FICTION

An Amish Second Christmas

Kensington. Oct. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781496717832. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781496717849. F
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In three novellas, couples face relationship challenges during the holidays. In Gray’s “Their Second Chance,” Amish Hannah and Englisher Rob were in love but had serious differences, so they parted. Circumstances bring them back together for a second chance at love. In Patricia Johns’s “His Amish Angel,” Maggie pens a newspaper advice column answering Englisher questions with Amish solutions. She and her mother need the extra income, but this public display causes controversy. When her old flame Atley returns home for a visit, sparks fly. In “An Heirloom Christmas” by Virginia Wise, Rachel survived bone cancer but is now in a wheelchair. Joseph is hired by Rachel’s parents to help her run her greenhouse, and, after plenty of prickly encounters, love blooms bright for the pair.
VERDICT A strong sense of family, community, and respect for the Amish way of life is present on every page. Germanic words and phrases appear naturally, adding a realistic touch to the dialog. These stories will please readers looking for a quiet interlude during a season that can feel overwhelming.

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