Saturday, October 27, 2018

Book Review - The Christmas Remedy


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?


Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written twenty-two (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities--from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.

Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

If you'd like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: or Facebook


What an absolutely lovely Christmas story! I always love Cindy Woodsmall's books and this one is no exception.

Holly Noelle (don't you love that name?) is an Amish woman who is trying to help her community get the health care that they need. Her own father ignored his symptoms when she was young and she lost him at an early age. This has propelled her to have a life mission to help her Amish friends and family.

With the permission of her bishop, she has been working at Greene's Pharmacy and helping Lyle in his business. She and Lyle, the Pharmacist, have been planning a community health fair to encourage the Amish to get check-ups and learn more about taking care of themselves. Unfortunately, a series of events turns their lives upside down and things don't go as planned.

Holly gets re-acquainted with Joshua but she's afraid to be committed to a relationship because she knows she wouldn't be allowed to continue with her work. I enjoy their friendship and how they are there for one another despite knowing that it won't go anywhere - or so they think.

This story reminds us that God is in control and is also a story of reconciliation and love. I love that we see a lot of different relationships have peace through forgiveness and love.

This is such a wonderful story and perfect for the holiday season. I would definitely read it anytime because it was such a nice read. I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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