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The Amish Nanny
The Women of Lancaster County: Book Two
by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould
Publisher:Harvest House Publishers
I took this novel on holiday with me, thinking to read it in an evening or two. It kept me reading three or four, it has a lot to say, and I learnt a lot of history while engrossed in the story of Ada Rupp who we first met in The Amish Midwife (equally good).
Ada is in love with widower Will Gundy, but Will seems to be courting Leah. Ada is set to become a teacher at a nearby Amish school, when away at her sisterís wedding, she hears that Leah has been given Ďherí job. Not a happy state of affairs, so when she is asked to represent her family in Switzerland where her Mother lives, she realises that God has other plans for her, and accepts willingly.
The journey is necessary to resolve a question of land ownership and an agreement, long lost, between Adaís and Willís ancestors and a question of saving for posterity an historical Anabaptist site or a hydro-electric plant being built there, desecrating the area for ever.
The fictional story is gripping, but it weaves around historical sites and happenings of which I knew nothing. Totally absorbing.
Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew (28/10/11)