Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson

About the book:

One girl in need of a home. One woman in search of a home for her heart. One Christmas where it all seems possible.

It felt strange to be out here in the middle of the night, still wearing the Amish dress--a dress that had belonged to Miri. Rachel's footsteps crunched in the snow, and halfway between the barn and the house, she paused to look up at the night sky, wondering if more snow was in store, but all she saw was velvety black and stars. Millions of twinkling stars. She had never seen stars like that before, so bright and so close, almost as if she could touch them with her hand.

Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. But with so many unexpected occurrences of late, perhaps she shouldn't have been surprised.

With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio's Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Join bestselling author Melody Carlson on an emotional journey into the heart of what family truly means at Christmastime.

My review of A Simple Christmas Wish:

I always look forward to Melody Carlson’s Christmas novels.  I didn’t read the description of this book before I decided to read it and I was disappointed to find out that it is an Amish novel.  I am really tired of Amish novels, but A Simple Christmas Wish didn’t have the typical Amish feel.  Even though the Amish aspect was important to the story, it still felt like it was just in the background.  I appreciated that about this story.  

I also appreciated the characters, even the Amish ones, but I liked the close bond between Rachel and Holly.  Melody did a good job crafting their relationship and their love for each other.  

As I was reading this book, I felt that the story was dragging a bit and I was certain that the ending would be too abrupt and feel rushed.  I was glad to find that the ending felt quite natural and it was exactly what I was hoping for.  This book was certainly not my favorite by Melody, especially as far as her Christmas stories go, but I did like it.  I have always liked her books, but this one felt like it wasn’t given the same amount of time that she gives her other books.  It is a cozy, enjoyable story, but I will be very happy once this Amish fiction craze starts to fizzle.  

This book was provided for review by Revell.

1 comment:

Martha A. said...

Oh, I have never been so glad as to see the Amish fiction fizzle out.