A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**** I was granted this book to read via Net Gally by Revell for an honest review****
I have always loved to read Amish stories. I think the first one I read was by Karen Kingsbury and I got hooked from there.
This didn't start off as Amish, this is about a little girl named Holly who wants her aunt to help her put up the Christmas tree before her parents arrive home, all nicely decorated and glistening the the dusk of day.
Something tragic happens, and although Holly wants her aunt to look after her, its not to be, an Amish family turn up to care for her. Holly rebels against restrictions that are put upon her.
This is a unique story.
I've not read one of Melody Carlson's books prior to this although I know she is a popular author. That stops here! I loved this book, and I know you will too.
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Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As 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.
Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.