Friday, December 7, 2012

An Amish Gift - Cynthia Keller

Summary from GoodReads: After her husband, Shep, loses his latest job, Jennie Davis is grateful to be in a car en route to beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Shep has inherited a house from a distant cousin, along with the cousin’s long-established bicycle shop. The move gives Jennie, Shep, and their two children a welcome chance for a fresh start.

While Shep dives into his new venture at the bike shop, Jennie carefully restores their broken-down house. She loves being a stay-at-home mom but yearns to find some fulfillment outside of her family—particularly as they struggle financially. On morning walks, she forges a friendship with her Amish neighbor, Mattie Fisher, who opens up about her modest way of life. Mattie’s unswerving good character in the face of adversity encourages Jennie to seek practical solutions to her own difficulties. A passing remark by Jennie’s son transforms desperation about their finances into inspiration, leading her to embark upon a candy-making enterprise.

Soon, Jennie’s newfound purpose collides with Shep’s growing stress at work and long-simmering tensions between husband and wife rise to the surface. As the holiday season approaches, their family is challenged as never before—until an unexpected visitor arrives to give Jennie the greatest gift of all.

The Davis family moves to Lancaster County, PA to live in a house left to them from a family member as well as an established business.  The house and business were both in rough shape.  Jennie Davis is hoping this move is just what her family needed to get back together.  Her son, Tim and daughter, Willa, were both miserable teenagers; neither wanted to be there or to help out.  Jennie was struggling to make the house a home and hold her family together.  Then she started talking to an Amish neighbor, Mattie Fisher, when she would take the dog on walks.  A friendhsip bloomed between their families that became invaluable.  Will the Davises find happiness and become a family again?  What will they learn from their Amish neighbors to help that?

Although this book focused more on the Davis family than the Fisher family, it was still considered an Amish book.  I did enjoy growing with the Davis family and watching them change as time passed by.  But this was not the typical Amish books that I read.  This book made the Amish seem like anyone who knows an Amish person can change their life around for the better.  I thought the story was good overall; although I would have liked to get to know more of the Fisher family.  It was a heart warming Christmas story about family, love and forgiveness.

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