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Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite
An Amish Family Christmas, a Christmas novella written by Murray Pura, is a story of Christmas miracles and the love and magic that is experienced during the Christmas season. Naomi lost her parents and sister who were killed in an accident, and she has lost her brother as well because he has been in a catatonic state since the accident. During this time, Naomi cannot be comforted by her own husband, Micah, as he is under the ban. Micah went to Afghanistan as a medic to help care for wounded soldiers because he felt this was what God wanted him to do, even though it is against what the Amish believe. Naomi and Micah live in the same house, but without talking or spending time together. They are struggling with the ban and the hurt in their lives until something unexpected occurs, turning Christmas around.
I love Amish books and I love Christmas books, so Murray Pura’s novella was a must-read for me and I was not disappointed. I was immediately drawn into the characters’ lives, of both Micah and Naomi, but also Rebecca as well. I loved the friendship between the two women and how they were there for each other through both the trials and the joyous times. Christmas time is such a magical season as they all learn when the letters start pouring in and Naomi, as well as the elders, begin to see Micah in a new light and understand his calling. This is a very quick, sweet read that will get the reader into the spirit of Christmas and is a feel-good story.