“A Simple Amish Christmas” by Vanetta Chapman was a wonderful Amish story. I really like stories set in the Amish or Mennonite communities and this one was very well written. I have read novels by Vanetta Chapman before and really enjoy the story lines.
This story is about a young Amish girl who is at the end of her Rumschpringe, or her time of decided if she truly wanted to be baptized in the Amish faith. She has been working in a hospital in Philadelphia, but now needs to go home to join the Amish church. It is frowned upon for her to be continuing her education after grade school and to be so enamored of books and learning. However, her time in the city has taught her that she could be of help to her community.
She is also seeing the beginning of a romance with Samuel, who has a few problems of his own. It is evident that no one is perfect and that we all must strive for that perfection which we may never attain, but we will be much better off as we try to make ourselves better.
I always enjoy reading stories about the Amish and this was no exception. I really liked this book. Anyone who would like to simplify their life should read about the Amish or Mennonites because you can always find a way to make life more livable.
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 Annie has several important choices to make.