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The Christmas Remedy : An Amish Christmas Romance
2018
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The Woodsmall mother- and daughter-in-law writing duo (As the Tide Comes In) explore the tension between Amish traditions and contemporary feminism in this strong tale of small-town corruption. Holly Zook, motivated by her father's premature death, did something unusual among Amish women: she became a pharmacist with the goal of helping her Amish community understand and afford care for their aging population, a growing concern in the community. She also decides that her attraction to Josh Smucker needs to be squashed, since there could be no long-term future for a romantic relationship: married Amish women can't work, and Holly won't consider giving up her career. Then receipts start mysteriously going missing from the pharmacy. When Holly takes her concerns to Josh, whom she has started to trust as a confidante, the two suspect malpractice that could bankrupt the only pharmacy in town. As Christmas approaches, Holly and Josh must trust their tight-knit community to help them solve the crime. The Woodsmalls' unusual combination of details about Amish living and the nefarious practices of doctors and pharmaceutical companies adds zing to a romance filled with faithful devotion and second chances. Fans of Amish fiction and traditional romance readers alike should enjoy this cozy holiday story. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of "big box" stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface--and possibly love. <br> <br> Twenty-four-year-old Holly Zook lives a unique life for a young Amish woman. Years ago, her bishop allowed her to continue her education and become the lead technician for Greene's Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore that looks out for the Amish community--a group largely without secure healthcare plans. She knows she can't marry and hold onto her professional job. She's Amish, and she can only have one or the other, so she spurns love and works toward addressing treatable diseases--like the one that claimed her father's life.<br> <br> As long as Holly continues to avoid Joshua Smucker, the one man who draws her like a warm hearth in winter, she should be fine. When something unexpected threatens Greene's Pharmacy, Holly and Joshua must work together to unravel what's happened and find the "missing" patient before the Board of Pharmacy shuts them down. As the snows of December arrive, with Christmas in the air, will Holly succumb to the generous spirit of the season?
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