An Amish Cookie Club Christmas (The Amish Cookie Club #2) by Sarah Price, Wendy Tremont King (Narrator)
Published September 24th 2019 by Zebra
I liked this Amish fiction romance, but I would not really consider it a Christmas story. It takes place just before Christmas and there is a Christmas wedding, but that is about it. Bethany Ropp is an extremely shy and quiet young woman and it was nice to see her come out of her shell with John Esh. It also helped that she was an excellent baker, so was a great help to John’s mother, Edna. John was also a quiet man, a hard worker, and a great son so when he became interested in Bethany, it was a slow, but straight forward path to get what he desired. This was a sweet story, reading about the Amish life and customs, and the relationship building between these two. There was a bit of humour involving John’s lazy brothers, and one of the Cookie Club members, Myrna Bontrager. A sweet romance that was a quick read. There was not a lot happening in this story, so I will probably move on from this series. I think readers who enjoy a nice, clean, Amish romance will enjoy this one.
I listened to audiobook of this story narrated by Wendy Tremont King. She has a very slow and lazy voice which fits well with the story, but I would have preferred it be a bit quicker. If this had been an audible book, I would have sped up the story, but I can’t do that with an ARC. She did a good job with the female voices and I was able to identify the various characters. As I often find with female narrators, the male voices all sound quite similar, however there were not many in the book, so it was not a huge problem. This was the first time I have listened to an audiobook narrated by Wendy Tremont King and I will give her another try with a different genre of book. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this audiobook upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Synopsis: Baking cookies every other Friday for their respective church districts gives Edna Esh and three of her closest friends a chance to give to the Plain community and strengthen their bond with each other. Now, with the blessings of Christmas in the air, they may even whip up a recipe for love . . .
With the holidays around the corner, Edna is busier than ever juggling baking with her business serving meals to Englische tourists. Thank goodness for Mary Ropp’s help–until she breaks her leg. Mary’s daughter, Bethany, is available to fill in, but Edna isn’t so certain. She knows Bethany is so painfully shy that she’s never even courted, never mind interacting with Englische tourists! But the remedy may be closer than they think . . .
When Bethany gets into a scrape with her bicycle, a personable, talkative young man comes to her rescue, and even accompanies her home. And he’s none other than John Esh–Edna’s oldest son. When he stops by again the next day, Mary gets an idea. Soon, with the encouragement of the Cookie Club, Bethany is indeed helping Edna, and spending more time around the Esh household–and John. As Bethany slowly comes out of her shell, it seems she and John have much in common–maybe enough to inspire a winter wedding–and the club’s sweetest creation yet . . .