An Amish Christmas
December in Lancaster County
Printed Case Hardcover
By Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Barbara Cameron

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
December in Paradise.
A time of hope, redemption, and new life.
A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller.
Seth is no longer the arrogant young man who shattered Miriam’s confidence and broke her heart. But can he convince "plain" Miriam that she is truly beautiful to him?
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. But can she go back to her normal life with her long-lost love as her neighbor?
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.

My Review:
This small hardcover book of three short stories of Amish couples in different circumstances, but living in the same community. While the book is called Amish Christmas because that is the time of year, the story takes place. I do not usually read novella’s or mixture of novella’s, but this one was well written and the stories flowed together well, instead of feeling like there were several rushed stories to hurry them to court and get married,  one of the couples is a childless married couple who helps take care of  stranded motorists over Christmas time.  <p>
I enjoyed this story probably the most!!! Sarah had lost her baby to miscarriage and she greatly feels the pain of this, when a stranded couple stays at their home during a snowstorm and the wife is expecting a baby. Since many Amish women have their babies at home, I liked it that this was portrayed as such.
The other two were nice stories as well. One thing bothered me in the first story, Miriam struggled with feeling ugly  and doubts herself since a bullying incident on the schoolyard. Even as an adult she overhears people commenting on her ill looks. This bothered me as later other people told her how pretty she was and she herself could just not see it. I wondered why then other people seemed to comment on her being ugly so much then, it just seemed sort of odd.

<p> I am sure you know I am not a fan of Amish fiction, however this collection of short stories is a well written collection that I felt did not make huge deals of how odd their life was, but instead just told the stories like they would any other person! <p>
This book would be a nice Christmas gift for someone you know who loves to read. It’s size would make it nice to slip into a stocking! – Martha

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