“An Amish Gift” by Cynthia Keller is a wonderful Christmas book. It’s the story of a down-on-their-luck English family who inherits a home and business in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Their troubles have led to disillusionment and distress among the family members. Shep, the husband, forbids Jennie, his wife, from helping bring in money for the family even though they are floundering. Tim and Willa, the kids, are sassy mouthed and ill-behaved. When the family befriends their Amish neighbors, the Fishers, their home life gradually becomes more civilized and happy. When Jennie finds a business that she can run, with the help of her family, things look up for them. This is a story of how the hectic, material pace of the world can be tempered by the easy, but work-filled way of the Amish.
I really liked this story. It was a good read for me at Christmas when the material world collides with the religious world and we all seek a peace that is elusive for the most part for many of us.
I received a free print copy of this book for my honest review from the publisher. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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From the author of An Amish Christmas and A Plain & Fancy Christmas comes a heartwarming novel of marriage and family, new beginnings and poignant homecomings—just in time for the holidays.
After her husband, Shep, loses his latest job, Jennie Davis is grateful to be in a car en route to beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Shep has inherited a house from a distant cousin, along with the cousin’s long-established bicycle shop. The move gives Jennie, Shep, and their two children a welcome chance for a fresh start.
While Shep dives into his new venture at the bike shop, Jennie carefully restores their broken-down house. She loves being a stay-at-home mom but yearns to find some fulfillment outside of her family—particularly as they struggle financially. On morning walks, she forges a friendship with her Amish neighbor, Mattie Fisher, who opens up about her modest way of life. Mattie’s unswerving good character in the face of adversity encourages Jennie to seek practical solutions to her own difficulties. A passing remark by Jennie’s son transforms desperation about their finances into inspiration, leading her to embark upon a candy-making enterprise.
Soon, Jennie’s newfound purpose collides with Shep’s growing stress at work and long-simmering tensions between husband and wife rise to the surface. As the holiday season approaches, their family is challenged as never before—until an unexpected visitor arrives to give Jennie the greatest gift of all.