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White Christmas Pie

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,019 ratings  ·  193 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. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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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. ...more
Nov 04, 2008 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
Dec 23, 2015 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
Patricia Bond
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Sixteen years ago, Will Henderson was left in the care of an Amish couple, while his father left to make a better life for the both them.
During this time, Will has joined the Amish church and is about to be married to Karen Yoder.
When Will reads in the paper about an abandoned child, old memories start to surface about the time his father left him.
The one thing that weighs on Will's mind is will he destroy his family, like his father, Frank , did to him.
Tina Watson
Feb 18, 2011 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.
Book Review: White Christmas Pie This story is about Will Henderson and his troubled past. What happen to Will that he feels like he could not feel loved. Will he find answers about what happen to him. We also meet a young woman that is Amish. Will their be a romance between Karen and Will? We also have a desperate father looking for his son. Who this father and is search for his son. Was ever happen that created Will feel abandonment. The couple that Will is living with seem to have decided to ...more
Dec 23, 2009 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
Sheryl Tribble
Dec 12, 2014 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, 2020 rated it liked it
Was a nice story and had a little bit of a different story line compared to other fictional Amish stories. However, I did find the book a little slow particularly at the beginning. Overall, was an enjoyable, easy read.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a nice story about forgivenessd
Rebekah Tooley
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I really, really enjoyed this story, getting to know the characters and lots more! I always enjoy Amish books no matter what though.
Nov 20, 2008 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
Sharon Huether
Jan 23, 2012 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
Lauralee Bliss
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
If this book were geared toward early teens, I would give it four stars. But since it is listed as an adult novel, I had to give it two. The story was okay but it lacked in depth, description, and dialogue for an adult-type read. And I must say I was quite perturbed at the hero's lack of maturity for one about to be married. Makes me wonder how the marriage will go after the fact.
Also, I was concerned about the recipe for the pie that calls for using uncooked egg whites and possible salmonella
Nov 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club

This book was awful! Written just terribly! It wasn't the Amish theme or even lack of more gritty plot elements that made me rate this book so low. It was the corny, unrealistic dialogue and "shocking" plot turns that I found most irritating. Was this written for a second grader or an adult? Plus the interspersing of Amish words and then their forced and contrived definitions in the next character's response was distracting and annoying.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Good premise - a man leaves his 6 year old with an Amish couple, then disappears. 16 years later, they are reunited. He had tried to find them earlier, but they moved. Didn't try very hard though, a simple ad in a Amish newpaper and bingo, he's found.
I hated the "jealousy" episodes - an engaged couple gets very jealous on numerous occasions when their fiance/ee is seen talking in public to another person. Seriously??
Good message though - pray, trust in God not yourself.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: amish, christmas
I love to read Amish stories. And I love to read Christmas stories. So I was sure this book was going to be a winner. Sadly, it was not. Weak on Amish knowledge and story felt thrown together. Cannot recommend.
Feb 07, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked this book, but it seemed to end rather abruptly.
Rhonda  McCoy
This is the first Wanda Brunstetter book that I couldn't wait to be over. Will is a whiney ballbag and his Pop isn't much better. Predictable ending preceded by much angst. Disappointing. ...more
Joe-lisa Hernandez
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wanda Brunstetter has taken us through another heart-warmer (and page turner!) in White Christmas Pie. In this story, we are introduced to Will, a young man about to marry his Amish girlfriend, Karen Yoder. As a young boy, Will's father left him to be looked after by an Amish couple, Mark and Regina Stotlzfus, until he could find a better job. Through a series of misunderstandings and tragic events, Will's father doesn't return and Will is raised by Mark and Regina to become the young Amish man ...more
Staci Kinman
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a heartwarming story! It takes place in the fall and Christmastime, though it's not overly Christmasy! I enjoyed this book, right in the middle of Spring. It's a great read for any time of year! I find it interesting that even with all of my knowledge about Amish and traditional Amish dishes, White Christmas Pie is one I had never heard of, so it was neat that the story unfolded around this special holiday dish. And, as is true with so many of Wanda's books, the recipe for the pie i ...more
Pam Pavkov
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
White Christmas Pie is a very heartwarming story written by Wanda Brunstetter. This story is so full of emotions that it will tug at the readers heartstrings. The characters are very likeable and become like family. At the end of the story the author has included the recipe for White Christmas Pie and it really sounds delicious.

Will Henderson was abandoned by his father sixteen years ago. Will was left with an Amish family who raised him within the Amish faith. Will has been baptized and prepari
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story of love and forgiveness. Its many twist and turns kept turning the pages for the answers as to why his non-Amish father never contacted his Amish family about him. Did he not care?
This book is a bit different than most Amish stories I have read in that Willie Henderson has been left with an Amish Couple by a non-Amish father and nothing else has been heard from him. Now a young man in his twenty’s have embraced the Amish faith and about to be married to a young Amish girl K
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the Amish White Christmas Pie to be a satisfying and heat-touching read. Will Henderson, the major character, was left with an childless Amish couple to be raised after his mother passes away and his father can't care for him while working as a truck driver. Will's father had meant to return for him, but why didn't he? After being raised in an AMish household, Will joins the Amish church and meets a wonderful girl he is engaged to marry. While Will is happy that he had a good life, he ha ...more
Shelly Hammond
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a sweet story about a boy (Will) who is left with an Amish family when he is young. He is raised Amish and finds his life to be very good. He loves his 'parents', is set to marry in just a short while, and enjoys his Plain life. The only thing that haunts him is the father who left him all those years ago. Why did he not leave a note like he said he would? Why did he never come back for him? These things are a constant in the back of his mind.
On the other end, the father who left hi
Rachel Schichtl
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a nice, light read. The main character was Will who was left to be raised by Amish couple when he was 6 by his English father Frank who was looking for a new job, as his job as on the road trucker wouldn't suffice for a young boy that needed to be in school. Fast forward to when Will is 22 and still living with the Amish family and is engaged to an Amish young lady to be married.

What will happen with Frank reaches out to meet his son? Will will leave the church and return to be an
Danielle Turko
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will and Karen can't wait to get married, but Will's past seems to haunt him at every turn. When his father left him when he was 6 with an Amish couple for what was supposed to be just a couple of days, it left him with a feeling of abandonment and never being good enough. Karen's friend Leroy hanging around her all the time leads Will the wondering if she's going to choose something other than him too. When his biological father reappears suddenly in his life, will he continue to choose Karen a ...more
3.5 stars

This IS a good book and it does pain me to make this a 3 star instead of a 4 star book.

But there are some things I can't overlook. I do recommend this but there are some things you should know going in.

One, don't expect this to be light-hearted. There are more serious things going on in here than you expect.

Two, this is not a Christmas book. Christmas doesn't happen till the Epilogue!

Three, I had issues with the main character Will. He had bad jealousy issues which is a problem but wa
Ann Boytim
Dec 14, 2016 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
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christmas-books
I read this book years ago when it first came out as I was in an Amish fiction phase at the time-- a genre I still enjoy, but not quite as obsessively. I made the White Christmas Pie recipe that year and it has been a staple every year since then as our Christmas Day dessert. I can't imagine Christmas without it-- LOVE it!

I liked the story-line enough, though Will's anger and how he treated people bugged me a lot, I'm glad he worked through it and it truly was an anger that ran deep in his soul,
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New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, a

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