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An Amish Christmas

A Novel

By Cynthia Keller

An Amish Christmas
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2010,
    256 pages.

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  • Barbara C. (Lincolnshire, IL)

    An Amish Christmas
    What a delightful and inspiring read! I could definitely identify with the Hobart family. Meg, the matriarch, is a woman committed to her husband and family yet when faced with adversity she quickly adapts and rises to the challenges ahead. She echoes so many women today and projected real feelings that many women share when their spouse deceives them and destroys the trust their marriage had been built upon. Her teenagers were ripe for a real world adjust as they enter the Amish world of the Lutz family. I really enjoyed how their detour in Life provided them with the experiences to face their new journey with hope, excitement and a mended family.
  • Helen S. (Sun City West, AZ)

    To BE
    Author Cynthia Keller succeeds in presenting the details of the affluent lifestyle that Meg and James Hobart and their three children enjoy in suburban Charlotte, North Carolina, before circumstances abruptly force them to leave it all behind.

    An accidental meeting with David Lutz on an icy road in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, thrusts the Hobart family into the midst of the Lutz’s Amish family life. Keller again succeeds in her portrayal of the lives of Catherine and David Lutz and their large extended family as they quietly engage in their daily tasks on their farm.

    Meg Hobart’s refrigerator magnet with the words of North Carolina’s state motto “To be, rather than to seem” was scarcely mentioned in the novel – once, when Meg slipped the magnet into her pocket as the family left Charlotte, and later when she found it still in her pocket as they were leaving the Lutz’s home. Although the magnet was out of sight, its words provided one of the novel’s themes when Meg realized that this motto exemplified the profound changes in each member of her family as they experienced the Amish way of life.

    I highly recommend Cynthia Keller’s well-written novel 'An Amish Christmas'.
  • Debra C. (Vienna, Georgia)

    Great chance to expand your reading genre
    Good only took an afternoon to read instead of the two days I allowed. Although this was a genre I had never explored, I found An Amish Christmas educational, enlightening, and inspiring. Book Browse has provided me the opportunity to experience literature that I might have previously ignored, and Keller's novel, An Amish Christmas was a unique and pleasurable gift.
  • Penny P. (Santa Barbara, Calif)

    An Amish Christmas
    This was an enjoyable and interesting read. The author did a good job of developing the characters. I laughed out loud at times because the attitudes of two of the children (teenagers) were so believable. Given today’s economic climate, the situation the Hobart family found themselves in was also believable. The story described a family who found out that having the best and most is not always the happiest. It also addressed how technology can drive us apart as well as keep us in touch. I enjoyed the information presented about the Amish culture. I have done a lot of reading on this subject and what was presented in an Amish Christmas was very consistent with what I have read. It is an easy read that will leave you feeling good.
  • Frances B. (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

    An Amish Christmas
    Keller has written a poignant story of betrayal, forgiveness and the power of love. She has done a beautiful job of capturing the simple and structured life of the Amish, and the traditions they share. After completing the book, it is clear that a small dose of their culture could benefit each of us.

    A good read for the holidays or any other time.
  • Iris F. (W. Bloomfield, Michigan)

    An Amish Christmas
    The best thing I can say about this book is that it was short and I was able to get through it in two sittings. This is a sugar sweet story that could easily have been a novella in a woman's magazine. The characters were one dimensional and while the ending was a bit of a stretch, there was no doubt that all would live happily ever after. For those seeking a simplistic, feel good, easy read with no depth, this is the book for them. For anyone looking for a piece of literature of any intellectual merit, this book should be skipped.
  • Marissa P. (Tarrytown, NY)

    Heartwarming Tale of Patience, Love and Forgiveness
    The Hobart family seems to have it all, a beautiful home, fancy clothes, fast cars, but all taken away in an instant. They are forced to leave their possessions and home behind to go and live with family they hardly know in order to survive. On the way to their destination they get into an accident involving an Amish Horse and Buggy. The Hobart's car is badly damaged and the Amish family offer their home to the Hobart's while the car is being repaired. Through this intervention the Hobart's learn that the Amish ways of grace and hard work lead to greater fulfillment than the lives they had known before. It is a wonderful read with a lesson for all.
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