An Amish Christmas Bakery: Four Stories
An Amish Christmas Bakery: Four Stories

An Amish Christmas Bakery: Four Stories

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From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four delicious stories perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the holiday season.

Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston

Alyssa Byler wants to build a sugar cookie nativity scene for her bakery’s Christmas window display—all she needs is the right cookie cutters. She turns to handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa created a striking display that brings more customers than she can handle. She soon realizes she’s been too busy to focus on the true meaning of Christmas—and too distracted to explore her feelings for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush to celebrate the season that brought them together.

Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman

Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery, but she soon finds herself overwhelmed with orders during the holiday season. She is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by using propane ovens. Meanwhile, her childhood friend Henry Hershberger is trying to find the courage to tell Katie that he’s harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. As the demands at the bakery intensify, both Katie and Henry must find the courage to go after what’s important.

Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller

When her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie Shetler eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. She doesn’t know her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion from Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work together, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love.

Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin

Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies for community celebrations. To help during the busy Christmas season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days. But the more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery. When both are too timid to make the first move, the town matchmakers step in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310352808
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 75,068
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery, Hearts of Lancaster Grand Hotel, Amish Heirloom, Amish Homestead, and Amish Marketplace series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and four spoiled rotten cats. Visit her online at Amy Clipston.com; Facebook: Amy Clipston Books; Twitter: @Amy Clipston; Instagram: @amy_clipston.


Bestselling and award-winning author Beth Wiseman has sold over two million books. She is the recipient of the coveted Holt Medallion, a two-time Carol Award winner, and has won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award three times. Her books have been on various bestseller lists, including CBD, CBA, ECPA, and Publishers Weekly. Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying country life in south central Texas. Visit her online at Beth Wiseman.com; Facebook: Author Beth Wiseman; Twitter: @Beth Wiseman; Instagram: @bethwisemanauthor.


With over a million copies sold, Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including the Hearts of Middlefield novels, the Middlefield Family novels, the Amish of Birch Creek series, and the Amish Letters series as well as a middle-grade Amish series, the Mysteries of Middlefield. Visit her online at Kathleen Fuller.com; Instagram: kf_booksandhooks; Facebook: Writer Kathleen Fuller; Twitter: @The Kat Jam.


Kelly Irvin is the bestselling author of the Every Amish Season and Amish of Bee County series. The Beekeeper’s Son received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, who called it a “beautifully woven masterpiece.” The two-time Carol Award finalist is a former newspaper reporter and retired public relations professional. Kelly lives in Texas with her husband, photographer Tim Irvin. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two cats. In her spare time, she likes to read books by her favorite authors. Visit her online at Kelly Irvin.com; Instagram: kelly_irvin; Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.

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An Amish Christmas Bakery: Four Stories 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
jacksonmomLV 16 days ago
It's always hard to rate a collection from four very different authors. I preferred the last two stories - they had more depth and realism, in my opinion. I am a little tired of Amish romances where people seem so clueless about others' feelings, and are so diffident about declaring their own. Frustrating! But Kelly Irvin's tale of love and hope in the face of death and disability really stood out to me. I wanted to cheer for Ambrose, the gentle giant with the pure heart of a child. And having just faced my first Christmas without my own mother, I could easily identify with Martha's brokenness and loss. So glad these two gifted and lonely people could find completeness with each other! Their tale is the icing on the cake in this Christmas bakery anthology. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, and was under no obligation to post a review.
