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A Simple Faith

(Lancaster Crossroads #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  37 reviews
For fans of Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall, Rosalind Lauer’s uplifting Lancaster Crossroads novel A Simple Faith brings together disparate lives in a warm Amish setting.

Blessings Born of Tragedy
A Love to Heal All Fears

Rushing to the scene of a tragic highway collision, nursing student Haley Donovan draws on her training to care for the passengers in the crumpled van. T
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I just finished A Simple Faith today.... and I could NOT wait to tell you about it. Let's get started.

Book Review for A Simple Faith, publisher: Ballantine Books, Oct. 29, 2013, 384 pages.

Here is a summary of the book from the publisher: Rushing to the scene of a tragic highway collision, nursing student Haley Donovan draws on her training to care for the passengers in the crumpled van. The experience wins her a place in Lancaster County’s tight-knit Amish society, and draws her to kindhear
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
God’s Grace Is Sufficient!

This is the first book I have read by Rosalind Lauer and it sure won’t be my last.

The characters in this book experience pain, deep heartache, loss, grief, and lack of faith. Does time really heal all wounds? Does God make mistakes?

Have we ever felt unloved, lonely, and the desire to fit in? Elsie Lapp is a young lady who is experiencing all these things. As a young Amish girl she feels she can never marry, for who would ever want the likes of her? How can she marry wit
Shari Larsen
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Haley Donovan is a nursing student; one evening, on her way home, she comes upon a scene of a tragic accident involving a van full of Amish passengers. She draws on her training to help them until the paramedics can arrive, and the experience wins her a place in Lancaster County's tight knit Amish society.

She also becomes friends with the new psychologist in town, Dylan Monroe. With Haley's help, he works on gaining acceptance within the community and offers his counseling services for free for
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: amish
This was interesting because of some of the issues the Amish couple faced, but I would've liked to see more of Elsie and Reuben. I felt like things wrapped up a little too quickly. Everyone got over the accident what felt like quickly and I thought the author should have shown more of the struggle with the healing process. Also, as the wife of a nurse, it annoys me when books like this talk about nurses reporting to the charge doctor who oversees their clinicals. That's not how clinicals work. A ...more
Di Schlenk
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read, very pertinent in modern society although set deep in Amish country.

really enjoyed this book.
Cyndi Loo
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written book

I love books about the Amish! I live in So Central PA and encounter many as I travel! Great book!
Kristin (These Pretty Words)
Originally reviewed at These Pretty Words.

I cried. I cried so hard, I had no idea how to stop. And then I swooned, and then I cried again, and then I prayed and hoped and snuck my phone everywhere with me so I didn’t have to stop reading the ridiculously beautiful words contained within this 384 page blessing. Don’t bother waiting until the end of this review – go buy it right now. You won’t regret it.

Let’s start at the beginning – A Simple Faith is a story of tragedy, healing, faith and hope, a
Virginia Campbell
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The most tragic of circumstances will bring together the Amish and the Englishers in "A Simple Faith", from author Rosalind Lauer. A van carrying a group of Amish people is hit head on by an SUV driven by a young Englisher woman texting on her cell phone. Later, the young woman will die at the hospital, leaving her mother distraught. Haley Donovan, a young nursing student, had actually witnessed the horrible accident. After calling 911 and describing the location and seriousness of the accident, ...more
This novel was VERY offensive to my inner-feminist. Now before you discount this review as being by someone crazy, know that I enjoy Amish lit. I find it soothing. I have always been fascinated by the Amish culture.
Yet I was infuriated that every female in this novel - Amish or English (non-Amish) was EXPECTED to get married and have children. This was even worse for our 17-year-old protagonist Elsie who has some very valid reasons for not wanting to ever have children. (view spoiler)
Pamela Jo
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have read a book by Rosalind Lauer. It will not be the last. I really loved this story. There are so many truly interesting and unique characters. The main characters are Haley Donovan, Dylan Monroe, Elsie Lapp, and Ruben Zook.

The book begins with a tragic traffic accident. The lives of the Amish residents of Halfway, Lancaster County, are forever changed in a heartbeat. Haley is a nursing student who witnesses the wreck and helps the victims. She is a caring woman who t
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Rushing to the scene of a tragic highway collision, nursing student Haley Donovan draws on her training to care for the passengers in the crumpled van. The experience wins her a place in Lancaster County's tight-knit Amish society, and draws her to kindhearted psychologist Dylan Monroe. Working side by side with Dylan who is bringing counseling services to the small town of Halfway, Haley feels an undeniable attraction between them, yet she senses that Dylan is holding back
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Haley Donovan is hoping work in Halfway's Hospital will allow her to forget about her past and move on to the future. When she meets Dylan who is the new counselor for the hospital she notices he is cute and out of place but she just keeps to her self and does her job. Elsie Lapp who manages her families store wants help her family with finances so she suggests that she visits the city to talk to a vendor. Little does Elsie and Haley know they will be crossing each others paths and both be invol ...more
J.C. Morrows
I have discovered a wonderful new author in Rosalind Lauer and I have four books, so far, of hers – two from her previous series and two from this one.

I’ve had to check a couple out at the library but I’m watching for sales at the local Christian Book Stores. And I will be reviewing the second book in this series soon.

