A Simple Winter

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A Simple Winter

A Seasons of Lancaster Novel

Remy McCallister is on her way back to live with her father. She's not too happy about it as she wanted to continue college but due to a medical problem she is having problems doing that and her father has told her to return home. Her father is a controlling man and they do not have a close relationship. Remy's mother died when she was young and her father has remarried and his new wife doesn't see Remy as part of the family.

Sitting next to her on the train is a really good looking guy, Adam King. Adam is heading home too but for a totally different reason. His parents just died and he's heading home to take over the family farm including his 10 younger siblings. He has lots of regrets but one of the biggest is not returning home before this and letting his parents see that he was returning to their Amish faith.

Though from totally different backgrounds and families, Remy and Adam make a connection. A year later Remy bumps into Adam and realizes that the murder of his parents has never been found. Remy is looking for a story that will move her up in the newspaper business and thinks a follow up might be it.

With that thought, Remy reconnects with Adam and meets his family. The King's however have no idea that Remy works for a newspaper. They only know that she is a friend of Adam's. The longer Remy stays with the family the more she learns to like them and their way of life and the less she thinks about the story she is suppose to write.

Soon, Remy finds herself feeling like part of the family and the community. But, what about her story? Adam wants no reports bothering the family so what will he think when he learns Remy is one? And, what happens when Remy figures out who the murderer is?

I found this to be a great introduction to what appears to be a wonderful series by Rosalind Lauer.

The characters are great. Remy is a modern woman who has goals and dreams. She's striving to prove herself and suddenly finds herself in a community where she's totally at a disadvantage. Adam is trying to do the right things towards his community and family but he's trying too hard. He's so wrapped up in worrying what others will think that he's forgotten to relax and share the burden. Adam's siblings are a varied group with everything from a small tot to a sister waiting to marry. Remy's dad though is not only controlling but he has a plan for Remy's life, one that she has no say in.

The Amish way of life appears to be portrayed accurately though I did look of few things up to check! The most interesting is the courting style. Adam's sister has a man she plans on marrying but they are waiting until the wedding season. However, every day life in an Amish home is done very realistically.

But, under this wonderful romance is a mystery. Who killed Adam's parents and why? Adam's brother Simon saw much of what happened but all he says he saw was a bear. With Remy's gentle questioning and his family's love, Simon begins to remember more and more but when Remy discovers who did it, can everyone stay safe until that person is arrested? Even more important, can Adam reconcile telling the police with the Amish's belief that God alone will judge, not the "English" court system?

I really enjoyed this book. There were times that I wasn't sure but then there would be a plot twist and I was back to being riveted to the book. Between the love story and the mystery there was always something going on and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

One of the better things was watching Remy as she discovered God and faith. At first, it was as if she mixed her feeling concerning the King family and their faith with her new found discovery of God. Soon though it became apparent that Remy was able to separate the two.

I guess you could call this book a spiritual romantic suspense but I would call it just plain good.

Book Blurb for A Simple Winter

As a budding journalist with a major newspaper, Remy McCallister is eager to prove herself. While investigating an unsolved crime, Remy winds up in the tightly woven Amish community of Lancaster County, the last place she would ever expect to find herself. The story leads her to Adam King and his ten younger siblings, who are trying to sustain their warm, loving home in the wake of the murder of their parents. Although Remy tries to remain professional, she is captivated by the Kings. With her own mother gone and her father disengaged from their relationship, Remy longs for a home and a family just like that of these good, simple people.

Suddenly patriarch of his large family, Adam struggles to do the right thing for his siblings, his community, and his God. He neither wants nor needs the complications that spirited Remy brings. But as much as he tries to push her away, even as he counts all the ways this lovely outsider cannot possibly remain in his world-or in his heart-the wondrous light she shines upon his troubled soul cannot be denied. Adam can only pray for the strength and the faith to get this Englisher girl out of their lives for good.

Snowbound with the Kings, Remy experiences the wonder and the chores of a simple winter among the Plain People, as well as the friendship of their warm community. When her peaceful interlude ends, does she dare to reveal a killer in their midst, knowing that she may lose the love of this special family and this remarkable man?

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.50