia is shocked when Daniel returns in pursuit of her forgiveness. Lydia wants to forgive Daniel, but the pain from the past is making the action harder to do than she thought. Daniel carries with him a secret that could ruin his chances at befriending Lydia again…but keeping it hidden could cause more damage than exposing the truth, hurtful as it may be. Can both of them pick up where they left off and learn to love each other once more?

In One Child, Miriam and Lydia’s friend and nearyby neighbor, Sarah, and Sarah’s husband, David, are coming up on the anniversary of the miscarriage of their child. Sarah strongly desires to have a child of her own, just one child, but so far she has been unlucky. David is trying to help his wife move on and have faith that God knows what He’s doing. When a freak snow storm overtakes Lancaster County, David and Sarah are met by an Englisch couple seeking shelter. Being stranded in the house of Sarah and David with only two weeks until the Englisch couple expect the birth of their baby, they are anxious about being isolated in fear of no medical care with the time for the birth comes. During the time, both couples learn great life lessons about God’s timing and the acceptance of His greater plan for their life.

And last but not least, the extra in the expanded edition is Christmas Cradle which is about Anna. When Anna travels a few hours to fill in for the local midwife and spend time with her family, she is awoken in the night to deliver a child. This is the first of the many deliveries she makes that night and the next morning. Luckily, she has her faithful driver, Asa. Though Anna has always loved quilts, she never realized how much a quilt could help her through her deliveries on that night, or how Asa could make his way into her heart on that one, snowy night.

This is a very good collection of Amish novels; all of them linked to one another in some way and taking place near Christmas. If you enjoy Amish novels that have a sweet story and take place in this joyous season, then you’ll enjoy An Amish Christmas(Expanded Edition).

This is a general review and does not contain any content advisory.


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