Twenty-five-year-old Joanna Kurtz has made several trips to the altar, but never as a bride. The single young Amish woman 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 cou
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Okay, here’s how it happened:
1) One of the Pop Sugar reading challenge categories is “A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of” and I thought I was going to have to dig deep because I know my books and I’ve taken reader’s advisory and it was going to be hard to find an obscure enough subgenre to meet this requirement.
2) I became a librarian in my rural home county, where the single most popular genre circulating within my library is Mennonite romances. Guys. I’m not kidding.
3) It becam
This was one of the most boring books I’ve read. I had this vague hope that maybe the repression of desire would make things more steamy and intense. I was hoping for Saint Augustine style guilt and self-reflection. I thought that at least there could be some safe yet sublime meditations on nature, on religion, on living slightly out of time. Perhaps some sort of philosophical or sociological musings about what it’s like consciously stepping away from the fast-pace and different priorities of the Englisher world.
No such luck. Instead it’s exactly as boring, or more, as you probably guessed from the picture of the demure pretty woman in a bonnet that graces the front cover. Some highlights of the story were when she brought a casserole to her grandmother or when she went to the quilting bee and nothing happened. The real tension started to rise when she found the very tame letters from her great aunt in her grandmother’s house but didn’t open them out of good conscience and instead just asked her grandmother about them a little later.
These books go like hotcakes in my library. I can’t keep them on the shelf. They’re the most battered books in the collection. However, I have to keep in mind that what makes a good book for me is a sprawling 850-page doorstop set in mid-1800s New Zealand during the gold rush with a mathematical chapter structure and period-accurate illustrations of constellations. So to each their own.
You really can’t go wrong with Beverly Lewis. Will they be studying her in high school across the nation in 100 years? Probably not. But if you want to read a book that will make you happy and entertained, Beverly is your gal. “The Bridesmaid” is the latest novel in the Home to Hickory Hollow series. She will be releasing a new one next month. Bridesmaid is about Joanna, a wanna-be writer who is a serial bridesmaid and has no luck making it to the alter herself as a bride. Until Eben comes along
I know I have mentioned this before, but I am a fan of Amish fiction now- I think it is pure fascination of how an entire community lives near me, and yet I have no idea how they live and get by on a daily basis.
The first book in this series was The Fiddler, and I reviewed it here on the blog a few months ago- Beverly Lewis seems to an expert at cranking books out very quickly- she has a large fan base that buys all of her books, so I suppose that is a good reason to keep putting out many books