The Christmas Visitor: An Amish Romance Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Simple and pleasantReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2013
This is the third book by this without l have read . This was predictable but enjoyable. A refreshing change I love all the domestic details.
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Very nice story. Held my interest throughoutReviewed in Canada on 22 January 2017
Very nice story. Held my interest throughout.
Four StarsReviewed in Canada on 8 December 2014
Very enjoyable Christmas read especially for young ones..
Amish AuthenticityReviewed in the United States on 5 December 2018
I live in Ohio's Amish country and have a number of Amish friends. I have read several Amish novels and I'm always disappointed because they do not accurately reflect Amish life, religious practice, and social interactions. When I heard that author Linda Byler is Amish, I was curious to read one of her romances and find out if there was a difference. I was thoroughly captivated by this author! I was especially excited to find that her writing is so rich with beautiful descriptions of the countryside and interesting characters drawn accurately from an Amish sensibility. The Bent & Dent store and the banana boxes is spot on! Despite some differences in housekeeping standards, widow Ruth Miller finds a true friend in her neighbor, Mamie Stoltzfus, who loves to cook and eat, is a bit nosy and gossipy, keeps a less than tidy home, and has dingy laundry. Support comes from Mamie and Ruth's Mam who comes to help her freeze a wagon load of Incredible sweet corn (the exact variety everyone in my Amish neighborhood prefers). The everyday life of an Amish woman is described in authentic detail--the wash house and wringer washer, "the buddies" coming to sew school clothes for the children, and the delight taken in small secrets designed to bring joy and sustain others in times of sorrow and need. The book illustrates an attitude of acceptance of trials. Faith is simple and expressed plainly--often in action and only a few simple words. I've observed much the same qualities among my Amish friends. Linda Byler's writing includes interesting details that are true to the way Amish people interact with one another, express their faith, and live their day to day lives. The daily routines, the simple meals, and the everyday products found in Amish homes were reminders of my own experiences when I visit Amish friends. I read The Christmas Visitor in one evening and the following morning. It is beautifully written and tells a heartwarming story of love and acceptance of difficult life circumstances, the support of the community, and the discovery of new love following the loss of a beloved spouse. I would definitely recommend this book. The romance it portrays is communal as well as personal. The simple life it describes is true to the complexity of Amish life, something that is often missing in Amish-themed fiction written by those who idealize, and do not really understand, Amish faith and practice.
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Beautiful storyReviewed in the United States on 25 December 2016
This book is such a wonderful loving book. It touched my heart and actually put into my heart of the wonderful love I have had the privilege of sharing for almost 49 years. It brought tears to my eyes and pulled at my heart strings. I recommend any female that has ever felt deep love read this book. This author is such an amazing person. The Amish people have always captured my thoughts.
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