January 13, 2015

Review: An Amish Second Christmas 
"An Amish Second Christmas"
Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid, Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer

In the Amish community, Second Christmas is a time of family, fun and tradition.  These four short stories illustrate this.

"When Christmas Comes Again" by Beth Wiseman
Katherine and her children are facing their first Christmas without Elias, husband and father.  She knows it is going to be hard.  A mysterious "Englischer" appears with photographs of her late husband and even though the Amish frown on pictures of themselves she comes to treasure them.  But who is this "Englischer" and how does he know all about them?  
Read this story to find how a potentially sad Christmas contains many blessings.

"Her Christmas Pen Pal" by Ruth Reid
Joy had been expecting a wedding proposal from Henry, but she catches him with another young woman.  Heartbroken, she writes her cousin in another community and pours out her heart to her.  But her letters are mistakenly delivered to a young cabinetmaker.  Or are they?  Joy and he correspond and things become interesting fast. 
Will she recover from her broken heart?  Will she ever forgive the cabinet maker for reading her confessions?

"A Gift for Anne Marie" by Kathleen Fuller
Anne Marie and Nathaniel have been best friends since they were kids.  But everyone else sees them as boyfriend and girlfriend.  Then Anne Marie's best girl friend, Ruth, confides that the likes Nathaniel and wants her to put a "bug" in her ear.  Anne Marie does, but doesn't understand why she is bothered by this.  Her mom surprises her by deciding to remarry in another state.  
How will this seemingly mixed up situation end?

"The Christmas Aprons" by Tricia Goyer
Esther's "mem" has always been known for her vanilla crumb pie.  Her recipe has always been a secret, until Esther is finally given the recipe by accident or on purpose?  Because she discovers that the pie is more than just a dessert...it's a bachelor bait.  
Read this story to see if Esther is able to hook her fish or does she let him get away in spite of her bait.

I enjoyed all of these stories very much.  Sometimes it is nice to be able to read a short story at one sitting.  Especially when you are too busy to become involved in a book.  This book contains reading group ideas and the Old Order Amish Recipes for the dishes mentioned.

Read more about the book here


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