Ellie observed it all in fascination. These people had been working hard for hours without rest.-her own fatigue could vouch for that--and now they were taking the time to appreciate the idyllic summer evening. No computers or phones with which to contend, no rushing around; just being there together smelling the perfume of the summer flowers. Ellie was still a stranger, but she could see how appealing this lifestyle could be...and it could not be more different from her own life. Maybe a week of this lifestyle would drive her crazy, but for this moment she was grateful she had come to this place.
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.
Cynthia Keller is the author of An Amish Christmas. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.
Praise for Cynthia Kellers An Amish Christmas
"This little book is a holiday charmer young and old will find appealing."Fredericksburg Free LanceStar
"This simple, compelling tale feels fresh like a brisk winter morning."Lincoln Journal Star
"The perfect holiday read."BookLoons
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