Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “White Christmas Pie” as Want to Read:
White Christmas Pie
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

White Christmas Pie

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,268 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Step into Amish country for this bittersweet holiday romance. Here you'll meet Will Henderson, a young man tortured by his past, and Karen Yoder, a young woman looking for answers. Add a desperate father searching for his son, and you have all the ingredients for a first-class romance that will inspire and enthrall.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2008)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about White Christmas Pie, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about White Christmas Pie

Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta ChapmanThe Shunning by Beverly  LewisWhen the Heart Cries by Cindy WoodsmallThe Covenant by Beverly  LewisThe Betrayal by Beverly  Lewis
Best of Amish Fiction
42nd out of 255 books — 268 voters
A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. SeussThe Night Before Christmas by Clement C. MooreThe Polar Express by Chris Van AllsburgThe Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
Best Christmas Holiday Books
143rd out of 334 books — 456 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,287)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
In a nutshell: A wonderfully written book surrounding the Amish culture. Through the interactions and conversations of the characters in the book, we see how important faith and supportive relationships are, as well as communication and honesty. A very enjoyable and easy read (once you get used to a few of the harder Amish words, which were fun to try and say ;) ). This book provides the reader with small insights into the Amish life and character. I love what Ms. Brunstetter does near the end o ...more
Sharon Chance
I'll have to say that I got a little impatient with this book - lots of angst and whining by the father who had abandoned his son, and by the son himself. I usually like Wanda Brunstetter's books, but this one was a disappointment.
Dec 15, 2011 Tina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: 2011-read
is book is another must read this Christmas and is not to be over looked any longer.

I can say now that I have read all of Wanda E. Brunstetter's books.
Wanda E. Brunstetter doesn't disappoint her readers with her books and what God wants to write to get a message acroos.

The message in White Christmas Pie was plain and clear through out the book.

This book is another must read this Christmas and is not to be over looked any longer.
Leann Mooneyham
I have read and give it 5 stars. Christmas is a time of miracles and rejoicing the birth of Christ. When a young boy is left with an Amish couple by his father that never returns for him. He grows up Amish and is baptized. He stills wonders 16 years later about his real father. About to marry his true love. Things fall apart but God puts everything together for his will. I love how if you pray and let God handle things in your life and learn to forgive, life is better. The story ends with mended ...more
In a nutshell: A nice read, and enjoyable story.

My Review:
Meet Will Henderson, who has lived with his Amish "parents" for the past 16 years, after his father mysteriously leaves him to find a more stable job.

Mark and Regina have raised Will as their own son. He is on the cusp of marriage to Karen Yoder, a wonderful Amish girl. With thoughts of his real father, and feelings of abandonment, he becomes moody, causing his loved ones to wonder if the marriage will happen, and if Will will choose re
Cherie Kasper
As a frequent reader of Wanda Brunstetters writings, I can say with complete honesty, that this book is a winner. I love when a writer adds in extra bits to keep you off balance and surprised.
Will Henderson, is left with an Amish couple when he is 6 yrs. old by his father who is a long distance truck driver. Will's mother has passed away a few years before this and his father feels he can't keep Will with him as he reaches school age. So, he goes off in search of a new job so that he will be abl
Sheryl Tribble
Functional but inept. The prose is clunky, the characterization thin. I had problems keeping track of some of the minor characters because they all seemed to have the same personality (minor female to male differences). One character is repeatedly described as being an annoying jokester, but he never really acts that way. Way too much telling, not enough showing when it comes to a lot of stuff, actually. The plot hinges on characters ignoring the obvious and on highly unlikely timing. The foresh ...more
I liked this book, but it seemed to end rather abruptly.
Fall is in the air in my little spot in the world and I'm starting to dream of cooler weather and the wonderful festivities that follows soon after. It's with these feelings that I picked up "White Christmas Pie" by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

In this book we meet a young man by the name of Will. Hrmm, what can I say about Will...I guess foremost in my mind was how grumpy this poor boy is. He has good reasons, however. As a young boy of 6, Will was abandoned by his father during the Christmas season. L
Dawn Teresa
Originally published on my blog, Read Love.

White Christmas Pie is my first experience reading a Wanda Brunstetter book. I know that she has a good reputation for writing Amish Fiction, so I was excited when, on my way to the checkout, I saw this on a special display at the library. I snatched it up, added it to my pile, and went merrily on my way.

White Christmas Pie is a very easy read. While's it's not deep, its characters are not fleshed out, and the story is fairly predictable, I found the ex
A sweet Christmas story of reconciliation and grace. Will's mother died when he was just a young child and he spent his days with his father travelling the country in his father's big rig. Will's father takes him to the home of an Amish couple, Mark and Regina Stoltzfus, for Christmas and takes off to try to find work that would give stabilty to Will's home life. Will's father Frank has an accident shortly after leaving Will and spends months in rehab. When Will's father returns, Mark and Regina ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
The Amish life fascinates me, and I've thoroughly enjoyed many of the Amish-themed books I've read. I've never read Wanda Brunstetter before, but she came highly rated and this one looked interesting.

The story centers around Will Henderson, an English boy who, at the age of 6, is left with an Amish couple. His father ostensibly plans to return for him but, through lost messages and mis-communications, never does. Will grows up believing that his father abandoned him. Predictably, as his impendin

Just in time for the holidays--Thanksgiving and Christmas--we've got a new book by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Set within the Amish community, White Christmas Pie is the story of a young man on the verge of marriage who is haunted by his past. When he was six years old, his father abandoned him. He left him in the care of an Amish couple. It's not that Will had an unhappy childhood. His new parents treated him well. Better than "well" in fact. It's not that Will is unhappy as an adult. He's happy bein
Up to this point, my only experience with the stories from Wanda Brunstetter has been the Sisters of Holmes County series. To be honest I must admit that I was not a fan of that series. Overall, I have heard wonderful things about the Amish fiction from Wanda Brunstetter. Starting this book, I came in with mixed feeling and expectations from the things that I have heard and felt myself. In the end, I was pleasantly pleased.

"White Christmas Pie" is a good holiday or anytime of the year read. It
When I first saw white Christmas pie I thought it was going to be a lovely Christmas book. Boy was I wrong! As a matter of fact Christmas is not mentioned until the final chapter. It is center more around Thanksgiving than Christmas. However I was greatly surprised by the story line and I ended up getting SO much more than just a Amish Christmas story. Wanda's plot is fabulous, her characters are real, and the way she writes is absolutely wonderful. She tucks little tid-bits of surprise and myst ...more
I had a hard time getting in to this book. I never cared about the characters. I read it in two days and kept thinking maybe it would pull me in more, but nope. It's not a hard read, in fact, I'd say it's middle to high school level reading. It's also not very deep. The story has great potential but I didn't connect with Will as much as I wanted to. I think because the author tended to over-explain I didn't need to think for myself. It also had a very predictable plot. So while I really wanted t ...more
Feb 01, 2010 kari rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
This is a very sweet story, a bit preachy for my taste and somewhat heavy-handed. Will's sadness/anger of being left with the Amish couple sixteen years ago followed by his father's disappearance from his life is understandable, but it's mentioned over and over and over by everyone; his adoptive parents, his fiancee, his best friend. There's no subtlety and the dialogue feels very stilted, doesn't seem to flow the way people normally speak.
The story itself, is an intersting tale and I wanted Wil
Wilani Wahl
A wonderful story of struggles and love. There is power in forgiveness that only God can bring about. It was wonderful to see the characters in this book work through their struggles and learn to trust God. I love this book and was so glad to see a recipe included for white Christmas pie
This felt more like a short story drawn out to be a novel. I honestly didn't really get into any of the characters... although the recipes look great and will be added to the "Must Make" list. :)
I liked this Brunstetter book more than others I have read. Perhaps it was less "preachy" and more about the feelings and inner thoughts of the characters that made it more enjoyable.
tep into Amish country for this bittersweet holiday romance. Here you'll meet Will Henderson, a young man tortured by his past, and Karen Yoder, a young woman looking for answers
Judy Adams
Really enjoyed this, life can deal us some tough things at times, but if you just stop and let ourselves remember that God works things out in his time and way
Ruth Rumsey
I Love This Book Wanda E. Brunstetter Is A Great Author And I Will Read This Book Again And Again There Is No Dislikes And I Give This Book 5 Stars .
Sharon Huether
White Christmas Pie by Wanda E. Brunstetter This is a story of love and forgiveness in the Amish community. An English boy was lefgt at an Amsh couples home, while his real father left to find a better job so he could spend quility time with his son. The father was hurt in a bad truck accident which took him a year to recover. He went back to the Amish couples farm, they had moved to another states unknown to him. Sixteen years passed and the boy grew up Amish all the while he wondered what hap ...more
Diane U
Karen and Will are getting married in 3 months and Will has had to face is past. His feelings about being abandoned as a child begin to take an affect on his relationship, friends and family. But thanks to a desperate father who had been searching for his son, they reunite to help heal some old wounds.

I truly enjoyed this book! I loved the interactions between Will and Karen. The jealousy towards some friends gave their relationship a challenge but they both came to realize how much they loved e
I liked this novel much better than the first time I tried reading it. I especially like the different segments between the different sides of Will's family. What struck me most, though, is that Will isn't too perfect (important for a romantic lead) and it takes him a while to decide upon how he is going to deal with his issues from the past. Plus, the focus is not necessarily on whether or not Will and Karen will get married (which the dust jacket would lead you to believe), but how things will ...more
Tasha enderby
This is my Christmas tale for this year. I think I bought it last year on sale and then never got to it. It was nice getting an old friend right off my shelf.

This is a romantic tale of a young man with such an anger and hatred for being left behind by his real father to live with an Amish family. As he becomes a man he learns what it means to truly forgive and his new love figures out the mystery of his father's leaving. I won't spoil it for you it was a good tale.

The thing I did not like was th
Overall, the story was ok. It was very slow and just kept dragging. Then all of a sudden it just wrapped up, almost like the author was at the end of the alotted pages and just made it all work. I had to push myself to finish this book.
I, also, didn't care for her style of explaining the Pennsylvania Dutch words in her writing. A glossary may have been better. The explanations of the words was really distracting to the story and not relative to how any person talks.
I would not recommend this b
This was a good read. I enjoyed it. I did wonder what happened to "the note," very good story, the characters were great as well. I'd recommend it to anyone.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 76 77 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Christian Fiction...: December Main Group Read 15 97 Dec 31, 2012 09:08AM  
  • The Sound of Sleigh Bells (Apple Ridge #1)
  • A Plain and Simple Christmas
  • An Amish Christmas: December in Lancaster County
  • Christmas in Sugarcreek (Seasons of Sugarcreek)
  • A Hand to Hold (Hearts of Middlefield, #3)
  • Sarah's Christmas Miracle
  • Bygones (Sommerfield Trilogy, #1)
A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
More about Wanda E. Brunstetter...

Share This Book