Item description for Storekeepers Daughter (Daughter Of Lancaster V1) by Wanda E. Brunstetter...
Overview Helping her widowed father run a store, manage a household, and raise seven children is a daunting task that leaves no time for Naomi Fisher to have her own family. After her baby brother disappears, she wonders how she can expect anyone to love and trust her.
Time seems to stand still in Naomi Fisher's tranquil community, but it cannot hold back tragedy. Helping her widowed father run a store, manage a household, and raise seven children is a daunting task. There is no time to think about courtship or having her own family, though her heart yearns for the attention of Caleb Hoffmeir. But her days are plotted for her-until the afternoon her baby brother disappears from the yard. How can Naomi expect anyone to love and trust her if she can't take care of one small boy? Should she leave all that is familiar and seek a new avenue of life? The Storekeeper's Daughter is book 1 in the Daughter's of Lancaster County series. Other books in the series include The Quilter's Daughter: Book 2 and The Bishop's Daughter: Book 3.
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.96" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.61 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Barbour Books
Series Daughters Of Lancaster County
Series Number 1
ISBN 1593104464 ISBN13 9781593104467
Availability 0 units.
More About Wanda E. Brunstetter
Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 50 books with more than 5 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.
Wanda’s fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda’s desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.
All of Wanda’s novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.
Wanda’s primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern “Englishers.” Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too.
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"Much More Depth Than Her Usual Works of Art" Oct 12, 2008
Written by: Wanda Brunstetter Published by: Barbour Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for ReviewYourBook.com 10/2008 ISBN: 978-1-59310-446-7 "Much More Depth Than Her Usual Works of Art" 5 stars Abraham is a widower. His oldest daughter is left to help him care for the 7 other children and the store. He is bitter. His oldest daughter becomes bitter. A child is kidnapped. A child runs away. Abraham starts to compare himself to Job, rightfully so. Can he find love and forgiveness? Wanda Brunstetter is the mother of the Amish genre. She writes with such God-given talent. Her books are always a joy to read. This book has much more depth than her usual books. It relies on dialogue a lot less than her other stories. It still has the happy ending, but it also has a cliff-hanger. Go ahead and buy all in this series, so you can read them in order.
Made me sleepy Apr 17, 2008
This is a great book for people who don't want adventure or romance in their lives. For people who approve of staying home. For people who like to do chores.
Do you know, the love affair between Naomi and Caleb was the boringest romance I've ever read? They never even kissed. These two are destined for a life of pious mediocrity.
For people who approve of pious mediocrity, this is just the book for you.
Good book, good series, not "great". Jan 5, 2008
Okay, overall, I liked the Daughters of Lancaster County series. Reading the first one - Storekeeper's Daughter - definitely made me want to read the second, then I *had* to read the third. It was more about needing closure on the storyline begun in book one than loving to read her books. With that non-glowing review as a starter, I would still recommend this series. I appreciated the display of faith in God's direction despite the world falling down around them. I have not read many books about Amish culture so I found that interesting.
My 3 star rating is because I thought they were fine books, just not on my top 10 list.
Took till page 96 to get interesting... Dec 1, 2007
...because before then, it was just basically chronicling how hard Naomi's life was.
I will say this book was better than "A Sister's Secret", even though Grace and Naomi were basically the same character. Ms. Brunstetter seems to portray all Amish as good, and all English as bad. If you read enough of her books, you'll recognize this pattern.
I will say there are as many advantages to being Amish as there is to being English. I would love to be able to cook and quilt and sew as well as they can (well, I can cook, at least, the other I can't do at all), not to mention being able to speak a second language. Though they may not be intellectuals, they are a very industrious people. I have to believe though, that if given the chance, a few of their men and women are brilliant enough to compose classical music or perform surgeries. I, personally, consider it a sin to waste a talent only God can endow an individual with.
I do wish Ms. Brunstetter would paint at least one English character in a good light. In "A Sister's Secret", the news reporter was a jerk, as was the guy who wanted to buy their land, the English grandparents were cruel and jerked Grace's (the Amish heroine's) daughter away from her, then dumped her back off four years later when they could no longer care for her; in "Plain and Fancy", Laura Meade (an Englischer), was portrayed as Godless and snobby, not to mention her boyfriend back home and college acquaintance.
That brings me to this book, where, again, Naomi's English friend Ginny, turns out to be not her friend at all (for once Ginny reunites with her English friend in Portland, she dumps Naomi like a hot potato and expects her to cook for them all the time--I think she just used Naomi so she would have someone to ride with her out there because she didn't have the nerve to drive halfway across the country alone), and then there's Jim and Linda Scott. Jim isn't a bad person, really, but he does do something really bad, and Linda, oh-my-gosh, what a nag! I really don't see how he put up with her. I have never understood this obsession with some people wanting to have a child. It's like they can't be happy (or don't allow themselves to be) unless they have one. It's not a tragedy being childless. A tragedy is when you do have a child and something, well, tragic happens to them. That's a tragedy. It's like people who can't be happy unless they're married. Sure, I would prefer to be married, but if you're not happily single, you won't be happily married.
Anyway, that's how this Linda was--never happy. She no sooner had Zach/Jimmy than she wanted another (and she couldn't even handle the one she had!). Just something about that woman sickened me. She really came across as unbalanced.
Having a child actually seemed to weaken the Scott's marriage (though all children are a blessing from God, they`re not always good for a marriage, as I think Jim only wanted to adopt to please his wife). I do think Zach/Jimmy being an illegal adoption put stress on Jim, thus putting stress on their marriage, but I don't think that was all of it. Linda was just a little bit fixated. The woman really grated on my nerves.
It's funny, but the secondary romance between Abraham Fisher (Naomi's father) and Fannie Miller was much more interesting and emotional than the one between Naomi and Caleb Hoffmeir. I also think Fannie's daughter, Abby, was a bit over the top in her adoration of her mother. It was actually a bit creepy.
I think it would have been harder for Naomi to come home if Ginny had been a nice, quiet girl, who actually showed something positive about being English. It's takes a more skilled author to have a hero or heroine have to choose between two good things, or a good and a better thing, than it is to have them choose between a right choice and a wrong one.
Ms. Brunstetter takes a bit long setting the stage before the action starts, but once it starts, I don't want to stop reading. Because of her books, I no longer go by the fifty page rule, meaning if the story doesn't interest me by fifty pages, I put it down.
The scene where Naomi comes home was so touching, I actually had tears rolling down my cheeks, and if an author can make me do that, well, she's written a pretty good story. (Now, if only she could make me laugh, too). She just needs to make her heroines (and their loves) a little more interesting.
I Loved This Series... Jul 5, 2007
I have always been curious about the Amish and the way they live, the simple life. So when I found this book at the Library I had to read it and I couldn't put it down once I started. You can relate to the characters easily ie: Naomi a young 20 yr old Amish girl who promises her dying mother she would care for her siblings and to do this gives up her own love life. Its a touching book. I HIGHLY recommend this book!!