The Christmas Remedy by rauthors Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a charming 198 page Amish Christmas book. The Woodsmall authors do a wonderful job of mixing contemporary Amish and what they call Englisch (us) cultures in this story. The sweet romance is a also a mystery. So we have a contemporary Christian Amish romantic mystery. What a great combination!
Their writing style is like opening the door into another place. I gladly glide on in and stay, making many friends while I am there. It was easy to become invested in this book. I did within the first few pages. It was difficult to put the book down until I had finished it. I felt like a kid wanting to stay on vacation a few more days. The characters were too likable to just leave.
This is the tale of Amish young woman Holly Zook. She works in the town pharmacy. After a medical issue her boss’ son, Brandon, comes home. These two characters are well defined and true to life. I met Brandon’s father, Lyle, the beloved pharmacist. A helpful chicken farmer, Josh Smucker. There were too many characters to name. All distinct and likable or perhaps not.
This book taught me some things I did not know. One of my three favorite things in a book. Teach me something. It also had a God glorifying message. Check. I wasn’t sure about that one, but good things come to those that wait. The last is I want to feel like I am there. I did. Obviously these wordsmiths know what they are doing and do it quite well.
The Christmas Remedy was a tad predictable but that did not make it any less enjoyable. There were issues touched that effect most all of us. Family, forgiveness, loving others as ourself, helping, healthcare awareness, and envy are a few of those topics.
I truly enjoyed this Christmas book. There were friendship, blossoming love, caroling, health fair, smores, family gatherings, and good Amish food. It received 5 out of 5 stars from me, especially for the strong closing message. This would be a great stocking stuffer for the reader on your list. Buy one for yourself. You will enjoy traveling to Amish country during the holidays while sipping cider in front of your fireplace.
I received a copy of this from Waterbrook and the authors. All opinions are my own, honest ones.
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