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Newly returned to his Amish roots after many years in the outside world, Zed knows he must prove himself to earn acceptance from his community. Without a second thought, he picks up a hammer and sets to work helping Fanny fulfill her dream of turning an old carriage house into a women's childbirth center. Soon Zed finds himself a part of Fanny's daily chores, sharing her laughter and sorrow. Knowing that time flows like a river, running slow and steady, Zed plans to wait on his love. But when their secret is discovered, how deep will the disapproval of their community run?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Lancaster Crossroads
"A story of love and faith, sorrow and sadness. Lauers writing is from the heart and paints a believable picture of Amish life."RT Book Reviews
"Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis and Mindy Starns Clark."Library Journal, on A Simple Winter
"[Lauer] definitely sets the bar high for Amish romance stories."Fresh Fiction, on A Simple Winter
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Superb novel that will entertain and inspireJanuary 8, 2015KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lauer excels at writing community. She has created such memorable characters in the small town of Halfway and I love how they crisscross from one book to another. I get a thrill out of catching up with old favourites while digging deeper into the lives of new faves. Remarkably, despite this overlap, each book reads well as a standalone.
Lauer also creates stories of heart and depth and hope. Gritty at times, these are definitely real lives with realistic challenges that cause her characters to grapple with God's will in the grand scheme of things. That's what Fanny and Zed have to do as they gingerly work out their place in the community. Zed, as the outsider desperately wanting in, Fanny as a second-time widow in a town she married into...and the untimely attraction that develops between the two.
But this isn't just Franny and Zed's story. There's a secondary love story in the Englischer world of Halfway as well and the author weaves the two threads together in an incredible way. Talk about reader satisfaction!
I honestly wish I'd read A Simple Charity with pen and notebook in hand because there are so many wonderfully sage sayings dotted throughout. The wisdom of the Amish at its best. A superb novel that will entertain and inspire.
Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Love Conquers All!December 10, 2014Judy K BurgiKendallville, INAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the third book I have read by author Rosalind Lauer. I enjoyed A Simple Charity but it got off to a slow start for me. Still, it is worthy of four stars.
It seems as though one thing after another happens to Fanny Lapp. While she tries to honor her deceased husband and do right by him, there is one incident that she is ashamed of. Does this make her a horrible person? Her desire is to build a womens childbirthing center suddenly comes to an end. This must not have been Gods Will.
Zed Miller wants nothing more than to court Fanny Lapp. He realizes that he must wait as Fanny is still in her mourning period honoring her deceased husband. An incident happens that makes him realize that courting Fanny may not happen. What Fanny doesnt know is Zed doesnt give up easily!
I took away from this story that when God is center and in control of our lives many wonderful things can happen. This doesnt mean that the road we travel is an easy one. Each trial and tribulation should help us to realize that God wants us to have complete faith in Him.
I won this book on LibraryThing. I wish to thank Ballantine Books for sending me a copy to read and review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I don't want it to end... PLEASE tell me there are more books coming!December 2, 2014JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5OK, this book totally works in my Salute to Christmas Reads! Which is AWESOME! mostly because the book is awesome and I want to give it as much attention as I possibly can!
I didnt think Rosalind Lauer could get any better! But it seems like every book of hers I read is even better than the last one!
With the first three books Rosalind wrote; A Simple Winter, A Simple Spring and A Simple Autumn Rosalind introduced us to the wonderful community of Halfway and I didnt get the chance to freak about it because I didnt actually discover her wonderful books until the second series had already started.
I did start by reading the first series and then I was blessed to be able to go right into the next until I had to wait for this one A Simple Charity.
And now Im freaking out because I dont want it to end!
Im hoping that either Rosalind has more planned for this series or else shes going to start another series but with these same characters! Theyre too amazing to let go of!
And Rosalind Lauer has a particular talent for blending the Amish community with the English community that makes her books so much more appealing. For those of us who dont necessarily want to make such a drastic change, its exciting to think that we could just move into the community and live alongside the plain people.
Its certainly on my own wish list!
Of course its also tricky because I have fallen completely and totally in love with THESE people and THIS community! Its just too well-written! Rosalind makes her characters so real, I feel like I could go to Halfway and meet them all!
Oh well Ill just have to be content with them in my imagination.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
BarbWest Monroe, LAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Marvelous BookOctober 28, 2014BarbWest Monroe, LAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Simple Charity by Rosalind Lauer is Book Three in the Lancaster Crossroads series. It's a marvelous book and I enjoyed reading it. It's great how the author writes an Amish and an English storyline at the same time in the book and they connect perfectly. The book kept my interest and was well-written. I had no problem to keep turning the pages wanting to read this book. The author's plot brought out many facets of life that can happen to anyone. I will definitely keep reading books by Rosalind Lauer.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amish/EnglishOctober 28, 2014MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I so enjoyed this Amish and English story, different but rather the same, with both cultures using Midwives. On the Amish side we have Fanny Lapp, a recent widow, actually twice, still in her twenties, with young children, and some grown stepchildren all in her care. On the English side we have a young twenty some woman, Meg Harper, whom with a kind heart, finds herself in trouble.
Come visit with these young women, as they go about the joyful job of bringing new babies into this world. We travel also with these women as they go about their everyday life, and trials. We find them thrown together, and hope that they can be there for one another, with one living near Philadelphia PA and the other on the other side of the state near Pittsburgh.
With Gods help and the help of their families and community, we see how things work out, of course not always as we want. There are a few romances thrown in here, and some past jealous relationship to deal with. There is also the communitys reaction to how these people live and are kept under scrutiny. You have to wonder how some people proclaim to be of faith, and act totally different.
I enjoyed being here as they went about their lives, having dinner with them, and spending time with their loved ones.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Ballantine Books, and was not required to give a positive review.