The Amish Christmas Gift
Series: Hidden Springs #2
Published by Forever
Publication Date October 27, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Amish Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Christmas is a time for miracles in this heartwarming second chance Amish romance. After failing at teaching and waitressing, Elsie Miller just wants a job that puts her organizational skills to good use. So when her friend approaches her about working for her brother, Elsie is quick to agree. What could be better than managing Levi Wyse's life? The poor man can't even find an eraser when he needs one. She'd been a victim of his skills at losing things too many times to count. Like the time he misplaced her during a date. All Levi wanted in a receptionist was someone who could keep his toy-making business running smoothly and stay out of his hair. But Elsie--ex-girlfriend and love of his life--is everywhere. And thanks to her placing an advertisement in the local paper, he's busier than ever and required to spend more time in his workshop where he can't escape her. When an un-forecasted blizzard snows her in, Levi has the opportunity to appreciate everything Elsie does for him, and he starts to wonder if she might be the Christmas gift he's always wanted.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Amish Wedding Promise
Elsie’s inability to keep a job was quite humorous. She was, apparently, a bit of a klutz. And too nice to not be taken advantage of. And didn’t know much about things you aren’t supposed to put in a microwave… Despite her seeming lack of marketable talent, Elsie’s heart was big and she was an organizational whiz. She was the type of woman who enjoyed bringing order out of chaos.
Enter Levi. His broken heart and the guilt he carried escalated his forgetfulness to extreme levels. This poor, broken man had a heart full of kindness and yet his burdens were far too heavy for him to carry. Because God never intended us to carry our own sin!
I loved Levi’s kindness to his disabled sister, Abigail. He had a very hard time saying no to her about anything – especially because he blamed himself for her confinement to a wheelchair.
When circumstances bring Elise and Levi back together so she can be an assistant to Levi and his sister, sparks fly as they both attempt to deal with feelings of resentment, insufficiency, and repressed love.
The Amish Christmas Gift is full of surprises and quirky characters who make an appearance as well. “Amish George” is quite the riot! I especially liked him and Elsie’s younger brother, Noah.
I have read many stories by Laura V. Hilton and always enjoy the plot and the way she integrates the Gospel message with serious heart issues and fun romance. The faith message Levi learned is all about forgiveness. Elsie had to learn to trust God – that He knows best and has good plans for His children.
While the story was clean, I was surprised at the level of passion it contained. Levi spent quite a bit of time dreaming about kissing Elsie and had to restrain himself from thinking about her in ways that are more intimate as well. Their kisses were much more passionate and touchy than I’m comfortable with. I would have appreciated the longing and the kisses to be toned down a bit.