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Naomi King is a deacon, a dedicated church musician, and choir member, and when she's not writing, she loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. She lives in St. Paul, MN.
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  • Series: Home at Cedar Creek (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235732
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Romancing the Book on March 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
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Abby Finds Her Calling is a true gift of inspiration and beauty, lovingly crafted by a very talented author, Naomi King.

I don't often read Amish fiction, though I truly love it and love falling into the simple and non-complex lives of these people who hold both God and family/neighbors above all else. Whenever I do treat myself, it always makes me reflect upon my own life and how much value we tend to place on non-necessity things such as computers, cell phones, hand-held gadgets, etc. This book was no different.

Though titled Abby Finds Her Calling, much of the story revolves around Abby's younger sister, Zanna, who on her wedding day runs away and hides herself for a couple of days. This sends their small community, friends and family into a panic (not to mention the intended husband, James). When Zanna returns and confesses shocking secrets, everyone's lives are sent into a tail-spin. It is kind-hearted Abby who soothes things over and brings peace to not only those directly effected by Zanna's confessions, but also to the community.

Within the story, Abby is described as "love and sunshine". I absolutely love this and couldn't think of a better description for this woman. She is the most unselfish, hard-working, admirable person I have ever met - be it in a story characterization or real life. If everyone had even a few drops of her morals and ethics, the world would be a much better place.

Naomi King's writing style is beautiful, poetic and incredibly inspirational. She often makes reference to verses within the Bible that tie in with what is taking place within the story - these verses are quoted by the characters throughout. Ms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sandy's Reviews on April 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
In Cedar Creek, Missouri Abby Lambright has a sewing shop in her family's dry goods store. She loves and cares about the people in her community and especially her family. Unfortunately the man she loves James Graber is about to marriage someone else, her younger sister Zanna. Because Abby knows she'll never love anyone else she has decided to be a maidel.
On the wedding day Zanna runs away and a heartbroken James doesn't know why. When Abby finds her and finds out the real reason that Zanna ran away their faith will be rocked to the core along with both families and the community. Abby believes that God has a plan but can she help others come to the same conclusion, or will her family be torn apart forever.
This book is an easy and quick read. It takes you away to a community were hard work, strong faith and honest values make you yearn for the simple way of life. As a fan of Amish fiction Naomi King has joined my list of favorite authors such as Beverly Lewis, Amy Clipston and Marta Perry. I can't wait for the next book in the series Rosemary Opens Her Heart due out in Oct 2012.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chels on March 3, 2012
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In an Amish community in the countryside of Cedar Creek, Missouri, hundreds of family and friends gather for the wedding of James and Zanna. Unfortunately today, Zanna is a run-away bride. Her older sister Abby finds her, comforts her, and learns the reasons why Zanna cannot marry James. As the story unfolds in this small close-knit community, Abby is always a voice of reason and caring for all the confused, hurt people involved. She even helps Zanna find artistic, fulfilling work for herself, so that she can be more independent in the future. Abby herself has secretly loved James for most of her life, but she unselfishly had expected to rejoice in her sister's marriage to him. In the end, although hardly aware of Abby's feelings for him, James compliments Abby by telling her she must be made of love and sunshine.

Learning a little about the Amish ways of worship and community interactions made reading this book a new experience for me. Confession before the whole community and the shunning that follows seem harsh. Yet, in this place, the consultations with the bishop and the acceptance of the older family members' decisions seem respectful and well-meant. The characters' dialogue conveys their love for one another, but with enough frustration, rebellion, and humor to make them likable and interesting.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pirate2240 on April 16, 2012
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Abby Lambright is the envy of so many within her Amish community. She has the wisdom of someone beyond her years and is responsible and very organized. Perhaps that is why her family felt she could run her own sewing shop alongside the families mercantile. Abby has a knack for putting back together what seems to fall apart in the lives the people in Cedar Creek, Missouri. She just wishes she had a knack for helping herself find a way to heal her broken heart, when the man she grew up loving, James Graber, decides to marry her sister Suzanna instead.

On the day of the wedding with preparations in full swing, family members arriving from all over including out of state in Ohio and Pennsylvania, the bride vanishes. Leaving in the middle of the night on the eve of her wedding, to avoid having to deal with explaining things to her family, Zanna cuts her wedding dress to pieces and vanishes without anyone hearing anything. Now it's up to Abby to tell James that he doesn't have a bride to marry and for once she doesn't know what to say to the man that still owns her heart.

In the novel, Abby Finds Her Calling, by Naomi King, the reader is introduced to the first book in a brand new Amish series, Home at Cedar Creek. Here we are introduced to the Lambert and Graber family's and how they are intertwined in a wedding that has failed to take place. Now turmoil ensues when Zanna returns home to face the music of not only her family, friends and James, but also the consequences of defiling the church with her actions. At only 17, Zanna has more on her mind that just her explanation of why she left but now having the deal with the talk of her community.

Abby once again takes up the role as the mender and wise counselor to her torn family.
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