Charlotte takes her readers back to Willow Ridge and characters familiar from her Seasons of the Heart series. Seth has shown up in previous stories but gets his chance here as a main character.
Jennifer provides another visit with Anna and Felty and their exploits in matchmaking for their grandchildren. Because of the shorter length of the novella format, readers don't get to spend as much time with the Helmuths, but the fun characters still get their chance to shine.
I very much enjoyed revisiting "old friends" in both of these fun Christmas stories.
Kelly's characters are connected to her Ice Mountain stories, books I have not yet read. As is the case with some of her other stories, Kelly's style is a little edgier than the others and might not be considered acceptable for younger readers.
Amish fiction fans should enjoy these stories at Christmas time -- or at any other time, for that matter. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the book:
With all the warmth of a cozy quilt, three authors stitch together Amish tales of hearts joined, friendships patched, and the bright joys of Christmas tradition . . .
A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant
Seth Brenneman didn't expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kauffman and her two children. . .or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts--and work a miracle for a lifetime?
A Christmas On Ice Mountain
Matthew Beider and Laurel Lapp's secret wish to marry is a gift their feuding fathers definitely won't accept. And trying to settle their dats' long-standing quarrel is making their holiday anything but merry. Can rediscovering the joys and friendships of Christmas past finally turn their families' futures bright?
A Perfect Amish Christmas
Anna and Felty Helmuth's grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico. But Anna is quite sure he'd rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing--falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she's having a party. There's just one complication--Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas--and true love--will change her mind, and her future.
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