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The Storekeeper's Daughter

(Daughters of Lancaster County #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,298 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Time seems to stand still in Naomi Fisher's tranquil community, but it cannot hold back tragedy. Helping her widowed father run a store, manage a household, and raise seven children is a daunting task. There is no time to think about courtship or having her own family, though her heart yearns for the attention of Caleb Hoffmeir. But her days are plotted for her-until the a ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Barbour Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: Kristin reads and reviews both Christian and secular fiction on A Simply Enchanted Life. Out of respect for my readers, I am including a content review. This content review will help you decide whether this book is suitable for you.

Content Review:
Christian or Secular
: Christian.
Profanity: None
Sex&Violence: None
Trigger Warnings: None
Disclosure: A mother is hit by a car. A baby is kidnapped-non-violent.  These two events are non-graphic and do not warrant a trigger warning.

You know, I wa
Toni J.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so beautifully written. The author tells an amazing story that grabs you from the vary beginning. Only you don't want the story to end. You fall in love with these characters like they are new friends that you have made. I definitely recommend this book.
I really enjoyed this book. No, I’m not biased because it’s Wanda, who happens to be one of my favorite Amish authors. Seriously, I’m not biased, it’s just that good. Take a typical Amish family with a kid or two at an age where they start thinking about branching out and starting their own family (throw in a couple more down the age line for good measure), add the tragedy of losing Ma unexpectedly, a toss of Dad who can’t seem to express himself in such a way that doesn’t hurt his oldest child ...more
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first Amish read. Good plot and good characters. Loved the ending.
Tasha enderby
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, amish
I have read a lot of Amish books, fiction and none and I mean a lot jus look at my bookshelf! But this book tries to speak the Amish message but portrays it very badly. Just look at Abraham, his life long friend and mentor tells him that he is treating his daughter badly but only when he himself finds love and us happy does he see the error of his ways. Forgiveness and redemption are a must in any Amish book but this man shows only his own pride and selfishness. Where was his community, Amish cu ...more
I so enjoyed reading this.
Jun 23, 2008 rated it did not like it
Those who know me know that I almost always finish a book. But as I get older, I'm realizing that life is too short to waste time on crap. I have read some of Brunstetter's work in the past and have enjoyed it, but I can't recommend this one. The main character in this book cannot catch a break. Her mother dies, her dad is an insensitive jerk, and then a catastrophe happens and she takes the blame for it. Quite honestly, I don't mind reading this in a book of non-fiction. But this is a romance n ...more
Brooke Barenfanger
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I know that people enjoy this author, but every time I read one of her books, I remain unimpressed. Amish books are getting a bit redundant. This particular book was, for me, almost dull. The only excitement was that the baby got kidnapped. I felt sorry for the oldest daughter. She seemed so stifled by her family. Even her love interest seemed monotonous. I wanted her to fall in love with a man that would make her heart leap and her eyes sparkle. She didn't. I will say that the Amish community i ...more
Chani Reeder
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun read, with an interesting enough plot to make me consider reading more in the series. Theology wise it's very Law centered... even the Gospel is preached in a Law tone.
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
I don't have anything to say about this one good or bad really. I just felt the whole time that once you read Amish religious fiction you have no need to read more. They all seem so similar in the message and character. I read this as a part of a reading challenge,but have no plans to read the rest of the series.
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just absolutely love these Amish stories. They live such simple and uncomplicated lives. Oh how I wish I could simplify mine sometimes. hahaha
Victoria Goodbrand
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this after I had read The Quilters Daughter and The Bishops Daughter And I loved this series when I was 10-11!!
Diane U
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book from Wanda Brunstetter and I really enjoyed it! I cannot wait to read the next one, The Quilter's Daughter, to see what happens to the families!
Beverly Duell-Moore
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Naomi Fisher is the oldest of eight children. She helps her mother with all the younger ones, the cleaning and the cooking. She is a great help with her youngest brother, Zack. When Zach was two months old their mother went to the end of the driveway to get the mail. Some of the mail started to blow in the road , so she went to get it. She was hit by a car and dies on the way to the way hospital. All the responsibilities of caring fro the house, the cooking and the caring of the children were pu ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Storekeepers Daughter is Book One in Wanda Brunstetter’s Daughters of Lancaster County Series. This was the first book I had read by her and I was thrilled to have another Amish author in the Christian book market. The cover of this book is subtle but drew me in. It shows an Amish girl in front of a general store. This paperback by Barbour Publishing is 320 pages long and hard to put down.

