I had such great aspirations to review Christmas books BEFORE Christmas. Once I missed reviewing before Christmas, I kept putting it off thinking it would be weird to read a Christmas book now, but it wasn't. I guess since this book is a collection of stories about the Amish tradition of second Christmas, we will just all pretend that it is second Christmas now...in February. It is cold enough here in Minnesota to be sure!
The Amish tradition of Second Christmas is based on spending Christmas Day in quiet reflection at home but spending the day after Christmas socializing and visiting loved ones. I always wonder when I'm reading Amish fiction which traditions and cultures that the authors write about are accurate, but I sincerely hope that this one is real.
This particular title is a collection of four novellas, or short stories, from different authors published in a collection by Thomas Nelson (Product Page). The titles include:
“When Christmas Comes Again” by Beth Wiseman
“Her Christmas Pen Pal” by Ruth Reid
“A Gift for Anne Marie” by Kathleen Fuller
“The Christmas Aprons” by Tricia Goyer
All four titles are romance stories set around the holiday season. I enjoy reading Amish romance stories because they reflect courtship and marriage in such a tender way that reflects many of my own feelings on love. My favorite of the four stories was, "A Gift for Anne Marie" but they were all enjoyable (even being read in February).
Although it is ok if you want to file this book away to read a little closer to Christmas!
In exchange for an honest review, I was provided with a complimentary copy of the title through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own.