One of the hallmarks of Amish fiction is the community comprised of...you guessed it families. So when I opened this book and realized it was going to be about single Amish women I was excited. Because strangely enough, I'd never really thought about single women in the Amish community where everything centers around family. Which is shame on me since I'm a single woman who grew up in a culture that highly values the traditional family as well.
But...even though the story started out with two single Amish women it quickly went into matchmaking. Which I should have expected since it is a Christmas novella...but I'd love to read a Christian book that just for once sends the message that it's okay to be single and possible to live a happy and fulfilling life that way.
This book is about two Elizabeths. Lizzy, the older Elizabeth is the one who never married and is a business woman and runs a shop. Beth, her niece, lost her fiance in an accident over a year ago and has been deep in mourning ever since. Lizzy is very worried that Beth will never move on with her life and when Beth falls in love with the carvings of a handsome young Amish man, Lizzy begins to put together a plan to get them together that involves some serious deceit. And that's all I can say without giving away the book.
I'm a little torn about my feelings on this book. On the one hand, it was a nice read and I enjoyed it, but the on the other hand the plot was hard to buy and I was a little offended that the single woman had to come to her senses and realize her life had been miserable when she was single. I think fans of Amish will like it regardless.
It's not terribly Christmasy, but still an enjoyable read.
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Source of Book: Review copy from publisher
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