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Abby Finds Her Calling

(Home at Cedar Creek #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  64 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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Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Abby Finds Her Calling

Naomi King

Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading ABBY FINDS HER CALLING by Naomi King. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Abby and her sister, Zanna after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Naomi's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Suzanna "Zanna" Lambright fails to show up for her wedding day to James Graber. When her sister Abby finds her the next day, she realizes her sister is pregnant. Although she initially insinuates James is the father, the truth finally comes out of her. Zanna must face the consequences of her choice. The story is one of forgiveness and restoration, but it goes far beyond the main story and is woven throughout the different pieces of the story. King writes with better skill than many writers of ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life seems simple for the families in Cedar Creek, Missouri. However, life is not simple even for the Amish. This is a heartwarming story filled with love of family and forgiveness that will keep you turning pages. At first, I didn’t like the character of Zanna, but with her sister Abby’s support, encouragement, and positive outlook, she learns valuable lessons on honesty as well as doing the right thing. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
Ruth Hill
Mar 20, 2012 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
Mar 25, 2012 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
Marta Perry
Nov 02, 2011 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.
Romancing the Book
Mar 20, 2012 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
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
Viviane Crystal
Mar 31, 2012 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
Diane U
Jul 01, 2012 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 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
Sep 30, 2013 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
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book.. I am ready for book 2!
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm pleasantly surprised by this book. It was one I decided to read after a reviewer I follow had high praise, and while I'm not closed off to Amish fiction, I'm picky about only reading the ones with rave reviews and 5 stars from people I have reason to follow. And so I trusted and gave it a shot. I'm glad I did! Naomi King is a great writer, whose ability to bring unresolved aspects of the plot together in a beautiful way.

I found myself really enjoying the writing halfway through, but
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many times I find that Amish stories fall along the same path. Two characters fall in love, they court, and they get married. However, one can find that one diamond. I found myself intrigued by the characters in this story. Suzanna Lambright is set to marry James Graber. On the day of her wedding, she is not to found. Her sister Abby must keep the family together and find her sister. When she finds her, the reason she left throws the community into a twirl. Will they be able to work through ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I felt I was right there at the wedding, witnessing the moment that the incident happened. I was heartbroken for James and the family and I worried right along with them. Yes, it felt that real. As I read Abby Finds Her Calling, I felt the heartbreak, the anger, and the judgement. I also felt the forgiveness, the love, and the peace.

Did you ever read a book and think that character reminds you of someone you know? Abby, my favorite character in this book, reminds me of one of my best friends.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. I enjoyed it so much. It's the first book of the series and now I need more! Abby is a Maidel and lives alone and is the town's seamstress, sewing and mending relationships. Although the story is about her sister and her relationship with James Graber, Abby plays an important role.

I really enjoyed this book and hope to find the next book in the series. Very good read!
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Naomi King's Amish books. Such a happy ending, too!
Tara Lee
Jan 11, 2015 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

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
Mar 04, 2012 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
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Jul 03, 2012 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 01, 2012 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
Feb 26, 2012 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
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Mar 12, 2012 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
Mar 03, 2012 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
Feb 29, 2012 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,

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
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