A Simple Christmas Wish - Melody Carlson

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As 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.
Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

You can learn more about Anita at her website: http://anitahigman.com/

My Thoughts:

This was a sweet novella. Only 168 pages, it is a quick read. 

Rachel is a flight attendant and caring for her 7 year old niece, Holly while her brother and wife gone. 
Rachel and Holly get a Christmas tree, make some decorations because they can't find them, and decorate the tree. Rachel is worried her brother and sister - in - law are going to be upset that she jumped the gun and put up a Christmas tree. Holly informs her that her parents decorate the tree when she is asleep. That comment breaks Rachel's heart, and it broke mine. I couldn't believe a child not decorating a Christmas tree.
Their fun soon turns to sadness when Rachel receives a phone call that her brother and sister-in-law were in a crash and they died.

Since Rachel was Holly's only living relative she naturally figured she would be Holly's guardian. She soon found out that Holly had another Aunt and Holly would be living with Lydia, an Amish woman. A week before Christmas Rachel has no choice but to take Holly to the Amish community.

We watch Holly and Rachel adapt to the Amish lifestyle. While Rachel is not only learning the Amish ways, she is finding out about family secrets, Holly is enamored with all the animals.

I highly recommend this book! A great English and Amish combination.


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