Rebecca Mendenhall is counting the days to Christmas, when shell wed Johnny Whittier in their Quaker Meeting House. But in September, a division is formed between Rebecca and Johnny. The Fugitive Slave Law is enacted, making it illegal to aidMoreRebecca Mendenhall is counting the days to Christmas, when shell wed Johnny Whittier in their Quaker Meeting House. But in September, a division is formed between Rebecca and Johnny. The Fugitive Slave Law is enacted, making it illegal to aid runaway slaves in Pennsylvania, punishable by heavy fines and prison sentences. Rebeccas parents are avid abolitionists and Johnny father is not, believing Quakers must abide by the laws of the land.
Divisions among the Quakers on how to deal with this new law splits their Meeting House in two: Rebecca in one house and Johnny in another. Will Rebecca and Johnny be united by their wedding date, or will Rebecca see Levi Vickman, a passionate young abolitionist, in a new light?A house divided against itself cannot stand, Rebeccas parents warn her, implying someone like Levi would be a better match. Abolitionists such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and John Greenleaf Whittier, persuade many Quakers who feel they are breaking this new law realize that they are keeping a commandment from God: to cloth the naked, feed the hungry, and remember those in chains.Christmas Union is based on true stories of abolitionist in Chester Country, PA, and the anguish the Fugitive Slave Law brought to the local Quakers.Karen Anna Vogel is an author on a mission to use stories to entertain and encourage, but most of all to help heal the hurting...and she does it masterfully!
Kathi Macias, prolific author of 40 novels, including Unexpected Christmas Hero.Karen Anna Vogel is the author of the popular Amish Knitting Circle series. She goes straight to the Amish grapevine for inspiration, having many Amish friends in Western Pennsylvania. To date she has five novels: Amish Knitting Circle: Smicksburg Tales 1, Amish Friends Knitting Circle: Smicksburg Tales 2, Amish Knit Lit Circle: Smicksburg Tales 3, Knit Together, The Amish Doll, Granny & Jebs Love Story, and Amish Pen Pals: Rachaels Confession.Karen lives in a century old farmhouse with her husband Tim, where they enjoy homesteading.
They have four married children and a granddaughter, who they plan to spoil rotten. Visit her blog, Amish Crossings, or her Facebook author page to celebrate the simple life. See hundreds of her Amish pictures, swap gardening tips and thrifty recipes, meet fellow knitters and crocheters, and leave prayer requests.