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The Storekeeper's Daughter (Daughters of Lancaster County #1)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  2,206 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Time seems to stand still in Naomi Fisher's tranquil community, but it cannot hold back tragedy. Helping her widowed father run a store, manage a household, and raise seven children is a daunting task. There is no time to think about courtship or having her own family, though her heart yearns for the attention of Caleb Hoffmeir. But her days are plotted for her-until the a...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Barbour Books
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Owen
Those who know me know that I almost always finish a book. But as I get older, I'm realizing that life is too short to waste time on crap. I have read some of Brunstetter's work in the past and have enjoyed it, but I can't recommend this one. The main character in this book cannot catch a break. Her mother dies, her dad is an insensitive jerk, and then a catastrophe happens and she takes the blame for it. Quite honestly, I don't mind reading this in a book of non-fiction. But this is a romance n...more
Brooke Barenfanger
I know that people enjoy this author, but every time I read one of her books, I remain unimpressed. Amish books are getting a bit redundant. This particular book was, for me, almost dull. The only excitement was that the baby got kidnapped. I felt sorry for the oldest daughter. She seemed so stifled by her family. Even her love interest seemed monotonous. I wanted her to fall in love with a man that would make her heart leap and her eyes sparkle. She didn't. I will say that the Amish community i...more
Nicole
I'm not sure how this book has as high of a rating as it has. The premise of the story is okay: A young woman, the oldest daughter, in a large Amish family, loses her mother and has to take over as the primary female caregiver. She's given a lot of responsibilities, and her dad, who is not dealing well with his grief, puts a lot of pressure on her. She's frustrated with her familial duties, and she wants to date, but she has no time nor her father's permission. Things end up sort of falling apar...more
L
I don't have anything to say about this one good or bad really. I just felt the whole time that once you read Amish religious fiction you have no need to read more. They all seem so similar in the message and character. I read this as a part of a reading challenge,but have no plans to read the rest of the series.
Mary
Light, easy reading and even an unexpected turn of events. If you are curious at all about the Plain People, you will enjoy this book which is the first in a series. I plan on reading the next two books in this series and in fact, I already have them checked out from the local library but, the first book is complete in itself. There are no unanswered questions to leave you hanging, which I really appreciate though the door is cracked open just a bit and could be pushed open all the way by the au...more
Linda
I just absolutely love these Amish stories. They live such simple and uncomplicated lives. Oh how I wish I could simplify mine sometimes. hahaha
librarian4Him02
Naomi Fisher's world is rocked by the death of her mother. After this her father expects her to take over all her mother's duties at home and in the family's general store. And, he refuses to give a young man, Caleb, permission to court his daughter. It's a tough year, but eventually the family begins to heal. Then, another tragedy strikes the family. This time it involves her youngest brother Zach. Naomi blames herself and it seems others in the family do too. Can her family ever truly heal?

Ov...more
Lori Henrich
A friend of mine had a rummage sale to help raise some of the money needed for the adoptions process they are going through. Tons of people donated stuff and since I am a book nut I just had to by some not very needed books. This was one of them. In fact I got all three.

Naomi is pretty happy in her Amish life. Almost at the age to start courting and begin her own family, the tragic death of her mother puts an end to any dreams she has of the future. She is needed at home now to help tend the hou...more
Kristyn
Sep 21, 2008 Kristyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all 12+
Recommended to Kristyn by: Deanna
I'll just rate these books together since you have to read all three to get the whole story.

I liked them, but I didn't love them. 3*'s. It was interesting to read about the Amish culture so I thought since they were worth reading I would give them one more star.

One problem I had with them was that as the author had them speaking in some German (Pennsylvania Dutch?), the way the Amish do, she would repeat those words in the following (or sometime same)person's sentence in English. You could get t...more
Dorry Lou
This book was about the Amish and when we were on our mission we learned some things about them. This book added to that knowledge. It was strictly fiction but several events that kept your interest. The daughter of the storekeeper not only worked in the store but also took care of her brothers & sisters as her mother had passed away. There were many in the family and her father expected her to carry on just as her mother had. She was 19 years old and guys wanted to "court" her but her Dad w...more
Danielle
It was a wonderfully fulfilling story about the grace of God's love and how His will is done. When I first started reading this book I thought I would dislike the father, and I did, but by the end I was glad to see he saw the error of his ways and was able to forgive Naomi. I did not like how she was blamed for her brother Zach's death and was relieved when she found her own love and purpose in life.
Lydia Carson
I thoroughly enjoyed the sense of mystery in this book. Naomi is overwhelmed taking care of her brothers and sisters after the death of her mother. Her world collapsed when she mistakenly left her baby brother outside with and English man to get him some cold root beer. She became distracted by her younger sisters having issues in the kitchen. By the time she remembered her brother he was gone.
Suzanne
An Amish man loses his wife through death, his youngest child who is 1-yr. old gets kidnapped and his oldest child runs away with an English friend.

His daughter runs away since she is running the household, takes care of her younger children and is helping to run the family store. One of the reasons his daughter chooses to run away is the fact that she has no fun in her life. She also feels guilty for her brother being kidnapped. A young also man wants to court her but her dad forbids this custo...more
Ashley
Time appears to stand still in Naomi Fisher's Pennsylvania Amish Community...

But she's running out of time to correct a terrible mistake.

