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Bestselling author Mindy Starns Clark and coauthor Leslie Gould offer readers The Amish Nanny, Book 2 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Plain women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love. Amish-raised Ada Rupp knows it’s time to make a commitment to the faith and join the church, especially if she wan Bestselling author Mindy Starns Clark and coauthor Leslie Gould offer readers The Amish Nanny, Book 2 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Plain women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love. 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.


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Bestselling author Mindy Starns Clark and coauthor Leslie Gould offer readers The Amish Nanny, Book 2 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Plain women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love. Amish-raised Ada Rupp knows it’s time to make a commitment to the faith and join the church, especially if she wan Bestselling author Mindy Starns Clark and coauthor Leslie Gould offer readers The Amish Nanny, Book 2 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Plain women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love. 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.

30 review for The Amish Nanny

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    Ada Rupp is a young Amish woman who has learned, in the past year, that she is adopted--the mother who raised her is the sister of the mother who gave birth to her, her "aunt" who left Lancaster County, PA for Switzerland shortly after she was born. Ada also has a sister, Alexandra, two years older, who was adopted by another, English (that's those of us who are not Plain Folk) family in Oregon. That's a lot of upheaval for anyone, but in addition, Ada also learned during the visit of her sister Ada Rupp is a young Amish woman who has learned, in the past year, that she is adopted--the mother who raised her is the sister of the mother who gave birth to her, her "aunt" who left Lancaster County, PA for Switzerland shortly after she was born. Ada also has a sister, Alexandra, two years older, who was adopted by another, English (that's those of us who are not Plain Folk) family in Oregon. That's a lot of upheaval for anyone, but in addition, Ada also learned during the visit of her sister Lexie, that the illness that has limited her all her life can be managed quite effectively. She now has the prospect of fulfilling her dreams, of becoming a teacher and in time marrying and being a wife and mother. Ada has interviewed for the post of teacher in one of the community's one-room schools, and has been told she can count on getting the position. With all this happiness, her always-protective mother gives her permission to travel to Oregon to attend her newly-discovered sister Lexie's wedding. The only fly in the ointment is that is that the man Ada loves, the widower Will Gundy, is apparently courting pretty Leah Fisher instead. But disappointing as that is, she's got her teaching position to look forward to, and in the meantime the adventure of the trip to Oregon and her sister's wedding. After the wedding, she comes home to confusion and upheaval. Leah Fisher has been given the teaching position Ada had counted on--in part because Will Gundy urged it, believing it would be best for his oldest daughter, Christy, who is not recovering from the loss of her mother. And Will's grandmother, Alice, and Ada's grandmother, Frannie, apparently both still have an interest in a piece of property in Switzerland, where both families come from. There's a complicated legal dispute involving the property, and the two grandmothers would the property to remain in the hands of Herr Lauten, who will protect its historic significance, instead of being used to build a hydroelectric plant. To accomplish this, both families need to be represented in the proceedings in Switzerland--but Ada's grandmother is not strong enough to make the trip. Ada finds herself traveling to Europe by cargo ship, acting as Christy's nanny, developing a friendship with a handsome young Mennonite scholar, meeting her birth mother, and learning more about her family's history than she ever imagined. It's an educational adventure--the rumspringa she never had because of her poor health. This is a very warm and satisfying book, a fascinating look at a culture most of us know only as quaint pictures of men and women in plain dress from a past century, still traveling by horse and buggy. It's a loving portrait of a complex and interesting way of life, existing alongside ours, and the people who, in each generation, choose to commit to that way of life. Highly recommended. I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I really enjoyed the first book of this series, but this book felt more clinical to me. Maybe I am just not as interested in land deeds and genealogies, but since a large portion of this book focused on hunting up historical facts and understanding all the legalities of transfers of land, I found it a lot to wade through and it took away from the relational developments of the book. Still, the writing was well done, and it presented interesting tidbits of information about the Amish.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Fantastic Amish Romance I love Amish stories, but these are extra special due to their incredible story along with the romance. Learned a lot about why the Amish and Mennonites immigrated to the U.S.