Monday, December 7, 2015

"The Amish Christmas Sleigh" Book Tour and a giveaway

 The Amish Christmas Sleigh
 Authors Kelly Long, Amy Lillard and Molly Jebber

Book Information:
Kelly Long 
For solitary toy-maker Sebastian Christner, hiring Kate Zook as his new housekeeper is simply the right thing to do. Now she can support her special-needs brother. But one taste of her independent spirit is showing him undreamed-of holiday joy—and making him long to give her a home for always . . .
Amy Lillard
Bernice Yoder has far too much to do to entertain holiday dreams. Even if she can help Jess Schmucker outwit his three mischievous young daughters, it’s impossible to imagine the handsome widower can see her as anything but a scolding schoolteacher. He never guesses how a magical Christmas Eve will open his eyes to love or how Der Herr will awaken their faith and hope.
Molly Jebber
As much as Charity Lantz’s children need a father, the young widow isn’t sure her new neighbor Luke Fisher can ever be the right choice. They’re having more disagreements than snowflakes in December. Besides, he’s never given a sign he wants to be more than friends. Can Gott show them a way past their misunderstandings to a forever love?
About the Authors
Molly Jebber is an educational, motivational, and Women’s Christian Connection speaker. She
was raised in a small town in the Midwest, and insists if you had blinked twice, you would’ve missed it. She loves God, her family and friends, sunshine, swimming and traveling to the Amish communities.  Creating historical Amish characters and throwing them into difficult situations and joyous times has been challenging and fun for her. The greatest reward she’s experienced in becoming an author is meeting wonderful people from all over the world who’ve been encouraging and supportive.

Kelly Long is the author of the acclaimed Amish Patch of Heaven series and has been a finalist for the coveted Carol Award from the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her novel Lily’s Wedding Quilt was a 2011 Goodreads Favorite Book of the Year.  Born and raised in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania, she’s been married for nearly twenty-five years and has five children. Please visit her at

 Amy Lillard won the 2013 Carol Award for her first Amish romance Saving Gideon. She was also a Maggie Awards finalist. Born and bred in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Visit her at

My Review:
I have to say right at the start of this review that I am not giving all praise for the first story in this book, but I enjoyed the stories because the stories were wonderful and full of blessings and surprises at Christmas and all three stories involve a sleigh ride which explains the title, we wouldn't expect anything else right.

The three stories are as followed: "A Sleigh Ride On Ice Mountain" by Kelly Long. This story is about Sebastian Christner, a toy maker, and Katie Zook. Katie Zook is taking care of her handicapped brother. He is handicapped from a buggy accident that killed her parents. This is the story that
has parts that I consider somewhat too worldly for a Christian novel ( it had a few sensual parts that I was really surprised and shocked to read in a book that I believed to be considered Christian). I don't mind kissing in a novel but when an author writes about a dream and describes it like this author did, I admit I am not happy, yes I know Amish are human and therefore have the same emotions and desires as the rest of us, but I really don't want to read about it! Okay now that I have shared the negative, I want to share the positive. The story line is really fantastic. I love how in the end forgiveness wins. Yes, this story makes the reader believe that what's wrong can be made right if given the chance! I really like this quote from this story "You see, I always think of kaleidoscopes as being a little bit like life and faith-you can take what's broken and meld it together to bring about something new and whole,an ever-changing picture but an unchanging love of yourself and others."

Story Two: "A Mamm for Christmas" by Amy Lillard. This story has Jess Schmucker trying to be both mother and father to his three girls because his wife has died. The teacher tries to intervene with some help but it backfires. I think you will be surprised to learn how and why! I really loved this story and really was hoping the girls would get their mamm for Christmas and I knew right from the start who I wanted that Mamm to be! Now I know you want to know if these girls get their mama and if they get the right one, I know the answers because I read the book and I hope you want to know the answer also so get this book and read it and then we will both know the answers, well what are you waiting for, Read the story!

Story Three: "An Unexpected Christmas Blessing" by Molly Jebber is a wonderful story that brings tears of rejoicing and a few seconds of Oh No,and Not Now! Charity is a widower with two children who lives next door to newcomer Luke and they want a new daed. Luke has a past and I wanted Luke and Charity to get together but once again (like in all stories), a past and another suitor have to enter the story to give a twist to the storyline and keep the reader guessing to what the outcome is going to be. Will it end the way it is suppose to or go another way?

If I had to pick a favorite of the three it would be "An Unexpected Christmas Blessing" which is probably because I read "A Change Of Heart" by Molly Jebber, and both books have a keepsake pocket quilt in the story.

I wish I could give each story a rating because I would give "A Mamm for Christmas" by Amy Lillard and "An Unexpected Christmas Blessing" five stars. "A Sleigh Ride On Ice Mountain" by Kelly Long would get three stars. But since this is one book I am giving it 3 stars.  I will continue to read novels and novella by Amy Lillard and Molly Jebber.

I was given a copy of "The Amish Christmas Sleigh" from the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team in exchange for an honest review.

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Tour Dates:
Dec 2: Kick off
Dec 4: Heidi Reads
Dec 11: Bergdum
Dec. 11: Just commonly
Dec 12: Rockin my mom
Dec 14: Readers Cozy
Dec 14: Book Bites
Dec 15: Quiet Quilter
Dec 16: A Greater Yes
Dec 16: Tour closes


ReadingMama922 said...

This tour sounds amazing, Deb! Thanks for the chance to win, and for your wonderful book reviews.

Unknown said...

Thanks for giving an honest review! It is refreshing to see someone speak up when something they have read is not 5 stars in their opinion. Many people would have and do "fluffed" their way through the review!

Marilyn R. said...

Debbie, thanks for your review. I agree with you about the sexual content being to much for a Christian novel. I loved the stories in The Amish Christmas Sleigh filled with love, faith, tears and laughter. Thank you for being part of Molly Jebber's tour. I have fallen in love with Molly's books and look forward to more from this amazing new author.

Debbie Curto said...

I don't try to hurt are downgrade a artist or a book but I do try to be honest!

Debbie Curto said...

I love Molly's Books also!

Debbie Curto said...

meant to type I don't try to hurt an author nor downgrade a book but I try to be honest!

Anonymous said...

I would love love to win a book for christmas

Anonymous said...

I would love love to win a book for christmas

loretta said...

Debbie, I appreciate the honesty in your review. I would still read this book but I would rather be forewarned. Then if I find it uncomfortable I can move on to the next story. Something can be hinted at but I don't want to read anything too deep. And authors need this kind of feedback.

Debbie Curto said...

you are welcome!