mercoledì 26 novembre 2014

Review & Giveaway: An Amish Christmas Quilt by Charlotte Hubbard, Jennifer Beckstrand and Kelly Long

An Amish Christmas Quilt
by Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstrand



A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant

Seth Brenneman didn’t expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kaffman and her two children…or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts—and work a miracle for a lifetime?

A Perfect Amish Christmas

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico. But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing—falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she’s having a party. There’s just one complication—Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas—and true love-will change her mind, and her future

A Christmas On Ice Mountain by Kelly Long

Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp's secret wish to marry is a gift their feuding fathers definitely won't accept. And trying to settle their dats' long-standing quarrel is making their holiday anything but merry. Can rediscovering the joys and friendships of Christmas past finally turn their families' futures bright?



A Perfect Amish Christmas

“Our grandson Gideon is going to Mexico, and we’ve got to stop him,” Anna Helmuth said as she tied a bright red ribbon around a jar of huckleberry jelly.
Felty, her husband of sixty-three years, shoved a log into the cookstove. “Why would we want to stop him? Mexico sounds mighty nice this time of year.” 
“Not as nice as spending Christmas in Bonduel with Dorothy Schrock.”

“She’s a nice girl. As busy as a beaver yet.”
Anna nodded vigorously. “So you see why we must convince Gideon to come to Bonduel instead of Mexico for Christmas.”
“Why do we want to convince our grandson to come to Bonduel?”
Anna smiled as if she was sharing a delightful secret. “He’s got to marry Dottie Schrock, that’s why.”
Felty finished loading his wood and closed the door to the firebox in the cookstove. “Annie-girl, you’re not thinking of making another match, are you?”
Anna pinched the ribbon between the scissors blade and her thumb, sliding the dull blade the length of the ribbon and turning the ribbon into a bouncy curlicue. The jelly jars were to be sold at the Christmas bazaar next week. She held it out for Felty to see. “Isn’t that charming?”

“Anna, you are the charmingest girl I know. But what about Dottie and Gid?”

“Oh, Felty. I’m so pleased that you’re worried about them. What should we do about Dottie and Gid?”

“We don’t have to do anything. Let Gideon go to Mexico in peace,” Felty said.

Anna scolded her husband with her eyes. “We most certainly will not. He and Dottie are perfect for each other.”

“I’m sure Gideon would be glad to know you’re so concerned about his love life.”

“Of course. He’d much rather be falling in love with Dottie than sitting on some muggy Mexico beach wishing for a white Christmas.”


My review 

A few years ago I saw a movie on the Amish and  I fell in love on their culture and lifestyle. But this is my first book starring Amish and was not disappointed
There are three short stories set at Christmas time, a sweeter than the other.

The first story is Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant: Maria, a young widow nine months pregnant, is trying to reach her aunt with two children of her deceased husband. But likely to give birth in the middle of the road before reaching the destination. Fortunately warned by the dog that is with them comes to her rescue a carpenter named Seth: take her in his arms to the local clinic, warns her aunt and also assist the girl in childbirth. This story is very sweet and moving, is full of symbolism with a love story difficult but true, is pure Christmas spirit.

The second story is Christmas On Ice Mountain: the protagonists are two men were bitter enemies but once great friends, John Beider and Luke Lapp. Their respective children fall in love and know that their fathers will never give consent. A love story, the Christmas approaching and a sudden snow storm will bring forgiveness in their hearts?
It 's a story really romantic, tender, here is represented true love, pure and innocent

The third story is A Perfect Amish Christmas: Dottie is determined to give her mother the perfect Christmas since the last year could not celebrate. In her frantic race has forgotten the true spirit and meaning of Christmas. A snow storm and Gid help the girl to understand her mistake.
I love the characters in this story, especially the grandparents of Gid.

I adore these three stories: they're  written very well, that warm the heart, are really to be read during the Christmas period.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and the Forever After in Apple Lake series, set in two Amish communities in beautiful Wisconsin. She has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the two scheming Amish grandparents who try to help their grandchildren find suitable mates in Huckleberry Hill. Who would ever suspect two elderly Amish folks of mischief?

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics, which comes in handy when one of her six children needs help with algebra. After twenty-five years of being a chauffeur, cook, maid, and nurse, she embarked on a writing career. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America and is represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and two adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten.

You can find out more about Jennifer and her books by going to her website: or visiting her Facebook page: Jennifer Beckstrand Fans.

Twitter: @JenniferBeckst1

Charlotte Hubbard

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while I was still a school librarian—I sold my first story to True Story magazine. This launched me into writing about seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and I’ve been a slave to my overactive imagination ever since. My stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way I’ve proposed them: I love it when unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, because they keep me guessing right along with my readers!

I love touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with my border collie Ramona—although it’s humbling, having a dog smarter than I am! I’m an ordained Presbyterian deacon, and I devote a lot of time to singing in my church choir and to practicing/performing with our percussion ensemble. I’m celebrating more than thirty-five years with my husband, who—bless him—has never once suggested I get a real job!

Kelly Long

I grew up around the Old Order Amish Community of Rote, Pennsylvania, deep in the Allegheny Mountains. I have a great respect for the Amish as a people group and I am proud to represent them in my novels.

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10 commenti:

  1. Thank you so much for your review of our stories and for featuring our book on your site today! Wishing all of our guests who stop by a Happy Thanksgiving--I will be spending this day feeding my family turkey and all the trimmings, so won't be at my computer to respond to you!

    1. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the chance to read this sweet story!

  2. Thank you for hosting us on your site today. Your review made me smile. Especially today on Thanksgiving, I am so grateful for wonderful readers and reviewers who enjoy my books and give me so much happiness in return. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for this amazing short story!

  3. I loved the excerpt and review. They were both very interesting and informative. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  4. I enjoyed the excerpts today. I really want to read these stories they sound like teriffic stories. I love Christmas stories.

  5. Can I say 'everything', lol.


  6. I liked the author bio's.. :) great book, I'd enjoy reading it...
    dkstevensne AT outlook (dot) com

  7. I enjoyed the excerpts, very sweet.


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