PianoLady831 3 months ago
An Amish Christmas Bakery is a delightful collection of Christmas-themed novellas by four talented authors – Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin. The locations are different, but all have a small-town bakery setting. As I would have expected, they are all well written, engaging, filled with hope, love, a timely faith message, and radiate Christmas joy. Amy Clipston’s writing style and characters had me completely engaged in “Cookies and Cheer.” And I loved Alyssa’s creative design for the bakery’s window display – using sugar cookies in the shapes of angels, shepherds, animals, and stars to surround the nativity figurines. But the greatest impact is the relevancy of the story, as it’s all too easy during the busyness of this season to neglect preparing our hearts for the coming of our Savior. “Loves of Love” by Beth Wiseman and “Melting Hearts” by Kathleen Fuller emphasize the importance of honesty and forgiveness. I was so touched by the story of Martha and Ambrose in “Cakes and Kisses” by Kelly Irvin. Ambrose has a mild mental handicap and Martha has the insight to see into his heart and high performing intellect. This story resonated with me so much because of a close family member who has special needs also. These stories are fulfilling and exactly what I needed during this busy season. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
InspriationClothesline 3 months ago
These stories were not only festive but so much fun to read. An Amish Christmas Bakery written by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin is a compilation of four Amish holiday stories all set in Amish bakeries. Each one unique but with the common thread of baking. Not only did I find these delightful to read that it inspired me to get into my kitchen and bake myself. Reading stories where love is laced into all the culinary creations and baking connects them to their communities and their history, I was reminded of the sugar cookies my Auntie Toni always made. You can try her recipe here. In the meantime read more about Alyssa Byler, Katie Swartzentruber, Mattie Shetler, and Martha Ropp as these ladies bake up a storm during the busy holiday season, and as they explore love & faith they also learn to examine their own hearts. In the season of celebrating Christ they learn the hard lessons we all struggle with about balancing priorities, but as the stories progress you see the characters develop strong ties to themselves, their faith, and their families. I found myself challenged by the lessons they learn and the simplicity of their lives. This is a sweet holiday novel I highly suggest you add to your collection. You can find a link to read an excerpt from the book or read more about each story below. All opinions expressed here are my own, thanks to Celebrate Lit Bloggers and the publisher for my copy of the book.
annelr 3 months ago
An Amish Christmas Bakery is a collection of four charming novellas that is sure to put the reader in the mood for Christmas, and for the yummy treats that are associated with the holidays. Written by some of my favorite authors and a new-to-me author, I enjoyed each of these stories about young women and their work in Amish bakeries during the Christmas season. Despite similar settings, each story has a different focus. In Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston, readers find Alyssa overwhelmed with the business of the bakery with all the Christmas orders. Will she remember the true meaning of the season and the importance of time with family and maybe find love as well? Beth Wiseman tells the charming story of Henry who loves Katie but then there is Clara who is beautiful and fun to be with. Katie loves Henry but then there is David who is so handsome and so very helpful. Will they end up missing out on true love because of these other relationships? In Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller, readers are introduced to Peter and Mattie, not quite enemies but definitely not friends. Could they call a truce--maybe give friendship a try? The last story, Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin, is a delightful romance between Ambrose and Martha, two people who are surprised by love. Each story has its own interesting twist as the authors each touch on different aspects and issues of life. Second chance marriages, unexpected babies, developmental disabilities, bullying, and old girlfriends all keep the pages turning. This collection of stories is truly heartwarming, and readers who love Amish romance will not want to miss it. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required, and the opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
amybooksy 3 months ago
An Amish Christmas Bakery is a collection of four Amish stories from four of my favorite Amish authors. These stories include: Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston – I love the sugar cookie nativity scene idea Alyssa comes up with and her interaction with Kyle was so sweet. Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman – I love this wonderful story of Katie and Henry. Their story was delightful. Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller – Mattie gets more than she realized when she visits her aunt and uncle. It was a fun read when her and her “enemy” Peter have to work together. Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin - Martha and Ambrose’s tale is so cute. This one is my favorite of the four if I had to pick one. An Amish Christmas Bakery gets five plus stars from me. Amish fiction lovers will not want to miss this one. I recommend it. I recommend this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
