Wednesday, October 31, 2012

An Amish Gift: A Novel

An Amish Gift: A Novel
Offered by Random House Digital, Inc.
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartfelt Christmas Story, October 31, 2012

An Amish Gift by Cynthia Keller

While this could have been a real sappy story that most people of this day and age, would not believe; this book was not the sappy, faith based novel I had expected . I loved the fact that this non-Amish family, the Davis's had problems, REAL problems and the Amish while being stoic and helpful ,never preached, They just saw what needed to be done and then did it. In addition, I loved the fact that the problem solving was give and take. So many authors have the Amish become resistant to accepting any advice or help or even friendship from the Americaners.

The Davis family is on the brink of bankruptcy when an inheritance forces them to move from Massachusetts to Lancaster Penn. Two adults, two teenagers' and a dog crammed into a car hauling a trailer of their worldly possessions. When they reach their destination things just aren't as good as they could have hoped and the family makes their dissatisfaction clear to Jennie. Jennnie is holding the family together with string and prayers at this point. Until one day an inadvertent aside from her son allows her to try something new, something that could really help them get out of their financial mess.

This is a character driven story that spans 2 Christmases. A lot happens in these few pages. But one this I will say is that for a while I thought Jennie was allowing herself to be the whipping post, taking garbage from each member of her family.

Nevertheless, she stuck it out, and I'm so glad she did.
This family was quite `real' to me as was the neighbors and friends of the neighbors.

What a difference a year makes! 

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