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A Simple Christmas Wish [Hardcover]

By Melody Carlson (Author)
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Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As family secrets emerge and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.

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Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As family secrets emerge and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.
Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.

Citations And Professional Reviews
A Simple Christmas Wish by Melody Carlson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Retailing - 08/01/2013 page 36
  • Romantic Times - 10/01/2013 page 76


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Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2013
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0800719654  
ISBN13  9780800719654  


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Publishers description for A Simple Christmas Wish...


Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish. Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As family secrets emerge and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.
Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.


More About Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson has published more than one hundred books for adults, children, and teens with many on best-seller lists. Several books have been finalists for, and winners of, various writing awards, including the Gold Medallion and the RITA Award. She and her husband live in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and have two grown sons.

Melody Carlson currently resides in the state of Oregon.
Melody Carlson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Carter House Girls
  2. Dating Games
  3. Dear Daphne Novels
  4. Faithgirlz / Girls of Harbor View
  5. Faithgirlz! Girls of 622 Harbor View
  6. Follow Your Heart
  7. Inn at Shining Waters
  8. Life at Kingston High
  9. On the Runway


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Good Christmas Read!  Mar 13, 2015
This was a pleasant Christmas read even if I had to grab a few tissues!

From the very beginning I really liked Holly! A sweet little girl with such a big heart that shines through in her love for Rachael and others! It absolutely crushed my heart to see her go through the pain that she endured! However it paved the way for her to meet other family members that she probably never even dreamed of such as Benjamin who was another favorite character for me! He was such an interesting Amish character that brought a uniqueness to this story! I also liked Rachael as well and could easily relate to her!

I really appreciated that Melody explained some of the beliefs of the Amish in a nutshell! It was extremely interesting to hear Benjamen's story! I could tell their was a good amount of research put into this novel with a focus on family. However not just at Christmas time, but year round!

Overall, I liked this novel! A good short Christmas read to remind the importance of family, but I wish Melody would have included more of a Biblical message!

I give "A Simple Christmas Wish" a 3.5 out of 5 stars!
 
A Simple Christmas Wish  Dec 23, 2013
Each year I look forward to reading Melody Carlson's Christmas novella. This year's offering is A Simple Christmas Wish. It is a beautifully moving love story. It is about the love of an aunt for her niece, the love of a man for a woman and most importantly the love of a Father for His children.

As I said before it is a novella so it is easily finished in an afternoon. Just grab your favorite warm beverage and curl up for a delightful couple of hours. The nice thing about this story is that it felt complete. I want to know what happened next, as in I'd love to see a sequel, but all the particular threads of this tale were neatly tied up. The story didn't feel rushed especially at the end but flowed to a natural conclusion.

I found that Melody's introduction to the Amish lifestyle was honest in its portrayal of the strictness but not derogatory. While the story-line does deal with death it also celebrates life. I liked the characters and felt that they came across as genuine.

I highly recommend this book as a great getaway in the midst of all the holiday craziness!

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
 
Simple Christmas Wish  Nov 25, 2013
Rachel has agreed to look after her 6-year-old niece for her brother and his wife while they take a trip to the Caribbean to celebrate their 10-year wedding anniversary. Shortly thereafter, Rachel receives a phone call that will change their lives.
Unbeknownst to Rachel, Holly’s mom was raised Amish. Reluctantly, Rachel takes Holly to meet the Amish side of her family who live in Ohio. Holly is very excited to learn she has cousins and that they live on a farm with animals and ride around in a horse and buggy. Rachel stays longer than she intends due to bad weather and the holidays. Lydia, Holly’s aunt, is not happy with Rachel having such a close relationship with Holly and urges her to leave. Holly thinks living like the Amish is fun at first, but when Rachel tells Holly that she will be leaving soon and not taking Holly with her, she doesn’t really understand.
Rachel is torn apart, having to leave Holly with her Amish relatives, but she has no choice. Benjamin Schrock, Holly’s uncle, is a tremendous help to Rachel and a good listener. He grew up Amish, but left the community for several years. He has returned only to help his widowed mother out and will soon be returning to the outside world. Benjamin seems to understand the difficulties Holly will have adapting to the Amish way of life. He also wants to begin a relationship with Rachel, but can she feel for him true feelings or is she just feeling close to him because he is close to Holly?
One of the things that I wish was different about this story is the length. It would be nice if the story were a little longer to give Rachel and Benjamin’s story more of a chance to develop and deepen. Their relationship just seemed too rushed. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful look at Christmas from a different viewpoint. There were some scenes that will tug at your heart pretty hard and Holly is just a treasure of a little girl. Readers won’t soon forget this author’s take on what one of the important aspects of being obedient to God’s command to love one another, putting what is best for another before what we want. I’m already looking forward to next year’s holiday season to see what charming book Melody will write.
 