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    I am not sure if you remember my review of the previous book in this series, The Amish Midwife, but if not, please go back and read through it:) Because I recently received a copy of the next book in the series, The Amish Nanny, for review. And I think it will be best to come into the review knowing what the previous book is about. I have been a big fan of Mindy's previous works. I have read almost all of her books and really enjoyed them. I had never heard of Leslie Gould before reading The Amis I am not sure if you remember my review of the previous book in this series, The Amish Midwife, but if not, please go back and read through it:) Because I recently received a copy of the next book in the series, The Amish Nanny, for review. And I think it will be best to come into the review knowing what the previous book is about. I have been a big fan of Mindy's previous works. I have read almost all of her books and really enjoyed them. I had never heard of Leslie Gould before reading The Amish Midwife, but after reading that one I knew I would enjoy anything else she wrote. And I was sooo right! This book is written by both Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. It is the second book in the Women of Lancaster County Series. It follows the story of Lexie's sister, Ada, and her search for meaning in life. One of the main reasons I love this series is all the history in it. The authors put a lot of work and research into the Amish and Mennonite history and it shows! Throughout reading this I got a history lesson but it definitely was not school:) The persecution of the Anabaptists is shown clearly and their travels from Switzerland to America is nicely depicted. Ada is a character from the previous book who is introduced somewhat. I don't want to spoil anything for those who have not read the first book, but Ada finds out that she is sister to Lexie, an "Englischer". Ada has been sick for much of her life and is just now being able to get up and around. When the story opens, Ada receives an invitation in the mail to attend Lexie's upcoming wedding. She does not believe she will be able to go until her mother makes an odd decision allowing her the privilege of attending. This starts a whole new look on life from Ada and the thought that she has not ever had her time of rumpsringa, seeing the world and being allowed her freedom to decide if she wants to join the Church. There is so much in this decision and she is allowed to take a trip to Switzerland to meet her"aunt" who is in reality her birth mother, who gave her up for adoption. I do not want to give anything away so I am going to be careful about what I say. Ada has loved Will Gundy all her life but when she was ill she thought that nothing would ever come to pass between them. Then after she is better, she finds out that Leah Fisher is wanting Will to court her and it seems like Will wants that as well. Leah is taking care of his children, helping out around the house, etc. So Ada goes on the trip to Switzerland, even though that means that Leah will be there for Will. She happens to meet a Mennonite man named Daniel who she becomes friends with and he starts liking her. Again, I am not going to tell you how it ends as that would give things away:) You will just have to get a copy of the book yourself. Overall I loved this book. The relationships between Ada and Christy and Morgan just really touched me. Morgan is sweet and yearning for something, as is Ada in a way. But she finds her path and I loved the ending of the book. Can't wait to find out who the next book is about! There is a next book, right? According to FTC Disclosure, I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I love all of Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark's book and The Amish Nanny is no exception. A very different kind of Amish book, the authors take the readers to Switzerland to find a secret agreement that will preserve and important Anabaptist site. As the treasure hunt continues, and Ada comes face-to-face with her past, dealing with issues way beyond her understanding. But despite Ada and Daniel unlocking the mysteries, Ada still loves Will Gundy. Will she remain in Switzerland with Daniel o I love all of Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark's book and The Amish Nanny is no exception. A very different kind of Amish book, the authors take the readers to Switzerland to find a secret agreement that will preserve and important Anabaptist site. As the treasure hunt continues, and Ada comes face-to-face with her past, dealing with issues way beyond her understanding. But despite Ada and Daniel unlocking the mysteries, Ada still loves Will Gundy. Will she remain in Switzerland with Daniel or return to Lancaster County with Will? A wonderful story of family, faith and love.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    The story was fine. Nothing ground breaking. There was just so much filler. I found myself skipping over passages. There were a few unnecessary characters and descriptions of things that just did not move the plot along. I stuck it out until the end hoping for an unexpected reveal. Unfortunately the predictable things all happened. I'm not interested enough to finish this series right now. The story was fine. Nothing ground breaking. There was just so much filler. I found myself skipping over passages. There were a few unnecessary characters and descriptions of things that just did not move the plot along. I stuck it out until the end hoping for an unexpected reveal. Unfortunately the predictable things all happened. I'm not interested enough to finish this series right now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    C Janet

