A Plain & Simple Christmas

 

Title of Book: A Plain & Simple Christmas

Author: Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish, Fiction, Romance, Adult, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Christmas
Series: Kauffman’s Amish Bakery
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub Date: September 13, 2010 (Hardcover, 186 Pages)
Book Source: Borrowed from Library
Contact Author: Facebook / Website / Twitter
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Synopsis: is from Author Website
A Plain & Simple Christmas is the tale of Anna Mae McDonough who was shunned by her family four years ago when she left her Amish community in Lancaster County, PA, to marry an “Englisher” (non Amish) man and move with him to Baltimore. Now, eight months pregnant when her first child, she longs to return home for Christmas to reconcile with her family, especially her stern father, who is the religious leader for her former Amish church district.

So Anne Mae writes a letter to Kathryn Beiler, her brother’s wife, to enlist her help. Kathryn asks her husband, David, if she should arrange Anna Mae’s visit. David cautions her that a visit would cause too much stress in the family and instead suggests they visit Anna Mae and her husband in the spring. However, Kathryn arranges the visit anyway, believing in her heart that it’s God’s will for the family to heal.

When Anna Mae arrives in Lancaster for Christmas, she doesn’t receive the welcome she expects and her world begins to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in her family – and her faith in God.

A book filled with love, the pain of being separated from one’s family, and the determination to follow God’s will regardless of the outcome, A Plain and Simple Christmas is an inspiring page-turner that will keep you guessing what happens next…right to the very last page.

My Thoughts on this Book:
Anna Mae McDonough is shunned by her family and the Amish community. She left her community to marry Kellen McDonough who is an Englisher and moved to Baltimore. She is know expecting her first child and is now long to reconnect with her family and with the approaching of the holidays.

Anna Mae reach out to her sister in law to make arrengments to come and visit her family for the holidays. Her sister in law talks to her husband David. Her husband tell her not to do this and agrees to take her and the children to visit Anna Mae and Kellen in the spring. Katherine goes against her husband wishes and plans this visit for Anna Mae.

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Review: A Wreath of Snow

Book Title: A Wreath of Snow
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Genres: Holiday, Christmas, Christian, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
Pub Date: October 2, 2012 (224 Pages, Hardcover
Book Source: Recieved from WaterBrook Press for Honesty Review
About this Author: Website/ Bio/

Synopsis:
All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.

Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.

When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?

As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.

My Thoughts:
My I love this. It really keeps the holiday spirt a live. It is centered around Christmas season. Something happen about dozen years that though both Gordon  and Margret. I love this book because it bring in the historical fiction with a romance that blooms though out the book.

The Campbell’s do not realize that they hold a grudge towards someone. There son is hiding something as well about this injury. Though it all things get cleared up and worked though since there train was abandon because of snow and something else.

If you enjoy historical fiction or looking for one during the holiday season. This one is quite a pick and you get  two in one with one.

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Note: “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”

Happy 4 Of July

I have not completed any Reviews this week yet. Though I am working on finishing on two books. I will continue to work this and be for this holiday I give you something fun to do.

A Fun Quiz for you for this Important Day.

1. The Declaration of Independence begins with what words?
2. What document was the legal framework of the United States?
3. Who wrote the words of the Star Spangled Banner?
4. How did the Liberty Bell get its crack?
5. How many stars were on the first United States flag?
6. In what year did Congress recognize the Pledge of Allegiance?
7. Where was the first national capitol located?
8. When is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?
9. What city was the Liberty Bell located in?
10. What is the official anniversary date of Flag Day?
11. Which two patriots died on July 4, 1826?
12. Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?
13. In July 1776, how many people were living in the colonies?
14. Who shot Abraham Lincoln?
15. Who do historians believe sewed the first official American flag?
16. Flying a flag upside down is a symbol of what?
17. What is the name of the oldest commissioned U.S. naval vessel?
18. Estimated number of Fourth of July cookouts?
19. The first 10 amendments to the Constitution are familiarly known as?
20. Whose signature is largest on the Declaration of Independence?
21. The dollar amount of all U.S. fireworks imported?
22. The population milestone our nation will be closing in on this July 4th?
23. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”?
24. Where did immigrants first set foot in the New World to gain entry?
25. Life, liberty, and _________________________________________?
26. What do the colors red, white, and blue stand for?
27. The signing of the Declaration of Independence took until August 2, 1776?
28. Will Smith starred in this 4th of July movie named?
29. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776?
30. In what state is the largest city of Independence?
31. How many people annually visit the Liberty Bell?
32. How tall is the Statue of Liberty?
33. What other countries celebrate the 4th Of July?
34. Who wrote the Fourth of July Ode?
35. When the Liberty bell was cast, how much did it weigh?
36. One nation under _____?
37. What year did blockbuster movie Independence Day come out? 38. What New York Yankee threw a No Hitter on July 4, 1983? 39. Name a 4th of July favorite that comes on a bun.
40. Where can you find great Independence Day cards?

Post your answers in the Comments if you want to do it…

Memorial Day

This Monday is not only Memorial Day for me it my Pappap Birthday. For his birthday is May 28.