I am on Katie Ganshert’s street team, and had the pleasant surprise of receiving a free copy of the book from her publisher recently. I’ve been reading it ever since, and must confess I forgot how much I enjoy reading a real, honest-to-goodness paper book. I live in the land of ebooks so often – especially when it comes to Christian fiction – that I forgot what it was like to hold the book in my hands, smell the paper, and just plain read.
It was even better to have a book focused on Christmas, as the big day is almost here! I may be channeling Buddy from Elf‘s level of excitement.
So I wanted to make sure and share this with you at Christmastime!
About the Book (via Amazon)
One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania.
Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas.
Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert
Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?
Mourning Star by Amanda Flower
Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac. Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else?
In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall
Heartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love. But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.
Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark
Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower’s life.
Purchase on Amazon for your Kindle or buy the paperback: Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Katie Ganshert’s publisher as I am on her street team. Posting a review was not a requirement but I am doing so out of appreciation for receiving a free copy. All opinions are, as always, my own.
ACANS is a fun, easy read – especially since it’s really four novellas. Any and all could be read in one sitting, easily.
Ganshert’s story, Guiding Star, was my favorite; I love her writing style and was easily sucked into the story of an Englischer investigating a long-ago disappearance. She is also the only author I was familiar with prior to reading ACANS!
I didn’t have a least favorite novella, but did think that Star of Grace felt a little out of place as it focused more on the sibling relationship than a romance like the others. Still, its story of forgiveness and redemption is moving, and I could easily picture Ed Asner’s Carl Frederickson from Up as the widower!
I also couldn’t always determine whether “Rebekah’s babies” were still Amish – and/or if they were, whether they were Old- or New-Order. The lines were somewhat blurred, and I’m still deciding how or if that impacted my enjoyment of the book as a whole. It was certainly confusing at times, and may just be chalked up to the four-novellas-by-four (or really five)-authors factor.
Mourning Star was a fun read with a hint of mystery to it; In the Stars also has some mystery as the reader tries to piece together Savilla’s past. I couldn’t decide whether I wanted Kore and Savilla to get together – but was a shipper by the end!
If you’re looking for a seasonal, easy read, I definitely recommend ACANS. It’s particularly enjoyable in print – there’s nothing like the feel and smell of a real book. 🙂
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!