Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Goddess Fish Promotions: An Amish Christmas Quilt

An Amish Christmas Quilt
by Charlotte Hubbard, Kelly Long, Jennifer Beckstrand



A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant

Seth Brenneman didn’t expect his holiday would include rescuing pregnant young Mary Kaffman and her two children…or having unexpected feelings for the still-grieving widow. But when they must play the leads in an impromptu live Nativity pageant to help his Amish community, will their roles reveal their hearts—and work a miracle for a lifetime?

A Perfect Amish Christmas

Anna and Felty Helmuth’s grandson, Gideon, plans to spend Christmas on a beach in sunny Mexico. But Anna is quite sure he’d rather be with them, snowshoeing, ice fishing—falling in love. And she knows the perfect girl. Not only is Dottie Schrock an excellent quilter and baker, she’s having a party. There’s just one complication—Gideon is not invited. Dottie has her reasons, but Anna trusts that the spirit of Christmas—and true love-will change her mind, and her future …



A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant

Seth Brenneman propped open the door to his wood shop, allowing fresh air inside now that the final coat of varnish on his walnut table had dried. This dining room set—one of many orders he’d already received for pre-Christmas delivery—was complete, with its china hutch, ten chairs, and leaves for the table. He smiled as the natural light shimmered richly on the tabletop. It was only September 28, months ahead of Christmas, but already the holiday season promised to be the most profitable ever for the woodworking and construction business he and his two brothers ran. When Micah and Aaron returned from an installation, they would deliver this set to its new owners in Bloomingdale, so Seth began piling furniture pads near the door.

Loud, strident barking made him stick his head outside. The racket came from a black and white border collie—and when it caught sight of Seth, it bounded toward him, barking even more insistently. Nobody around Willow Ridge owned a dog like this; he wondered if someone had dumped it on the roadside. The last thing he needed was a noisy, bothersome dog to feed, so he removed the chunk of wood from beneath the door to close it—

But the dog shot toward him, fixing him with an intense brown- eyed gaze that refused to be ignored. It charged at him, nipping his pant leg, still barking frantically as it pivoted to dash back toward the road. When the dog saw that Seth wasn’t following, it came at him again, barking even louder and faster as it circled him.

Hey! What’re you—don’t nip me, you ornery—” As Seth dodged the dog’s next attack, he noticed a surrey on the road with a small horse trailer behind it. At first sight he thought nothing of it, because in Willow Ridge, Missouri, double-sized buggies were an everyday thing. But when the border collie headed in that direction again, barking at him over its shoulder, Seth noticed the surrey wasn’t moving. As he loped toward the road, he heard a little girl crying her heart out. Then another young voice rose over the caterwauling.

Wake up! You’d better not die and leave us here—not like our real mamm did!”


I have only 3 words to say about An Amish Christmas Quilt.  I loved it! This book is a collection of holiday themed stories.

My favorite of the three was the first, A Willow Ridge Christmas Pageant. The live nativity just brought tears to my eyes. It was lovely.

A Perfect Amish Christmas has a little bit of matchmaking. That's always fun in Amish romance, and it hits the mark here too. 

This collection is a wonderful edition to anyone's collection of Amish fiction/romance. It was a wonderful way to pass an afternoon, especially when you want to get into the holiday spirit, the right way.

Rating: 5 stars 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand is the bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series and the Forever After in Apple Lake series, set in two Amish communities in beautiful Wisconsin. She has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the two scheming Amish grandparents who try to help their grandchildren find suitable mates in Huckleberry Hill. Who would ever suspect two elderly Amish folks of mischief?

Jennifer has a degree in mathematics, which comes in handy when one of her six children needs help with algebra. After twenty-five years of being a chauffeur, cook, maid, and nurse, she embarked on a writing career. Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America and is represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

She and her husband have been married for thirty years, and she has four daughters, two sons, and two adorable grandsons, whom she spoils rotten.

You can find out more about Jennifer and her books by going to her website: jenniferbeckstrand.com or visiting her Facebook page: Jennifer Beckstrand Fans.



Twitter: @JenniferBeckst1

Charlotte Hubbard

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while I was still a school librarian—I sold my first story to True Story magazine. This launched me into writing about seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and I’ve been a slave to my overactive imagination ever since. My stories invariably take on a life of their own, different from the way I’ve proposed them: I love it when unforeseen characters and plot twists come along, because they keep me guessing right along with my readers!

I love touring historic homes, trying new recipes, crocheting, and playing with my border collie Ramona—although it’s humbling, having a dog smarter than I am! I’m an ordained Presbyterian deacon, and I devote a lot of time to singing in my church choir and to practicing/performing with our percussion ensemble. I’m celebrating more than thirty-five years with my husband, who—bless him—has never once suggested I get a real job!



Buy Links:

Kensington Books: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30305

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9781617735547

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Powell’s: http://www.powells.com/biblio?isbn=9781617735547


Kensington Books: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30377

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Amish-Christmas-Quilt-Charlotte-Hubbard-ebook/dp/B00JVW6H5U/
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-amish-christmas-quilt-charlotte-hubbard/1118482472?ean=9781617735554
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/an-amish-christmas-quilt/id868217805?mt=11

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

DanieX said...

thanks for sharing the great excerpt with us :)

CharlotteHubbard said...

Thanks so much for hosting our book today AND for posting a review! We really appreciate your time and effort as we promote our book!

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for hosting us here today. And thanks for your review. We're thrilled you enjoyed our stories. They definitely require a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa while reading. :)

Marsha said...

What a great article.

Deanna Stevens said...

I liked reading the review 5 stars, would enjoy reading this book :)

Serena91291 said...

Nice excerpt.

Rita said...

Great review, thank you.

CharlotteHubbard said...

Thank you so much, Rita and Serena and Deanna and Marsha and Danie and all who have stopped by today! We're so pleased you took time out of your day and spent it with us, looking at our book!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, everybody, for stopping by on our blog tour. We love hearing from readers!

Mary Preston said...

A wonderful excerpt.

Jackie Tessnair said...

Loved the excerpt!