A Simple Amish Christmas
Abingdon Press 2010
Annie Weaver is sent to live with her her aunt at the ripe old age of sixteen, soon to be seventeen. She has refused every boy who has attempted to court her, lost three jobs and continually sneaks to the barn to read books by lamplight. Her parents finally send her away to live with the Englisch. They hope this will clear her head and get her rumschpringe out of her system.
Annie plans to return home but she has lived and worked for three years as an RN in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Christmas season is in full swing and Annie is lonely and missing her family. Her rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt halt because of a family emergency. She returns to her home in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania to care for her father and finds herself attracted to an Amish farmer. Annie has choices she must make on her first Christmas home.
This is a wonderful Christmas story painted in the back drop of Amish country in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. The characters are warm and welcoming and become your friends from the beginning. I was drawn into the story from the first page and could not put the book down.
The major characters in the story are Annie Weaver and Samuel Yoder. Annie is a bit shy and has some difficulty speaking her mind. Samuel has his own issues and vacillates back and forth about what he should do with his life. There are times when you just want to shake the both of them.
This is my first read from Vannetta Chapman; but it will not be the last. She has written a heart warming story that shows the Amish to have struggles and indecision's. Their faith and trust in God, however, will see them through any difficulty. This is not only a wonderful holiday read; but a read to make you believe in the power of love and happy ever afters.
If you enjoy Amish fiction, a nice christian story, or just a warm fuzzy read, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it and would most definitely read it again.