Tragedy, Family At Christmas and Romance  Nov 22, 2013
Melody Carlson in her new book, “A Simple Christmas Wish” published by Revell lets us experience Christmas with Rachel Milligan and Holly.

From the back cover: One girl in need of a home. One woman in search of a home for her heart. One Christmas where it all seems possible.

Rachel Milligan never imagined that she and her seven-year-old niece would spend the week before Christmas on a quaint Amish farm in Ohio. But with so many unexpected occurrences of late, perhaps she shouldn’t have been surprised.

With her young niece Holly in tow, Rachel anxiously makes her way from Chicago to Ohio’s Amish country. As love begins to blossom, family secrets emerge, and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Join bestselling author Melody Carlson on an emotional journey into the heart of what family truly means at Christmastime.

There is a reason why there are so many stories about Christmas on the television about this time and that reason is everyone loves a good story where the spirit of Christmas changes a person by healing them of old hurts to free them to be themselves. That’s why everyone wishes Christmas could last all year round. Melody Carlson knows how to write and she has delivered one of the finest Christmas stories yet. What makes a family? Obviously a mother and father. But what happens when they die and you are seven years old? What do you do for a family? Rachel, Holly’s Aunt, has to answer these questions and more as she is forced to travel from Chicago to Ohio’s Amish Country. ”A Simple Christmas Wish” is all about Rachel and Holly coming to grips with the knowledge that there is another part of the family that is Amish and has custody of Holly. This is a wonderful story that begins with a tragedy, exposes old wounds and brings about healing in a family and on top of everything there is a romance. ”A Simple Christmas Wish” is one sweet read that you might want to read twice and then keep it handy to read again next year.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

“Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
 
Heartwarming and Fun Christmas Story  Nov 14, 2013
This author has a gift of writing Christmas stories that leave you a warm feeling in your heart and bring a big smile to your face. Melody's Christmas books are a treat to read each year. I'm so thankful for this review copy of a book that grabbed my attention with its beautiful cover.

This adventure starts out in Chicago and takes readers through Amish Country in Ohio. Seven year old Holly will capture your heart along with her Aunt Rachel. This is the hardest adventure either of them have been on. It's a bit overwhelming for them both but they lean on God for direction.

This author has a few surprises for readers and re-enforces the fact that family is what you make it. It's also important to keep the main thing the main thing. I recommend Melody's Christmas story to kick off your holiday reading!

Nora :o)
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
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a heart warming Christmas novella  Nov 10, 2013
With the gound covered with snow, and the temperatures hovering around 0 F here in the north country, it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. And a perfect time to grab a cup of tea or hot chocolate, grab a cozy blanket, cuddle close to the fire, and read a Christmas story.
A Simple Christmas Wish touched my heart as Melody Carlson introduced me to six, almost seven year old Holly and her aunt Rachel. So much emotion, so much detail written into a book sure to win a place on your Christmas shelf. Orphans, family secrets, forgiveness and more, set in an Amish setting tug at the heart strings, especially when it all happens around what should be and is often called the “Happiest Time of the Year”. Just as it is not happy for a lot of people at that season, so Rachel finds herself facing despair, but family is, after all, the heart of Christmas, and in Ohio, far from the streets of Chicago, where she has lived, it all seems possible.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group". 
 
 

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