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It's Christmas, and Annie Weaver misses her family after leaving her Amish community to work at a distant hospital. But when she hears that her father has been gravely injured in a buggy accident, she rushes home to care for him. Her passion for healing catches widower Shayne Troyer's attention. Will she also capture his heart? 256 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Will Annie find acceptance in the Amish community she left behind?

Author Bio

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfathers birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of Austin. Visit her on the web at VannettaChapman.com.

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In A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman, a young Amish girl named Annie Weaver is called to return home to take care of her injured father. She left her home at age sixteen after her parents’ suggestion that she go on her “rumschpringe” to find out who she was. She remained living outside of the Amish community for three years while earning a nursing degree and landing a job in Philadelphia. Annie’s return home brings with it her fear of condemnation from her family and community.

Chapman uses dialogue and the thoughts of her main characters to make her book read at a quick but relaxed pace. The relationship between Annie and a certain love-interest is predictable but sweet, and shows the value of combining commitment and love. Most of Annie’s conversations with her family revolve around faith. My favorite part of this book is how Annie relates to God – she speaks to him about her frustrations and fears, feeling like a failure when she is unable consistently to follow God’s will.

Annie Weaver’s main conflict seems to be whether or not her Amish community will accept her, but the challenge is really about how she finds a way to practice the modern medicine she loves in an old fashion place she loves too. She also deals with the issue of deciding whether to open herself up to love. Another main character, Samuel Yoder, is the local Amish doctor and he plays a key role in her decision making. Annie and Samuel eventually decide to work together, despite some disagreements, for the greater good of their community.

Annie is kind, often worried, and hard working. She likes to feel useful and cares a lot for children, her family, and her medical patients. Her hard-working attitude is similar to that of the other characters, but she is more restless and desiring of a purpose than they are.

Overall, this book is good in that it brings up the topic of medical needs in Amish communities. This, combined with Annie’s love relationship and the breach of certain subjects about God and his will for people’s lives, makes this a fun and slightly thought- provoking story. However, the ending is a bit frustrating, and Chapman only briefly goes into some subjects I would have liked her to go more deeply into. I would recommend this book to women who enjoy love stories with happy endings. – Jody Ford, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good Christmas story
    March 7, 2015
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Annie Weaver has spent the last three years to good use. She has decided to continue her education is now a registered nurse. But when her father has an accident which breaks his legs, Annie rushes home to put her nursing skills to use. Samuel Yoder, the local healer, has ideas about how a woman is to serve in the community and having medical training is not among them. As Annie and Samuel clash about her fathers care, a spark ignites between them that nether one expects or wants.

    I found Annie to be a wonderfully character who has the gift of caring for others. Her faith, which she relies on heavily, her determination to do what is right, and her compassion for the physically and spiritually hurt makes her a wonderfully written character.

    Samuel Yoder, I have to admit, I took me a good third of the book to warm up to. His desire to help people equals Annie, and when we read why he had such a condescending attitude toward Annie it helped my outlook to understand him better.

    There were several memorable moments in the book, when Samuel finds out that Annie is a RN and has her own stethoscope, and when Samuel and Annie work as a team to help the community with their illnesses.

    I loved that the book was full of God and faith. That is what Christian fiction is about.

    The only thing that I found disappointing was the ending. For me it fell a bit flat, but thats just my opinion.

    I would defiantly recommend this book.
  2. Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderbar Christmas book
    September 30, 2014
    Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A wonderbar Christmas story. I loved this book. I fell in love with this story and its characters. It wasn't just your typical Amish story. I would love to hear more about these characters and the sub characters. I will want to read this book again.
  3. Alabama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christmas Perfection
    June 16, 2014
    homeschoolmom24
    Alabama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    About the Book:

    Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and important choices to make.

    About the Author:

    Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a multi-award winning member of Romance Writers of America and holds a B.A. and M.A. in English. She currently teaches in the Texas hill country, where she lives with her husband in the city of Austin. Visit her on the web at VannettaChapman.com.

    My Review:

    A Simple Amish Christmas, is a soul stirring kind of book. I know for some June is just too early to even think about the holidays but I enjoy learning towards that special time of year no matter if its June or December. Christmas is such a special time for the English family as well as for the Amish, their simple ways make me long to be one of them, sometimes. But many of us that are that way, can take our current surroundings and live just as simply even if we don't believe exactly as they do.

    Being away from home, really gets you to miss it more and more---and this is where Annie Weaver finds herself. Just three swift years after leaving her parents home in the Amish community of Mifflin county to begin a life as an English girl indulging in her rumschpringe, a time to search herself and to see what she will discover. She misses the simplicity of home and all it has to offer, she also misses her family. soon the longing of home gives way to the need of getting their immediately when she receives a call that her father has been in an accident.

