An Amish Christmas

Title of Book: An Amish Christmas
Authors: Beth Wiseman, Katherine Fuller, Barbara Cameron
Series: December in Lancaster County
Genres: Fiction, Christian Fiction, Inspirational, Romance, Christmas, Amish, Adult, Young Adult,
Pub Date: September 15, 2009
Book Source: Borrowed from Library

Synopsis: From Amazon, Goodreads
A Choice to Forgive by Beth Wiseman
After Daniel disappeared that long-ago Christmas Eve, Lydia built a life with his brother. But now she’s a widow and Daniel has reappeared, asking for forgiveness. Can she go back to her normal life with her long-lost love as her neighbor?

A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller
Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam’s confidence and broker her heart. Will he be able to show “plain” Miriam that she is truly beautiful to him?

One Child by Barbara Cameron
The birth of one child forever changed the world two thousand years ago. On a snowy Christmas night in Lancaster County, another child changes the world for two very different couples.

Christmas Cradles by Kelly Long
When Anna Stolis takes over for her aunt, the local midwife, Christmas night heats up with multiple deliveries, three strangers’ quilts, and unexpected help from the handsome and brooding Asa Lapp.

My Thoughts on this book:

I picked this book up from the library. I read the back on the cover and one of the story caught my attention or interest. So I picked it up and checked it out to read. It one I read from start to finish. It was hard to put down. I love Christmas stories anytime of year but the season is one of my favorites. In this case, these four novellas tell the story of one December in Lancaster County. These four some way connect to each other but not in a series kind of way.

In A Miracle For Miriam, you learn about the deep hurt that causes Miriam to disappear into herself. Seth caused the hurt when they were both fourteen years old. Most of us remember our hurts and some of us have allowed those hurts to influence us as adults. It’s a beautiful love story in which other characters from the other three novellas are introduced.

A Choice to Forgive opens with Lydia answering a knock at her door and discovering her first love, Daniel Smucker, standing confidently on her doorstep. He promised to marry her when they were young and mysteriously disappeared on Christmas. Lydia marries his brother, Elam, who happens to comfort her during her difficult heart break. She becomes a widow when he dies of a heart attack. Those feelings of love for Daniel rise again and she struggles to forgive him for running away. He tries to explain the difficult and complicated situation that sent him away, and the secret that he and his brother kept from her causes an enormous emotional struggle.

One Child by Barbara Cameron addresses Sarah and David’s struggle over their miscarriage. Sarah prays to Derr Herr for a child. It’s the only gift she wants on Christmas. Mysterious visitors bring unexpected joy during a particularly bad blizzard. It’s a story of healing, love, and friendship.

Christmas Cradles tells the story of Anna Stolis and Asa Mast. Anna has never been married. She has become a midwife. Asa Mast also never married. A tragedy occurred during his rumschpringe years that brought him to this point. His father is very ill, refusing to go to the hospital on Christmas. Anna has three deliveries during the night. Normally, his father, Samuel, accompanies Anna’s Aunt Ruth (also a midwife), but with Aunt Ruth taking the evening off and Samuel sick, Asa joins Anna in her delivery runs. It is a love story of two insecure people who never thought they could fall in love.

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The Amish Midwife

Book Title: The Amish Midwife
Author: Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould
Series: Women of Lancaster County #1
Genres: Amish Fiction, Family, Christian Fiction, Inspirational, Series, Adoption
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Pub Date: February 1, 2011 (324 Pages, Paperback)
Book Source: Paperback

Synopsis:
A dusty carved box containing two locks of hair and a century-old letter regarding property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die. Lexie steps in to assume Marta’s patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word “demut, “which means ?to let be? as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God. A compelling story about a search for identity and the ability to trust that God securely holds our whole life?past, present, and future.
My Thoughts:
This was about Lexie finding her biological family. She is searching for her Identity. Her father died and told her about a box that came and when she finds it set her on mission to find her birth parents. She goes to Pennsylvania to help a midwife in trouble. Though she was to start working in Philly.

She learns some Amish words though her patients that she learns with some true meaning. People in her family are hiding information about her. She arrives at Marta Bayer home and Marta get angry at her. If you want to read more about the surprise or not for she finds a surprise that will be quite suprising to find out. Does Lexie get her Story. You need to read to find out.

