About the book:
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.
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.
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?
It’s impossible not to like Holly Noelle Zook the sweet and caring young lady working at Greene’s Pharmacy. She has decided to do what she feels is right for her community even if it means she has to forgo marriage and children.
I was delighted by this unique storyline of an Amish woman having permission from her Bishop to pursue an education and an employment in an English family owned and operated business. I loved that the pharmacy is small and that the customer base is both Amish and English. I loved Holly’s energy and the concern she has for the health and wellbeing to all in her community but most of all I loved her passion to help others and do her best in everything she did.
This short story has a bit of romance, a tiny bit of mystery within the pharmacy but most of all, it has hardworking and kind characters that I truly cared for. This book is perfect for the readers in your life from the young to the young at heart, so when you pick up a copy for yourself, get a few extras to give as gifts.
I received a copy from the publisher and was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.