Thursday, October 15, 2015

Amish Christmas at North Star by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark & Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert

From the publisher:
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, love, and the wonder of Christmas.

Guiding Star
 by Katie Ganshert

Curiosity gets the best of Englisher 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 Yoder.  Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jacob, an angry Englisher, or someone else?

In the Stars
 by Cindy Woodsmall

Kore Detweiler has nursed his broken heart, avoiding North Star after Savilla Beiler suddenly rejected his love.  But when he is 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 work in construction in a new Amish settlement in Louisiana. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas, and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in an old widower’s life.

This was an interesting concept for a book. To have four novellas that all worked together.  I liked the idea of it, but I felt that one of the stories didn't really match the others.  It is not that Eden's story was not well written, rather, it did not flow with the basic ideas of the other ones. 

Overall each story was engaging and I kept wanting to read so that I could find out what happened next and how the stories tied in together.  I was pleased to read the epilogue and have a "wrap-up" for all the stories.

I also really enjoyed that Katie Ganshert and Cindy Woodsmall had characters from previous books mentioned.  I always think that is fun!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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