    This book took me a long time to read. The plot was more about the history of the Mennonites and Amish in Switzerland. It was interesting but it was very slow moving. The characters lacked depth and except for gaining historical knowledge, the book left me disappointed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    This book is a long page turner with many twists and turns throughout. It kept my attention as I read to the end of the book. I have been enjoying this series and look forward to reading book four . There are five books to this series. Ada Rupp goes to Switzerland with Alice and Christy in order to try and save property that her Grandma Fannie and Alice owns there. A hydro power company questions the validity of Franny's ownership of the land and has petitioned the courts to take over the propert This book is a long page turner with many twists and turns throughout. It kept my attention as I read to the end of the book. I have been enjoying this series and look forward to reading book four . There are five books to this series. Ada Rupp goes to Switzerland with Alice and Christy in order to try and save property that her Grandma Fannie and Alice owns there. A hydro power company questions the validity of Franny's ownership of the land and has petitioned the courts to take over the property to use as a power plant. Representing her Grandmother she and Alice hope to stop the take over of the property. First, in order to help their case they must find the original agreement drawn up years ago between their ancestors . Abraham Sommer has hidden it in a safe place that nobody seems to be able to find. Search after search turns up nothing to be of help in winning their case against the hydro company. Will they be able to find the original agreement before the court date and be able to save their property ? Also there is prospects of romance thrown into the story. Ada meets handsome Daniel who is helping them with their property custody battle. She loves Will but he is courting Leah Fisher. Daniel wants Ada to stay in Switzerland and allow him to court her. She must decide if this is what she really wants. All readers of Amish fiction or Christian Fiction will like this series. There are five books to the series and I highly recommend them . I borrowed an ebook copy from the digital library. A review was not requested. All opinions shared here in this review are my own

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janie R.

    The main character in this story finds out about her birth right, a lot of truths are exposed, and she feels disconnected with all the family around her. Another sub-story involves her going to Switzerland to sign some documents, and it is here where the history of the Anabaptists is weaved in the story, a search for a document about her family's land. This was a very well-researched history done by the author. I learned some very interesting facts about the original Anabaptists, that I had neve The main character in this story finds out about her birth right, a lot of truths are exposed, and she feels disconnected with all the family around her. Another sub-story involves her going to Switzerland to sign some documents, and it is here where the history of the Anabaptists is weaved in the story, a search for a document about her family's land. This was a very well-researched history done by the author. I learned some very interesting facts about the original Anabaptists, that I had never before known about.The mystery surrounding the ancient document, and the hunt for it was fascinating...made me read the book faster than I have read one. In Switzerland, she finds her birthmother, and comes to terms with many aspects of her life. She returns home and finds out someone, she has always loved does love her, also, and she will be able to have all the things she always wanted- to be a teacher, a wife,and a mother.I am so glad everything worked out for her!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    The story didn't unfold how I thought it would based on the title. It wasn't a nanny story as I would think of a nanny. Ada Rupp is finally feeling normal after a lifetime of suffering with a blood disease. She plans to teach, especially as it seems the man she has her heart set on is courting someone else. Ada has only recently found out she was adopted and that she has a sister who was raised non-Amish. Lexie sends Ada a wedding invitation. Against all odds, Ada's family allows her to take the The story didn't unfold how I thought it would based on the title. It wasn't a nanny story as I would think of a nanny. Ada Rupp is finally feeling normal after a lifetime of suffering with a blood disease. She plans to teach, especially as it seems the man she has her heart set on is courting someone else. Ada has only recently found out she was adopted and that she has a sister who was raised non-Amish. Lexie sends Ada a wedding invitation. Against all odds, Ada's family allows her to take the train to Oregon, along with 2 cousins, for the wedding. On the train ride back, Ada realizes she never had a rumpschpringa and that now she is ready to do so (even though she is a bit older than the average to have one). An opportunity comes up to go to Switzerland to represent her family to help clear up a land dispute provides a unique rumpschpringa opportunity. As part of the trip, Ada is asked to help with Christy, the granddaughter of the representative of the other family involved in the land dispute. (The nanny part of the equation.) While in Switzerland, Ada also hopes to visit her birth mother, Giselle. On the cargo ship over, the group meets Morgan, who later joins them in Amielbach to help them solve the mystery of the missing papers. By the end of the book, Ada has to decide between staying in Switzerland (with her birth mother) to see if she has a future with Daniel or to return home to an uncertain future. Her teaching job has fallen through, and the man she loves seems destined to be wed to another woman. But she can't imagine leaving her parents and friends without even saying goodbye to them as Daniel suggests. I had a hard time with the discussion questions at the end of the book. They were decent questions, just not simple ones to answer.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Edward Arrington

