Simple Christmas Wish

By Melody Carlson

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Feb 26, 2015

In a phone call that changes her life, Rachel Milligan learns that the parents of her 7-year-old niece, Holly, have had a tragic accident while on vacation.  Believing she is the only living guardian left to take care of the little girl, Rachel is shocked when Holly's custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant Amish aunt. Rachel complies with the court order and takes Holly to her new family. However, she hopes to convince Lydia to let the child stay with her. As Christmas approaches, Rachel's fantasy begins to fall apart when family secrets come out in the little Amish community. The story takes

Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall and Miriam Flaud

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Apr 16, 2013

Plain Wisdom tells a heartfelt, true story of two women, one Old Order Amish and one Englischer.  Although culturally worlds apart, they immediately discover a shared bond—love, laughter, and tears.

Cindy Woodsmall is a writer of Amish fiction, and to clarify and make her books more real it is imperative that she understand the people and places she writes about.  With her first invitation into the world of the Old Order Amish community where she meets Miriam Flaud, a friendship is born.  As Cindy and Miriam share stories of food, work, children, faith and a host of other topics, each learns

The Butterfly Garden by Annette Blair

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Oct 29, 2010

Sara Lapp, known in the Amish community as Spinster Sara and shunned because she studied to be a midwife, thinks she has been summoned to assist her best friend Abby during birth. But when Sara arrives, Abby is dead. Abby’s husband, “mad” Adam Zuckerman, tells Sara she must take the children and leave but she refuses. Obviously, the death of his wife has not changed his usual manner; ill-tempered, cold and totally indifferent to everyone’s feelings including those of his children. Sara can’t help but question why he wants to send his small daughters away, and questions even more the look