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Louellen Friesen, her daughter Valerie (married to Lamar Hornberger and eight months pregnant with her second child), and Louellen’s daughter-in-law Katrina are in the middle of their busiest baking time of the year, Christmas. With orders from Kauffmans’ Groceries and Goods, folks in Mapletown, and two farmers’ markets, the ladies have been baking practically every day since the beginning of December.
Although Valerie’s biggest concern is whether her baby will come in the middle of the month as projected and she won’t be able to help for several days, the ladies’ baking chore is still one of pleasure, not frustration, enjoying each other’s company in the Friesen home and welcoming the extra income that helps with unexpected expenses. One of the perks they enjoy is delivering cookies to the neighbors in a horse-drawn sleigh “if the good Lord sends enough snow.” 
Besides their regular orders, the ladies also have a steady request from Darlings’ Bakery in the near-by town of Mifflinburg. Having electrical problems with one of her ovens, Andrea McAndrew Darling has subcontracted to purchase Christmas cookies from Valerie, whom she had met perchance at Kauffmans’ several months prior. Since Valerie’s last name is now Hornberger, Andrea has no idea she has met the daughter of Louellen Friesen, the McAndrews’ housekeeper from twenty-five years past, whom Andrea wanted her dad, Dr. David McAndrew, to marry. Valerie, as well, has no idea of the past connection her mother had with the McAndrews several years before Valerie was even born.
Two days before Christmas with the roads drifted shut from a snowstorm, Valerie goes into labor. Her trip to the hospital across farmers’ fields in the horse-drawn sled results in not only the birth of a healthy baby girl, but in an unwelcomed surprise for Valerie’s parents, Louellen and Eli.
When their paths cross with a man and his daughter, whom they have not seen in twenty-five years, how do Louellen and Eli handle this encounter? How do they face their not-too-pleasant past when they were still Amish and just newly weds?
 

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