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A Simple Amish Christmas

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Annie Weaver always planned to return home, but the 20-year old RN has lived in Philadelphia for three years now. 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 Annie has several important choices to make.
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Abingdon Press
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Vannetta Chapman
Jan 06, 2013 Vannetta Chapman rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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.
Loraine
SUMMARY:

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 Annie has several important choices to make.

REVIEW: I have stayed away from Amish fiction for some time as I started to find many of them very formulaic. I really
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Sally906
Opening Sentence: “…Annie Weaver sat in the back seat of her aenti’s car, determined to hold in her tears…”

When Amish children turn 16, they are encouraged to explore the world outside their community, to rebel a little. This is to give them a chance to decide if they wish to continue to follow the Amish faith. Annie Weaver was feeling restless so she opted to go and stay with her aunt and have her period of ‘Rumschpringe’. While she is away she becomes a qualified nurse. Something she does not
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Camille
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
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Resa
Jun 19, 2012 Resa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2013 Janice Aitkens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ron
Dec 12, 2010 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary  O'Brien
Oct 31, 2011 Mary O'Brien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books
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
Kara
Jul 20, 2013 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Darlene
Dec 27, 2011 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Ibjoy1953
Nov 12, 2011 Ibjoy1953 rated it really liked it
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
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Diane U
Sep 09, 2010 Diane U rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy
Dec 23, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara
Dec 23, 2010 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth
May 27, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kristi
Jul 19, 2015 Kristi rated it really liked it
At 290 pages, I thought this book might take a bit of time to read but oh how I was wrong. I was quickly immersed in the story and the pages practically turned themselves making this book a quick read.

As in all of Vanetta Chapman's books, the character development is fantastic. I soon forgot these were fictional people I was reading about. The characters in this book soon became friends to me and I couldn't wait to see what happened to them.

I enjoyed the storyline of this book. I found it to
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Judy
Apr 03, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Abbie
Nov 14, 2010 Abbie rated it it was amazing
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!
Tina at Mommynificent
This was a pleasant read about life in an Amish community at Christmastime. I enjoyed its focus on the role of medicine and healers in the community, but other than that it wasn't really a stand-out read for me. It was an enjoyable read with nothing objectionable.
Maritza
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.
Linda
Feb 06, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2010 Jennifer Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Christmas story with engaging characters and a beautiful Christian romance.
Beth Arenburg
Apr 05, 2013 Beth Arenburg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book about deciding what you want in life.
Ryshia Kennie
Jan 22, 2015 Ryshia Kennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Annie Weaver has tested her wings and spent time outside the Amish community from where she grew up. When a family tragedy calls her back, she discovers that the lure of the outside world no longer appeals and she’s missed her family and friends. But can she practice the nursing skills she has learned in the outside world here at home or does she need to forget all of that? Things have changed since she’s been away, and one man in particular, Samuel, a local farmer and amateur healer soon gains
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Lynda
Dec 20, 2014 Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roger Bruner
Shelves: amish, christmas
I love this story. I read it for the first time last year in Nov & knew I would want to read it again this year. One fellow Amish writer calls it "heart warming" & states that Chapman's characters "feel like old friends". I think that is one of the secrets of this book. Likable characters and characters that you truly find yourself involved in as the story its way toward Christmas.

Annie Weaver is an Amish RN. She left home before joining the church and spent several years with "family" i
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Liz
May 30, 2014 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dailycheapreads
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
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Kym McNabney
Aug 11, 2010 Kym McNabney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laura
Oct 02, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: A SIMPLE AMISH CHRISTMAS
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
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of many novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish m ...more
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