These stories were not only festive but so much fun to read. An Amish Christmas Bakery written by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin is a compilation of four Amish holiday stories all set in Amish bakeries. Each one unique but with the common thread of baking. Not only did I find these delightful to read that it inspired me to get into my kitchen and bake myself.
Reading stories where love is laced into all the culinary creations and baking connects them to their communities and their history, I was reminded of the sugar cookies my Auntie Toni always made. You can try her recipe here.
In the meantime read more about Alyssa Byler, Katie Swartzentruber, Mattie Shetler, and Martha Ropp as these ladies bake up a storm during the busy holiday season, and as they explore love & faith they also learn to examine their own hearts. In the season of celebrating Christ they learn the hard lessons we all struggle with about balancing priorities, but as the stories progress you see the characters develop strong ties to themselves, their faith, and their families. I found myself challenged by the lessons they learn and the simplicity of their lives.
This is a sweet holiday novel I highly suggest you add to your collection. You can find a link to read an excerpt from the book or read more about each story below.
All the opinions expressed here are my own. Thank you to Celebrate Lit Bloggers and the publisher for my copy of the book
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.
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Read an Excerpt
Read an excerpt of An Amish Christmas Bakery here.
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