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A Christmas Haven: An Amish Christmas Romance

(An Amish Christmas Romance #2)

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For fans of holiday romances and Amish life comes a new Christmas tale of surprising expectations and discovering miracles.

Old Order Amish Ivy Zook is wrestling with her need to shed her community's ways so she can grow the business of her dreams: planning parties. As long as she's stuck living without modernization, she can barely get her business on its feet. But if she
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Waterbrook Press
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Deanne Patterson
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Deanne by: cnnamongirl@aol.com
"Who I am can't be defined by breaking bonds with my family. It can only be defined by blooming right where He planted me."

Erin and Cindy Woodsmall have coauthored four books together including this their third Christmas one.
I look at this book as a sequel to The Amish Remedy, last year's Christmas book by these authors.
In this one we see an update to the character's and situations we encountered in this previous book.
This book can be read as a stand alone but you'll have a better understanding
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Karen R
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartfelt story full of faith, hope, and love! An unwed pregnant teen on the run with her brother find a haven in the compassionate care of an Amish community. This story follows the Zook family from the previous novella, A Christmas Remedy, featuring Holly's younger sister, Ivy. It easily reads as a stand alone though.

I enjoyed this story from start to finish! It is well written with relevant topics, especially for young adults. The crisis of faith and major life decisions that both Arlan and
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Laura
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts: A CHRISTMAS HAVEN is kind of a sequel to The Amish Remedy and readers will want to read them in order to get Holly and Josh's story - and the pharmacy.



I enjoyed getting to know Ivy and Arlan and hope for a future story about Red and Magda.



A CHRISTMAS HAVEN is heartbreaking with the way Arlan and Magda were treated and I was so glad Arlan had compassion for his sister and got her much-needed help. I also loved the family dynamics of Ivy's family with their closeness and sense of
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Gloria
A Christmas Haven is the second book in the series, An Amish Christmas Romance, and another great feel good story of how the Amish approach life and deal with issues that come up within their church community. In these stories, the young adult women want to have a life that is non-traditional in their faith. In The Christmas Remedy, Holly wanted to become a medical professional to help the Amish and got it approved by her bishop. Now, she is engaged but will Josh's bishop approve? Her sister, ...more
Shirley Chapel
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marilyn Ridgway
A Christmas Haven is a sequel to The Christmas Remedy. The title is what the book is really about. An Old Order Amish home becomes a Haven to a brother and sister who have fled from their Amish Swartzentruber parents. The young teenage girl is pregnant and her body is rejecting the change. Even though she is very sick her parents refuse to get medical help because they feel it is not an emergency and that she should be punished for her sin of being pregnant and not married.
The brother ,though
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Maureen Timerman
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed this second book in this series, and love being updated in the lives of the previous characters, and now moving on with some of the other folks me met in Christmas Remedy, and note that they can stand alone, but love having read both.
We meet a young man willing to sacrifice all he has for the love and care of his sister, and an Amish woman who feels the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
The author treats us to some information about different groups of the Amish religion,
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Dawn Wells
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love this Amish Novel. So wonderfully traditional with a modern kinda- ish twist or wish. Very enjoyable and even better than expected.
Becky
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was something frustrating about this book. It feels like I did in high school when I was trying to write a paper and the deadline was approaching and I just tied everything up in a tidy bow and left out important bits of information. Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter-in-law, Erin, have been collaborating on books for a bit now and they do a wonderful job together. This one "flub" won't keep me from reaching for their books, but it's one I can't truly endorse.

