Monday, December 7, 2015

Amish Christmas at North Star

by Andrea Renee Cox

“Josh said she was too picky. But to Elle it was a matter of not settling.”
~ Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert


When Amish midwife Rebekah Schlabach delivers four babies on one blizzardy night, adventures are certain to follow. Each of the novellas in Amish Christmas at North Star tells the story of one of “Rebekah’s babies.”


Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert
Noelle “Elle” McAllister’s journey to find her birth mother takes her back to where her life began: the birthing center in North Star, Pennsylvania. Will she find more than she bargained for once she arrives?

Mourning Star by Amanda Flower
Eden Hochstetler attempts to uncover the truth about an elderly friend’s death. Will she also find love, or only a similar demise as her friend?

In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall
Savilla “Savvy” Beiler faces a grim future yet doesn’t tell the one person she loves the most. Will unexpected responsibilities during the holiday season force her to reveal her secret?

Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark
Andy Danner has no plans to return home after his fiancée jilted him, but his little brother believes the two should reconcile. Will a promise bring Andy home against his wishes?

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The only author I’d ever read before out of the five who contributed to this beautiful novella collection was Katie Ganshert. I’ve enjoyed her other books very much, so I decided to give Amish Christmas at North Star a try, even though it was a new genre for Katie. I’m so glad I did! Each story brought a unique point of view and left me wanting much more. Could there be a sequel to this book, please? I’ll be looking for more books by all of these authors.


Here are some of the notes I took while reading this collection:
“intrigued me right away”
“wrapped itself around my heart as if it were a vine clinging to a tree”
“characters that kept me laughing and glued to the page”
“great twist”
“forced the lead characters to work together when they weren’t on good terms, which makes for interesting drama”
“delightful Christmas story”


This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift for those booklovers on your list!


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.



Friends, what Christmas books are in your to-be-read pile?


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