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The More the Merrier: An Amish Christmas Romance

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  14 reviews
From beloved Amish writer Linda Byler, comes a heartwarming Christmas romance set during the Great Depression.

It’s 1931, and times are tough for the Miller family, who are raising eight children in the midst of the Great Depression. When Eli Miller passes away unexpectedly, and then a fire destroys their barn, Annie has no idea how she’ll make ends meet. The Amish
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Good Books
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Deanne Patterson
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deanne by: cnnamongirl@aol.com
We get to visit yesteryear in this delightful Amish romance novella length book.
The Great Depression is a troubling time, everyone struggles to make ends meet by doing without many things. How is a recently widowed Amish mother of eight ever to get by?
When a near tragedy nearly puts her over the edge she knows she has to stay strong for their sake.
Eli is a widower and lost his wife recently and has his own six children to take care of so why can't he get the pretty widow out of his mind?
The toll
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Dianne
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
I would suggest that this writer do a little more research before taking pen to paper. I also suggest that she send her books to Beta readers before going to an editor or at least using an editor. The misspellings, added words and other grammatical errors made for a difficult read...(what exactly is "sie" when introducing a new character BTW?). It would have helped to have the dictionary of Amish Words at the beginning of the book instead of the end.


There were too many historical inconsistencies
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Aminata Coote
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Annie is a widow and the mother of eight children. Her husband died a few months earlier and things are difficult because funds are tight and Annie doesn’t want to ask the church for help. Dan is a widower and the father of six children. His children have never really known the comfort of a loving, stable mother and he longs to provide that for them.

When Annie’s barn burns down, Dan is right on hand to offer help. After he leaves that evening, he can’t get the widow out of his mind for some
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Angela (Kentuckybooklover) Brocato-Skaggs
My dad was born in the depression and the stories he tells of growing up with little to nothing is heartbreaking but the love his family had was beautiful. Annie’s story is one of heartache and despair but also one of resilience and love.

This is a beautiful Christmas read that is worthy to read no matter the season. An Amish love story from a real Amish author.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above
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Barb
Sep 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. This book was such a disappointment to me. It was just so boring that I found myself skimming through parts of it.
Pam Pavkov
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The More the Merrier is another fantasticAmish Christmas romance written by Linda Byler. This book is about the Amish back in 1931 during the depression. There is so much to learn as to how families survived this awful time. The characters are very well developed and very likeable. The story will draw you in from the first page. The hardships that Annie faced just to put food on the table for her right children is so hard to fathom.

When Annie lost her husband in a terrific accident she thought
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Diane
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this Amish story that takes place during the Great Depression as I haven’t read many books set in this time period, Amish or otherwise. Annie is recently widowed and is a woman of strong faith but it’s her indefatigable spirit that impressed me the most. There isn’t anything she won’t do to keep her small farm going and put food in her childrens bellies but she’s at the end of her rope and I was so relieved when Amish widower Daniel Beilers’ persistence pays off when he and Annie are ...more
Jane
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book opens in 1931 during the Great Depression. Anna’s husband Eli has recently passed leaving her to cater to their brood—eight children between the ages of 16 and three years old—on her own. With little money and no job at hand, this seems like a daunting task.

Despite the obstacles she faces, her faith in God is unwavering. While she sells some of her farm animals to pay bills, her children help out one way or another on the farm. They milk the cows every morning and every evening and
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Christy
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Two separate families learn to become one family.
Michelle
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found The More the Merrier a bit confusing and very different from other novels that I have read within the same genre. The story itself seemed very matter of fact, as though it was recounting events from a diary or journal that didn't give any real explanation or context.

I found it confusing when Annie kept going back to the fact that Dan was considered progressive, and think it would have helped if the author had given a brief explanation as to why Annie thought that - not everyone is
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Karen
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Amish Christmas Romance During the Depression.
Linda Byler’s new book The More the Merrier is an Amish historical romance that was set in 1931 during the Depression. The book was about Annie with 8 children struggling to live after her husband dies. Dan who is a widower with 6 children shows up when Annie’s barn catches on fire. From there, Dan tries to get them together and eventually into marriage. The book was a short read and enjoyable, but not a favorite to keep on my bookshelf.
Kathleen Gray
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Times were tough in 1931. Annie and Dan have both lost their spouses and both have large families (she has 8 children and he has 6) to feed and care for. Dan was the one who rescued Annie when her barn burned down and he's thought about her ever since. She's under pressure to marry again so when he writes to her, she has a lot to think about. You know they will marry but can they blend their families? Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. This is a sweet if somewhat shallow novel that actually tugs ...more
Judy
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Annie is a widow with 8 children and Dan is a widower with 6 children! They meet when Annie's barn catches fire. Dan notices the smoke and heads that way. He writes her a letter, suggesting they meet. It is set during the Great Depression. Annie's family had nothing. They were surviving on coffee soup and fried mush and praying that she had enough food in the cellar to last until spring. She had an extremely strict upbringing and of course, her mother disapproved when she found the letter from ...more
JoAnn
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The More the Merrier is a sweet historical romance. I enjoyed the plot and can’t imagine such a large family during the depression era. My thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.
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Linda Byler grew up Amish and is an active member of the Amish church today. Growing up, Linda Byler loved to read and write. In fact, she still does. She is well known within the Amish community as a columnist for a weekly Amish newspaper. Linda and her husband, their children and grandchildren live in central Pennsylvania.