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A Plain and Simple Christmas (Kauffman Amish Bakery -- Christmas Stories #1)

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  1,423 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams ... and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the 'English' way of life---and the decisions and consequences that follow. ...more
Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published (first published September 3rd 2010)
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Dec 22, 2015 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, christmas, amish
Nice Amish Christmas story involving a daughter who has been shunned for marrying outside of the faith wanting to come home for Christmas and make things right with her family. There is much drama and heartbreak but it ends on a happy note.

I enjoy Amish stories and the simplicity of their lifestyle. I actually visited the town Anna Mae was from this summer, so I loved being able to picture it in my mind.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{Merry CHRISTmas everyone! Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday in honor of our Savior’s birth there’ll be a new Christmas book review! With a couple giveaways sprinkled in, it’s going to be so much fun! Let’s start!}

About this book:

“Just in time, or just too late?
In the tradition of her widely popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series, author Amy Clipston weaves this tale of Anna Mae McDonough—shunned by her family four years ago when she left her Amish community in Lancaster County, PA, to marry
Mary  O'Brien
Dec 08, 2011 Mary O'Brien rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
Do you believe in Christmas miracles? Anna Mae McDonough is hoping to get her Christmas miracle this year, raised Amish, she left home three years ago to marry her English husband. Now, 8 months pregnant with their first child, Anna Mae dreams about reuniting with her family. She knows this will be very difficult because once she left, she became shunned.

Anna decides to write her sister in law, her brother’s wife, Kathryn to ask for her assistance. Kathryn’s husband is against this idea. He doe
Jan 16, 2016 Bekah rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it. I know that there is another book after this one and I will definitely be reading it sometime. Perhaps I'll save the second one for next Christmas!

What I Liked: There were several things that I enjoyed about this story. The book was very well written and I was drawn into the lives of these characters.

Another thing that I really liked were the strong marriages in this book. Kellan was SO incredibly sweet and kind to Anna Mae and alw
Oct 12, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
Anna Mae McDonough left the Amish faith three years ago to marry her husband Kennan. While she doesn't regret her decision, the impending birth of her first child has her wanting to reconnect with her Amish family. Thing is when she left three years ago, she was put under the Bann and some harsh things where said by her father who is also the Bishop for their community. Will the spirit of Christmas and the impending birth of her child help bring her family back together?

I read this book in one s
Oct 02, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas
This Christmas story gets off to a slow start--the central conflict, about whether a young Amish woman who married an "Englisher" and so was shunned by her family will be welcomed if she and her husband go home for Christmas--is repeated a lot in the first 25 pages of this 125-page story. After that, it becomes pleasant but inevitably predictable. The story doesn't have room to develop some characters who just come across as mean and unyielding. Not really worth it.
Nov 21, 2015 Paula-O rated it really liked it
I am not sure when I read this book but when starting to read noticed ,"I had already read", did not review or put on goodreads. I love to read christmas stories so have been reading those lately ,getting ready for the season.
Aug 29, 2016 Lanette rated it it was ok
I didn't like this one... too cliche and not as many of the bakery characters I've come to know.
A simple and plain Christmas story indeed. A good read, when you don't want anything to deep, but sweet and Christmasy nonetheless.
Rachel Brand
Despite being shunned for leaving her Amish community four years earlier, Anna Mae longs to reconcile with her family. As the birth of her first child approaches, she begins to correspond with her sister-in-law Kathryn, making plans for Anna Mae and her English husband Kellan to visit the Amish community for Christmas. Kellan remembers that way that Anna Mae's father, the bishop, treated her when she announced her decision to marry an outsider, but this doesn't deter her from her plans to return ...more
Dec 14, 2010 Babs rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Amish, Christian, Romance
In the tradition of her widely popular Kauffman Amish Bakery series, author Amy Clipston tells the tale of Anna Mae McDonough who was shunned by her family four years ago when she left her Amish community in Lancaster County, PA, to marry an 'Englisher' (non Amish) man and move with him to Baltimore. Now, eight months pregnant when her first child, she longs to return home for Christmas to reconcile with her family, especially her stern father, who is the religious leader for her former Amish ...more
A Plain and Simple Christmas is a perfect seasonal read for the holidays. Its focus is on what makes this time of year so special – the love of family and everyone coming together from near and far to spend time together, to share and to celebrate.

