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An Amish Christmas

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,378 Ratings  ·  222 Reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Cynthia Keller's A Plain & Fancy Christmas.

Meg Hobart has everything: a happy marriage to a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and three wonderful children. But it all comes crashing down around her the day she learns that her husband, James, has been living a lie—and has brought the
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ebook, 256 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Elizabeth
Dec 23, 2013 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
It's always fun reading/listening to a Christmas book in December. This was pretty cheesy, though. I cracked up when she first meets the Amish father (at the scene of their car accident) and after he says four or five words she narrates, "The man's accent was a mixture of Dutch and German." hahaha That's some pretty astute linguistic deduction there, after a handful of words.

I also laughed when she makes an impassioned speech to her ill-mannered children, beginning with this part: Kid: "These p
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Connie  Kuntz
I read this while the Vikings/Packer game was on last night. I read books like this when I am stressed out about something stupid. (In case you are interested in my reading process, I read good books when I am stressed out about something important.)

Anyway, while I love reading and learning about the Amish, this story doesn't do anything but whitewash the depth and beauty of the culture. It's just a silly story about two dumb parents with three dippy kids.

I didn't totally dislike the book; it
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Amelia-Irene
Jun 25, 2015 Amelia-Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How would your family react to finding that they lost everything, including your home?
In traveling through bad weather, there's a wreck, and while waiting for the car to be repaired, the family is put up by an Amish family...
The 2 of the kids are teens with a major attitude, the youngest is most at ease. Their parents aren't really speaking and don't even know if there is any love left between them.
The Lutz's are showing them what is really important in life, God, family & working together.
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Ariana
Jan 25, 2014 Ariana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christians, young readers, anyone, really
Shelves: firstreads, newish
This is a clean, light read.

An Amish Christmas isn't as much of a Christmas novel as I expected, which was actually okay. The main point of the book (that I saw) was how living with the Amish for a few weeks impacted the life of this materialistic, spoiled family. The two teenagers in particular changed for the better due to their experiences in the Lutz household.

Some of the references to technology and current lingo struck me as bumpy, but that would make sense as they were coming from Meg's
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Meghan
Aug 30, 2010 Meghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story started off a lot like a Lifetime movie made in the late 90s or early 2000s. Basically the family loses all their money and its all the husband's fault and the wife and their children are victims of his selfishness, stupidity, etc. Its my opinion that if you have plenty of money and three children, you have a responsibility to at least be involved in your family's financial situation enough to ensure the children's futures are financially protected which is why I can't really see the m ...more
Anne Marie
Dec 23, 2013 Anne Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised with how good this book was. When I first read some of the reviews, I thought, I hope this isn't a cheesy, fruity, happy, boring everything-goes-right book. It wasn't. It was a down-to-earth book that I wish more families could experience! It hit the nail right on the head with how most kids are today...spoiled with dependence on electronics, lack of respect, and poor quality time with family. The family in this book, thinking how their situation could not get any wors ...more
gina
Sep 16, 2010 gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Disclaimer:
I've received quite a bit of ARCs recently so I wanted to get a timely review out of this one and had a colleague read and review it (a fellow librarian). I'm writing the review from memory from a conversation I had with her.

She stated she had stopped reading "Inspirational Christian Fiction" years ago. She had simply gotten burned out on it. She felt this book was quite different than how the genre used to be and she was very pleased with the improvements. Wherein past stories there
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Erica T
Most of the Christmas books I read each December end up being pretty cheesy, and this one lived up to the cheesiness I expected. The story is of a rich, materialistic family who loses everything and after a car accident end up staying with an Amish family for a couple weeks. I love Amish stories and always think I'm nearly ready to convert and live among them when I hear about the way that they live. :) I appreciated that this family learned new attitudes from the time they spent among the Amish ...more
Donna
I won this Advance Reader's Edition from GoodReads.

