Author: Kathleen Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron and Kelly Long

Posted December 19, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Barbara Cameron, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Long / 0 Comments

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Kathleen Fuller. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Barbara Cameron and Kelly LongAn Amish Christmas by Barbara Cameron, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Long
Published by Thomas Nelson on September 12th 2011
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 528
Source: Kathleen Fuller
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Celebrate Christmas with Four Amish Romances.

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.

A Choice to Forgive by Beth Wiseman ****

I’m going to just say it…this novella was the perfect opener to this collection.  I’ve yet to read anything by this author that I haven’t absolutely fallen in love with.  And with one small caveat, this novella is no exception.  An unexpected, heart rending, 18 year old blast from the past walks through Lydia’s door one night just before Thanksgiving.  Her first love, the man who left it all behind and broke her heart on Christmas Eve (no less) eighteen years prior is back.  Back to reclaim his life in his Amish roots.  Back to tear her heart into little pieces all over again.  Back.  She thought she had moved on, actually marrying his brother Elam and raising their three children alone after Elam’s passing two years prior.  Back to remind her that her heart is not truly healed.  I loved that this story occupied it’s time in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I loved that there was no need for time hops and epilogues.  However, it crushed me a bit that there was the insta-love between Lydia and Daniel.  I mean I get it, they had once loved each other enough to chose to be engaged.  I get it, they had a deep history.  But 18 years people!  Eighteen years that was wrapped up in a big, ginormous, festering lie.  A lie that Elam never corrected, mind you, though he’s not here to deal with the fallout.  I can understand forgiving his lying cowardly self.  I can understand choosing friendship and a we’ll see approach.  I just couldn’t live with declarations of love so quickly.  That’s my caveat.  The one thing I couldn’t get behind in this otherwise amazing novella.

A Miracle for Miriam by Kathleen Fuller *****

This story, oh gravy this story is what all novellas should hope to become.  Added bonus points because it picks right back up where ‘A Choice to Forgive’ with the same family, the same community and a side-by story line.  It’s rare to find novellas with overarching stories.  Let’s add in that a horse in this book garnered it own paragraph to explain why it was named Gravy.  Technically Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy but still.  It’s like Kathleen knew me personally and Gravy was just her way to include me in this story, I mean if of course we don’t look at the analogy of me as a horse or the fact that she doesn’t know me.  But still, it’s what I want to think right now!  The author tackles some tough subjects in this novella that are done so gracefully and perfectly without trying to be more than what it was intended to be and without leaving me feeling like I missed something.  There was a lot of baby steps toward healing old hurts, there was a lot of let’s see where this could take us, there was a lot of forgiveness.  There wasn’t a lot of neat tied up endings without the need for after thoughts.  We don’t know where Miriam and Seth ended up, for sure.  And that is perfectly OK.  The depth of character building and back story was so perfect that I could have kept right on reading about their lives through their own series.

One Child by Barbara Cameron ****

I loved that story picked right up where ‘A Miracle for Miriam’ left off.  This collection is so very different than other novellas which endears me to it more.  Sarah and David have featured throughout the stories as a local couple who lost their baby to miscarriage the previous Christmas Eve.  They are hosting First Christmas for family and friends at their home and as their guests leave before the storm blows in they prepare to settle in for the night.  Until a pounding on the door takes David out into the snow to rescue a family whose car has slid off the road in the storm.  A husband and his very pregnant wife.  This novella was filled with so much love and healing (for Sarah especially) and truth.  Englishers with preconceived ideas about the Amish.  Misunderstood ideas about gender roles within the Amish family.  This story begins and ends in less than 24 hours.  That 24 hours provides healing for Sarah and David, growth for Kate and Jason, and new friendships for everyone.  Here’s the situation, however, it was only 24 hours but it dragged on and on and on.  Jason was all over the place.  Sarah was bound in her own private world that she didn’t share outside her husband.  Kate, oh yeah well I won’t spoiler it but it’s kinda a given ya know…  However it took her getting up and down and going here and there and drinking a LOT of tea to get there.

Christmas Cradles by Kelly Long ***

This book is partially a continuation of the previous three novellas but not as intertwined.  The same community, the same Christmas storm, and three new couples that were new.  If there were mentioned in the previous stories I didn’t get a feel for them like I did in the previous novellas.  Anna is in town for just a day or two to cover her Aunt’s patients while she goes to visit her family.  Oh yeah, the are both midwives.  The flu, which apparently is stealthing through the community through all the novellas, has changed a bit of plans when the man to stay with her and drive in the event she was called out is down with the flu so he son comes in his place.  Long story short it was insta-love.  I enjoyed the interweaving of the cradles (as featured in ‘One Child’) and quilts that draw the story together.  However I felt like the characters weren’t developed with any depth, answers were given too easily, and insta-love.  I feel like this novella was destined to be something amazing but due to a shortage of available pages got cut down and it lost a lot of somethings in the translation.  It was still an amazing conclusion to ‘An Amish Christmas’ in the community at Paradise on a blizzarding Christmas night.

An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County
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About Barbara Cameron

Barbara Cameron

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books and three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.

About Beth Wiseman

Beth Wiseman

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas. Her first non-Amish, contemporary—Need You Now—released in April 2012 and landed on the CBA Bestseller List. She enjoyed writing the story based in a town near where she lives, and she chose another small Texas town for her next non-Amish contemporary—The House that Love Built—which is based in Smithville, the same quaint town where movies such as Hope Floats and Tree of Life were filmed. Beth continued to spread her wings when she released The Promise in October 2014. Inspired by actual events, The Promise follows Beth’s characters all the way to Pakistan. Beth was involved in the real-life rescue when her friend was held captive in Pakistan. Beth is currently working on book #2 in her new Amish Secrets series, tentatively titled Jacob’s Ladder. Book #1—Her Brother’s Keeper—recently released and was chosen as a Top Pick by RT Reviews Magazine.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family.

About Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller is the best-selling author of over thirty books, including the Hearts of Middlefield series.

1. I started writing January 1, 2000. New year, new millenium, new career.
2. I’m a former special education teacher, specializing in teaching the blind and visually impaired.
3. I was born in New Orleans, LA, raised in Little Rock, AR, and call Geneva, OH my home.
4. On June 12, 2013, my husband and I will celebrate twenty years of marriage.
5. We have three awesome kids.
6. I love chocolate. ‘Nuff said.
7. I’ve written and published over twenty-five novels and novellas.
8. I also write nonfiction–interviews, devotionals, Bible studies, essays, blog posts…
9. We have three dogs–Biscuit, Mollie, and Chief. And one cat, creatively named Kitty.
10. If I could go anywhere in the world I would go to Ireland.

About Kelly Long

Kelly Long

Kelly Long is the author of the Patch of Heaven series and the historical Amish “Arms of Love”. She was born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. She’s been married for twenty-six years and enjoys life with her husband, children, and Bichon.

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