    If you have not read the first book in this series, you might want to skip this review. In the first book, the readers were introduced to Ada, a young Amish woman in Lancaster County, who learned that she was adopted by her mother’s sister at birth and has an older sister who was adopted by an Oregon family where she was raised as a Mennonite. Their birth mother lives in Switzerland and has almost no contact with the family. Ada travels with two of her younger cousins to Oregon to attend the wed If you have not read the first book in this series, you might want to skip this review. In the first book, the readers were introduced to Ada, a young Amish woman in Lancaster County, who learned that she was adopted by her mother’s sister at birth and has an older sister who was adopted by an Oregon family where she was raised as a Mennonite. Their birth mother lives in Switzerland and has almost no contact with the family. Ada travels with two of her younger cousins to Oregon to attend the wedding of her sister and returns home to more surprises. Having spent her childhood and teen years with an undiagnosed medical condition, she is a young woman whose health has greatly improved after getting an accurate diagnosis. Suddenly she is thrust into the position of becoming a world traveler. Her grandmother needs her to go to Switzerland to try to help settle a land issue that dates back into the 1800s. The trip to Oregon was very exciting for her but could not hold a candle to all that awaited her in Switzerland. What excitement and amazing adventure awaits her on her journey! I was delighted that the suspense seemed to outpace the romance as she and some friends sought to find a document that none of them knew existed until just before making arrangements for the trip. Will Ada get to meet her birth mother? Considering all of the secrecy through the years, the chances seem very unlikely. Will the young tour guide steal her heart? Will they accomplish their purpose for making the trip? Will the trip change her life forever? Come travel with Ada to see what will happen next. I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    GENRE: AMISH PUBLISHER: HARVEST HOUSE PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 1, 2011 RATING: 9 OUT OF 10 Ever since discovering that she was adopted, Ada Rupp has not been entirely content with life in her Amish community. While her long-term illness has stabilised itself, her mother still hovers over her, controlling her life out of fear that Ada may fall sick again. Still single and in her twenties, Ada hopes that she may have caught the attentions of Will Gundy, a close friend and widower with three children. Bu GENRE: AMISH PUBLISHER: HARVEST HOUSE PUBLICATION DATE: JULY 1, 2011 RATING: 9 OUT OF 10 Ever since discovering that she was adopted, Ada Rupp has not been entirely content with life in her Amish community. While her long-term illness has stabilised itself, her mother still hovers over her, controlling her life out of fear that Ada may fall sick again. Still single and in her twenties, Ada hopes that she may have caught the attentions of Will Gundy, a close friend and widower with three children. But after rumours about Will and Leah Fisher begin to surface, Ada hangs all of her hopes on being appointed teacher of her community’s one-room schoolhouse. If she can’t have a family of her own, being a teacher would somewhat satisfy the longings of her heart. However, it appears that God has other plans for her, as soon after the teaching position is given to Leah, Will’s grandmother offers Ada the chance to visit her ancestral family home in Switzerland. An issue over the ownership of the land has arisen, resulting in the need for members of the two Amish families who own the land to travel to Europe in order to resolve matters. Will’s oldest daughter, Christy, will be travelling with them, giving Ada the chance to try out her teaching methods on the girl, who is still hurting from her mother’s death and refusing to learn anything at school. Will this chance to travel to Europe and act as a nanny to the daughter of the man she has come to love enable Ada to see God’s