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  • Title: A Plain & Fancy Christmas
  • Author: Cynthia Keller
  • ISBN: 9780345528759
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 poweredRaised 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 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.
    A Plain Fancy Christmas 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 ra

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    1. I won an ARC of this book through a giveaway A Plain and Fancy Christmas was an interesting book The best way to describe it seems to be, warm and fuzzy It was a very easy read and I sometimes found it to be lacking substance The premise of the book is that two women, both named Rachel, one Amish, one a city girl, find out that they were switched at birth The book describes the girls finding out about their additional families, relating to their new families, adjusting to farm life and the city, [...]

    2. I really enjoyed A Plain and Fancy Christmas, although I have to say, it was not the book I expected.First, I thought this was a Holiday read, and it really isn t Only the events of the last chapter are happening at Christmastime The books ends with Christmas, but actually starts in May Also, I expected this book to be Christian fiction, but it isn t really There are no mention of God even the Amish characters only talk about destiny It is clean fiction howeverFurther, I didn t get the ending I [...]

    3. Two baby girls from completely different backgrounds were born in the same hospital in Lancaster County A doctor under pressure to not make any mistakes drinks too much and send the wrong baby home with a couple Years pass and no one knows that it happened except his wife When she had been widowed and knows that she is dying, she wants to make things right by telling the truth to the two women.Rachel Yodel has grown up in an Amish community, married and then widowed and was left with a daughter [...]

    4. I really enjoyed this book Good story line, no raunchy sex which was a breath of fresh air, and I went through it quickly I did find it a littlehard to completely swallow how fast Ellie was able willing to make that switch Especially when she saw Rachel s parents reaction to Katie hopping on that bus and them not even allowing Rachel to see her daughter From the English world she grew up in, despite her love for these people, I really think that would have blew her away a lot and made her mad a [...]

    5. What would you do if you found out your parents were not YOUR parents What if you found out that instead of being a Professional in NYC, you were supposed to be a plain Amish woman That s what happened to Rachel Ellie.An alcoholic doctor on his second strike, mistakenly sends baby Ellie to Manhattan with the Lawrence family Rachel is sent to Lancaster Co P.A to be raised Amish Rachel is still reeling from the loss of her husband and is raising her daughter Katie Rachel has always felt that she d [...]

    6. i really enjoyed this book i could not put it down it was a good page turner for me even after i read it i keep thinking about it it was a different amish book then i usually read i read romance books it is about two women that knew something was not right in their lives they did not look like anyone in there family and felt something was missing they both recieved a letter that thirty years ago there was a mix up at the hospital that they were switch at birth one was an amish family and the ot [...]

    7. A different twist on the switched at birth story It was very interesting to see how the two women coped with the idea of having a different family, and one so different than the way they were raised After the initial shock, both families welcomed the new daughter Meeting her Amish family gave Ellie a sense of herself that had been missing for awhile, and gave her the courage to make a major change in her life Rachel had also frequently felt like she didn t quite fit in with her family Ellie left [...]

    8. A Plain Fancy Christmas by Cynthia KellerMany times had to take a step back and remember which Girl was I reading about At the ripe old age of 30 two young women got a letter that would change their lives forever.Your Mother and father are not really your parents, a man Dr had issues 30 years ago and sent the wrong baby home with an English couple who now live in New York.The other baby went to an amish couple and was raised amish, never knowing but suspecting she was just not like her siblings [...]

    9. Two families find out that their 30 year old daughters were accidently switched at birth One family Amish and one upscale New Yorkers, as well as their daughters, must face the ramifications of learning about the switch This book had a well written story line but rather predictable plot I would also swear I have read this same plotline in another Amish novel but can t recall it.

    10. I really enjoyed this original switched at birth Amish themed story Found engaging from beginning to end Highly recommend for fans of Amish Fiction.

    11. Not your typical sappy romance This story has meat to it Two completely different families figuring out what tomorrow will hold.

    12. RATING 3.5 OUT OF 5 GOODPROS Realistic emotions displayed as characters come to terms with their new livesCONS Christmas is barely featured plot is a little contrivedA Plain and Fancy Christmas has a similar balance of Amish and English characters, but I doubt that many readers will be able to relate to the characters in this novella as much as they did with An Amish Christmas The story centres around two young women, one Amish and one English, who discover that they were accidentally swapped at [...]

    13. A Plain Fancy Christmas by Cynthia KellerHow did I not read this at Christmas I don t even know, but I surely missed out So, my friends, please put this on your reading list for November December 2012 You won t regret it Imagine the worst nightmare a mother could have Well, not the worst, but a pretty bad one nonetheless Finding out that some 30 years after giving birth, her daughter isn t her daughter She s raised someone else s child as her ownRachel Yoder has been raised Amish her whole life [...]

