An Amish Gift: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2012 - Fiction - 237 pages
22 Reviews
From the author ofAn Amish ChristmasandA Plain & Fancy Christmascomes a heartwarming novel of marriage and family, new beginnings and poignant homecomings—just in time for the holidays.
 
After her husband, Shep, loses his latest job, Jennie Davis is grateful to be in a car en route to beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Shep has inherited a house from a distant cousin, along with the cousin’s long-established bicycle shop. The move gives Jennie, Shep, and their two children a welcome chance for a fresh start.
 
While Shep dives into his new venture at the bike shop, Jennie carefully restores their broken-down house. She loves being a stay-at-home mom but yearns to find some fulfillment outside of her family—particularly as they struggle financially. On morning walks, she forges a friendship with her Amish neighbor, Mattie Fisher, who opens up about her modest way of life. Mattie’s unswerving good character in the face of adversity encourages Jennie to seek practical solutions to her own difficulties. A passing remark by Jennie’s son transforms desperation about their finances into inspiration, leading her to embark upon a candy-making enterprise.
 
Soon, Jennie’s newfound purpose collides with Shep’s growing stress at work and long-simmering tensions between husband and wife rise to the surface. As the holiday season approaches, their family is challenged as never before—until an unexpected visitor arrives to give Jennie the greatest gift of all.
 
Praise for Cynthia Keller’s heartwarming Amish novels
 
An Amish Christmas
 
“This little book is a holiday charmer young and old will find appealing.”—FredericksburgFree Lance–Star
 
“[A] sweet, poignant story.”—USA Today
 
A Plain & Fancy Christmas
 
“[This novel] does what a good holiday tale should; it invites readers to turn off the cellphone and television and wrap themselves up in a warm, compelling story.”—Lincoln Journal Star
 
“A wonderful read for the Christmas season.”—FaithfulNews
  

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Review: An Amish Gift: A Novel

User Review  - Tracee - Goodreads

You know this type of book is going to have a happy ending with lessons learnt but this author manages to do it thoughtfully, in a less obvious way & without saccharine sweetness spoiling the flavour or being totally predictable. A light, easy read but very enjoyable. Read full review

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User Review  - Wayne S. - Goodreads

Jennie Davis has lived in Lawrence, MA, with her husband Shep, a former football star who has had trouble holding a job, and their two teenage children, Tim and Willa. Jennie's own older sister Hope ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
33
Section 4
43
Section 5
54
Section 6
66
Section 7
80
Section 8
93
Section 11
121
Section 12
152
Section 13
163
Section 14
175
Section 15
185
Section 16
195
Section 17
208
Section 18
217

Section 9
102
Section 10
111
Section 19
229
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About the author (2012)

Cynthia Keller is the author of An Amish Christmas and A Plain & Fancy Christmas. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

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