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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ASIN: 0345526724
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,928,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jennifer barnes on December 10, 2011
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Adam King left the Amish several years ago during his rumspringa, but always intended to return home someday, but never knowing the right time to walk away from his successful woodworking business in the "English" world. When he learns his parents were murdered in their buggy and his little brother was a witness, Adam immediately boards a train and knows it is time to return home for good and raise his 10 brothers and sisters and keep the family farm running. On the train, Adam meets Remy returning from being forced from her school by her unemotionally attached father who cares very little for her. Together they half share their stories and make a connection. They go their separate ways, only a year later to meet at a farmers market for a brief moment and sparking a conection.

Remy, a journalist decides she wants to do a follow up story on the King murders and tries to track down Adam at another farmers market only to collapse with a seizure in front of his family and ends up going to stay with the King family for a few days because of her inability to drive and nowhere else to go. Remy feels a real connection with the King's and her and Adam have something they try to deny, but Adam is Amish and baptized now and can't fall for an Englisher. Remy returns home with an insider look at the murders and tragedy and grief the family, especially the grief the little brother is going through, but is unwilling to use the information without Adam's permission so she drives out to the farm againto get permission, but is weary of how to approach the subject of her job. A snow storm begans and Remy is stuck at the house again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patty MB VINE VOICE on March 31, 2012
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This was the first Rosalind Lauer novel I read; I had ordered A SIMPLE SPRING through the VINE program and once it arrived, I realized that it was part two of the Seasons of Lancaster novels. So, I had to order A SIMPLE WINTER from the local library. Readers must read A SIMPLE WINTER first, then A SIMPLE SPRING. Otherwise, you may sit and wonder about what they're talking a about and some of the pieces of A SIMPLE SPRING won't fit as well.

This novel focuses on Rebecca, known as Remy, an English woman who works for her very controlling father at a newspaper...oh and by the way, her father (whom she calls by his first name since nothing about him is paternal) owns the paper, as well as many other huge money-making machines. All Remy wants to do is find her own path, but Herb (her father) keeps trying to push her into his idea of what she needs to be. Herb has been married three times; this newest stepmother of Remy wants nothing to do with being her stepmother. Remy's mother died when she was very young; she really wishes she had a family. None of her father's money - he purchased her an apartment, car, and of course, gave her the newspaper job - none of this is filling the emptiness that Remy feels.

She receives a job assignment to write a story on a crime, nearly a year old of a double-murder in Lancaster. While doing this job, she learns about the way that the Amish live and becomes close to the King family, whose parents were killed, and to Simon, the young son (he was eight at the time) who was with his parents at the time of the murder.

OK, that's enough of the story! I don't like to spoil things for potential readers.....grab this book and read it.....then grab A SIMPLE SPRING. I'm sure that Lauer will be writing A SIMPLE SUMMER pretty soon, if she's not already working on it!

Definitely a recommended read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Peterson on July 14, 2014
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A thoroughly enjoyable and believable story; albeit somewhat predictable. I think I read too many mystery novels because I was able to identify the murderer the moment he was introduced. This is not a knock on the author, it's just that, for some reason I said, "he's the murderer". I don't know why, I just knew. Too many Agatha Christie novels, I guess. Anyway, I enjoyed the book very much. I have read a few other stories of Englishers becoming Amish because of falling in love with an Amish person and many of them made no sense. In this instance Remy's embrace of the Amish lifestyle made sense because she "fell in love" with the lifestyle first. She found a simple joy and peace within the King family that she had never known and wanted to find out more. The Plain life seemed to provide something that had been missing, seemingly all of her life, a sense of belonging. This was BEFORE anything happened between her and Adam. As was expected, "things" progressed between her and Adam but then there was a silly contrived, senseless, and totally predictable split with Adam which is why I only gave it 4 stars. The story of her conversion though, hangs together and makes sense because she then returns to investigate the life within the Amish community for herself and to see if it was for her, separate of any feelings for Adam. A very good read, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eva Gentry on November 12, 2012
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I'm in the middle of this book now and so far it's been really good. Just finished the book "A Simple Autumn" on my kindle. Should have read this book 1st but didn't know and that book was really good, so I have no reason to think this book won't end just as good as it started or the other book was. Highly recommend to anyone that likes these kind of books.
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