Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A patchwork of Christmas stories -- An Amish Christmas Quilt

When I saw An Amish Christmas Quilt bearing the names of two of my favorite Amish fiction authors -- Charlotte Hubbard and Jennifer Beckstrand -- I was sure this collection of Christmas stories would be a good read.

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
Charlotte Hubbard

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
Kelly Long

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
Jennifer Beckstrand

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.

About the authors:

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle, and the foundation of her earlier Angels of Mercy series. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.

Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and the Forever After in Apple Lake series, set in two Amish communities in beautiful Wisconsin. She has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth. Jennifer has a degree in mathematics and a background in editing. She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and two adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten. Readers can visit her website at

Kelly Long is the author of the acclaimed Amish Patch of Heaven series and has been a finalist for the coveted Carol Award from the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her novel Lily's Wedding Quilt was a Goodreads Favorite Book of the Year in 2011. Born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania, she’s been married for 28 years. 


  1. Thanks, Pam! This is the first novella I've written and it was way more fun than I ever anticipated. Merry Late Christmas and Happy New Year.

    1. Something I've wondered about, Jennifer, is how you authors get matched up for novellas. Was that publisher driven or an idea you came up with on your own?

  2. I just found your blog. I love Amish fiction. I am also a teacher (elementary) in the south. It's great to find Christian blogs.

    1. Good to "meet" you Susan. Thanks for coming by for a visit.