Published September 25th 2018 by Kensington
I really enjoyed this Christmas trio of letters. In the Amish Communities, phones are used sparingly and thus letter writing is very important. I love the idea of circle letters, where each writer adds their own letter to the ones in the envelope and sends them in. These letters are from three cousins who all share the news of a new romance. All three of these stories involve a widower and children. One is only looking for a nanny, not romance; the second has had to sell his farm and rent from a young woman and her father who has suffered a stroke, and have moved into the Daddy house at the back of the property; and the last is a young woman who is conned into traveling to a neighbouring community to babysit 7 children while their parents run a growing cookie business, all the while being set up with their uncle.
I enjoyed these novellas a lot. The characters were developed as much as possible in a short story and they were all very likable, even the rather rude uncle in the last story. It was wonderful seeing the feelings develop even while some of the characters or their family were trying to deny they were there. The children were all adorable, even though some were a bit incorrigible. Overall a wonderful read around Christmas time. All three authors did a wonderful job of merging these letters together to form a great book. The publisher, Kensington Books, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, opinions and ideas are my own.
About the Book (From Goodreads): With Christmas around the corner, it’s time for Amish families to include holiday greetings in their circle letters, each writer adding to a growing collection as it travels on to the next. In this delightful trio of stories, three cousins scattered across the country share their blessings—and reveal news of romantic surprises . . .
To win a friendly annual competition, matchmaker Marybeth Martin must bring one more couple together by Christmas. Her only prospect is a man more interested in a nanny than a wife—until his little girl shows him the light. . . . Struggling farmer’s daughter Katie Mae Kauffman discovers that she and a local widower and father of four can harvest more crops—and profits—together than separately. But she’ll have to put pride aside to make room for unexpected love. . . . Corralling an unruly brood of seven is not babysitter Carolyn Yutzy’s first choice for celebrating the season—but the sparks between her and their unsentimental yet irresistible uncle may be a gift neither was counting on . . .
Now, one by one, each resourceful young woman will have a holiday to remember—and to write home about . . .
About the Authors:
Patricia Davids: I was born and raised in Northcentral Kansas. I’m a farmer’s daughter, but I now make my home in the city of Wichita. I’m an RN. Neonatal nursing has been the main focus of my career. What can I say? I love babies. I was invited to the highschool graduation of a baby I took care of. Talk about making me feel old!
In June of 2011 I became a widow after my husband of 36 years and 11 months died from multiple brain tumors. It was a very sad time, but thanks to the three f’s, my faith, my family and my friends, life is moving forward. I have four brothers, one daughter and two grandchildren who all work at making me feel loved.
I’m the author of more than 30 books and I’m currently writing a series called The Brides of Amish Country for Love Inspired. Website: http://www.patriciadavids.com
Sarah Price: I’ve always wanted to be a writer, ever since I could read which was at a very, very young age. There is something magical about telling novels that immerse the readers in the characters and the stories. All of my novels, both the Amish romance and the women’s fiction, have pieces of me in them, some more than others. However, all of my novels are written with one major purpose in mind: to take the reader on a journey. A personal journey.
Unlike many other authors of the Amish fiction genre, I try to dig deeper into the Amish culture as well as the individualism of the characters. I think people have a tendency to stereotype the Amish, to make them as if God cut them from the same fabric. But they are people, just like everyone else in the world. Individuals with feelings, dreams, hopes, and disappointments. My experience living among the Amish (and growing up with a Mennonite family) helps to add authenticity and accuracy to the setting, but my deep-rooted awareness about the psychology of people adds a layer of depth to the characters that are not seen in many other novels.
To learn more, visit http://www.sarahpriceauthor.com
Jennifer Beckstrand: Jennifer Beckstrand is the RITA-nominated, award-winning Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and The Honeybee Sisters series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer was nominated for the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award and the 2015 RITA® Award, and Huckleberry Hill won the 2014 LIME Award for Inspirational fiction. Both Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Christmas appeared in Examiner.com list of top ten inspirational books for 2014. Her much-anticipated Amish series,
Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth and the Honeybee sisters’ aendi Bitsy. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a passion for Jane Austen and Shakespeare. She and her husband have been married for thirty-three years, and she has six children and six adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.