I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Plain Christmas (Plain Fame #6) by Sarah Price
Published by Waterfall Press on October 18th 2016
It’s been nine years since Cuban singer Alejandro Diaz’s limousine collided with a young Amish woman named Amanda Beiler as she was crossing a New York City street—an accident that ignited the couple’s cross-cultural romance. Amanda loves her husband and their three children, but their fast-paced, lavish Miami lifestyle troubles her. Will her kids grow up never knowing what it’s like to simply be, without chauffeurs, social media, and paparazzi complicating their lives? When she receives a letter from her mother in Pennsylvania inviting the family to visit for Christmas, she seizes the chance to show her children a different way of life.
During their weeklong stay among the Amish community of her youth, Amanda and her family will bake cookies and milk cows, sled and crochet—and reconsider what’s truly important in life. As they prepare for their family Christmas holiday, they’ll have to make momentous decisions about their future and what “happily ever after” truly means.
A plain Christmas? Something maybe we all need to remember what Christmas is really about.
This is book 6! For some reason when I grabbed it from Netgalley I had not realized that. I delved in anyway, hoping for the best and that Sarah Price would add enough background that I would be able to understand what in the world was happening!
Sadly, to begin with I did feel a disconnect with the characters. They felt like they were at arm’s reach. As I continued to read, because the story really was intriguing, I got to know them and understand where everyone was coming from. Not know any of the characters I was waiting for their life to go up in smoke! And it does in a way.
How is it you are so busy yet still keep track of my schedule?” she marveled. She heard him chuckle. “Ahh, that’s a secret, mi amor,” he said, his voice low and teasing. “Shall I whisper it into your ear when I arrive home tonight?”
Allejandro really reminds me of Pit Bull! Just his lifestyle and being in the music business as well as living in Miami.
Oh, and the Cuban food! Being from Florida I was so excited to see so much talk about Cuban food! Growing up with this lifestyle makes it hard to leave so there was quite a bit of nostalgia for me.
Now enter the idyllic, and hard to get used to, life! With so much to get used to, and so far from friends, it is difficult for everyone but that is the wonderful part of this story.
What did give her reason for pause wa show many things she missed about her life as an Amish woman.
Sarah Price is able to take the reader, and her characters, to Amish country and show them this vivid world where I have no knowledge but felt like it was home. The one thing that started getting to me, but not really until the end, was the religious aspect. It only got thick a few times, and I really thank Sarah for that. I do not mind reading about a different religion, and here it really adds to the feeling, but I do mind being lectured. Never did I feel like I was being lectured but thought they way she did it matched the story’s purpose.
I don’t want to say too much because there is so much to be spoiled here. I am glad I was able to pick this up at book 6 but I recommend getting to know the characters first. I am positive that there is more going on behind the scenes that I do not know and only the first few would shed the light needed. Even still, Sarah Price does add in enough detail to allow new readers a glimpse at who these characters are and what their lives are like. Incredible job!
|Overall:||5 / 5|
Amazon Top 100 Author for Books & eBooks (January 2016, September 2013, August 2013, May 2013, April 2013, February 2013, January 2013, December 2012)
The author of over 30 novels, Sarah Price publishes with Realms, an imprint of Charisma House and Waterfall, an imprint of Brilliance Audio.
Her book, An Empty Cup, was #3 on Amazon Top 100 eBooks in January 2016.
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During the early 1700s, the Preiss family arrived in America aboard an old sailing vessel called the Patience. The family left Europe, escaping Catholic persecution for their Anabaptist beliefs. Sarah Price comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, including numerous church leaders and ministers throughout the years.
In 1969, Sarah Price was born in Pennsylvania and lived on the land of her ancestors, Johannes Preiss and “King Tammany”, otherwise known as Tamanend, a chief of the Lenni Lenape nation in the Delaware Valley.
In the early 1970s, her family moved to Morristown, New Jersey where she still resides with her husband, two children, and assortment of animals.
Ms. Price has advanced degrees in Communication (MA), Marketing (MBA), and Educational Leadership (A.B.D.).
Ms. Price was a former full-time college professor. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, she now writes full-time.