Review: Abby Finds Her Calling by Naomi King

Title: Abby Finds Her Calling (Home at Cedar Creek, Book One)
Author: Naomi King
Publisher: New American Library
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Paperback, 306 pages
ISBN: 978-0-451-23573-2
Genre: Inspirational Fiction

The Lambright family's eldest daughter, Abby, runs her own sewing shop. There, she mends the town's clothes and their torn relationships. But the town maiden has sworn off any suitors of her own because of her unrequited love for James Graber, who is about to marry her younger sister, Zanna.

My thoughts:
Abby Finds Her Calling by Naomi King is delightfully heartwarming novel about the small Amish town of Cedar Creek. To call Cedar Creek a town doesn't really do it justice. The town is more like a family. The residents of Cedar Creek not only hold fast to each other but also to their values and faith. Much like a family this quiet town does not escape the drama that can be found in most families. 
Abby is one of the main characters in this book. She is wise, thoughtful, giving and at times to good to be true. She is what the town calls a maidel. She's the local seamstress, who lives by herself. She isn't married or courting anyone. Abby has been in love with James Graber ever since forever. However James never saw her as anything more than a friend. James is also engaged to her sister, Zanna. Without including any spoilers, things get really shaken up when Zanna reveals a secret she's been hiding. 
Naomi King gives us a fictitious look inside a small Amish town. Even though this novel takes place in today's world it's almost as if you travel back in time reading about the Amish lifestyle. Their lives are simple and plain compared to today's society but that doesn't mean they don't suffer some of the same issues that outsiders deal with. The characters of this book are numerous but enjoyable. The story line evokes emotions from joy to heartbreak. 
Overall this is a delightful, clean novel that readers will enjoy. It emphasizes the power of forgiveness that is humbling.  The next book in the series, Rosemary Opens Her Heart, is due out October 2012. 
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*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my opinion.