plan for her life? Or will it open her eyes to the adventures and temptations of the world, making it even more difficult to settle when she returns to her Amish community? Having first been introduced to Mindy Starns Clark earlier this year when I read Secrets of Harmony Grove with my book group, I was pleased to see that she was choosing to focus on Amish fiction with her upcoming Women of Lancaster County series. I’d quite enjoyed reading Secrets of Harmony Grove, but had found it a bit dark in places and the mystery rather convoluted. As it turns out, this series is more to my liking. Mindy and Leslie – both established authors – team up together to write about the lives of women who are all somehow related to an Amish family in Pennsylvania. In the first book, The Amish Midwife, adopted Lexie travels to Pennsylvania after she discovers that this is where her biological family live. The Amish Nanny follows on from her story as her younger sister, Ada, comes to terms with the changes that have occurred in her life since meeting Lexie. While Lexie has found peace in her life after reconnecting with her Amish family, Ada no longer feels content in the life that she has always known. The Amish Nanny follows Ada’s journey to discover who she is and where God wants her to be in life. Although they’re both very different characters, I loved Ada’s story just as much as Lexie’s. Mindy and Leslie have really stretched the Amish genre by including mysteries surrounding family trees and adoption, not to mention a wealth of information about how the Amish came to be in the United States. While the first book dipped into the history of the Anabaptists, I learned a lot more from Ada’s travels in Switzerland. Even I, a student of history who has read a lot about the religious upheavals in Europe during this period, still had a lot to learn about the Anabaptists and their persecution and subsequent emigration. This is definitely one to read if you feel that you’re getting bored with similar plots being repeated in Amish fiction, or would like something with a bit more depth. That said, you don’t have to be a historian to enjoy this book. Mindy and Leslie weave all of the information into the book in a way that makes it easy to understand and doesn’t detract from the story. I would suggest that you might enjoy Ada’s story more if you’ve read the first book in the series, but a lot is summed up for those readers who choose to jump right in with The Amish Nanny. But fans of the series will be pleased to catch up with Lexie and her cousin Ella, who will be the protagonist of the third book. Ada also gets the chance to meet Giselle, her biological mother, who has been living in Switzerland for several years. While a lot of the book is spent focusing on the mystery of the ownership of Amielbach and locating the documents to prove this, Ada and Giselle have some healing to work through together. Ada really grows as a character throughout the book, and comes to define her identity not in terms of her family or her illness, but who she feels God is calling her to be. Although events in Pennsylvania have caused her to doubt her desire to be a teacher, wife and mother, her experiences in Switzerland help her to trust God’s will for her life. She’s helped by Christy, her charge on the trip, and Morgan, an English girl she meets on the journey to Switzerland. It was lovely to see Christy’s character also developing, as she slowly got over the fears that had emerged since her mother’s death. Morgan was a really fun character to read about as well, and I hope the authors may have plans for a cameo for her in future books. The Amish genre is truly blessed to have Mindy and Leslie working to create new, unique fiction for its fans to enjoy. Their Women of Lancaster County series is likely to be enjoyed by all Amish readers thanks to its wonderful blend of mystery, family drama and romance. The Amish Nanny is a wonderful addition to the series and I hope that others will enjoy Ada Rupp’s story as much as I did. Review title provided by Harvest House Publishers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joianne D. Pettigrove

