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Abby Finds Her Calling (Home at Cedar Creek #1)

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  207 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
The Lambright family's eldest daughter, Abby, runs her own sewing shop. There, she mends the town's clothes and their torn relationships. But the town maidel has sworn off any suitors of her own because of her unrequited love for James Graber, who is about to marry her younger sister, Zanna...On the wedding day, Zanna is nowhere to be found, breaking James' heart. Zanna ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by NAL
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Mar 25, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres to read, but sometimes the plots start mirroring each other but once in a while I find story that has me flying thru the pages to see how things will work out, and that's just what I found with "Abby Finds Her Calling."
Abby Lambright is considered to be a spinster in her Amish community. She always turns down suitors because the boy she has been in love with since grade school is in love with someone else, actually planned on marrying someone else. She
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a very enjoyable book. I was intrigued by the Amish culture and the relationships of the diverse individuals in a small Amish community.

Abby is a peacemaker. She is one of those golden people who just can't not help everyone around her see the positive side of situations. She is called on to help when her younger sister doesn't show up for her own wedding. Zanna is supposed to marry James, the man that Abby has always loved.

The situation is very sticky. There is a good reason why Zanna r
Marta Perry
Nov 02, 2011 Marta Perry rated it it was amazing
A fresh new voice enters the world of Amish fiction with Naomi King's book, Abby Finds Her Calling. King's lyrical voice shines in a tender tale of how love and forgiveness heal broken hearts.
Nov 12, 2014 Janine rated it really liked it
“Abby Finds Her Calling” by Naomi King is the first book in her series 'Home at Cedar Creek' that is connected with her 'One Big Happy Family'. Yes they are two different series titles, but really they are all a part of the same series, which I have lovingly termed 'Need a Flow Chart' series. This is the fourth time I have read this book, because I need to refresh my memory in order to read “Emma Blooms at Last” which has been recently released and is the fourth and final book in the series. I ...more
Romancing the Book
Mar 20, 2012 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
Reviewed By~April
Review Copy Provided By~Publisher

Abby Finds Her Calling is a true gift of inspiration and beauty, lovingly crafted by a very talented author, Naomi King.

I don't often read Amish fiction, though I truly love it and love falling into the simple and non-complex lives of these people who hold both God and family/neighbors above all else. Whenever I do treat myself, it always makes me reflect upon my own life and how much value we tend to place on non-necessity things such as compu
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Abby Lambright is the envy of so many within her Amish community. She has the wisdom of someone beyond her years and is responsible and very organized. Perhaps that is why her family felt she could run her own sewing shop alongside the families mercantile. Abby has a knack for putting back together what seems to fall apart in the lives the people in Cedar Creek, Missouri. She just wishes she had a knack for helping herself find a way to heal her broken heart, when the man she grew up loving, ...more
Ruth Hill
Mar 21, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
I have to say that this is the best Amish book I have ever read. I realize it is only the third, but this one has everything you could possibly want from a fine Christian romance. And I am quite pleased to discover that this is only the first in the series. I cannot wait to read the second!

All I know about the Amish really have come from "hearsay" and well-written fiction books like this one. I always marvel at how simple the lives of these people are. I will tell you right now that I could not
Diane U
Jul 23, 2012 Diane U rated it it was amazing
Zanna Lambright is about to get married. She is the youngest Lambright child with a wild streak that no one thought could be tamed. On her wedding day, she is no where to be found. She left her fiance, James Graber, alone with tons of questions and suspicions. Abby finds her sister the next day and helps her deal with the secrets and her punishment for them. What will become of Zanna? Will Abby be able to help Zanna find love? Will Abby find love for herself?

I thought this books was really good!
Megan Kelly
May 29, 2012 Megan Kelly rated it it was amazing
After reading book one, I'm eager for the next in the Amish series by Naomi King. Abby Finds Her Calling centers on the Lambright family, Old Order Amish, in Missouri. I was engrossed in the Amish ways as well as the families in the community. This is a great start to the Cedar Creek series.
Abby's sister runs off on her wedding day. Calamity follows. Abby realizes her place in the community as a maidel (spinster) is to bring hope and help others stay open to God's will. I would recommend this bo
Janice Aitkens
Oct 01, 2013 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing
I read this on the Kindle

I found this a good book to read it tells of a pregnancy before marriage & how a community can come together even after gossip & children breaking away also how faith is needed plus seeing the good in any situation

i look forward to reading the next one in this series
Dec 06, 2016 melissalynnmckim rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book.. I am ready for book 2!
Tara Lee
Feb 13, 2015 Tara Lee rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Naomi King's books. Abby Finds her Calling was no exception. Even though I read the books completely out of order, they were not hard to follow and could even be read as stand alones should you find yourself not in the mood to continue the series.