A Christmas Haven starts in the
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Cheryl
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ivy is old Order Amish and is planning on leaving the order to open a party planning business. Her sister Holly works at a pharmacy and is studying for her LPN. She is also planning on getting married and doesn’t know if the bishop where her future husband lives will allow her to continue to work after her marriage. Arlan and is ill sister are part of an ultra conservative Amish sect and have to decide if they will continue with the sect or join the old order Amish. Set at Christmas time, it is ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I loved how this book continued the story of Holly and Joshua from the first book as a subplot! The main character is Holly's sister, Ivy, who is struggling to balance her past and future while she is attempting to make a major life transition. Also in limbo are Arlan and Magda, young adult siblings who are on the run from their family. I was surprised by the differences between the Amish and Swartzentruber Amish and the prejudices each have about the other. I enjoyed that Ivy and Arlan spoke ...more
Pam Pavkov
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Haven is another outstanding book written by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall. This is such a tender heartwarming story of love, friends, family, and faith. I was drawn into this story from the first page. The story can be read as a stand alone because the author touches back on previous stories giving the reader information about the characters. I truely enjoyed this story and I am hoping there will be another one to follow.

I was drawn to several of the characters and really
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Amy
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The writing duo, Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall, has crafted a beautiful story in their newest release, A Christmas Haven. It was fun catching up with the characters from their previous book, The Christmas Remedy. This is such a wonderful and heartwarming Christmas tale.

I am giving A Christmas Haven five plus stars. I highly recommend this sweet Amish Christmas Romance. It is a perfect book to get readers started on their holiday season reading.

I received this book from the publisher, but
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Kay Garrett
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-read
A CHRISTMAS HAVEN by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a wonderful Amish Christmas romance that’s about faith, family, love, traditions and finding one’s own path in life. This well written story will tug at your heart pulling for the underdog and hoping that dreams really do come true.

It’s the story of Ivy Zooks, raised Old Order Amish, and Arlan Keim, raised Swartzentruber, and how their paths crossed each bringing their upraising into the mix. Throw in Magda, Holly, Betty, a girlfriend
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Nyla
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Haven by authors Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a contemporary Amish story that grabbed by attention immediately and did not release it until the end of this beautiful book. There is so much inspiration packed inside the 208 pages that I want everyone to read it.

This beautiful story is a sweet, tender, heartwarming tale of dreams, love, friends, family, and faith. It follows the authors’ book A Christmas Remedy, but can be read as a stand alone because the authors fill in
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Kristina
A Christmas Haven by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall picks up shortly after The Christmas Remedy ends. While A Christmas Haven can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading The Christmas Remedy first. There is a cast of characters at the beginning of the book. I found the book to be well-written with developed characters and thoughtful pacing. Ivy Zook finds the rules of her community restrictive and she believes going Englisch will allow her to be free to pursue her dream of having a ...more
Robbie
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Christmas Haven, a touching Christmas story, gives us a glimpse of the Zook family, one year after the story, The Christmas Remedy.

Ivy Zook, like most young people, is struggling with who she is and who she wants to be. It is a struggle that will touch a chord in almost everyone’s life. However, her dilemma is complicated by her being Old Order Amish.

Arlan and Magda Keim, brother and sister, land in Ivy’s area when running from an even stricter Amish group. Arlan knows his sister desperately
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Marilyn
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Haven is a beautiful story bringing the meaning of Christmas to lives that were struggling. This book is really a sequel to The Amish Remedy that will provide so much more to the readers the impact Greene’s Pharmacy and Holly and Josh’s romance.

Arlan and Magda were siblings of the strict Amish Swartzentruber community and were running from their home due to the treatment Madga was receiving for her disgrace. An accident, an encounter with staff of the Greene’s Pharmacy and the Zook
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Kirby
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Christmas Haven is a charming and heartwarming holiday story that focuses on the importance of faith, family and friendship during whatever hardships come to light.

Surprisingly, this was my first experience with a Cindy Woodsmall novel, but she's for sure an author that I will be picking up again in the future, especially her Christmas stories. I didn't actually realize before I picked this one up that it's technically a sequel to Cindy and Erin's novel, The Christmas Remedy. However, it read
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Lori
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cindy Woodsmall is a favorite author of mine and I loved how she wrote this story with a labor of love. I think this is her best yet!!
The characters Arlan, Magda and Ivy and Hope were well written.
I especially admired Arlan. It certainly took a lot of courage to do what he did for his sister.
But there is One who shows His love greater than man can.
For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to die for us. Here's another favorite: For by Grace we are saved. Oh how I love that. He only
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June Jacobs
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully-told story with strong, dynamic characters and living in a quaint setting.