This is the first Amish based book I have read and I learned a lot about their traditions and language. A big plus in the book was a three page reference list of commonly used Amish terms in the Pennsylvania German dialect (commonly known as Pennsylva
May 10, 2016 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Plain and Simple Christmas_GuidelinesI know you're probably wondering why the world I'd be reviewing a Christmas story in April but I'd received for Christmas and decided to pick it up! Besides, anyone that knows me knows that I love Christmas any time of year.

I really loved Anna Mae but I connected more with Kathryn. I have a tendency to lean towards fairness even when it makes some people upset. It's a character trait that I've often lamented as it puts me on the outs with others around me. So, I really connected with Kathryn on
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Oct 10, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Amy Clipston, Zondervan
Okay. Can I just say that I REALLY, REALLY want to spend Christmas in Lancaster?! Amy Clipston is a fantastic author of Amish novels and never disappoints with her ability to use wonderful detail and description, leaving her readers thirsty for more of her novels! When I FINALLY (yes, FINALLY...I waited what felt like YEARS for this amazing little book ;-)!) received this book, I couldn't WAIT to read it! The is just adorable....plain and simple-PERFECT for the story!

When you open A Plain and S
Jessica Baker
Apr 18, 2016 Jessica Baker rated it it was amazing
Do not let the word Christmas in the title fool you. You can read this book any time of year! The focus of the book is more on family, togetherness and forgiveness. It just happens to be at Christmastime, which I love by the way. If you enjoyed the Kauffman Amish Bakery series, you will enjoy seeing some of those characters here.

I have been reading Amy's books for years, and I enjoyed them so much that I will reread them every now and then. Just so happens that this is the book I chose to rerea
Dec 20, 2010 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Plain and Simple Christmas is my first experience with author Amy Clipston. Her writing style is exactly what this title implies--plain and simple--but don't let that discourage you from reading this book. She has created very likable characters (with the exception of Henry, the dad), and the plot draws the reader in very quickly.

Even though I knew there would be a happy, tidy ending, that did not stop me from reading this book from cover to cover in one sitting. When I reached the mid-way po
Aug 08, 2013 Drebbles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Annie Mae knew when she married Kellan McDonough, a non-Amish, that she would be shunned by her Amish family. She loves Kellan and has built a happy life with him, but it has been three years and she misses her family, especially now that she is pregnant and wants her baby to know his grandparents. Christmas is coming, and she longs to spend the holiday with her family. Christmas can be a time of miracles - will there be a miracle for Anna Mae and her family?

"A Plain and Simple Christmas" is a h
Dec 29, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Amy Clipston
Publisher: Zondervan
September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-310-32736-3
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Three years ago, Anna Mae McDonough had joined the Amish church, but then she met Englischer, Kellan McDonough and married him. As a result, Anna Mae was shunned. But now she’s expecting her first baby and her only Christmas wish is to be reconnected with her family.

Katherine Beiler married Anna Mae’s brother, David, and she is thrilled when she receives a
Jan 21, 2012 Traci rated it did not like it
Disappointing. There's no sense of Gelassenheit in this story at all--the family reasons and functions like an English family. Shunning is something to be decided at a personal level after weighing your own feelings on the issue versus a community rule that is enforced.

I feel like the entire book would have much better ground to stand on in Anna Mae had left the community BEFORE baptism. Then you could understand her sister-in-law's instant acceptance of her, the desire to mend fences, and the
A PLAIN & SIMPLE CHRISTMAS by Amy Clipston is a heartwarming, sweet inspirational fiction/general. it is well written with strong characters,details and depth. It has Amish,faith,love,forgiveness,birth of a babe,separation of a family member,family,shunning,an Amish marrying a Englisher, following God's will no matter the consequences, and the miracle of Christmas.This is a sweet heartwarming story of faith and family differences and the coming together of a family. Anna Mae is shunned by ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Brianna rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club, holiday, epubs
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Aug 06, 2014 D.J. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
What do you do when you leave your family behind… I mean, how do you just go on with life, never having any contact with them?

This special novella introduces us to Anna Mae and her English husband Kellan McDonough.