This was a nice easy read. A heartwarming story of a family who finds what really matters after losing everything they thought was important. The story flowed nicely, it was well written. A genuinely feel-good family story. I will say I would have liked a little more depth to the characters and maybe gotten a little deeper into the conflict/resolution aspect. Also, I lived in a small town in PA for 10 years and spoke with many Amish people, I w
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Donna
Jul 28, 2011 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this Advance Reader's Edition from GoodReads. This was a nice easy read. A heartwarming story of a family who finds what really matters after losing everything they thought was important. The story flowed nicely, it was well written. A genuinely feel-good family story. I will say I would have liked a little more depth to the characters and maybe gotten a little deeper into the conflict/resolution aspect. Also, I lived in a small town in PA for 10 years and spoke with many Amish people, I w ...more
Carol
Jan 01, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was even better than the first book I read by this author. Simple plot but with deep felt results.
Eileen Carter
Cynthia Keller has done an excellent job in writing a story that will keep you turning the pages. I must admit that this was not what I was expecting when I first picked the book up to read. But as I read into the story more I found that it had an excellent story line, well developed characters and most importantly an underlying message for all of us.

Often we are trying to keep up with the Jones. But this book shows us that all of that can change in a blink of an eye. We can have it all and it b
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Kendall
Dec 26, 2015 Kendall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The motherly and domestically minded Meg Hobart has it all: the big house, the BMW, a strapping but handsome husband with a high-powered job, three beautiful children, and time to dedicate to whatever pleases her. While her husband James is the breadwinner, Meg is the homemaker who keeps both the home and the family's schedule running on a consistent basis. Meg has three children who she dotes on constantly, pandering to their every need. While she has three children, Lizzie and Will, the two el ...more
Ricki Treleaven
Jan 08, 2016 Ricki Treleaven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read many Amish stories, and I was curious about this one when I saw it in our local library. First of all, Meg Hobart reminds me a lot of myself because she enjoys celebrating the little things in life, and she likes to make the little things into something big. For example, she enjoys baking fun treats for holidays even though her children are older. She also enjoys her role as wife and mother, and she's very organized. I like her character, but her husband James is a complete jerk. ...more
Mary Beth
Sep 12, 2010 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Goodreads for sending this advance copy of An Amish Christmas. I am fascinated with Amish culture because of the simple life it portrays. The story-line provides a family whose life has spun out of control because of worldly problems brought into balance with the Amish influence.

This is an excellent story for when you need a short, easy-to-read, book that will make you feel good about life.
Theresa
I was excited to have the chance to read this book. I'm a sucker for Christmas stories as I love that warm and cozy feeling I get from reading them.

This book had great potential. The storyline was quite good: a materialistic family loses everything and learns the value of family, community and forgiveness. Sadly, the story itself didn't appear to be well researched, but something just pulled out of the author's imagination.

The time line just didn't work. One cannot lose things as quickly as st
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Shana
Dec 30, 2010 Shana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd actually rate this book 3.5 stars. I won't go too much into the plot as other reviewers have covered that fairly well. I'll just say that An Amish Christmas is a light enjoyable holiday read that deals with a moral message. Basically, it's about the Hobart family facing losing all their home and material goods in the blink of an eye because, of James Hobart's pride. Yet losing everything somehow turns out to be the best thing that happened to their family. It made me think of the many networ ...more
Jess
Sep 23, 2010 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
Any book I get from FirstReads makes me happy. When I get an ARC from FirstReads, I'm over the moon. An Amish Christmas was not only an advanced copy, it was also a fantastic book in its own right. Let's go in chronological order, shall we? (Yes, I'm obsessive enough that I took notes while reading.)

