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An Amish Christmas: A Novel | [Cynthia Keller]

An Amish Christmas: A Novel

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.
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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

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    Cathy Tuscumbia, AL, United States 02-02-11
    Cathy Tuscumbia, AL, United States 02-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Feel good book!"

    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!
    Highly recommend.

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    Gail Bable North East, Ohio 12-12-10
    Gail Bable North East, Ohio 12-12-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Super!"

    I loved every minute of this book. The reader is wonderful and the book was so enjoyable.

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    R. Kanoy 11-21-10
    R. Kanoy 11-21-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent Listen!"

    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!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Heyday Nowheresville, MN 12-19-12
    Kristin Heyday Nowheresville, MN 12-19-12
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    "Decent, fun, predictable feel good story."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It is very predictable and very much stereotypes the Amish vs the non Amish.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cynthia Keller? Why or why not?

    Yes. It was a nice break and didn't involve a lot of thinking. Nice to have a Christmas story.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The voices she used for the teenagers was kind of annoying.


    Was An Amish Christmas worth the listening time?

    Yes. I was looking for a feel good book that didn't involve a lot of thinking and that is exactly what this was.


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    Smartypants Northern California, USA 11-30-12
    Smartypants Northern California, USA 11-30-12 Member Since 2001

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    "A satisfying liottle Christmas story"
    Where does An Amish Christmas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than average


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but her narration was just perfect, not overdone, believable.


    If you could take any character from An Amish Christmas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Katharine, I'd like to pick her brain and give her a break (though she would probably refuse!)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Carolyn Omaha, NE, United States 01-15-12
    Carolyn Omaha, NE, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "It was a very nice Christmas story."
    Would you listen to An Amish Christmas again? Why?

    I may listen to it again at Christmas. It was a nice story that I listened to while decorating.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Nothing.


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    Pat United States 12-26-11
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    "Predictable but worth reading during the holiday"
    Would you listen to An Amish Christmas again? Why?

    I think this book is a good holiday read, reminding us of what is REALLY important in life.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would like less predictability, perhaps a twist or two in the story rather than so perfect.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    The performance was excellent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    True holiday meaning


    Any additional comments?

    I love audible, can not imagine what I did without it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey INDIAN LAKE, NY, United States 01-10-11
    Audrey INDIAN LAKE, NY, United States 01-10-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Light and entertaining"

    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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