Monday, December 23, 2013
A Simple Christmas Wish
By Melody Carlson
Published by Revell, September 2013
Rachel Milligan is caring for her young niece whose parents are away on an anniversary trip. The last thing she expects to happen is for them to be killed in a plane crash, leaving her to care for Holly on a permanent basis - or so she thinks.
When Rachel's brother and sister-in-law's wills are read, Rachel is not appointed as Holly's guardian. Holly's mother Miri was born and raised Amish, and her Amish aunt Lydia will be given the full custody, care and responsibility for Holly from now on. Holly has a huge transition to make to Amish life, and Rachel is going to find it very hard to let go of her niece, especially at Christmas time when they both have birthdays......
I've read lots of Melody Carlson's contemporary Christian fiction -which I have always enjoyed - but I have to say that I did not enjoy this anywhere near as much. Holly is a lovely child who captures the reader's heart immediately, but it took a long while for me to warm up to Rachel. The Amish in the story are not generally depicted as very prepossessing characters and the point where Rachel ponders becoming Amish so as not to be separated from Holly left me incredulous. Her newly-acquired Amish beau, Lydia and Miri's brother Benjamin, whose position in the community seems uncertain, is quick to disabuse her of her notion, but the ending seems very rushed.
I found the book a rather unsatisfying read, much to my disappointment.