Sunday, December 9, 2012

Naomi's Christmas By Marta Perry

When a new life beckons, a dutiful Amish woman must decide what she owes her family...and what she owes herself...

Since her mother's death, Naomi Esch has been devoted to caring for her father and siblings, sacrificing any hope of finding love or having a home of her own. Still, working at the local bakery and expanding her beekeeping business gives Naomi a satisfying sense of purpose. Then, in the weeks before Christmas, her father announces his plans to immediately remarry. He and his new wife need the house for themselves, and suddenly Naomi’s life is turned upside down.

But new opportunities soon come her way. A friend provides Naomi with a place to stay, and widower Nathan King offers his sprawling farmland to Naomi to continue her business—on the condition that she helps take care of his children. The setup is so perfect that the community assumes a wedding will inevitably follow. But Naomi has vowed never to marry without love. And to Nathan she’s merely convenient help. Now, for those in Pleasant Valley, uniting these two stubborn souls may take a Christmas miracle.
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I realized I wanted to be a writer at age eight, when I read my first Nancy Drew novel, The Secret of the Old Clock. Most little girl reach the end of that book wanting to be Nancy. I wanted to be the person who created the story!
The dream lay hidden for years while I became a teacher, married, had children...all the usual things. But eventually it re-surfaced, and I began to write, beginning with short children's stories for Sunday school take-home papers. It seemed a long time until that first acceptance, but eventually I began to sell. After some three hundred published short stories, I finally found the courage to work on the novel I'd always wanted to write.
Thirty-some published novels later, I still feel the same excitement every time I begin a new book--a mix of not believing I can do it combined with an overwhelming urge to see the story on the page.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and my own Pennsylvania Dutch roots eventually led me to the books I'm writing now about the Amish. The Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books are longer, more complex emotional stories with Amish main characters, while my forthcoming HQN suspense novels are more adventure-filled books set in Pennsylvania Dutch country. I'm also writing a Love Inspired series, The Bodine Family, set on the South Carolina coast where we have a second home.
When I'm not writing, I'm busy with church activities, traveling, and spending time with my three children and six beautiful grandchildren.

Book number seven of the Pleasant Valley Series, I LOVED it, it was my favorite of all of Marta's books.
I think it took me all of five hours to read it between phone calls, I did not want to put it down, such a fun book.
This book ends just the way that you want it to. I was so happy. Marta never disappoints, she is a super Amish author.
I love the warm Amish books that Marta writes.
I highly recommend this book and I gave it FIVE stars.


  1. Great review, sounds like a good book! I love Amish books!

  2. Mary I loved this review that you , I will be getting book seven now. I love Marta and all of her books.

    1. Sue, you are the Winner! E-mail me your mailing address,

  3. Wow, another 5 star review, a must read, if you recommend it I will buy it. Thanks

  4. I am going to have to get these books they sound great

  5. Mary, I love Christmas books and I love Amish books so I will have to have a copy of this one right away. I love your reviews so much.

  6. God bless you, Mary! I hope that you're feeling a bit better. I'm praying for you. Thanks for another wonderful review. You ARE the best! Love you!

  7. Oh Mary, I am praying that your are feeling better and out of the hospital soon. Love you my friend you are such an awesome lady.

    Love this awesome review and all the Christmas books that are out right now.

  8. Love Xmas books, also love the author. Good chance to read.her book maggieh1947@att.net7

  9. Great review! Good to see you back. Sounds like a great book and series. I have not read this series but do look forward to learning about it.

    God Bless

    Cathy Weber

  10. great review. Hope your doing better Mary

  11. Great review from you again! please enter me.

  12. I love Marta's books. They are addicting.
    Another great review.

    God Bless
    Cheryl Baranski

  13. What a wonderful review, I would really like to read it. Thanks for another great book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  14. I love amish books.I can't wait to read this one.Great review.Thanks

  15. oh, this sounds like a sweet story!!! Rhonda

  16. I love Amish books and have read a few of Marta's books and really enjoyed them. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity!