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A Simple Amish Christmas

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,170 ratings  ·  299 reviews
Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. As her time of rumschpringe is about to come to an abrupt end, bringing for Annie an overwhelming sense of loneliness. She returns home and finds herself face-to-face with a budding romance with an Amish farmer and important choices to make.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press (first published March 1st 2010)
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Vannetta Chapman
Jan 06, 2013 Vannetta Chapman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I loved writing it. I grew very close to the characters and the Amish community, and I found myself falling in love with the Christmas season all over agin.
I will start out by saying, five out of five stars.

I am so glad NetGalley gave me the opportunity to review this book!

What a beautiful story this book tells. It's quiet, peaceful, relaxing and beautiful.

It's a story of love, it's a story about what Christmas should be about: love.

Annie Weaver has just returned home after she hears of her father's terrible accident in which he broke both of his legs. She has been living with the "English" for the past few years and completed a nursing degree, som...more
Chapman’s book lived up to everything I expected from it. It was a light, fluffy read full of Christmas spirit, happy endings, and little else. She does an excellent job of exploring the Amish culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch, which gave the novel a little color. The plot was predictable, you can see it coming from a mile away, and instead of foreshadowing Chapman kind of smacks you over the head with what’s going to happen next. Her writing style is very simple which made the book a very quick...more
Janice Aitkens
I read this on the Kindle

It a nice read while it has Christmas in the title it didn't focus just on this

Annie who left the Amish before she was baptised in to the faith & she becomes a Nurse when her father has a accident she goes home to look after him the family don't know she a nurse

This is a different read from some of the Amish books i have read still a very good read it has been left so it could have more in a series of the people
An effective story about a young Amish woman who uses her time among "the English" to become a registered nurse, and then is called back to her community when her father is injured in a buggy accident. Right off the bat, Annie has an abrasive encounter with Samuel, the man who serves as the community's medical advisor -- he still recalls the flighty girl who left, and treats her as such. Over time, their relationship changes, but both of them have a lot of self-doubt to overcome...

Vanetta Chapma...more
Mary Oddi O'Brien
At the age of 17, Annie Weaver is sent to live with her aunt. While doing so, she continues her education to become an RN. Let me remind you that this is against everything the Amish believe, that is receiving a higher education. One day while at work, she receives some horrible news. There has been an accident and she is asked to return home. Upon her return home, she finds herself butting heads with an Amish farmer who is having some personal issues of his own. What will this Christmas season...more
I have read several books by this wonderful author and each story holds something very precious and unique….A Simple Amish Christmas was also a wonderful experience for me. From the first page, this book caught my attention and I was eager to see what happened next. Annie is being sent to live with her aunt during the time of her rumschpringe. However, instead of being spontaneous and having crazy fun with the Englischers, she puts herself through medical training and becomes a nurse. She become...more
“Takes maturity to know the difference between tending to someone and caring for them.”

“God finds ways to bring blessing out of every tragedy.”

“No one’s always perfectly content.”

“We believe in giving ourselves up to what happens in life, to what God allows to happen.”

“Love doesn’t take time, it takes giving of yourself.”

(Mary, Samuel’s previous wife who died)—“She would have wanted him to find another, would have expected him to move on with his life.”

“The memory remained precious to him, but f...more
My Thoughts

Samuel couldn’t accept Annie’s career as a nurse and just didn’t think she could care for her dad the way that was needed, but she was determined to convince Samuel Yoder that he was wrong! And he watched Annie care for her dad, Samuel realized she did have the skills to properly care for him, but would the community and church accept her because of her college degree?

I love Amish fiction and getting to know new authors, and Vannetta Chapman is a new author for me. What an enjoyable h...more
Diane U
Annie is such a wonderful Amish woman. She left home at sixteen to pursue her education while living with her Aunt in Philadelphia. She is called home to help her family and she heads back without a second thought. With the holiday season upon her, she is feeling really homesick for her Amish family and their traditions. Once returning back, she quickly gets back into her Amish routine while she cares for her father. In only a month's time, she meets Samuel, who cares for all the sick in their c...more
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Barbara Ann
I must say that even though Vannetta Chapman is new to the Amish genre, she created an amazing tale in which fully enthralled me. When I didn't have book in hand, I pondered on what Annie was up to, how her daed's legs were doing and how David was occupying him, and Sharon Smucker was getting alone. Let me say that I do know that the characters are fictional, but they became my friends and would love to have girlfriends like Annie, Charity, and Rebecca, and help Sharon through all the feelings s...more
A Simple Amish Christmas
By: Vannetta Chapman
I am a big fan of Amish Fiction and Vannetta Chapman knows how to write them. She brings her characters out in a way that you feel like you are right there with them.
We have a young Amish girl, Annie Weaver, who left home at an early age to go and live with her English aunt. She wants to further her education, get her GED, and be an RN. She is missing home and at 20-years old she decides to go back home. Will she be accepted back home with her educatio...more
Vannetta Chapman did a great job on her debut novel A Simple Amish Christmas. It was so good I couldn't put it down and I do hope she writes a follow up book to let us know what happens to Annie Weaver and Samuel Yoder. Annie returns home from living in the English world for 3 years. She is coming home because of her sick Father. She had hopes of returning one day anyway. In the English world she went on with her schooling and became a RN. Will she be able to continue her work as a RN? Will she...more
Crystal Laine
Occasionally I will pick up an Amish book to read and this is one I got on my Kindle. I read it quickly and it was an enjoyable read complete with good characterizations and a satisfying ending.Even if you are not usually a fan of Amish fiction, you might want to pick this one up for a Christmas read. I was totally charmed by it.
This was a great book!! I saw it on the free list on Amazon and thought I would give it a try and am I glad I did. The book is an easy and fun read. I have not read an Amish romance in quite a while but the characters are so much fun and I did not want the book to end. The author is new and I can't wait to read more of her books!
I really liked this book but didn't give it more stars because it kinda left me hanging.....there were other stories started that weren't finished as much as I was happy to read about the couple finally getting together....wish there was a sequel.
A Simple Amish Christmas is an appropriate read any time of the year. You will enjoy the story line and as in all of Vannetta Chapman's books you will become involved with the characters.
Jennifer Taylor
Wonderful Christmas story with engaging characters and a beautiful Christian romance.
Beth Arenburg
This was a great book about deciding what you want in life.
Liz Vander lee
I first read this as a library book I picked up because I was in the mood for some Amish fiction. Only later did I realize it was written by Vannetta Chapman - and promptly bought a copy for myself (it's THAT good). As usual, The characters in this story jump off the page and into your heart as they struggle with life's choices. Annie Weaver fulls pulled between her love of family and a career in nursing that the Amish cannot accept. Samuel Yoder battles grief as a widower, trying to accept the...more
I wanted to share with you my review of this book that we featured on Daily Cheap Reads when it was offered free a few weeks ago.

A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman has the romance and delight of a holiday story, with the crisp, fresh feeling of a visit to Amish country.

Annie Weaver has followed the tradition of rumschpringe and moved away from home and the Amish lifestyle as a young woman. Annie used this rebellion period to earn a nursing degree and work in a children’s hospital. As C...more
Kym McNabney
A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTAS is simply delightful, and my first ever Amish read. I’m not sure why it took me so long to finally read one but I’m certainly glad I did. I grew up watching LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE and have always felt drawn to the “simple life”. So why not the Amish.

It’s hard to believe this is Vannetta’s first book, it’s that well written. As an aspiring writer I found myself rereading several parts in hopes of the words sinking in enough to emulate later in my own writing.

A SIMPL...more
Author: Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Abington Press
October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4267-1066-7
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Annie Weaver left home during her rumspringa to live with an aunt. While there, she got her GED and her RN. She has a good job at a Children’s hospital when she gets a call that her dad was in an accident. Annie drops everything and rushes home to care for her dad.

When she gets there, she discovers that Amish “doc” Samuel Yoder has questions about her abil...more
Jennifer Slattery
A Simple Amish Christmas could very well be my favorite book for 2010. Vanetta Chapman has a smooth, vivid writing style that instantly drew me in. I fell in love with poor Annie Weaver and found myself internalizing her struggles. Having tasted modern life, and the intellectual stimulation it offers, she longed for the simplicity and familiarity of home, and yet, her love for medicine pulled her in another direction. Returning home after her father is injured in an accident, she feels like she...more
Mercedes Cordero
A beautiful, excellent, very well written story. Annie is strong but also full of self-doubt and fears. Samuel, the Amish farmer and "doctor" who stirs very strong emotions in her (good and bad) has been suffering for years a terrible tragedy that has left him lonely and a recluse. He too feels strongly attracted to Annie but denies it to himself, at first. The interactions between these two characters are great; strong, with humor and affection. The novel as a whole is wonderful. Amish life is...more
Also posted at TBR Mountain Range.

A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS is a sweet, faith-based story from the Amish point of view. Well-researched, this novel is about the true meaning of Christmas and spending time with those you love.

I received this book a couple years ago as a free read from Barnes and Noble for Nook, with no expectation of review.

At seventeen-years-old, Annie Weaver and her Amish family decide it’s best if she spends some time with her Englisch aunt and cousins. She was struggling with...more
Gina Hott
Annie's life among the Englisch is bearable. She loves her job but so misses the ways of her family. Not that she realizes it, of course. So, when the call comes that her father has been in an accident she hightails it right back into the folds of her family, thanking Jesus every moment for the time she spent getting her RN.

However, not everyone in their Amish town is quite so happy that she's spent her time learning... and she does feel guilty that she's still not told her parents exactly what...more
Megan Palasik
This is a wonderful, feel-good Amish story. While the title has the word "Christmas" in it, the story is not as much about Christmas as it is a young woman finding her way in her Amish community.

Annie was spending her rumschpringe with her non-Amish aunt in Philadelphia. During that time, she took some classes and became an RN. While she was at work one day, she got a phone call that her dat had been in an accident and she needed to come home right away. When she came home, she became her dat's...more
Let me just get this out of the way. I don’t read a lot of Amish fiction, but I do enjoy it every once in a while. The biggest reason I do not read a lot of Amish fiction is because so many books have words here and there that are Pennsylvania Dutch. I think that slows a story down and I would prefer to not have to stop reading the book and go to the glossary in the back and look up the word. A Simple Amish Christmas had a fair amount of that, which got me off to an unenthusiastic start. But, pu...more
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.

Her novel, Falling to Pieces, was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award winner for...more
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