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The Amish Nanny (Women of Lancaster County Series #2)
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The Amish Nanny (Women of Lancaster County Series #2)

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by Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestselling author Clark and coauthor Gould team up for the second in the Women of Lancaster County series. The authors present characters in likable and realistic settings and circumstances. Ada Rupp, a formerly sickly Amish-raised wanna-be schoolteacher, falls for Will Gundy, Amish widower. Ada herself is surprised when adventure takes her to Europe, where she prays she can finally meet her birth mother. Unused to travel, Ada is stretched by circumstances when asked to act as Will's daughter's nanny during the trip. She finds herself working overtime to reach beneath the grief-stricken preteen Christy's aloofness. Toss in some comedic happenings involving the travelers and their Mennonite traveling companion, Daniel Hart, who has taken a romantic interest in Ada. Confusion reigns until Ada decides where to build her future and with whom. Clark and Gould succeed in developing a fascinating story while simultaneously instructing readers on the Amish lifestyle, building a strong case for Plain living within a thoroughly modern world setting. (July)
From the Publisher

“This is the best yet! It is full of love, intrigue, and restoration of the family core from the start to the present. I highly recommended this book to every reader.”
Sandy Davis Posten, Redeemed Books & Gifts

“Once again authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have engrossed their readers with a complex story of people past and present, Amish and ‘Englisch,’ adopted and biological. The Amish Nanny contains numerous resources to help the reader gain further understanding of the Amish way of life, and will be a fine choice for any book club to undertake.”
—Caroline Daniel

“I enjoyed reading The Amish Nanny. I feel that the author treated the Amish culture with respect. It allows the reader to see a bit into the life of the Amish. It was also written in a way to hold your attention as there was a lot of action!”
—Harvey Mast, Delaware Mennonite Historical Society

“As Ada said, ‘I wanted the full knowledge of what was out there, of who I might be.’ Perhaps journeying along with her in this novel will help answer these questions in the reader’s life. I recommend this story and others by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.”
—Mary Hake

“I read these books with genuine delight—first for the further revelations of life in the extended Amish family readers were introduced to in the first book of the series, and second for the clever way the main character's story spanned both geography and time. Well done!”
Elizabeth Cosgriff

“I think you will enjoy meeting Ada as much as you enjoyed meeting Lexie. The writers, Clark and Gould, work seamlessly together with one voice keeping the story line cohesive and interesting.”
—Susan Giesbrecht

“One of the many things I liked about this book was the attention given to historical details of the Anabaptists in Switzerland. I also enjoyed the way the authors showed the complexities involved in trying to live the Plain life in modern day society.

“I would recommend this book without reservation.”
Julie Surface Johnson

Library Journal
Ada Rupp is set to marry widower Will Gundy and commit to the church when she receives an offer to travel to Switzerland as a nanny. Ada is thrilled with the opportunity to learn more about her Amish ancestors. Aided in her research by young Mennonite scholar Daniel, Ada soon develops feelings for him, but she can't forget Will. She will need to make some major decisions about whether to live in the past or make a future with Will back home. VERDICT The authors' series debut, The Amish Midwife, was a Christian Book Expo best seller. Fans of that title won't be disappointed with this one. Its even pacing and thoroughly human characters will also satisfy those who can't get enough Amish fiction.

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Harvest House Publishers
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Women of Lancaster County Series , #2
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5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)


Meet the Author

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania. www.mindystarnsclark.com

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children. www.lesliegould.com

