Wednesday, September 04, 2019

An Amish Christmas Kitchen by Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, Kate Lloyd

An Amish Christmas Kitchen: 
Three Novellas Celebrating the Warmth of the Season
by Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, Kate Lloyd

As the weather grows cold and the nights grow long, the cheer and warmth of the Christmas season is one thing all readers can find comfort in. This collection from bestselling Amish fiction novelists Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd finds the beating heart at the center of the holiday and offers three novellas that celebrate family, faith, and especially the sights and smells of a bustling holiday kitchen. 

Leslie Gould tells the story of how, in the wake of a heartbreaking loss, a young Amish woman finds unexpected comfort and hope in a yearly baking tradition surrounding the local Lancaster Christmas market. Jan Drexler offers a sweet tale of a shy Amish woman who decides to use her gift for sweets to woo a local Amish boy with her beloved Christmas cookies. And Kate Lloyd offers a heartwarming tale of a woman's unexpected discovery about the truth of her past, and the warm and welcoming Amish family table she finds herself invited to on Christmas.

My Review: 

This book contains three stand alone Amish fiction novellas that tell stories of faith, family, and love at Christmastime. 

An Amish Family Christmas by Leslie Gould tells the story of Noelle, a young Amish woman who recently lost her mother. She's busy taking care of her father and working in the family's baked goods business when an old love that Noelle had never gotten over comes back to Lancaster County. 

An Amish Christmas Recipe Box by Jan Drexler tells the story of Ada, a shy young Amish woman who is having trouble gaining the attention her crush. She decides to use her baking skills to get him to notice her.

An Unexpected Christmas Gift by Kate Lloyd tells the story of Maria, a young English woman searching for answers about her past. In her quest she meets an Amish family that will change her life.

This book is filled with faith, family, love, and the joy of Christmas. The authors all did a wonderful job of telling these women's stories in ways that drew me in. I joined their families for Christmas even though I read it at the end of summer. I ached for their losses and their heartaches, rejoiced in their happiness, and didn't want to put the book down. I look forward to reading more from all three of these authors.

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House for review. I was not asked to give a favorable review, just an honest one. 

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