When a new life beckons, a dutiful Amish woman must decide what she owes her family … and what she owes herself.
Since her mother’s death, Naomi Esch has been devoted to caring for her father and siblings, sacrificing any hope of finding love or having a home of her own. Still, working at the local bakery and expanding her beekeeping business give Naomi a satisfying sense of purpose. Then, in the week before Christmas, her father announces he’s re-marrying, and he and his new wife need the home for themselves. Suddenly there’s no place for Naomi.
But new opportunities soon come her way. Widower Nathan King offers his farmland to Naomi to continue her beekeeping—on the condition that she care for his children. The set-up is so perfect that the community expects a wedding will inevitably follow. Yet Naomi has vowed never to marry without love, and Nathan hasn’t gotten over his grief for his late wife, who was Naomi’s dearest friend. And another person is determined to see that these two never get together, whatever the cost. For the people of Pleasant Valley, uniting these two stubborn hearts may take a Christmas miracle.
Includes: How the Amish Celebrate Christmas; a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Craft; and Marta’s favorite Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas Cookie Recipes.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania, where she still lives, and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People and their rich heritage in her current novels. The author of fifty novels, with over five million copies of her books in print, Marta is active in her church and community. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope and Love, and American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband enjoy traveling and visiting their six beautiful grandchildren. For more information, visit Marta at www.martaperry.com.