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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Books I’m Reading – August 2015

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I have a LONG list of books that I want to read. How about you? I decided that if I am ever going to get them read, I would have to organize them in a way to make that happen. In addition, since a little accountability never hurts, I thought I would post the list here at the beginning of each the month. When the month is over, I will give an update with links to any book reviews I may have done.


These 5 books I am reading this month are fiction books that I have promised to read and review for various blogger review programs. I am woefully behind, so I need to get reading!


1. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I’ve already started this book and absolutely love. It is going slower than I expected, though, because I can’t help myself from slowly savoring every word!

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2. Ties That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall. I have received a galley copy of this book. I read one other book by Cindy Woodsmall before and enjoyed it so I am looking forward to reading this book.


3. The Potter’s Lady. I am not normally a fan of historical fiction, although I do read them occasionally. This book caught my because the description gave me hope that it is very different from the typical historical books I’ve read in the past. We will see.


4. I Hope You Dance by Robin Lee Hatcher. I am reading this because I thought it would be fun to finish the suffer with a light, happy read. 🙂


5. The Big House on Adam’s Street by Alberta Sparks. This book was offered as a “bonus” when I picked out a book to review. I am a little unsure about this book but I thought I would give it a chance.

Now it’s your turn. What books are you reading this month? I can never have too many books, so do share in the comments!


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Book Review: Profit First

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From Book Description

“In Profit First, the follow-up to the cult classic The Toilet paper Entrepreneur and the game-changing The Pumpkin Plan, author and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz details the cash management system that will ensure any business – of any size, in any industry, no matter how much debt it carries or how many years it has been operating – will become permanently profitable. Starting today!”

My Comments

Profit First is hands down one of the best money management books I have ever read. Many money experts use the expression, “pay yourself first” when it comes to handling personal finances. Michaelowicz takes that up a notch and applies it to business money management, although you can – and should – apply these principles to your personal finances.

First he starts by explaining why the “generally accepted accounting principles” don’t work, and he flips the accounting formula “Sales – Expenses = Profits” upside down. After this he explains the profit first system and then helps the reader lay out a plan, step by step, to put this plan into action. Michaelowicz also has a chapter on destroying debt and another chapter for advanced techniques. I also love the “action steps” at the end of each chapter. I have been slowly working through the book and it has already made a huge difference!

I highly recommend Profit First and give it five (5) stars.