An Amish Gift: A Novel by Cynthia Keller

By Cynthia Keller

From the writer of An Amish Christmas and A simple & Fancy Christmas comes a heartwarming novel of marriage and relatives, new beginnings and poignant homecomings--just in time for the holidays.

After her husband, Shep, loses his most up-to-date activity, Jennie Davis is thankful to be in a vehicle en path to attractive Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Shep has inherited a home from cousin, in addition to the cousin's usual bicycle store. The movement provides Jennie, Shep, and their young children a welcome probability for a clean start.

While Shep dives into his new enterprise on the motorcycle store, Jennie conscientiously restores their broken-down condo. She loves being a stay-at-home mother yet yearns to discover a few success outdoor of her family--particularly as they try financially. On morning walks, she forges a friendship along with her Amish neighbor, Mattie Fisher, who opens up approximately her modest lifestyle. Mattie's loyal sturdy personality within the face of adversity encourages Jennie to hunt functional options to her personal problems. A passing comment via Jennie's son transforms desperation approximately their funds into suggestion, best her to embark upon a candy-making enterprise.

Soon, Jennie's newfound goal collides with Shep's turning out to be rigidity at paintings and long-simmering tensions among husband and spouse upward thrust to the outside. because the vacation season ways, their relations is challenged as by no means before--until an unforeseen customer arrives to provide Jennie the best reward of all.

Praise for Cynthia Keller's heartwarming Amish novels

An Amish Christmas

"This little ebook is a vacation charmer old and young will locate appealing."--Fredericksburg unfastened Lance--Star

"[A] candy, poignant story."--USA Today

A undeniable & Fancy Christmas

"[This novel] does what a superb vacation story may still; it invitations readers to show off the phone and tv and wrap themselves up in a hot, compelling story."--Lincoln magazine Star

"A marvelous learn for the Christmas season."--FaithfulNews

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There, on my terrace, Between those two stones – Flower whose petals are shapeless And odorless, empty of color – Unnamed though each atom is trapped. 40 Abbas and I shovel sheep dung, My olive trees hunched Like a throng of old men – ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ 38 Sun overhead, I look up And I gaze at the clouds – This is the way that I see: Ten trillion photons of light make their way Through my pupils each second of time, Through the oval-shaped lens, through The jelly-like fill to the retina, hundreds Of millions of cells, where each photon Of light meets a molecule, retinene, coaxing It straight from its twisty vine, Curled bougainvillea-like.

Uncover my head, let the wet Damp my face. I receive all That comes down from the sky. ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ ✐ 31 34 Bits of my life sideways in drawers, In the cramp of my closet, The dog ears of books, odors That never dissolve, photos I cannot behold, cracked spool and string That was once my son’s yo-yo – He touched it, then me. With this string and this weight I will compute the Earth, I will fashion a pendulum. Release the weight, Set the bob swinging. It follows the arc of the world, Back and forth, back and forth, Beating like beats of the blood.

Cells, The skilled singular players – I go deeper, am caught in a chemical sea And electrical storms small as molecules. Deeper, the chromosomes, Text of my body, the ladder and rung, Three billion steps folded thousands of times, Going nowhere yet leading to all. Helical molecule twisting at fifty degrees, Constant in all living things, Constancy fighting the inconstant stars. 30 Take this equation. It measures the strength of a bridge Like the bridge to Zafir’s house in the sand – Mandate with xs and ys for the load, For the tensile strength, gravity, Forces of molecules, torquing and strain.

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