5643437 3 months ago
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, when we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, So combining that with stories about the Amish set in bakeries makes for a book completely worth reading. I love how the characters, settings, and stories all come together. Set in different bakeries in different parts of the country the stories weave together into one unforgettable story. I think the first story sets the stage beautifully for this book. The idea of having a metalworker create Nativity scene inspired cookie cutters to create a Christmas display for a bakery leads to incredible scenes in my mind. Alyssa Byler finds herself so caught up in work that she loses sight of what is most important at Christmas – her family and her boyfriend. The story captured my attention. Then to have a story about a young woman trying to run her family’s bakery alone while her mother recovers from surgery demonstrates how we sometimes miss what is directly in front of our face. It is easy to get caught up in doing what seems to be easy rather than doing what is right and true. Truly this is a book worth reading. So check it out for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
Erin_Slocum 3 months ago
My Thoughts on An Amish Christmas Bakery: I love a good Amish romance and these definitely fit the bill. These four short stories are fast reads that will fill you with warmth. They go best with a hot cup of chocolate or coffee read next to an open fire while it snows outside. Okay, so that might be how they read best, but I read them while nursing a semi asleep baby in a hard wooden rocking chair looking out into a bleak, windy, and cold, snowless world while my older children watched a Home Alone movie that they earned by bringing in firewood. But my house was toasty warm thanks to a woodstove! I loved these books and read through all four of them in two hours time. Helps when the baby only semi wakes up to switch sides and you can just keep reading! I would say my favorite novella was Loaves of Love. The 12 loaves baked to for Christmas was so symbolic and has me wanting to go bake a dozen loaves of my own to gift this time of year. All the prayers and love that go into that kind of work really do work. I also really just loved the storyline and couldn’t help by laugh about that silly propane oven! While all four are wonderful to read Loaves of Love was definitely the one that read the fastest for me as well. That said, I loved all four of the novellas and can’t wait for the next compilation to come out. But now you’ll have to excuse me because reading this book yesterday made me have this immense need to bake all the things today. I’m craving sugar cookies shaped like cows now! I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
EbosAifuobhokhan_0128 3 months ago
Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston A wonderful Christmas novella that will remind you of the Reason for the season and put at the fore front of your mind what matters during this season, spending time with family and loved ones and remembering Christ and what He came for. Loaves and loves by Beth Wiseman. I love stories like this; people who have loved each other since childhood but got to profess it in adulthood. This story would warm your heart. Melting hearts by Kathleen Fuller. Heart warming story of sworn enemies falling in love. I love the flow of the story and how things turned out. This story will keep your heart warm and happy. Akes and Kisses. By Kelly Irvin This story will bring happy tears to your eyes and sweet joy to your heart. It brings to mind the most important foundation of Christmas; unconditional love. This collection of Amish Christmas stories will keep you glued to the late page and remind you of what is really important. I received a copy of the book and this is my honest opinion.
NKBookReviewer 4 months ago
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus, my Savior. Everyone seems to get into a holiday mood and becomes a bit nicer. The sights, sounds, and smells of the season are exhilarating. Reading Christian romance books about Christmas is the best in December. Add the Amish genre, Christmas baking, sprinkle on some inspiration and you have a captivating winter book. That is what I found in An Amish Christmas Bakery. Four Amish novella, each standing on its own and unrelated, are penned by well-known Amish authors. The stories are sweet, engaging, and entertaining. All were page turners and easy in which to become invested. Characters were simple Amish folk with distinct characteristics. Each one had good points as well as flaws which made them relatable and believable. Each tale was well written. The authors all have smooth writing styles that are easy to read. Descriptive prose took me to Amish Country where I could almost smell the sweet treats my imagination envisioned. This book made me want to take a trip to see the shops myself. I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this book. It is a nice way to sample each authors work. This would be a nice gift for that reader in your circle. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. Pour a cup of your choice hot beverage, sit by the fire, and grab this collection of four novella. Everything will be cozy and right for a while in your world. It was in mine! A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest thoughts.
