Friday, November 4, 2016

Harlequine Blog Tour: Amish Christmas Blessings

The Midwife’s Christmas Surprise/
A Christmas to Remember
by Marta Perry, Jo Ann Brown

Explore the Amish community this holiday season with two tales to warm your heart.

The Midwife's Christmas Surprise by Marta Perry

Three years ago, the man Anna Zook hoped to marry left her and their Amish community for the English world. Now devoted to proving her abilities as a midwife, Anna has given up on marriage and children for herself. But when Benjamin Miller returns, now a changed man, can delivering a Christmas baby reunite these two hurting hearts?

A Christmas to Remember by Jo Ann Brown

When a little girl leads shop owner Amos Stoltzfus to an Amish woman in distress, he rushes them to his family's farm. “Linda” has no memory and doesn't know if the sweet child is her daughter or even her kin. As Christmas arrives and Linda's identity is revealed, will Amos be able to claim his holiday guests as his own?

Review:  Amish Christmas Blessings has two sweet stories that will warm you heart. I'm a huge fan of Marta Perry so I have to say The Midwife's Christmas Surprise was my favorite of the two stories, though both were great.

In The Midwife's Christmas Surprise sees a couple reunited.  Three years prior Anna had a blossoming relationship with Benjamin Miller, who is the son of the mid-wife that she is apprenticing with.

His return brings joy and sadness. I liked that things didn't just come together easily for the two of them. Annie has issues being accepted as a midwife by those that are used to having Elizabeth taking care of the birthing of the babies.

Benjamin has a secret from his years away that's keeping him from telling Anna how he feels. 

There was enough conflict between the local gossips and a person from Ben's recent past that made the story interesting.

For a novella, everything was paced nicely and with enough development of the characters that the story was more than satisfying.

The second story A Christmas To Remember was just as good, but the amnesia story line felt a little bit far-fetched for a novella that only spans about a week.

Amos discovers Linda and Polly when Polly tries to steal a loaf of bread from his family store. 

I love how kind Amos' family was to Linda and Polly. These are two strangers that could have been anyone.  They take to her so well and do their best to help her find her family.

I loved the conclusion of the story even though its hard to believe that love came to Linda and Amos so quickly.

If you love Amish romance, this is definitely a must read for the holiday season.



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