It's Christmas, and Annie Weaver misses her family after leaving her Amish community to work at a distant hospital. But when she hears that her father has been gravely injured in a buggy accident, she rushes home to care for him. Her passion for healing catches widower Shayne Troyer's attention. Will she also capture his heart? 256 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
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Review 1 for A Simple Amish Christmas
Immediately fell in love with it!
Date:December 6, 2013
Today I am reviewing A Simple Amish Christmas by one of my favorite authors, Vannetta Chapman.
This is the very first novel I have read by Ms. Chapman. I actually began reading it on my iPhone after checking out the ebook from the public library... and I immediately fell in love with it!
I was touched by how much Annie cared for her family, that she immediately left her job and returned home when she was needed. And I laughed at the irony of how Samuel treated her... being a hard-headed man, he refused to give her any encouragement, but insisted on treating her as if she were still a child.
Well, I guess she shows him! :-)
Of course, once the reader understands what is happening between Annie and Samuel, it's easy to see why they both resist their feelings - to a point. Sometimes feelings are impossible to ignore, right?
Apparently it is a custom of many Amish, when a spouse dies, to marry within the spouses' family if there is a need... Samuel's sister-in-law has such a need, as her spouse has also died and she is left to raise their children. She writes to Samuel, asking him to honor his deceased wife by marrying her and helping her raise her children.
I don't want to give away anything else, so I'll let you read the book for yourself. But do get the sequel... it is the icing on the cake!
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Review 2 for A Simple Amish Christmas
A Wonderful Story!
Date:December 5, 2013
A Simple Amish Christmas is a wonderful story to be enjoyed, not only during the holiday season, but any time of the year! Set in an Amish community of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, this story is full of vivid descriptions and enjoyable characters. I encourage you to open the pages and step into this delightful tale and visit this special community!
Three years ago, Annie Weaver left her Amish community to live with aunt in Philadelphia. During this time, she acquired an education and career among the Englisch. Annie enjoys her work at the hospital as a registered nurse. However, thoughts of home wash over her from time to time and leave her longing for home. A sudden phone call changes everything and Annie rushes to return to her Amish community.
Samuel Yoder is a local farmer who helps with the medical needs of the community. When he makes a house call to check on Jacob Weaver, he is surprised to find Annie caring for her father. Skeptical at first of Annie’s ability to nurse her father back to health, Samuel soon learns there is more to this young woman than he realized. There is also more to Samuel Yoder than meets the eye, as Annie slowly discovers.
A Simple Amish Christmas is a well-written story of love, acceptance, and realizing God’s will in all things. I highly recommend this book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Abingdon Press. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
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Review 3 for A Simple Amish Christmas
Curl up with this Cozy Amish story!
Date:December 4, 2013
Vannetta Chapman's sweet and satisfying tale of restoration and hope is an enjoyable Christmas read that fans of Amish romance are sure to cherish.
Annie Weaver had no interest in encouraging any of the potential beaus in her small Amish community, so her family sent her to live with her aunt for her rumschpringe. In that time, she becomes a nurse. When she learns that her father has been injured, however, she is eager to return home. She has missed her family and life among the Amish. Still, she's not the same person she was when she left. Her education and skills may not be acceptable to her community.
Will she be accepted back in the community if she stays true to the call she believes God has given her? Should she forget her love of medicine and be baptized? As she develops feelings for Samuel Yoder, she struggles with the path she's supposed to take.
This is a satisfying Amish-set story. I enjoyed reading about the Amish community and Annie's journey to discern God's will. The romance is sweet, and the story's ending is a tender treat.
Thanks to Abingdon for providing a copy for my review!
