Monday, December 14, 2009

Guest Review & my Thoughts: White Christmas Pie


White Christmas Pie White Christmas Pie by Wanda E. Brunstetter

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.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Up to this point, my only experience with the stories from Wanda Brunstetter has been the Sisters of Holmes County series. To be honest I must admit that I was not a fan of that series. Overall, I have heard wonderful things about the Amish fiction from Wanda Brunstetter. Starting this book, I came in with mixed feeling and expectations from the things that I have heard and felt myself. In the end, I was pleasantly pleased.

"White Christmas Pie" is a good holiday or anytime of the year read. It is a story of hurt and misconceptions. Feelings that are harbored in one's heart will affect other pieces of their life and this is a story of about finding answers and peace. There are going to be various things in our lives that will prompt questions that will receive no answer.

As Christians, it is an important part of life to forgive and forget when necessary no matter how difficult and even without all the facts. God has a plan for our lives and he knows best. Each day, live to the fullest for him and do not remain caught up in pain.

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Overall, the story was ok. It was very slow and just kept dragging. Then all of a sudden it just wrapped up, almost like the author was at the end of the alotted pages and just made it all work. I had to push myself to finish this book.
I, also, didn't care for her style of explaining the Pennsylvania Dutch words in her writing. A glossary may have been better. The explanations of the words was really distracting to the story and not relative to how any person talks.
I would not recommend this book to anyone, unless they've already read and like Wanda Brunstetter's style of writing. 3/5 stars

Amy K.

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