The Amish Nanny Paperback – Jul 1 2011
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"This is the best yet! It is full of love, intrigue, and restoration of the family core from the start to the present. I highly recommended this book to every reader." -Sandy Davis Posten, Redeemed Books & Gifts "Once again authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have engrossed their readers with a complex story of people past and present, Amish and 'Englisch,' adopted and biological. The Amish Nanny contains numerous resources to help the reader gain further understanding of the Amish way of life, and will be a fine choice for any book club to undertake." -Caroline Daniel "I enjoyed reading The Amish Nanny. I feel that the author treated the Amish culture with respect. It allows the reader to see a bit into the life of the Amish. It was also written in a way to hold your attention as there was a lot of action!" -Harvey Mast, Delaware Mennonite Historical Society "As Ada said, 'I wanted the full knowledge of what was out there, of who I might be.' Perhaps journeying along with her in this novel will help answer these questions in the reader's life. I recommend this story and others by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould." -Mary Hake "I read these books with genuine delight-first for the further revelations of life in the extended Amish family readers were introduced to in the first book of the series, and second for the clever way the main character's story spanned both geography and time. Well done!" -Elizabeth Cosgriff "I think you will enjoy meeting Ada as much as you enjoyed meeting Lexie. The writers, Clark and Gould, work seamlessly together with one voice keeping the story line cohesive and interesting." -Susan Giesbrecht "One of the many things I liked about this book was the attention given to historical details of the Anabaptists in Switzerland. I also enjoyed the way the authors showed the complexities involved in trying to live the Plain life in modern day society. "I would recommend this book without reservation." -Julie Surface Johnson
About the Author
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 800,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. www.mindystarnsclark.com Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.
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Ada Rupp's health has improved dramatically with the help of information provided by her recently discovered sister Lexie. But the condition of Ada's heart is not so great as it appears that her plan to enjoy her long-held desire for teaching and her dream of love and marriage with Will Gundy are both hitting seemingly impenetrable obstacles. Ada begins to wonder if she might need the rumpspringa she never really experienced -- but in a different way -- an opportunity to break free from a sheltered life and see new places.
The chance for adventure comes when Ada, Alice, and Christy are called upon to make a trip to Switzerland to handle some family business. Ada is excited about the possibility of finally meeting her birth mother who gave her up as an infant. Along the way Ada meets Daniel Hart, a handsome young Mennonite with a deep interest in history, and discovers there might be a chance for a different kind of future than she had imagined.
In addition to the fictional account of the adventures of Ada and friends, this book is full of historical information about the Amish and other Anabaptist groups. That history is intriguing in itself but does not in the least take away from the enjoyment of a great Amish story. I hope this is not the last we'll hear of the interesting people in The Women of Lancaster County series.
A dying confession...
A secret agreement
hidden for a century...
Ada Rupp is an Amish girl who knows nothing about these elements of her family's past. Instead, she has a coveted teaching degree maybe in her grasp, and her medical condition finally managed. Ada also wants to marry Will Gundy, a widower she's loved since they were both children. But things don't always work out the way she wants. Instead, her teaching job is given to another woman, a woman who also seems to have Will's heart. And Ada meets Daniel, a Mennonite scholar with a surprising request.
Daniel needs Ada's help to save an important historical site in Switzerland from being destroyed. Now Ada, a family friend, and a young child must go to Switzerland to mend a old family rift and help preserve religious heritage.
In order to succeed, Ada and Daniel must unlock secrets from the past...
I met Ada in The Amish Midwife, and was delighted to find THE AMISH NANNY is her story. It was nice to see Ada's come out of her shell and become a self-sufficient woman, capable of traveling overseas and thriving. THE AMISH NANNY is the second book in The Women of Lancaster County series, but it easily stands alone--though readers will want to read the first book to get the whole story about Ada.
I enjoyed reading THE AMISH NANNY and following her to Switzerland--by ship--and then struggling to decipher ancient documents, written in a language she couldn't read or understand, to possibly find the key to unlock her family history and a modern problem tied to it. Readers of women's fiction or lovers of Amish fiction will not want to miss this book. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book.
it also has a lot of historical information about Amishes.
The author Clark and Gould have done a great job of continuing this Amish story where the Amish Midwife left off and tell what happened to the sister of the previous book's main character. It is nice to see how the characters evolve in time and what happens to them.
About the plot: Ada Rupp's health has greatly improved with sister Lexie's information. However, Ada's heart is not in a good condition and she still would like to teach and if possible, find love and marriage with Will Gundy. Ada begins to wonder if she might need the rumpspringa because she might want an chance to break free from her somewhat sheltered life and see new places. The chance for adventure comes when Ada, Alice, and Christy are called upon to make a trip to Switzerland to handle some family business. There Ada meets Daniel Hart, a handsome young Mennonite and she realizes that her future might turn out to be different than what she previously expected.
This book is written in first person which is not a favorite of mine but its well written. I admit I found this story flat and boring at times. Maybe had I read the first book I would have felt differently but the characters from the first book are only in this one for a short time. A portion of this book deals with her feelings for a man named Will. She loves him but he seems to be courting someone else. The thing that got me was she never even really talked to the guy yet she was devastated about him seemingly courting another. The biggest portion of this book dealt with travel and history. The author goes into great detail about the train rides and the boat rides etc. In my option boring. Just seems there could have more depth added to the story in its place. The history lessons on Anti-Baptists was interesting. I grew up a modern Mennonite myself so I found it interesting to learn about history of the early movement of the church. The author did a great job of that.
Over all this book was just not for me. I admit I thought this was going to be more of a romance then it turned out to be. There is also some mystery involved but I found it pretty predictable. If you like books that deal with travel and history you might enjoy this book. I would suggest going back and reading the first book so you can get a better feel for the background leading into this book.
Ada gets the opportunity to save a historical Anabaptist site in Switzerland. Given her current heartbreak, she decides to use the time to further herself--mabe even find herself. Of course, there is the fact that her biological mother lives in Switzerland. Will she be able to meet her?
She meets Daniel, a Mennonite, who is helping save the historical land. Together, they (plus a few other church people) set off on the adventure to save the historical site. Daniel is a history buff, especially when it comes to the history of Anabaptists. He wants to court Ada. Will Ada remain true to her heart, which points her to Will? Will she agree to court Daniel, since Leah has claimed both Will and the teaching job? If she stays in Switzerland and courts Daniel, she will be closer to her biological mother.
This is the sequel to An Amish Midwife. I loved that book! The Amish Nanny has a bit too much history for me, but it is a solid book. The plot and characters are well-developed. I recommend this, but I recommend reading this series, The Womenof Lancaster County, in order.
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