In these heartwarming, faith-affirming stories, three Amish families face the joys, and challenges, of the holidays—with fruitful results . . .
THE CHRISTMAS NOT-WISH by Shelley Shepard Gray
When the foster parents they’ve cautiously grown to love discover they’re expecting, orphaned Roy and Jemima Fisher, ages six and seven, are secretly devastated by the certainty they’ll be given up. With Christmas around the corner, their only wish is for new foster parents as nice as Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz. Meanwhile, the Kurtzes have wishes of their own—and with faith, they all may be gifted with twice the blessings . . .
NEW BEGINNINGS by Rachel J. Good
Still grieving the loss of her husband and unborn baby in an accident several months ago, Elizabeth Yoder is oblivious to her neighbor Luke Bontrager’s deepening affection for her. But while she bleakly faces Christmas alone, it’s Luke who reminds her it’s the season of giving. And when Elizabeth donates her handmade baby clothes to New Beginnings, a home for teen moms, she soon finds her gifts repaid beyond measure, with Luke’s love—and new beginnings of their own . . .
TWINS TIMES TWO by Loree Lough
What happens when two secretive, stubborn people find themselves thrown together to help four rascally youngsters—twins times two!—create a Christmas surprise for their parents? Mischief and mayhem, and just maybe . . . love!
Title: Amish Christmas Twins (anthology)
Series: An Anthology
Author: Shelley Shepard Gray, Rachel J. Good, Loree Lough
Genre: Amish Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: September 29, 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I will freely admit that Amish Christmas Twins is my first venture into the sub-genre of Amish Romance. It’s not because I thought I wouldn’t like them… no, it’s because I knew I would and I already have so many unread books on my e-reader that I don’t have to buy a new book for a year. An unusual reason but a very real one nonetheless.
And, exactly as I expected, I was caught up emotionally in each and every story in this anthology. Nothing tugs at my heartstrings more than kids at Christmas time. Nothing.
THE CHRISTMAS NOT-WISH is a perfect example. Roy and Jemima, orphaned and in foster care due to the death of their parents, absolutely love their foster mom and dad – they secretly wish that they’d be adopted and stay here forever. But. There will soon be a new baby in the house and these adorable kids are certain that they will be tossed aside. They are in for quite a surprise this Christmas. Absolutely loved this story, tears, laughter, and all.
My heart absolutely broke for Elizabeth in NEW BEGINNINGS. What unimaginable pain and heartache to go through. Yet she will find a new way, a man who can and does love her to help her deal with the pain… a new path she never expected can lead to happiness once again. Tears, so many real tears slid down my face with this story. So be prepared. Luke and Elizabeth are so right for each other that watching them discover that was a joy to read.
And, finally, TWINS TIMES TWO. The antics of these kids and the stubbornness of these adults had me in stitches – and maybe shaking my head at their shenanigans at times. When two sets of twin cousins cause some very real trouble at a neighboring farm their punishment is to help around that farm until restitution is met – and to help two people in need within the community. Helping around the farm is one thing, but these boys will soon be helping Jube and Abigail find their way to a very happy ending that is long overdue.
I enjoyed each story, although to be fair, there are some connections to series that I have not read – I don’t feel that I needed to in order to enjoy myself in this anthology but it is worth mentioning. If you love a faith-filled romance with some very special Christmas time events happening then you’ll want to pick up Amish Christmas Twins and dive right in.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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