Amish Christmas Bakery – Celebrate Lit


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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My thoughts:

First don’t you just love that cover? It makes me think of all the wonderful smells associated with the Christmas season. 🙂

Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston

This was a really cute story based around nativity cookies. Kind of a girl next door vibe to it, even though it is Amish. I enjoyed the characters and the way they interacted with each other. The story flowed well, and the secondary characters helped make this story. I think that the theme was great in this one, slowing down and taking time for family and friends because they are what truly matters.

Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman

In this book, we get to see a young woman overwhelmed by the Christmas rush. We see her step out of her comfort zone and try new things, making new friends along the way. The main characters were fun and relatable (I mean who here has never burned something in a new oven?). I liked how they dealt with the situations they were faced with. I think that this story felt a little rushed, however, it is a short story so that’s to be somewhat expected.

Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller wrote a true enemy to friends’ story. She did a great job not overdramatizing the events and feelings of the characters. By the end of the book, you genuinely feel like you understand both character’s perspectives. It was a very well written story, all centered around a bakery at Christmas. I also liked how Kathleen got her point across about not always taking something at face value but looking underneath to what is real.

Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin

This was my favorite story in this collection. It was a very sweet story, about a woman who just lost her parents and she finds love right in front of her. The characters in this story seemed very realistic, and they dealt with different issues in a no-nonsense way that I really liked. I believe that this is the first story I think I’ve ever read that deals with someone with special needs finding love. I absolutely enjoyed this unique idea and hope to read more like it in the future.

Overall this set of stories was fun, it made me laugh and smile. It really helped me get in the Christmas mood. Especially thinking about all the different baking this book talked about. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars for all the stories revolving around bakeries, the creative characters, and the warm feeling I got when I read them all. I thought that this was a great Christmas read.

*I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed with in are my own.

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