Series: Daughter's of Lancaster County #1
Published by Barbour Pub. on 2005
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Time seems to stand still in Naomi Fisher's tranquil community, but it cannot hold back tragedy. Helping her widowed father run a store, manage a household, and raise seven children is a daunting task. There is no time to think about courtship or having her own family, though her heart yearns for the attention of Caleb Hoffmeir. But her days are plotted for her-until the afternoon her baby brother disappears from the yard. How can Naomi expect anyone to love and trust her if she can't take care of one small boy? Should she leave all that is familiar and seek a new avenue of life? The Storekeeper's Daughter is book 1 in the Daughter's of Lancaster County series. Other books in the series include The Quilter's Daughter: Book 2 and The Bishop's Daughter: Book 3.
I really enjoyed this book. No, I’m not biased because it’s Wanda, who happens to be one of my favorite Amish authors. Seriously, I’m not biased, it’s just that good. Take a typical Amish family with a kid or two at an age where they start thinking about branching out and starting their own family (throw in a couple more down the age line for good measure), add the tragedy of losing Ma unexpectedly, a toss of Dad who can’t seem to express himself in such a way that doesn’t hurt his oldest child and a few other twists and turns. How’s that for a bizarre run on sentence? For good measure toss in another family, English, on the opposite side of the country and have their lives intersect in one of those twists or turns. What you come out with is this amazing start to the Daughter’s of Lancaster Country series.
Naomi is the predictable oldest child now tasked with the care of her seven younger siblings, the help at the family store, and the care of the home and garden. She’s predictably overwhelmed and frustrated (especially with the younger sisters who are at the age and close enough in age to constantly bicker). Throw in a Dad who can’t seem to get passed the fact that his love is really gone and can’t find his way to his daughter because he’s comparing her attempts to step up to his late wife. And of course refusing to allow a young man who cares deeply for Naomi, and she cares for him as well, to court because of her responsibilities to the family. When her baby brother is kidnapped it brings the resentments and hurts to the forefront and things are overheard that can’t be taken back. Choices are made from emotion and not logic. Love gets tossed out the window.
I fell in love with these characters. Even the ones I wanted to despise I felt their frustrations and pain as well. Especially Naomi’s dad and her English friend Ginny. That west coast English couple? They just made me want to smack them. She was borderline crazy and he was an inept enabler. I thought I’d figured it all out as the story unfolded. But I didn’t. It’s not a completely wrapped up happily ever after. There’s some happy. There’s some ever after. There’s even hope and mended relationships and growth from those in Lancaster county. But it’s not wrapped. It’s not over. There’s no neat little bow. I love that because life doesn’t wrap in 300 and some odd pages. I don’t mind it since this is an older series and I don’t have to wait to read the next book.