About the Book
Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. good, Thomas Nye
Genre: Amish Thanksgiving Collection
Release Date: November 1, 2017
As Thanksgiving approaches, Becca Troyer finds herself overwhelmed with an abundance of winter squash and pumpkins that she isn’t a bit thankful for. Desperately trying to sell them at a farmer’s market so she won’t have mountains to can, she’s surprised when a mime drops to his knee in front of her and proposes marriage.
Yost Miller is helping the volunteer firefighter raise funds at the city park when he notices his long-time crush Becca selling vegetables. Drawn across the grass, he spontaneously proposes marriage. But afterward, Yost isn’t sure how to proceed to show her that his feelings are real.
Just as he begins to find solid footing, confidence is yanked away, leaving him floundering. Will he lose Becca to another man? Or will this Thanksgiving be a season of blessings and wishes come true?
Faithe Beiler believes God wants her to feed the poor at her family’s restaurant, but when she mistakes Crist Petersheim for a homeless man and gives him a free breakfast, he’s offended. Yet he can’t help being intrigued by this pretty waitress with a giving heart.
Crist blames God for the tragedies in his life, so the last thing he wants is to get involved with an Amish girl, who trusts God in all circumstances. He fears for Faithe’s safety, though, when she invites every homeless person in the neighborhood, including drug dealers and criminals, to a free Thanksgiving dinner. Street savvy, Crist risks his life to protect her from danger.
As Crist’s heart softens toward God, Faithe finds herself falling him. Then she discovers his deception, and her world is shattered. Can she ever trust him again?
The Thanksgiving Frolic
Monroe has the prettiest girl and the fastest horse— but pride goes before a fall.
Monroe’s girlfriend, Rosemary, and her family organize the Thanksgiving Frolic, a service project to help Amish folks who have fallen on hard times. Monroe wants to go along but his dad won’t let him. Furthermore, Monroe’s dad thinks Rosemary’s family should clean up their own messy farm before they try to help others. Will the contrast between Monroe’s and Rosemary’s families end their relationship for good? Rosemary’s grandpa tries to offer words of wisdom, but people don’t take him seriously. The Thanksgiving Frolic heats up to a fever pitch, before a moment of silence changes everything.
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My Review: This collection of novellas was the absolute best way to launch the Thanksgiving season for me. It is the perfect time of year for cozy, heart-warming stories, and these three authors are the perfect trio to inspire all things snug and comfy.
In Gingerbread Wishes by Laura V. Hilton, we get to know Becca Troyer and Yost Miller. (Psssst…these are characters from The Christmas Admirer, which I will be reviewing very soon!) I love when authors give us spin-off novellas, if you will, of characters in their books. Becca and Yost have been friends for a long time, but Yost’s shyness has prevented him from taking the relationship further. Can love bloom despite the obstacles and unforeseen events that are swirling around them? Gingerbread Wishes is a story of hope, new beginnings and counting the blessings from God’s hand.
Thanksgiving Strangers by Rachel J. Good is a beautiful story that follows the characters of Faithe Beiler and Crist Petersheim. This story in particular touched me, because not everyone has the “perfect” background, “perfect” upbringing or “perfect” home life. And it’s especially hard sometimes, to share those things with people that you care about. Crist hasn’t had an easy life, and worries about the ramifications if he opens up to Faithe or the community. Thanksgiving Strangers is a story, not about being thankful for the hard times, but being thankful in the midst of the hard times.
The Thanksgiving Frolic by Thomas Nye is such a good story. Monroe’s father has to have the best of everything, and judges those of his community who are less fortunate than himself. Rosemary, whom Monroe is dating, sees these prideful traits in Monroe as well, and is disappointed when he doesn’t seem that interested in attending the Frolic to help those in the community who are struggling. Will the wise words of Rosemary’s grandfather finally sink into the heart of Monroe?
All three authors were absolutely brilliant in writing lovable, relatable characters. All three novellas had the perfect amount of twists and turns to keep me guessing, blended with wonderful messages about God’s love for us and all that we truly have to be thankful for as we enter this season of Thanksgiving. A must-read book for all. Preferably with your favorite warm, seasonal coffee or tea close at hand.
About the Authors
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Rachel J. Good grew up near Lancaster, PA, the setting for many of her Amish novels. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends special time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events. Rachel is the author of several Amish series, including Sisters & Friends (Charisma), Love & Promises (Grand Central), and two books in the Hearts of Amish Country series (Annie’s Book Club). In addition, she has two Amish Quilts Coloring Books as well as stories in several anthologies, including Springs of Love (CelebrateLit).
Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend. Walking a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service keeps Thomas close to nature and affords him many quiet hours which he uses to dream up novels. Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that he weaves into his writing. To find out more, visit: amishhorses.blogspot.com
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