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Friday, December 4, 2015

The Christmas Cradle

Miriam has grown-up triplet daughters from her first marriage--Rhoda, Rebecca, and Rachel, but now she's pregnant with her new husband's child and she's running a restaurant. When her husband, Ben, hears a buggy outside, he goes outside to see who it is and if he can help. He finds a young couple--Josiah and Lena--in a heated discussion about being lost, and very tired from a long journey. Lena is also pregnant and she and Josiah are not married. Josiah's family has passed away except for his sister Savilla, and Lena's family has disowned her.

Charlotte Hubbard
has finished out the Seasons of the Heart series of Amish novels. Several issues that have been in previous books in the series are brought to completion in one way or another. In writing this series, Charlotte has described what happens when our egos get the best of us, when we open our hearts and act as Christ would, and when we truly place our faith in the only God who can aid us. She did kill off one of the characters in solving one of the issues she set up, but she did so in a way that makes a cautionary tale, and then she shows the grace of God through the reactions of the other characters.

One of the things Miriam is known for is her baking--especially her cookies. She teaches Lena to make and decorate the cookies to sell as a way to raise money for a place to live. Josiah wants to work in Miriam's restaurant cooking for a dinner shift, but he has a lot of growing up to do to take responsibility for Lena and her baby.

This is not a synopsis of the book, my thoughts are too disjointed right now, but it is a series of thoughts that struck me while I was reading the book. One thing I have appreciated about Charlotte's writing is that she explains a lot of Amish beliefs to an English person like me.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a decorated cookie from the bakery.

My thanks to Zebra Books for allowing me to read and review this book.

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