Ourpugs 4 months ago
An Amish Christmas Bakery I loved all the stories in this book set. Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston Alyssa learns a lesson of working too much can have a influence on friends and family. She works at a bakery that gets very busy during Christmas time. Alyssa just wanted to help out her friend that owns the bakery. What happens when she works so much? Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman Another lesson learned in this book. Katie is offered a propane stove to cook with at her bakery. She finds out it just is not the same as the wood stove. Then there is Henry who wants to ask her out but she is dating David. I love Henry, he is so patient and caring while waiting for Katie to make up her mind. Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller Mattie comes to help Carolyn at her shop. Peter is in town and Mattie thinks she knows his reputation. He used to date her friend. But things are not always as they seem. Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin This is such a sweet story. I loved Ambrose and how he cared for others. His relationship with the animals, so special. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This book review is my own opinion.
BrittanyMc 4 months ago
I enjoyed all four of these sweet Christmas novellas! Each one kept my interest and all four novellas had good storylines that were enjoyable to read during this holiday season. These four stories are not connected to each other. Some of the novellas are set in locations where other books by those authors are set, however, it is not necessary to have read any of the other stories to enjoys these novellas. They all stand on their own nicely. For fans of Amish fiction, who are looking for enjoyable and unique Christmas stories, I definitely recommend this collection. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Reading books is the most wonderful thing to do! So reading Christmas books must be doubly wonderful! Starting about November 1 through about January 31, I read almost exclusively Christmas books. Like, Biblical fiction about the Nativity, and romantic books about fictional Christmas towns, and quirky hot chocolate reads, too. So I had join in on the fun with An Amish Christmas Bakery, which is a delicious compilation of Christmas novellas set in An Amish Bakery, of course! I was trying to think of a way to describe how much I love these books, and realized there are 10 ways An Amish Christmas Bakery is better than PB on pancakes… 1. This book is delicious all day long. Especially at night. Late at night. Past my bedtime. 2. This stack of novellas is thicker than a stack of pancakes! (probably. I didn’t actually measure.) 3. Nobody is allergic to An Amish Christmas Bakery. Can’t say the same thing about peanut butter! 4. You can’t learn new words in a different language eating pancakes. It’s Wunderbaar gut! 5. Cookie Nativity Scenes trump boring pancakes every time. Circles vs. lambs and babies? No contest. 6. 4 amazing authors spreading Christmas cheer is better than pancakes, no matter how many you stack! 7. This sweet collection of Amish novellas are good to the last drop and will stick with you longer than a PB pancake! 8. Sweet as Honey Romance in your stocking is not nearly as messy as Peanut Butter and Syrup in your stocking! 9. No counting calories as you are devouring this book! 10. Cakes and Kisses, Hearts Melting, Loaves of Love, and Cookies and Cheer…. What could be better than that??
lolly-pops 4 months ago
Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston Alyssa Byler wants to build a sugar cookie nativity scene for her bakery’s Christmas window display—all she needs is the right cookie cutters. She turns to handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa created a striking display that brings more customers than she can handle. She soon realizes she’s been too busy to focus on the true meaning of Christmas—and too distracted to explore her feelings for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush to celebrate the season that brought them together. My thoughts: Amy Clipston is known for her super-sweet bakery stories and this one fits right into her brand. Alyssa is a hard worker but she's so busy she forgets the important things about Christmas, such as family and friends. There is a weak faith message, a very sweet young love romance, and a good lesson for everyone during this busy hustle and bustle time of the year. Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery, but she soon finds herself overwhelmed with orders during the holiday season. She is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by using propane ovens. Meanwhile, her childhood friend Henry Hershberger is trying to find the courage to tell Katie that he’s harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. As the demands at the bakery intensify, both Katie and Henry must find the courage to go after what’s important. My thoughts: Beth Wiseman pens a love pentagon. Five individuals. To quote a country song: Who's seeing who, who's cheating who, who don't even care anymore. Wiseman is a hit or miss author for me but I enjoyed this story and actually like and care for the characters. Especially Clara. This was a really good novella. I was glad for Katie's final decision. Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller When her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie Shetler eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. She doesn’t know her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion from Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work together, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love. My thoughts about Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller; Another hit or miss author, Fuller tells rather than shows resulting in this read feeling disconnected with the characters. I also disliked how hateful Mattie & Peter were to each other. The story got a lot more interesting when they declared a truce and Mattie started to discover the truth. Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies for community celebrations. To help during the busy Christmas season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days. But the more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery. When both are too timid to make the first move, the town matchmakers step in. My thoughts: Set in Jamesport Missouri I kept expecting to run into characters written by two other authors: Laura V Hilton and Charlotte Hubbard. Of course, I didn't. :) I got the initial impression Ambrose is special needs... and he is but high-functioning, A very special story that ros
lolly-pops 4 months ago
Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston Alyssa Byler wants to build a sugar cookie nativity scene for her bakery’s Christmas window display—all she needs is the right cookie cutters. She turns to handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa created a striking display that brings more customers than she can handle. She soon realizes she’s been too busy to focus on the true meaning of Christmas—and too distracted to explore her feelings for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush to celebrate the season that brought them together. My thoughts: Amy Clipston is known for her super-sweet bakery stories and this one fits right into her brand. Alyssa is a hard worker but she's so busy she forgets the important things about Christmas, such as family and friends. There is a weak faith message, a very sweet young love romance, and a good lesson for everyone during this busy hustle and bustle time of the year. Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery, but she soon finds herself overwhelmed with orders during the holiday season. She is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by using propane ovens. Meanwhile, her childhood friend Henry Hershberger is trying to find the courage to tell Katie that he’s harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. As the demands at the bakery intensify, both Katie and Henry must find the courage to go after what’s important. My thoughts: Beth Wiseman pens a love pentagon. Five individuals. To quote a country song: Who's seeing who, who's cheating who, who don't even care anymore. Wiseman is a hit or miss author for me but I enjoyed this story and actually like and care for the characters. Especially Clara. This was a really good novella. I was glad for Katie's final decision. Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller When her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie Shetler eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. She doesn’t know her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion from Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work together, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love. My thoughts about Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller; Another hit or miss author, Fuller tells rather than shows resulting in this read feeling disconnected with the characters. I also disliked how hateful Mattie & Peter were to each other. The story got a lot more interesting when they declared a truce and Mattie started to discover the truth. Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies for community celebrations. To help during the busy Christmas season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days. But the more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery. When both are too timid to make the first move, the town matchmakers step in. My thoughts: Set in Jamesport Missouri I kept expecting to run into characters written by two other authors: Laura V Hilton and Charlotte Hubbard. Of course, I didn't. :) I got the initial impression Ambrose is special needs... and he is but high-functioning, A very special story that ros
lolly-pops 4 months ago
Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston Alyssa Byler wants to build a sugar cookie nativity scene for her bakery’s Christmas window display—all she needs is the right cookie cutters. She turns to handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa created a striking display that brings more customers than she can handle. She soon realizes she’s been too busy to focus on the true meaning of Christmas—and too distracted to explore her feelings for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush to celebrate the season that brought them together. My thoughts: Amy Clipston is known for her super-sweet bakery stories and this one fits right into her brand. Alyssa is a hard worker but she's so busy she forgets the important things about Christmas, such as family and friends. There is a weak faith message, a very sweet young love romance, and a good lesson for everyone during this busy hustle and bustle time of the year. Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery, but she soon finds herself overwhelmed with orders during the holiday season. She is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by using propane ovens. Meanwhile, her childhood friend Henry Hershberger is trying to find the courage to tell Katie that he’s harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. As the demands at the bakery intensify, both Katie and Henry must find the courage to go after what’s important. My thoughts: Beth Wiseman pens a love pentagon. Five individuals. To quote a country song: Who's seeing who, who's cheating who, who don't even care anymore. Wiseman is a hit or miss author for me but I enjoyed this story and actually like and care for the characters. Especially Clara. This was a really good novella. I was glad for Katie's final decision. Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller When her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie Shetler eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. She doesn’t know her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion from Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work together, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love. My thoughts about Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller; Another hit or miss author, Fuller tells rather than shows resulting in this read feeling disconnected with the characters. I also disliked how hateful Mattie & Peter were to each other. The story got a lot more interesting when they declared a truce and Mattie started to discover the truth. Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies for community celebrations. To help during the busy Christmas season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days. But the more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery. When both are too timid to make the first move, the town matchmakers step in. My thoughts: Set in Jamesport Missouri I kept expecting to run into characters written by two other authors: Laura V Hilton and Charlotte Hubbard. Of course, I didn't. :) I got the initial impression Ambrose is special needs... and he is but high-functioning, A very special story that ros
DKStevens119 4 months ago
I totally agree... these four delicious novellas are perfect for celebrating love, joy, and the holiday season. You can almost smell the aroma of fresh baked bread and sweets as the stories take place in the bakery. I enjoyed the helpfulness and caring attitudes of the main characters and their Amish families.  The true meaning of Christmas definitely came through in these delightful novellas.
