Monday, November 17, 2008

White Christmas Pie

Brunstetter, Wanda E. 2008. White Christmas Pie. Published by Barbour.

Just in time for the holidays--Thanksgiving and Christmas--we've got a new book by Wanda E. Brunstetter. Set within the Amish community, White Christmas Pie is the story of a young man on the verge of marriage who is haunted by his past. When he was six years old, his father abandoned him. He left him in the care of an Amish couple. It's not that Will had an unhappy childhood. His new parents treated him well. Better than "well" in fact. It's not that Will is unhappy as an adult. He's happy being Amish and balancing life on the farm with life behind the counter at the family's health food store. He's even happy in love mostly. He's engaged to marry Karen Yoder. But whenever he thinks about his father, his biological father, he gets angry--very angry, very bitter. He's been repressing his emotions obviously all these years.

Mark and Regina are his adoptive parents. When they see an ad from Will's father, Frank, in the paper, Regina decides to go against her son's wishes and contact him. Turns out that his father does love him--did love him--but circumstances prevented him from returning for his son earlier.

But just because Regina reaches out to Frank doesn't mean Will will...he's stubborn, angry, and determined to keep his father out of his life.

If I ended the review there, I'm sure some would be happier with me. I felt White Christmas Pie was dinky. Didactic or preachy in a few places. Implausible and far-fetched in others. Everything resolves around a few key plot elements that are just corny and over the top.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Kara S. said...

My review sounds a lot like yours. :)

Lynda said...

Like the sound of this novel. will see if I can get it here in the UK via my library ;0)

Anonymous said...

It’s Christmas again!! A time to cherish the beautiful white snow, smiling snowman, brightness of the Christmas décor and the yummy candies and cakes! From November onwards it becomes impossible to forget that Christmas is coming. Well to be honest I personally wait for it so that I can return home to meet my parents and girlfriend of course!
With the passage of time lots of things about the celebration of Christmas has changed. I still remember when I was a kid, mom use to wait near the phone so that she becomes the first one to pick my brother call. We all use to have a fight as who is gonna be first to talk to him. Then I use to visit my relatives and friends with my parents who stayed near by.But now the net world has changed everything, especially the ecard trend. It’s so easy now to connect with our loved ones especially when you have so many ecard sites! One of free Christmas ecard site Being a new website really has fresh and cool greetings. The best part is if I write too regarding some card or idea they do take it seriously. Although the site has several errors but cards are really cool! So guys why don’t you check it out, you will also get the right ecard you are looking for! And if any one of you knows any other fresh ecard website do let me know!