An Amish Christmas Gift: Three Amish Novellas by Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin
About the Book
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.
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?
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?
Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston introduces Naomi King. Naomi, at age 24, believes she is to be single for the rest of her life. She has “run” after boys and each time the situation ended disastrously, what more evidence does she need? Her mother feels she shamelessly chased the boys and needs to settle down and help run the family business.
Naomi is working one day when precocious 7-year-old Susie Schmucker strikes up a conversation with her. Unbeknownst to Naomi, Susie had wandered away from her father’s side. Susie’s father begins to frantically search for her.
Susie’s father, Caleb, finds her and swoops away with her before Naomi can even react. However, not before Susie has tugged Naomi’s heartstrings with the story about her deceased mother. Since Naomi has never seen Susie and Caleb before she figures they aren’t from the area and she’ll never see them again.
Amy Clipston has written a sweet, magical Christmas story. Naomi’s Gift is sure to tug your heartstrings and leave you with a smile.
An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid, the second story, focuses on Abigail “Abby” Kemp. Abby has never had more than one “date” with the young Amish men she knows. Her constant chatter scares them off, according to her family. In fact, her mother has started buzzing at her whenever she talks, hoping to draw her attentions and get her to stop talking. Poor Abby feels it is her gift from God and doesn’t want to change.
Micah Zook needs someone to care for his grandmother and Gabby Abby (his nickname for Abby) seems like a perfect fit. Abby’s constant chatter will help fill his grandmother’s lonely hours while he is away at work.
One day, close to Christmas, Micah hurts Abby’s feelings. Will Micah be able to explain to Abby? Will she accept his explanation?
An Unexpected Joy illustrates how snap decisions and a judgmental attitude can poison a friendship, but with forgiveness, not all is lost.
A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin, the final story in the trilogy, is about Frannie Mast. Frannie makes a trip to Bee County, Texas, to stay with her relatives. She left her home in Missouri because she had fallen in love with an Englisch boy, Richard “Rocky” Sanders.
Frannie settles into life with her relatives only to be shocked by a visit from Rocky. He followed her to Texas to profess his love. However, Frannie can’t be around him, regardless of how much he implores her because she’s Amish and he’s Englisch.
Kelly Irvin has written a heartwarming story of love and faithfulness. A Christmas Visitor is an uplifting and touching story.
If you enjoy Amish stories, especially one with a Christmas theme, be sure to read An Amish Christmas Gift. You’ll also appreciate the dictionary of Amish words at the beginning of the stories and the recipes at the end of the book.
I received this book from The Fiction Guild sponsored Thomas Nelson and Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.