“Good afternoon, Mrs. W”, the pharmacist said as he greeted my mom. Considering it was a busy pharmacy in Southern California, my sisters and I teased her quite a bit that she frequented it enough to be recognized like that.
I have found a small local pharmacy near me that I have loved using because it is small and personal. I can even call for refills without the prescription number or knowing the name of it!
The Christmas Remedy: An Amish Christmas Romance
by Cindy Woodsmall, Erin Woodsmall
Published by WaterBrook & Multnomah
Publication Date October 23, 2018
Genres: Amish Fiction, Mystery, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Pennsylvania Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
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?
I would like to thank Waterbrook & Multnomah for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
The Christmas Remedy provided a different aspect of the Amish life than the ones I have typically seen depicted. The aspect of the way that they regard medical care, especially preventative type exams was one that was new to me. Because the death of her father when she was a teenager could have been prevented if he had simply gone to the doctor for treatment, Holly was dedicated to teaching her people the importance of medical care.
I appreciated the relationship between Holly and Lyle, the pharmacist who had allowed her to work for him even when she was only fourteen. Their friendship was misinterpreted by his son, who felt displaced by her.
The mystery of the missing patient was handled well. I had a suspicion about who the culprit was, but the identity was not overt. The way that Joshua helped Holly as she sought the “missing” patient despite the way she had rebuffed him was very sweet.
I did find that I was not drawn into the story as much as I had expected. It was good, though not absorbing. I found that while I liked Joshua, I was a little indifferent about Holly. I also felt like the speech of the Amish sounded much too much like ours.
If you are a lover of Amish fiction, you might enjoy this unique story.