Friday, August 2, 2013

"A Simple Change," by Judith Miller

"A Simple Change," by Judith Miller


She never imagined a simple change could be so complicated...

Middle Amana, Iowa, 1881

When her parents decide to sell their home and move to the Amana Colonies, Jancey Rhoder must make a difficult decision. Should she give up her beloved teaching job and her carefree life in Kansas City to go with them?

Her suitor, Nathan Woodward, doesn't want her to go, but Jancey feels she must give this new life a try. Her mother is sick, and these next few months may be the last Jancey gets to spend with her. But will this move spell the end of her relationship with Nathan? And when life in Amana is far more mysterious and challenging than Jancey expected, will she choose to return to the city, or will she make this unique place her forever home?


I don't find the Amana Colonies books as relaxing and as spiritual as books involving the Amish or Mennonites for some reason.  Can't quite put my finger on the reason why though.  I have read a number of Judith's books on the Amana Colonies and this one was as good as her other ones.

I enjoyed Jancey's character and had a love hate relationship with Nathan.  There were a couple of twists and turns in the book that did keep it interesting.  I would have loved to know exactly what was wrong with her mother.  It was never explained.

Stars out of 5 : 3.5  Have read worse books, but have read better books.  It's an easy book to read and if you like books written around the Amana Colonies you will love this book.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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