“A Simple Christmas Wish”
By Melody Carlson
Melody Carlson writes the BEST of the BEST Christmas fiction!!! I haven’t read one yet that disappointed me and this one, in particular, was a true winner!!! Her previous novels, “The Christmas Dog”, “The Christmas Bus” and “The Christmas Pony”, were all wonderful, heartwarming tales, but this one just outdid them all, in my opinion. First of all, I love Amish fiction and this book did have an Amish trend to it, secondly, I am always attracted to the subject of adoption, and this tale just happened to deal with both!!
Rachel Milligan was an independent woman, single with a good job. Never, in her greatest imagination, would she ever have dreamt that she and her seven year old niece would spend the week before Christmas on an Amish farm in Ohio, celebrating in a way very different from her usual style. Perhaps, she shouldn’t have been so surprised, the way there have been so many unexpected occurences of late, but this indeed was a shocker!!
With her beloved, young niece in tow, Rachel, anxiously made her way from the busy city life in Chicago to Ohio’s Amish Country- a whole different world! Family secrets begin to come to the surface , as love begins to blossom, old wounds are surprisingly healed. Rachel has to come to terms with the fact that she may no longer have her niece with her. Although this is a struggle, she comes to terms with the fact that she is willing to do whatever possible to ensure that Holly has a loving family to care for her.
Melody describes her characters realistically and in depth. You easily identify with the struggles and heartache that Rachel feels! Her fears become the reader’s, in such a way, that you become part of story with her.
The plot is well developed . The quick pace of intertwining secondary plots keep you on the edge of your seat. There is not a dull moment in this story. It is full of action, producing all kinds of emotions in your innermost being.
This book is truly an emotional book of love, showing a family’s journey into what a family’s heart means at Christmastime. It truly makes you feel the importance and reason for the season, as the characters are willing to give up what they love dearly for the good of others.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.