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From the author of An Amish Christmas and A Plain & Fancy Christmas comes a heartwarming novel of marriage and family, new beginnings and poignant homecomings--just in time for the holidays. After...
From the author of An Amish Christmas and A Plain & Fancy Christmas comes a heartwarming novel of marriage and family, new beginnings and poignant homecomings--just in time for the holidays. After...
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  • From the author of An Amish Christmas and A Plain & Fancy Christmas comes a heartwarming novel of marriage and family, new beginnings and poignant homecomings--just in time for the holidays.

    After her husband, Shep, loses his latest job, Jennie Davis is grateful to be in a car en route to beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Shep has inherited a house from a distant cousin, along with the cousin's long-established bicycle shop. The move gives Jennie, Shep, and their two children a welcome chance for a fresh start.

    While Shep dives into his new venture at the bike shop, Jennie carefully restores their broken-down house. She loves being a stay-at-home mom but yearns to find some fulfillment outside of her family--particularly as they struggle financially. On morning walks, she forges a friendship with her Amish neighbor, Mattie Fisher, who opens up about her modest way of life. Mattie's unswerving good character in the face of adversity encourages Jennie to seek practical solutions to her own difficulties. A passing remark by Jennie's son transforms desperation about their finances into inspiration, leading her to embark upon a candy-making enterprise.

    Soon, Jennie's newfound purpose collides with Shep's growing stress at work and long-simmering tensions between husband and wife rise to the surface. As the holiday season approaches, their family is challenged as never before--until an unexpected visitor arrives to give Jennie the greatest gift of all.

    Praise for Cynthia Keller's heartwarming Amish novels

    An Amish Christmas

    "This little book is a holiday charmer young and old will find appealing."--Fredericksburg Free Lance--Star

    "[A] sweet, poignant story."--USA Today

    A Plain & Fancy Christmas

    "[This novel] does what a good holiday tale should; it invites readers to turn off the cellphone and television and wrap themselves up in a warm, compelling story."--Lincoln Journal Star

    "A wonderful read for the Christmas season."--FaithfulNews

  • Chapter One

    Keller / AN AMISH GIFT

    Chapter 1

    "What do you say, Scout? You want to stop for something to eat?"

    Jennie Davis swiveled around as far as she could manage in the front passenger seat to direct her question to the black mutt with white paws and intelligent-looking black eyes, wedged in between the two teenagers in the back of the Honda.

    Thirteen-year-old Willa rolled her eyes. "Mom, why do you always do that? Do you actually expect Scout to answer you?"

    Jennie smiled at her daughter. "What makes you think he doesn't?"

    Tim, her fifteen-year-old son, spoke with exaggerated bewilderment. "Now, why would we think that? Maybe because that would make you the first person in history to have a conversation with a dog?"

    Shep Davis glanced over at his wife. "After Scout has expressed his preference, could I get a vote? I'd like to stop for some coffee."

    Jennie rested her hand on her husband's arm. "You know what? Even if Scout says no, we're stopping for your coffee."

    He smiled. "Wow. I'm honored."

    Jennie smiled back. "On the day Scout drives for seven hours, he can decide when to stop, too."

    "She actually is insane." Tim looked down at the dog by his side. "Don't you think so?"

    Scout only crossed his two front paws on the seat and rested his head on them.

    Jennie nodded, satisfied. "You didn't think he would talk against me, did you?"

    Willa smacked her hand to her forehead in a theatrical show of exasperation.

    "Hey, more cows." Shep gestured in the direction of a small herd, tails swishing as they stood patiently in the hot August sun.

    "It'd be nice to have our own cows," Willa said.

    Jennie swung around in her seat again. "Honey, we're not going to have room for that. Not that we'd know how to take care of a cow, anyway. But remember, this isn't a farm--it's a regular house. With a lot of farms around the area."

    Jennie figured she was safe in making this limited assertion, though she hesitated to say anything more. They had seen only an old photograph of the house, taken from across the road. Online maps revealed that it wasn't large, but they knew it contained at least three bedrooms, which was one more bedroom than they'd ever had.

    "Even with just one cow, we could have our own milk." Willa was getting excited by the idea. "It'd be all natural and stuff."

    Tim groaned. "Listen to this. Wilma, do you know how hard it is to take care of a cow? You getting up in the middle of the night to milk it?"

    "Don't call me Wilma!" She had always hated her brother's nickname for her. "And don't worry, nobody expects you to get up to milk it. Hard work is definitely not for you."

    "No, you're going to do it, right? The person who's afraid of her own shadow, just going to take charge of that two-million-pound animal."

    "Will you two stop?" Shep asked in annoyance.

    Jennie was pleased to see an opportunity for distraction. "Look, there's a place for coffee."

    "Can I get some?" Willa asked.

    "We've gone over this," Shep said to her. "No coffee at your age. The end."

    "You can get something else, though," Jennie threw in. As long as it's not too expensive, she silently added. It was hard to know how long they would have to make their money last, and it was little enough to begin with.

    After arming themselves with coffee and soda, they continued on the last leg of the trip, another forty-five minutes to the heart of Lancaster County. Jennie and Shep commented on the beauty of the countryside, admiring the wide-open fields dotted by clapboard houses and storybook-perfect farms. The children were far more intrigued by...

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  • Cynthia Keller is the author of An Amish Christmas and A Plain & Fancy Christmas. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

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