Abby's little sister Zanna is all set to marry the man of Abby's dreams, James Graber, when she up and disappears on their wedding day. Everyone is panicking and crying and in a fit because she's absolutely nowhere to be found and no o

Emma released her to hang the new dress on a peg where it wouldn't get wrinkled. She ran her fingers over the fabric...a new dress, the matching V-shaped cape, and a crisp white apron, as well. The expression on her face made James realize how perfectly Abby had pleased his sister. Emma had so little time to sew, and was so used to putting Mamm and Dat's-and his-needs before her own, he couldn't recall the last time she'd worn something new.

And wasn't that on of the things Abby Lambrig
May 01, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it
Up until a few months ago, I hadn't read any of the immensely popular genre of Amish Romances, so I decided to try a few by agreeing to review them. Abby Finds Her Calling is, by far, my favorite of the three I have read. It connected with several themes that are close to me. The problem in writing a review is how to tell you about the things that touched me, without giving away the entire story, but I'll give it a shot.

Aging parents: There is a scene between James and his father, who suffers fr
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jan 15, 2016 Wall-to-wall books - wendy rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Wow! Was I impressed! I had heard of this author but this is the first book I have read by her (under either name). Using excellent writing, she draws you in with a storyline and characters that are real, funny, sweet, sad, and flawed. Three cheers for Naomi King on this one!

There are so many parts to this story that are unexpected. I just loved the storyline, it kept me interested from the very first page. This one was a little different in that it showed that the Amish are human too.
Mar 08, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-challenge

It's a busy day in the Amish community of Cedar Creek, Missouri as close to four hundred family members and friends gather at the Lambright's for the wedding of Zanna Lambright and James Graber. James, a thirty year old buggy maker, is excited to marry his seventeen year old neighbor, Zanna. Unfortunately, Zanna proves not to have the same feelings.

No one can find her but they do find her wedding dress slashed to ribbons on her bedroom floor. Her older sister, Abby, and her Mamm are beside them
Viviane Crystal
Mar 31, 2012 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it
Welcome to a new series about the Amish community in Cedar Creek, Missouri. It's a beautiful fall day which bridegroom James Graber is relishing as he watches the carriages of Amish from surrounding and far away communities converge on Cedar Creek for James's wedding that day. Watching them arrive, James is contemplating his future wife, Zanna, whom he loves and is determined to cherish for the rest of their lives. Things seem to go completely awry a few minutes later when Zanna's sister, Abby, ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is only the second Amish book I have ever read, but I really like the setting for fiction literature. The romance is clean, the majority of the characters have conservative values and traditions, such as the importance of God and family, and the language is clean. I love the way that the Amish community supports one another in business endeavors, or is so willing to lend a hand when tragedy strikes. One of the characters, Zanna, actually makes a business out of rag rug making, which ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Marcie rated it really liked it
bby Finds Her Calling by Naomi King is delightfully heartwarming novel about the small Amish town of Cedar Creek. To call Cedar Creek a town doesn't really do it justice. The town is more like a family. The residents of Cedar Creek not only hold fast to each other but also to their values and faith. Much like a family this quiet town does not escape the drama that can be found in most families.
Abby is one of the main characters in this book. She is wise, thoughtful, giving and at times to good
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Mar 11, 2012 Literary rated it really liked it
Once again, the draw of the Amish lifestyle has influenced my decision in participating with this book blog tour. I absolutely love the idea of a simpler way of life where the community is there for each other. I read Abby Finds Her Calling in one sitting. From the jilted groom to Harley's appearance, this book kept me captivated.

