A Simple Faith, Lancaster Crossroads Series #1   -     By: Rosalind Lauer
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A Simple Faith, Lancaster Crossroads Series #1

Ballantine Books / 2013 / Paperback

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Rushing to the scene of a tragic highway collision, nursing student Haley Donovan draws on her training to care for the passengers in the crumpled van. The experience wins her a place in Lancaster County's tight-knit Amish society, and draws her to kindhearted psychologist Dylan Monroe. Working side by side with Dylan, who is bringing counseling services to the small town of Halfway, Haley feels an undeniable attraction between them, yet she senses that Dylan is holding back, scarred by the wounds of his past.

Elsie Lapp, the manager of Halfway's country store, is a voice of cheer and goodwill for her customers. But Elsie's serene world spins out of control with the terrible crash, and the young woman finds herself grappling for the simple faith that has always sustained her. Her burden is eased by Ruben Zook, a neighbor known for his snide jokes. In the aftermath of the accident, Ruben reveals a tender heart that could easily sweep her away. However, Elsie carries secrets that keep her from surrendering her heart.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 370
Vendor: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8 X 5.1 (inches)
ISBN: 0345543262
ISBN-13: 9780345543264
Availability: In Stock
Series: Lancaster Crossroads

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For fans of Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall, Rosalind Lauer’s uplifting Lancaster Crossroads novel A Simple Faith brings together disparate lives in a warm Amish setting.
 
BLESSINGS BORN OF TRAGEDY
A LOVE TO HEAL ALL FEARS
 
Rushing to the scene of a tragic highway collision, nursing student Haley Donovan draws on her training to care for the passengers in the crumpled van. The experience wins her a place in Lancaster County’s tight-knit Amish society, and draws her to kindhearted psychologist Dylan Monroe. Working side by side with Dylan, who is bringing counseling services to the small town of Halfway, Haley feels an undeniable attraction between them, yet she senses that Dylan is holding back, scarred by the wounds of his past.
 
Elsie Lapp, the manager of Halfway’s country store, is a voice of cheer and goodwill for her customers. But Elsie’s serene world spins out of control with the terrible crash, and the young woman finds herself grappling for the simple faith that has always sustained her. Her burden is eased by Ruben Zook, a neighbor known for his snide jokes. In the aftermath of the accident, Ruben reveals a tender heart that could easily sweep her away. However, Elsie carries secrets that keep her from surrendering her heart.
 
Exploring the ways that faith, hope, and charity bring everyone together, A Simple Faith resonates with the sweetness, purity, and power of love.

Praise for Rosalind Lauer and A Simple Faith
 
"The lives of four people converge in the wake of a horrific accident in the small Pennsylvania town of Halfway. . . . As the four connect, faith, hope, and love begin to bloom. . . . Lauer’s new Amish series launch is sure to be a hit with fans of her ’Seasons of Lancaster County’ series."Library Journal
 
"A lovely story of two sweet couples, this story will warm your heart and spirit."The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
 
"Sweet, touching . . . The Amish culture, religion and way of life feel accurately depicted."RT Book Reviews
 
"[Lauer] definitely sets the bar high for Amish romance stories."Fresh Fiction, on A Simple Winter

Author Bio

Rosalind Lauer is the author of A Simple Winter, A Simple Spring, A Simple Autumn, and the novella A Simple Crossroads. She grew up in a large family in Maryland and began visiting Lancaster County’s Amish community as a child. Lauer attended Wagner College in New York City and worked as an editor for Simon & Schuster and Harlequin Books. She now lives with her family in Oregon, where she writes in the shade of some towering two-hundred-year-old Douglas fir trees.

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Praise for Rosalind Lauer and A Simple Faith
 
"The lives of four people converge in the wake of a horrific accident in the small Pennsylvania town of Halfway. . . . As the four connect, faith, hope, and love begin to bloom. . . . Lauer’s new Amish series launch is sure to be a hit with fans of her ’Seasons of Lancaster County’ series."Library Journal
 
"A lovely story of two sweet couples, this story will warm your heart and spirit."The Parkersburg News and Sentinel
 
"Sweet, touching . . . The Amish culture, religion and way of life feel accurately depicted."RT Book Reviews
 
"[Lauer] definitely sets the bar high for Amish romance stories."Fresh Fiction, on A Simple Winter

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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another GREAT READ from Rosalind Lauer
    March 19, 2014
    JCMorrows
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have discovered a wonderful new author in Rosalind Lauer and I have four books, so far, of hers - two from her previous series and two from this one.

    I've had to check a couple out at the library but I'm watching for sales at the local Christian Book Stores. And I will be reviewing the second book in this series soon.

    Rosalind Lauer is an exceptional author. Even having read her first series, I was not prepared for how great this book would be. It's a great read!

    I will say that I'm a bit confused about who exactly is on the cover of the book - typically the cover of the book features the main character but none of the "main" characters of the story fit the picture we see.

    Whoever is or is not depicted on the cover, the story inside is exceedingly well-written. Right away, Rosalind Lauer pulls us into this wonderfully simple world. We feel like we are right there with Elsie as she runs the store and Haley as she helps her patients.

    And it's always exciting to see crossovers. We get to see some of the characters from Rosalind's first series make appearances in this one. It's wonderful to meet so many new characters and see how they interact with the ones we already know and love. It's just one more facet of Rosalind's talent.

    She takes a fresh story and winds it into the community we already feel as though we are a part of.
  2. Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God's Grace Is Sufficient!
    October 28, 2013
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first book I have read by Rosalind Lauer and it sure won't be my last.

    The characters in this book experience pain, deep heartache, loss, grief, and lack of faith. Does time really heal all wounds? Does God make mistakes?

    Have we ever felt unloved, lonely, and the desire to fit in? Elsie Lapp is a young lady who is experiencing all these things. As a young Amish girl she feels she can never marry, for who would ever want the likes of her? How can she marry with the deep fear she is hiding? After all, this is God's will for her life isn't it?

    Ruben Zook is dealing with his own insecurities and so to make up for what he is feeling he is known as the practical joker and an irritating one at that. What, if anything, can make him change his behavior?

    Haley Donovan an English woman training to become a nurse wants to prove to her parents that she can make something of herself. Approval from her parents is very important to her. A broken engagement on her part doesn't mean that she doesn't have control of her life. Is there anyway she can convince her parents?

    Dr. Dylan Monroe, a psychologist, running away from his demons that are chasing him. A new start in Amish country is a new beginning for him. Will Halfway, the Amish community, accept him? Just what is Dr. Monroe running from?

    God's healing power, his grace, his mercy, is at work in this story. Can lives be changed?

    I really enjoyed this book. It is a little different from most Amish fiction that I have read. I found that I wanted the best for every character in this story. They became like family to me.

    I am looking forward to the next book that author Rosalind Lauer publishes. I will also be purchasing her previous books to read. Her writing is that good!

    I won this book on LibraryThing and received my copy from Random House to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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