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.
I admit, I am intrigued my the Amish lifestyle and, like Juju at Tales of Whimsy observed, would love to experience a day in the life of an Amish woman (or at least steal some of their recipes).
Amish fiction is an acquired taste-you either love it or leave it. I initially jumped on the Amish bandwagon when it had novel appeal, but the predictability and cookie-cutter aspect of some of the storylines left me bored and disengaged. Lately their has been a surge in the Christian market of books with bonnet wearing heroines trying to decided between the coaxing of the world and their faith. This book is set apart slightly because Annie knows that she belongs in the Amish community and she isn’t being drawn away into the world by and secret desires or love. I didn’t find this book preachy about the “evil ways of Englishers” like I have found in other Amish themed books.
Annie and Samuel are not your stereotypical, type-casted Amish couple-they have real yearnings, desires, insecurities and hurdles. Because this is a “feel good” Christmas story, the reader knows what the ultimate result will be, but that doesn’t make the journey less enjoyable.
This book appealed to me because it edified a simple and meaningful Christmas centered on the miracle of Christ’s birth. For the past few years my family has made a conscious effort to dematerialize our Christmas celebrations and focus on God and our time together as a family. Our past few Christmases have been the most meaningful and fulfilling that I can remember.
**Thank you to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a review copy**