Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Christmas Haven Review


About the Book 

Old Order Amish Ivy Zook is wrestling with her need to shed her community's ways so she can grow the business of her dreams: planning parties. As long as she's stuck living without modernization, she can barely get her business on its feet. But if she leaves too soon, she'd cause trouble for her sister, Holly, who is planning her wedding to Joshua Smucker. All of their plans become twice as complicated when an old car crashes into the storefront of Greene's Pharmacy, carrying a Swartzentruber (ultra-conservative sect) Amish man, Arlan, and his very ill sister.

The Zooks take in Arlan and Madga, tending to the woman's illness and Arlan begins helping around the family farm. Ivy and Arlan are on different tracks, one wanting to leave her community and the other to return to his. But both young people are trying to discover what God has in store for their futures and what miracles might lie around the corner this Christmas season. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

For a short book such as this there is a lot packed within the pages. I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well written and I found the different Amish situations very interesting. The authors really know how to make that world come alive all while being unique. I think Arlan was my favorite character, he puts a lot of things into perspective and I just enjoyed how his character was written. It took me awhile to warm up to Ivy but in the end she grew a lot through the story. The ending took me by surprise a little and I appreciated that aspect. I don't always love a predictable ending and this had you guessing. For a cozy holiday read I recommend picking this one up! 

Four Stars. 

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."


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