by Charlotte Hubbard
Twin sisters Molly and Marietta Helfing are eagerly anticipating Christmas, with Marietta fully recovered from cancer and their noodle making business thriving. But Molly clearly misses having former tenant Pete Shetler and his rambunctious dog, Riley, around. Marietta can’t ignore Molly’s feelings for Pete—or the anxiety it stirs within her. Convinced her illness has made her unmarriageable, Marietta wonders what kind of life she’ll have if her sister marries—despite Molly’s promise to never leave her behind. . .
Then a fire destroys the home of Amish neighbors and Molly and Marietta graciously make room for widower Glenn Detweiler, his dat, and his two young boys. When Pete returns to help the family rebuild, Molly relishes her reunion with the handsome carpenter, while Marietta delights in mothering Glenn’s boys—and is surprised by her poignant bond with their quiet, brooding father. Soon everyone is wondering if this season will bring the blessing of a merry double wedding to Morning Star . . .
Your sister can be your best friend, I know my sister certainly was and still is. So, it was great to read about Marietta and her sister Molly in Christmas comes to Morning Star that have a tight bond too and have stuck together through thick and thin. It's been a life and death sort of situation for them at times. That can make moving forward in life difficult and we worry about how the other will survive if things change. When it comes to love, others around us worry as well.
I loved the character Glen in this story. I'll just say it, he is a mess. You know though, his character was true to life. Things just come at us and sometimes we handle it great and sometimes well, we mess up. A lot of things just came barreling at him all at once. For Glen, there is no hiding behind a rock though and wishing it all away, especially when you have a young son who needs a Mom. I loved too that he had a wonderful church family really stood behind him and showed him support and love.
This book had many great characters and it definitely put me in a Christmas mood. This will be a keeper on my Christmas book shelf. Okay, I don't have one but I'm going to make one now. A great read!
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