GailHollingsworth 4 months ago
This book contains four beautifully written stories by well known writers of Amish fiction, Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin. Each story centers around bakeries during the busy Christmas season. Hardships are realized when family members are sick or healing from surgery and the burden of keeping up with all the orders falls on one or two. Being too busy and stressed to stop and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas becomes an issue. The characters in each story were well written and fun to get to know, but my favorites were Martha and Ambrose in Cakes and Kisses. They warmed my heart and made me pull for them to become a couple. A few happy tears were shed. If you like to read sweet romances and get in the spirit of the season you will love these. Grab a sugar cookie or two and a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and relax as you read these heart warming stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
Mar-J 4 months ago
An Amish Christmas Bakery will cause readers to want to bake and dig out some old favorite recipes. Each novella is centered a round a bakery and a chance of finding love. The characters are true to life with their flaws and strengths. Each author penned their novella in their own unique style. Amy Clipston’s creativity with Cookies and Cheer was a delightful read with Alyssa Byler’s brilliant creation of a nativity from sugar cookies. Seeking assistance from Kyle Smoker, the local blacksmith, brought the perfect result for each cookie cutter needed. But the bakery was overwhelmed with so many orders for the nativity cookies caused undue stress and strain. Will Alyssa discover where she failed in putting God and family first before Christmas Day? Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman showed Katie Swartzentruber struggling with all the holiday baking. David offered Katie a propane stove so she could keep up, but Katie discovered flaws with the end results. Henry was a life saver in many ways to Katie even though their past relationship had been rocky. Could Christmas be any more perfect when there’s an unexpected meeting at the bakery? Kathleen Fuller brought Mattie Shetler and Peter Kaufman to Birch Creek in her tale of Melting Hearts. Even though Mattie had been there to help her aunt in the bakery, she was more than a little surprised when her uncle asked Peter to come to assist him with an addition. Will they be able to find forgiveness and discover a new admiration for one another by Christmas? Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin was a pleasure to read as Mattie Ropp and Ambrose Hershberger worked together in the bakery. Ambrose lacked some basic abilities but his heart was huge and his memory was remarkable. Mattie desire to teach Ambrose to read with Ambrose even helping with baking duties grew their relationship to more than employee/employer. Who’s going to be the one to speak first on their feelings with their lives so different? I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from the publisher and Celebrate Lit. I was under no obligation to write a positive review but have shared my own opinion.
conniet729 5 months ago
I love this book! I love the authors that wrote it, I love the cover and I love that it's a Christmas theme. All the authors featured are some of the top Christian Amish writers. Each story is centered around a bakery. Each have a unique storyline. Each have original characters. I loved reading about all the yummy sweets. (Yes, I did have to go to the bakery and get some cupcakes) :) Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book.
