Book Review: The Christmas Remedy by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall

the christmas remedy cindy woodsmall and erin woodsmall book review

The synopsis:

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?

  • Genre: Amish Fiction

  • Publisher: Waterbrook Press

  • Published: 10/23/2018

  • Pages: 200

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.47

The Christmas Remedy by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall book review
[Joshua] People get sick, Holly. Some get better. Some don’t. It’s been that way for thousands and thousands of years.
[Holly] But the key is using knowledge to bring some sort of control to as many health issues as possible.
[Joshua] But that’s just it. Even when we do everything right within our power, life can hit us upside the head with a compost bucket.
— Joshua & Holly

Why I Chose This Book

I was kindly sent this book to review. I love Cindy’s books so I knew I would enjoy this one!

First Initial Thoughts

Holly is an Amish single woman who is working for a English pharmacy as a office/pharmacist assistant. She desires to become a LPN to further help her Amish community. I found it interesting that an Amish person could work in an non Amish establishment. I also found it interesting that she had her own iPhone. I know that certain Amish communities are more modern than others - so it was fun to learn about a more modern Amish community. I really liked Holly’s character. I found her to be stubborn, determined, and surprisingly progressive. Yes, she was Amish, but she also saw the improvements that such a community could take, medically speaking.

Lyle Greene is the owner of Greene’s pharmacy. He is such a jolly man but also stubborn and persistent. In the beginning he suffers a stroke and everyone that use to work for him come’s back to run the pharmacy while he recovers. Including his son, Brandon. Brandon is in the final stages of being licensed as a pharmacist. At the beginning he resents his father and doesn’t want to be there.

However, soon as Lyle is recovering someone turns them in to the board for writing a false prescription. Or did Greene actually do such a thing? Holly must find out or Greene’s pharmacy will close!


I love small town businesses. Something about them are just charming and sweet. Greene’s Pharmacy is just that. It was interesting to learn that Amish could work outside the home in a more modern day store. I liked that the entire story was set within Greene’s pharmacy and just a few other places. It made me feel closer and more attached to the store.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
— Romans 5:3-5

Final Thoughts

This was such a charming story. I liked how fast the story progressed and it was so easy to read this whole book in one sitting. The mystery itself, I didn’t guess who it was till the very end! I also liked that it wasn’t predicable.

The romance between Joshua and Holly wasn’t the main part of the story but I enjoyed their time together in the book. They were so cute - and I loved their little banter and flirting. At first Joshua didn’t understand why Holly wouldn’t accept his invitation to courting. I won’t say why, however, as to not spoil the story. ;)

One of the main messages in this book was why do bad things happen to good people? Holly struggled with this, medically speaking. She didn’t understand why people wouldn’t get medical help in time to avoid becoming more sick or unfortunately die. We may never know why some people are handed the Cancer card or Diabetes in the case with Joshua’s mom. Is it’s God’s plan? We can avoid becoming sick but sometimes we still get sick anyways. I think it’s how we handle the situation and trust in God.

As Christian’s it’s hard to know God’s plan. Or at least be patient with it. With today’s culture we want things to happen quickly. However, we have to be patient and know that God know’s our hearts desires. He will make them happen, in time.

Would I Recommend?

Yes. Since this book is only 200 pages it’s the perfect book to read over a weekend. It’s also just a fun and sweet read - perfect to lift your spirits up this season!

You can purchase the book —-> HERE

Do you have a local pharmacy business where you live? When I lived in Oregon, there was one, and I miss having such a cute small business pharmacy!

I could also see this book made into a Hallmark Christmas movie! Don’t you agree?

the caffeinated bibliophile

Note: I was sent an ARC copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

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