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

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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736938617
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Series: Women of Lancaster County Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 429,455
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

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.

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.

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The Amish Nanny 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 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.
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, I'm just going to say that I am not a fan of the title of this book nor am I of the cover. Both do really nothing for the story and in fact have good potential to turn readers away. I really didn't feel like a nanny is best way to describe Ada throughout the story. That being said, the story is a great book.The authors take this book into new levels with Amish fiction. For starters: they take the characters OUT OF THE COUNTRY! Yes that's right, we're not in Lancaster, PA or any other Amish community anymore. We're going to Europe! I was pleased that even the tiniest details were covered in this story involving Amish characters travel down to passport pictures. It made the story more believable and not once did I have to suspend belief. I enjoyed reading about Ada's and the rest of the gangs travels from the train, the ship and during their stays in New York and Europe. I really liked how the authors did not make these Amish characters appear like country bumpkins who don't know anything about the outside world.One of the things that thrilled me about the story was the fact that Daniel is an archivist! As someone who is also one, I was incredibly geeked to see my profession in a book! You don't know how rare this is and I was very excited to see this. I will admit that the ending could have ended a bit differently for me but I was actually rather surprised at the direction the authors chose to go. It was actually quite nice because I was predicting something else and the twist worked out well for me. Equally as pleasant was Ada's relationship with Giselle.One extremely tiny qualm was the long letter near the end of the book written in cursive. It was just very difficult to read in the font and it was a very long letter. I would have much preferred a different font because I normally don't like reading anything in cursive and this particular one was quite a challenge.I really have been pleased with this series because Clark and Gould do Amish fiction differently from other books . This is a wonderful blend of travelogue, history and a good storyline that just happens to feature Amish characters. Even though faith is not a huge part of the story, I feel that that they have portrayed both the Amish and Mennonites in a positive light without romanticizing the lifestyle. I really would love for there to be more books in this series as I look forward to seeing what more new directions the authors can go with this lifestyle.
JaneSteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I did not read the first book in this series, but was able to get the gist very fast, without feeling as if I was reading "the story so far..." so the novel worked pretty well as a standalone. I enjoyed The Amish Nanny very much. Ada, the central character, was believably torn between her love for her family and traditions and her wish to finally do something with her life after years spent as an invalid. The plot twist that takes her much farther away from home than she'd expected seemed a little contrived to me at first, but I found myself quite involved in the historical detail. I saw several of the later plot developments coming from a long way off, but that's fine. This is a genre where the reader likes to feel smarter than the characters. The romance was applied with an extremely light hand, so the novel is suitable for younger readers as well as adult. A light, but enjoyable read, my first Amish novel and definitely not my last.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
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.
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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'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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