A Plain & Fancy Christmas: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2011 - Fiction - 323 pages
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Raised in a Pennsylvania Amish community, young mother Rachel Yoder has led a simple life within her close-knit family. Widowed three years ago, she has moved back in with her parents, attempting to raise her daughter, Katie, without further emotional upheaval. Meanwhile, four hours and a whole world away in New York City, Ellie Lawrence is laser-focused on a high-powered public relations career, with too little time for her family, her friends, or even her boyfriend.

Then one fateful day, these two very different women receive shocking news of a mistake made three decades earlier and long kept hidden: Shortly after their births, the two were accidentally switched in the hospital. Shaken to the core by this momentous news, Rachel and Ellie are plunged into an exploration of who they are and where they really belong. While Ellie is eager to learn more about her Amish family and their life in the countryside, Rachel cannot help but feel jealous as she watches the only mother she has ever known bonding so easily with her natural daughter. But Rachel also knows that her own biological family is out there, and with Katie at her side she heads for Manhattan, where she establishes a connection with the raucous, spirited Lawrences.

As Ellie and Rachel make their way through unfamiliar landscapes, they face life-altering challenges and grapple with a crucial question: Will their old conventions and desires give way to new customs and yearnings? With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, it takes the love of two families for Rachel and Ellie to discover their own paths to fulfillment and happiness.
  

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User Review  - drebbles - LibraryThing

Raised in a close-knit Amish family, Rachel Yoder did toy with the idea of not returning from her Rumspringa but she did, marrying Jacob. Jacob is dead now and Rachel and her daughter Katie have ... Read full review

An interesting story about a difficult situation

User Review  - wfnren - Christianbook.com

Rachel King and Rachel Lawrence were born in the same hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2 days apart, both were raised in loving families, one was raised Amish and one was raised in the English ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
12
Section 4
21
Section 5
32
Section 6
40
Section 7
54
Section 8
62
Section 20
178
Section 21
190
Section 22
194
Section 23
202
Section 24
207
Section 25
215
Section 26
220
Section 27
226

Section 9
74
Section 10
81
Section 11
94
Section 12
101
Section 13
107
Section 14
114
Section 15
119
Section 16
125
Section 17
135
Section 18
154
Section 19
170
Section 28
233
Section 29
243
Section 30
256
Section 31
267
Section 32
275
Section 33
284
Section 34
291
Section 35
306
Section 36
315
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About the author (2011)

Cynthia Keller is the author of An Amish Christmas. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

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