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A Texan’s Honor

Title of Book: A Texan’s Honor
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: The Heart of a Hero # 2
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Western, Inspirational, Historical Romance
Publishers: Abingdon Press
Pub Date: March 1st 2012 by Abingdon Press, Paperback (320 Pages)
Book source: Bought though Amazon.com for the Kindle (while it was free)
Contact Author: Website /Facebook


Synopsis: is from Goodreads.com
Texas, 1874. Years ago, Will McMillan had fought in the open, next to his Captain, Clayton Proffitt. Now he’s waging another war undercover, pretending to be a member of the notorious Walton Gang. But when a hostage situation goes awry and an innocent woman is in the middle of the fray, Will knows he must protect her no matter what happens. Even if his cover is blown. Even if they risk being killed by his gang or by the lawmen on their trail. Even if the woman he’s risking everything for will never love him back.



My Thoughts on this book:

 The way I see this book, I had been read A Texan’s Promise before reading this. Well I was expecting to hear about Clayton and Vanessa life a little bit. Though I know this book is based on Will McMillan and Scout Proffitt. Jamie was not all the interesting to me though I did read about her in the beginning. I at first thought what is going on, how were we in a train robbery already?
I really was interested Will McMillan life more then girl hostage Jamie and the other members of the Walton Gang. I was so in to find out what Will McMillan occupation was though out the book. Scout Proffitt was another I really enjoyed reading about. Though it did not mention much on his life, other some flash back as him thinking about his sister Corrine when he looking at female hostage. There a surprise relationship between two folks.
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A Texan’s Promise

 Title of Book: A Texan’s Promise

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: The Heart of a Hero # 1
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Western, Inspirational, Historical Romance
Publishers: Abingdon Press
Pub Date: October 1st 2011 by Abingdon Press, Paperback (320 Pages)
Book source: Bought though Barnes and Noble for the Nook Simple Touch (while it was free)
Contact Author: Website / Facebook

Synopsis: is from Goodreads.com
Past promises will be tested as new ones are given…

When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant crying in the barn late one night, he first thinks she’s gotten herself into another scrape. But when he spies the marks on her back and hears about her stepfather’s advances, Clayton knows he must spirit Vanessa away to safety.
As they make their way west, it becomes apparent that there’s something special between Vanessa and Clayton— far more significant than mere friendship or his sense of duty. Unfortunately, also heading west are Vanessa’s brother Miles and her stepfather Price Venture. Price wants Vanessa back for obvious reasons; Miles wants to earn his stepfather’s respect. Eventually, unexpected confrontations reach a harrowing conclusion. As their family begins to heal, their journey and trials they’ve faced helps them realize their future is in God’s guiding hands. 

My Thoughts on this book:
I want to get this book to read but I was reading another book by Shelley Shepard Gray at the time. I was either going to wait for it to become free for my Nook or get it though the library. Well I was surfing my facebook or looking at posts that were coming to my surprise Shelley Shepard post Status update  saying that her book “A Texan’s Promise” was being able to download it free for that day or that week for the Nook at Barnes & Noble website. So I downloaded it to my Nook and started reading it. Now on to my lovely thought of the book.

I really like how the beginning starts in this book. We get learn about Clayton and Vanessa past though the book. We start to see how Vanessa Grant life become rattled and how things change rapidly. Clayton seems to care for her and her pain. He see her in pain and wants to get her safe. We get to introduced to Miles Grant and Vanessa stepfather a little bit. We hear about Clayton’s side of the family while he and Vanessa are traveling on the trail from Texas to Colorado. Along the way, you meet a few of Clayton’s friends. Their a new set problem that exist with old one between Clayton and Vanessa. You also hear about Miles and his struggles along with Miles and Vanessa stepfather problem is. To find out what they are and struggles each person as is suggest that you go and read it.

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The Survivor

Title of Book: The Survivor
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: Families of Honor # 3
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Amish, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Inspirational
Publishers:   Avon Inspire
Pub Date: August 30, 2011 by Avon Inspire, Paperback (320 Pages)
Book source: Borrowed from library
Contact Author: Website / Facebook

Synopsis: is from Author website
Mattie’s body has healed from the cancer that nearly took her life . . . but can she find the man who can mend her lonely heart?

Mattie has faced more in her twenty-three years than she ever imagined possible. Having successfully battled cancer, she’s ready to reenter the world with hopes for her future. But while she was in and out of hospitals, other Amish girls her age were courting and finding the men they would marry. The only man who’s ever made her heart beat faster is Graham Weaver, her best friend, who has always been there to comfort her, in good times and bad. Is it finally time for their friendship to become something more?

