A SIMPLE CHARITY by Rosalind Lauer, 2014. This Amish story happens to be the last of a series of three. This is the story of an Amish midwife named Fanny Lapp, a twice widowed mother of 6 children. Although Fanny had no children by her first husband who dies in a farming accident, her second husband Thomas Lapp was a widower with three children of his own, and they went on the have three children of their own. Their last child was born after Thomas Lapp died, and when the story begins the baby is a mere five months old. So here Fanny is twice widowed already and not even thirty years old.
As I may have mentioned before I don’t typically enjoy reading these Amish stories because I frankly can’t stand reading about people who shun someone who makes a mistake or is not accepted by the rest of the community because they marry an “Englisher” or just don’t follow the rules. It’s been quite a while so I think I’m ready to read about an Amish midwife and her association with a “English” midwife as they begin working on opening a birthing center for this Lancaster Amish community
NOTE: So far I’m enjoying the book..