Perhaps the element of this book I liked the best was the manner in which numerous characters questioned their faith and their outlook on God's biblical teachings and found that they were not leading the faith-filled life their Lord had intended for them. A lot of individuals experienced a lot of personal growth during the course of this story.

Filled with hope, acceptance, forgiveness, honesty, and
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Melissa
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Haven brings us back to the Zooks. Old Order Amish Ivy Zook has only ever wanted to plan parties. However, not Amish parties but elaborate Englisher parties. To do this she must leave her community. Her timing couldn't be worse. With Holly planning her wedding, Ivy cannot jeopardize her sister's big day. When a car crashes into Greene's Pharmacy, circumstances change. Driven by a Swartzentruber Amish man, Holly, Ivy and her family take he and his ill sister in. Will caring for them ...more
Cecilia
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent read by Cindy Woodsmall. I loved the characters and that they were each searching for God’s plan for their life. A wonderful message for us all.
Many thanks to Waterbrook and Multnomah and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Billie
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ivy Zook intends on leaving her Old Order Amish community to partner with an English woman to start a party planning business. Her sister, Holly, is planning a wedding so she is staying at home longer than she would like. When a car driven by a Swartzentruber crashes into Greene's pharmacy, where Holly is employed, the Zooks take in the driver, Arlen and passenger, Magda. Arlen begins helping out on the family dairy farm. Ivy is independent and sees things differently than Arlen. The novel has ...more
Ann
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written book. The authors have a way with words that makes the book come to life. This is a heartwarming story about putting others before yourself and how God always has the best plan for your life, you just have to trust Him, even when it's hard. A wonderful book with a beautiful message. Thank you WaterBrook & Multnomah via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own and I highly recommend this book.
Michelle
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a short book such as this there is a lot packed within the pages. I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well written and I found the different Amish situations very interesting. The authors really know how to make that world come alive all while being unique. I think Arlan was my favorite character, he puts a lot of things into perspective and I just enjoyed how his character was written. It took me awhile to warm up to Ivy but in the end she grew a lot through the story. The ...more
Kathryn Voss
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I see a new release from Cindy Woodsmall, I leap at it. And this Christmas novella, A Christmas Haven, was well worth that leap. Although technically a sequel to The Christmas Remedy, this story can hold its own without causing confusion. Readers will become immersed in the tale of two people trying to find their way amid the pull of the modern world verses different Amish orders. With the palpable tension between desire for belonging, the rigor of legalism, and the torment to choose ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I have been a long time fan of Cindy Woodsmall and was so excited to learn of another collaboration she did with Erin Woodsmall. I loved reading The Christmas Remedy last year and this year, they've brought us the next Zook's story. This time we get to see Ivy and Arlan, the Amish man who has piqued her interest!

I loved seeing Ivy and Arlan's story play out. We get to go back to the heart of where we met Holly Zook and see all the fun loving characters from The Christmas Remedy. But, I was
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Robin
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Raised Old Order Amish, Ivy Zook dreams of leaving the community. Although she loves her family, party planning is her passion... one the requires modern conveniences like WIFI and websites. When she shares her plans with her mother, Ivy finds that her timing can be tricky for her sister Holly's impending wedding.

At the same time, Arlan and his sister, Magda, arrive in town. Brother and sister seeking refuge from a strict sect, the two find themselves a haven with the Zooks. There Magda begins
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Tina
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I choose books from NetGalley I generally just look for books by my favorite authors and then request them. I had no idea that this book would be a follow up to the Christmas Remedy that the Woodsmall ladies had written previously. However, it is! And it is delightful! The story, named A Christmas Haven, centers on Holly’s sister Ivy and her confusion about remaining Amish. Holly was the young woman in the first book who found love despite her yearning to bring medicine to her community. ...more
JoAnn
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Haven is a beautifully written inspirational romance. I really enjoyed the touching plot and the well developed characters. A must read for fans of Amish fiction. Thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has ...more

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