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Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Book Review - A Plain and Fancy Christmas by Cynthia Keller

I've always been fascinated with the Amish way of life, and this year there are several great Christmas books out that feature Amish and Mennonite story lines.

"A Plain and Fancy Christmas" by Cynthia Keller finds Amish and "English" worlds colliding when two women discover they were switched at birth.

About The Book:

Raised in a Pennsylvania Amish community, young mother Rachel Yoder has led a simple life within her close-knit family. Widowed three years ago, she has moved back in with her parents, attempting to raise her daughter, Katie, without further emotional upheaval. Meanwhile, four hours and a whole world away in New York City, Ellie Lawrence is laser-focused on a high-powered public relations career, with too little time for her family, her friends, or even her boyfriend.

Then one fateful day, these two very different women receive shocking news of a mistake made three decades earlier and long kept hidden: Shortly after their births, the two were accidentally switched in the hospital. Shaken to the core by this momentous news, Rachel and Ellie are plunged into an exploration of who they are and where they really belong. While Ellie is eager to learn more about her Amish family and their life in the countryside, Rachel cannot help but feel jealous as she watches the only mother she has ever known bonding so easily with her natural daughter. But Rachel also knows that her own biological family is out there, and with Katie at her side she heads for Manhattan, where she establishes a connection with the raucous, spirited Lawrences.

As Ellie and Rachel make their way through unfamiliar landscapes, they face life-altering challenges and grapple with a crucial question: Will their old conventions and desires give way to new customs and yearnings? With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it takes the love of two families for Rachel and Ellie to discover their own paths to fulfillment and happiness.

Cynthia Keller does a remarkable job of presenting the best of both Amish and "English" worlds in this captivating novel. Her characters are personable and very likeable, and the story moves along at a fast clip.  I hope that she has more stories with the King and Lawrence families in mind for the future. I'd like to know how everyone gets along after this story is over.

I purchased this book for my personal library.


Melissa said...

I've not read any Amish stories but this sounds like it would be a good one to read first! Plus Christmas!

Cozy in Texas said...

I plan on reading some Amish books next year. I'm interested in their way of life.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Ann, there are tons of Amish books out there - all that I've ready are pretty good!
Melissa - it was a great Christmas read!