Hallmark and Holidays: Plain Christmas
Hallmark and Holidays go together like eggnog and Christmas carols. There is something about the holidays that brings out the best in some people. We enjoy getting together with friends and neighbors, share gifts and stories, prepare beautiful meals to eat with parents and children who visit from afar. Those Hallmark movies help us get into the mood for all of the joyous things we celebrate about the holidays.
The only thing just as good, in my opinion, is snuggling up on the sofa with a good Christmas book.
And guess what? I have several suggestions to keep you occupied over this Christmas season.
A simple accident creates a situation where an Amish woman finds herself in the care of a Cuban superstar. The most unlikely of couples find that they have an amazing amount of things in common: the curiosity of outsiders, the photographers, the lack of privacy. The chance meeting turned into a five-book series so, clearly, love ensues.
Plain Christmas, however, is a standalone book. If you haven’t read the series, you can pick up Plain Christmas and just dive in. Amanda and Alejandro return to Lancaster County for a Christmas with her Amish family. As should be expected, coming home is never really easy, especially when Alejandro’s mother, Alicia, decides to tag along. As two very different cultures collide, they have to find a way to accept each others’ differences in order to enjoy the holiday together.
I really enjoyed writing this book because I was able to fast-forward to the future. Leaving characters like Amanda and Alejandro were hard for me. I still contemplate revisiting them in a follow-up novel to the fifth book of the series, Plain Choice. When you find two amazing characters like these two, it’s hard to close the book on them (literally and figuratively). The love that they share is uncommon for today’s day and age, especially given his background. And yet, it makes sense.
And yet, I never really thought about their future. What would happen if…? For some reason, it never crossed my mind. I fell into the old trap of “Happily Ever After” does exist. But we all know that it doesn’t. There are always bumps and valleys in the way of the road called life. In order to get through those tough times, sometimes the only answer is simply to “go home”. Returning to your roots is like a bowl of warm stew on a summer day: comfort food for the soul.
In a world of adoration from fans across the world, Alejandro knew that everyone wanted something from him. Everyone, that is, until he met Amanda. And, for Amanda, she found the perfect partner in Alejandro. He needed her to stabilize him from the world of fame. And yet, everyone wanted to know what happened next.
Plain Christmas explores that in the warm setting of the holiday spirit. So if you are looking for a feel-good book to ease into the Christmas spirit, order your copy today and prepare to take a journey from Miami to Lancaster that will make you fall in-love again with the couple that rose from Plain to Fame and then back again.
Sarah Price is the author of the Plain Fame series and the Amish of Ephrata series, among other books. She comes from a long line of devout Mennonites, and her writing reflects accurate and authentic stories based upon her own experiences with several Amish communities. Visit her at sarahpriceauthor.com and on Facebook.