*I received free copies of the three books mentioned in this review from Tricia Goyer and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Tricia Goyer Christmas Reading List
BookGirl and I really enjoyed all three of the Christmas novels by Tricia Goyer and other authors. I was pleasantly surprised that BookGirl wanted to read them too, but I shouldn’t have been. She’s a voracious reader. It was so much fun to swap off books and discuss them together as we finished reading them.
A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer
I was excited about reading A Christmas Gift for Rose from the time I found out that it was inspired by a true story. It’s the story of a young Amish woman who has rejected the man she loves because he went against the rules of their Amish community and helped the Englisch during World War II. As she tries to work through the fact that she still loves him, she discovers that she was adopted into her family and is an Englischer herself. In her mind, that changes everything, and she begins an entirely different process that involves changing the way she views herself—and the man she loves.
The story, while simple in concept, kept both my daughter and me wanting to turn the pages. We both read it quickly, and we couldn’t stop until we were finished. Rose’s journey of self-discovery and learning her community’s secrets are an amazing read, and the ending is very satisfying. (Warning: I needed tissues to get through the ending. 😉 )
An Amish Second Christmas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Ruth Reid, and Tricia Goyer
An Amish Second Christmas is the book that BookGirl couldn’t wait to get her hands on first. She read it quickly, and when it was my turn, I could see why. The book contains four novellas that revolve around Amish Second Christmas and celebrate the romances blooming between four young Amish couples. The four novellas are: When Christmas Comes Again, Her Christmas Pen Pal, A Gift for Anne Marie, and The Christmas Aprons. (BookGirl liked A Gift for Anne Marie best. I haven’t been able to pick a favorite, although Her Christmas Pen Pal and The Christmas Aprons are running neck and neck.)
If you like Amish romances filled with Christmas spirit, you will enjoy this collection. The novellas are full of situations that keep the stories moving quickly, and they are quite different from what I expected to see in Amish novellas—not boring at all! I enjoyed how different all the romances were. This was important to me because I hate to feel like I’m reading the same thing over and over again. I also like how God’s love, goodness, and grace are prominent in each one in a gentle way, not in a way that is preachy.
Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin
Where Treetops Glisten moves away from the Amish community to connect readers with an Englisch family during World War II. This book contains three stories: White Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Unlike An Amish Second Christmas, which consists of stand alone stories, Where Treetops Glisten’s stories can be read individually but are connected because they all deal with members of the same family and refer to events that are explained in the other stories, which leads to a unique reading experience that I really enjoyed.
Where Treetops Glisten follows a group of siblings from their Indiana hometown all the way to the Netherlands. They deal with betrayals, loss, pain, and rejection. They have great faith in God and in His care and provision for them, even in the midst of pain, but they are definitely tested as they walk through the situations that World War II brings to their family. In the end, not only does God see them through, but He brings them love in the middle of it all.
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If you’re looking for some great books to add to your Christmas reading list this year, consider one (or all!) of these books by Tricia Goyer. The stories are heartwarming reads that have already brightened the season for my daughter and me, and I think they can do the same for you.