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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
Charity Bright is on the cusp of change - she had never really taken time for courtship because she always felt her dad needed her at home to help with her brothers and take care of the home. She had made a promise to herself that when she turned twenty that it then would be her time. Well, she has just turned twenty and it seems that fate has a plan for her. When she finds an envelope in her dad's pocket from Hope Bright, she learns that she has an aunt living in New York who was shunned seventeen years ago. Her dad has been returning Hope's cards for all those years. When she asks her dad if she can go see her aunt, he agrees on two conditions: that she comes back on Christmas Eve and she does not go alone i.e. that Daniel Yoder, someone she grew up with, must go with her. What will Charity find in New York? Will she be able to convince Hope to return home, or will Charity decide to stay, and what about Daniel? Could it be that he might have feelings for her? Will the Bright family be together again at Christmas?
I really thought Bright Christmas by Susan Rohrer was going to be another predictable "Amish" romance, but boy was I wrong! Overall, Amish fans are going to love this story. Bright Christmas is much more than typical Amish fiction. It's a story where the characters' hearts are divided, making them question what they truly believe in and why. Several plot twists and a totally unpredictable, but satisfying ending made Bright Christmas a real page turner. The story takes place during the holiday season but is a fantastic read any time of the year. A story that totally took a different direction which was wonderful.