By Cynthia Keller

From the writer of An Amish Christmas and A simple & Fancy Christmas comes a heartwarming novel of marriage and relatives, new beginnings and poignant homecomings--just in time for the holidays.

After her husband, Shep, loses his most modern activity, Jennie Davis is thankful to be in a automobile en path to attractive Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Shep has inherited a home from cousin, in addition to the cousin's customary bicycle store. The stream offers Jennie, Shep, and their teenagers a welcome probability for a clean start.

While Shep dives into his new enterprise on the motorbike store, Jennie rigorously restores their broken-down condo. She loves being a stay-at-home mother yet yearns to discover a few success outdoor of her family--particularly as they fight financially. On morning walks, she forges a friendship together with her Amish neighbor, Mattie Fisher, who opens up approximately her modest lifestyle. Mattie's dependable solid personality within the face of adversity encourages Jennie to hunt sensible suggestions to her personal problems. A passing comment via Jennie's son transforms desperation approximately their funds into idea, best her to embark upon a candy-making enterprise.

Soon, Jennie's newfound goal collides with Shep's turning out to be rigidity at paintings and long-simmering tensions among husband and spouse upward push to the skin. because the vacation season ways, their relations is challenged as by no means before--until an unforeseen customer arrives to provide Jennie the best present of all.

Praise for Cynthia Keller's heartwarming Amish novels

An Amish Christmas

"This little publication is a vacation charmer old and young will locate appealing."--Fredericksburg unfastened Lance--Star

"[A] candy, poignant story."--USA Today

A simple & Fancy Christmas

"[This novel] does what a very good vacation story should still; it invitations readers to show off the mobilephone and tv and wrap themselves up in a hot, compelling story."--Lincoln magazine Star

"A remarkable learn for the Christmas season."--FaithfulNews

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I had to work hard. I couldn’t handle it all: pulling up potatoes, tilling the vegetable garden and watering it . . You’re doing a good job. I told them about our field of carnations. I had to carry the baskets of laundry to the clotheslines, clean the stable, henhouses, pigeon coop, and rabbit cages, and provide fodder to the old horse with a sore on its left hip that was always covered with flies. I had to wash the dishes, kill hens and chickens, chop wood and pile it up all neat for when the great cold arrived.

Little by little the dog began coming closer to the farmhouse; if he caught sight of the farmer, who never even looked at him, the dog bared his teeth and the hair on his back stood up. I always left food for him by the same wall as that first time, and he always waited for me there. After he had eaten, he would sit next to me and the two of us would look at the moon. 51 MERCÈ RODOREDA He was always right there behind me, never leaving my side. He was my greatest companion; we loved each other.

When their father noticed that the ham was missing, the girls blamed the dog and escaped a good thrashing. They burst out laughing as if they had gone mad. A dull rapping on the wall by the hearth woke me. I pulled on my trousers and opened the door. It was the twins, who started laughing as they always did when they saw me. Camineta, wearing tiny gold earrings, whispered to me to go with them; they needed my help. She was carrying a small lantern. We went up to the second floor, holding onto the banister as we tiptoed up the steps.

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