Amish Christmas at North Star by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Amanda Fowler and Katie Ganshert
One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania.
Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas.
Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert
Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?
Mourning Star by Amanda Flower
Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac. Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else?
In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall
Heartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love. But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.
Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark
Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower’s life.
One eventful night in late November, at her home, Rebekah Schlabach helps four young mothers deliver their babies: Anna, Eden Hochstetler, Savilla Beiler and Andy Danner.
Chase Wellington works as a construction manager but is a reporter for the North Star Tribune as a side job. One day while helping his mother move he sees an article about four babies born during a record- setting blizzard in his hometown of North Star.
Intrigued, he decides to find out who and where they are.
Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert is the story of little Anna. Anna’s mother, Ruth, left Rebekah’s home before anyone – her husband or parents – were able to come for her. In the 25 years since she disappeared, no one has known where Anna went.
Eden Hochstetler is understandably upset when her good friend, Isaac, dies. Even though she should be helping her family with their fudge shop, she can’t let go of the feeling that there is more to her friend’s death than meets the eye. Mourning Star, by Amanda Flower, is a romantic mystery full of twists and turns that keep you guessing. (I love the play on words in the title, too!)
Cindy Woodsmall introduces us to Kore Detweiler and Savilla (Savvy) Beiler in her story In The Stars. Savvy broke up with Kore and broke both their hearts. However, she won’t tell him why. Kore left North Star vowing never to return, but when his grandmother is injured, he does. While there Savvy needs his help with a neighbor’s children and he can’t bring himself to turn her down, even though she hurt him.
The mother and daughter team of Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark wrote Star of Grace, about Andy Danner and his ex-girlfriend Nellie Umble. Nellie left North Star, and the Amish way of life shortly before she and Andy were to be married. Heartbroken, Andy leaves North Star for a job in Mississippi. However, his baby brother keeps pestering him to come home, something he emphatically does not want to do.
The epilogue written by Katie Ganshert completes the four stories in a wonderful and satisfying way.
Amish Christmas at North Star is an intriguing set of stories filled with forgiveness and acceptance for the individuals in the stories, even when under difficult circumstances.