Rosalind Lauer is an exceptional author. Even having read her first series, I was not prepared for how great this book would be. It’s a great read!

I will say that I’m a bit confuse
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
When nursing student Haley Donovan witnesses a tragic car accident she doesn't realize it will change her life forever. The accident not only draws her close to the Amish victims including Elsie Lapp but psychologist Dylan Munroe. Haley soon realizes she is falling in love with Dylan but will he be able to love her back? Elsie has her own issues - because of a genetic disorder she has vowed to never fall in love or have children but she doesn't realize that she can't control her heart no matter ...more
A Simple Faith by Rosalinda Lauer was won me by from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway and the generosity of the author.

The mix of emotions and personalities of the Amish and Englisher characters as they learn to help and depend on each other when a van full of Amish are involved in a traffic accident and the first and only person is Hailey, a young nursing students at the local hospital. Both communities learn from each other how to deal with the death of the driver of the other car and one of
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Simple Faith - A Simply Beautiful Story

I love reading Amish books but had never read one by Rosalind Lauer, after reading A Simple Faith I will have to say this won't be the last time I read her books.

Have the kleenex ready, as there are both sad and happy times in a Simple Faith. And how we use the strength of God to get through these times.

A tragic car accident brings the Amish and English together in the start of this story.

I love the way Rosalind Lauer shows that faith, hope, forgiveness,
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tragedy strikes the Amish community of Halfway in Lancaster county when a teenage girl who is texting while she is driving collides with a van full of Amish people. Haley Donovan, a nursing student at a nearby hospital, is in her car driving behind the van when the accident occurs. She cares for the injured until emergency help arrives. Both she and Dr. Dylan Monroe try to help the people involved deal with the trauma of the accident and at the same time try to deal with demons of their own. Els ...more
Kristine Morgan
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Simple Faith by Rosalind Lauer is a welcome trip back to Halfway Pennsylvania. We were first welcomed to Halfway and the King family in a Simple Winter. Although the King family makes a cameo this story features nursing student Haley Donovan and psychologist Dylan Monroe. On her way home from the hospital Haley witness an accident between an SUV and a van full of Amish. Elsie Lapp and Ruben Zook were passengers on the van. A Simple Faith is the story of how Englishers and Amish deal with the a ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
“A Simple Faith” by Rosalind Lauer was a very good book to read during the Christmas season. Although it had nothing to do with Christmas it did convey the spirit of giving and receiving as well as trying to have faith and hope when the odds are against you.

Elsie is a little person and has vowed not to have children because she is afraid that they will inherit her condition. However, Ruben is not accepting her decision. Elsie and Ruben were in a car accident along with her Dad and others in thei
I started this book before bed expecting to read a few pages before following asleep. Instead, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning turning page after page in order to find some semblance of happy and happiness in this tragic tale. I certainly plan to read more of Lauer’s books as this was exactly what I needed following my long excursion into Westeros and the land beyond the Wall.

The book is rather evenly split between the story of Haley and Elsie, and while Haley grabbed my attention
DynamicUno Thomas
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed getting to know the people in the town of Halfway, despite the fact we meet them in the aftermath of a horrible accident--one that forever changes their lives through the bond of death.

If you've noticed the books I've read, or follow my blog, then you know that I have a soft spot for stories involving the Amish. I love to learn about their customs and I learn a lot from their unwavering faith in God and His promises--much like Haley and Dylan did when they befriended Elsie, Ruben, and
Carolyn E
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. Rosalind Lauer is an excellent writer who is very good at describing her characters and their struggles to rebuild their lives after a terrible accident that had very devastating consequences for all of those who were involved. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, A Simple Hope, which is scheduled to be released on March 4, 2014.
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Rosalind Lauer and it will definitely not be the last. I found "A Simple Faith" to be an interesting Amish story that mixed in Amish culture and Englishers in one story. Several lives are turned upside down when there is an accident and the Amish pull together along with some new Englisher friends. This is a story of faith, friendship, love, hope forgiveness and hurt. I recommend this story to others, you won't be disappointed.

I'm so glad I won this from Library Thing's
Phyllis Stinson

This had a different slant the n Amish genes and sorrow. Amazing how they work as a community. It has a section about non Amish falling n love. I really didn't see any purpose in that part.
Jessica Pierce
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read

this book was really well written and this is the first time I have read an Amish book that actually includes Englishers and the Amish. I totally enjoyed this read and will so start the second book.
Marie Buccellato
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Rosalind Lauer shows how the Amish people can have forgiveness in their hearts...Something I think we all should practice. Great story & I definitely will read the next book in the series.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: amish
This book was more English than Amish for my liking.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read ... will look for more books by this author!
Kristina Wilson
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
Was in the mood for something different, so I saw this one at the library's digital download site. A bit of Amish was what I was looking for :)
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Rosalind Lauer grew up in a large family in Maryland and began visiting Lancaster County’s Amish community as a child. Lauer attended Wagner College in New York City and worked as an editor for Simon & Schuster and Harlequin Books. She now lives with her family in Oregon, where she writes in the shade of some towering two-hundred-year-old Douglas fir trees.

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