I have been a fan of Beverly Lewis’ Amish fiction novels since The Shunning when it came out in the 90’s. Since then there have been so many authors writing these novels that it has almost become its own genre. I myself consider Beverly still one of the best, and her newest book, The Bridesmaid does not disappoint. This book is the second in the Home to Hickory Hollow series. The protagonist in this story is Joanna, who befriended Amelia in the first book The Fiddler. This time Joanna goes out of town for a funeral and meets Eben, a young Amish man from Shipshewana, Indiana. So begins a long distance courtship which for an Amish couple means letter writing and an occasional phone call. Joanna and Eben wonder if their relationship can work out. If they marry where will they live, Pennsylvania or Indiana? Joanna being a friend to many has now been asked to be a bridesmaid for the third time, is that mean she is doomed to be single forever? Is the old saying, Three times a bridesmaid, never a bride true?
You may also want to check out the last book in the Riverhaven Years series by historical novelist B.J. Hoff, called River of Mercy. I also enjoyed His Love Endures Forever by Beth Wiseman, or the trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall called the Sisters of the Quilt, the first book is When the Heart Cries. All three of these novels feature a romance between an Amish-English (or non-Amish) couple, a common storyline in these books. There is also an interesting series by Dale Cramer in which a group of families in the 1920’s move to Mexico so they do not have to send their children to school beyond 8th grade. I can also recommend The Kauffman Amish Bakery series by Amy Clipston. This four book series centers around Rebecca Kauffman, who gains custody of her two teenage nieces after her sister is killed in a car accident. If you are fascinated by Amish culture as I am, I am sure you will enjoy any of these titles.
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Kim- Fountaindale Intern