Annie's Christmas Wish

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Paperback, Abingdon Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9781426733895, ISBN10 1426733895

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Ever since her step-mom brought her a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has wanted to visit the beautiful, big city. Since its nearing the time of Annies rumschpringethe time when Amish youth experience English life to make a decision whether to live in that world or become baptized into the Amish faiththe family decides a visit is a good idea. They watch the Macys Christmas parade, admire the decorated store windows, skate at the Rockefeller Center rink and Annies favoriteget a glimpse of a writers life while visiting the New York Times building.

But others arent as thrilled with Annies lure to the Big Apple. Aaron has long been attracted to Annie and is sure hes in love. As he watches her engage in big city life, he grows concerned that she wont want to return to their quieter life. Will Annie follow Aaron back home? Or stay and pursue her dreams? Competing for her attention, Aaron sets out to show Annie that Christmas isnt about the glitz and glamour, but about family, love, and the birth of Jesus.


Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publish Date: Oct 01, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781426733895
ISBN-10: 1426733895
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.75
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.0

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Customer review by Moonpie72

5.0 stars by Moonpie72

Amish fiction is one of my favorite reads, and I get especially excited when I see one like this that has a different story line. This is the perfect book for a comfy Christmas read (or anytime!). Annie has always dreamed of being a writer, just like her stepmother. She lost her mother at a young age, and when her father remarried. Jenny, his new wife was a famous news correspondent in New York City before she married Annie’s dad and became Amish. The mother, daughter bond is as strong as if not stronger than any biological one. Not only is Annie passionate about being Amish and being a writer, her other dream is to visit New York where her mother worked. Having been raised Amish she is very curious to know about Jenny’s life before coming to be a part of their family. It looks like that dream is going to come true when Jenny receives an invitation to be honored for her past media work for children in worn torn countries. The whole family makes plans to attend, including Annie’s older and younger brother. Jenny shared many plans to show her family her old home before she joined the family: tourist sites, the television studio where she worked, the New York Times and more! Annie was so focused on her writing career she never gave much thought to marriage and was shocked to realize Aaron Beiler was interested in her in that way. Her oldest brother is injured in an accident and the trip is almost canceled, but her grandmother saves the day by offering to stay with him. Aaron is invited to take his place. Annie sees it as an opportunity for them to get to know each other better. His fear that she might want to stay in New York ultimately causes tension between the two of them, possibly ending the romance. The trip was everything Annie dreamed of and a few shocking surprises more. Opportunities arrive she could only dream of, but her heart is torn as to the right decision to make. This story gave me those warm fuzzy feelings. The love and closeness being Annie’s parents and her family was so refreshing. The intimacy and understanding in Annie’s and Jenny’s interactions showed a bond every girl dreams of having with her mother. It was intriguing to see such a worldly place as New York through the eyes of the Amish, and also the experience of Jenny revisiting her old life after becoming Amish. I admired Jenny with how she was able to go back to her old life yet not be intimidated or feel out of place as an Amish woman. Being a part of their visits to tourist attractions was fun! It was especially meaningful to me the way Ms. Cameron brought so many biblical truths and applications into the character’s experiences. A must read! This is the first book of Ms. Cameron’s I have read but am definitely read the rest in this series! I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Age:55 - 64
Great Christmas read

Customer review by brenda111

4.0 stars by brenda111

Barbara Cameron is a wonderful storyteller that knows how to step outside the typical "Amish" box and provide a story with unique characters that certainly capture my attention from the beginning. With the fourth book in the Quilts of Lancaster series we get the story of Annie Botranger,who at the age of twenty-one is about to realize one of her dreams,seeing New York City. She isn't really in any hurry to get married like so many other Amish girls her age, instead she wants to become a writer and even plans on visiting the New York Times while she is in New York. Aaron Beiler is a friend of Annie's who knows that she is the perfect one for him, but he also knows that Annie doesn't feel the same way that he does. He is afraid that once she goes to New York that she might be lost to him forever. Will Annie find what she longs for in New York or will she realise what she wants is back home in Paradise, PA? The descriptive writing with this story easily allowed me to imagine the setting of this story. I felt like I was seeing New York thru the eyes of the characters. Annie is different than most Amish female leads, she wants to become a writer like her stepmother Jenny, but also feels the strong pull of family. That's something that really stood out for me, the warmth and love that was easy to see with the Bontranger family. It was nice to see how Annie's parents got along, it was obvious that they truly loved each other. I thought the romance between Annie and Aaron was slow going, not one of the best that I have read. There are several messages that tie into the season with this one, such as faith, love and family. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and the author provides enough background information to make it easy to read this one as a stand alone, even though it's actually the fourth book in the Quilts of Lancaster Series. While I found the romance just ok, the characters, setting and positive messages made this story a winner for me! A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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