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Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Simple Amish Christmas

Annie Weaver was 16 going on 17 when she was sent to live with her aunt during her rumschpringe. While most young teens are rebelling at this time, Annie has used hers to become a certified RN working at Mercy Hospital after living with her aunt for past three years. Three years working among the Englisch and three years away from her family. Now that she is seeing Christmas decorations everywhere she turns, she is missing them more and more. When she receives news that her father, Jacob has been in a buggy accident she rushes home to help care for him.

What she doesn't expect is to run into Samuel Yoder. More of a farmer than a real doctor, the Amish community of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania see him as more of a doctor even though he lacks any formal training. He was also the one who feels responsible for Jacob's accident. Had he not been at Samuel's farm helping him decide on which crop to plant next year, he would have never driven his buggy home late at night. Now this is just another burden that falls on Samuel's shoulders. He has already lost his wife and baby during an unexpected blizzard that left them lost and unable to find their way home. It was a day before they were even found.

Annie now struggles with competing with Samuel in helping to care for those in their community. There are those that want Annie to treat them because they are unable to pay for the care they receive from Samuel and with influenza beginning to spread in the community, the Weaver family feels that Annie needs to find a way to work together with Samuel and put aside whatever differences they may have. Yet will love find a way into both of their stubborn hearts as well?

I received A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman compliments of Abingdon Press and Net Galley for my honest review. This is such a perfect story for the Christmas season in letting go of grudges and finding forgiveness and hope amid whatever circumstances we may find ourselves in. The reader is immediately taken in by Annie's gentle way with her patients and her honesty in making sure those she helps understands she isn't a doctor but a nurse practitioner. She struggles with how to maintain her Amish roots while using the talents God has given her to use despite learning the Englisch ways. I rate this one a perfect 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this one to all my Amish readers!

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