When Zanna is introduced, she is a selfish, immature girl running away from every conflict that arises. She's not mature enough to deal with difficult situations. That
Mar 14, 2012 Krazybooklady rated it really liked it
James and Zanna are planning to be married, but she runs off on her wedding day. When she is found, secrets come out that will turn their little Amish community upside down. Abby, Zanna's sister, has been friends with James most of her life, but she is also secretly in love with him. Abby must put aside her personal feelings to help support her sister, her friend, and her family.

Most of this book revolves around Zanna and her secret which has repercussions for the whole Amish community. However,
Mar 03, 2012 Krystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
In an Amish community in the countryside of Cedar Creek, Missouri, hundreds of family and friends gather for the wedding of James and Zanna. Unfortunately today, Zanna is a run-away bride. Her older sister Abby finds her, comforts her, and learns the reasons why Zanna cannot marry James. As the story unfolds in this small close-knit community, Abby is always a voice of reason and caring for all the confused, hurt people involved. She even helps Zanna find artistic, fulfilling work for herself, ...more

Is it silly to LOVE each book I read by this amazing author—just a little more than the last one?

Is it even possible? Duh! Of course it is… and I think I’m going to have a bit of trouble trying to describe just how wonderful I found Abby Finds Her Calling!

Abby is a wonderful, gut maidel, unlike her spoiled sister Suzanna, who insists on being called a silly nickname she chose when she was old enough for rumspringa. Zanna has caused all sorts of trouble—and her family stuck right in the midst of
Mar 26, 2012 Misty rated it really liked it
Lovers of Amish fiction will eat this book up. I could say Abby Finds Her Calling is well-written in all aspects--from plot and character development down to sentence structure and word choice--but, while that is all true, I think I will just say it was crafted with love. What a great read for a Sunday evening!
I got lost in the seemless writing, beautiful setting, and the depth of the characters. I am not an avid reader of Amish fiction because sometimes it is more of an emotional commitment tha
Morwa Pal
Apr 17, 2012 Morwa Pal rated it it was amazing
In this beautifully written tale, several Amish families must deal with secrets revealed when a bride comes up missing on her wedding day.

Abby Lambright, the local maidel, runs her own sewing shop. For years she has sworn off marrying any man due to her love for James Garber, the town’s buggy-maker who is set to marry her younger sister, Zanna. But all of that changes when Zanna disappears on her wedding day.
Secrets around Zanna unfold and both Abby and James must face them.

I really enjoyed thi
Book Him Danno
Well written and a great flow. I will be reviewing this on my blog soon and place the full review here at that time.

This is a sweet tale of a family looking forward to a wedding only to find out that the bride has other plans and commitments. This is the first in a series and I look forward to the next book. I really need to know if everyone who seems to be falling in love in this book really does. The tension may kill me…maybe not….maybe so.

Back to the review. The writing is well done and the b
Cheryl Malandrinos
Apr 05, 2012 Cheryl Malandrinos rated it really liked it
Abby Finds Her Calling is a beautiful story of faith, family and forgiveness. King has developed a cast of interesting and engaging characters whose lives you can't help but care about. Watching to see how the community and the disgraced families deal with Zanna's disappearance keeps readers turning the pages.

It's nice to see how the characters develop. There are many who experience a transformation in one way or another. While there are main characters, King maintains that feeling of community
Mar 31, 2012 Kav rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best 'community Amish' stories I've read. By that I mean that the story's focus isn't just on the hero and heroine, but on their neighbours as well. There's a bevy of hidden hurt in the Cedar Creek community and it all comes to a head when Abby's sister does the unthinkable.

Abby is a rock -- an anchor for so many who gravitate to her in their hour of need, but where can she go to find succor? How long will her strength hold out for? This is the kind of book that reminds you t
April Suter
Mar 31, 2013 April Suter rated it it was ok
Home at Cedar Creek #1
This first book is about Abby's sister, Zanna, who did not show up on her wedding day because she is pregnant with another man's child. The family rallies together and chooses the best path for their family, which is a little new for the communities' path. This leaves Zanna's ex-promised alone, the one Abby has always been in love with.
The editors of this book just goofed a bit on page 258 when they referred to Zanna's fifteen quilt orders when Zanna makes rugs not quilts.

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Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King (a.k.a. Charlotte Hubbard) writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people—to share hearth and home. Faith and family, farming a ...more
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