Sunday, November 4, 2018
Enjoyable! 'The Christmas Remedy' by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall
About the book:
When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of "big box" stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface--and possibly love.
Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene's Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community--a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can't marry and hold onto her professional job. She's Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases--like the one that claimed her father's life.
As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene's Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what's happened and find the "missing" patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?
I liked this love story about a unique Amish woman. I've never heard of an Amish woman with a GED who was planning to get more education so it was interesting to learn about her passion for teaching the Amish to take better care of their health. I admired her dedication and selflessness, though it would be very hard if you met someone you could see a future with. I really liked her sister Ivy, too; she was fun, smart and told it like it was. I also liked Joshua and admired his willingness to help Holly find the patient even though it was painful to be around her. I liked that we got both of their viewpoints along with Brandon's, the pharmacist's son. He came to help out at the pharmacy so there was a sub-plot about him trying to decide where he wants to spend his future, reconnecting with his dad and finding a little bit of romance. I liked learning more about pharmacies and the way they work and I liked the mystery as they try to figure out who the patient was. The cozy Christmas setting was wonderful! I would recommend this story if you like Amish fiction!
I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah and the author. I was not compensated for this review; all opinions are my own.