This is a collection of four novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer all centered around the Amish tradition of the Second Christmas. Christmas Day is reserved for remembering Jesus’s birth and the Amish try to keep it low keyed and faith centered. The next day is what they call Second Christmas. This is the day they ‘let loose” and celebrate.
Each novella is a stand alone story, long enough to be interesting and short enough to be a quick and easy read. You’ll find smatterings of mystery, forgiveness, love, surprises, unexpected romance and most of all, the thought that God always knows what is best even when it’s not what we expect.
At the end of the collection there is a section of recipes that are mentioned in each of the stories and at the end of each story there are questions for discussion groups.
This is what the publisher says:
"Celebrate Second Christmas, a treasured, lighthearted time of community, with four Amish romances.
“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman
Katherine knows the first Christmas without Elias will be hard for her and the children. But when a mysterious Englischer appears with photographs of her late husband, Katherine begins to wonder what other blessings Christmas could have in store.
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid
Joy was expecting a wedding proposal from Henry; what she got instead was news of another woman. But when her heartfelt letter to a cousin ends up in the hands of a young cabinetmaker, an unexpected correspondence between two strangers gets interesting fast.
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids. Now things are evolving . . . in ways everyone else predicted long ago. But when her mother suddenly decides to remarry in another state, Anne Marie’s new chapter with Nathaniel looks doomed to end before it begins.
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer
Vanilla crumb pie has been Esther’s mem’s calling card for decades. But when Esther finally gets her hands on the secret recipe, she discovers that vanilla crumb pie is more than just dessert . . . it’s bachelor bait."
This is a perfect book to read during this busy holiday season. You can read one novella then come back later and read another one without feeling like you’ve been interupted.
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