Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Review of Cynthia Keller's An Amish Gift
Picture and Synopsis from Edelweiss:
From the author of An Amish Christmas and A Plain & Fancy Christmas comes this heartwarming holiday tale about a family in crisis that receives an unexpected Christmas gift in the heart of Amish country.
When Shep Davis inherits a house, the family moves to Lancaster County, PA, in hopes of a fresh start. Shep enthusiastically runs his new bicycle shop while wife, Jennie, is torn between being a stay-at-home mom to their two teenagers and finding professional fulfillment for herself. When Jennie begins a friendship with her Amish neighbor, Mary Fischer encourages Jennie to market and sell her delicious homemade candy. While Jennie's candy business takes off, business at Shep's bike shop is less rewarding, and tensions between them resurface. However, the troubled couple set aside their differences when their son's friend, an Amish boy on rumspringa, desperately needs their help. As their Amish neighbors celebrate the return of their son, the Davis family also has reason to rejoice: while finding peace and harmony in their household, they've also rediscovered the meaning of Christmas.
I really liked this book a lot. It is a very fast read, you can easily read it in one day, because it is so well written and flows so well. It is a great storyline. I was glad to see a story about people with real problems. The Davis family has financial problems, but the father, Shep, doesn't want the mother, Jennie, to work. The kids, Willa and Tim, don't like that they moved. The family is slowly falling apart. They meet the Fischer family, their Amish neighbors, and spending time with them changes the Davis' life. They figure out how much they mean to each other, and come together to provide for the family. On their second Christmas in Lancaster, they make amends with other members of their family.
This was such a good book. I absolutely loved it. Good work Cynthia. I receieved my review copy from Edelweiss for my honest review.