I know it is well after Christmas but for those of you who like to carry the feelings throughout the year, Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family is a perfect way to keep the spirit going. This is a book composed of four novella stories by four different authors. The stories stories are all related by the town the character call home–the little town of North Star. It is a quaint community, mainly inhabited by the Amish.
The first story was “Guiding Star” from author Katie Ganshert. It follows Noelle – Elle to her friends – and Chase Wellington. This great little novella and was probably my favorite out of them all. I liked how the author drew the readers in and though it was short, I really became involved with the characters. This one even included a twist or two and I just fell in love with it from the start. A definite five star rating for “Guiding Star”!
The second novella was a little different for me. I had a hard time getting into it and basically had to push myself to finish the story. “Morning Star” is written by Amanda Flower and after starting it, I went to look up the author. Turns out I had a difficult time with a full-length book of Flower’s before and actually quit reading before finishing it. Although I did finish this story, it was not a favorite. It had quite a bit of mystery surrounding the main character, Eden Hochstetler (what a name!). Eden works at an amazing candy shop but one of her beloved customers dies and this is when her best friend Gina decides to investigate. I would give this particular story three stars.
In the third story we meet Savilla and Kore. Cindy Woodsmall does a good job with the hard subject of being unable to conceive. Savilla is such a sweetheart and I was very close to tears a couple times. When Savilla breaks up with Kore there is a lot of anguish, mainly because there is no explanation for the departure. I would give “In the Stars” four stars.
And lastly we have “Star of Grace” by Mindy Starns Clark. This is an author I have always loved and this story was no different. She has an excellent writing style and I was immediately drawn to the Danner brothers. Andy is upset after his girlfriend leaves him and Sam steps in as the wonderful brother to try and get him home for Christmas. But of course nothing is as cut and dry as all that. A definite five star for this one!
The epilogue shows how all of the characters are woven together and tied the stories together perfectly for me–I loved it. This is a book I would urge you to pick up, even if only for a couple stories that will touch your heart.
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by WaterBrook. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.