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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.