A Christmas Homecoming

Dear Readers,

Can you believe we are only 4 days away from the release of Amish Christmas Miracles, 14 heartwarming Amish Christmas romances by 14 of your favorite Amish authors for only 99¢. If you haven’t preordered your copy, you can do so here from Amazon and here from Barnes and Noble. The price goes up on Nov. 16, so don’t miss your chance to get these stories at an amazing price. You are going to love these 14 stories of heart, hope, and Christmas miracles.

I am so excited for each of you to read this collection.

In my story, A Christmas Homecoming, Simon Lambright has plenty to be sorry for. A prideful mistake that almost destroyed three lives. A rebellious youth that led him away from his faith. A fatal decision that ended in his best friend’s death.   

Simon spent most of his youth trying to prove he was the opposite of the obedient one his name conveyed. But this Christmas, after losing everything, Simon is determined to become the person his mamm and daed believed him to be.

With mistakes weighing heavily on his heart, can Simon overcome the past and the impression his former community still has of him, and be the man he was meant to be?

Widow Abigail Petersheim is embracing the future she hopes is waiting for her and her daughter Lyddie this holiday season when she returns to the tiny Amish community of St. Ignatius, Montana.  

Everyone knows Abigail was a gut wife and mother, but no one knew of the nightmare she endured.

Now, after years of living with the secret, Abigail is ready to be free of the past and find the fresh start she so desires. When her cousin asks for her help at the family bakery in St. Ignatius, Abigail is convinced the job offer comes straight from Gott and will be the Christmas miracle she and Lyddie so desperately need. Yet nothing about her homecoming is as she envisioned, and the childhood farm she once cherished is about as broken as Abigail’s life.  

Abigail enlists the help of her neighbor and carpenter Simon Lambright to repair her home, but soon discovers a friendship from long ago will turn into something worth cherishing. And the past that brought two wounded souls back to St. Ignatius, will become a homecoming neither expected.

Danger In Amish Country

The weather has turned cooler here in Texas and I’m loving it. On a recent trip to the store, I noticed Christmas decorations are coming out. Soon, the holidays will be upon us? Are you ready?

November is a great month for Christmas book releases! Amish Christmas Miracles releases on November 10th at Barnes & Noble or Amazon for only 99 cents. You can preorder it now.

And also in November, I have a new Amish Love Inspired Suspense book out entitled, Covert Amish Christmas. I thought I would share a sneak peek of the book with you today. I hope you enjoy a little danger in Amish country!   

ONE

She never could sleep. No more than a few hours, anyway. Not since the

attack.

Too many uninvited guests roamed around in her head, reminding her of

the bad things she’d done in the name of justice…and the distance she’d

traveled from her innocent upbringing because of them.

On the kitchen counter, a battery-powered radio played Christmas music.

Victoria Kauffman stared out the window at the predawn darkness

surrounding her rented cabin. Even though she couldn’t see it now, the

snow-covered landscape beyond the black brought back childhood memories

of Christmases past. Good memories. Simple ones.

At one time, she’d lived an almost idyllic childhood among the St.

Ignatius Amish…until that fateful year soon after her fifth birthday, when

she’d lost the woman who meant the whole world to Victoria. Her mother.

One sweet memory in particular snaked out past the garbage in her head.

All she could think about was that final Christmas before her mother’s

passing. Lately, she found herself longing for that simple way of life more

and more. Back before she became a stone-cold killer.

Outside, the darkness moved. In an instant, her deadly past had her firmly

in its clutches. She ducked low, her heart peppering out a frantic rhythm.

There was no doubt in her mind. The men she’d been hiding from were out

there.

A heavy object slammed against the front door, forcing Victoria into

action. She grabbed her cell phone and tucked the Glock that once belonged

to her partner, David, behind her back. The weapon had been her constant

companion this past year. Partly because it reminded her of him, but mostly

because it was one of the most accurate weapons she’d ever shot and

practically indestructible.

There would be no time to retrieve the metal box containing the precious

little evidence she’d hidden underneath the floorboards in the living room.

Someone rattled the back doorknob close to where she stood. Victoria

ducked low and skirted past the door. They were moving in for the kill. Her

survival was now measured in minutes…

So, as the holidays approach and before the hectic pace begins, I hope you take time for yourself to enjoy a little Christmas reading along the way.

All the best…

Mary Alford

www.maryalford.net

Meet the characters of A Christmas Homecoming by Mary Alford

Like each of you, I love reading about the Amish. It has quickly become one of my favorite genres to read and to write. Which is why I’m excited to be part of Amish Christmas Miracles.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to the characters of A Christmas Homecoming, my contribution to Amish Christmas Miracles.

First of all, the story takes place in the remote Amish community of St. Ignatius, Montana.

St. Ignatius is a small Amish community with just two church districts. The community is situated at the base of the breathtaking Mission Mountains of Montana.

An interesting fact about the community is it’s the only one located on the tribal lands of the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Widow Abigail Petersheim is embracing the future she hopes is waiting for her and her daughter Lyddie this holiday season once she returns to the tiny Amish community of St. Ignatius. When her cousin needs help at the family bakery, Abigail is convinced the job offer comes straight from Gott and will be the Christmas miracle she and Lyddie so desperately need.

“Abby” grew up in St. Ignatius, but after a tragic accident took her brother’s life, the relationship she once imagined having with Simon Lambright ended suddenly after Simon left the community. Abby ended up marrying someone else. She moved away from St. Ignatius, but she never forgot her life there or the boy who broke her heart.

When her husband passes away, Abby and Lyddie move back to St. Ignatius to help out her cousin only to find Simon has returned as well.

Simon Lambright has plenty to be sorry for—including a prideful mistake that almost destroyed many lives. With mistakes weighing heavily on his heart, can Simon overcome the past and the impression his former community still has of him, and be the man he was meant to be?

Nothing about her homecoming is as Abby envisioned, and the childhood farm she once cherished is about as broken as Abby’s life.

Letting go of the past is hard when there are so many secrets standing between her and Simon. When Abby enlists Simon’s help to repair her home, she soon discovers the feelings she had for him are all still hidden inside her heart. The broken relationship they left behind will turn into something worth cherishing this Christmas. And the past that brought two wounded souls back to St. Ignatius will become a homecoming neither expected.

About Mary Alford

USA Today Bestselling Author, Mary Alford, loves giving her readers the un-expected, whether it be in a rugged mountain setting or a peaceful Amish community.  

Her titles have appeared on the USA Today Bestselling List, Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling List, and have been finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier award of excellence, The Beverly, The Maggie, and The Selah Awards.  

Mary is very active online and would love to connect with readers on Face-book and Twitter or any social platforms listed at www.maryalford.net.

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