PUYB Tour Review: Abby Finds Her Calling by Naomi King

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Abby Finds Her Calling
Naomi King
Home At Cedar Creek, #1
NAL Trade
February 28, 2012
328 pages
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Bad enough that Zanna abandoned James Graber and disgraced her family on her wedding day: older sister Abby Lambright is the one Zanna returns to, to reveal she’s pregnant. As speculation whirls around Cedar Creek, Zanna confesses and is shunned, yet refuses to reveal the identity of her child’s father. She spends her time at Abby’s little house making rag rugs, until finally—when Adah Ropp insists on knowing who disgraced Zanna, the Lambright family, as well as James and the Graber family–Zanna reveals that Adah’s own son, rebellious Jonny Ropp, is to blame. She can’t possibly marry Jonny because he’s left his family rather than be baptized into the Amish faith—not that he’ll ever settle down and marry anyone.

ABBY FINDS HER CALLING as she guides her sister through some tough times while convincing her family—and even the bishop—that because Zanna truly loves this baby, she should keep it rather than giving it up for adoption. Meanwhile, because Abby has always been in love with James (who is oblivious to the torch she carries) she tries to soothe his emotional wounds as he watches the young woman he was to marry swell with Jonny Ropp’s child.

When disaster strikes, however, and the Ropp home burns to the ground in December, the folks in Cedar Creek put forgiveness into action . . . and even Jonny is changed by the power of this love! This time Zanna shows up for her wedding, with baby Harley charming all who meet him—and their ceremony sets the stage for the second book of the Home at Cedar Creek series, due out in October, 2012.


Author Naomi King

About The Author:
Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her new Home at Cedar Creek series. Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Naomi now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie, Ramona.

Connect With The Author:
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My Review:
Once again, I’m happy to say that I can add another wonderful Amish novel to my Amish bookshelf! Naomi King has the amazing talent to create a book that will sweep you off your feet and make you feel a total part of the story. Her characters are beautiful and intriguing, and the plot line is absolutely unique. A truly skilled author, in my opinion!

Abby Finds Her Calling is the first book in a new series, Home At Cedar Creek. A story line for the Amish that will leave your jaw dropping and your heart in awe, Abby, Zanna, James and all the other characters, are intense and complex. Unlike any other Amish novel, this one dives into the line of Amish sin, one so unheard of among the Amish that it will blow you away, and being banned. The sin? No spoilers here! The result? A 6 week ban. This is not your typical plot for Amish but this author has done an absolutely incredible job at the powerful of forgiveness, righting wrongs, and fully relying on the Father above to guide you and help you in your actions.

When Zanna’s news hit, it left James Graber broken hearted, for he wanted to marry Zanna. James was unaware of Abby, Zanna’s sister, and her feelings for him. Abby has pinned for him for a long time, but all the while, she was forced to watch his eyes scan only Zanna, seek out only Zanna. She finds that ban that’s put on Zanna , may be her time to confess her heart to James. But, then Zanna returns, with the secret in tow, and the test of forgiveness and second chances is put to the limit. Will Abby be able to convince James to have eyes for only her? Or will Zanna’s return bring back more heart ache, for Abby?

An absolutely amazing story filled with so much meaning. Naomi King takes you on an emotional up and down, in and out joy ride of happiness, sadness, anger and love. From first page to last, you’ll be so hooked on this beautiful story of redemption that you’ll be hungry for the next book to be released. I highly recommend this novel with 5 Books and two thumbs up. A wonderful addition to an Amish novel collection, and fantastic work by Ms. King!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Naomi King

    Thank you SO MUCH for such a thorough, and thoroughly wonderful review of ABBY FINDS HER CALLING. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to have my book appear on your site!

    7 April, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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