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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Simple Christmas Wish Review!!!

A Simple Christmas Wish 
by Melody Carlson

Book Description:
It felt strange to be out here in the middle of the night, still wearing the Amish dress--a dress that had belonged to Miri. Rachel's footsteps crunched in the snow, and halfway between the barn and the house, she paused to look up at the night sky, wondering if more snow was in store, but all she saw was velvety black and stars. Millions of twinkling stars. She had never seen stars like that before, so bright and so close, almost as if she could touch them with her hand.

Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. But with so many unexpected occurrences of late, perhaps she shouldn't have been surprised.

With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio's Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Join bestselling author Melody Carlson on an emotional journey into the heart of what family truly means at Christmastime.

My Opinion:
A sweet Christmas novella!  This is my first book by Melody Carlson and I really enjoyed it.  This novella started out a little slow for me then it blew my mind!  It turned in to a great story.  It is a nice novella that looks into Amish mixing with English that no nothing about the Amish! :)  And I was shocked by some of the scenes!  I would have liked a glossary for the Amish translations, but I think I figured them out without one.  Holly is a beautiful, lovable character as is her Aunt Rachel, and I just love the twists and secrets within all these characters lives.  I kinda wish this wasn't a novella, but a full fledged novel.  Because it was a short novella the romance in the book was a little hurried to me, but I was happy with it all the same.  I was left wanting just a few more chapters though! LOL!  I was floored by some of the twists, I laughed at Amish trying to teach English, and cried at some of the heart wrenching turns.  Overall this is a great read!  I want more!  I wish Melody would pick up Holly and Rachel's story again and further it!  This story would be great for a snowy winters night curled up under warm blankets!

Songs: "Here We Come A-Caroling" by Twin Sisters, "The Holly And The Ivy" by St. John Children's Choir, and "Silent Night, Holy Night" by Cedarmont Kids

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*I received this book from Revell for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion of A Simple Christmas Wish and the above is my actual opinion.  ~ASC

THANK YOU REVELL!!!  You are a great publishing company and thank you for all you do! 

“Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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