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White Christmas Pie
White Christmas Pie
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Will Henderson, abandoned by his father 16 years ago and left in the care of an Amish couple, has joined the Amish church and is about to marry Karen Yoder. But as Will contemplates marriage and potential fatherhood, he wonders will he eventually destroy his family as his father did his? — Karen Yoder can't break through the barrier her fiance` ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781607513049
ISBN-10: 1607513048
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 300
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Barbour Publishing Inc.
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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cherryblossommj avatar reviewed White Christmas Pie on + 157 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Up to this point, my only experience with the stories from Wanda Brunstetter has been the Sisters of Holmes County series. To be honest I must admit that I was not a fan of that series. Overall, I have heard wonderful things about the Amish fiction from Wanda Brunstetter. Starting this book, I came in with mixed feeling and expectations from the things that I have heard and felt myself. In the end, I was pleasantly pleased.

"White Christmas Pie" is a good holiday or anytime of the year read. It is a story of hurt and misconceptions. Feelings that are harbored in one's heart will affect other pieces of their life and this is a story of about finding answers and peace. There are going to be various things in our lies that will prompt questions that will receive no answer.

As Christians, it is an important part of life to forgive and forget when necessary no matter how difficult and even without all the facts. God has a plan for our lives and he knows best. Each day, live to the fullest for him and do not remain caught up in pain.
daredevilgirl013 avatar reviewed White Christmas Pie on + 746 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Though not her best work ever, this book was still rather interesting. I suspected it to be a bit more of a mystery as on the back it says that Will's life is threatened, but in all reality, it's more like hanging in the balance, not threatened, as no one attacks anymore. So I found that line to be misleading. This book was interesting though, Will was abandoned by his father and he has to decide if he can forgive the fact that his father left him with an Amish couple 16 years ago. A story that makes you see how tough choices can be and how it isn't easy to get to the point we need to get to. Still an interesting, page turning read, though the beginning may be slow to start, it's like a roller coaster ride, the chain has to pull you up that hill, and once you reach the top of the hill in this book, it's all non-stop action after that!
PBSmaven avatar reviewed White Christmas Pie on + 107 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I don't know if I've read too many Wanda Brunstetter books or not, but this one was very predictable, as all her books seem to be getting. All involve romance, dilemma, misunderstanding, and of course the obligatory buggy mishap and someone ending up in the hospital where the moral of the story usually ensues. While I do enjoy her knowledge of the Amish and the settings, she really needs to use a new formula or break out of her mold.
demiducky25 avatar reviewed White Christmas Pie on + 161 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
The book is 300 pages and the font is pretty big, so it does go quickly. I felt that this book was OK, good but not great. It's a cozy read for a lazy Saturday, but is fairly predictable. It's a story about Will Henderson, a young man still dealing with the pain of being abandoned by his father 16 years earlier. His father left him in the care of an Amish couple; Will became Amish, and is now engaged to marry a young Amish woman. Unbeknownst to Will, his father Frank has been living with this guilt for 16 years and did try to come back for Will, but the family had since moved away. Frank's wife places an ad in an Amish newspaper hoping to reach Will, but does Will want anything to do with his father after all this time? I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I didn't find Will to be a very sympathetic character, he seemed very whiny and I found it hard to connect with him. I understand that he was dealing with a tough issue, but it seemed like he never thought about any of this until the start of the story, rather than dealing with it longer ago (and if he had been like this the whole time, I'm surprised someone didn't smack him or something). Frank's grief over the situation also seemed to come out of nowhere. He's presented as being so despondent over losing his son and suddenly figures out how to get in touch (using the Internet to look up information, why didn't he think of that before since this seems to take place around when it was published in 2008 so it's not like it wasn't invented yet). I did enjoy the characters of Will's Amish parents and his fiancée more so than the others I previously mentioned. I was hoping for a bit of a peak into Amish life, but those elements seemed a bit forced, as if thrown in after the fact or pushed in a way to say "these people are Amish in case you didn't realize it.â. Anyway, it's still a decent story if you are looking for something light to fill a long afternoon.
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Helpful Score: 1
the way the characters were written and the story lines seemed so real and their feelings and closeness of the families and neighbor made the book so real and how the family was reunited this book is worth your time
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confuzzledbooks avatar reviewed White Christmas Pie on + 482 more book reviews
A winter wedding is planned for the Amish couple Will and bride-to-be Karen. Will was originally born in the English world, but at 6, his real father left him with an Amish couple, Mark and Regina. His father had meant to come back for Will after a couple of months but terrible circumstances happened that kept him from writing or physically getting him. When he finally did come for him Will and his adoptive family moved and his father had no way of finding him. Will now an adult and soon to be married still has abandonment issues. After 16 years his father has found him and wants to reconnect. Will must find a way to deal with his anger and find a way to forgive.

I am a fan of Amish fiction for two reasons: One is because they are light-hearted, cozy, and don't need much brain power. Two my mother really liked them and now that she has passed away they make me think of her. This one was one of the last ones she had read. It was a comforting read. The back and forth between the Amish families and then Will's English family felt different than some Amish fiction and I liked it because of that.

I was hoping for it to take place during Christmas but in reality, it doesn't get to the holiday until the end of the book. I was also surprised there was no recipe in the back of the book for the pie because I have seen books that do put the recipes in the end.

Even with the holiday misdirection I still like Wanda Brunstetter's Amish fiction more than others because I feel her books are always lite.
fancyqltr avatar reviewed White Christmas Pie on + 26 more book reviews
This lovely story is about a young Amish couple who face some road blocks to getting married. Will was abandoned by his father when he was a child and wonders if someday he could do the same and abandon a child of his own . His fiance Karen can't seem to get through the wall that Will has built around himself to show him that love will conquer all . When danger lurks for one of the family members true faith leads the family to a happiness never imagined . I really enjoyed this book.
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Another heartwarming story!
thameslink avatar reviewed White Christmas Pie on + 723 more book reviews
Sweet but predictable tale. Not this author's best work but light, easy read.