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.
I have been a big fan of Mindy's previous works. I have read almost all of her books and really enjoyed them. I had never heard of Leslie Gould before reading The Amish Midwife, but after reading that one I knew I would enjoy anything else she wrote. And I was sooo right! This book is written by both Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. It is the second book in the Women of Lancaster County Series. It follows the story of Lexie's sister, Ada, and her search for meaning in life.
One of the main reasons I love this series is all the history in it. The authors put a lot of work and research into the Amish and Mennonite history and it shows! Throughout reading this I got a history lesson but it definitely was not school:) The persecution of the Anabaptists is shown clearly and their travels from Switzerland to America is nicely depicted.
Ada is a character from the previous book who is introduced somewhat. I don't want to spoil anything for those who have not read the first book, but Ada finds out that she is sister to Lexie, an "Englischer". Ada has been sick for much of her life and is just now being able to get up and around. When the story opens, Ada receives an invitation in the mail to attend Lexie's upcoming wedding. She does not believe she will be able to go until her mother makes an odd decision allowing her the privilege of attending. This starts a whole new look on life from Ada and the thought that she has not ever had her time of rumpsringa, seeing the world and being allowed her freedom to decide if she wants to join the Church. There is so much in this decision and she is allowed to take a trip to Switzerland to meet her"aunt" who is in reality her birth mother, who gave her up for adoption.
I do not want to give anything away so I am going to be careful about what I say. Ada has loved Will Gundy all her life but when she was ill she thought that nothing would ever come to pass between them. Then after she is better, she finds out that Leah Fisher is wanting Will to court her and it seems like Will wants that as well. Leah is taking care of his children, helping out around the house, etc. So Ada goes on the trip to Switzerland, even though that means that Leah will be there for Will. She happens to meet a Mennonite man named Daniel who she becomes friends with and he starts liking her. Again, I am not going to tell you how it ends as that would give things away:) You will just have to get a copy of the book yourself.
Overall I loved this book. The relationships between Ada and Christy and Morgan just really touched me. Morgan is sweet and yearning for something, as is Ada in a way. But she finds her path and I loved the ending of the book. Can't wait to find out who the next book is about! There is a next book, right?