    Upon returning home, Annie and Samuel are introduced and right away Samuel is taken with her. Realizing that her father's situation was a grave one, Annie immediately engrosses herself in his care, but all the while thinking about Samuel. It wasn't long until her bed ridden father was already trying to get her to start looking around at the men in town as possible suitors. But with her and Samuel's and their first meeting upon her arrival, she just knew he would not even be a possibility. Will these two be able to work out their differences and come together or will they fight the whole way up the aisle to matrimony?

    **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.
  4. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Much more than an Amish Christmas story
    June 4, 2014
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Unsettled and unable to follow through with anything, Annie was sent to Philadelphia to live with Englisch relatives during her rumschpringe. While in the city she finished her education and became a registered nurse. When a buggy accident left her dat with both legs broken she immediately left for her Amish home to aid in nursing her dat back to health, her family unaware that she had become a nurse. Samuel Yoder, her dat's best friend and the "doctor" to the Amish community was gruff and mistrustful of Annie's skills as a caregiver, but Annie's change in character was about to open everyone's eyes.

    As in Vannetta Chapman's other Amish fiction stories the reader is immersed in the Amish culture and countryside. She paints a peaceful portrait of a hardworking farming community of close-knit godly people. The author has researched the Anabaptist culture closely and characterizes their lifestyle with integrity and intellect. Convincing characters are authentic and evolve naturally throughout the story, and the author has interwoven spiritual qualities throughout, enhancing a well-told story.

    Lessons in tolerance, consideration, forgiveness and grace flowed throughout this book and left me yearning for the simplicity the Amish personify. When family and friends asked why I was reading a Christmas book at this time of year I was a bit surprised because this story is so much more than just a Christmas story. It's a story of a people and the lifestyle they represent. I highly recommend this very touching story, at Christmastime or a 90-degree summer day!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as a gift from the author. In gratitude I have composed an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  5. Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartwarming story, not just for Christmas
    May 30, 2014
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I first read this as a library book I picked up because I was in the mood for some Amish fiction. Only later did I realize it was written by Vannetta Chapman - and promptly bought a copy for myself (it's THAT good). As usual, The characters in this story jump off the page and into your heart as they struggle with life's choices. Annie Weaver fulls pulled between her love of family and a career in nursing that the Amish cannot accept. Samuel Yoder battles grief as a widower, trying to accept the loss of his wife and daughter as God's will, yet also feeling somewhat responsible that he wasn't there to save them. Their common concern for Mr. Weaver's health brings these two together at first, but it is their strong personalities and chemistry that eventually cause them to fall in love. End of story? No - love means doing what is best for the other, and Samuel painfully realizes his age and history would be a burden to lively young Annie.

    *SPOILER ALERT:

    Married to an older Christian, I can personally understand the sacrifice Samuel is willing to make - and equally glad he didn't have to make it! You will love the ending to this book, and the fact that it isn't the end of the story. "The Christmas Quilt" goes on to describe the marriage and first child of this delightful couple.
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Author: Vannetta Chapman
Located in: Central Texas
Submitted: July 22, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I live and teach in a small town in central Texas. I've been writing for eleven years and am delighted to have my first book published by Abingdon Press. My husband and I have four children--all grown. The youngest is graduating from college August, 2010.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I hadn't written an Amish book before. When my agent asked for an Amish proposal, my first goal was to find something I had in common with the Amish. I found two things--our faith. At its root, we both share a deep love for the same Lord. Secondly, my grandfather was born in Albion, PA. I began researching his life and that's why this book is set in Pennsylvania. Once I'd found some commonality, I had no trouble moving forward with the project.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  My "tag" line is Fiction full of GRACE, and that is what I hope readers gain from A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS --a sense of God's grace. It's infinite and free and, yes, it's a gift. I also hope we all find a way to slow down and enjoy the things of Christmas that mean the most.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I was reminded of how complicated holidays have become in our lives. We have grown children everywhere, we have a blended family, and we all live in different towns. So our life is very different from Annie's life. But we can still enjoy the SIMPLE things of Christmas if we settle down, focus, and make choices that in the end we will be glad we made.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Amy Clipston was a big influence for me on this book, because this was my first Amish book and I turned to her time and again for help. Also Barbara Cameron was a great resource for me. Overall the Christian writing community is a wonderfully supportive group, especially to a newbie like myself. My inspiration has always been my parents--their love for me is completely unconditional and they have always supported me in anything I attempted including my writing.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I have a 3 book Amish mystery series coming out next with Zondervan books that I am very excited about, so stay tuned! You can find out more at my web page. And also I love to do booksignings at local libraries, churches and stores. Send me an email to VannettaChapman@gmail.com.

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