18 December 2010

An Amish Christmas | Book Review

Authoress: Cynthia Keller
Pages: @256
Publisher: Ballantine
Formats: eBook, Hardcover, Audio
Genre: Christmas, Contemporary Fiction
Excerpt: Click here to read an excerpt of An Amish Christmas

My summary:

Meet Meg:
List maker
Stay-at-home mom
Wife of James

Meet James:
Working dad
Family money manager
The reason his family is about become penniless....

After finding themselves completely broke, Meg, James, and their 3 children are forced to pack what they can fit into the one car they actually own and head to Meg's parents in New York. But a car accident leaves them stranded in the Pennsylvania countryside. Luckily an Amish family takes them in and they learn some priceless lessons in family, friendship, and material goods.

My say: This story sucked me in rather quickly. I felt for Meg. One day she was a happy suburban mom the next day she has to sell everything and head for the hills with her screaming teenagers, frightened 9 year-old, and the man who brought ruin on them with his lies.

This story is SO different from the average Amish tale. It is about being stripped down to nothing and seeing that your family and your life still have value. It reminded me that sometimes really beautiful things can come out of life's tragedies.

My star rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My recommendation: This book is a very cool rarity. A book that discusses the Amish without being Christian Fiction. Making it perfect for anyone interested in learning more about how the Amish live.

My favorite part: Her time cooking and learning with the Amish women.

My favorite character: Her son Sam.

My cover thoughts: I like it but I don't think it adequately captures 5 regular people suddenly being submerged in Amish culture.

My kiddie-o-meter: Clean and refreshing.

My holiday cheer meter: Low Medium High

My final say: The way Meg forgives James is downright impressive.

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  1. I never heard of this one, but now I'm really curious! Great cover . . .

  2. I am receiving this book for Christmas as a gift from my mom and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Molly: Oh good news! You will definitely enjoy this one :)

    Renee Ann: Yah! :->

  4. Well, I always like list making characters. This one sounds a really nice Christmas read. Thanks for your review, hope you're having a fabulous weekend :)

  5. Aww, Amish! That's so adorable! I definitely have to try to find this book.

  6. I loved this too!! I thought it was so sweet. Im reading the Christmas Cookie Club right now...so darling...:D

  7. I won this book a while back, and I thought it was actually a really nice read :)

    Great review, Juju!

  8. This looks adorable! So glad to hear more about it. Thanks, Juju!

  9. Seriously though they are coming out with some books that have great new takes on Amish fiction so I'm in love with the genre again! LOL! Thanks for sharing this, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  10. I love to return to your posts and watch the comments pile up! You're popular with all of us!

  11. Still have not read one book about the Amish, I really should though. I like sweet

  12. I will have to pick this one up:) It sounds lovely. Thank you for your review!

  13. This sounds delightful! Something nice to read in the doldrumns!

  14. I hadn't heard of this book or this author before. It definitely sounds like it would be a great read.

  15. Hmm, I think this one sounds like its right up my alley. "A book that discusses the Amish without being Christian Fiction. " ~ perfect! I'll add this one to my list for 2011.

  16. I like to read about the Amish. Their spartan life intrigues me. Great review Juju! How is your trip, looking forward to seeing you back soon!

  17. Wow! Not what I was expecting, and glad to know I was wrong.

  18. Hi Juju! It's been a long time I've been here. Well, the story is good and i kind have a feel of a great Xmas feeling.Great review!

  19. My dearest Juju, cute review! Alas, you lack a bold "Low, Medium, or High" on the xmas cheer meter! :D

  20. I loved how you wrote that! It made the review so much fun. It's absolutely a book I'd read... something I think about...

  21. This sounds like a wonderful read. I wonder how I woould react if I was suddenly submerged in Amish culture.

  22. Okay, so now I'm completely intrigued! I have to know what it is James did to get them in their predicament. Plus the premise of being stuck in an Amish community is so completely original. I love it! Definitely sounds like a great read and a fabulous review!

  23. Sounds like a rather interesting read...though perhaps a bit close to home for many with the way the economy has been in recent months. Shall consider nonetheless...thanks for the recommendation!

  24. Wonderful quick read this christmas... nice!!

  25. Another great book to read for Christmas! I agree with you on the cover. Great review! I'll have to check this one out, too :)

  26. This sounds like a delightful Christmas read! Another one I'm adding to my list.

  27. Okay, you got me with this one. I am picking this up as soon as I am more mobile. I would like to learn more about the Amish. They are very interesting. Thanks Ju-Ju!

  28. i've seen this one around quite a bit was never compelled to read it until i read your review. looks like i'll have to give this one a try!

  29. This one sounds like a wonderful read, Juju. I'm glad to hear you liked it. I will definitely keep an eye out for this one. Thank you! =]

  30. I typically do not steer towards Amish fiction but this one sounds like the perfect tale for me! I'm adding it to my list for next year's Christmas reads!

  31. Stacy, Toothy, Jenny, Midnight, Julie, and Gina Hott: YAH! *cheers*

    Bere, Cherry, Darlyn, Missie, Alyssa, Wakela, Aths, Blod, Meredith, and Lizzy: Thank you and thank you for stopping by!

    GMR: Very true! I think that's part of why I liked it so much. :)

    1stdaughter: I think you'll dig it ;)

    Tipsy: Thank you SO much for pointing that out :) I will fix it right now! :)

    Kelli: You are SO sweet for asking. It was fun but exhausting if you know what I mean. I am so glad to be home. :)

    Gina Precious: It totally is! I thought of you while reading this :)

    Renee Ann: Ahhhh thanks :)

    Renee Steeler: It's SO true! They really are stepping up their game. Personally I'm in love with all the new fresh innovative covers. :)

    Melissa: Agreed :)

    Tina: Oooo I've been considering that one :)