Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“The Amish Nanny” by Patricia Davids

 About the Book

A Family In Need

A reclusive Amish logger, Ethan Gingerich is more comfortable around his draft horses than the orphaned niece and nephews he's taken in. Yet he's determined to provide the children with a good, loving home. The little ones, including a defiant eight-year-old, need a proper nanny. But when Ethan hires shy Amishwoman Clara Barkman, he never expects her temporary position to have such a lasting hold on all of them. Now this man of few words must convince Clara she's found her forever home and family.

Brides of Amish Country: Finding true love in the land of the Plain People.

"The Amish Nanny" was released in August, 2014
This is a well love library book that was reviewed

My Review of "The Amish Nanny"

“The Amish Nanny” by Patricia Davids is another wonderful book in her 'Brides of Amish Country' series, and yet this is a stand alone book. There are mentions of prior books in this book, but everything that is needed is covered again within this book. If anyone really wanted more background information, the only book they would need would be “The Shepard's Bride” which the story of Clara and her sisters, is explained in deeper depth. Really though that is not necessary for really all the important details are in this book so that one doesn't feel lost.

Here is a story of two people who have suffered painful experiences in the past and need to learn how to change the way they look at the world again. Then add three hurting children into the mix, things are going to change one way or the other regardless what any of the adults want or think they desire.

Clara is a woman who has reason to distrust like she does, has her own secrets that come out in this story and yet still is honest even when she tries to hide things. Above all else her heart is still gold, and she is always thinking of others. Though she has some horrible experiences in her past, she is trying her best to move forward, and still has a strange sense of humor. To me that strange sense of humor was brilliant for it made her not so shy and timid.

Ethan is a man who is trying his best to do the best for his family. He is determined to keep his young niece and nephews regardless what others think due to his own past experiences. Ethan is also needing a bit of help to make his family a true family. There are trials with dealing with the young children that he doesn't know quite how to handle, and when he needs help he finally reaches out. There are reasons why he is the way he is and his story comes out fully to explain so much about him.

The children of the story are so precious and so individual that it is easy to tell who is doing what. My heart ached for each of them as they struggled with all the new things going on in their lives.

There is a message of learning to trust when trust seems to be about the last thing a person would want to do and how rewarding it can be. To watch the characters that need to learn to trust again to come to the point of trusting was so special and touching that at times I found myself crying from the pain that the characters went through. This then leads to second chances and how precious they are, whether it be with love of a mate or the love of family, second chances are something to hold onto when they come around, so long as people don't waste them.

I truly hope that we get to see more of the Barkman sisters for they all have touched a part of me with their resilience that they have shown. I hope all who read this book enjoys it as much as I did.

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