A Christmas Visitor by Amy Grochowski

September 11, 2020

Author: Amy Grochowski
Series:Amish of Prince Edward Island 0.5
Genre: Amish Romance, 
Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: July 21, 2020

Every so often, first love lasts a lifetime—
and what seems impossible is made possible with God.

Mattie Beller is confident God’s plan for her life does not include marriage. Her poor health has kept her an outsider, even in her close-knit Amish community. But when a visitor comes to the New Hope church district for the Christmas season, Mattie’s ideas about her future are turned upside down.

Amid a growing concern over her twin brother’s choices, even as her own heart tugs in two very different directions, Mattie learns that love comes in unexpected ways and can be a truly wonderful thing.

My Thoughts

I cannot rant and rave more about Amy Grochowski!! She did it once again!! Transported me back to Amish country in Prince Edward island and not only did I get to "see" past characters but she introduced me to some new ones!! This story focuses on Mattie Beller who battles with asthma and doesn't know yet what God's calling is for her life and for the community. She is friends with Lydia whose cousin Winston comes from Pennsylvania to visit and immediately notices Mattie. 

The love story between Mattie and Winston is beautiful. He "sees" her in a way that she doesn't see herself. He builds her up and provides confidence where she lacks it, which is interesting to do in an Amish communities where there are boundaries on what they are allowed to do but somehow they manage  and its amazing! 

Amy also introduces us to other characters like Mark, Mattie's twin brother and Ellen the former school teacher. I would love to know more about them and hope we see them in future stories. It would be great to know what happens to them. I wish I could tell you more but it would spoil it for you and I don't want to do that. However you should really get this story and the other one in the series and enjoy them!! 

My Rating: 5 Stars/Loved it!!

Favorite Quotes: "Kissing,it turned out, was terrific exercise for an asthmatic."

(I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are my own.)

About the Author

Amy's deep appreciation for the Amish faith and way of life stems from six years of living and working with a Beachy Amish family, as well as her own Anabaptist roots. Her debut novel, Forever Home, was a pre-published winner of Romance Writers of America's Maggie Award and a semi-finalist in ACFW's Genesis Contest. She is a member of Word Weavers Int'l and a published author of award-winning historical short fiction.

Amy spent her childhood in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents worked as church planters. After returning to the States, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia became home. Her real life romance began on a travel nursing assignment to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she met her husband, David.

After a nursing career of more than twenty years, Amy is now fulfilling her long-awaited dream career as an author of inspirational romance. She is also a full-time homeschool mom for her two boys, one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder and lives with her family in the bustling foothills of North Carolina

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