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White Christmas Pie

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  1,506 Ratings  ·  146 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, 300 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Barbour Publishing, Inc (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 23, 2015 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, amish
Not exactly what I was expecting due to the name...I had anticipated a Christmas themed story but it really wasn't. More Thanksgiving if you had to choose a holiday. I felt a bit short changed because I enjoy reading mostly Christmas themed books in December. It was pretty good overall but it
was a touch preachy and felt more "surface" to me. Not a lot of depth.

Will was abandoned as a child to an Amish family and has personal problems regarding his feelings with what happened. His birth father i
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.
Nov 04, 2008 Wendi rated it really liked it
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
Nov 20, 2008 Becky rated it it was ok

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
Sheryl Tribble
Dec 12, 2014 Sheryl Tribble rated it it was ok
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
Dec 23, 2009 kari rated it it was ok
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
Tina Watson
Feb 18, 2011 Tina Watson rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 30, 2013 Leann Mooneyham rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 07, 2010 Marris rated it liked it
I liked this book, but it seemed to end rather abruptly.
Lynn Kavanagh
Jan 20, 2017 Lynn Kavanagh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Story

Wanda Brunstetter is a good story teller. However, there was this little minor detail that I found annoying. Since Regina & Mark aren't Will's biological parents, every time either one of them is mentioned, they are referred to as Papa Mark or Momma Regina. It didn't feel necessary. No other mom was in the picture. His biological mother had passed away, so the reader would know after the first few pages who Will was talking to or thinking about. In the case of Poppa Mark, it would
Ann Boytim
Dec 14, 2016 Ann Boytim rated it really liked it
Will Henderson was abandoned by his father sixteen years ago and left with an Amish couple who became his parents. Will has a a good home and upbringing and is now engaged to a sweet Amish young woman The Amish community ways are simple and their lives revolve around family, Will has often wondered what happened to his father. When his father left him with the couple he promised to return but an accident left him unable to do so and he finally remarried and has a wife and two little girls but no ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.75, really. Felt bad for the horses.
Jan 02, 2017 Cathy rated it it was ok
I liked the book but it wasn't like her other books for me, I generally don't want to put them down.
this one, even though it was one of her smaller books took me forever to read. I felt like it stuck on one thing on and on, then find something else and it went on and on. On to read another one of her book.
Adrienne Early
Dec 30, 2016 Adrienne Early rated it really liked it
This is a nice story of love and forgiveness. There are situations of jealousy, anger, and a life-threatening event, all which keep you on the edge of your seat. I also love the fact that Wanda included the recipe at the end. I'll definitely be making this! :)
Sep 17, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
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
Linda Gatza
Dec 21, 2016 Linda Gatza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read

I ear this book in one sitting--I just couldn't seem to find the right spot to stop reading. Definitely my kind of book!
Dawn Teresa
Dec 24, 2011 Dawn Teresa rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, christmas
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
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
Oct 25, 2012 Gail rated it it was amazing
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Dec 12, 2016 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A Thanksgiving themed Amish story with some romance. Touching story, but the writing style is weak mostly dialog and choppy.
Nov 29, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
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
Margaret Chind
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
Cherie Kasper
Sep 17, 2014 Cherie Kasper rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2015 Kristi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december2015
This story was so so cute. I love how this story was written, it was written so smooth and so easy to read. It just flowed perfectly. I love how you cared deeply for what happened to these characters. It was just so easy to read I loved it.
I forgot how much I am infatuated with Amish way of life. I love how devoted they are to God. I love the language they speak. I love their personalities. How simple and plain they are. Its just so facinating to me. I forgot how much I love to read about the A
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
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Dec 21, 2012 ASC Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
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
Diane U
Dec 10, 2010 Diane U rated it it was amazing
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
Sharon Huether
Jan 23, 2012 Sharon Huether rated it liked it
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
Tasha enderby
Dec 26, 2009 Tasha enderby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas, amish
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
Jun 15, 2009 Judine rated it it was amazing
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
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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.
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