A Plain and Simple Christmas by Amy Clipston

A Plain and Simple Christmas
written by Amy Clipston             
published by Zondervan

Why did I pick this book: I always pick a few new Christmas books each year to read. I read another of this author’s Christmas books and enjoyed it. So, I thought I would read this one as well. 

Did I enjoy this book: I did but it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. It was very predictable.

The characters were likeable. I thoroughly enjoyed that Anna Mae’s husband wasn’t anti-Amish. So often in these books, when an Englischer marries an Amish girl, that man wants the woman to disconnect completely from her upbringing. Kellan was not like that at all. And he stood up to Anna Mae’s father, the bishop. (I enjoyed that scene.)

Would I recommend it: If you like this author, then go ahead and read it. But this should not be your first book by this author. You may not want to read anymore by her.

Will I read it again: I don’t think so. But who knows…maybe I’ll need a good, uplifting story next Christmas. 

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS – Well, it does contain spoilers because I’m going to reveal the ending. So don’t read the third and fourth paragraphs if you don’t want to know the end: This is the story of Anna Mae and her husband Kellan. Anna Mae left her family and the Amish community for her true love, Kellan McDonough. Anna Mae was shunned for her choice to leave. Now, three years later, she is expecting her first child and longs to reunite with her family for Christmas. 

Anna Mae begins the process of reunion by writing to her brother David’s wife, Kathryn. They used to work together at Kauffman’s Bakery. Kathryn goes against her husband’s wishes and helps to bring Anna Mae and Kellan home for Christmas. (David thought it would be too stressful and, frankly, disastrous for Anna Mae to come home for Christmas.)

Of course, Anna Mae comes home and her father is none too happy to see her. He, as the Bishop, makes the shunning even worse. However, Anna Mae’s mother is so thrilled to see her daughter that she also defies her husband in order to spend time with her daughter. 

After a very stressful Christmas Eve, Kellan decides that it is time to go home with his pregnant wife. Of course – and here comes the very predictable part – Anna Mae goes into labor before they even get far from her parents’ house. They are in a blizzard. She gives birth and the family is reunited. Everyone is happy and plans are made for a spring visit to Baltimore. Who didn’t see that end coming????

If you have read it, let me know what you think!!!