Naomi was content with her life... until her mother died in an accident... until her somber father needed her to tend the family store every day... until even her siblings started relying on her for their needs...until her "English" friend showed her how confining her life had become... until her heart started to long for romance.

When Naomi turns her back on on...more
Malia
This may have gotten 3 stars had I read it when I wanted a high intensity book. I read it when I really needed a stress free easy read and it was perfect!

You find yourself rooting for Naomi and Caleb... and eventually even for Abraham. All of the characters are flawed, but all redeemed through Him. It was a good read and I'm reading the rest of the trilogy now :)

The part I didn't like was that Jim and his wife were a happy couple before, but their relationship grew worse and worse once they got...more
Alexxus
The Storekeeper's Daughter is the first book in the Daughters of Lancaster series by Wanda E. Brunstetter. I regretfully give the book 3 stars... honestly, the book disappointed me. I wasn't thrilled with it. I felt like it was a promising plot line marred by boring writing, bland characters, and predictable "twists". The first half of the book was insanely boring, and I could barely push myself through it. About halfway through it began to get better, but there was no surprise and nothing I had...more
Karina
If I could I'd rate this a 3.75. I wasn't quite sure about it in the beginning. I guess I should have realized sooner that the feelings of frustration and annoyance some of the characters (ok, the dad) brought out was a sign of a good writer...but alas, I did not. When two righteous desires (duty vs personal future) are in conflict what else is to be felt but confusion and frustration? As I got into the story more, I came to appreciate the simple and scriptural way of life and way of thinking. T...more
Judy
This book is the first in Brunstetter's Daughters of Lancaster County series. The setting for this inspirational fiction story is an Amish community in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. The story is told through the eyes of Naomi Fisher whose mother has recently died. Naomi's grieving father leaves most of the burden of raising Naomi's seven brothers and sisters, including two-year old Zach, to Naomi. Besides managing the home and caring for the children, Naomi is expected to work at her father's g...more
Alisa
Sweet story of Naomi, an Amish Plain girl that wants to fulfill her mother’s dying wish to take care of her little brother, Zach. Zach is then kidnapped by a man that doesn’t want to disappoint his wife when an adoption falls through. Naomi’s dad was a little harsh character at the beginning, but overall sweet story. I think there must be a sequel because the plot leaves you a little bit hanging as to what the couple do with the boy they kidnapped. For about the first 100 pages, I was confused a...more
Darlene
Oh my! What a delightful book. I am immediately going to read her next in this series. This inspired me to read the Amish Christian books I own, either on shelf or on my kindle. The simple life is comforting to me in a hectic world and schedule. In this, the first in a series, Naomi must make decisions for her life, long term ones but it's the little one she does make after the death of her mother that will set the tone for this story. I was surprised to see no resolution to this problem by the...more
Carolyn Sherry
Wanda Brunstetter does such an excellent job of making her characters come to life. Been to several of the locations in the book and can almost see the characters in my mind.
Niki
I have read several books about the Amish people and this one once again was interesting but could blend in with the rest. Most of the books seem to be about the younger generation trying to fit in with their culture and trying to figure out where they belong. This book seemed to fit into that same story.
Jodi
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Julie
I was quite disappointed with this book; the plot was overly melodramatic, and the Amish setting seemed applied rather than natural. The contrast with Jodi Picoult’s _Plain Truth_ (which I read recently) makes this novel look especially superficial. The kidnapping of the Amish family’s youngest child is a catalyst for the action, but the plot remains strangely unresolved. Now I find that this is the first of three books, and from the plot summaries it is clear that other unlikely tragedies move...more
Jackie
Wanda E. Brunstetters books are so good. I loved this book and the many that followed.
Mayda
In this first installment, Naomi unthinkingly puts someone else at risk with devastating results. Overworked and under-appreciated, it is little wonder that she fails to take proper precautions. This novel sets up the fascinating and gripping storyline for this series. It is typical Brunstetter - heavy with Amish/Christian morals and beliefs. It would perhaps be better with a little less sermonizing and a little more in-depth character development. Still, if you don’t mind the over-the-top witne...more
Linda
sweet throwback amish tale...makes you long for our more innocent past
Linda
Pennsylvania Dutch Amish country is a relaxed simple living and wonderful place to live. The Fisher family has anything but a simple life. Yet the LORD does not give us more than we can handle one friend quotes from the bible. This book is filled with Dutch words...bible verses...and the story of triumph over tragedy. A mother dies suddenly. A baby is kidnapped from the family. the family does not keep well with the stress of these tragedy's especially the oldest daughter Naomi who get the major...more
Bethie Eaton
Booke one of three in a series. Set in an Amish community in Ohio, it follows a family facing numerous tragedies that test their strength and faith. Naomi is the oldest of 8 children and after their mother passes away, so is left with many responsibilites and tries to honor her dying mother's rquest. Her father's unacceptance of the mother's unexpected passing leaves the family in turmoil, with Naomi holding the family together the best she can. Another tragedy and the fallout leads Naomi to lea...more
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A nationally recognized authority on the Amish community, Wanda E. Brunstetter has sold more than seven million copies of her fiction and nonfiction books. Wanda enjoys an uncommon kinship with the Amish and continues to visit their communities throughout the country. Her books have won numerous awards and topped several bestselling charts.
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