A Plain and Fancy Christmas - eBook  -     By: Cynthia Keller
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A Plain and Fancy Christmas - eBook

Ballantine Books / 2011 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780345530196
ISBN-13: 9780345530196
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

Raised in a Pennsylvania Amish community, young mother Rachel Yoder has led a simple life within her close-knit family. Widowed three years ago, she has moved back in with her parents, attempting to raise her daughter, Katie, without further emotional upheaval. Meanwhile, four hours and a whole world away in New York City, Ellie Lawrence is laser-focused on a high-powered public relations career, with too little time for her family, her friends, or even her boyfriend.

Then one fateful day, these two very different women receive shocking news of a mistake made three decades earlier and long kept hidden: Shortly after their births, the two were accidentally switched in the hospital. Shaken to the core by this momentous news, Rachel and Ellie are plunged into an exploration of who they are and where they really belong. While Ellie is eager to learn more about her Amish family and their life in the countryside, Rachel cannot help but feel jealous as she watches the only mother she has ever known bonding so easily with her natural daughter. But Rachel also knows that her own biological family is out there, and with Katie at her side she heads for Manhattan, where she establishes a connection with the raucous, spirited Lawrences.

As Ellie and Rachel make their way through unfamiliar landscapes, they face life-altering challenges and grapple with a crucial question: Will their old conventions and desires give way to new customs and yearnings? With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it takes the love of two families for Rachel and Ellie to discover their own paths to fulfillment and happiness.


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Author Bio

Cynthia Keller is the author of An Amish Christmas. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.


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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Cynthia Keller’s An Amish Christmas

"This little book is a holiday charmer young and old will find appealing."—Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star

"This simple, compelling tale feels fresh like a brisk winter morning."—Lincoln Journal Star

"The perfect holiday read."—BookLoons


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    What would happen if you checked your mail today, opened a letter to discover that when you left the hospital you were given to the wrong parents? That is just what happens to Rachel, a devoted Amish daughter and a mother of a young daughter and to Ellie, a highly successful public relations executive living in New York City.

    Cynthia does a exceptional job of sharing their thoughts, trials, and tests as they discover the differences in their lives and what they might have been. A can of worms is opened and the outcomes have eye opening effects on Rachel, Ellie and their families.

    The book is well written, the chapters alternating from one perspective to the other. Her characters are emotionally driven and easy to visualize.

    The story seemed a little drawn out, but each chapter brought a new perspective to ponder.

    A wonderful read for the Christmas season.
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