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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

An Amish Christmas Quilt - Blog tour and Review



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An Amish Christmas Quilt
by Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstrand

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A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant

Seth Brenneman didn’t expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kaffman and her two children…or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts—and work a miracle for a lifetime?

A Perfect Amish Christmas

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico. But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing—falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she’s having a party. There’s just one complication—Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas—and true love-will change her mind, and her future …

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EXCERPT
A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant

“Are we ready? I think our Nativity’s going to be a huge success, with such a heavenly little angel and a regal king,” Rebecca said as she grinned at each of the kids. “And how’s our main attraction?”

Emmanuel, cradled in Mary’s arms, wiggled when Rebecca smiled down at him.

“He’s been fed and changed, so he’s ready,” Mary replied. She smiled at the little parade walking up the Hooleys’ lane. “And here come our shepherds and the other wise men and angels. Everybody looks really gut, Rebecca. We couldn’t have done this without your help.”

As Rebecca murmured something in reply, Mary lost track of it. A tall, broad-shouldered man in a flowing brick-red tunic was striding up the lane toward her, and while she couldn’t see his eyes, she sensed Seth was looking right at her . . . just as she was gazing at him. Thank you for this night, Lord, as we celebrate the birth of Your son and the beginning of our new life in Willow Ridge, Mary prayed quickly. Help me be your faithful handmaiden, as the Virgin Mary was so long ago.

“Let’s hope this works the way I envisioned it,” Rebecca said as other folks began to gather from around town.

Mary turned just in time to see a star-shaped balloon rise into the air, on a long ribbon tied to the light post—and when Rebecca turned on the second lantern, which was aimed skyward, the star glowed and sparkled. Miriam, Ben, Bishop Tom, and the Zook family all let out a delighted oh!

“Folks will be able to see that from quite a ways off!” Tom said. His face shone with boyish wonder as he gazed raptly at the shimmering star above them.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and the
Forever After in Apple Lake series, set in two Amish communities in beautiful Wisconsin. She has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the two scheming Amish grandparents who try to help their grandchildren find suitable mates in Huckleberry Hill. Who would ever suspect two elderly Amish folks of mischief?

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics, which comes in handy when one of her six children needs help with algebra. After twenty-five years of being a chauffeur, cook, maid, and nurse, she embarked on a writing career. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America and is represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and two adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten.

You can find out more about Jennifer and her books by going to her website: jenniferbeckstrand.com or visiting her Facebook page: Jennifer Beckstrand Fans.

http://www.jenniferbeckstrand.com
https://www.facebook.com/jenniferbeckstrandfans
Twitter: @JenniferBeckst1

Kelly Long

Kelly Long was born and raised in North Central Pennsylvania. There was an Amish hitching post at the small grocery store in her town. She loves to write Amish romance and is the author of novel, Sarah's Garden, the novella Amish Christmas Expanded Edition with some other great Amish authors, Amish Love with Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, and Lilly's Wedding Quilt--the sequel to Sarah's Garden. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.


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Charlotte Hubbard

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while I was still a school librarian—I sold my first story to True Story magazine. This launched me into writing about seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and I’ve been a slave to my overactive imagination ever since. My stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way I’ve proposed them: I love it when unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, because they keep me guessing right along with my readers!

I love touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with my border collie Ramona—although it’s humbling, having a dog smarter than I am! I’m an ordained Presbyterian deacon, and I devote a lot of time to singing in my church choir and to practicing/performing with our percussion ensemble. I’m celebrating more than thirty-five years with my husband, who—bless him—has never once suggested I get a real job!

www.CharlotteHubbard.com
https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.hubbard1

Buy Links:

Kensington Books: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30305
The Book Depository:  http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781617735547
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=161773554X/

Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?ean=9781617735547
  B-A-M: http://www.booksamillion.com/product/9781617735547

Chapters: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/a/9781617735547

IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781617735547

Powell’s: http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=9781617735547

Ebook:

Kensington Books: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30377

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Amish-Christmas-Quilt-Charlotte-Hubbard-ebook/dp/B00JVW6H5U/

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-amish-christmas-quilt-charlotte-hubbard/1118482472?ean=9781617735554

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/an-amish-christmas-quilt/id868217805?mt=11

The authors will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.


MY REVIEW 

I had a wonderful holiday in Pennsylvania and Ohio last year, and stayed in Amish country. I was fascinated by the glimpses of Amish life I saw, harking back to earlier, gentler times, with a voluntary lack of modern tools technology and convenience,  and their dedication to God. These three stories reflect these ideals and also subtly bring across the true message of Christmas.

I thought each of the three stories in turn was my 'favourite' but in truth, by the time I'd finished the book I realised the three were so different, although linked together by the common theme of a 'Christmas Quilt' that it was quite impossible for me to choose between them. They each bring something special and delightful to the theme,each quilt serving its own unique purpose in the plot, and each story is a lovely illustration of the true meaning of Christmas.

