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I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The Amish Christmas Promise by Amy Lillard

The Amish Christmas Promise

A proposal out of obligation could become a promise of love…

Pregnant Amish widow Mattie Byler is stunned to find her late husband’s shunned twin brother at her door. Samuel Byler is back to fulfill a promise: to marry Mattie. Only he’s not the rogue Mattie remembers. This Christmas, he’s determined to do right by her and the community. Saying “yes” feels impossible. But if Samuel's vow won’t heal her grieving heart…maybe his love can.


When does duty become a privilege? When does a promise become a blessing? Amy Lillard shares a poignant story of loss, trying to move forward, and finding your way back home. I fell in love with the recently widowed young woman who must struggle to build a new life for her children, and the man who's determined to fulfill a promise he made to her husband may be one of the best heroes ever!

The Amish Christmas Promise is an emotional story that tugged at my heartstrings and reminded me of the power of faith and forgiveness. Mattie and Samuel's growing awareness of each other is both sweet and tantalizing but there is one enormous hurdle to overcome. Is the shunned Samuel willing to ask for forgiveness from his Amish community?

This is Lillard's first Harlequin title but I'm sure it won't be her last! This book has endearing characters, an Amish Christmas setting, and an inspiring faith message! I highly recommend The Amish Christmas Promise to all who enjoy Amish Christian romance.

I received a complimentary digital copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Amy Lillard is a 2013 Carol award-winning author who loves reading romance novels from contemporary to Amish. She was born and raised in Mississippi, but now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their teenage son.  

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Monday, December 4, 2023

The Orphans’ Amish Christmas: A Willow Springs Amish Mystery Novella by Tracy Fredrychowski

The Orphans’ Amish Christmas: A Willow Springs Amish Mystery Novella

It will take an Amish miracle to save Christmas for the Willow Springs Children's Home orphans. When presents are stolen right before the annual Christmas benefit, Lydia Troyer and Aaron Shetler join forces with Detective Lewis Powers to unravel the mystery. The town's Christmas spirit is tested by strange events that leave the community ready to cancel all holiday festivities.

When prominent Amish businessman Milo Glick goes missing, it will take special detective skills to discover the truth behind his sudden disappearance. As the closed-lipped Amish community hinders Detective Powers' efforts, he is forced to employ Lydia, Aaron, and one special Labrador named Yankee to help solve the case. Will their discovery put them at odds with the traditions of their beliefs, or will they bring a newfound hope to the true meaning of Christmas?

Christmas should be a time for joy and hope, but for fourteen orphaned children, all is lost unless Lydia can find a way to give them more than they could hope for this holiday season.

The Orphans’ Amish Christmas is an Amish mystery novella that introduces you to the Willow Springs Amish Mystery Romance Series. If you like secrets, disappearances, plot twists, and sometimes murder, then you'll adore Tracy Fredrychowski's small-town whodunnit Amish mysteries.



"It's like someone doesn't want anyone to enjoy Christmas this year."

This is the perfect story to grab when you need a break from your Christmas preparations! The Orphans' Amish Christmas is a novella that's filled with Christmas joy and a reminder of the true reason for the season! Lydia Troyer is back in Willow Springs, and she's determined to stay because of a certain Amish widow and his young daughter. She's also eager to help give the orphans at the Willow Springs Children's Home a Christmas to remember but it isn't going to be easy! The presents have been stolen, something is scaring the children, and there's even a man missing! What is going on in peaceful Willow Springs?

Author Tracy Fredrychowski is an author who never disappoints, and she instantly grabbed my attention with her inspiring Christmas story! I recommend The Orphans' Amish Christmas to all who enjoy Amish fiction and cozy mysteries and I look forward to more books in the Willow Springs Amish Mystery Romance series.

I was given a digital copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my thoughts and opinions.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


Tracy Fredrychowski is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country.  The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.

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