One of the characteristics of this Amish novel that I love is the way the author integrates explanations of traditions into the tale. For example, how Amish communities are not all the same, but are unique in many ways. I love how there is a First Christmas then a Second Christmas with each explained and expounded so readers know the meaning of the references. Each person in an Amish community goes through a time where they decide whether to join the church or live in the English world; this period is known as “rumschpringe”. In A Simple Amish Christmas, Annie is sent to live with her English aunt by her parents because she is unsettled with no future plans for marriage. When Annie goes there, she excels more than her parents could imagine, obtaining each goal she sets for herself. When she returns to the community, it is for a family emergency that requires her to come and help tend the sick plus help her mother with her younger siblings. Samuel and Annie are brought together because of the needs of the community, their individual gifts as well as their knowledge that sets them apart from others. However, Samuel has something in his past that he lets prevent him from having any type of future relationship with anyone other than simple friendship. As time goes by, Samuel begins to be convicted about how he has treated God and while looking to reestablish his walk with the Lord, he unpacks his family Bible. When he does so, the Scriptures begin to speak to his heart and the future comes into focus more than ever before. Will Samuel allow faith or defeat to prevail in his decisions about the future? Vannetta Chapman wrote the novel a couple of years ago, but don’t let that deter you from experiencing again the hope that comes with Christmas. The author has written several other novels, a couple of which I have read and enjoyed immensely. I sure hope that many will take time to read this story and share a copy with someone over the coming holidays.
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Review 5 for A Simple Amish Christmas
A Christmas Homecoming!
Date:December 3, 2013
"A Simple Amish Christmas" by Vannetta Chapman is a 5 star book. If you don't read this book you are missing out on a Wonderful book ! I was drawn into the story from the first sentence of the prologue. Annie Weaver is Amish but while on her Rumschpringe she had continued her schooling and is now a nurse. One day she receives a call and is informed about an accident involving her father and rushes home. She is greeted with harsh words from Samuel, her father's best friend and he is also the closet thing to a doctor that the Amish community of Mifflin Country, Pennsylvania has.
Annie has to prove to him that she is still Amish and that she plans to remain at home in Mifflin Country. This book is also about Samuel learning to forgive himself and to learn to love again and to trust what his heart is telling him. Samuel's past is something that would be hard to let go of but he learns that he can still honor it and live in the future!
Can Annie and Samuel work together to heal the ill of Mifflin Country, and will they trust their growing feelings toward each other ?
Even through this book is a Christmas story I believe this story is a story that could be enjoyed anytime a reader wanted to enjoyed a heartwarming story about forgiveness and love!
There is a glossary of Amish words at the end of the story to help with the words used in the story if a reader needs them. There are also discussions questions at the end and I think they would be great to answer for yourself or in a book club discussions!
I have read several books by this wonderful author and each story holds something very precious and unique….A Simple Amish Christmas was also a wonderful experience for me. From the first page, this book caught my attention and I was eager to see what happened next. Annie is being sent to live with her aunt during the time of her rumschpringe. However, instead of being spontaneous and having crazy fun with the Englischers, she puts herself through medical training and becomes a nurse. She becomes desperately homesick and when attending her patients one Christmas season, she is called home by her parents to help her injured father.
From the moment Annie rushes to her father’s bedside, Samuel Yoder is amazed by the woman Annie has become. He is now a widower having lost his wife and daughter to a tragic accident, he is considered the community medical helper even though he is not an official doctor, and Annie’s father, Jacob, is a close friend of his. After accepting his lonely lifestyle thinking this is God’s will for him, he is surprised at how attracted he becomes to Annie and her feisty personality. Wouldn’t she be better off with a man with a clear past and closer to her age?
Samuel is such a great character and once he and Annie finally click they make such a great team together. He gets her; her heart, her fears, her humor, and her devotion to God, family, and their Amish neighbors. After his time of solitude, being with Annie and her close family brings life back to Samuel. That being said, I was annoyed with their initial encounter and couldn’t understand why Samuel is so insecure about Annie’s feelings. The chemistry and sparks between them are fun, the romance is sweet, and their connection is tangible. It’s noble how Samuel wants to do the right thing for himself and for Annie, but I wish he would’ve had more peace throughout the story.
One of my favorite scenes is when Annie is baptized into the Amish church, I felt how precious and symbolic it was of her faith. She fully commits to this act with her whole heart and there’s never a doubt that she belongs there.
The other scenes I utterly enjoyed are Annie with her family, her conversations with her mamm, and how she works with her neighbor patients. She is so in tune with her patients, she has a special touch with each of them regardless of the situation or background, and she brings professionalism and hope with each person.
