The Christmas Remedy by Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall: A Book Review

About The Christmas Remedy

When an Old Order Amish woman takes a job at a small-town pharmacy struggling to survive in a world of “big box” stores, her motive is to help her Plain community. But the advent of the holiday season brings an unusual mystery to the surface–and possibly love.

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?

My Review: I always love a good, cozy Christmas story and I had hoped that this early-season read would be just the thing to kick off my Christmas reading this year. I have to say I was kinda disappointed in that regard. It just didn’t feel like a Christmas story to me. The novel centers around a pharmacy crisis, and while the story was kinda interesting, it just wasn’t enough.

I really liked the main character, Holly and I loved the relationship she shared with the pharmacist, Lyle. Though he was not a blood relative, he was like a father to her and I love that the book recognizes the validity and depth of relationships between people that aren’t related by blood. Close relationships and family are not always blood.

All in all, this was a decent read with likable characters and an okay story. It did nothing to kick off my Christmas reading, but it was a quick little read that I enjoyed.

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*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Waterbrook/Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

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