    Restless Ada is restless. Mamm is controlling, afraid to let her go. Mamm hopes the trip to Oregon will settle Ada down. She will return home content. Ada comes home to a major disappointment and she is definitely not content. Another adventure awaits. It is filled with excitement and disappointment. Will she return a second time? Will she return to more heartache and disappointment? Will God give her the desire of her heart. Loved the book

  14. 4 out of 5

    cindy massey

    Lancaster County Wow, I had no idea the second book would be better than the first one. What a story; what a writer. I am hooked.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Great story. I learned a little history while going through Ada's pain. Ada's struggles lead to triumph and finally getting to marry the only man she's ever loved. Great story. I learned a little history while going through Ada's pain. Ada's struggles lead to triumph and finally getting to marry the only man she's ever loved.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Some of the Amish history in this story is interesting.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jean Wilson

    It was a good quick read, if you enjoy reading about the Amish, but basically it was a love story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rena

    Ada - Lexie's sister - gets to go to Switzerland an opportunity to meet her birth mother. Will the widow save the day and save the girl too? Ada - Lexie's sister - gets to go to Switzerland an opportunity to meet her birth mother. Will the widow save the day and save the girl too?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Higgins

    The book is brilliant The book is brilliant story again and I like to reading the book no 2. Many thanks for your wonderful writing books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Matheson

    Loved it! Excellent follow-on from the Amish Midwife.

  21. 5 out of 5

    mary shugrue

    Excellent!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Perhaps as a nonfiction book on the history of the Amish people, this would have rated 3 stars. But as Amish fiction, this was a disappointment.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Not as good as other Amish books - pretty tiresome

  24. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    It was not as much Amish focused as I was use to. It mainly focused on Mennonite and Amish in Europe. Anabaptist. More history based I would say.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gayle

    The Amish Nanny was a very interesting book with lots of new to me information about the Amish history. It was well written and quite enjoyable.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Grabnik

    I usually enjoy books written about Amish life. This one left a lot to be desired. Definitely not up to Jeanette Oake’s books about the Amish.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deliasue

    Clark/Gould do a great job on this book. I know you'll love it as I did. No smut, no bad language, just plain fun and genuine excitement as only Amish kids can get into. Clark/Gould do a great job on this book. I know you'll love it as I did. No smut, no bad language, just plain fun and genuine excitement as only Amish kids can get into.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Carlson

    “The Amish Nanny” by Mindy Stearns Clark and Leslie Gould I loved this book! I learned so much about the Anabaptist’s move from Switzerland to the United States in this book. Even though this book is Fiction, the Authors did a great job researching this information. Ada is the main character. She is twenty-four years old, not married, and the job she thought she had fell through, which put her in the perfect position to be able to make this huge trip to Switzerland. Her and several other of her f “The Amish Nanny” by Mindy Stearns Clark and Leslie Gould I loved this book! I learned so much about the Anabaptist’s move from Switzerland to the United States in this book. Even though this book is Fiction, the Authors did a great job researching this information. Ada is the main character. She is twenty-four years old, not married, and the job she thought she had fell through, which put her in the perfect position to be able to make this huge trip to Switzerland. Her and several other of her family members had to go to Switzerland because of a land issue, and it had to be the original family members of her direct lineage. Ada then found out she would be taking a young thirteen year old girl with her, who she would be tutoring and teaching her her schoolwork while on the trip. This young girl is the daughter of Will, a widow, whom Ada liked very much. There were problems in that relationship area, which made Ada know she would never have a chance at him. Then comes the big trip on a ship! The authors’ description of Switzerland sounded beautiful. They wove a wonderful story that included the land, the mountains, woods, their waterfall, and more. Ada is approached by Daniel, a young Mennonite scholar, who she thinks she likes? He had her whole future planned out for her. Hmmm? What if she could still have a sliver of a chance with Will? I LOVED this book. It was written very well. There was not one dull spot in the book at all. The book kept moving and was a delight to read. You do learn so much about the history of the Anabaptist movement, of which I had no knowledge of at all. This was one of my favorite parts of the book. I give this book a 5 star rating! Anyone who loves Amish books will LOVE this book! This book should be required reading for ‘Amish Readers’ as it has their entire history. So at the end, who does Ada end up with? YOU have to read it! I received this book for FREE from Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley, through their Book Reviewer’s Program in exchange to read this book and write a review about it. It is NOT required for my review I write to be either positive or negative, but, “of my own opinion.” I was NOT provided with “ANY” monies to accept this book, “NOR” to read it, NOR were “ANY” monies given to me to write the review for this book. All that was ‘expected’ of me was to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. Again, the opinions expressed for and about this book are ‘of my own opinion’. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/wa... Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Enjoy this book! Laurie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandolin

