I’ve enjoyed each of these themed Amish novella collections that I have read, and they widened my reading of authors of Amish fiction, but I tend to get a little more excited about them when Shelley Shepard Gray is thrown in to the mix. So it’s no surprise that I liked this particular set of four stories very much.
In the first story, No Place Like Home by Amy Clipston, a sympathetic character who is a mainstay in the background of her Amish Homestead series becomes the focus as she returns to her family home. When firefighter’s widow Eva Dienner’s young son asks to meet his other grandparents, she can’t tell him no. Continue reading
In her sixth Amish of Hart County novel, Shelley Shepard Gray treats readers to a second Christmas themed novel. In this instance, the promise of the title is tied to God’s promise as well as John Michael Miller’s promise to look after Grace King when a rash of local fires linked to home robberies threaten her during a dog-sitting job over the holidays. Continue reading
The fourth and final book in Dana Mentink’s Gold Country Cowboys series is chockablock full of danger and suspense, as the Thorn family gathers to celebrate another Christmas and help brother Keegan protect Tracy Wilson from danger. Continue reading
I enjoyed each story in this collection, whether from tried and true writers Margaret Brownley, Darlene Franklin, and Vickie McDonough, or those that are new or newer to me, Rosey Dow, Marcia Gruver, and Debra Ullrick.
These are stories of faith, perseverance, survival, and ultimately of love. Whenever the mood strikes for historical fiction set in the old west, with a Christmas theme, this is a great choice. Though a story or two may seem to drag slightly from time to time, this is a collection full of determined heroines, eligible heroes, and wonderful secondary characters who help them Continue reading
Michelle Griep’s first novella in her Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series won a 2018 Christy Award, and it wouldn’t surprise me if 2019 sees a repeat with A Tale of Two Hearts.
Mina Scott, the bookish and pretty innkeeper’s daughter, has fallen for a customer. Above her station, William Barlow is on the verge of remaining penniless unless he convinces his uncle that he is married, and Mina quickly agrees to help him keep the family fortune from his unpleasant and grasping cousin. Neither of them, though, has thought through the consequences of the scheme and are soon finding their actions going against their consciences and their newly shared faith. Continue reading
Fans of Colleen Coble are in for a treat with the publication of this early novel, as are those with a taste for stories set in the American Revolution but reminiscent of Victorian melodrama, with sin leading to death and madness. Continue reading
This is the third of Amy Clipston’s Amish Homestead novels. Since Mark Riehl’s introduction as the flirty Amish playboy who gave his older brother a bad time about being single, I’ve been certain that his story would be my favorite of this series. It is. Continue reading