What a wonderful Christmas story! Though basically a budding romance story between a widower with 6 children and a young woman who is helping him out, there is so much more to this story than just their relationship. As with the Amish community itself, this story is all about the community. From dower Lovina to shy Annie, everyone is involved with getting ready for Christmas. And, they even realize that they have things to learn about themselves while doing it. Characters from previous books based in this community are definitely part of this book which gives it even more interest for fans but allows all readers to get a glimpse of a community that most would not see. From the beginning, where you are introduced to 6 very busy children, to the end, with a very special Christmas day, I was glued to this book and had no desire to put it down. It is a wonderful Christmas story that is heart warming and just a terrific book.
Martin Rhodes needs someone to watch his 6 children during Christmas break so he can work on his Christmas tree farm. He thinks he has the perfect person in Lovina but she only lasts one day. However, she knows of a young woman, Ruth, who just lost her job at the local retirement home. Ruth, even though she has no experience with children, agrees as she needs a job. Soon, Ruth becomes close to this endearing family but Christmas is coming and the end of her job. Now, what?
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray spins a beautiful holiday tale of finding love in unexpected places.
Twenty-year old Ruth Stutzman is a wonderful caregiver—but she has no experience with kinner. Laid off from her job at a retirement home due to budget cuts, she’s relieved to find work—even if it means temporarily watching widower Martin Rodes’ brood of six!
Martin has done the best he can since his wife’s passing, but he and the children need help. Their house, once full of laughter and light, has been darkened by sadness. Soon after Ruth arrives, the children are drawn to her warmth and gentleness, and so is Martin, even though he feels it’s wrong. But the harder he tries to ignore her, the deeper he begins to care for this attractive young woman who has brought joy back into his children’s lives . . . and his own.
Each passing day brings the Rodes closer to Ruth . . . and closer to Christmas, when she will have to say goodbye. Ruth, too, cannot deny the bond she feels with the children—and with Martin. When her old job becomes available again, Ruth finds herself torn. How can she stay with the Rodes? Yet how can she go?