Tuesday, December 25, 2012

An Amish Gift: A Novel

An Amish Gift: A NovelAn Amish Gift: A Novel by Cynthia Keller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345538137 (ISBN13: 9780345538130)

Jennie is at her wits end and hoping this move will be a fresh start for her and her family. Jennie's husband, Shep, just lost his latest job and their family continues to be in financial shambles. With an out of the blue inheritance that not only provides a house but also a small bicycle business, they move in hopes of starting again. However, when they arrive to the their "new" house, it is in shambles and the business doesn't look much more promising. Jennie befriends an Amish family and through that friendship learns the true meaning of family.

Oh, I may be a little biased for this book as I read it on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I just couldn't help feeling like I could connect with Jennie. Her family was in shambles, non-communicative, and her husband refused to see that she should be working and not at home. When Jennie decides to take matters into her own hands, the relationship she has with her husband deteriorates even more.

Now, I won't say I connect with the family in shambles aspect or the husband communication issues, but I did connect with Jennie's feeling of wanting to fix things and not knowing what to do. She so wants her family to be like that of her new Amish friend, but in her mind, her family is so far from it, it seems nearly impossible. And Jennie's feeling of wanting to do more to provide for the family but not knowing what or how to do it, oh, I could definitely connect with that. I'm not even sure I can explain it accurately, but this story really touched me and I had a hard time putting it down. It really was just a great, short, sweet, feel-good book to read during this blessed holiday. A reminder of what is really important during the holidays.

This was my first book by Cynthia Keller and I was pleasantly surprised. If you're looking for a great story that intertwines an Amish family and an Englisch family, then I highly recommend this book!

I was graciously provided a free digital copy of this book from Ballantine Books in partnership with NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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