Review: The Christmas Home by Marta Perry

Posted 11 October, 2019 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in 2019 Reads, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Christmas Home by Marta Perry
Title: A Christmas Home
Author: Marta Perry
Published by Berkley
Series: The Promise Glen #1
Date Published: 8 October, 2019
Pages: 304
Genres: Amish, Christian Fiction, Romance
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: four-stars

National bestselling author Marta Perry captures the spirit of Christmas in this first novel of her all new series set in the quaint Amish community of Promise Glen.

After ten years spent keeping house and raising her younger siblings, Sarah Yoder returns home to Promise Glen determined to make a fresh start. Her new job with neighbor Noah Raber's furniture business seems promising—until she and the woodworker clash over everything from the best way to reach new costumers to how to raise his mischievous six-year-old twin boys.

Though Sarah longs for a home of her own, she fights the appeal of this ready-made family, resolved to maintain a professional distance. But when she and Noah both agree to help with the school's annual Christmas program, Sarah finds her heart touched by the motherless boys and Noah's quiet strength. Thrown together at work and at the school, their feelings continue to grow, and Sarah struggles to keep Noah at arms' length.

Loving Noah may seem impossible, but with faith, love, and a little help from their close-knit community, there may yet be a Christmas home for them both.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.
My Thoughts
There is something about the change in weather that gets me excited about Christmas! And, with all that comes the amazingness that is Christmas novels. So, needless to say I was super excited to be able to read a copy of Marta Perry’s new novel, the first in her new series. Let me tell you, the plot line, the characters, the writing……all of it is amazing! From start to finish, Perry had me so engrossed in the story that I didn’t realize I had read a whole novel in about 5 hours!
I loved Noah Raber! The way that Perry chiseled him was awesome. I felt so bad for him though, and my heart wanted so much to reach out and hug him. He’s single, but not really. He is raising his twin boys on his own, left to do so by a wife who no longer wanted them. Being Amish, he’s stuck. No divorces are allowed. So, how is to make a proper home for he and his sons when he can’t be available for anyone else?
Sarah Yoder is a beautifully created character! She suffered pain and heartache at a young age, with the loss of her mother (I can related to her pain, losing my own mother 5 years ago!), and now struggles to find a place to call home. When her path collides with Noah Raber, accepting a job at his furniture store, the sparks fly and hope ignites.
Perry mixes the beautifully written story with hope, faith and love. God’s messages are strong throughout, and by the end of the novel, you’re ready for the next book in this series! Noah, Sarah and the rest of Promise Glen shine bright within the pages, and as a reader, you’re taken to the heart of the story instantly and made to feel right at home. This is a 4 star worthy novel not to be missed this Christmas season!

About Marta Perry

Marta Perry realized she wanted to be a writer at age eight, when she read her first Nancy Drew novel. Most girls reached the end of that book wanting to be Nancy. Marta wanted to be the person who created the story.

Marta PerryThe dream lay hidden for years while she pursued other career goals, but eventually it re-surfaced, and she began to write, beginning with short children’s stories for Sunday school take-home papers. After seeing hundreds of her short stories published in a variety of magazines, Marta finally started work on the novel she’d always wanted to write. Fifty-some published novels later, she still feels the same excitement when she begins a new book.

A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta to the books she writes now about the Amish. The Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books are longer, more complex emotional stories with Amish main characters, while the Amish Suspense series from HQN Books are more adventure-filled books set in Pennsylvania Amish country. She also continues to write for Love Inspired Books.

Marta lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in the Pennsylvania countryside, but spends winters at their vacation home in South Carolina. When she’s not writing, she’s active in the life of her church and enjoys traveling and spending time with her three children and six beautiful grandchildren.

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