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A Simple Faith (Lancaster Crossroads Series #1)

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    Beautiful and hope filled. I cried. I cried so hard, I had no i

    Beautiful and hope filled.

    I cried. I cried so hard, I had no idea how to stop. And then I swooned, and then I cried again, and then I prayed and hoped and snuck my phone everywhere with me so I didn’t have to stop reading the ridiculously beautiful words contained within this 384 page blessing. Don’t bother waiting until the end of this review – go buy it right now. You won’t regret it.

    Let’s start at the beginning – A Simple Faith is a story of tragedy, healing, faith and hope, and how one horrible accident affects not just the Amish people involved but the English (non-Amish) that weave their way into the lives of the Plain people in their community. It’s a story of the differences between us, and how we overcome them to come together and help one another. And it’s unbelievably gorgeous.

    We meet many characters along the way but there are two main stories happening in this book. On the Amish side we have the budding friendship between Elsie Lapp and Ruben Zook. Neither are picture-perfect on the outside which affects them each deeply, though they are at different places in their acceptance of their uniqueness. The slow build of their friendship from acquaintances to something so much more is a journey through tragedy and heartache, hope and renewal. Their story is a wonderful reminder that God makes us the way he wants us to be.

    Non-Amish Haley and Dylan also have a slowly built romance throughout A Simple Faith. Dylan is scarred and broken on the inside from personal tragedy – Haley is lacking confidence and unsure of her place in this world. Together they pull their new Amish friends through the deluge of negative emotions after a tragic accident while also working through their own issues. Both characters are relatable and true with big hearts and a strong foundation in faith that keeps them from giving up. I adored them.

    I give A Simple Faith five heart-felt stars. I honestly don’t think my review captured the amount of emotion I felt while reading this book. I cried and I laughed, sighed and swooned, and I worried about each character along the way. I look forward to future installments of this series as I hope to see our two main couples more as well as some of the secondary characters. I will be checking out Rosalind Lauer’s other works (which includes a series that seem to have stories including some of the secondary characters I met in A Simple Faith).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

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    A Simple Faith - A Simply Beautiful Story  I love reading Amish

    A Simple Faith - A Simply Beautiful Story 

    I love reading Amish books but had never read one by Rosalind Lauer, after reading A Simple Faith I will have to say this won't be the last time I read her books.

    Have the kleenex ready, as there are both sad and happy times in a Simple Faith. And how we use the strength of God to get through these times.

    A tragic car accident brings the Amish and English together in the start of this story.

    I love the way Rosalind Lauer shows that faith, hope, forgiveness, and love bring people closer together.

    She does a great job of telling the love story of both an Amish (Elsie/Ruben) and an English couple (Haley/Dylan). I enjoyed all of these characters, not sure if I have a favorite of the characters, they are all great.

    I learned about Ellis-Van Creveld Syndrome (EVC) which Elsie has, and Ruben shows a very tender side and big heart when it comes to Elsie.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, rather it be good or bad.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    God¿s Grace Is Sufficient! This is the first book I have read b

    God’s Grace Is Sufficient!

    This is the first book I have read by Rosalind Lauer and it sure won’t be my last.

    The characters in this book experience pain, deep heartache, loss, grief, and lack of faith.  Does time really heal all
    wounds?  Does God make mistakes?

    Have we ever felt unloved, lonely, and the desire to fit in?  Elsie Lapp is a young lady who is experiencing all these
    things.  As a young Amish girl she feels she can never marry, for who would ever want the likes of her?  How can
    she marry with the deep fear she is hiding?  After all, this is God’s will for her life isn’t it?

    Ruben Zook is dealing with his own insecurities and so to make up for what he is feeling he is known as the practical
    joker and an irritating one at that.  What, if anything, can make him change his behavior?

    Haley Donovan an English woman training to become a nurse wants to prove to her parents that she can make
    something of herself.  Approval from her parents is very important to her.  A broken engagement on her part doesn’t
    mean that she doesn’t have control of her life.  Is there anyway she can convince her parents?

    Dr. Dylan Monroe, a psychologist, running away from his demons that are chasing him.  A new start in Amish
    country is a new beginning for him.  Will Halfway, the Amish community, accept him?  Just what is Dr. Monroe
    running from?

    God’s healing power, his grace, his mercy, is at work in this story.  Can lives be changed?  

    I really enjoyed this book.  It is a little different from most Amish fiction that I have read.  I found that I wanted the best
    for every character in this story. They became like family to me.

    I am looking forward to the next book that author Rosalind Lauer publishes.  I will also be purchasing her previous
    books to read.  Her writing is that good!

    I won this book on LibraryThing and received my copy from Random House to read and review.  The opinions
    expressed are mine alone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Wonderful!!

    I enjoyed this 1st book of Rosalind's new series. I love the new characters. Both English & Amish. The author manages to seamlessly weave the new characters & old characters from Seasons of Lancaster. The storyline in this searies is great. Hopefully it also reminds all.of us the importance of keeping our eyes on the road ahead. Both figuritly & emotionally.

    I am.supposed to be packing up a house that settles on March 31st. Not donempacking or doing repairs that need to be done before settlement. I have been spending a lot of time reading. Can't wait to see what happens next. I am downlading next book to begin reading ASAP. I may end up tosing things in to boxes & seperate them at next destonation.

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