I honestly don’t know much about the Amish and I’ve only just begun reading Amish fiction due to intrigue so “An Amish Second Christmas” had a timely reception. This book includes 4 manuscripts all surrounding the events of what the Amish call “Second Christmas” which is the celebration of the day after Christmas. Each story within the book, has different characters, setting, and storyline, and each are written by well-known authors of Amish fiction.
“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman is a story of reconciliation within a family. The events within the story enable to reader to enter into a mystery while all parties within the family work out their own thoughts regarding an estranged relative. Honestly, this was my least favorite of the four, as I felt there was a lot going on and the storyline got confusing & didn’t make much sense. However I also realize that I have family in law enforcement/government agencies and know they wouldn’t speak like how the author has them explaining things within the novella. It was slightly entertaining but only surface level so (for me), I almost put the book down after reading it but I’m so glad I kept on.
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid was a fascinating story of a mix-up with the mail. The story of unexpected correspondence that develops into friendship & revelation of what love really means was a funny & delightful read! I really enjoyed the flow of the storyline and that, as the reader, I could identify with the tension between the characters. This story redeemed my disappointment with the first one.
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller communicates how the closeness of friendship between Anne Marie & Nathaniel can mask & confuse love. It’s not until the threat of separation due to a family move that they realize what their feelings for one another mean & how navigating those is both frustrating and exciting.
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer was my favorite novella in the whole book. Perhaps that’s because I am a twin and the dynamics of the twins in the story are so very similar to the dynamics with my twin and me, but for whatever reason, this story resonated with me the most. Esther, the main character, unknowingly creates a place of her own by being herself. It’s a story of accepting who you are created to be, regardless of how you think the world accepts you or your perspective on what is valuable to others.
In all, this was a wonderful & light-hearted read that swept me up into the intrigue of the Amish and the traditions that they hold dear. I’m excited to expand my library with similar reads.
Disclaimer: I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.