A Christmas Haven, by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall, is an Amish Christian romance story that takes over where A Christmas Remedy left off. This is a wonderful story to read, it shows love, caring and compassion for others. This story is a blend of English and Amish cultures, showing a glimpse into the different restrictions the different Amish sects have. The story shows the struggles each of the members go through while make the decision to stay with their religion as well as the lack of knowledge they have to other cultures. This is brought out by Magda’s comment that her mother never told her how babies were made. I really enjoyed the message given with Arlan going against his family to save his younger sister, while struggling with how to repair the damage his actions bring. I appreciate his questioning some of the rules with wondering where the Bible says. As well has how he went back to his family to try to restore his relationship with them, telling his father he will always welcome contact even many years in the future, and secretly giving his younger siblings phone numbers to call if they need to reach out.
In this story we stay connected to the Zook family as well as meet the Keim family. The Zooks are Old Order Amish and the Keims are Swartzentruber Amish; which are ultra conservative. The Zook family lost their father years ago and the mother and two local daughters are left to care for their dairy farm alone while working with their normal jobs. Holly is planning to marry later this year and Ivy is planning to move away to the English world to enable her party-planning business to grow. Ivy loves to decorate and arrange parties but needs the technology not allowed to make her business grow.
Arlan Keim takes his unwed pregnant teen sister, Magda, away to get the medical attention she needs, but is being denied by her father. When his car has brake issues, they crash into Greene’s Pharmacy. sSe is taken to the local clinic and receives care but is released only if she goes to the Zook home to allow for follow up care. Arlan is eager to help around the farm, that needs so much care. With Arlan’s help, the farm is growing again.
I received an ARC of this story from WaterBook and Multnomah Publishing and the authors. This is my honest review.
Series: Sequel to A Christmas Remedy
To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com
Erin helps her mother-in-law edit, brainstorm and research for their stories. She is also a writer, musician, wife and mother.
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