ABOUT THE BOOK
For the Amish of Pontotoc, Mississippi, all roads lead to faith, family, and tradition, even when the path is unconventional—especially at Christmas . . .
Tillie Gingerich is so in love with Melvin Yoder that she agrees to leave her conservative Amish home to live with him in the English world. But when the struggle to make ends meet leads to conflict, and reveals troubling weaknesses in their relationship, Tillie returns to Pontotoc—pregnant and unmarried. Her loving family accepts her, but to convince the rest of the community, they must turn to the bishop. Distraught, Tillie runs away on Christmas Eve—only to get as far as an isolated house on the edge of town.
Levi Yoder, Melvin’s upright distant cousin, is grieving the loss of his wife and wants to be alone. He is hardly pleased to open his door and find a pregnant woman––a painful reminder of all he’s lost. But with an ice storm approaching, he can’t turn Tillie away. Yet as morning nears, the miracle of Christmas brings unexpected challenges, opportunities—and promises for
the future . . .
Faith, love and trust are the main theme in this book. I feel that fans of Amish fiction will love this book just as much if not more than I did.
I love how God orchestrates things don't you? I know I do and this book does an excellent job in showing that.
I'm glad that Tillie finally got her own story! Yay! I certainly enjoyed in getting to know her and from the very beginning I felt I already knew her from the previous books.
This woman definitely has courage. More than anyone I"ve met in real life. I wish I were more like her. Her, not her circumstances in life. However: they can happen to anyone and how different people handle it makes a difference.
My heart went out to Levi. I won't say why because I don't want to give away any more things about this book.
Grief has no time limit and some people heal in their own way.
I know it took me a long time to get over my loss. It's not easy so I certainly sympathized with Levi.
Lillard has done an excellent job of telling this story. She definitely makes you turn the pages to see what happens to Levi and Tillie.
I appreciate it because of the inspirational messages that were woven throughout the book. It's one of the many reasons why I love Amish fiction.
My many thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review for this book and all opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son--a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels--not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I adore romances.
I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)
Favorite movies--(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940's movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's
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