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.

Critical Reaction

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Critical Reaction
Bethany House Publishers (November 19, 2013)
Todd M. Johnson


Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. Todd's career experience blends with his passion for writing in his novels published through Bethany House.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law, and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

The Deposit Slip, Mr. Johnson's first novel, debuted in 2012. Todd's second novel, Critical Reaction, will be released in November 2013.

Todd lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Cathy and children Ian and Libby.


After decades of turning out plutonium for the arms race, the Hanford Nuclear Facility has long been shuttered, though its deadly legacy cannot be fully contained. The men who guard the facility from sabotage or monitor its buildings for radiation leaks are told the risks are under control. They believe it, until the worst happens: a thunderous explosion in the dead of night.

Two workers, lifer Poppy Martin and new hire Kieran Mullaney, believe themselves lucky to survive the blast. But as the debris is cleared, they discover their safety is not assured. Dead ends and closed doors halt their efforts to discover what really happened--and what radiation may have poisoned them. When stalling and threats force them into the hands of experienced trial lawyer Ryan Hart, they learn that theirs is no ordinary lawsuit. There is something still hidden in the desert of eastern Washington, and someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it never sees the light of day.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Critical Reaction, go HERE.

Our God Comes - CD

Antioch Live's second all-original release, Our God Comes, carries the heart of the church and movement that is Antioch. Recorded live in Texas, the music is seasoned with flavors of progressive rock and pop with strains of folk. Specializing in anthems of the solid character of God ("Wonderful Counselor," "God and King," "One Hundred Three" and the title track, "Our God Comes") as well as vulnerable admissions of personal humanity ("I Will Raise," "How Much More" and "Savior Forever"), Antioch Live delivers a breathtaking follow-up to their first all-original release, Forever Sound. Other songs of note are "Come" and "God Who Saves."

My Thoughts:

This was the worst praise and worship CD I have ever listened to. I didn't find it uplifting at all.
Not recommended!!
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