of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming Holiday Read with a Touch of MysteryDecember 7, 2019SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I don't read a lot of books in the Amish genre but do know the name Cindy Woodsmall. The Christmas Remedy is a blending of Amish and English communities and gives readers an interesting perspective of the Amish where medicine is concerned.
Add in a young Amish woman who longs to teach her community the advantages of regular doctor visits and the importance of medication and a cozy mystery set around the pharmacy where Holly works, and the plot of this little novel moves at the perfect pace.
All of the Christmas themes and connections are packed into the second half of the book, but I would have enjoyed this sweet story if it were set in any season.
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ConnieRMEAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Unique story!November 23, 2019ConnieRMEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've had this book for a while, and decided to read it while on vacation...from my job as a pharmacy technician!!! I have to say that it certainly depicted the work of a pharmacy authentically. I was interested in the aspect of providing medication and counsel to the Amish community. I can imagine that this would not be a traditional role for an Amish woman, and felt it set up a good tension aspect to the story.
I really enjoyed the story, and was inspired by the fact that Holly considers her work a calling. I hope that the author might pick these characters up in another book so we can see how their lives together progress.
tgreear5 Stars Out Of 5Get in the Christmas SpiritMarch 22, 2019tgreearEvery year I buy books to get me into the holiday spirit. I love a good Christmas story but so often I am disappointed. Not this time! The Christmas Remedy is the perfect holiday story. The story itself is intriguing and I learned so much more about the Amish. I'm not sure if the storyline could happen in the real Amish world but it sure works in the book. Holly, an Amish girl, is a pharmacy technician for a local pharmacist. Didn't see that coming did you! The pharmacy along with the town and all the characters are believable, likeable and we'll written. I want to meet all of them. Add in a major catastrophe after the pharmacist has a stroke and it all makes for a great story. Someone is trying to sabotage this quaint hometown pharmacy that everyone, especially the Amish, rely on. Holly and Josh are determined to help save the pharmacy. But being together so much creates its on problems for Holly. Unlike most Amish women she wants a career, not marriage and babies. The story is beautifully written. From descriptions of decorations, family gatherings and the feel of snow and crisp winter air I was completely immersed in the surroundings. I think the Christmas Remedy should become a required holiday reading.
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Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Cozy Christmas StoryFebruary 12, 2019Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Christmas Remedy was a cozy Christmas tale with a nice combination of Amish and Englisch characters. I enjoyed the uniqueness of Holly's situation as a pharmacy technician who also happened to be Amish.
The romance between Holly and Josh was low key. Holly saw no way to balance the ability to further her eduction, something which she had special permission to do from her bishop, and hold a job in the working world with the possiblity of love, marriage, and family.
I enjoyed watching as Holly, Josh, and the pharmacist's son, Brandon, worked to save the pharmacy when an investigation into their pharmaceutical practices was opened.
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NicolePalmdale, CAAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A Sweet Amish RomanceFebruary 3, 2019NicolePalmdale, CAAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Christmas Remedy (2018) by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a sweet, standalone Amish Christmas Romance. This book comes in all forms including eBook, and is 208 pages in length. With a full-time job and a busy six-year old at home, this book took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel in paperback form from the publisher, WaterBrook, to read and review. In no way has this influenced my opinion of the story. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give The Christmas Remedy 4 STARS.
I adore everything Cindy Woodsmall writes. She has an amazing way with writing stories that grab the reader from page one. Independently Cindy's works are fabulous, but I really love all she has produced with her daughter-in-law, Erin. I have read and greatly enjoyed everything they have collaborated on, and this novel is no different. Together, Cindy and Erin make a superb writing team. If you are in the mood for a well-written, fast-paced, sweet romance, then The Christmas Remedy is the book for you!
The heroine of The Christmas Remedy, Holly Noelle, works as a pharmacy tech in a quaint, old-school pharmacy owned and run by a sweet man named Lyle. Lyle is not only a mentor to Holly, but over the years he's grown to be a father figure as well. At the start of this story Lyle gets sick and it rocks Holly's world, but because Holly isn't actually family she can't legally help him through his illness. Enter Lyle's estranged son, Brandon. I struggled with Brandon's character at first. He appears to be the quintessential Millennial so caught up in his own life that his dad's illness is nothing more than a bother and burden keeping him from the life he thinks he should be living. But slowly over time Brandon's perspective shifts, and he sees how lucky he is to have a second chance with his dad. Life is so tenuous. We truly have no idea how much time we or our loved ones have on this earth. It is imperative that we make each day count. This means that every day we need to make sure our loved ones know they matter. I speak from personal experience in the blink of an eye, our loved ones can be taken from us. Do your loved ones know you truly love them? If your mom, dad, son, daughter, or friend died today, would you be confident they died knowing you loved them? This is something worth pondering.
While I very much enjoyed my time with this novel, there is one thing Holly says that bothered me. Holly is very dedicated to making sure that her Amish community has access to and understanding of basic medicine and health practices. Her father died when Holly was young from something that could have easily been treated and fixed with the right medical attention. Naturally, her father's death has left a lasting impression. In a moment where she is passionately defending her near-obsession with her community getting proper medical care, Holly explains that "life is seriouspeople who take it lightly are more likely to die before their time" (81). I take issue with this notion that people die "before their time." People die young, and that seems wrong to us. People die viciously, and that seems wrong to us. BUT no one dies before their time. In Psalm 139:16 (ESV), David writes, "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." Before we were ever conceived in the womb, we each were seen by God. He wrote our entire story in His book. Every single day we have here on earth has been penned by God. My problem with saying someone has died "before their time" is that it implies that God is not in control. God is 100% in control, and Psalm 139:16 proves this. My issue isn't really that Holly says this. She is 20 years old. To a 20 year old, any young person dying feels like that person has gone too early. My problem is that this line of thinking never gets corrected. I kept waiting for a wise man or woman to correct Holly's theology in this case, but it never happens, and to me this is a little disappointing.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time with The Christmas Remedy. I very much loved the unique and endearing characters, and the story line is quite engaging and fast-paced. And, I enjoyed the sweet romance weaved through the story line. I very much recommend this enjoyable novel.