Annie's Christmas Wish, Quilts of Lancaster County Series #4
I had thought that A Time for Peace was going to be the last book in this series but I was wrong. In this book we see Annie as a young woman who wants to follow in JennyÃ¢ÂÂs footsteps and be a writer. She has wanted to go to New York City ever since her stepmom bought her a snow globe from there. Now with Jenny getting an award her dream is about to come true. But could her love for the big apple pull her away from her community?
I have really liked this series so far and was excited to see another book had been written.
What I liked: It was neat to see Matt and Jenny as older parents now. I also liked Annie. She does not quite fit the Amish mold with her love for writing and adventure yet she loves her family and community enough to stay rooted which made for a fun story. Aaron was an okay love interest. He was worried that Annie was going to want to stay in New York and not return home. Annie was not sure what she felt for Aaron so it was interesting to see how that part of the story played out.
What I did not like: As interesting as the love story was it was not that great. Aaron and Annie just did not seem to have a good spark between them and it just felt kind of lukewarm. I also found it a little unbelievable that they watched Christmas movies at the hotel. Vacation or not I would think that would have been heavily frowned upon no matter that Jenny had not always been Amish.
Over all this was an enjoyable book and more about Annie fulfilling a dream then it was about her finding love which is fine just a little disappointing. I strongly recommend this series. To better understand this book you really need to read the three books before it. Add them to your reading list today!
November 5, 2013
It's Christmas Time In The City! (4.5 stars)
In Annie's Christmas Wish, the reader visualizes the bustling city of New York through a vacationing Amish family's eyes...the diverse shops and restaurants, beautifully lit holiday decor, the Rockefeller Center skating rink, the Empire State Building, and plenty of glistening snow!
Ever since Annie was a child and received a snow globe of New York City from her stepmother, Jenny, she has dreamed of going there. Annie is filled with a vivid imagination and dreams of being a writer like her step-mom and wishes to visit the New York Times building. Jenny is to receive a prestigious award for her writing and the whole family goes with her to New York, accompanied by Annie's boyfriend, Aaron. Awed by the sights and sounds of a magical Christmas in New York, Annie's excitement is marred only by the fact that her father and Aaron are afraid she will stay in the city and no longer be content to live in her Amish community of Paradise. And then Annie receives two tempting offers that could forever change her destiny...which one will she accept?
Barbara Cameron is such a great storyteller that although I have never been to New York, I feel as though I have just visited there! Her descriptive imagery will finely tune all of your five senses and some tough issues such as a homeless, pregnant teenager, and the plight of the homeless in rescue missions were touched on--all with compassion and finesse. I feel as though her portrayal of the Amish was very realistic (although this sect didn't seem to be as strict as some) and her characters very endearing. So put another log on the fire, grab a cup of hot chocolate...and snuggle up with this magical, heartwarming holiday novel! It's Christmas time in the city!
November 1, 2013
The Different Setting Makes an Interesting Change!
his is the fourth in Barbara's "Quilts of Lancaster Series' and it was certainly no surprise or disappointment! This book is another winner! The author takes the Amish out of the secure, peaceful community in which they live, travelling to... of all places!! New York City!! Totally different setting from most of the Amish genre. If you enjoy reading Amish books but like a change from the norm, try this one!
Every since her stepmother, Jenny purchased a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has had the greatest desire to visit this busy, hustling, bustling place. Annie dreams of being a writer, just like Jenny, knowing that it will not happen in her own community! She wants to see the New York Times building and see how she would feel to live in this exciting town.
Jenny's purpose in visiting her former place of employment, is to receive an award for her writing. As unlikely as it seems for an Amish family, set in its ways, they decide to go with her on a vacation. Along with Annie's friend, Aaron, they proceed to do the typical tourist sightseeing, the store windows, and skate at Rockefeller Center rink. This is so totally foreign to this conservative people. The many feelings they experience, fear, nervousness, threats, as well as excitement is so well developed in each unique character that you feel, with them. Your heart breaks for some of the disappointments and fears of the individuals. Each becomes a close friend, near to your heart. The character development is what always makes for a good read for me. I must be able to identify with at least one of the characters and certainly had no difficulty in doing this in this book!
Aaron watches Annie's excitement and enthusiasm, with concern and fear. What if Annie won't return to the quieter life?? His love for her could be the breaking point!! If she stays to work in New York City, all of his plans for their future will dissolve. An unexpected offer that Annie receives threatens to change ALL of their lives forever!!
Will Annie be able to accept God's plan for her life?? Will the thrill and excitement destroy a romance??
Definitely a book to put on your Christmas reading list!!
I enjoyed every minute and regretted the moment when the story came to an end.
This book was supplied by the author and Abingdon Press Fiction, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
October 30, 2013
A PERFECT CHRISTMAS STORY!
Amish fiction is one of my favorite reads, and I get especially excited when I see one like this that has a different story line. This is the perfect book for a comfy Christmas read (or anytime!).
Annie has always dreamed of being a writer, just like her stepmother. She lost her mother at a young age, and when her father remarried. Jenny, his new wife was a famous news correspondent in New York City before she married AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs dad and became Amish. The mother, daughter bond is as strong as if not stronger than any biological one.
Not only is Annie passionate about being Amish and being a writer, her other dream is to visit New York where her mother worked. Having been raised Amish she is very curious to know about JennyÃ¢ÂÂs life before coming to be a part of their family.
It looks like that dream is going to come true when Jenny receives an invitation to be honored for her past media work for children in worn torn countries. The whole family makes plans to attend, including AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs older and younger brother. Jenny shared many plans to show her family her old home before she joined the family: tourist sites, the television studio where she worked, the New York Times and more!
Annie was so focused on her writing career she never gave much thought to marriage and was shocked to realize Aaron Beiler was interested in her in that way. Her oldest brother is injured in an accident and the trip is almost canceled, but her grandmother saves the day by offering to stay with him. Aaron is invited to take his place. Annie sees it as an opportunity for them to get to know each other better. His fear that she might want to stay in New York ultimately causes tension between the two of them, possibly ending the romance.
The trip was everything Annie dreamed of and a few shocking surprises more. Opportunities arrive she could only dream of, but her heart is torn as to the right decision to make.
This story gave me those warm fuzzy feelings. The love and closeness being AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs parents and her family was so refreshing. The intimacy and understanding in AnnieÃ¢ÂÂs and JennyÃ¢ÂÂs interactions showed a bond every girl dreams of having with her mother. It was intriguing to see such a worldly place as New York through the eyes of the Amish, and also the experience of Jenny revisiting her old life after becoming Amish. I admired Jenny with how she was able to go back to her old life yet not be intimidated or feel out of place as an Amish woman. Being a part of their visits to tourist attractions was fun! It was especially meaningful to me the way Ms. Cameron brought so many biblical truths and applications into the characterÃ¢ÂÂs experiences. A must read! This is the first book of Ms. CameronÃ¢ÂÂs I have read but am definitely read the rest in this series!
I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
October 14, 2013