Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review: The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis

Book Description

September 11, 2012 Home to Hickory Hollow (Book 2)
The Latest in Chart-Topping Amish Fiction from Beverly Lewis

Twenty-seven-year-old Joanna Kurtz has made several trips to the altar, but never as a bride. The single young Amishwoman is a closet writer with a longing to be published something practically unheard of in her Lancaster County community. Yet Joanna's stories aren't her only secret. She also has a beau who is courting her from afar, unbeknownst even to her sister, Cora, who, though younger, seems to have suitors to spare.

Eben Troyer is a responsible young Amishman who hopes to make Joanna Kurtz his bride--if he can ever leave his parents' farm in Shipshewana, Indiana. Yet with his only brother off in the English world, intent on a military career, Eben's hopes for building a life with his dear Joanna are dimming, and patience is wearing thin. Will Joanna ever be more than a bridesmaid?

My Review

After my disappointment in The Fiddler, I'm happy to say this book is all we've come to know and love from Beverly Lewis.
The characters were very real, believable, and endearing. There are also appearances from old-time Hickory Hollow favorites, like the Wise Woman, that make this a bit more interesting.
The plot was paced just right and had enough interesting twists to keep the reader interested until the very end.
What I most appreciated about this book was that it was NOT about teens in their "running-around" time. That plot has been done so many times, that it was really refreshing to have one that was completely different.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who love Amish fiction.
*I must mention that I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House.

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The Bridesmaid