Christmas at the Amish Market
Welcome back to our annual blog series spotlighting (over 60 again this year) new and recently-released Christmas reads!
Christmas is only THIRTEEN DAYS away, according to Google. yay!!! But also yikes! I still have a few Christmas presents to buy lol
Continuing through just after Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several Christmasy releases from 2022. Most days will have more than one post, just FYI. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
CHRISTMAS AT THE AMISH MARKET by Shelley Shepard Gray
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary/Amish Romance
PUBLISHER: Hallmark Publishing
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2022
Hallmark and bestselling author
Shelley Shepard Gray
present a Christmas Amish romance
with lots of surprises in store…
Wesley is so busy running his family’s Amish market at the holidays, he barely has time for Liesl, the young woman he’s been courting for years. When she suggests her aunt Jenny could help Wesley out, he agrees to the plan. But Liesl neglected to mention her aunt is only twenty-six years old—and as charming as she is hard-working.
Jenny, still healing after a painful breakup, welcomes the distraction of working at the market. She soon realizes Wesley is everything she ever dreamed a man could be. But how can Jenny even think about romance with the man Liesl expects to marry?
But Liesl’s own feelings are more complicated than she’s willing to admit. With humor, faith, and a little help from their friends in the community, everyone might just find what their hearts are looking for this Christmas at the Amish market.
by Shelley Shepard Gray, author of Christmas at the Amish Market
A few years after I started writing full time, I hit a writing slump. I was desperately trying to get my first contract with a ‘big’ publisher and receiving a series of rejections. After about a year of waiting for good news but then ultimately getting rejected, I knew I had to do something with my days besides worrying and watching for the mailman.
I applied for a job at a nearby Hallmark store.
Even though I’d taught school for many years, I’d never worked retail before. Because of that, everything about that job came as a surprise-especially the fact that I loved helping people shop for the perfect card. Actually, I became really good at it. Customers told me about their lives, I asked questions (I might not have been selling manuscripts but I was still a writer), and when they left, I felt like I’d accomplished something good.
After a few months, I learned that the everything got really busy in the store between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. More people were put on the schedule, more merchandise arrived, and more customers arrived. Some mornings, people would be waiting outside the door before we opened the doors at 10:00 am. The hours flew by and I would get back in my car at the end of a shift feeling tired and fulfilled. Even though I was still waiting for the elusive call from my agent with good news, I stopped worrying quite so much. All these years later, I can’t help but run into my local Hallmark store and think about those days and feel a bit nostalgic.
When it was time to come up with a story idea for an Amish Hallmark Christmas book, I knew I wanted at least one character to be working behind a store counter during the holiday rush. When the editor accepted my idea, it certainly felt like I’d come full circle.
In spite of the book’s title and the setting, few of the main characters spent much time worrying about finding the perfect gift. I suppose that makes sense-after all, they were all more interested in finding the perfect person to spend the rest of their lives with. I had such a fun time giving all four main characters a couple of twists and turns to experience along the way. That’s what falling in love is all about, I think. Nothing worthwhile ever seems to come completely easy.
Tell me about some of your December jobs. Have you ever worked retail during a Christmas season? Maybe you worked in a bakery or a school or a Christmas tree farm…or perhaps babysat or petsat? Or, maybe you once worked in a office with a rather grinchy boss. I can’t wait to read your stories.
I’m so excited to send the winner of this drawing a gift basket from my neighborhood Hallmark store. It’s filled with fun and festive items in honor of Christmas at the Amish Market and my own memories working at a Hallmark store during the holiday season.
I hope everyone has a merry Christmas filled with far more joyous and peaceful moments than stressful and tiring ones.
Shelley Shepard Gray is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author. She’s published over a hundred novels and has over a million books in print. She currently lives in northern Ohio and writes full time.
Shelley lives just an hour from Holmes County, where many of her Amish-themed novels are set. She currently writes contemporary romance and Amish fiction for a variety of publishers. When not spending time with her family or writing, she can usually be found walking her two dachshunds on one of the many trails in the Cleveland area.
She also bakes a lot, loves coconut cream pie, and will hardly ever pull weeds, mow the yard, or drive in the snow.
Shelley also spends a lot of time on line! Please visit her website to find out her latest news or to sign up for her newsletter.
Shelley Shepard Gray is offering a gift basket from her local Hallmark store to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What makes you want to read Christmas at the Amish Market by Shelley Shepard Gray? Tell us about some of your December jobs!