About the BookBook: An Amish Christmas Bakery
Author: Various Authors
Genre: Amish Fiction, Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2019
From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four delicious novellas perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the holiday season.
Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston
As Christmas draws near, Alyssa Byler dreams of a window display for the bakery where she works. When she decides to design and build a sugar cookie nativity scene, all she needs is the right cookie cutters-and handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker is the one she asks for help. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa creates a striking display that brings more tourists to the bakery than she can handle. And when shoppers request handmade cookie cutters of their own, Kyle finds himself overwhelmed by the demand. As Christmas approaches, Alyssa realizes she’s been too caught up in work to focus on the true meaning of Christmas-and too distracted to explore the feelings she has for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush and spend their time celebrating the season that has brought them together.
Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman
As the only girl in a family of eight, Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery while her mother recuperates from surgery. At first, Katie doesn’t think tending to the bakery alone will be difficult. She’s worked alongside her mother for years. But Christmas is coming, and with the holiday comes a flood of patrons, both regulars and tourists. When Katie becomes overwhelmed with the orders she is receiving, she is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by purchasing propane ovens to help with the workload. She finds help from an unexpected source-childhood friend Henry Hershberger, who has harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. He’s been afraid to tell her how he feels, but he’s sure that this Christmas is his moment. As the demands of the bakery only get more intense, both Katie and Henry have to decide what really matters . . . and find the courage within themselves to go after it.
Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller
Mattie Shetler is an expert baker, so when her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. What she doesn’t know is that her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion, and he’s asked none other than Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work side by side, though, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love.
Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin
Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies in preparation not only for Christmas but the many community weddings, including her sister’s. To help during this busy season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days, but soon discovers that still waters run deep. The more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery, but both Martha and Ambrose are too timid to make the first move. That’s when the town matchmakers step in. Click here to get your copy.
My ThoughtsAn Amish Christmas Bakery is a delightful collection of Christmas-themed novellas by four talented authors – Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin. The locations are different, but all have a small-town bakery setting. As I would have expected, they are all well written, engaging, filled with hope, love, a timely faith message, and radiate Christmas joy.
Amy Clipston’s writing style and characters had me completely engaged in “Cookies and Cheer.” And I loved Alyssa’s creative design for the bakery’s window display – using sugar cookies in the shapes of angels, shepherds, animals, and stars to surround the nativity figurines. But the greatest impact is the relevancy of the story, as it’s all too easy during the busyness of this season to neglect preparing our hearts for the coming of our Savior.
“Loves of Love” by Beth Wiseman and “Melting Hearts” by Kathleen Fuller emphasize the importance of honesty and forgiveness.
I was so touched by the story of Martha and Ambrose in “Cakes and Kisses” by Kelly Irvin. Ambrose has a mild mental handicap and Martha has the insight to see into his heart and high performing intellect. This story resonated with me so much because of a close family member who has special needs also.
These stories are fulfilling and exactly what I needed during this busy season. Recommended.
I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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