Review: Amish Christmas at North Star
Release: October 20, 2015
Format: Trade Paperback
Category: Fiction- Amish & Mennonite
About the Authors
In `Amish Christmas at North Star`. There are four novellas that easily flow as you read each one. The prologue begins with the midwife, Rebekah, delivering four babies in one night; a miracle of God. Which the reader will learn more about while reading each novella. My first impression was a serene, white Christmas. Although I fell in love wish this book I do with the authors would have added a glossary for the Amish wording. I think novellas are a great way to introduce authors to readers.
In book one, `Guiding Star` (Katie Ganshert), we are introduced to Elle McAllister, adopted into the McAllister family at a very young age, and Reporter Chase Wellington who is investigating the case of an Amish baby disappearing 25-years ago.
In book two, `Mourning Star` (Amanda Flower), the reader is introduced to Eden Hochstetler, whose friend, Isaac, has recently passed away/maybe murdered. Beginning with the first chapter of this who-done-it I wanted to guess the mystery of who did it. That's just me as a reader. So, I was eager to read on. Could it be Micah who recently worked for Isaac and usually kept a job for only two weeks? Issac's nephew, Jesse, who seemed to have anger issues, or someone else. I really enjoyed all the sleuthing in this novella. There were several characters who could have done it and just as I thought I knew another character was introduced who could have done it. This book will keep the reader guessing almost to the end. I look forward to reading more works by Amanda Flower.
The third book, `In the Stars` (Cindy Woodsmall), speaks of heartbreak and love. The setting is mid-November with birds chirping and horses rhythmically prancing along. The male protagonist, Kore Detweiler, had recently been living out in the world until he met Savilla. This novella shows what true love is about.
The last book, `Star of Grace` (Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark), At the age of 12 Sam Danner was on a quest to earn $318 to bring his brother home for Christmas, and it's almost Christmas. With most of his time already being used up, with school & chores, would he be able to earn the much-needed money? This book gives meaning to love family and friends.
I recommend this these four novellas to anyone who loves Christmas.