About the Book
Covert Amish Christmas
Author: Mary Alford
Genre: Inspirational Amish Suspense, Christmas
Fleeing to Amish country might be the only way to survive Christmas…
Hiding in Amish country, former CIA agent Victoria Kauffman’s determined to find evidence to catch the corrupt agents who killed her partner. But when her Christmas refuge is discovered, the sole person she can trust is Amish widower Aaron Shetler. With ruthless—and dangerously powerful—enemies after them, Victoria must use all her training to make sure they live through the holidays.
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MY THOUGHTS.....Former CIA agent Victoria Kauffman is in extreme danger and she hopes that hiding in Montana Amish country will give her refuge as she searches for the people who killed her partner the year before. What she doesn't count on is being seriously injured and needing help from an Amish family who lives nearby. Will this peace-loving widower be able to protect her without going against his Amish beliefs?
Victoria's overwhelming fear and her extreme guilt over her past actions are buffered by the very understanding Aaron Shetler. Author Mary Alford perfectly describes Victoria's fear and guilt, and the budding feelings between her and Aaron, but I found the inspirational element especially appealing. Aaron suffers from guilt also but his strong faith and determination are displayed as he struggles to protect Victoria and his family, while convincing her (and himself) that forgiveness and redemption are always possible.
I found myself holding my breath as I joined Alford's roller coaster ride filled with twists, turns, and suspense. I recommend Covert Amish Christmas to all who enjoy Christian romantic suspense.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. A favorable review wasn't required. These are my own thoughts.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the un-expected, whether it be in a rugged mountain setting or a peaceful Amish community.
Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling List, and have been finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.
Mary lives in Texas with her husband, two very spoiled cats, and a sweet rescue dog name Cody. Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Face-book and Twitter or any social platforms listed at www.maryalford.net.
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When you think about the Amish, you don’t usually associate their simple ways with spies and covert happenings, but that’s the beauty of the imagination. Anything is possible.
As I sat down to pen Covert Amish Christmas, I wanted to create a story that would bring to life the differences between the two worlds and I wanted it to have a Christmas setting to back-drop the story.
Covert Amish Christmas takes place in the breathtaking world of the Amish of Montana where mountains rise to the sky, and snowy woods create the perfect winter wonderland. Christmas is in the air. And so is danger…
I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas books so much because they allow me to return to my favorite time of the year no matter what day is written on the calendar.
And as Christmas quickly approaches, it means it’s time to bake all those delicious holiday treats we all love so much.
One of my favorites is Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting. They are both delicious to eat and fun to give away.
So, I hope you enjoy them, and Covert Amish Christmas, and I pray this year, the Spirit of the season will remain with you all year long.
Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
◾2 1/2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting work surface
◾2 tsp cornstarch
◾1 1/2 tsp baking powder
◾1/2 tsp salt
◾1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
◾1/4 cup all vegetable shortening (unflavored), at room temperature
◾1 cup granulated sugar
◾1 large egg
◾1 large egg white
◾2 tsp vanilla extract
◾1/2 tsp peppermint extract
◾Crushed candy canes, for topping
Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting
◾4 oz cream cheese, softened
◾4 Tbsp unsalted butter
◾1/2 tsp peppermint extract
◾2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt into a large bowl, then whisk it just a few times, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, on medium speed, whip together butter, shortening and sugar until very pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scrapping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in egg and mix until combine, then add egg white, vanilla and peppermint extract and mix until combine. With mixer running, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.
Scoop dough out about 3 Tbsp at a time and roll into a ball. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle top lightly with flour, then using something flat and smooth (such as the storage container lid), press and evenly flatten dough to 1/2″ thick. Transfer flattened dough to a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet and repeat process with remaining dough (you’ll have to use 2 cookie sheets). Bake in preheated oven 9 – 11 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
For the frosting:
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy. Add peppermint extract and powdered sugar and mix until pale and fluffy.
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