Randi_AMDFT 5 months ago
'Tis the season for novellas! Seriously, this time of year can be hectic and leave us less time for reading, so novellas are perfect... giving us the sweet stories we love, in smaller doses that are easier to fit into the madness. I've really found that I am loving novellas this season, and they don't get any sweeter than this collection... pun fully intended! An Amish Christmas Bakery features four novellas from bestselling authors in the Amish genre. While Amish isn't necessarily the first genre I reach for, I know these names well and know that I am going to get a good story when I pick up one of their books, so I loved having a collection with them all! Each story is unique and can be read on it's own or in any order, but the commonality is that ALL take place at Christmastime in a bakery. They are sure to not only put you in the Christmas spirit... but also in the mood for some delicious baked treats, so I'd definitely suggest being prepared to bake after reading, or at least having some store bought treats ready as you read. As novellas, these are shorter and very quick reads. In some novellas I have found that the stories can seem a little incomplete or rushed, but I didn't feel that way at all with those included in this book. Would I have perhaps loved to read a little more about some of the characters? Yes... but not because I didn't feel like their story was complete, just because they were so well written and I simply wasn't ready to say goodbye yet. Overall, this is a fantastic books that all who enjoy Amish fiction are sure to enjoy this holiday season... and will serve as a great introduction for those looking to try out the genre for the first time too. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
Cheri5 6 months ago
An Amish Christmas Bakery is exactly the book to put me in the mood for Christmas. It was wonderful with four shorter stories (but not too short) to remind me of the wonderful parts of the holidays and get me ready to celebrate with family and friends. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves family, friends, encouragement and Christmas! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
Deana0326 8 months ago
The four stories in this delightful book are set around a bakery. Each story is filled with wonderful characters who experience faith, love, hope and family. Join the authors on a journey during a holiday that brings laughter, joy and unconditional love. Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston I loved the excitement Alyssa had as she decides how to decorate the big display window in the bakery. Christmas was coming soon and she wanted a display that would bless everyone. Her idea was wonderful and I enjoyed learning about cookie cutters. The hard work that Kyle puts in to make just the right cookie cutters was heartwarming. Who knew how much attention his designs would get? As you read the story, get ready to find the urge to rush to the store. You will be wanting to buy every cookie cutter available. Feelings get hurt as Alyssa is more focused on the bakery than her family. It is a good lesson in forgiveness. Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman Oh my what a wonderful story this was. I loved Katie and how she stepped up in her family's bakery. With her mother recovering from surgery Katie is left alone to run the bakery. The bakery has always had wonderful reviews from customers and the wooden stove Katie uses to bake with is the secret to their success. I was overwhelmed with Katie as she continued to get orders in. She is juggling trying to meet deadlines and having a young man interested in her. David means well, but is kinda pushy. He seems to put Katie down a little as her district is more strict than his. When Katie makes a decision that goes against her beliefs , will it cause the bakery to lose customers? Henry has always been a steadfast friend and wants to express his feelings. He is not sure if Katie feels the same, but he still is the one person she can count on. I loved how the author shows the commitment Henry has for Katie and goes out of his way to try to help her. The story is one that will remind readers how important tradition is and what happens when you try to cut corners. Henry was my favorite character because of his integrity. Family and believing in yourself is a wonderful theme throughout the story. Don't miss the special message tucked in the story about the woman and the loaves of bread. Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller Mattie has come to help her aunt at the bakery when employees leave unexpectedly. Christmastime is especially busy at the bakery and Mattie is glad to help. She loves baking and fits right in as she helps her aunt out. Everything is going well until her uncle announces someone is coming to help him with the expansion of the bakery. Just hearing the name Peter sends Mattie into a bad mood. There is animosity between the two and now they are stuck seeing each other for the next several weeks. I did chuckle at Mattie because she is very stubborn when it comes to forgiving Peter. She says she will forgive him later, but we all know God wants us to forgive quickly. There are a few surprises in the story which I loved. Isn't it just like God to show up and bless you when you least expect it. Katie's aunt and uncle have their hands full and I think they are in shock about news they receive. The story is a wonderful example of true friendship. It is easy to not like someone when your best friend tells you how they were treated badly . Katie will learn a hard lesson in friendship and trust. God wants us to love each other and to always be kind. Peter is a nice character who has gotten a bad repu