    As Ada Rupp can testify, even the best of parents can be oppressive people, especially when you've grown up believing that you might die any moment. Now that her health is improved, Ada finds herself longing for independence and for the chance at the rumpspringa (Amish period of increased freedom given to maturing teenagers before they decide to join the church) that she never had. Her need is made greater as she watches her long-lost sister marry the man of her dreams, knowing that the man that As Ada Rupp can testify, even the best of parents can be oppressive people, especially when you've grown up believing that you might die any moment. Now that her health is improved, Ada finds herself longing for independence and for the chance at the rumpspringa (Amish period of increased freedom given to maturing teenagers before they decide to join the church) that she never had. Her need is made greater as she watches her long-lost sister marry the man of her dreams, knowing that the man that holds her own heart will never be hers for the loving. But will Ada be able to find the courage to face her parents and ask for the freedom she so desperately desires? When a Mennonite scholar appears on the scene and asks for her help in saving a historical Anabaptist site in Switzerland, one that holds many of her own family's secrets, Ada jumps at the chance to see the world and to loosen the ties that bind her to her mother. The long journey, which she undertakes with a few companions from the community, is one of self-discovery and surprising revelations and one that may end up granting Ada with the very desires of her heart. Ada's story touched me, as her fierce need for independence reminded me of my own struggle as I transitioned from a teenager to an adult. There are times, even now, when my own heart echoes the feelings of frustration that she describes: "...at twenty-four years old...feeling at best like an awkward little girl trying to play dress-up in her mother's big shoes. What was wrong with me? ... I decided the problem had to do with my own perception of myself. How could I make the transition from child to adult, not just on the outside but on the inside? I knew m number, the count of years since I'd been born, but other than my age, what was going to tell me when I was finally a real grown-up? Did that happen at marriage? At childbirth? If so, and I never experienced either, would I go through life feeling always like this, like some sort of overgrown child stamping her foot and trying futilely to declare her independence?" I loved seeing her find that independence, as well as a stronger faith and love, in this book. The Amish Nanny was an excellent continuation of the story begun in The Amish Midwife, although it can be read alone. The historical background, rich descriptions, believable characters and intricate plot all combine to create a satisfying read that I would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the Amish culture.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    This is the 2nd book in the series and I have not read the first. The main character is Ada and she has just found out in the last few months that she is adopted. She also found a way to better manage a disease she has had all her life as well. The book opens with her getting to go to her sisters wedding(she just found her sister in the first book). Once she returns she finds out she gets to go to Switzerland. She is also in love with a man who she can not have( or so she thinks). So off to Swit This is the 2nd book in the series and I have not read the first. The main character is Ada and she has just found out in the last few months that she is adopted. She also found a way to better manage a disease she has had all her life as well. The book opens with her getting to go to her sisters wedding(she just found her sister in the first book). Once she returns she finds out she gets to go to Switzerland. She is also in love with a man who she can not have( or so she thinks). So off to Switzerland she goes. While there she gets to meet her birth mother. This book is written in first person which is not a favorite of mine but its well written. I admit I found this story flat and boring at times. Maybe had I read the first book I would have felt differently but the characters from the first book are only in this one for a short time. A portion of this book deals with her feelings for a man named Will. She loves him but he seems to be courting someone else. The thing that got me was she never even really talked to the guy yet she was devastated about him seemingly courting another. The biggest portion of this book dealt with travel and history. The author goes into great detail about the train rides and the boat rides etc. In my option boring. Just seems there could have more depth added to the story in its place. The history lessons on Anti-Baptists was interesting. I grew up a modern Mennonite myself so I found it interesting to learn about history of the early movement of the church. The author did a great job of that. Over all this book was just not for me. I admit I thought this was going to be more of a romance then it turned out to be. There is also some mystery involved but I found it pretty predictable. If you like books that deal with travel and history you might enjoy this book. I would suggest going back and reading the first book so you can get a better feel for the background leading into this book. http://abbiesreadingcorner.com/2011/0...

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