An Amish Gift: A Novel by Cynthia Keller

By Cynthia Keller

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

After her husband, Shep, loses his most recent activity, Jennie Davis is thankful to be in a vehicle en path to appealing Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Shep has inherited a home from cousin, besides the cousin's fashioned bicycle store. The circulate supplies Jennie, Shep, and their childrens a welcome likelihood for a clean start.

While Shep dives into his new enterprise on the motorcycle store, Jennie conscientiously restores their broken-down condo. She loves being a stay-at-home mother yet yearns to discover a few achievement 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 suggestion, best her to embark upon a candy-making enterprise.

Soon, Jennie's newfound goal collides with Shep's transforming into tension at paintings and long-simmering tensions among husband and spouse upward push to the skin. because the vacation season techniques, their family members is challenged as by no means before--until an unforeseen customer arrives to offer Jennie the best reward of all.

Praise for Cynthia Keller's heartwarming Amish novels

An Amish Christmas

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

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

A simple & Fancy Christmas

"[This novel] does what a very good vacation story may still; it invitations readers to show off the phone 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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