A Christmas Gift for Rebecca ($1.99 on Amazon, also on BN.com and Kobo) is a different type of Amish novella. My intention behind writing it was to pull the curtain back on an Amish household, not just at Christmas, but to explore the beauty of a newly married couple. Many of the Amish books that we read have the Amish couple getting married and living happily ever after. But, what many people don’t realize is that Amish couples do not usually live together until months after they are married.
I’ve received wonderful emails and letters from readers who had asked me about this, after reading the book. It’s not a commonly known (or discussed) fact. In my own books, Fields of Corn and Hills of Wheat, I did not explore this because, in both cases, they married outside of the faith and, therefore, had to leave the family home immediately. In Pastures of Faith, they already were living in the same house since Rachel was visiting from Ohio.
I have not read any Amish books that explore this unusual rite of passage for newlyweds. As always, I try to present cultural facts with my stories so that the readers can experience the Amish culture second-hand.
I hope you enjoy this clean, short Christmas novella. I know I sure did when I was writing it for you. 🙂