I love when I learn something from the books I enjoy to read, this was an interesting Amish story of Faith, Hope and Love. Not just romantic Love but sibling love and the love you have for people that are willing to lend a helping hand when you require it the most. I have read many Amish books before never by this author, I must say this is one of the best I have read.
The only issue I have with this book is the title as most of the book takes place from the second half of the year I felt it was not a Christmas story, as It just ended at Christmas time. I learnt as I was about to write this review that this is book two of a series of book with the first book being about Holly Ivy's sister, this in no way affected the way I read or understood this book.
Would you be willing to risk your beliefs and possible future for a sibling who needs you at a very low point of her life? This is what Arlan is faced with as the rules of the Swartzentruber Amish community he lives in. If he does what is best for his sister he will be effecting place in this community and his beliefs Swartzentruber follow.
Ivy Zook lives with her mother and sister of their dairy farm in the Old Order Amish community but her wish is to leave the order to which she feels is not fitting for the dreams of being a party planner in the English world. She has made plans to leave but her plan will affect more than just herself and take her on a journey to discover her faith and future.
Will both get what they want one to return to his Amish community and I to flee hers?
Or will the two different foundations bring these two a place of contentment and faith?
When there is a car accident at her sister's workplace Ivy, Holly and their mother help the two occupants of the car and offer them a place in their home. In return for the Zook's hospitality Arlan works milking and repairing the farm. But both Arlan and Magda in a place with the Zook's but Arlan will fight the most with his beliefs of returning to his family and the Swartzentruber world and the responsibility he feels to protect his sister.
This book gave us a good look at the differences between the Swartzentruber and the Old Order Amish very well showing us the conflicts, differences, rules and beliefs that rule both. It also gives a very good view of how a female is view and dictated within this belief and how the more modern female has to fight and sacrifice to chance any rules they must follow.
I received an ARC copy of this books from WaterBrook & Multnomah thru Netgalley to which I am giving my honest and voluntary review of. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and hope it about Magda.
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File Size: 3574 KB
Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook (September 24, 2019)
Publication Date: September 24, 2019
Sold by: Random House LLC
For fans of holiday romances and Amish life comes a new Christmas tale of surprising expectations and discovering miracles.
Old Order Amish Ivy Zook is wrestling with her need to shed her community's ways so she can grow the business of her dreams: planning parties. As long as she's stuck living without modernization, she can barely get her business on its feet. But if she leaves too soon, she'd cause trouble for her sister, Holly, who is planning her wedding to Joshua Smucker. All of their plans become twice as complicated when an old car crashes into the storefront of Greene's Pharmacy, carrying a Swartzentruber (ultra-conservative sect) Amish man, Arlan, and his very ill sister.
The Zooks take in Arlan and Madga, tending to the woman's illness and Arlan begins helping around the family farm. Ivy and Arlan are on different tracks, one wanting to leave her community and the other to return to his. But both young people are trying to discover what God has in store for their futures and what miracles might lie around the corner this Christmas season.