The first story, 'A Willow Ridge Pageant',by Charlotte Hubbard, is rich in symbolism and the story begins with the main character, Mary, a young, pregnant widow, nearing the final stages of labour and stranded in a buggy in the snow with her two stepchildren.The relationship between Mary and her stepchildren is really touching, as are the feelings Seth has for Mary and her new baby, whose arrival into the world he helps bring about,and a gentle romance between  Mary, and Seth the carpenter gradually develops throughout the tale. The climax, featuring a Christmas pageant of the Nativity story, brings about a reconciliation, and hope for a new future.

'A Christmas On Ice Mountain' by Kelly Long has a haunting 'Romeo and Juliet' quality. Two former best friends, John  and Luke, have turned into lifelong rivals, and not spoken for years, although none of their family or friends  really know what their quarrel was about. However, their children, Laurel and Matthew fall in love despite their fathers' enmity, and conduct their romance in secret, desperate to marry, but unsure how to gain permission to do so. The matter is resolved in a way neither of them could have anticipated, and there is a final twist when the reason for the two men's quarrel is discovered and they realise that twenty five years of bitterness could have been avoided. Christmas is a time for forgiveness and healing.

The third story ' A Perfect Christmas' by Jennifer Beckstrand, features  grandparents Anna and Felty Helmuths. Anna is determined to bring her grandson, Gideon and Dottie Schrock togther in what she sees to be the perfect match. However, all Dottie cares about is organising the perfect Christmas for her mother, who is recuperating from cancer. She carefully plans for the Christmas celebrations and organises a party, to which Gideon is not invited. When all her carefully laid plans go awry, Dottie comes to realise that a perfect Christmas is not about perfectly folded napkins, beautifully iced cream horns, or even the lovely Christmas quilt for her mother that she has been so painstakingly working on, but is about the Christchild, family - and love;

This anthology of three delightful and heartwarming stories is perfect for getting into the Christmas spirit and reminding us of the Holy First Christmas, and would make an ideal Christmas gift.

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36 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review. I haven't read a lot of stories about the Amish but the one I did was rather interesting :)
    Thanks for sharing,
    Lori H

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Beautiful Disaster! We're glad you did!

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    2. Thanks, Lori. The Amish are such interesting people. Their plain way of life is definitely something we could learn from.

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  2. Hi Lori, thanks so much for your kind comment - this is a lovely collection of stories that I can thoroughly recommend.

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  3. Hywela Lyn, thank you for featuring our book on your blog today--and special thanks for taking the time to give readers your views of each story!

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    1. Hi Charlotte- it's a real pleasure and I loved the stories in this collection!

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  4. Hywela Lyn, I so appreciate your lovely review. Thanks for hosting us today. We are excited to be here the day before Thanksgiving.

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    1. Hi Jennifer, so glad you liked the review. It's a pleasure and honour to have you as my guests on my blog and I wish you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving. (Wish we celebrated it over here in the UK, we have so much to be thankful for!)

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    1. Hi Robert, thanks so mjch for stopping by. Yes, each story is both inspiring, exciting and thoroughly enjoyavble!

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    2. Thanks, Robert. We hope our stories remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.

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    3. Thanks for stopping by, Robert! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  6. Your reviews of the stories are precious and have whet my appetite for more. I look forward to reading this book. Thank you for the review, the giveaway and the chance to win!
    Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!
    Kelly Y
    kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

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    1. Hi Kelly Y, thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed the post and review. I'm sure you'll enjoy the book, it has such a lovely Christmas message in all the stories and the characters are all so lovely and easy to identify with. Goodluck with the giveaway.

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    2. Thank you, Kelly. We hope you love it! And Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

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    3. Kelly, we really appreciate the time you've spent with us today!

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  7. Meeting all the authors, very interesting :)
    dkstevensne AT outlook DOT Com

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    1. Deanna, I love getting to know new authors and their books. Thanks for coming by.

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    2. We're glad you think we're interesting, Deanna! Some days, we feel pretty ho-hum and introverted--but we love it when new readers take time to check out our stories!

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  8. Hi Deanne, thanks so much for stopping by.

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  9. I love Christmas stories and these look amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. These stories are great to cozy up to the fire with.

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    2. Amy, Christmas stories are my very favorite kind to write. We hope you'll give our book a try! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  10. Hi Amy, thanks so much for visiting and commenting - yes these stories are pretty amazing! :)

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    1. Kim, thanks for stopping by on our tour again today! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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  12. I love the excerpts from the stories. It shows us we can still celebrate the season and show each other God's love. All the fancy trappings are not necessary. Simpler times are better.

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    1. We agree totally, Deanne! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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    2. I agree too, often the true message of Christmas can get totally lost in all the hype and commercialism. I loved the way these stories put the focus back where it belongs - on God and the Holy Babe in a humble stable.

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  13. Enjoyed reading the excerpts from each author's stories. Would love to win a gift card to purchase a copy of this book. Thank you for this giveaway.

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    1. Thanks so much for spending time with us, Mary Ellen! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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    2. Hi Mary Ellen - good luck in the draw.

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  14. Beautiful book cover. Sounds like a really good book.
    Sue B

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  15. Hi Sue, thanks so much for dropping in - yes, it's a great book and I certainly agree about the cover!

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