The Baby Next Door
The Baby Next Door by Vannetta Chapman has Grace Troyer and her daughter living at home with her parents. After spending time in her aunt’s Mennonite community in Ohio, Grace knew she wanted to be plain and to raise her daughter in the faith. Grace just wants peace, quiet, and seclusion but she finds it difficult to find living next door to Adrian Schrock’s Plain & Simple Exotic Animal Farm. Adrian’s llama frequently escapes his pen and ends up peering in the Troyer kitchen window. Grace’s daughter, Nicole loves it when Kendrick, the llama, visits plus she adores Adrian. Adrian is equally taken with Nicole and her lovely mother. To take care of the bills related to his farm, Adrian needs to set up a tour for Englischers. He gets Grace’s parents to agree to provide a meal for the Englishers which will be cooked by Grace. Grace is against the venture for reasons she will not share with Adrian. Since her parents have already promised their help, Grace must find another way to stop the tours.
The Baby Next Door by Vannetta Chapman is the 7th book in Indiana Amish Brides series. Each book can be read as a standalone. I enjoyed reading this entertaining Amish tale. I was drawn into this unique story right away, and the story held my attention until the end. The Baby Next Door is well-written with steady pacing. I liked the relatable characters and the lovable animals. There are some special and exotic animals. You could tell how much Adrian loved each one of them. I liked that this was different from other Amish stories. There are good life lessons in the book with the most important being to trust God because He knows what is best. Three of the themes In The Baby Next Door are family, faith, and forgiveness. I enjoyed the humor in the story. Grace’s determination to stop the tours led to some laughable situations. I appreciated how the epilogue that nicely wrapped up the tale. The Baby Next Door is a humorous and sweet Amish story. I look forward to reading Vannetta Chapman’s next entertaining book.
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