Meg Hobart has everything: a happy marriage to a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and three wonderful children. But it all comes crashing down around her the day she learns that her husband, James, has been living a lie - and has brought the family to financial ruin.
Penniless and homeless, the Hobarts pack up what little they still possess and leave behind their golden life for good. But it’s not the material things Meg finds herself mourning. Instead, she misses the certainty that she should remain married to James, who has betrayed her trust so thoughtlessly. Worse, she is suddenly very aware of just how spoiled her children have become. Meg wonders what her family has really sacrificed in their pursuit of the American dream.
A frightening twist of fate forces the Hobarts to take refuge with a kind Amish family in Pennsylvania, where they find themselves in a home with no computers, no cell phones, nothing the children consider fashionable or fun. With her uncooperative brood confined to the Amish world of hard work and tradition, their futures entirely uncertain, Meg fears she can never make her family whole again.
Celebrating life’s simplest but most essential values, packed with laughter and tears, this is a story of forgiveness and the power of love. You will never forget the special moment in time that is An Amish Christmas.
©2010 Cynthia Keller (P)2010 Random House Audio
Really enjoyed this book, got into the characters, wanted to give those kids a good spanking! A very warm and heart touching story. Made my house chores go by so quickly I didn't realize I was having to work!
I really enjoyed this Christmas story! It was extremely believable and the narrator did an excellent, excellent job narrating the book. I recommend this to anyone wanting to listen to a good Christmas story. Hope there will be many more by Cynthia Keller and narrated by Cassandra Campbell!!!!!
good story line, but it's written in such a way that it drones on and on! the narrator does a good job with voice inflection, but her voice is a bit narrow and the men, in particular, sound like they're whining cynically.
It is very predictable and very much stereotypes the Amish vs the non Amish.
Yes. It was a nice break and didn't involve a lot of thinking. Nice to have a Christmas story.
The voices she used for the teenagers was kind of annoying.
Yes. I was looking for a feel good book that didn't involve a lot of thinking and that is exactly what this was.
Better than average
It was a cozy Christmas story that wasn't all sticky and gooey with contrived romance. It was a story of family, friendship and their strengths.
No, but her narration was just perfect, not overdone, believable.
Katharine, I'd like to pick her brain and give her a break (though she would probably refuse!)
Although the situation was slightly untenable, I was able to suspend my disbelief and enjoy a down to earth story that made me feel cozy and warm. It was a pleasant respite.
I may listen to it again at Christmas. It was a nice story that I listened to while decorating.
I think this book is a good holiday read, reminding us of what is REALLY important in life.
I would like less predictability, perhaps a twist or two in the story rather than so perfect.
The performance was excellent.
True holiday meaning
I love audible, can not imagine what I did without it!!!
An interesting, but very predictable story of a middle class family who "loses it all" but finds a happiness in the hospitality of an Amish family as well as an appreciation of a simpler lifestyle. Narration is good.
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