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The Amish Nanny 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the first book, "The Amish Midwife", we met Lexie. In the "Amish Nanny" we learn more about Lexie's sister Ada Rupp. Ada is facing many changes in her life and we get to watch her grow and learn more about her family history and about herself. I enjoyed learning more about the Anabaptist Movement and their place in history. I think you will enjoy meeting Ada as much as you enjoyed meeting Lexie. The writers, Clark and Gould, work seamlessly together with one voice keeping the story line cohesive and interesting.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the second book in this series, the first The Amish Midwife started this series. This books starts where the first one ended, and loved that we continued on with the previous characters. You did not have to read the first one to enjoy this one, everything is explained. What an enchanted book this one is, hard to put down! Ada Rupp has really had a hard life, she never really had a childhood, as she has an inherited blood disorder. Since finding her sister Lexie, she now has new meds and is now relatively healthy. This Amish girl ends up doing a lot of traveling, such fun, and lots of chuckles! She has a bit up spunk for having had a lonely life up to now. She wants Will Gundy, a widower with 3 children. She has admired him since she was a young girl, but now she fears her rival Leah will win his heart. With a twist of fate she ends up traveling to Switzerland with Alice, Will's Grandmother, and Christy, his daughter. On the trip she meets Daniel Hart, a young Mennonite, who takes a real liking to Ada. There are a lot of twists and turns to this story, but so very enjoyable. I was provided with a copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.
ElizabethFC More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the series. It takes up the sister discovered by the main character in the first book, and follows her own geographical and spiritual journey. That journey takes her first from Pennsylvania to Oregon, and finally to her ancestral home in Switzerland. Along the way she explores issues of calling, identity, family, trust, and love. I particularly appreciated the clever way the authors wove the history of the Mennonites and Amish in the Old and New Worlds into the heroine's quest to solve a family mystery and ascertain her own future path.
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j-23h More than 1 year ago
Great read - great series
deelynn66 More than 1 year ago
As usual Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have written another good story. They have a great way of incorporating a little mystery throughout the plot. This is the second in the Women of Lancaster County Series, centering around the same family only this one is written from another family member's point of view: a young woman who was sickly for most of her life, missing out on what most Amish children experienced, discovering in Book One that she had a sister and that her mother was not her birth mother. In Book Two she sets out on a journey to know herself and to experience what most Amish teens experience at a much earlier age than 24. Her travels to Washington to see her sister married is the beginning of her self-discovery and she winds up in Switzerland to help unravel the history of her family. Ada suffers disappointments but realizes she has to wait upon the Lord for His will for her life. In the end, the family mystery is solved, she is reunited with her birth mother and gets the man of her dreams!
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EraCG More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. I would recommend this book to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! I highly recommend it!
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I liked the descrption of Lexie's wedding.
KyCarolyn More than 1 year ago
the story continues, but enough background within the story that it can be read independently from the rest of the series
LucyBH More than 1 year ago
This is 2nd in series and I liked both. I truly loved reading about Switzerland, descriptions of landscapes and architecture. I have resonated with the story a bit as well. Would love to see another book in the series of Gizelle story.
Vintage_Hippie More than 1 year ago
I rarely give a 5 star review. However, I haven't put this book down except to sleep from start to finish. That said, I am a history NUT, so the fact that it is filled with historical references was a real plus for me. It does help a great deal to read #1 first...it's not completely essential, but you'll understand the nuances of the story far better if you do. Also, in the end, my take away was the further appreciation of religious freedom in America. I LOVED this book. Hands down the best book I've read this year. My only complaint was that I read the ebook version and in the final scenes, there is a "letter" to read. It's written in a cursive font that did not enlarge with the reader font function. I had to read several sections of that with the reader in one hand and a magnifying glass in the other, so beware. It's just one of those quirks of ebooks, I guess, but I was certainly glad I had a strong enough magnifier because it would have been very sad to not read that "letter." Just FYI.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
We rejoin the story of the Women of Lancaster County, with the story of Ada Rupp. We met her earlier in the first novel in this series, but she was younger, and now we meet her again as a young woman, on the brink of the rest of her life. However an illness that kept her close to home and under the watchful eye of her Mamm, has been resolved with taking some simple supplements, and her health is better than ever. And now we discover Ada has decided she is ready to live life. She won't admit it to anyone, but she is in love with a young widower whose Mammi, is her own Mammi's best friend, Will Gundy. However it seems the bishop's daughter Leah, has decided she wants him to court her, and isn't too shy to make a move in that direction. Leah also decided she wanted the job Ada was seeking, teaching at the local school. Ada is crushed and jumps at a chance to travel to Europe to help solve a land issue that involves her family along with Will's family. Accompanying Alice (Will's Mammi) and his oldest daughter to Europe, she serves as a nanny to Will's daughter, teaching her, her school lessons to keep her caught up with her class at home. I loved this story, and while there is reference to the back story in the previous novel, the information given is enough for the reader to get the gist of the story, without having read the previous books. I enjoyed the story and loved the ending. (No spoilers) A great story, to share with friends and to keep in my library at home. 344 pages $13.99 US 4 Stars This book was provided by Harvest House for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review
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Celebri_la_vita More than 1 year ago
I love the writings of Mindy Starn's Clark. I usually finish a book within 24 hours. I completed this series in less than a week.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
eviewed by Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot for Readers Favorite "The Amish Nanny" by Mindy Clark and Leslie Gould is a beautiful story about love, commitment and the true meaning of family. Not being an Amish believer is in no way a deterrent to reading this delightful book. Ada Rupp is a woman who searches for parts of herself. Adopted at birth, she is now in her early twenties and she longs to slip into the traditional Amish life with a husband and children. But her family's past threatens those goals and thrusts Ada into a lengthy ocean journey to Switzerland where she hopes to become instrumental in uncovering family secrets and the key to resolving a land issue which encompasses several generations. In the meantime, Ada meets Daniel, a Mennonite scholar who threatens to steal her heart and the life she has envisioned for herself back in Lancaster County. The reader will be treated to an education in Amish history that is pleasantly presented in an informative but "nonlecture" manner. The ways of the Amish are intermingled with the unfolding of the story in such a way that the reader wants to turn another page in order to discover how each and every well-defined character will work through his or her "issues." In the end, Ada has to make a choice and the choice comes through a search of her heart. A great read for those of any faith.
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