Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Amish Christmas Sleigh Blog Tour w/ Giveaway

24388421The Amish Christmas Sleigh by Molly Jebber, Amy Lillard, and Kelly Long is a 384 page book in the Christian Amish fiction genre. It contains three separate novellas.


A SLEIGH RIDE ON ICE MOUNTAIN
Kelly Long
For solitary toy-maker Sebastian Christner, hiring Kate Zook as his new housekeeper is simply the right thing to do. Now she can support her special-needs brother. But one taste of her independent spirit is showing him undreamed-of holiday joy—and making him long to give her a home for always . . .

A MAMM FOR CHRISTMAS
Amy Lillard
Bernice Yoder has far too much to do to entertain holiday dreams. Even if she can help Jess Schmucker outwit his three mischievous young daughters, it’s impossible to imagine the handsome widower can see her as anything but a scolding schoolteacher. He never guesses how a magical Christmas Eve will open his eyes to love or how Der Herr will awaken their faith and hope.  

AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS BLESSING
Molly Jebber
As much as Charity Lantz’s children need a father, the young widow isn’t sure her new neighbor Luke Fisher can ever be the right choice. They’re having more disagreements than snowflakes in December. Besides, he’s never given a sign he wants to be more than friends. Can Gott show them a way past their misunderstandings to a forever love?

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About the Authors
Kelly Long is the author of the acclaimed Amish Patch of Heaven series and has been a finalist for the coveted Carol Award from the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her novel Lily’s Wedding Quilt was a 2011 Goodreads Favorite Book of the Year.  Born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania, she’s been married for nearly twenty-five years and has five children. Please visit her at kellylongbooks.com


Amy Lillard won the 2013 Carol Award for her first Amish romance Saving Gideon. She was also a Maggie Awards finalist. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. 
Visit her at amywritesromance.com.


Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive. http://www.mollyjebber.com/


I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

I am not sure I have ever reviewed three books in one, so hopefully you will be able to make sense of this review.
My Thoughts:
This is my first time I think reading a novella (or three). I enjoyed it because the stories were short and quick to read. They kind of flew by, and it didn't take long to get into the story. The characters were relatable (in-spite of the fact they were Amish). For the most part, the stories were predictable, but I would guess that to be common in a novella, since there is really not much time to build the plot to a conclusion. It does include the use of quite a few "Amish" words in it, which can be understood relatively well even if they are not English.

My favorite story was Molly Jebber's Unexpected Christmas Blessing. Charity is a widow and having a hard time getting over her late husband. She has two young children who are polite and lovable kids, although a little outspoken at times, but what kids aren't. A single man, Luke, moves in next door and begins helping her with some needed handiwork as well as entertaining the children. Although he is kind, he is not very open, and seems to be hiding something from his past. Charity needs a husband and her children need a father, but she may have to settle for someone else who is interested in her, even if she has feelings for Luke. Will he open up and let her in? Or will he lose her forever?

I guess my next favorite was Amy Lillard's, A Mamm for Christmas. It is a fun story of three girls whose mother passed away. They are in desperate need of a woman in their lives and they think their father is in need of a wife. So they set about to find him one concocting their own devious way of doing it. The plan somewhat backfires but not before interest is sparked and their father recognized he must move on to take care of his family. Hence Jess' process of looking for a wife begins. And although his daughters would like him to take interest in their school teacher Bernice, his interests seem to lie elsewhere. I think the readers will enjoy this sweet story and these conspiring little girls.

Lastly, Kelly Long's book,  A Sleigh Ride on Ice Mountain. Although I really liked the plot in the story, there were several things which I was not particularly pleased with.  The plot consisted of a single toy maker with a secret past and his involvement in helping better the life of a young single woman who is taking care of her crippled brother. Her parents had been killed in an accident - the same one in which her brother was injured.  Kate is doing her best to make ends meet, when Sebastian comes along and sweeps her off her feet. But when his secret comes out, will Kate still be able to love him? 
As I mentioned before, I enjoyed the story itself. Sebastian's kindness, the way he tried to help make her life better without making her a charity case, and how he took her younger brother under his wing. But I was a little bothered by all the sexual intimacy going on. Several times throughout the story there was some heated sensual scenes. It's not usually my preference to read that particular type of content in a book. I sort of got the impression this man had one thing on his mind. Of course, he was in love with Kate.... This content may not bother everyone, but I wouldn't recommend this book for a younger audience. Had the author been a little more discreet, I think I would have enjoyed her book more.

All in all, I am giving this book four stars, because the other stories really were good clean stories. I would love to read another book by Molly Jebber, or ever Amy Lillard. I felt like their stories were true to the Amish traditions I recognize and associate with. 


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8 comments:

  1. Molly's story, Unexpected Christmas Blessing was wonderful. Along with Amy's story "A Mamm for Christmas". A Sleigh Ride on Ice Mountain didn't fit as well with the sexual content for a book with Amish tales. Thank you for featuring The Amish Christmas Sleigh on your blog and Molly's tour of this new Christmas novella.

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  2. LOVE the quote about opportunity knocking...so true ! Sometimes we just need to slow down and listen. Mejohnson01@msn.com.

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  3. Thanks for the great feature.

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  4. What a beautiful Amish books and other goodies prize pack. I would love to gift this to my mother who has been ill. Thank you fir the opportunity !

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