A former high school football hero, Shep had not been prepared for the real world. He had refused to go to college and he and Jennie had married. Using his former glory in the small town, he had no trouble finding jobs, but keeping them was another matter. So he figured the bike shop was his chance at finally succeeding. However, the shop needs a complete overhaul and he does not have the money for it.
In the midst of taking care of her home and family, Jennie takes daily walks with their dog, Scout. It is during one of these walks that she meets and strikes up a friendship with her Amish neighbor, Mattie Fisher. As Jennie observes Mattie’s modest ways and the calm way she handles adversity, she begins to seek answers to her own problems. In desperate straits, a fluke comment soon sends Jennie on the path of her own candy making business, with the help of her daughter. However, Shep is furious that his wife is working and believes that she has lost trust in his ability to provide for their family. With the holiday season approaching, the family tensions at an all-time high and Shep’s stress at work, will the family be able to survive?
A heartwarming tale, AN AMISH GIFT, the latest novel by talented author Cynthia Keller, is a touching contemporary romance that captured my attention from the very first page and didn’t let go until the last. A timely story in this age when many families are experiencing financial difficulties, readers are able to empathize with Jennie and Shep. But the additional of Mattie and her wonderful family takes the story up a few notches, adding a deep-felt appeal to this beautifully written tale. Having read some of her previous novels, I have become a fan of Ms. Keller’s work and as usual, her story did not disappoint. Filled with family undercurrents, financial problems, Christmas, Amish country and ways, forgiveness, wisdom, strength and new beginnings, this story is one you will not soon forget. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Keller’s works. In the meantime, do not miss AN AMISH GIFT. I highly recommend it!