“An Amish Holiday” by Cynthia Keller is an anthology featuring two Amish Christmas stories. The first, “An Amish Christmas” should be required reading by all pre-teen and teen youngsters. It is the story of a well-to-do family, who enjoys the good life with all the perks and play toys that money can buy. Unbeknownst to the wife and children, the husband and father has been fired from his job many months before. Finally, it all comes down to the truth. They have lost everything…the house, cars, social standing…the whole thing. In coming to terms with their situation, the family has to beggar itself to go to the wife’s parents for sustenance. While driving their old car, each with one suitcase, to the grandparents’ home, they are in a near-accident with an Amish buggy. Their care needs lots of work and the Amish family takes them in while repairs are being made. The children are little beasts and continually belittle the Amish children for their simple ways. As the story progresses, the kids come to appreciate and enjoy their stay with the simple Amish people. The end of the story provides a wonderful climax to the family’s life.
“A Plain and Fancy Christmas” is the second story in this book. This story is about two babies named Rachel who were switched at birth. One went to a Pennsylvania Amish family and the other baby was taken home by a wealthy New York City couple. The nurse who was a party to the unintended switch is old and dying and needs to set things straight, and write letters to both girls, now grown. The sad thing is that both girls have flourished in their respective lives, even though they are with the wrong family. The story it about how they and their families deal with the news and which of the girls adopts a new life.
I received a free print copy of this book for my honest review from the publisher. The opinions expressed here are my own.