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An Amish Christmas Bakery: Celebrate Lit Tour + Review

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

About the Book

Book:  An Amish Christmas Bakery
Author: Various Authors
Genre: Amish Fiction, Romance
Release Date: October 2, 2019

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four delicious novellas perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the holiday season.

Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston

As Christmas draws near, Alyssa Byler dreams of a window display for the bakery where she works. When she decides to design and build a sugar cookie nativity scene, all she needs is the right cookie cutters-and handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker is the one she asks for help. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa creates a striking display that brings more tourists to the bakery than she can handle. And when shoppers request handmade cookie cutters of their own, Kyle finds himself overwhelmed by the demand. As Christmas approaches, Alyssa realizes she’s been too caught up in work to focus on the true meaning of Christmas-and too distracted to explore the feelings she has for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush and spend their time celebrating the season that has brought them together.

Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman

As the only girl in a family of eight, Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery while her mother recuperates from surgery. At first, Katie doesn’t think tending to the bakery alone will be difficult. She’s worked alongside her mother for years. But Christmas is coming, and with the holiday comes a flood of patrons, both regulars and tourists. When Katie becomes overwhelmed with the orders she is receiving, she is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by purchasing propane ovens to help with the workload. She finds help from an unexpected source-childhood friend Henry Hershberger, who has harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. He’s been afraid to tell her how he feels, but he’s sure that this Christmas is his moment. As the demands of the bakery only get more intense, both Katie and Henry have to decide what really matters . . . and find the courage within themselves to go after it.

Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller

Mattie Shetler is an expert baker, so when her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. What she doesn’t know is that her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion, and he’s asked none other than Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work side by side, though, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love.

Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin

Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies in preparation not only for Christmas but the many community weddings, including her sister’s. To help during this busy season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days, but soon discovers that still waters run deep. The more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery, but both Martha and Ambrose are too timid to make the first move. That’s when the town matchmakers step in.   Click here to get your copy. 

Read an Excerpt

Read an excerpt of An Amish Christmas Bakery Here.

My Thoughts

'Tis the season for novellas!

Seriously, this time of year can be hectic and leave us less time for reading, so novellas are perfect... giving us the sweet stories we love, in smaller doses that are easier to fit into the madness. I've really found that I am loving novellas this season, and they don't get any sweeter than this collection... pun fully intended! 

An Amish Christmas Bakery features four novellas from bestselling authors in the Amish genre. While Amish isn't necessarily the first genre I reach for, I know these names well and know that I am going to get a good story when I pick up one of their books, so I loved having a collection with them all! Each story is unique and can be read on it's own or in any order, but the commonality is that ALL take place at Christmastime in a bakery. They are sure to not only put you in the Christmas spirit... but also in the mood for some delicious baked treats, so I'd definitely suggest being prepared to bake after reading, or at least having some store bought treats ready as you read. As novellas, these are shorter and very quick reads. In some novellas I have found that the stories can seem a little incomplete or rushed, but I didn't feel that way at all with those included in this book. Would I have perhaps loved to read a little more about some of the characters? Yes... but not because I didn't feel like their story was complete, just because they were so well written and I simply wasn't ready to say goodbye yet. 

Overall, this is a fantastic books that all who enjoy Amish fiction are sure to enjoy this holiday season... and will serve as a great introduction for those looking to try out the genre for the first time too. 

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