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Publishers WeeklyKeller's latest begins with alternating chapters that depict two women living in completely different worlds. Rachel Yoder, a widowed young mother, lives on her family's farm in a Pennsylvania Amish community. Ellie Lawrence, a single career-woman, lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Though the two women have never heard of each other, their lives intersect when they receive letters from a nurse who was at the hospital when they were both born. After harboring this dreadful secret for three decades, the nurse reveals that Rachel and Ellie were switched at birth, and they must struggle with questions of identity and family. Unfortunately, Keller An Amish Christmas fails to write past Rachel and Ellie's superficial and predictable reactions, or the flat responses of their respective families. The only glimmer of thoughtful expression comes from Rachel: "It wasn't as if they were being asked to take over the other person's life and give up their own." Readers will be disappointed by the contrived moments of conflict that accompany these one-dimensional characters.
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