Even though this book takes place during Christmas, it was a refreshing read and kept me cooled off during the summer heat. There are parts of the story left unanswered and I’m looking forward to the sequel to see what happens next :)
Vannetta Chapman did a great job on her debut novel A Simple Amish Christmas. It was so good I couldn't put it down and I do hope she writes a follow up book to let us know what happens to Annie Weaver and Samuel Yoder. Annie returns home from living in the English world for 3 years. She is coming home because of her sick Father. She had hopes of returning one day anyway. In the English world she went on with her schooling and became a RN. Will she be able to continue her work as a RN? Will she be baptized and join the church? Will she find love back in Mifflin County? You must read the book to find out. I wouldn't want to spoil it for you! I promise you, you will love this story!
"An Amish Christmas" is Vannetta Chapman's debut novel. What a way to start off!! I loved the depth of the characters and although the plot is simple, it is interesting and well developed. I found that there were little twists and turns that surprised me. Vannetta has researched the life of the Amish people in detail. She is precise in her details on their way of life and commitment to their faith. I felt the challenge that her main character , Annie was experiencing and the pull of the Englischer's world vs. the life of the Plain People. It is truly a heartwarming story, where all of the characters are so real, that they become your best friends. You hurt with them , laugh with them and rejoice in their success in meeting life's battles. It is a true example of great Amish fiction. Once you start reading this book, you will not be able to put it down.
I received a copy of A Simple Amish Christmas in the Spring of 2012 as a contest winner from a giveaway. So I tucked it away to read when Christmas 2012 would be approaching. Usually, "Christmas" novels are in the shortened novella format with 200 pages or less. Vanetta Chapman has written a full-length novel that is not just about about Christmas but embraces leaving the Amish community, re-entering the community of Amish, and Christmas simplicity.
The story opens with Annie returning home from living amongst the Englichers for about four years where she resided with her aunt. Not a truly rebellious girl, just strong-willed and looking for something else. While out of the Amish community and fellowship, Annie continued her education and became a registered nurse - a real "thou shalt not do" within the confines of the Amish.
However, she returns home, keeps her educational pursuit and achievement a secret, but begins to minister in a healing capacity to those in their community.
Right away she butts heads with Samuel and that is a story that will entertain you as well as allow you to see the inner hearts and workings of the Amish as individuals.
Again, a good read from Vannetta Chapman and one I heartily recommend.
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Review 14 for A Simple Amish Christmas
This book was a great read
Date:April 11, 2012
This book was very good. It draws you in to the characters right away. It is titled" A Simple Amish Christmas" but you can read it anytime of the year. There is so much going on that you forget it is Christmastime. Excellent read.
I enjoy the Amish stories and I liked how this one came at it from a different angle with the main character going out into the world and then returning. It was quite good at being realistic on the different relationships and not having everyone live in a perfect world.
Samuel couldn’t accept Annie’s career as a nurse and just didn’t think she could care for her dad the way that was needed, but she was determined to convince Samuel Yoder that he was wrong! And he watched Annie care for her dad, Samuel realized she did have the skills to properly care for him, but would the community and church accept her because of her college degree?
I love Amish fiction and getting to know new authors, and Vannetta Chapman is a new author for me. What an enjoyable heartwarming story to read. The characters were so sweet and adorable, and very likeable. Annie was a sweetheart and even though she had been living with her aunt among the Englisch, she was willing to up-root her life and come home to help. What a humble young woman. And Samuel, why is he giving her such a difficult time? Even though he is still grieving the loss of his family, he could be more caring and considerate. But then when he starts seeing her in a different light, could sparks begin to fly?
The love and forgiveness the author so wonderfully weaves in this story causes us to realize that this is just what Christmas should be about. I encourage you to grab a copy of this wonderful Amish novel and read it for your Holiday enjoyment.
I want say a big Thank You to Abingdon Press for providing me a copy of this book to read and review. The review and opinions in this book are mine only. I was not expected or required to write a positive review of this book.