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Embracing a different approach this holiday season, I consciously decided to slow down and savor the festive moments. Unlike previous years when I busily worked up until Christmas, cramming so much into my schedule that I barely had time to relish the magic of the season, I’ve adopted a more relaxed stance this time around.

I am currently winding down by a crackling fire, surrounded by a collection of good books, and indulging in my favorite Christmas cookies paired with a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea. (Sugar cookies and Earl Grey make for a heavenly combination, in my opinion.)

As I prepare to shut down my computer and embark on a well-deserved break, I want to share this special Christmas Novella with you. If you still have some baking, I encourage you to try my preferred Amish Sugar Cookie recipe. (See details below.) May it add a delightful touch to your holiday festivities.

The Orphans’ Amish Christmas

It will take an Amish miracle to save Christmas for the Willow Springs Children’s Home orphans.

When presents are stolen right before the annual Christmas benefit, Lydia Troyer and Aaron Shetler join forces with Detective Lewis Powers to unravel the mystery. The town’s Christmas spirit is tested by strange events that leave the community ready to cancel all holiday festivities.

When prominent Amish businessman Milo Glick goes missing, it will take special detective skills to discover the truth behind his sudden disappearance. As the closed-lipped Amish community hinders Detective Powers’ efforts, he is forced to employ Lydia, Aaron, and one special Labrador named Yankee to help solve the case. Will their discovery put them at odds with the traditions of their beliefs, or will they bring a newfound hope to the true meaning of Christmas?

Christmas should be a time for joy and hope, but for fourteen orphaned children, all is lost unless Lydia can find a way to give them more than they could hope for this holiday season.

The Orphans’ Amish Christmas is an Amish mystery novella that introduces you to the Willow Springs Amish Mystery Romance Series. If you like secrets, disappearances, plot twists, and sometimes murder, then you’ll adore Tracy Fredrychowski’s small-town whodunnit Amish mysteries.