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August 16, 2013

A SIMPLE CHANGE by Judith Miller

A SIMPLE CHANGE                                                  4 STARS
Home To Amana Series
Book 2
by Judith Miller

Judith Miller's Novels Offer a Fascinating Look inside the Amana Colonies

Joining the communal society of the Amana Colonies isn't what Jancey Rhoder planned for her future, but when unforeseen circumstances force her family to make some difficult decisions, she chooses to give up her teaching position in a Kansas City orphanage and move with her parents to Iowa.

Her besotted suitor, Nathan Woodward, isn't at all happy about the move and is determined to get Jancey to change her mind. And Jancey herself isn't sure what she's gotten herself into when the simple life of the Amana Colonies means she'll be assigned a job and may have to give up teaching for good. Will Nathan woo her back to the city, or will she be forever changed by the mysterious events and new relationships that await her in the quiet villages of the Amana Colonies--and decide to make this unique place her forever home?

 How could a simple change be so complicated? The setting is Middle Amana, Iowa in 1881. Jancey Rhoder has a difficult decision to make.  Should she give up her teaching and her freedom in Kansas City to go with her parents to the Amana Colonies?  She has a beau, Nathan Woodward, who doesn't want her to leave but Jancey wants to give this new beginning a chance.  She must also think about her ailing mother.  She may not have her much longer in her life.  She wonders if this move will end her her relationship with Nathan.
Jancey and her parents move to the Amana Colonies and Jancey fits right in, doing her daily chores and trying her best to live by the Colony's rules.
Will Jancey decide to move back to the city when things become challenging?  Will this be her home for ever?This book is the second in a 3 part series.  It is easily a stand alone novel. Jancey has the job of cleaning the outsider men's dormitory.  During her chore, she discovers some secrets that end on a path of deception and destruction. I would love to see Jancey and Ritt in book three so I could learn more about their life as they live in the colony. This book is easily a stand alone book even though  it is part of a series.  I felt for Jancey when her father and Nathan seem to be pushing her towards marriage .  I just wanted her to be with Ritt so much.  It seemed like they belonged together from the start.  The Amana Colonies are not Amish but if you like Amish reads I'm sure you'll like the Amana Colonies also.

I would recommend this book to everyone, especially if you like Amish and Historical reads.  I really enjoyed it.  It has a slowing down effect on you.  You somehow can relax a little and we all need that.  The author, Judith Miller did a marvelous job of presenting the Amana Colonies and describing their ways.  Thanks for t he great book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book, A SIMPLE CHANGE, by Judith Miller from the publisher, Bethany House for this unbiased review.

Judith Miller is an award-winning author whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. When time permits, Judy enjoys traveling, visiting historical settings, and scrapbooking the photographs from her travel expeditions. She makes her home in Topeka, Kansas.  Judith is an award winning and best-selling author of historical fiction for Bethany House Publishers. With a love of history, a dash of romance and a touch of mystery, Judith transports her readers to another time and place. Her passion for history and love of God keep her inspired. Judith and her husband are empty-nesters who live in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Judy blogs with four other historical novelists at

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