But cruel gossip is spreading, claiming that Graham’s the father of the baby Jenna Yoder’s carrying. Will Mattie’s dreams of a happily-ever-after be crushed before they’ve left the ground?


My Thoughts on this book:
There a tornado that goes though their community but find out what is important. We find out that Calvin and Lucy are expecting their first baby. Mattie is struggling with her emotions and where she get past about her best friend Graham Weaver as more then a friend. Graham is also trying to figure out his feeling for Mattie. There a rumor going around saying Jenna Yoder is carrying Graham Weavers child. We are introduced to several new characters in this story and series.

This was a fun filled and stress reading this story. Though I wished there was a better way to finish it about Lucy and Calvin and How Jenna and Chis his family made it out of the tornado? I I know that John married Mary. We Know that All the Weavers made it out of Tornado safe and sound though I would have like to know about Calvin and Lucy baby?
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The Caregiver

Title of Book: The Caregiver
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: Families of Honor # 1
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Amish, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Inspirational
Publishers:   Avon Inspire
Pub Date: March 8, 2011 by   Avon Inspire, Paperback (276 Pages)
Book source: Borrowed from library
Contact Author: Website / Facebook

Synopsis: is from Author website
Two lives converge one stormy night on a train headed to Cleveland.

Lucy is traveling by herself via train to Jacob’s Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she’s glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.

The only other Amish people on the train are Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie. When their train breaks down outside of Cleveland, Calvin and Lucy band together to face the outside world. But Calvin also carries the weight of past hurts. When an altercation brings both their wounds to light, they question whether they can trust each other.

Once in Jacob’s Crossing, Lucy is occupied with caring for Mattie, while Calvin does his best to run his family’s farm. But they can’t stop thinking about those special hours spent together. Will the bond they formed last? And will Lucy and Calvin be able to put away the pain in their pasts to recognize the happiness that is suddenly in their grasp?



My Thoughts on this book:
We are introduced to a few people in this new book and series. In the very beguining we learn about Lucy Troyer and her husband Paul. Lucy and Paul are married for two years, during that time Paul is physical and verbal abuse toward her and her family and her commuity see and know about but do thing about it.

Lucy then travel on a train to take care of her cousin Mattie who is having breast cancer. She meet a young man named Calvin and his sister, Katie and his uncle John. They are travel back home to Jacob Crossing. They get to know each other while traveling. They both have carry past hurts. Their train break down along the way and they have to band together while they face the outside world.

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The Protector

Title of Book: The Protector
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Series: Families of Honor # 2
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Amish, Christian Fiction, Young Adult, Inspirational
Publishers:   Avon Inspire
Pub Date: June 28, 2011 by   Avon Inspire, Paperback (304 Pages)
Book source: Borrowed from library
Contact Author: Website / Facebook

Synopsis: is from Author website
Everyone needs a safe place to call home.

When her mother passes away, Ella’s forced to auction off her family’s farm. Her father died years ago, and she could never manage the fifty acres on her own. But after she moves to town, she can’t deny the pain she feels watching the new owner, Loyal Weaver, repairing her family’s old farmhouse—everything Ella had once dreamed of doing.

What Ella doesn’t know is that Loyal secretly hopes she will occupy this house again . . . as his wife. He begins inviting her over, to ask her opinion on changes he wants to make. As their friendship blooms, Ella starts to wonder about Loyal’s intentions, especially when her best friend, Dorothy, hints that Loyal is not who he seems. There’s no way the golden boy of their close-knit Amish community could be interested in Ella, long the wallflower, hidden away caring for her ailing parents.

Should she trust the man she’s always yearned for, or the friend who’s always been by her side? When one of them threatens to disrupt the independence she’s finally achieved, Ella is faced with a choice. She can protect her heart and keep things the way they’ve always been. Or she can come out of her shell, risk everything for the love she’s always wanted, and finally have a place to call home.


My Thoughts on this book:
I must say I really enjoyed continuing to read about the characters from the first book. Ella really deals with self esteem issues,but it was so nice to see her come out of her shell. The character of Dorothy was quite fascinating to hear about. I think bitterness over what had happened to her when she was younger really taken a little far. I really don’t think that I have ever read another Amish character quite like her.
I also intrigue in reading  more about Calvin and Lucy, and I great seeing things through young Katie’s eyes.Her determination to get to the library and sign up for the summer reading program was so sweet. The scenes that take place in the Kaffi Haus really had me wanting to find out what going on there.
I also like the continuing story of Maddie and her health issues and Graham part of the story. Though I think Mattie has found her special someone but  I am hoping she find out soon.

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