Book Review: An Amish Christmas Gift

An Amish Christmas Gift*This book is not part of the Write 31 Days Writing challenge.

About the book

An Amish Christmas Gift is a mini-collection of three Amish novellas. The first story, Naomi’s Gift by Amy Clipston,   is about a woman who lost two loves in the past; thus she believes that she is not meant to have a husband. However, someone comes into her life who changes everything.

The Second Story, An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid, is about a woman named Abigail who works as a companion to a man named Micah’s grandmother. Her talkative nature is off-putting at first but then the two form a bond that leads to more.

The Third story, A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin, tells the tail of a woman, Frannie, who is sent away to Texas by her family because of her association with an “Englisher.” But, then he shows up at her door step, first to win back her affection, but then because he is looking for something more.

My Comments

I have to confess that I have two other books that I had on “queue” to read and review; however, I picked up the book (or rather, my Kindle) when I was out and about and looking for something to read while waiting for my son. Big “mistake.” It’s a mistake because once I picked it up I didn’t want to put it down. LOL!

Each story is as good as the last and I honestly can’t pick a favorite among them. The three authors, Clipston, Reid, and Irvin, are such good writers. They draw the reader in and keep the reader engaged throughout each of their stories.

The characters are so fun, humorous even, and so relatable. I know people like Abigail! All of the characters, even the minor ones, are well crafted and developedinspite of the short length of each book.

If you like Amish fiction, you will love An Amish Christmas Gift. Even though were are not quite there yet, this book is a perfect way to begin getting yourself into the Christmas spirit. I give this book four (4) stars.


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Awesome Authors: Amy Clipston

*This is part of the Write 31 Days writing challenge.

I have to tell on myself here: I thought I had pre-written this post and had it all set to go. Well, I couldn’t sleep last night so I wound up sleeping in this morning. Then, when I went to make sure this post went live, i realized that I hadn’t written it at all! Opps! Oh well, at least I didn’t miss doing todays challenge altogether. LOL!

The Gift of Love by Amy Clipston

I’m glad, too, because today I’m sharing another one of my favorite Amish fiction novelists, Amy Clipston. Most of the stories I’ve read from her come from collection novellas such as An Amish Cradle. In fact, I am in the process of reading a collection of three novellas right now that feature one of her stories. However, I have also read her full-length novel, A Hopeful Heart. She has also written an autobiography, The Gift of Love, where she chronicles the hardships of her husband’s kidney disease and his eventual transplant. My husband had a liver transplant years ago so her story really hit home.

Her books contain uplifting stories with fun and relatable characters that I sometimes wish were real. 🙂 She has a lovely writing style that keeps me turning the pages and I am always happy and satisfied with the endings. By this I mean, when the stories are over – although I wish the story never ended – they have full closure and feel complete. I am not left hanging or feel like anything was missing. I’m not sure if I am explaining this right or not. I think you will need to read a few of her books to get what I am saying!

In any case, I really encourage you to check out some of her books. I think you will really enjoy them.


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