    14. Widowed for three years, Rachel Yoder is finally learning to smile, even though she s never quite sure if she s properly honoring her Amish way of life Rachel has always struggled with thoughts of inadequacy while trying her very best to be a strong, obedient Amish wife and mother She was happiest when she had farmed with her Amish husband After he passed away, she moved back in with her parents in Pennsylvania, making a place for herself and her daughter in their Amish community Rachel works ha [...]

    15. Well it sure wasn t a Christmas book a disappointment for me The story of two women who were switched at birth, but didn t find out until they were in there early 30 sOne was a career woman from NYC and the other was Amish and how they tried to adjust to having a new family Good read altho I felt that they would have been better if they never found out.

    16. A Plain and Fancy Christmas by Cynthia KellerThirty years ago it all happenedTwo babies two cultures and a quiet cover up when a doctor mistakenly switched an Amish child Rachel King with the Lawrences,an English family and their baby, Rachel Lawrence The attending physician, Dr Thornton had a drinking problem and unknowingly made this terrible error His wife,Violet,was the nurse on hand that discovered the error and together they decided to keep the truth under wraps One of my favorite lines is [...]

    17. 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 world Elle, Rachel Lawrence s nickname, was raised in Manhattan in an affluent family, she is single and has a good job She has one brother and one sister and is very successful in her career Rachel Yoder King was raised in Lancaster and has several brothers and sisters She is a widow of three years and [...]

    18. 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 returned home to help her family In New York, Ellie Shore is consumed with her public relations career to the point she ignores her love life and family at times The two seemingly have little in common but when they discover they were switched shortly after birth and sent home with the wrong family, each [...]

    19. Rachel Yoder and Ellie Lawrence are living in two completely different worlds Ever since Rachel s husband passed away three years ago, she has been living the simple life on her parent s farm raising her daughter Ellie on the other hand has been living in New York City She has a very high demanding job that doesn t leave much time for family or friends.One day both of these girl s lives changed They both received a letter saying that when they were born, there was a mistake at the hospital and t [...]

    20. I won this book as a FirstReads giveaway.Rachel and Ellie full name Rachel are both 30 years old Rachel is a widowed Amish woman living with the family who raised her Ellie lives on her own in NYC as a very successful PR woman They receive a letter from a dying nurse that they had been switched at birth Rachel is the biological daughter of the NYC family and Ellie is the biological daughter of the Amish family.What ensues is a very interesting tale of how these two young women deal with this ver [...]

    21. I received this book as a giveaway I really like books written in Amish country or about the Amish lifestyle This book lived up to my expectations Two babies born in the same Lancaster, Pennsylvania hospital a couple of days apart One an Amish baby, and one an English baby The doctor having drank to much the night before, sent the Amish baby home with the English parents The doctors wife who happened to be a nurse in the nursery at the hospital noticed when she came into work later that day, tha [...]

    22. Also reviewed on Oh Paper Pages A Plain Fancy Christmas by Cynthia Keller is a story about two women who were switched at birth One woman was raised by an Amish family while the other was pampered in an upper West Side apartment The novel documents the journey of these two women as they first discover their true origins and navigate their emotions and new families Upon first reading the novel, I was struck by the wonderful way Keller introduces the audience to the characters The first four pages [...]

    23. Rachel Yoder is a young Amish widow Following the death of her husband three years before, she and her daughter, have moved back in with her parents, maintaining a simple life and close relations with her family But all will change with a letter she receives.Ellie Lawrence has a hectic life in the world of public relations, living for her job without much time for anything else She, too, has a close relationship with her family Just like Rachel, Ellie receives a copy of the same letter that will [...]

    24. 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 tw [...]

    25. In A Plain Fancy Christmas , Cynthia Keller offers a very intriguing human quandary in an unusual setting I believe that who we become as individuals is as much a matter of our environment as it is our genetic heritage This is a switched at birth story with a twist at birth, the daughter of an Amish couple is given to a well heeled New York family, and the city baby goes home to be raised in the Amish community Both of the girls are fortunate to have loving family homes, yet each of them yearns [...]

    26. Title A PLAIN AND FANCY CHRISTMASAuthor Cynthia KellerPublisher BallantineOctober 2011ISBN 978 0 345 52875 9Genre AmishTwo women, switched at birth Rachel Lawrence and Rachel King were both born in the same hospital, days apart A doctor makes a mistake, his nurse wife covers it over, and both babies are sent home with the wrong family Now Rachel King has been married, has a child, and has been widowed She s always struggled with being Amish, and when she receives a letter from the doctor s wife, [...]

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