Ada Rupp, a young Amish woman, had her life on hold because of a medical condition. Now that it's under control she hopes to do the things she's longed for: teach, marry, have children, _ Opportunity to travel offers Ada the chance to get away from her overprotective mother and experience the rumspringa she never had as a teen. She needs to discover who she is as a person on her own and explore the world a bit before she settles down.
Her hoped-for assignment as a teacher in a one-room school was given to Leah, a rival. Leah also seems to be working her way into the life and family of Will, the handsome widower Ada dreams of marrying. Although Ada serves as nanny and tutor to Will's oldest daughter, she believes he will never care for her like she does for him. She struggles to respond to this situation as a humble Amish should, but her heart feels like it will never heal.
Ada doesn't consider herself pretty, but Daniel, a Mennonite scholar researching Anabaptist history, desires to court her. Her background would add an attractive element to his heritage tours in Europe. Could she leave the Plain life she's known to live across the sea? In Switzerland she would be near her birth mother, Gisella, who rejected her and left the Amish faith. Could Ada and Gisella forge a relationship?
Add to these elements a mystery regarding the hiding place of the official agreement about some family property. Not only would this help Will's family financially, but it will preserve a historic landmark where early Anabaptists conducted secret services.
The Amish Nanny continues where the first book in the series, The Amish Midwife, left off, but it can also stand alone. The intricacies of relationships are explored on multiple levels as well as the role faith plays in life. Romance, suspense, and adventure add to the mix. Plus Anabaptist history is woven into the story naturally, adding to its depth. Being Anabaptist myself, I appreciated the attention to these details.
As Ada said, "I wanted the full knowledge of what was out there, of who I might be." I have felt the same way. Perhaps journeying along with her in this novel will help answer these questions in the reader's life. I recommend this story and others by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.
Since reading the first book in the set, "The Amish Midwife", I've been looking forward to reading the next one, "The Amish Nanny". I was not disappointed-it was even better than the first! The main character of this book was Lexie's sister, Amish-born Ada. I loved reading about Ada and her friends' trip to Switzerland and the historical roots of the Amish there. The mystery surrounding their visit was well done too. I really enjoy anything Amish, and appreciate Amish faith even more after reading this book, seeing some of the "why they do what they do" explained so well. Ada (and indeed all of the characters) were so believable in their struggles over faith and relationships. Can't wait for book three-well done!
Ada is a young woman who never had a chance to grow up. From suffering from a blood disease, to dealing with a hovering mother, to unrequited love, to finding out that she is adopted, she has gone through her share of hardships. She is ready for an adventure and an adventure is what she gets!
This story is well-written. The storyline is addictive and will have you up all night reading to find out what will happen next. The characters in the book are dimensional and varied and the story is a unique one full of twists and turns. This book is not your average romance but definitely a must-read for all you Amish lovers out there!!
I LOVED the Amish Midwife, so the moment this book hit my mailbox, I scarfed it up. The other books I was in the middle of just had to wait until I could read Ada's story. (And now I can't wait for book three which must be Ellen's story!)
With this story, Ada must travel to Switzerland with friends to help redeem her families history and a promise made over one hundred years earlier. In the process she must decide what she wants for her future. Who hasn't felt trapped by others expectations of you? Who hasn't felt trapped by a past they couldn't control? Who hasn't wanted a chance to be more than what people say you can be? When everything Ada desires is stripped away, she gets to choose what her future will be. Is she willing to risk or will she stay in her safe yet unfulfilling life?
With this book, I felt like I was on the cargo ship crossing the Atlantic. I felt like I journeyed to the small towns in the Alps. It was like a vacation with several friends that I got to know better through the trip. LOVED it!