It is the tale of Naomi Fisher. Naomi the oldest daughter has been helping her father raise her seven si
Connie Saunders
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Storekeeper's Daughter

I felt so sorry for Naomi Fisher during much of this book. Her mother died as a result of a tragic accident and suddenly Naomi was given the responsibility of being a mother figure to her seven siblings, including a two month old little boy. At the age when she was ready to begin her own life she was suddenly caring for a baby, trying to feed a family of eight, and doing all of the other duties associated with running a household AND she was also expected to help in her
Pam Pavkov
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Storekeeper's Daughter is the first book written by Wanda Brunstetter in her Daughters of Lancaster County series. This book is so heartwarming and full of so many emotions. I have read this book twice now, it was the first Amish book I read back in 2006 and got me hooked on this genre. This book deals with loss, love, family, and faith. The storyline is absolutely remarkable and I think whatever genre you prefer you will love this one too.

The characters are very likeable and I really enjoye
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Amish novels are a guilty pleasure of mine, and this just didn't hit the spot for me.

Because the story is told in small sections that jump forward without warning (ex. Wow I can't believe I have been gone for 2 months already), it's hard to connect with the characters. I felt like I was just getting enough so all the right pieces connected in the end. But the characters all took a back seat to the story.

This all felt like a book of complaints. Yes of course bad things happen and this story is ab
Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
In my plan to read this year from different religions, cultures, historical events I am woefully repressed in and authors from different countries, I slipped this this one in on a day trip. I shouldn't have. I know how I am...I MUST COMPLETE ALL TASKS....this was laborious and repetitive. The author repeated inconsequential moments sometimes more than once. I started to feel insulted or maybe that the author did not feel 'heard' the first few times.

The story idea had potential but unfortunatel
Vicky Sluiter
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a good book. It truly is a page turner as tragedy strikes the community. You will feel so bad for Naomi, who’s life isn’t what she would like it to be. Wanda does a great job of painting her characters as normal people with everyday problems. Some of them are very sweet, others you will want to shake. But life sure isn’t dull, with the twists and turns of the plot. Come read about Lancaster County and some of the people who live there. You’ll be glad you did.
Carol Moore Kollar
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
Naomi promises her mother before she dies that she will take care of the children. Determined to keep that promise, she accepts her Dad's refusal for her to court Caleb. While trying to accomplish the household tasks, care for the children, tend the store, etc. Naomi is distracted and an Englisher steals baby Zack. Naomi is grief stricken and her father blames her. This Amish family's faith is tested in this first book of the series.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
This could have been a 5 star book -- I give it 3.5. I did enjoy reading it but problem/disaster be falling Naomi did get old. And a cliffhanger...

The book does have an ending. She just didn't quit in the middle of the story.

No grammar errors. No misuse of words. So I round up to 4 stars. I recommend the book.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I've owned this series for a long time, but it's been several years since I've re-read them. The hurt and pain that Mr. Fischer experiences after the loss of his wife, then his son, then his daughter, leads him to a place of self-exploration and healing as he leans into God and learns to surrender all to Him and to trust Him.
Sarah Nannette
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and the characters! This book brought tears to my eyes at the very end. Such a great book about going to God in hardships and forgiveness! This was my first book read by Wanda Brunstetter and I really liked her writing style! I am looking forward to reading the next two books in this series and more of her books.
Gloria L. Kincer
Another book by Wanda

This was another good story about an Amish family with many problems that God helped them through. I would love to hear more about the little boy...maybe in the next book?
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn't like how God's sovereignty was diminished. I loved how the author kept on the edge of my seat as to what happens most of the time. I was wondering if the heroine would ever get married. I also wondered if her dad would ever get over her mother's death.
Risa Fey
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A book from my mom's collection. She loved these. I thought it was okay and also interesting, but not really my genre-cup-of-tea. If you love this genre, don't bother taking too much stock in my review.
Jennifer Baxter
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I have read a lot of Amish style books and I really enjoyed this one and cannot wait to start the next book for this series. I love how much detail she put into the characters I really felt like I knew them personally. Loved it! So excited to start book 2 tonight.
Jenny Mattfolk
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good reads

One thing I never thought was I would enjoy the Amish books but they are wonderful to read and I have a hard time putting them down!!!
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice, easy read. Historical context; Christian religion; insight into the Amish way of life.
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