by Angie Braddock from Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries by Isabella Alan
This is my first Christmas since leaving my family, ex-fiancé, and high-paying advertising job in Dallas for a quilt shop in the middle of Ohio’s Amish Country. Yes, you heard that right. I left that all behind to live and quilt with the Amish. Dead bodies not withstanding, it’s the best decision I have ever made. Trust me the ex-fiancé wasn’t that hard to leave behind. The health insurance and 401k were more of a challenge. Nevertheless, I took the leap with my trusty French bulldog, Oliver, at my side—what else does a girl need?
I do miss my family, but I can’t leave the quilt shop and go back to Texas for Christmas. If I did, I would miss the big before Christmas sales and promotions the shops of Rolling Brook, including mine, Running Stitch, are doing. I have to be there. This is my last big chance before the quiet winter to make some income for the shop.
Thankfully, Anna Graber, who was my Amish Aunt Eleanor’s dearest friend, has invited me to spend holiday season with her and her son Jonah and his family. I’m so looking forward to it. Anna has been talking about the menu for weeks and my mouth has been watering to taste it for just as long… Oliver’s too. He will be ready for those table scraps.
This is what we are having, which is an Amish Christmas menu.
-Ham and cheese casserole
-Pie, pie, pie, so much pie!
My beauty pageant coordinator mother was not to happy when I told her I would be spending Christmas in Ohio, so my parents will be here for Christmas Day to experience a real country Christmas. My society mom will hate it.
Mom and Dad said that they were bringing me a surprise for Christmas. Typically, I love surprises but never from my mother. Her surprises usually require sequins or a tiara. I wonder what it is...
SURPRISE REVEALED AT THE END OF BOOK TWO: MURDER, SIMPLY STITCHED – JUNE 2014
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