Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Amish Nanny (Women of Lancaster County #2) by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould



-Wendy

Amish-raised Ada Rupp knows it's time to make a commitment to the faith and join the church, especially if she wants a future with the handsome Amish widower Will Gundy.  But when she has the chance to travel to Switzerland as the caregiver of a young child, she leaps at the opportunity.

Anxious to learn more about her forebears, Ada enlists the help of a young Mennonite scholar named Daniel, but even as she develops feelings for him, she cannot get Will from her mind-or her heart.  At a crossroads, Ada must decide what she is willing to give up from the past in order to embrace her future.

My Thoughts:

In this installment of The Women of Lancaster County, ,Ada Rupp is finally getting her wings.  She found out in the first book that her life was not what she had thought.  Her mamm was not her biological mamm and she had a sister she knew nothing of.  Now, with her disease under control, she's restless.  Her parents have always been overprotective, so when a wedding invitation arrives from her sister, she is sure her parents won't let her go.  However, they surprise her and let her.

She is overjoyed to finally be able to travel and knows that upon return she will have a teaching position.  She really wants to be a mother and wife to Will Gundy but knows that he has set his sights upon another.  Nursing a bruised heart, she decides to make the most of her life.  However, when she returns from the wedding, another adventure awaits.

The property in Switzerland that her biological mom lives on is slated to have the nearby waterfall turned into a hydro plant.  The waterfall and caves are historical to the Amish and Mennonites.  She and others must travel to Switzerland to protests the development and clear the title so that it can remain intact.

Along the way, Ada learns some independence.  She endures some heartache and reaches out to God to help guide her on her path.  There is so much to learn about the Anabaptists move from Switzerland to the United States and it's depicted beautifully.  I learned so much and I was really hoping that Ada would find peace and her happily ever after.  I had a hard time putting this book down.  I adore the characters and I can't wait to read the next installment.  Great book filled with romance, intrigue, family relationships, God and history.

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