The Storekeeper’s Daughter


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Mystery among the Plain People! My wife Karen likes to read fiction books about the Amish, such as those by Beverly Lewis and Mary C. Borntrager. However, she thought that these “Daughters of Lancaster County” books were so good that I decided to read them too. The Storekeeper’s Daughter starts the series with the Fisher family who live near the town of Paradise, PA. Mrs. Fisher is killed when hit by a car. While her oldest daughter Naomi is trying to take her place and care for the family, she leaves her one-year-old brother Zach alone for a few minutes and he is kidnapped. Jim and Linda Scott live in Puyallup, WA, and have come east to finalize an adoption but at the last minute it falls through. While Linda remains at their hotel sick, Jim stops by the Fishers because they are advertising homemade root beer and in a moment of desperation takes Zach to be raised as his “adopted” son “Jimmy.” On the way back to Washington, the Scotts stop in Holmes County, OH, which is also an Amish community, to visit Jim’s parents. Naomi’s friend Caleb Hoffmeier just happens to be visiting a relative in Holmes County and sees a couple at a quilt shop with a baby who looks like Zach. After he returns home and finds out that Zach was missing, he tells the Fishers and Abraham goes to Holmes County where he meets a quilt maker named Fanny Miller. Naomi, overcome with grief and guilt, runs away with an “English” friend to Oregon, but eventually returns home and marries Caleb. Meanwhile, Fanny has come to Lancaster County to help an ailing cousin and eventually marries Abraham Fisher. But will they ever find Zach? I must admit that even though these books are called “romance,” with the element of mystery they are hard to put down. There is nothing objectionable in them. Generally they are wholesome and encourage trust in God through difficult times. I found them very enjoyable and refreshing. The story continues with The Quilter’s Daughter and The Bishop’s Daughter.

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