It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…….every blog you visit.
Admit it, you started singing didn’t you! I know it’s not exactly Christmas yet, but in book blogging world it is. This is the time of year we really start to dive into Christmas stories. I’ve mean humming Christmas tunes all weekend. It did not thrill my family, but it did make me smile. 🙂 So in celebration of all things Christmas, I’m excited to tell you about Amy Lillard’s latest novel, A Wells Landing Christmas. I adore Amy’s stories, and this one is no exception. So join me in humming Christmas tunes, or just sing them. Whatever your heart desires!
About the Book
As the most joyous of seasons comes to the Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma, one young woman gets a chance to start again—and rediscover the gift of true love . . .
Families rejoicing together, caroling parties full of cheer, and church get-togethers brimming with delicious cooking and warm fellowship. Ivy Weaver would give anything to be a part of Christmas in Wells Landing. But one reckless mistake made her an outsider, and it’s all she can do now to tend to her ailing grandfather and make a living. She sure doesn’t need Zeb Brenneman returning to help after he abandoned her for no reason. He’s working hard to make amends, but Ivy isn’t sure there’s enough faith—or still-sparking love between them—to stir her forgiveness . . .
Zeb knows leaving Ivy was the biggest mistake he’s ever made. Even though she won’t hear him out, he’s determined to prove he’s become the trustworthy, steadfast man she truly deserves. But bright new chances and surprising revelations will give him and Ivy choices they never imagined. And finding their way back to each other will be the most challenging—and precious—Christmas gift of all . . .
This is a story of forgiveness, but not just forgiveness of others. The biggest thing Ivy had to learn was to forgive herself, and seeing her character grow to this realization was really touching to me. I always know when I read a story my Amy Lillard that I’m going to love it. Add in a Christmas theme and I definitely sold. But this story was different for me to read in so many ways. Never have I connected with a character like I did Ivy. In a lot of ways she reminds me of myself (minus the Amish part obviously). What touched my heart even more was her grandfather, and the care that she gave him. When she made the first visit to the nursing home, I could just feel the tension, the doubt, the insecurities she was feeling. Knowing the Amish way of life and how they take care of each other, I understand the burden she had in making sure he was provided for. But Ivy is young, deserves a chance at a normal life, and was under immense pressure on a daily basis caring for him. I won’t share how this part of the story line ended up, but I will say this. Ivy showed a lot of maturity for her age and handled situations better then I ever could.
Zeb and Ivy’s story is sweet, heartbreaking, and wonderfully written. Their relationship certainly had ups and downs, but I thought they worked well together. Lillard touches on a lot of things in this book – caring for elders, Catholicism, Amish lifestyle, forgiveness and grace. She binds all these things beautifully together in a wonderful story that is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. I hope there is more stories to come from Wells Landing. It happens to be one of my favorite places to visit!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
I’m a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.
I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I’ve retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I’m from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son-a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!
I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels-not necessarily in that order. I’m a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I’m shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.
I believe that God is love. I guess that’s why I love to write inspirational romances. The two go hand-in-hand for me.
I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I’m a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that’s me June Cleaver with a laptop.
I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I’ll get to it or I won’t, either way I’m good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I’m alone on this last one, and again, I’m good with it.)
Favorite movies-(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940′s movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven’t seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn’s and Audrey’s.