Today I am reviewing A Plain & Simple Christmas – the first novella in the Kauffman Amish Bakery Series by Amy Clipston. It’s written to be read just after A Promise of Hope (book #2).
This is what GoodReads has to say about A Plain & Simple Christmas:
Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you’ll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman’s story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams … and secrets. You’ll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the ‘English’ way of life—and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families.
In the tradition of her widely popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series, author Amy Clipston tells the tale of Anna Mae McDonough who was shunned by her family four years ago when she left her Amish community in Lancaster County, PA, to marry an ‘Englisher’ (non Amish) man and move with him to Baltimore. Now, eight months pregnant when her first child, she longs to return home for Christmas to reconcile with her family, especially her stern father, who is the religious leader for her former Amish church district.
So Anne Mae writes a letter to Kathryn Beiler, her brother’s wife, to enlist her help. Kathryn asks her husband, David, if she should arrange Anna Mae’s visit. David cautions her that a visit would cause too much stress in the family and instead suggests they visit Anna Mae and her husband in the spring. However, Kathryn arranges the visit anyway, believing in her heart that it’s God’s will for the family to heal.
When Anna Mae arrives in Lancaster for Christmas, the welcome she receives is nothing like what she had hoped for.
A book filled with love, the pain of being separated from one’s family, and the determination to follow God’s will regardless of the outcome, A Plain and Simple Christmas is an inspiring page-turner that will keep you guessing what happens next … right to the very last page.
What do you do when you leave your family behind… I mean, how do you just go on with life, never having any contact with them?
This special novella introduces us to Anna Mae and her English husband Kellan McDonough.
Anna Mae knew when she left her community… and the Amish faith – and her vows – that she was leaving her family behind forever. But she was in love! And she was convinced if she stayed in Lancaster County that she’d be an old maid, never marrying and having a family of her own.
Now that Anna is expecting her first child, she is missing her family even more… but if she returns home, she will be shunned.
If you’re like me, you expect this story to have a happy ending – after all, it’s about Christmas!
I won’t spoil it for you, but there are a few twists and turns!
Amy does a great job showing how am Amish wife might help a friend who has left the faith, even though it means going against her husband’s wishes.
This heart-warming novella shows the faith of one and the forgiveness and acceptance she earnestly desires. If you haven’t read it, don’t wait another year until Christmas – read it anytime!
Amy Clipston has a talent for knowing what her readers want… if you don’t have them, be sure this series is on your Christmas list!
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