The Midwife's Christmas Wish (Secret Amish Babies #1) by Leigh Bale - Book Review

Saturday, August 13, 2022


book cover for The Midwife's Christmas Wish by Leigh Bale showing an Amish woman holding a baby in front of a barn/farm

When Amish midwife Lovina Albrecht finds an abandoned baby, she’s determined to give the child a home for the holidays—even if doing so brings up difficult memories. But she’s not prepared for her bishop to assign standoffish Jonah Lapp to help care for the little girl. As their temporary arrangement begins to feel like family, can they overcome old hurts to build a future? (Goodreads)

I have been tempted to find out what the hype was about Amish romance, so I decided to read this. I was in a bit of a reading slump and needed something simple to cleanse my brain. 

The Midwife's Christmas Wish is the first book in the Secret Amish Babies series by Leigh Bale. From what I understand, this means that each book will probably take place within the same Amish community. So, while each story will focus on different characters, previous ones may make an appearance. 

Overall, it is a charming and cute story that I could easily see as a Hallmark movie. As a book, though, it is infuriatingly repetitive. Do we really need the synopsis of the whole story repeated in every chapter? Each time a character has to take a moment to think, everything that inspires their reasoning for their current behavior must be refreshed. Why?

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5

Should you read it?

If you read a lot of Amish romance, you will probably like it. Also probably a good pick for those who like Hallmark movies and "clean" romance.

Book & Author Information: Goodreads

Published: November 30th, 2021

Leigh Bale: Goodreads, Twitter, Official Site

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