This was the perfect book to read on Saturday when I was spending all day on the couch, laid up with a cold and resting my voice because I was supposed to sing in a couple of choir numbers at an Advent service that evening. I just snuggled up with a blanket, this book, a box of tissues, and mug after mug of tea. It was great, except for blowing my nose all the time. Wretched cold.
Anyway. This book was fun. It's part of a series called Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries put out by Guideposts, and I've not read any of them before, but I think I'll check the library to see if they have others. I liked the main character in this one, Cheryl, and would like to read others about her.
Cheryl runs a gift shop called the Swiss Miss in a small Ohio town with lots of Amish people. Cheryl is not Amish, but she's got lots of Amish friends, and she's very interested in an Amish man named Levi. I've never gotten into the whole Amish sector of Christian Fiction, but I liked this book, maybe because the main character was non-Amish like me, so I could see their customs through her eyes.
At the start of the story, someone sets fire to a cheese factory. I love cheese. Living in Wisconsin for four years was heavenly -- we had a cheese factory near us that we visited every few months. Oh my, it was delightful. So I was very invested in finding out who would want to destroy a cheese factory! What sort of an awful person would do that? The mystery unfolds slowly, intermingled with Cheryl's busyness running the gift shop at Christmas time, her mother interfering in her non-existent love life, and Cheryl's attempts to help those affected by the fire. And her attempts to help the police solve the mystery, some of which are actually helpful.
Cheryl's Christian faith is woven throughout the book in a believable, non-preachy way, which I appreciated. This was a solidly enjoyable Christmas mystery.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for mild, clean romance.
This was my second book read for the Literary Christmas reading link-up this year, and my 14th for the Mount TBR 2019 challenge.