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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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 8 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.
In a Simple Amish Christmas, author Vannetta Chapman invites us on a wonderful holiday to Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, amidst the smell of evergreen boughs, lighted Christmas candles in the windows, and Amish buggy rides in the snow! Annie Weaver leave her Amish home at the age of sixteen to live with her Englisch aunt, and earns her degree in nursing, which is totally frowned upon by the Amish. After being gone from her community for three years, Annie is summoned home to help take care of her father who has been injured in an accident, and meets up with her father's best friend, the "grouchy bear of a man" as Annie dubs him, Samuel Yoder.
Samuel Yoder, a widower who lost his wife and child a few years back, is the Amish community's healer, because of his vast knowledge of herbs used for medicinal purposes. When Annie arrives and they begin to work together serving the medical needs of the Amish, she sees Samuel as a rude, arrogant man, and sparks begin to fly! As Annie continues to live and work alongside her friends and family, her heart begins to yearn for God's quiet Spirit to fill her heart once again, knowing that the things she can accomplish on her own, will not bring her the serenity she longs for. Will she stay and work in her Amish community, or return to the hospital in the city, back to the desperately ill children she has grown to love? Will Samuel ever be able to let go of his deceased wife, and learn to find love and happiness again?
Vannetta Chapman's research into the ways and language of the Amish people was very extensive, even though the rules vary from one community to the other. Although Ms. Chapman's love and respect for the Amish shine through her writing, she doesn't portray them as a perfect people with no human flaws, for hot tempers and jealousy arise, and even an unwed, Amish pregnant girl is depicted in this novel. This was a quick, relaxing read, perfect for that "sitting by the fireplace" time of year when Jack Frost is nipping at your nose! Very nicely done, Vannetta Chapman!
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Review 16 for A Simple Amish Christmas
The Best Amish Romance Novel I Ever Read
Date:August 26, 2011
A Simple Amish Christmas is different than any Amish novel, I have ever read. I felt as though I was in the midst of the story. The author brings the Amish way of life and inter-twines it with normal everyday life of a typical American family. I found that there may be differences in the ways of life of Amish and other communities but they are also a lot alike. The love, struggles and trials are the same for everyone, no matter what community they live in.
The author held my interest throughout the book. I loved the fact that the author uses Amish words, but she does not leave the reader guessing what they mean. The author has put a glossary in the back of the book with the definitions.
Another great addition to this book is a short interview Q&A section with the author. I was amazed at the research the author put into this novel. I loved it and will be looking for more of Vannetta Chapman's books in the future.
A Simple Amish Christmas, Vannetta Chapman's debut, novel tells a story that is far from simple. Their Amish lifestyle may be considered simple, but the characters involved face troubles and challenges like any other person. Annie Weaver returns to her Amish family as an R.N. after her father is seriously injured in a buggy accident. Samuel Yoder is a healing servant to his fellow Amish, seeing patients much as a nurse practioner would. This is a role I haven't encountered in previous Amish stories and it offered a refreshing difference. Their common vocation draws Annie and Samuel together, but also brings conflict between them. He's a widower a decade older than her 20 years. Could their sparring turn to sparking? Life continues to throw them together, but they must each deal with personal issues before they can work at a relationship. I recommend this book. Despite the title, it's not so focused on Christmas—you can enjoy it any time of year.
A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS by Vannetta Chapman is an Amish Inspirational Romance set in present day Mifflin County,Pennsylvania.It is well written with details and depth.It has faith,Amish,English,romance,love,forgiveness,grace,hope,God's enduring love,grace,community,family,and using the English way of things(nursing) to help the Amish Community. It is a heartwarming story of love,compassion,coming home to the Amish community after living in the English world for a while.The characters are enchanting,enduring,easy to follow and will capture your heart.This is a heart warming story of loneliness,making choices and the beginning of a wonderful romance.For readers:If you enjoy Beverly Lewis,Wanda E. Brunstetter,Amp Clipston's Amish stories you will enjoy this one also.For the Amish are a simple,peaceful people who have difficulties,tragedy and triumphs.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and details can be found at Abingdon Press and My Book Addiction and More.
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 Samuel Yoder’s attention. Will she also capture his heart? 256 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
This book was the first book I have read by Vannetta Chapman and it definitely will not be my last. In my opinion, she is one of the best Amish authors around. She keeps you interested from the first page to the last page, in fact I didn’t want the book to end. I actually wanted a lot more.
This book is a GREAT Christmas book but it can be read as just taking place in the winter time too. When Annie gets the phone call while she is working at the hospital, I never dreamed that she would not go back to the hospital since she loves nursing so much. I also was glad that her dad was happy to see her. In some books where the daughter or son comes home after his rumschpringe, they are not welcome at home.
I loved how Samuel and Annie don't get along at first and then are drawn together and the sparks fly. Samuel has a rough time since losing his wife and daughter and then Annie comes along and sparks those feelings again. It is a GREAT book, one that I would suggest to everyone. It is WONDERFUL.
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Review 20 for A Simple Amish Christmas
excellent reading material
Date:January 3, 2011
Loved the book very much-would recommend. Shipping was extreamly quick.