Anna Mae knew when she left her community… and the Amish faith – and her vows – that she was leaving her family behind forever. But she was in love! And she was convinced if she stayed in Lancaster County that she’d be an old maid, never marrying and having a family of her own.

Now tha
Dec 01, 2010 Cafelilybookreviews rated it liked it

Amish themed books have long been best-sellers and with the holiday season in full swing, A Plain & Simple Christmas will no doubt join the list. This book would make a wonderful gift for the reader on your Christmas list, especially if they are fans of Amish fiction.

Anna Mae McDonough left her home four years ago and married Kellan McDonough against the wishes of her family and the tenets of her faith. Because of her choice, she has been shunned by her family and the Amish community she gre
Amy Fields
Aug 22, 2015 Amy Fields rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed getting a chance to read this story. Visiting familiar characters is always fun and the book was a quick and easy read (I'm a fast reader and had it done in a day but it's a quick weekend or holiday read if you can wait that long;) )

Anna Mae wants nothing more than to be part of her family again. She is having a baby and wants to make piece and mend the broken bond. She enlists her sister in laws help to make that happen. Kathryn spends time praying and believes that God is leading her
Diane U
Jan 30, 2012 Diane U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna Mae and her Englisher husband, Kellan, want to visit Anna's family at Christmas. They are expecting their first child and wants the child to know her family. After being shunned from her family for three years, she longs to see all of them and have them back in her life. She contacts her sister-in-law, Kathryn, to discuss the idea and to make plans for their visit. Will her family welcome her with open arms? Will it be a Christmas miracle to reconcile?

I loved this story! I have read several
Adriane Devries
Dec 14, 2014 Adriane Devries rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality
Amy Clipston’s A Plain & Simple Christmas continues her series of life from the perspective of a young woman who has left the Amish faith of her childhood. After three years married to the man of her dreams, a hardworking Christian man who adores and supports her as she learns this new way of life, they are finally expecting their first child. Though elated in their anticipation of his or her arrival in the New Year, babies, or “bopplin” in her native Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, bring back ...more
Jan 01, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
My daughter bought me this book for a gift for Christmas.. I loved it.. I seriously couldn't put this book down..
Anna Mae was raised Amish, but fell in love with a Englishman, and married him. Moving away after being shunned, They moved to Baltimore, where She after three years of marriage, became pregnant, but is lonesome for her family. She left the community to marry Englisher Kellen. Her father, who is the bishop of the community, wants nothing to do with her. She wants to see her family f
Angelyca Taguba
May 11, 2015 Angelyca Taguba rated it it was amazing
A Plain and Simple Christmas is by Amy Clipston. Annie Mae, a former Amish member was shunned by marrying an Englisher by the name of Kellen. Now eight months pregnant, she would like to bond with her family once more to give her child a happy childhood with his/her grandparents. However, when they arrive for that Christmas, they were surprised to see everyone welcome her to the house like nothing had gone wrong and it was like old times. Unfortunately, when Annie Mae's father came to join in ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Sherrie rated it it was amazing
This is my book club pick for December. We wanted to read something Amish and Christmas. So this book was picked. This is a new author for me. I really liked this book lots. There is no commercializing of Christmas. It is what the title implies. A plain and simple Christmas. All Anna Mae wants for Christmas is to see her family. Her sister-in-law, Kathryn sets this all up, even though her husband is against it. Anna Mae and her husband arrive and everyone is happy except for 3 of her sisters and ...more
Dec 22, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
Wanting to get "in the Christmas mood" I decided to pick this book up as I had read several other reviews boasting how great it was.

Amy Clipston has written a story based upon Anna Mae, an Amish girl, who left her family to marry and Englisher. Having done so she is now shunned by her family, mostly her father. After three years of marriage to Kellon and expecting their first child after the Christmas holiday, Anna Mae yearns to reunite with her family. Enlisting the help of sister-in-law Kathr
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Hi, I’m Amy Clipston. I am an author of Amish and Christian fiction with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Most of my books focus on the Amish community, faith, and love. I also write romance novels and young adult inspirational stories.

My books include:

Kauffman Amish Bakery series
• A Gift of Grace (3/2009)
• A Promise of Hope (3/2010)
• A Place of Peace (2/2011)
• A Life of Joy (1/2012)
• A Season
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