Tuesday, December 21, 2010

An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller

Copyright: 2010
Publisher: Ballantine
Genre: fiction
Pages: 256
Author's Website
My rating: 3/5

Simple Description: 
Meg Hobart believes she has everything she would need in life until her husband informs her that he is without a job and lost all their money.  Now they must move out of their insanely huge home, give back their pricey cars and most of their possessions, and move to another state to live with Meg's parents.  Meg doesn't get along with her parents, but they own their own company and have agreed to let her husband work there and the family live with them until they can get back on their feet.

Plans change, however, when the Hobarts wreck their car and are stranded in Amish country in Pennsylvania. Luckily the family who found them have opened up their home to the Hobarts.  When they find out it will be a couple of weeks before the car can be fixed, the Amish family gladly offers the Hobarts a chance to stay with them for that time.  While the Hobarts feel they are taking advantage of the family, they also know they can't afford a hotel room for 2 weeks.

While it's a shaky start, things slowly improve.  The two oldest Hobart children are very spoiled and learning to live without all their stuff and without electricity is a bit too much for them.  They are crank and moody.  It doesn't help that their parents either fight or don't talk to each other.  The only one who seems to really enjoy himself at first is the youngest Hobart child.  Slowly, as the Hobart family is drawn into the Amish life and they help out, they start to grow and improve.

Now what you really want to know....my thoughts: 
I thought this was a good Christmas read.  The story is typical..a family at each other's throats who have something bad happen to them, who then learn that family and the simple things in life are what's most important.   I liked the Amish aspect of this one though. I liked the Amish aspect of it. Sometimes I think it's good to read about families who live a simpler life, who don't have all the convenience we do and actually enjoy it.

This book is part of my collection and was either bought or given to me.

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