A Simple Faith: A Lancaster Crossroads Novel

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Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, 2013 - Fiction - 370 pages
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For fans of Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall, Rosalind Lauer's uplifting Lancaster Crossroads novel A Simple Faith brings together disparate lives in a warm Amish setting.


Rushing to the scene of a tragic highway collision, nursing student Haley Donovan draws on her training to care for the passengers in the crumpled van. The experience wins her a place in Lancaster County's tight-knit Amish society, and draws her to kindhearted psychologist Dylan Monroe. Working side by side with Dylan, who is bringing counseling services to the small town of Halfway, Haley feels an undeniable attraction between them, yet she senses that Dylan is holding back, scarred by the wounds of his past.

Elsie Lapp, the manager of Halfway's country store, is a voice of cheer and goodwill for her customers. But Elsie's serene world spins out of control with the terrible crash, and the young woman finds herself grappling for the simple faith that has always sustained her. Her burden is eased by Ruben Zook, a neighbor known for his snide jokes. In the aftermath of the accident, Ruben reveals a tender heart that could easily sweep her away. However, Elsie carries secrets that keep her from surrendering her heart.

Exploring the ways that faith, hope, and charity bring everyone together, A Simple Faith resonates with the sweetness, purity, and power of love.

Praise for Rosalind Lauer and A Simple Faith

“The lives of four people converge in the wake of a horrific accident in the small Pennsylvania town of Halfway. . . . As the four connect, faith, hope, and love begin to bloom. . . . Lauer's new Amish series launch is sure to be a hit with fans of her 'Seasons of Lancaster County' series.”Library Journal

“A lovely story of two sweet couples, this story will warm your heart and spirit.”The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

“Sweet, touching . . . The Amish culture, religion and way of life feel accurately depicted.”RT Book Reviews

“[Lauer] definitely sets the bar high for Amish romance stories.”Fresh Fiction, on A Simple Winter

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User Review  - wearylibrarian - LibraryThing

It took a few chapters before I reached the 'can't put it down' point. Unfortunately, that feeling didn't last long. Still, it was a good book. I liked the characters, even though they were one dementtional at times. Read full review

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User Review  - DynamicUno - LibraryThing

I enjoyed getting to know the people in the town of Halfway, despite the fact we meet them in the aftermath of a horrible accident--one that forever changes their lives through the bond of death. If ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Rosalind Lauer is the author of A Simple Winter, A Simple Spring, A Simple Autumn, and the novella A Simple Crossroads. She grew up in a large family in Maryland and began visiting Lancaster County's Amish community as a child. Lauer attended Wagner College in New York City and worked as an editor for Simon & Schuster and Harlequin Books. She now lives with her family in Oregon, where she writes in the shade of some towering two-hundred-year-old Douglas fir trees.

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