Friday, June 12, 2009

The Storekeeper’s Daughter #1

Daughters of Lancaster County Series Author Wanda Brunstetter


Naomi Fisher the storekeeper’s daughter must care for her six siblings after her mother was hit buy a car and dies. She yearns for the love of Caleb Hoffmeir but thinks there is no hope because of her responsibilities to her family. In their grief they conduct the business of their family with little joy and lots of work as they struggle with contentment in the circumstances they find themselves in.

Naomi works many hours a day in the shop and at home and is over burdened and exhausted. Naomi’s father refuses to allow her to court Caleb the buggy maker because it will distract her from her responsibilities to the family and he is afraid she will eventually want to marry.

Naomi gets distracted while selling homemade root beer and leaves her baby brother Zach on a picnic table where he is abducted by a customer who takes advantage of the opportunity because he is desperate to give his wife a child when they can’t conceive after 8 years of marriage and 3 failed adoptions.

The family tries to find baby Zach but there is little hope or leads. Abraham Fisher goes to a Quilt Shop in Ohio after a possible sighting of the boy and meets Fanny Miller who eventually becomes his wife.

After the abduction Naomi can not forgive herself and her family member’s can’t either. The younger children do not mind her as well and her older brothers make hurtful comments. Her father Abraham won’t look her in the eye and is harsh towards her. Naomi hears her father praying to God and saying he blames her and thinks she may have done it on purpose to get out of her responsibilities. Naomi runs away with the English girl Ginny to Portland but misses here family and way of life.

Fannie Miller stops by to visit Abraham on her way to her cousin’s 50th Birthday Party. She has read an article in The Budget that she things might help ease the families mind about Zach and give them clues to his abduction. After hearing about Naomi running away she agrees to stay in town longer to help Abraham in the store. Abraham and Fanny fall in love and plan to marry in the spring.

Naomi returns home at Christmas to find that her family missed her and that her father has met a woman he plans to marry. Naomi and her father apologize to each other and her father gives her and Caleb permission to court and they plan to marry in the fall.

Caleb is hurt in an accident repairing a buggy that leaves one of his hand unusable and decides he can not marry Naomi if he has no way to support her and a family. Naomi’s father makes a deal with Caleb to buy his store so that he can support his daughter and they can marry. He had inherited the store from his wife’s parents and had always preferred to work on his farm. Caleb plans to sells his buggy shop to his brothers. Although the family does not know what the future holds for them they know one thing for sure “What God had done, He’d done well.”

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The most important things I learned from reading this book are:

Be content, trust in God, in your weariness God will be with you, forgive those who sin against you, overcome your sin and ask for forgiveness, a man needs a helpmeet.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Please give me rest for my weary soul and help me learn to be content. Amen

Scriptures referenced in the book:

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11 (NIV)

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you. Psalm 84:12 (NIV)

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:3 (NIV)

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)

But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God." Isaiah 49:4(NIV)

Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4 (NIV)

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Matthew 7:1 (NIV)

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. Genesis 2:20 (NIV)

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