About the Book
Book: An Amish Christmas Wedding
Author: Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, and Amy Clipston
Genre: Amish Christmas
Release Date: October 6, 2020
From bestselling authors of Amish fiction come four delightful stories perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the everyday miracles Christmas brings.
Evergreen Love by Amy Clipston
Ryan Lapp had promised to marry Lorene Bontrager as soon as he was able to build them a house, but the day never came. Ryan moved away. Five years later, Lorene has settled in to her old maid role, and she’s shocked when her younger sister announces her quick engagement to Ryan’s younger brother. As they rush to plan the wedding, Lorene is constantly around the family she almost joined. Worse, she’s forced to face Ryan himself, who has returned to town. As both Ryan and Lorene examine their own feelings, they must decide if they can find grace with each other—and the young people they once were—this Christmas season. There just might still be love in their future.
Holiday of Hope by Kelly Irvin
Henry Lufkin is one of four bachelors who lived in the West Kootenai, Montana, cabins that were destroyed by wildfires. He’s the only one of them who hasn’t since married, but he likes his solitude. Then an old friend asks him to care for his son, and Henry has to share his small cabin and his life with bewildered and rebellious ten-year-old Tommy. When the child encounters trouble at school, Henry reaches out to Tommy’s teacher. Leesa Yoder never expected to find herself single and teaching sixteen young scholars, and she certainly didn’t anticipate an inexperienced bachelor telling her how to do her job. Amid the flying sparks, can Henry and Leesa see that there might be hope and love in this unexpected situation?
Wreathed in Joy by Kathleen Fuller
Mary Wengerd and Jakob Mullet have been best friends since childhood. Pressured by friends and family, they decided to date—with disastrous results. When they break up, their friendship is ruined. A year later, Mary is baking her Englisch friend’s wedding and groom cakes for a Christmas Eve wedding. Mary loves the Christmas season, and had always dreamed of marrying during that time. Now she wonders if she’ll ever marry. After she and Jakob form a tenuous new friendship, Mary breaks her arm. As he steps in to help her with the cakes, Mary is inexplicably and suddenly falling for him. But they’ve already dated, and that ended so horribly. Could it be better this time?
A Christmas Prayer by Vannetta Chapman
Widower Micah Miller runs the Amish Tour Company, offering Englischers a glimpse of a simpler life as well as tea at Rachel King’s. Rachel has never married and has recently lost her parents. When Micah comes across an abandoned and injured dog, he gives it to Rachel for company. As Rachel is charmed by the dog and shocked by news of the existence of family she never expected, her heart and mind bend toward the possibilities of change in her life—even toward the possibility of love.
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About the Authors
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of sixteen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and has also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for fifteen years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. Visit Vannetta online: VannettaChapman.com, Twitter: @VannettaChapman, Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks.
With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at KathleenFuller.com; Instagram: kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: WriterKathleenFuller.
Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at KellyIrvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, Amish Homestead, and Amish Marketplace series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at AmyClipston.com; Facebook: AmyClipstonBooks; Twitter: @AmyClipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.
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I love books where authors come together and give readers a collection of stories packed in one book. These stories are entertaining and allows us to visit the Amish during holiday times. Each story is a stand alone yet each author made their story flow easily into the next. . Enjoy your time getting into the holiday spirit.
Evergreen Love byAmy Clipston
What a great story about second chances. It was sad that Lorene and Ryan ended their engagement. I think Lorene didn’t really give Ryan time to explain why he kept putting off building a house for them. We sometimes make rash decisions in the heat of our emotions and regret them later.
I couldn’t wait to see what would happen when Ryan returns after being away for several years. Lorene learns a valuable lesson in sharing her feelings and allowing Ryan to finally open up to her. There is something special about weddings. Lorene and Ryan experience some awkward moments but God had a plan for them. It is a wonderful and sweet story of family, forgiveness and finding happiness.
Holiday of Hope by Kelly Irvin
Oh my did this story tug at my heart. Can I just give Tommy a big hug? The pain of feeling all alone in the world is hard for Tommy. Now after losing the last person he cared for he is shuffled off to live with Henry. This child need some compassion, guidance and someone who cares about him. It was sad to read that Tommy doesn’t believe in God anymore. I can understand how hurt he is by losing family members. Sometimes we are mad at God because we don’t understand why bad things happen.
With the help of Leesa and Henry, maybe Tommy will let down his guard. Leesa is such a sweet character. You can tell right away that she cares about other people. I loved reading how Tommy slowly began to change and allow God to work on his heart. The Christmas program was fun to read about and I could tell Tommy was happy to be part of it.
“God has a way of leading us to water, doesn’t He? Now you just have to drink.”
Wreathed in Love by Kathleen Fuller
How fun it must be to have a wedding at Christmastime. The decorations are beautiful and families gather to share happiness and the holiday season. I couldn’t wait to see how the author would use this wedding to get two people back together. Mary and Jakob use to date but that ended a year ago. Now they find themselves spending time together helping Mary’s friend with her wedding. I would love to attend an Amish wedding someday.
I really liked how the story talks about friendship and helping others out. Mary has to rely on Jakob to help her with baking obligations when she is injured. It’s the perfect setup for these two to rekindle their friendship and perhaps more. The author delivers a wonderful story about trusting . It can be hard sometimes to let out guard down and allow someone in. Mary is a great example of learning to trust God with her feelings and giving Jakob the chance to try to repair their relationship.
A Christmas Prayer by Vannetta Chapman
There are so many things I loved about this story. I loved that it focused on older adults, a dog that stole my heart and finding love. It was nice to be part of the tour as Rachel opens her home up to tourist. She answered questions from them and I loved how she did it with grace. I learned that when Amish make quilts, they put a mistake in them to keep them humble. The answer Rachel gave about the Amish being a cult made me understand them better. They only worship God, not a person like a cult does.
Now on to the fun part of the story. Rachel is lonely and not excited to spend Christmas alone. How sad it was to learn that Rachel never married. Rachel’s friend Micah comes over with an injured dog hoping she will take the dog. After all Rachel is alone and the dog needs someone to nurse back to health. I laughed when Rachel said no as the dog’s big sad eyes looked at her.
There are a few surprises which really made the story more interesting. Micah and Rachel seem to slowly become more comfortable around each other and I was cheering for them to have the best Christmas ever. Prayers are powerful and in this story it shows that God does answer prays. He may not answer them as soon as we want but He has a plan for our lives. I would love to see a follow up story with Micah and Rachel because they are special people who represent that no matter how old you are, you can find love in God’s timing.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and reading my review of this wonderful example of what Christmas is about. Blessing to you and your family during this holiday season.
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