The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall, and her daughter-in-law, Erin Woodsmall, is an exceptional Amish story. Greene’s Pharmacy, in the heart of Amish communities, is the focus of their story. Englishers (non-Amish) who own Greene’s Pharmacy, understand and help work around the Amish people’s reluctance to use prescription medicine.
Holly Zook convinces her bishop to allow her to complete school past the 8th grade and work toward a pharmacist degree, to help her community, with the understanding she quit work when she marries.
Joshua Smucker, an Amish man from a neighbor community, is drawn to Holly. However, she keeps him at arm’s distance as she wants to keep her job.
I enjoyed the story for many reasons. I learned a lot about how pharmacies function, the rules they must follow and consequences for non-adherence, and I rediscovered the magic of chickens that lay a variety of different colored eggs.
The people were authentic, and their stories plausible. Though the strictness of the Amish is sometimes hard to understand, I appreciate their adherence to their beliefs. It makes their willingness to deviate in compelling cases more admirable.
Although a novella, the story encompasses plenty of territory- suspense, complicity, romance and philanthropy.
The Christmas Remedy is a heartwarming story, with lots of winter and Christmas imagery providing an enjoyable way to spend time curled up with a blanket or afghan, something hot to drink (like Dr Pepper with a small splash of lemon juice!) and a few hours to absorb the charm of Christmas.
I received the book from the authors and WaterBrook Multnomah. However, I was under no obligation to post a review. #PRHpartner
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?