A Christmas Prayer by Wanda E. Brunstetter is a wonderful short story. While not the typical Brunstetter Amish story, this one is really good. Three families are traveling by wagon from Independence, Missouri to California to start new lives. They were to travel with a larger group but arrived to late, so they decide to try to catch up with the larger group. Cynthia Cooper has agreed to marry Walter Prentice when they get to California to ensure she and her mother have a financially sound future. But the trip brings out their differences and she questions if she can follow through on her promise. Cole is leading the group on the journey. He is planning to search for gold and is traveling with his sister, Virginia, who plans to teach. Jack is a young widower moving with his two children to help his brother on his ranch. Virginia and Cynthia help with Jacks young children. Cole and Jack hunt and care for the group. But Walter does not help with the group and focuses only on himself. When there is disagreements with him, Cynthia’s mother takes his side.
This a a wonderful short story, just 170 small pages plus recipes used on the journey. This book is a beautiful book that would make a nice gift. The cover in framed in glossy red with gold embossing. The inside pages are all framed as well. This story shows the importance of working together as a group. The story is a feel good story that is easy to predict what will happen. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy historical fiction and have a lazy evening to read it.
I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My rating: 4.8
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