Monday, December 2, 2013

A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS WISH by Melody Carlson - Review

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One girl in need of a home. One woman in search of a home for her heart. One Christmas where it all seems possible.
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.
Cover ArtRachel 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.

Available through Baker Publishing
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  About the Author:
Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, Christmas at Harrington's, and The Christmas Pony. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. She and her husband live in central Oregon.
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I was blessed with this book through Revell Blogger Program in exchange for my honest opinion.

What did I think?
This book is a sweet short story that can be read quickly and will capture your attention, perfect to be read during the holiday season. I enjoyed it immensely. At first glance this looks like an Amish story, but for the most part it is not. I appreciated the way Melody took us into Amish country and family life and gave a glimpse of their lifestyle without making this story completely Amish.  She pointed out many of the differences between Amish and English and gave some insight while weaving a beautiful heartwarming tale of a young girl in need of a home. This is the first time I had an opportunity to read Melody Carlson and I liked her style of writing. I think this book would make a great gift around the Christmas season.  It would be a quick weekend - curl up with some coffee, tea, or hot cocoa - kind of read!

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