- I understand that the move from materialism to thankfulness is a theme in the book, but I dislike how the materialism was handled. Keller could have gotten away with just subtly mentioning that the
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Dana Davis-avants
Dec 31, 2010 Dana Davis-avants rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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Laura
Oct 15, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
Title: AN AMISH CHRISTMAS
Author: Cynthia Keller
Publisher: Ballantine Books
October 2010
ISBN: 978-0-345-52378-5
Genre: Amish

Meg Hobart seemed to have everything. A successful husband, a huge, expensive house, three children, and unlimited spending money. But her husband, James, has been becoming increasingly distant and grouchy. When he starts whining about money, Meg doesn’t know what has gotten into him, and James refuses to tell her anything.

When Meg finally learns the truth, she is stunned. Ja
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Megan
I like Christmas stories, which is why I requested a copy of this book, despite my reluctance about Amish themed fiction. The writing style was very nice, clean and descriptive, and easy to fall into. I enjoyed how warm and comforting the domestic passages were (baking! cooking!), and I liked that the conflict between the protagonist and her husband wasn't resolved without some demonstration of changes on her husband's part. However, this was a pretty simplistic read, with the characters very pr ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Jan 01, 2011 Bluerose's Heart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, romance
I like that all of the stories conected with each other. Some of the same characters showed up in each of them.
The all contained sadness, or moments from the past that had caused pain through the years. There was happy moments, but I do prefer my Christmas stories to be on the happier side. :) I really did enjoy the stories, though, and I think fans of Amsih stories will really enjoy it, too.
I really connected with the story of Miriam. I totally understood her feelings throughout the story!!
I
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WifeMomKnitter
Oct 06, 2010 WifeMomKnitter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the Goodreads.com synopsis:

"Meg Hobart has everything: a happy marriage to a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and three wonderful children. But it all comes crashing down around her the day she learns that her husband, James, has been living a lie—and has brought the family to financial ruin. Penniless and homeless, the Hobarts pack up what little they still possess and leave behind their golden life for good. But it’s not the material things Meg
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Mary  O'Brien
Dec 07, 2011 Mary O'Brien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
According to Goodreads:

Meg Hobart has everything: a happy marriage to a handsome, successful husband, a beautiful home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and three wonderful children. But it all comes crashing down around her the day she learns that her husband, James, has been living a lie—and has brought the family to financial ruin. Penniless and homeless, the Hobart's pack up what little they still possess and leave behind their golden life for good. But it’s not the material things Meg finds her
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Christina
Dec 13, 2011 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Sue Seligman
Dec 24, 2011 Sue Seligman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by a close friend. It is a quick holiday read, enjoyable and descriptive. The Hobart family is affluent, living an upper middle class life in North Carolina, but yet something is missing. James is distant, focused on work and material acquisition, leaving the day to day functioning of his family to his wife, Meg. The two older children, Lizzie and Will, live by the teenage standards of today, ruled by their peer groups and the technological gadgets which control s ...more
Regina Spiker
Sometimes in the rat-race of life, we get so caught up with chasing the material things that it trickles down to our kids. In this little novel, Meg Hobart is becoming increasingly aware that such things are happening with her three spoiled children, Sam, Will, and Lizzie. Her husband has a well-paying job, is well respected, and has worked hard to give the family a lovely home with many lovely "things." When he loses his job and doesn't tell his family until everything is lost, Meg and the chil ...more
Brittany
Cynthia Keller is giving Beverly Lewis a little bit of competition in An Amish Christmas.

The style, the wording, the atmostphere are all very Lewis-esque. It was an easy transition for me since I am a devouted Lewis reader and am usually critical of any other fictitious books based on the Amish. While the Amish dialogue was remarkably different than what Lewis chooses, it fit well especially with any newcomers to the Amish fiction genre.

A quick read worth cozying up with during the winter months
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Carla
Oct 21, 2010 Carla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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d
Jun 18, 2012 d rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Amish ChristmasAn Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In need of a story while commuting to work I set out to find a good book on CD. This story is captivating. Even though it is set at Christmas time and out of season it engages the reader immediately with a well-off family struggling with loss of their home and strained relationships. The Hobart family finds themselves befriended by the Lutz family after an accident in Amish country in Pennsylvania. The author creates plausible character
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