LucyMR1 9 months ago
What’s not to love about Christmas, bakeries, romance, and four top notch authors in a great Amish Collection. Each story is well done and complete without seeming rushed. Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston....I loved that Alyssa was creative in her window display and how she recruited Kyle to help. A great example of how we can lose sight of what’s important in the busyness of the season. Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman ...... Impressive storyline and teaches us that honesty can prevent a lot of unnecessary struggles within and without. This story spins into a tangled ball of yarn and takes some finagling to straighten out. The characters are easy to identify with and you wish it didn’t have to end. Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller...This one keeps you on your toes as Mattie and Peter continue to bump heads over lies and misconceptions until forgiveness and truth prevail. Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin...This is so heartwarming and I was impressed with the character of Ambrose and his gentle ways especially when faced by bullying. I loved how Martha saw beyond his disability and reached out in friendship to help him. I feel this entire book is a must read, as it has life lessons and makes you do a self examination of your faith and how to be more like Jesus would want us to be. This will go on my keeper shelf, as I found it excellent. I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Deana3452 9 months ago
Merry Christmas, everyone! Okay, I might be a little early, but I guarantee if you read these stories, you will feel like celebrating early! This book contains four stories: Cookies and Cheer by Amy Clipston, Loaves of Love by Beth Wiseman, Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller and Cakes and Kisses by Kelly Irvin. In Cookies and Cheer, Alyssa is looking forward to Christmas. Working in a bakery with her sister is very enjoyable for Alyssa and she's excited to be planning another festive window display for the bake shop. Everyone else is looking forward to Alyssa's Christmas display. She did such a good job on the Thanksgiving one so people are excited to see what design she comes up with. Meanwhile, the very handsome Kyle Smoker is showing interest in Alyssa and she couldn't be happier. She can't believe her good fortune and is looking forward to the Christmas season. With Kyle's help, a beautiful window for the bakery is designed. However, will it bring more that Alyssa can handle? Will the holiday be ruined? Find out in Cookies and Cheer. **************************************************************************************************** In Loaves of Love, Katie and Henry have been friends all their lives. They have a special bond and even share the same birthday. Katie has hoped for years that Henry will ask her out and take their friendship to the next level. But, Henry has been too nervous to ever ask her out. When he finally gets up the nerve, will he be too late? Katie seems to be getting involved with David. David lives in a more modern Amish community and attempts to get Katie to see that his way of life is easier. Katie IS busy running her family's bakery during the holiday and has more on her plate than usual, so maybe David's ways DO make things simpler. Is David right for her? Henry's sister seems to think Henry be able to find love with the lovely Clara. Will this help him push his feelings for Katie away? Read Loaves of Love to cheer for your favorite couples! **************************************************************************************************** Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller is all about Mattie who travels to another town to help her Aunt Carolyn with her bakery during the Christmas rush. However, her uncle is building an extension onto the bakery and asks Peter to help. Mattie harbors bad feelings to Peter because he used to date her friend Lizzy and "broke her heart." Maybe the whole truth hasn't been told and Mattie and Peter can uncover a way to work side by side by side. **************************************************************************************************** Cakes and Kisses is by Kelly Irvin and features a man named Ambrose who has some difficulties. But Martha doesn't see him that way. She sees a kind, loving, helpful man and despises the way some treat him. Ambrose is actually more loved than he realizes, by Martha and his close friends and family. He needs to find a way to overcome his insecurities and look around before he misses out. On top of that, a cousin comes to take over half the farm where Ambrose lives and works with his aunt. Will Ambrose overcome his challenges and find Christmas joy? Take a relaxing break with Cakes and Kisses and discover for yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed these four short stories in this collection. All the authors really make their characters become real and pop off the page. The only thing for was that all
Deanne Patterson 9 months ago
I haven't even started any Fall baking yet let alone Christmas baking but after reading these four baking filled stories I am encouraged to start doing some. Muffins,cookies,cinnamon buns with the wind howling outside and the leaves kicking up what could be a better way to spend the day? Baking and romance with faith filled stories that are very encouraging the authors in this novella write four stories I will read time and again just for the good feeling they give me. I look forward to reading about these well developed characters in other books the authors write. Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by Zondervan. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.