Sunday, October 20, 2019

5 Things to Know About: The Amish Christmas Matchmaker

Hello everyone! I'm back today to share some thoughts that I have on The Amish Christmas Matchmaker by Vannetta Chapman. I found this to be a sweet romance that really had me rooting for the main characters to stop be so stubborn and admit their feelings  for each other.

But now that I think about it, I feel that way about a lot of romance novels. Haha. I recommend this one if you like:
  • Sweet Amish romances
  • Love/hate relationships
  • Stubborn love interests
  • Entrepreneurial women
  • Stories that focus on family & friendships
To tell you a bit about this story, it focuses on the life of Annie Kauffmann, a young Amish woman who takes great pride in 2 things: Her family and her catering business. But all that changes when Levi Lapp comes to town. He challenges her in more ways than one, and if he has it his way, she and her family will be moving to Texas and she'll have to leave all her hard work behind, and that's the last thing she wants.

Here is the description from Goodreads for an official synopsis:

She’ll find him a wife for Christmas…Which of these Indiana Amish Brides is next? 
With her wedding business thriving, Annie Kauffmann could never leave her beloved Amish community. So when handsome Amish cowboy Levi Lapp tries to convince her father to move the family to Texas, she must put a stop to it. If Annie finds Levi a wife, he might forget his dream of moving…but can she keep from falling for him herself?
I really enjoyed this book because while at first I thought I knew what was going to happen, there were some twists and turns that kept me guessing. I also thought it was funny because they kept mentioning different Amish communities in this story and one was Pennsylvania, which I found interesting because I'm from Lancaster Pennsylvania. I can't say I know too much about the Amish but I do see them out and about working on their farms and driving in their horse and buggies.

Here are 5 Things I Think you should Know about this book:

1. Annie is a very headstrong main character

And I loved it! She's a young woman who knows what she wants and is incredibly business oriented. She runs a catering business for Amish Weddings along with her English (non Amish) business partner and these ladies really stay busy. Throughout the story Annie was set in her ways, which really bugged Levi because he was so determined to find people to move to Texas and start a new Amish community with him, but she stayed true to herself and didn't compromise her beliefs.

2. The "Hate" between Annie and Levi is very cute

They say that opposites attract, and Annie and Levi are very opposite of each other. Annie is set in her ways and content to stay in Goshen, In for the rest of her life. Levi is new to town and determined to convince some of the community that they should move to Texas with him and start a new life. They are as different as night and day, and yet, they manage to become very good friends over the course of just a couple of months. They bicker a little bit and it always made me smile when they did.

3. This book has Fake Dating... and I Loved it

I love when the two main characters decide to fake date for whatever reason or another. In this book, Annie and Levi decide that they will step out a couple of times so that Annie's parents will leave them alone and stop thinking that they like each other (although they obviously do). I enjoyed reading about their dates together.

4. There are a lot of details about the Amish in this story

I felt like I learned a lot about the Amish through this story, although I should probably take it with a grain of salt considering that this is a work of fiction. I'm not sure how accurate all of the details are, although I'm sure the author did her research. I liked the different German words and phrases that were thrown in throughout the story.

5. The story takes place over a couple of months

At first I was confused when I started reading because it's called The Amish Christmas Matchmaker and it didn't seem to have that much to do with Christmas. But then I realized that the story ends around Christmastime. So if you're looking for a Christmas heavy book, this isn't it. But it's still a great story that I highly recommend.

Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! I really enjoyed it. If you like heartwarming romances then you should definitely pick this one up.

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